Found out today I'm diabetes

kittykatt2005
By kittykatt2005 Latest Reply 2015-01-24 06:53:22 -0600
Started 2015-01-21 05:30:51 -0600

So today my blood sugar was 159 at 9:00am. I've also recently been hospitalized bc my blood pressures been getting so low while my heart rate goes high. I've been extremely sick over the past seven months and it seems like things are getting a lot worse. I knew something was wrong but back home no one would properly diagnose or check my symptoms out. I'm constantly thirsty also with major migranes and become irrational. I'm super scared right now bc I never expected this I'm only 22 turning 23 next month. I started crying when I found out bc that means I have to change my whole life style. I'm not the healthiest eater and extremely picky about food, so very scared about a new diet. Nervous about having to excersize bc I'm afraid of losing more weight and I feel too small as it is. I need support right now and don't know who to talk to. If anyone can help me or give advice please do. My symptoms have been progressing very quickly.


19 replies

JSJB
JSJB 2015-01-24 06:53:22 -0600 Report

I know how you feel. I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic 3 years ago and had to change. All the foods I loved eating were full of carbs, sugars and sodium so to stay healthy I changed and so far everything is working out. I do cheat every now and then but moderately. I never did exercise. but now I walk and ride a stationary bike 4 miles a day for 30 min. You can exercise and diet without loosing weight but you should see a nutritionist to help you. It is not hard to change and the change is for the better health. Good luck with what ever you decide. Oh I was 70 yrs old when I was diagnosed and set in my ways so if I can do it so can you.

kittykatt2005
kittykatt2005 2015-01-23 17:39:10 -0600 Report

Thank you everyone for the support it really means a lot. Unfortunately today's follow up didn't happen. I made another post about it but I'm hoping they'll get me in next month. I'm in a small town where it's hard to get in anywhere immediately :/

4catMomma
4catMomma 2015-01-23 17:38:05 -0600 Report

I am a newbee too. I get it, I was, and still am scared too. What you need first of all is to take it one day at a time, one step at a time. I have been looking at it as getting healthier. Definitely look into a class with a certified instructor & dietitian. I just did my 3 day class this week, and I learned so much. Basically my dietitian said that almost nothing is totally off limits, just portion control, and learning how to fit those treats into you plan - and of course you cannot have that brownie every day (which is not good for anyone really) Once you start to feel better, it will be easier to manage things. You need to think about yourself - your health. AS a mom, even though my kids are grown & older than you! I have always taken care of everyone else - now it is time for me. Same thing my dear - you must put your health first. Everyone here is so helpful & friendly - I felt this when I joined just a couple months ago, and I hope you will feel that way too. Just remember - learn as much as you can, it is ok to be scared, and you CAN do this. best wishes & hugs, 4catMomma

FLmickey90
FLmickey90 2015-01-23 14:34:00 -0600 Report

I'm still relatively new in being diagnosed as Type 2. I just had my 3rd appointment today and my doctor was very happy so far with my numbers after being put on oral medication. I've been having some of the same feelings you have in being shocked, scared and nervous as well. I had been wondering if I had been for some time now and back in November I had questioned my Dr with the numbers I'd seen on some blood work and that's when I had the A1C test done and found out for sure as I had the dry mouth quite a bit the last few years. Today I had planned on taking in a notebook I had but had totally forgotten to grab it and so I didn't get to ask questions like I had planned, but she made me feel good with what has happened so far. It's not easy, that's for sure, to change routines and finding out what's going to work the best for you and what's not going to work. I've yet to look into more things for like dietitian and things like that, and trust me, I'm not the best at trying to change things for the best either. Just know that there are those of us that are new that are learning right along with you. For me, I know I need to do better with excising as I need to loose quite a bit of weight, but know I've lost 9 pounds since being diagnosed in November. It may not be much right now, but know it's a start and a good motivation for me as well, especially today with how my doctor was in seeing how my numbers have been and it's going to make me do even better to keep it that way! Hang in there and know that we're all going to be here for you!

rhett t
rhett t 2015-01-22 05:02:53 -0600 Report

Hey kittykatt 2005, I am so sorry about all of this that's going on with you. this is a good place to come and get things off your chest. it is very normal for you to be afraid.just do what drs tell you to do and you'll ok. take it a day at a time.

