Newly Diagnosed

Ladykaye
By Ladykaye Latest Reply 2015-04-06 16:33:42 -0500
Started 2015-03-22 19:29:05 -0500

Hello. I just joined this site so I thought I jump right in to say hello. I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes on March 3,2015. My blood test showed my A1C as 6.6% and my fasting blood sugar at 129. My doctor put me on Metformin and told me to start monitoring my blood sugar levels. Of course I was very unhappy about the diagnosis especially since the last time I was tested my numbers were much lower (about 2 years before). And of course I blamed myself, being overweight and so on. Also, the day before I found out I had decided to quit smoking. So now I was battling the emotions of being a diabetic as well as withdrawal from nicotine. Needless to say I've been on an emotional roller coaster for the last three weeks. Tired, depressed, being almost afraid to eat anything, mourning the loss of my cigarettes, chocolate, not sleeping well, having an upset stomach from the medication…sigh what a mess! But my sugar levels have been very good and I am now at 20 days nicotine free!

I have read quite a few articles about diabetes but I think I got information overload. There is so much out there and so many different opinions. I realize that I have to find out what works for me. I look forwarded to learning more and getting to meet others through this site who have ideas and insights I can learn from. Thanks

B


39 replies

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:24:23 -0500 Report

Hi LadyKaye, I am overweight too. I have a lot of foot problems which keeps me from walking, so it is hard for me to get moving. I also have thyroid problems which messes with my weight. I am just a little depressed about the Type ll diagnosis. I am going to talk to my doctor about the Metformin.

Ladykaye
Ladykaye 2015-04-06 16:26:46 -0500 Report

Hello Ginger: I understand about being depressed. I have suffered from depression for many years and have taken different medications and was even hospitalized for it. I have learned that depression is as much an illness as diabetes, which doesn't help! I also have mobility problems due to severe osteoarthritis in my knees but I have been exercising and have started a meditation course that I am hoping will help alleviate some of the symptoms of depression. I hope you will be able to find something to help you with the depression and the diabetes.

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-02 20:58:47 -0500 Report

I am a lot like you. I have Type ll also and I am overweight. The doctor put me om Metformin also, but it tears my stomach up. I do not know what to do about it. It has brought my sugar levels down to 114 to 126, which is great for me. I am suppose to see my doctor this month and have more bloodwork done. I haven't quit smoking yet.I believe it would push me over the edge since I am also BiPolar. Do you have any advice about the Metformin?
Thanks

Ladykaye
Ladykaye 2015-04-04 15:53:17 -0500 Report

I don't really know much about Metformin yet since I just started taking it. It's been about a month now and I am doing better. The side effects have subsided. Just make sure you take it with food. I know how hard it is to quit smoking and you have to be ready to do it. I had already made the decision the day before I was diagnosed with diabetes. I had been reading a couple of books about quitting and also had found a great website that has really helped me. It is whyquit.com. Maybe you'll find it helpful.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-04-03 06:12:10 -0500 Report

Howdy Ginger
WELCOME to DC!
There are many other medications which can be tried in lieu of Met. Ask your Dr to try you on one.

I pray you find something other than the Met that works with you, not against you and your tummy
James

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:30:28 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52,
I am going to talk to the doctor next week because this Metformin upsets my tummy. Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to me. I guess I am just a little depressed about being told I have diabetes.
Just a little down…sorry.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-04-06 10:49:48 -0500 Report

Ginger, You may call me James instad of my screen name.

Sorry that you are depressed

I hoticed that there were a lot of "hiccups" occuring. You can ask to have them removed by clicking the "report" link in the same line as your screen name and identifying yourself as the poster and ask for it to be removed.

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 11:05:27 -0500 Report

I am not real good on computers. My daughter picks at me about that. Thank you James for talking with me. I am so new to diabetes and don't know how to handle it. I'll just keep trying. And you can just call me Ginger. :)

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:30:27 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52,
I am going to talk to the doctor next week because this Metformin upsets my tummy. Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to me. I guess I am just a little depressed about being told I have diabetes.
Just a little down…sorry.

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:29:41 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52,
I am going to talk to the doctor next week because this Metformin upsets my tummy. Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to me. I guess I am just a little depressed about being told I have diabetes.
Just a little down…sorry.

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:29:30 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52,
I am going to talk to the doctor next week because this Metformin upsets my tummy. Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to me. I guess I am just a little depressed about being told I have diabetes.
Just a little down…sorry.

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:28:54 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52,
I am going to talk to the doctor next week because this Metformin upsets my tummy. Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to me. I guess I am just a little depressed about being told I have diabetes.
Just a little down…sorry.

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:28:53 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52,
I am going to talk to the doctor next week because this Metformin upsets my tummy. Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to me. I guess I am just a little depressed about being told I have diabetes.
Just a little down…sorry.

