My daughter just found out she has Type2 Diabetes. The dr. feels she has probably had it for years. She is a single mom and has just recently been able to get health insurance. Neither I nor her know anything about this disease. I have spent the last 6 days reading everything i can find on this disease and everything i read scares me to death. And its not ME who has it, is my beautiful daughter, Deana. She has sunken into a terrible depression since she found out last week. Her doctor, whom i feel has the bedside manner of a goat, was curt, cold and quick with her. Told her normal sugar should be around a "5" (?? means nothing to a newbie like me and her), high is a "7" and hers was 12 !! With that he handed her a couple of packets of sample Actos 15 mg, set her up to see a diabetes specialist on the 28th, (over 10 days later!), gave her some sort of a pen thing that has insulin shots inside of it, yet didnt tell her what to do with it, how, when or where to use it and sent her on her way, with an appt to come back to him on Sept 10th! She called me hysterical crying, driving around town in her car, terrified that she was going to die. Since then she has tried to figure out on her own what to eat, what not to eat, so shes not eating anything. She has lost 9lbs and is extremely depressed. If I try to get her to eat this or that from reading diabetic diets, she gets defensive, goes into a pity party, and cuts me off. I am at this point walking around in tears myself most of the time. She lives about 4o mins away and I cant be there to even give her a hug or help her. This site, Im sorry to say, is full of horror stories, and now I am beginning to see that she probably is justified in her fears and can understand her despair and depression. I dont know what to do, except to pray.
Is there anyone else on here, that might understand what i just wrote? Can anyone tell me something encouraging, something good, something kind, that I can pass along to her?? Is it all toe amputations, comas, never ending medications with horrible side effects? Why then, do people say, "Oh, no big deal, its very easy to live with and can be controlled, its not a death sentence". Just visiting this site for 10 minutes, going straight to the Newly Diagnosed section where i hoped to find any sort of comfort, made me feel even worse. Actually, I dont think im coming back to read anything else on here. I am totally devestated and feel as if Im stupid and ignorant, and where the hell have I been ??
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