lilleyheidi
lilleyheidi 2015-01-22 00:58:36 -0600 Report

Hi Kitty. Being sad and depressed is both a normal and expected reaction to this diagnosis, partly because of the news, and partly because of your blood glucose. As your body is reacting to the rises and falls of the blood glucose your moods go up and down as well. So, it is normal. When I first got diagnosed I went into a major depression and cried for a long time.
Definitely go to your doc appt. Definitely spend time here, learn as much as you can, research. Not everything you see on the internet is true and fact, research it, ask others. Don't worry about losing weight, you can still eat just have to watch the foods you eat as a lot of the junk foods will probably get replaced. I still eat ice cream on occasion, I still have treats on occasion, just that it is not every day. Exercise is not necessarily a bad thing, it will make you stronger, more fit, not smaller, but better able to stand up tall and strong.
You are a strong, healthy young woman. You are a warrior. Fight. Do this, you can do it. You have tons of support here at DC. Best of health to you. Heidi

sweetslover
sweetslover 2015-01-21 22:37:36 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed 3 months ago and I was terrified, and I am 66 years old. I, too, am a picky eater and didn't know how I would be able to survive. Guess what. It's not as hard as I thought it would be. I started out really strict and have gradually found how to substitute foods and which ones to stay away from. I am assuming your doctor will start you on meds. Give your body time to adjust to these and you will begin to feel better. Don't be surprised if you have emotional "melt downs." They come with diabetes. They will also become less frequent with time. As for losing too much weight, I have found that it is actually harder now to lose weight, even with exercise, because the sugar is now being pulled out of my blood and into the cells where it needs to be. That means I can't pig out any more and still lose weight.
Don't be afraid to ask any question you might have, or just vent if needed. The members on this site are very supportive.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-21 15:58:12 -0600 Report

I think we were probably all a little scared when we were diagnosed…It is normal…but this is a great place to come when you have a question or need a little morale boost…I am glad you found us!!!…

YankeeGirl78
YankeeGirl78 2015-01-21 13:26:51 -0600 Report

Hey sweetie…

It is okay to be scared. I was just diagnosed with this disease in November. I was definitely scared and shed some tears. What helped me was that for about the first week or so, when I awoke in the morning… I would tell myself: "ok Debbie, you have 5 minutes. You have 5 minutes to cry and feel sorry for yourself. Then you need to get out of bed, put a smile on your face and take care of you. You got this!"

Then, I felt like I got it all out of me… The best thing about the disease we have unlike people who have cancer. We have the power to control it. If your blood sugar level is high… Well then, you know that whatever you are wasn't the best thing for you. Keep in mind that what works for one person, may not work for you.

As far as exercise start off slow. It doesn't mean you need to start by running a mile or working out for an hour. I started by taking 15 min walks in my breaks at work. I also started riding my bike in the weekends with my family and then added swimming at the gym 3 times a week. Start little by little.

I will certainly be praying for you. Remember, give yourself a pep talk and when you need a little extra push… Everyone on here is more than willing. :) keep smiling… It makes you feel better even when you do not feel like doing it.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2015-01-21 12:03:42 -0600 Report

I was 27 when diagnosed…constant thirst, frequent urination and lost 10 pounds (weighing in at 107 lbs) in 2 weeks without trying. Once I got my diabetes under control, I have been able to stabilize and keep my weight in the 120 lb range and keep my A1c's in the 6's. Prior to diabetes, I had horrible eating habits, often eating a piece of pie or some donuts for breakfast. I now eat a much healthier and lower-carb diet…it took some effort to change those bad habits but the results are well worth it. I was dx'd over 38 years ago and am enjoying my retirement with minimal diabetes complications. Learn as much as you can about how to manage your condition. My favorite book is Gary Scheiner's "Think Like a Pancreas". Take it one step at a time as this is a life-changing episode, but with the right decisions, it can be well-handled and need not limit you in your hopes and aspirations. I never felt diabetes defined who I am.

kittykatt2005
kittykatt2005 2015-01-21 10:22:28 -0600 Report

The soonest the dr said they could get me in was Friday and were gonna go from there with testing and all that. I definitely don't want to blow it off bc how sick I already feel I don't want to get worse. I have a lot of depression right now the most over ever had and it scares me with the irrational thinking. Landed me in the hospital last week. But I'll find out which type it is and I'll get back to you on it. Thanks for the support :)

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-01-21 11:31:52 -0600 Report

You're welcome Kitty
When they test ask if they are doing a test which determines how much insulin your pancreas is producing. From what I understand it is a blood test.

