I am new here and scared to death.

By TammyMarie Latest Reply 2009-12-08 11:56:37 -0600
Started 2009-12-03 14:25:54 -0600

Hi everyone. I needed a place to go to figure out this diabeties thing. I was diagnosed and was taking pills for four years now. Tuesday they put me on some shots. I dont think it hit me how serious this all was until tuesday. Now I am scared to death and confused. And even though I know alot about diabeties I dont feel I know enough. I am just scared and just flat out at the end of my rope…

48 replies

harryslump 2009-12-08 11:56:37 -0600 Report

It has taken me nearly 10 years to really figure this thing out and I'm sure there is alot more to learn.I am type 1 for 10 years now and 52 years old.I think the most important thing with this disease is pay attention to what your body is telling you.Your bs will react to excercise,illness and many other things and you just have to pay attention and react accordingly.It is scary and hard to deal with but you'll be fine.Good luck and take care.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-07 13:57:31 -0600 Report

The unknown is always scary, TammieMarie!

I have been on here a few months, learning so much, and no longer feel like I am alone, stupid, just learning more each day, and continue feeling the kind support of others on this site!! Welcome!! Pat R

Susie624 2009-12-07 17:51:52 -0600 Report

Welcome Tammie ,you are truely among the best friendsin the world.They have helped me a lot. I have bee a diabetic for only a short a so far my bs has never gone over 200 an my a1c highest has only7.5 but I was lucky my dr. was watching closely because so many in my family had it,but I stii fel ignerant about a lot of the illness and these people are great educaters so just ask and one or many will answer you questions.And longhorn mom you have also found that out.This site is so full of love.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-12-07 12:24:54 -0600 Report

Hi Tammy Marie,

First off, I would like to say welcome!And as you can see, you are not alone. We all go through the same things, the anger, the fears, and the frustrations. I know that when I was first diagnosed at the age of 60 just before my 61st birthday, I was terrified. I cryed, and cryed. I was scared to death too. I remember the first thought that went through my head was, "I am going to die!" But after I got over the anger, and frustration, I just got plain mad, and decided that I was not going to let this horrible disease get the better of me. I decided that I was going to fight, and educate myself. Don't get me wrong, I still have my moments, more often than I would like to admit. But I found this website with all of these wonderful people on here who are concerned, loving, good people who just want to let us know that we are not alone, and that we all go through the same struggles. However, we are all here for each other, to encourage, and to advise/suggest; not to demean or judge, because as you will see there is a lot of venting that goes on as well, but that is ok too. We need to have people to talk to and get all of this stuff that we are feeling out of our systems. As you know we can't always go to our families and talk about these things, they just don't seem to understand. And I know that it makes me feel better if I have something that is really bothering me, that I can get on here (with my friends) and just let R rip!!!!! LOL I know that I am not alone, and these people are going to be here for me. Hang in there, we will work on this together. I hope that I have helped you in some small way and not discouraged you. I hope that I never say anything to discourage anyone in any way. I only want to help, as I have been helped. Sincerely, Sue T.

Brendann 2009-12-06 17:08:04 -0600 Report

I am scared too. Just found out that I have diabetes, hypothyroidism, cardiomyapathy, vasculitis HSP. The first 3 diseases were given to me because I had to take perdisone for 9 months due to vasclitis HSP. I am on the pill for now and I dont know anything about diabetes, even tho my parents had diabetes. I dont know what to eat. I have a hard time wanting to drink or eat. My body has just been tore down. I gain 82 lbs while on predisone and that wonder ( evil) drug has taken its toll on me. Im at my wits end. The way I found out that I was diabetic is that I passed out at work and fell in the parking lot and broke my left knee and right ankle. So here I sat cant work with plenty of time on my hands and need to know how to learn what I can eat and what I cant. I need to know what I can do to learn to eat again..

BeckyJ 2009-12-06 20:09:58 -0600 Report

Sounds like you've been put through the ringer! Predinisone has a very bad side effect of raising blood glucose readings. My mother's A1C had gotten down to 4.8 so they took her off of her Metformin. Then she had a flare-up of her vasculitis and started back on 20mg of Predinisone. Surprise she shot up to a BG of 322! I was able to give her a bolus shot with my insulin and they immediately started her back on the Metformin. Now that she is down to just 5mg her BG's are averaging 150 so we are hoping that when she goes off the Predinisone next week her BG's go back down. As long as they have you on the Predinisone you're gonna run a little high. Just remember to test and watch your diet until they either get you to maintenance levels of the Predinisone or take you off them. Best of Luck!