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:28:52 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52,
I am going to talk to the doctor next week because this Metformin upsets my tummy. Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to me. I guess I am just a little depressed about being told I have diabetes.
Just a little down…sorry.

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:28:51 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52,
I am going to talk to the doctor next week because this Metformin upsets my tummy. Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to me. I guess I am just a little depressed about being told I have diabetes.
Just a little down…sorry.

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:28:46 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52,
I am going to talk to the doctor next week because this Metformin upsets my tummy. Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to me. I guess I am just a little depressed about being told I have diabetes.
Just a little down…sorry.

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:28:26 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52,
I am going to talk to the doctor next week because this Metformin upsets my tummy. Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to me. I guess I am just a little depressed about being told I have diabetes.
Just a little down…sorry.

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:28:25 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52,
I am going to talk to the doctor next week because this Metformin upsets my tummy. Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to me. I guess I am just a little depressed about being told I have diabetes.
Just a little down…sorry.

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:28:25 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52,
I am going to talk to the doctor next week because this Metformin upsets my tummy. Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to me. I guess I am just a little depressed about being told I have diabetes.
Just a little down…sorry.

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:28:23 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52,
I am going to talk to the doctor next week because this Metformin upsets my tummy. Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to me. I guess I am just a little depressed about being told I have diabetes.
Just a little down…sorry.

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:28:18 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52,
I am going to talk to the doctor next week because this Metformin upsets my tummy. Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to me. I guess I am just a little depressed about being told I have diabetes.
Just a little down…sorry.

Ginger Mama
Ginger Mama 2015-04-06 10:28:06 -0500 Report

Hi jayabee52,
I am going to talk to the doctor next week because this Metformin upsets my tummy. Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to me. I guess I am just a little depressed about being told I have diabetes.
Just a little down…sorry.

horsewings
horsewings 2015-03-27 15:02:29 -0500 Report

Hello. I was diagnosed in February and think we're in a similar place.

For the first few weeks, I was on an emotional roller coaster, but I think I'm finding my footing again and moving on. I'm still full of questions, though. Here are a few that have been popping up:

—Is this really an illness? If so, why don't I feel sick? And how do I want other people to feel about me?
—Will I end up with complications even if I take care of myself? Are there any complications I haven't heard of?
—What will I eat when I travel abroad in a few months? And how will jet lag affect my blood sugar?
—What I'm learning about diabetes diets contradicts some of what I've practiced for weight maintenance. How do I reconcile the two?
—How will I know when things that don't feel right are from the diabetes or some other problem?

And so on and so forth.

I think my biggest problem right now is that I don't know anybody except my 89-year-old, perennially depressed father who has this condition, so I have nobody to talk with about it. And I'm not sure how much I want to talk about it yet, anyway. In other words, I'm still not sure how to feel about it, myself.

I'm glad this discussion board is here. And thank you for having the courage to start this thread. I hope things are starting to fall into place for you, and I hope you're getting enough responses that you don't feel alone.

In case you're wondering, I'm female, almost 62 and basically an active, optimistic person. And I'm going to miss my martinis!

Be well…and congratulations on going tobacco free.

Ladykaye
Ladykaye 2015-03-28 17:09:16 -0500 Report

Hello Horsewings. I know what you mean about not knowing anyone who has diabetes. As far as I know, nobody in my immediate family has had it or at least were ever diagnosed as diabetic. But I can just imagine what my parents might have said (they are both deceased). Neither of them had weight problems although my father was an alcoholic and he had a terrible time accepting a fat daughter. Even as soon as one month before he died he was harping on about my weight. And today if he knew I was diabetic, well I hate to even think about it!

Unfortunately I am not an active, optimistic person such as yourself and over the past few weeks I have, once again, been battling depression. I am not sure if it's the combination of quitting smoking, being diagnosed with diabetes or what but I do know I am not in a good place at all.

It may just take a while for it all to sink in but I have decided to start doing some meditation exercises as well as my physical exercise.

Or maybe I'm just going to miss my chocolate!!!

But I wish you well too and hope you will be able to get the help you need also.

Oh and I am female also and 64.

horsewings
horsewings 2015-04-03 20:24:27 -0500 Report

Hey, Ladykaye. For some reason, I didn't get any notification that you'd posted again. I was just about to ask you how you were doing.

I, too, am being treated for depression & had a difficult relationship with my father. Being active is part of the way I stay optimistic. I'm also a 21-year cancer survivor, which puts everything else into perspective.

I'm sure the reason you're depressed right now is tied in with your diagnosis & and with not using tobacco as a crutch. It takes courage to give up smoking at the same time you're adjusting to a chronic diagnosis. I don't think I could do it if I were in your shoes.