Also ask Dr to do a Hemoblobin A1c test to determine how long you've had this disease. Also a blood test.

James

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-01-21 10:11:44 -0600 Report

Howdy Kitty
WELCOME to DC!
It is my opinion (and many others share it) the best way to manage your diabetes is through a high protein, low carbohydrate (carb) meal plan. That coupled with a moderate excercise program will help you greatly.

If you have not seen a Dr for your diabetes you should see him/her ASAP. Ask to see (through the DR) a Registered Dietician (RD) as well when you are there. A RD can work with you to get your carb intake limits per meal and per day. A RD can also suggest things which may be more to your liking.

Yes the diagnosis (Dx) of Diabetes (You're so young, might it be Type 1? - ask Dr if you don't know. ) is scary because it is a life changing Dx. Please don't blow it off as I did, and i developed a burning feeling in my legs and feet, and eventually I developed kidney disease which lead to my being on dialysis 3 days a week for 4 hrs per session. (not fun to be sure!)

You say you are at times irrational. That may be due to your Blood Glucose (BG) fluctuations. Once you get those under control you should even out as far as moods. You also sound like you have some depression going on for you, which for a PWD (person with diabetes) is quite common, especially for people with new Dxs.

Migraines may be a separate issue as migraines are not usually reported with high or low BG levels.

I pray that you will find your best way to fight this diaease, and you will not make too many mistakes.

James

kittykatt2005
kittykatt2005 2015-01-21 09:39:41 -0600 Report

The hardest part was crying and having three people snap at me for it. One of which was my dad and also diabetic. I thought my family would for sure be understanding bc I'm at a very low point in my life and the diabetes is just making me so sick right now. It's really scary and I feel like I have no one to talk to and waiting till Friday on supplies feels like a lifetime right now.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-01-21 10:16:08 -0600 Report

Kitty, you must realize that this Dx is new to your family too. They may need time to adjust as you do. It is scary for them as well. You may need to cut them some slack and give them time to adjust to your "new normal".

Refined Ruffian
Refined Ruffian 2015-01-21 10:09:16 -0600 Report

I understand. I am a big, tattooed, motorcycling military veteran and my initial reaction was fear and anger and depression. My wife was on a business trip so I kept it to myself for several days and I felt very alone.

You should feel comfortable to express your emotions however you need. I am very sorry to hear you were snapped at for crying.

Let the emotions help you come to grips with what is ahead. The care plan from here forward is not really too complicated. It will require some changes. But if you make the simple changes now you will not have to face the comlicated ones later.

Please be strong!

Refined Ruffian
Refined Ruffian 2015-01-21 09:20:42 -0600 Report

I am also newly diagnosed, so maybe I can give a little insight. I was shocked and angry and scared when I was told I am diabetic. This lasted a few days. But as I calmed down and gave my new reality a hard look I found it much less overwhelming. So please give yourself a chance to adjust to your diagnosis.

You will have a long and wonderful and interesting life. The diabetes will not stop that. Please don't think that.

Developing a new eating lifestyle will take some adjustments. BUT… I assure you that you will find foods that you enjoy that are also healthy. You will probably need to stop being picky about food. But that will probably also introduce you to foods you have been missing all these years.

Exercise does not mean losing weight. A good balance of cardio and resistance training will develop lean muscle mass that will neither cause you to grow nor shrink. And it will help develop strength and good posture and a good attitude (this is a side effect of working out that can not be over stressed).

The music I like still sounds awesome. I still feel like a bad ass when I ride my motorcycle. I am still looking forward to going to the beach this summer. Diabetes didn't change that.

My onset of symptoms was also very quick, including blurry vision which is driving me crazy. My eating better and getting this old body of mine active has already lowered by blood sugar significantly. The last thing I plan to do is allow diabetes to stop me from enjoying this life.

Best of luck to you, young lady.

Sean

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