Gal2garden 2009-12-07 09:05:30 -0600 Report

I was scared too at first, but it type 1 and 2 ran in my family and I knew for me it was only a matter of time. When I was diagnosed 4 years ago,it was not too severe yet. My A1C was 6.7 and my blood glucose was 145. I was over weight and knew I had to do something to lose weight and get in better health. I immediately cut all sugar and white carbs completely out. I started walking more even though I am not a seditary person. The Doctor said we should put you on control meds. I asked him to give me 3 months to get it down and he agreed. I have not as of yet had to go on any meds at all. I make healthy choices for food, watch my carb intake and exercise. Since the diagnosis I have dropped 6 sizes in my clothes. My normal A1c is usually 5.5 to 6.0 and my glucose stays around 125 or lower. Most people can't achieve that on meds. Sometimes stress can raise your Glucose also. You will be fine, start making small changes in your lifestyle, eat healthy, get moving and stay away from stress if possible. One more thing that really helped me was eating small meals 4 to 5 times a day. It sped up my metabolism and kept my sugar stable. these meals were no more than 300 to 400 calories a day. I lost the weight fast and my A1c really dropped along with my glucose numbers. Hang in there and just stay focused on making healthy changes. You'll do fine.

bigjrm45 2009-12-07 09:34:05 -0600 Report

do not be scared,just look at all your friends here we are all right there with you and we are all going to be there when you are up or down,so cheer up and look around we are there with you

Brendann 2009-12-08 10:57:47 -0600 Report

Thank each of you for your response. It makes things easier knowing that friends with the same issues can understand.

pathros 2009-12-06 10:06:38 -0600 Report

You have to take this seriously, holistically and work on de-stressing, monitoring your body sugar levels and what affects them.

tolong 2009-12-04 22:19:34 -0600 Report

don't worry,don't be scared we can adjust with help.It's not impossible to live a long life with diabetis. I'm 53 and have had it for 46 years,the shots really scared me at first,but i got use to them like every thing else we have to do. So hang in there watch the diet talk to ur doctor n keep the faith.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-12-07 12:32:09 -0600 Report

Now that is the kind of thing that you want to hear. I love hearing from people who have delt with this for years, are in good health, and have had no complications. Rather than all the horror stories that we hear all the time. Those are the things that boosts our morals, and makes us feel better. Thanks tolong!!!!!

ladybug_tn 2009-12-08 06:08:20 -0600 Report

I used to only take the pills, but I've starteed on Lantus (24hr) insulin Solostar Pen-. For many years I fought the thought of taking insulin, but I finally agreed to try it. It's not as bad as I thought it was, and it doesn't mean that you've done anything wrong if you have to start taking it. But sometimes our bodies don't make enough insulin and we just need some help. And the pen needles are ultra fine that it's not painful when the needle goes in. You can barely even feel it, and the lancet you use to prick your finger can hurt more than the needles. The only thing I have problems with is when I get sick and I have nothing to bring my blood sugar down. Because whe your body is sick and or in pain—it does cause your blood sugars to soar to higher levels. Just keep educated and learn all you can so you can deal with it—alot better!

Hinboyz3 2009-12-04 07:38:21 -0600 Report

Welcome Tammy and don't you feel bad about anything, we are all here for the same reason we need help and someone to talk to that's going thru the samethings were going thru. Im type 2 newly to me too. Sometimes in life we have to do things we don't want to do but things we have to do to get better. Sometimes it takes a while for thing to set in and take and effect on us. But at least you've gotten to that point, so now it's time to do the things you must do to stay healthy and to live a long life. I have to exercise and eat a better diet daily, I have to our I will have to take insulin like my dad has had to do for the last 23 years. So I've watched my dad for years he never complained he just did what he had to do, so now he's making sure I do the right things for my health too. So don't be scared we are all here for you anytime day or night. Talk to you very soon.