Giving up chocolate would be hell on my husband, since he's a major chocoholic, so I'm glad I'm the diabetic and not him. I'm sliding into my new lifestyle one step at a time. First I changed my diet and got myself into the habit of checking my blood sugars several times a day. Now I'm stepping up the exercise. When I don't get something right, I try not to beat myself up about it, since I'm just learning. And when I do get it right, I make a point of patting myself on the back. I've also splurged on a foot massage and am trying to dream up other self-pampering activities to keep me from a flood of self-pity. My next challenge will actually be a fun one: figuring out how to travel as a diabetic. (I'm going to Spain.)

I hope you're feeling a little less depressed, now that the your diagnosis is no longer new. Please let me know if you could use a virtual hug. We are both going to figure out how to do this!

Ladykaye
Ladykaye 2015-04-04 16:01:27 -0500 Report

Hello Horsewings. I am doing much better these days. For one thing I am very happy with my blood sugar results. I am ranging between about 98 and 103 most days and really haven't done anything drastic as far as diet is concerned. I try to eat as healthy as possible and exercise each day, except on the weekends. I have even allowed myself to indulge in some chocolate!!

How exciting for you going to Spain. When are you going? Is it for vacation? I am jealous !!!!. I went to Spain many many years ago when I was a teenager. At that time I lived in England (where I was born and raised) so going to places like Spain was a lot easier and less expensive than it would be now! I hope you have a wonderful time.

Another thing I have been doing is meditation. I am practicing mindful meditation which teaches you how to live moment to moment. It's very interesting. I have just started and on Monday I am beginning an 8 week course. I'm doing it via a book I purchased since I cannot afford to go anywhere for classes.

It is so important for us to be kind to ourselves. It is easy to fall into the trap of self criticism and loathing but we are better than that. A healthy mind is just as important, if not more than a healthy body.

Take care. And just fyi my name is Paula.

horsewings
horsewings 2015-04-04 19:49:15 -0500 Report

My name is Cathy.

I'm going to Spain to visit three special cities—Madrid, Barcelona and Salamanca. I lived and studied in each of them when I was in my 20's. Forty-odd years is a long time to be away from someplace you love.

I'm glad to hear you're doing so much better! I'm feeling better physically since my diagnosis and have more energy. I probably had diabetes for a while before it was caught.

You described yourself as not active, but it sounds like you're doing a lot. You went ahead with not smoking despite your diagnosis and have also started a new meditation practice. That's a lot of new challenges. Pretty impressive.

Happy Easter, Passover, spring and/or anything else you celebrate at this time of year. Thanks for reaching out.

Ladykaye
Ladykaye 2015-04-06 16:33:42 -0500 Report

Sounds like a lot of fun. The one place I would love to go back to is England where I grew up. I still have family there and although I lost touch with many of them, in the last couple of years we have been able to reconnect via Facebook. It's been fun seeing them again and all their children and grandchildren, although it does make me sad to think we are all so far apart.

Unfortunately I do not have the finances to go and even if I did, due to mobility issues I cannot walk much without being in a lot of pain. I have been exercising regularly; I actually started way before I found out about my diabetes and am committed to continue. I need to lose a lot of weight and it's slow going and frustrating! But maybe someday I'll get to the point where walking is not so painful and maybe then I can start getting out and about more.

Anyway I'm sure you will have a wonderful time.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-03-28 07:22:29 -0500 Report

Howdy Horsewings
WELCOME to DC!
If you ask around at church or at social gatherings you well may find a lot of folks who have one form of diabetes or another. I asked around at a church potluck one evening and found a lot of folks have it, but are quiet about it. You could also seek out diabetes clubs, like the one here in Las Vegas NV ~ http://diabetes-lasvegas.org/ or check out the ADA groups ~ http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/local... or you can ask for diabetes support groups at your local hospital or county health dept.

And about all your questions, many of those are dandy questions for new discussions. I firmly believe that on DC the only stupid, dumb or silly question is a honest question which is NOT asked! So please keep asking questions here on DC.

I have chosen not to answer those you posted above since that would make an extremely long reply and I don't want folks to fall asleep. I am already quite long as it is.

Praying for you and yours

James

horsewings
horsewings 2015-04-03 20:25:53 -0500 Report

James, I appreciate all the helpful websites you're posting. I hope I'm not the only one reading your responses to what I write. Thanks for sharing what you've found.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-04-05 19:40:11 -0500 Report

I don't want to sound conceited Cathy, but I get feedback from others that they follow what I have to say.
I get feedback from stuff I've posted years ago. So I feel the need to be as accurate as I can be, because I won't be on this earth forever, while this website may well survive me.

James.

