Hello - a little nervous here

By MrsHudge Latest Reply 2014-09-07 11:21:26 -0500
Started 2014-09-04 09:27:33 -0500

I'm headed to my DR this morning and I'm kind of nervous about it. I'm embarrassed that I've let myself even get to this point. My ex (wasn't my ex at the time) was diagnosed with T2 several years ago. I adjusted our meals and he did great. Fast forward about 8 years, throw in a divorce and major life changes, I'm grossly overweight and my glucose level is 251. Yuck! In an effort to end this on a positive note, I have already adjusted my eating and have lost 6 pounds over the past two weeks. I'd love to lose another 94 to go with that.

As crazy as this might sound, the thing I'm most nervous about is possibly having to do finger sticks and taking meds every day. I was a champ at giving birth three times, but jabbing myself with a needle every day just makes me shudder!

Requesting prayers/happy thoughts/whatever positive vibes you can send :)

11 replies

MrsHudge 2014-09-06 08:34:48 -0500 Report

Thank you all for your responses. Of course, the appt. was fine. I'm thankful for a DR who listens and really takes the time to answer all of my questions.

You're right about the finger sticks - it's already no big deal. I'm such a baby!

DR prescribed 1000mg metformin twice a day. He suggested I cut them in half and start slowly. Thank goodness I did that. Talk about stomach upset! Ugh I'm definitely going to take baby steps with that.

I have an appt. with the Diabetic Educator and the Dietician on Friday. I'm looking forward to that.

Happy Saturday to all. My girls and I are decorating for Fall today. Fun times!

Glucerna 2014-09-06 19:43:26 -0500 Report

I'm glad the doctor visit went so well, and that you're already OK with testing your blood sugar. Let us know what you learn by meeting with the diabetes educator and the dietitian. Have an excellent weekend! ~Lynn @Glucerna

PaulGrahn 2014-09-05 21:15:49 -0500 Report

You get so used to the sticks. It is like second nature. Don't worry, it will be OK. Sometimes that's all you need to hear.

GabbyPA 2014-09-05 18:58:14 -0500 Report

With practice and the elimination of the fear...it's really not so bad. The anticipation is what makes it bad. The actual stick is not that bad, specially if you use the sides of your fingers. Don't base it on what the doctor's office does. They poke the tip, squeeze and make it hurt more than it needs to.

Once you are just faced with doing it. It's not really that bad.

H8havingDiabetes 2014-09-05 10:10:04 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed with type 2 I told my doctor that I would rather be shot in the arm with a bullet than stick my finger. I remembered years before when my finger was pricked by a small piece of plastic for a check for Diabetes. I was given an Accu-chek Softclix and it doesn't hurt at all.

rolly123 2014-09-04 17:32:33 -0500 Report

I'm sending u happy positive vibes for u! Great job loosing weight! Pricking u self for sugar test it gets easy after awhile! Makes sure change needle everyte it don't hurt when do! Change finger rotate that helps with sore! Hope helps! Keep up positive that go far!!!:-). :-)
Valerie rolly

Glucerna 2014-09-04 16:59:25 -0500 Report

You sound like a positive person who is already making changes to improve your health. Ask your doctor for a referral to a diabetes educator, and she'll help you work through your apprehension about finger sticks and medication if necessary, plus help you learn about how to manage diabetes. ~Lynn @Glucerna

ReaderReader12 2014-09-04 14:42:25 -0500 Report

Sending you a bunch of positive vibes…Great about the 6 pounds that is 6 less you have to lose. Little steps add up.

Not crazy at all, but if you need to you will do it to take care of yourself. Take a deep breath and do what needs done.


ConnieMarie 2014-09-04 14:00:43 -0500 Report

Hello & welcome to the community.
Finger pokes will become nothing. Just wash your hands in warm to hot water before doing the poke. It helps make it a 1 poke deal ;).
Life goes by quickly & diabetes is just a bump in the road.

jayabee52 2014-09-04 10:23:00 -0500 Report

Howdy MrsH
No need for nervousness as we don't "bite" (that hard, LoL!) Glad you've adjusted your lifestyle.

Unfortunately finger pokes are in your future and even though they are irritating, one gets used to them, especially if you poke near the side of the fingernail, where there is less pain (fewer nerves there?)

I have adjusted my lifestyle and have managed to find a way to get off of twice daily insulin injections by modifying my menu. I've lost 65 lbs in 5 mos and have kept it off for 3 + yrs, all the while maintaining a BG (blood glucose) level in a normal range. I've written up my meal plan as a discussion here on DC and will provide the link to it if you reqeust it.

God's best to you and yours