BIRDY 2009-12-04 06:12:48 -0600 Report

Hi Tammymarie ,

Do not be scared to die but be scared to live forever as the diabetic diet is the healthiest diet in the world :)


Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-12-07 11:55:24 -0600 Report

Birdy, I agree with your mom, you are so funny!!! You are a wonderful person. Hugs to you, your very good friend, Sue T.

BIRDY 2009-12-07 13:42:46 -0600 Report

Hello my dear ,

How are you doing today? I'm reading your posts and understand that you are really in a better mood and I feel so happy. Yesss my dear , I really believe in that way.Diabetics never eat junk foods , no cokes , no fat and I trust this will make all of the diabetics immortal somehow hehe . Do you remember the movie "Highlander " …I'm thinking every diabetic will transform to a "Conner MacLeod" finally :)
By the way I really like that guy Christopher Lambert..Do you?
Millions of hugs from your Birdy :)

TammyMarie 2009-12-04 06:09:55 -0600 Report

I want to thank everyone for responding. Wow. I now know I am not alone. I am really suprised that you all answered me to be honest. I am very glad I came to this site! I had no idea when I clicked on it how much it would make me feel better. No let me change that. You all made me feel better. You are wonderful people. Thank you for being there!

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2009-12-04 05:44:21 -0600 Report

The first news of a diabetes diagnosis IS terrifying - I cried for a week, I think, when it happened to me, so I know - and all of us here know - what ya'll are going through.

But then you adjust - you take your meds, learn all you can about the disease, and take control. If you slip up, no problem, just get back on track. This site (I'm relatively new here, too) will help a lot, both in terms of advice and encouragement.

Unlike a lot of conditions, diabetes can usually be managed. It's a bitch, yeah, but it's forced me to do what I should have been doing all along - taking good care of myself. I'm all I have, after all, when you get right down to it. I'm blessed with a supportive spouse, but he can't do it for me - it's on me.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2009-12-04 05:41:53 -0600 Report

To Carlton & Longhorn Mom - the first news of a diabetes diagnosis IS terrifying - I cried for a week, I think, when it happened to me, so I know - and all of us here know - what ya'll are going through.

But then you adjust - you take your meds, learn all you can about the disease, and take control. If you slip up, no problem, just get back on track. This site (I'm relatively new here, too) will help a lot, both in terms of advice and encouragement.

Unlike a lot of conditions, diabetes can usually be managed. It's a bitch, yeah, but it's forced me to do what I should have been doing all along - taking good care of myself. I'm all I have, after all, when you get right down to it. I'm blessed with a supportive spouse, but he can't do it for me - it's on me.

riverrat 2009-12-04 00:29:18 -0600 Report

We have all been scared and that is okay. It is going to be alright. Just try to follow your Dr.s orders and eat healthy and come here to talk when ever you need to. That is why we are all here. Great bunch of people on here.

MarineMomX2 2009-12-03 22:12:44 -0600 Report

Welcome to a circle of friends Tammy that can become very addictive! (Only in a good way!) I've been trying to figure out this diabeties thing for 2yrs myself and still learn new things every day. Learning from others here has helped me come a long way the past couple of months and I wouldn't give up my daily visits (yep, numerous) to check on everyone here! Welcome!

longhornmom2002 2009-12-03 22:10:38 -0600 Report

your not alone I was newly diagnosied with this last week after going to the er and then to ICU almost in a diabetic comma, I am scared to death to, I was also aneroxic which may have caused alot of this I was admitted with a sugar count of 388 and with DKA Iam doing shots and pills twice a day hate needles and hate life, I cant even do my job of bus driving due to the insulin injections. I had no waarning that I new of just kept getting sick til I finally threw up my hands and went to the doctor, glad I did I think!

TammyMarie 2009-12-04 06:06:14 -0600 Report

I am glad you did! Because if not you would have died. And that would have been tragic. Hang in there. We will get through this together. :)

magicmark 2009-12-06 18:31:30 -0600 Report

13 years ago I was diagonosed with diabeties. My blood sugar level was 519 at my 40 year old check up. My doctor told me that he normally would put someone in the hospital at 500 points, but he told me that he was going to try to control it himself. One month later after taking a prescribed dose I said to myself to heck with this I need to get better quicker so I had to double the dose he prescribed then the headaches started to go away. prior to I was eating sugary donuts in the morning with milk, going home at 5:30 after work sleeping for two hours then I would wake up and cook dinner. Then go back to sleep later at the earliest 9:30. I knew that my grandmother on my dads side of the family had diabeties,
however, it was kept from our family that diabeties was on
my mothers side of the family also. I had a 50/50 chance of diabeties so guess what, I'm a diabetic. 13 years later I'm on 2 micronase glyuribe and 1 shot of Lantis around 7 p.m. Sometimes i wish my new doctor would give me script to regular insulin during those time my blood sugar spikes up. Keep youself positive and you will be okay. At first it was difficult to accept that I was a diabetic.

