Okay ! I have Diabetes ! Now what ?

By Sugarmomma39 Latest Reply 2015-03-08 00:54:18 -0600
Started 2015-03-04 11:41:19 -0600

Just got the dreaded phone call from the nurse. I have been getting blood work to check it every few months . I'm not surprised . It runs in my family ,I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant . I was diagnosed as being prediabetic the last couple of years . Even though at one point I managed to lose weight and seem to have it in check …not so much now :( . I'm scared to be honest . I lost my Dad as a kid after he had complications with having diabetes . I have a son and a husband . I don't want to follow in my Dads footsteps . I excersize and try to eat right . I guess I'm just not doing enough . I'm going to be getting more blood work done . It's supposed to read my glucose levels from the last three months ,then I'm supposed to make an appointment to speak to my doctor , I guess take it from there . My doctor is positive that it's diabetes . I'm freaking out .

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Fefe12 2015-03-08 00:54:18 -0600 Report

Welcome, your in a good place, we've got your back. I understand with your past your freaking, but that works for no one. Just because your dad had a hard time doesn't mean you will. Learn from his mistakes, embrace them, talk to your family about them. Then come up with a plan and go forward. Fear is a crazy thing, it can paralyze you to do nothing, then disguise itself as your friend and take away your confidence and tell you crazy things like eat this or that. Believe in yourself, arm yourself with all the information you need to make good decisions. Talk to you family, they need to be involved in your health and care. You never know when you may need help, keeping secrets from them can be dangerous. Most of all, love yourself, your family does and they need you healthy. Please take care.

GabbyPA 2015-03-05 13:45:52 -0600 Report

All great encouragements stated here. I hope you feel better or at least know we are here to help you along. Many of us were exactly the same. Change is scary and even if you look forward to it, it has it's moments of "WHAT?" along the way.

Diabetic Connect saved my bacon many times. I self diagnosed and didn't have a doctor so when I found this site, it was a life saver for me. I learned so much here that no doctor was ever going to tell me. And I have made some life long friends.

If you are doing what you know to do, what more can you do? Learn, experiment, try new things out and find out what works for you. That is what a lot of us have done and we share those experiences here so others can see if it will work for them.

Keep that family in mind when you face challenges and it will help a lot. Keep it as positive as you can and that will give you strength to continue when the road gets bumpy. Come here and vent, cry or laugh and we will share it with you.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-05 07:42:44 -0600 Report

Deep breath…THAT is what is next…I am glad you found DC…There is a lot to learn when you first find out you are diabetic…feeling overwhelmed is common…I suggest, as I am sure your doctor did as well…eliminating all white products like sugar, white flour..white rice…as well as beginning to get more physical activity into your day…That is the best place to start while you begin to research different diets and natural treatment options..You will find that people here on DC have several different opinions about how to treat their own diabetes..It is a great place to learn and get advice while you are looking for the best approach for you..Huggles and welcome aboard!!!! Oh and may I suggest registering for the Online world diabetes summit…I put up a link in one of my posts yesterday..I am very sure we are going to be discussing many of the things discussed there and it seems like a very good place to get info..especially for a newly diagnosed diabetic…it is I believe the last week of this month..

lilleyheidi 2015-03-05 04:24:29 -0600 Report

Welcome to the family. Most of us understand being scared and freaking when we got diagnosed. It's a whole new life and we've all been told all the scarey things that can (and do) happen to people with diabetes (and you have lived through it with your Dad). There are some positives though. Your going to get healthy if you follow advice. For the first time in 54 years I actually feel good. I have energy, and I feel good physically and mentally. I'm alert for the first time. I'm eating healthier than I've ever eaten, and my friends are jealous of my weight loss (they say as they stuff down double cheeseburgers and fries). Yes, it is scarey, no doubt, but it's not the end of the world and you are in a great group of people here at DC who are going to help you as much as we can, just keep coming back and talking to us, ask questions and let us know how we can help you. Best of health to you.

Pegsy 2015-03-04 17:28:35 -0600 Report

I was very afraid when I received my diagnosis too. I understand how you feel. Diabetes runs in my family too. My mother and my grandparents did not take care of themselves very well. When I was diagnosed, I promised myself that I would handle diabetes very differently. I am on medication, Metformin. I carefully control my diet and I exercise every day. The lifestyle changes have improved my condition a lot. I've lost over 90 pounds and I am confident that I will be able to keep it off. I just wish I had done all this sooner, when i was in the prediabetic stage. Unfortunately, my doctor at that time didn't say a word to me about it. Now I will have to deal with diabetes for the rest of my life. On the up side, because of diabetes and learning to take better care of myself, I am healthier than I have been in decades.

You will learn a lot and you will make a lot of changes in your life. Hang in there and try not to panic. You can manage this.

debcox 2015-03-04 13:35:08 -0600 Report

Sugarmomma, I found out that I had diabetes in May 2014. I was really mad at myself for not doing something about it in the pre-diabetes stage but I got over it and got busy taking care of myself. You can do it!!!

Mallacai 2015-03-04 13:22:56 -0600 Report

Welcome Aboard Sugarmomma. It's ok to be scared but not ok to not do anything about your health. My advice is learn as much as you can about your condition and what you can do about it. As jayabee52 said things have come a long way since your dad's time. Medicine has improved from the time you were just given a diagnosis a diet sheet and pills. Today you can have an affordable glucose meter at home together with the internet and lots of friends on D/C. I learn't a lot about diabetes from you tube and other sites.Do as much research as you can and take the middle road as not everything on the internet is accurate or will work for you. Someone on D/C said something that i agree with i.e. being diagnosed with diabetes made me change my horrible lifestyle which would have led me down a path to other chronic diseases. At least i try to be positive about it.

jayabee52 2015-03-04 12:20:03 -0600 Report

Howdy Sugarmomma
When many of us were first Dx'd with Diabetes, many of us had the same distress. Our lives were changing and not tor the good - or so it seemed to me. However a lot has changed in the world of diabetes since your dad's day. What he experienced need not be your experience with the disease. Who knows what proceedures they will find in the future. Who knows, they may actually find a real cure in your lifetime.

You have by coming here and posting on DC have taken a big step into your "new normal" with your life with diabetes.

May I suggest that you pick our brains here about the best way to "eat right". Ask questions, as here on DC (IMHO) I believe the only stupid, foolish or dumb question is a HONEST question which is not asked! So ask a lot of questions here.

You will probably go through some of the stages of grief at the loss of your old life, but don't get stuck on that. You may also go through anger and depression as the fluxuations of one's BG (blood glucose) levels can mess with your emotions too.

Praying for improved health for us all


BTW the test you to which you refer about the glucose levels for the past 3 mo, is called a "glycosated hemoglobin A1c" test, often abbreviated to "A1c"

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