Mistakes you make in the first

By bluecatc Latest Reply 2008-06-21 01:35:53 -0500
Started 2008-06-17 03:12:33 -0500

A month ago I was told I have type 2 diabetes. I wanted to write about the mistakes I made in the begining of all this. I look bad on this and have to laugh something that you will have to learn very quick is to laugh and learn not o get upset of the little things..
I have read storys on here about the worrying would make your blood sugars go up. Little did I know it would make mine high atleast 50 points higher from worrying about my sugars!!!
In the begin I never asked questions on how much I was to test my blood sugar and I just assumed that they wanted me testing 8 times a day. Plus, I never kept my record of my sugar in a colum, Just wrote each time I tested and all I saw were theses munbers going all over the charts. Which in turn made me panic cuz I am so very scared of having to take insulin!!!
Last week my eye Dr called to see what my blood sugar was cuz we have been trying to get my yes tested, like the last 2 weeks have been it was high!! He asked that I go speak with my Dr about them being high.. I sat there in the room thinking (yep Cheryl you messed up and now you have to go on insulin!!) I even said crying when the nurse came in and was talking to me!!!
The Dr. came in and sat down explain the med I am on is working but that I needed to put my reading down on a piece of papre in colums not just write them down cuz all ya see is theses number but you dont see how muc it is coming down.. As for me testing 8 times a day I was told to stop and only test up to 4 times a day..
What I have learned from this is that always testing like that when it is high makes me panic and the stress from me panic made it even go higher!!
Before I stoped testing so much it was running in the 190's up and over well over 200!! Now the morning it was 127. I just wanted to share this with you all cuz I know there are others that are afraid to ask question and just want to do right!!!
Dont be afraid and ask alots of questions like my Dr. explain to me (This is my body and it is better to ask a question..)
And stress will cause the blood sugars to be higher!! Just food for thought everyone.. Be blessed and hang in there..

11 replies

hjp 2008-06-19 09:27:35 -0500 Report

Hi, thanks for sharing your experiences. I'm a newbie, was informed 4 days ago of being positive & someone at work was telling me that stress can trigger blood sugars to go haywire. I'm now seeing that our thoughts may be a factor in controlling diabetes. I know last Saturday when I gave my blood after fasting, I thought I was lsing my mind. I literally thought I was going crazy, coz I couldn't tell reality from fantasy & my mind kept racing with uncontrollable, obsessive thoughts. I have so grateful to now have a reason for what I was going through. I now know it's diabetes & my blood sugars jumping off the charts & not that I'm getting ready for a bed in some mental health facility…LOL

bluecatc 2008-06-21 01:34:36 -0500 Report

There is so much out there to learn and let me tell ya.. I am the type if something is wrong look it up on the web. LOL But what is worse is when people find out that you have the big D it's like everyone wants to tell ya what to do. As I said talk to your Dr about what you are feeling cuz they can give ya something for your rasing thoughts.. My Dr. put me on Celexa ( not sure I spelled that right but I am blonde..LOL) It has helped me greatly but my rasing thoughts but I also have some nerve problems in my fingers.. Which has also helped too. Hang in there and remember life is not waiting for the storm to pass. Life is about learning to dance in the rain!!! So yes, I cant dance but let me tell ya I am stooping my feet in the rain.. LOL

Dancehawk 2008-06-17 11:16:07 -0500 Report

AWWW hun you sound like you need a hug!!!!
awww, yep I know the feeling of the panic and trying to get numbers down, with stress in life.
I test 3 times a day, morning after lunch before bed, unless I am going to do more then normal work out I ll test before and after.
I too learned a very hard lesson, I was cleaning house like a mad woman, washing base boards, floors ect, got to the 3rd room of deep cleaning, and felt very sick to my tummy, plus weird feeling in my head, very confused and icky, I told my self it has to be the cleaners,
I got worse and felt like I was passing out, so I went out side for air, not thinking to check my sugar, ding ding ding bad girl!
I told my hubby I am so cold and do not feel good, he asked have you checked your sugar?
no… I was 62 so I grabbed my orange juice drank it, waited tested 15 mins, 68 I was huh??? so drank more and called the doctor, she told me to eat some protien with the juice, and call her in 20 mins, it went up to 98.
So now I really watch,
I notice my eyes blurr if I hit 150 or higher so thats my trigger to see if Im high.
It takes time to get the numbers down, Do not let them freak you out.
and they wont put you on it with out trying a few drugs first unless you need it.
the only time she said temp insuline was when I had a sever reaction to metaphorim and they had to put me on rice and bananas diet for 1 week to settle my system down.
But my sugar held in the 100s to low 200 so no insuline.
There is a lot to learn, and as the saying goes we did nt get here in 1 day so it will take time, and this is a life race so take it each day at a time, breath, try things to see what works for you and what doesnt,
right now we are learning a lot from toma, we are starting to learn about grams and measuring our foods.
You will find here a lot of great folks, very very caring and loving group,\.
add us all to your friends and join up with the team here and enjoy the ride!!!