Ladykaye
Ladykaye 2015-03-24 17:46:34 -0500 Report

I'm still not sure about all this. Maybe I still haven't fully accepted this diagnosis. I am taking my medication and trying to be careful about what and how much I eat and doing some exercise but there is a little rebel inside that just does not want to start counting carbs and doing this or that…not yet. For most of my adult life I have been overweight. I have been on countless diets, counted countless calories, denied myself sweets, breads, sugary drinks (anyone remember Tab?) and lost countless pounds. Yet here I am age 64 still overweight. Eventually I just gave up! Now I find out I am diabetic and suddenly I have to start counting something again! Before I was diagnosed I had begun watching what I ate and doing some daily exercises just so I could feel better. I didn't count calories or carbs, just watched my portions and stopped eating so much chocolate (my one passion). And, as I mentioned in my first post. I finally quit smoking.

Last night when I tested my blood sugar level it was 91. This morning it is 97. I take 500mg of Metformin twice a day. I keep wondering if I am really diabetic but maybe I am and I haven't fully accepted it yet. My last doctor's visit was a week ago and she was happy with my numbers. She didn't put me on any kind of diet just told me to check my levels twice a day and take the medicines.

So I'm still so confused about all of this plus I think I am still a little depressed and feel tired when I think about having this disease for the rest of my life! Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

sweetslover
sweetslover 2015-03-23 20:10:29 -0500 Report

Congratulations on give up smoking. Good for you. I was diagnosed Type 2 only 6 months ago. You will get a handle on things very quickly. I started with a very restricted diet and have gradually added foods that do not spike my BG. You will find what works for you. At least your readings were not through the roof when you were diagnosed. I am also on metformin. You mentioned being very emotional—part of that may be from your medication. Don't worry—it will level out. It took me about 3-4 months. Also, watch your carb intake with metformin. Too many carbs can cause some major digestive upsets when you are on metformin (been there, done that).
Welcome to DC. Lots of good people and advice can be found here.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-03-23 12:54:42 -0500 Report

Congratulations on the smoke free. That is huge and I know the battle is not over. Don't give up on your chocolate, just a piece or two of dark chocolate can cut that craving and do you a world of emotional good.

You can also talk to your doctor about using diet and exercise to help with your levels. A 129 is not huge and maybe you can work out a goal of 3 or 6 months to see if you can do it with diet and exercise instead of meds that make you feel bad. Just a thought.

There is a lot to learn. Find a few things to focus on and work those things out. One step at a time. You can learn as much from people with experience as from books or your doctor. Just talking with folks you can pick up so much. That way, it's not quite as overload either.

We are all here to help out, so feel free to ask away and glad that you did jump right in.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2015-03-23 09:03:04 -0500 Report

Take it one step at a time Kaye! Learn as much as you can about diabetes and what you can do to get yours under control…much of it related to diet and exercise. It is such an individual disease that what works well for one may not work so well for another. That's where testing frequently (at least initially) comes in to see what kinds of foods are good for you. For me, reducing my carbohydrate intake to no more than 120 grams per day is what works. I've adapted many recipes to lower the carbs for me. I think I live well and fully with my diabetes, even 38+ years post-diagnosis. It can be done with the right information and determination.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-03-22 20:32:56 -0500 Report

Howdy Kaye (or is it B?)
WELCOME to DC!
Seems like everything came down on you all at once and you feel overwhelmed. Stick with it and things will even out. Not sleeping because of upset tummy due to the Met. There is something you can do about that. Sometimes eating before one takes Met helps with the nausea, sometimes not. If no matter what you do you still have nausea, go to the Dr and ask for a alternative to Met. There are plenty from which to choose.

Look forward to hearing more from you
Praying for better days for you

James

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-22 20:10:22 -0500 Report

I read in several places that the stress of quitting smoking raises Blood glucose levels…which could explain why your were high for the first time..I feel for you..as a former smoker who also has many smokers in my family I understand the "mourning"…and withdrawl symptoms… The withdrawal and stress from quitting will pass..and hopefully bring down your BG levels…as for what to eat..don't be afraid..that might stop you from eating enough and that is not healthy..Quality protiens like meat, fish, nuts, and nut butters are all good choices..as are leafy greens and other non starchy veggies like broccoli, green beans, mushrooms, cauliflower..real cheeses are almost carb free as are eggs (eggs are not evil anymore)…if you choose to include fruits in your diet google "low glycemic index fruits" so you can make wise choices…and if you choose to eat grains..stay away from anything white..make sure the packages say 100% whole grains or as I have just found out sprouted grains (have less of an impact on BG levels)…and limit the amount you eat to a couple/few servings a day…this is a great starting point…monitor your blood glucose so you see how different foods effect you..we are all different…welcome aboard and I hope to see you here often..OOOHHH..and BTW..stop mourning your chocolate..dark chocolate ( I use the 86% cacao) is good for you in small quanitites…very high in antioxidants …just make sure to only eat a little and make sure it is at least 70% cacao…the higher the percentage the fewer carbs and the more health benefits…and stay away from any dark chocolate that has been "dutched"..as the health benefits are reduced by the process..