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-06-17 09:42:53 -0500 Report

As a Food Service Director in healthcare I had to follow the dietitians' and doctors' that were written for diabetic diets but secretly always wondered why the amounts of carbohydrates were so large since the body was having such a hard time digesting that nutritional component. When I became Type II 10 years ago, I told my doctor that professionally I knew all about diabetes and did not need any additional instruction. I quickly learned I could not eat the "white foods" and I already knew that fat slowed down the metabolism of most "complex" carbohydrates, so enjoyed steak, refried beans, omelets, etc. Unfortunately this disregard of food intake resulted in a weight gain, though my A1c remained below 6.2 for this 10 year period. I was blessed with HDLs of 60-70 so was not motivated to change my diet. But I wanted to wear "cute" clothes. I got involved with a diabetic research program called Look AHEAD where I had an external motivator to keep me focused to loose weight. I've lost 40 pounds in the last 5 years by tracking carbohydrates and fat grams and maintaining an active life style.

My purpose for this contribution is to remind newly diagnosed diabetics to not necessairly trust the information they get from mainstream medical sources but at the same time don't discard it, either. Finally, both ADAs (Diabetes and Dietetic) have come around to okaying a better balance between carbs, protein, and fat. (I cannot remember what it is but if anyone wants to know, email me.) I would say that the most important treatment you can do for your diabetes is to exercise, and do your worrying about the disease when you are otherwise walking, gardening, hiking, or playing horseshoes. Good luck.

Pauline Barrett, Kent, WA

kdroberts 2008-06-17 05:32:51 -0500 Report

Mistakes I made.

1. Listened to the dietician who wanted me to eat 75g of carb per meal plus two 25g snacks per day.
2. Tried to do everything at once.
3. Worried about things too much.
4. Didn't question things.

Doing all that landed me in the ER for the first time in 12 years (and that was because of a cycling accident) about 4 weeks after diagnosis as well as dropping weight like crazy. Since I've taken a much bigger role in my own care things have got better and better. Cholesterol is way down, my weight is back up and good, my numbers are good, I take less medication, I know a lot about diabetes, treatments, medications, alternative treatments and all the things that go along with them and I'm happier. I still make "mistakes" but really they are not true mistakes but non ideal choices that I know I'm doing and know what the ramification will be.

morris.js 2008-06-17 07:36:42 -0500 Report

Do not be afraid to question your doctor on anything. My Doc and I have a lot of discussions about meds and things…sometimes he wins, sometimes I win…LOL The point is, it is your health in question, so you have the right to ask what your options are.
And certainly do not try to do it all at once. One step at a time is the only way.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-06-17 05:14:56 -0500 Report

I appreciate you sharing your experience with us.

I too remember making some silly mistakes and assumptions with my son in the beginning. The doctors and nurses that taught us how to treat him did a great job. But there's just so much to learn in the beginning that it's impossible to take it all in at once.

Thanks for the reminder about taking charge and asking questions.

bluecatc 2008-06-17 05:28:14 -0500 Report

If it was not for this site.. There is so much I would still be in the dark about!!! It helps to know that you are not alone but also to know so many others are in the same boat as yourself!!

jupton1 2008-06-17 05:01:04 -0500 Report

Glad Your doing much better.Dont worry that Your life will end,Worry that it will never begin..John

steadb 2008-06-17 05:31:42 -0500 Report

Perfect comment, John. I agree wholeheartedly. We all need to make sure that we don't take each day for granted. I am with you strongly.