Cmpangel 2009-12-03 22:04:39 -0600 Report

Its been 4 yrs for me giving myself shots.. I cried my eyes out the first week and still cry randomly every now and again. Hang in there. It is a daily struggle but you can manage this and this website is an awesome start for both of us! Good luck and don't give up

salmanda 2009-12-03 19:47:43 -0600 Report

Hi Tammy,
Welcome to a wonderful site that will help you manage your diabetes through friendships and information/knowledge. We have all been where you are, and it is scary to have diabetes. Once you are managing it though, you will feel better and you won't be as scared. Right now, I am sure you are just plain overwhelmed which is completely understandable.
If you have any questions, please ask. We are all here to help each other, and we are a great group if I do say so myself! :)

BeckyJ 2009-12-03 17:11:30 -0600 Report

You've come to a great place for advice and encouragment. I started coming here when I was first put on shots too. I slipped up over the last couple of weeks and strayed off course but finally am getting back on track. A lot of encouraging words from the others here has really helped and reading the other discussions helps a lot too. If you have any questions be sure to ask, search past discussions for some great reading material too. Best of luck, this is a tricky disease to deal with but soon you will realize it not to difficult if you just pay attention to your body.

packrat2 2009-12-03 19:35:17 -0600 Report

Hi tammymarie…having diabetes is not so bad..there are other things that are much worse, but you must take care of yourself, your Dr. or others can only help..it is up to you to test often{4 or 5 times a day} and eat right. best regards packrat2

sublime53 2009-12-07 15:56:21 -0600 Report

I've taken insulin shots since I was 16 YO and follow a diet as you must with insulin. I've seen and made a lot of observations in the 40 years I've been taking insulin. What you ate or didn't eat yesterday affect how you feel today. seven fruits and vegetable per day is a good rule to follow in general within dietary restrictions.

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2009-12-03 14:52:31 -0600 Report

Hi TammyMarie,

I agree with others here: please don't be scared! Diabetes is a pain in the neck to be sure, but it is manageable. You ARE going to be OK.

Have you been able to find or see a certified diabetes educator (CDE) yet? They're kind of like life coaches for diabetes, and can help with many of the day-to-day concerns that your doctor may not have time for. If you don't have one yet, here's a link to help you find one in your area:


Hope this helps. Glad to have you here!

All the Best,

longhornmom2002 2009-12-03 22:13:33 -0600 Report

at least your getting support from people here, Iam having a very hard time getting much response from people I feel like Iam in a dark tunnel all alone!

CarltonS 2009-12-04 05:07:50 -0600 Report

Now that is the same way i felt when in 2005 was told i have type 2 diabetes. My ins. wont pay for a educator. I will go on medicare next month because i have been on SSDI for two years now. Maybe i will be able to get one then. My suplament Ins. is with Bravo Health starting Jan.

ladybug_tn 2009-12-08 05:43:40 -0600 Report

I totally agree about going to a diabetes educator; because they're like your own personal cheerleadert. I don't know what I'd done without them and I was glad my dr. sent me to them! I had to deal with what they call the "Family Police!" They mean well, but they're not up to date with diabetes, nor educated and can drive a diabetic crazy! I had 2 very special ladies I seen—one was a diabetic nurse and the other a dietician and they were great!! But I read everything I can about my disease and try to keep myself educated in this as much as I can. Also, find a diabetes support group in your town and go to their monthly meetings as much as you can.

I felt the same as you when I was first diagnosed—scared, and I was angry that I got it and felt like the dr. had told me that i had cancer. Drs. tell you what to eat and other things,but they don't help you deal with your feelings. I went to the book store and found a book that helped me with that emotional part of it. And it's really helpful to keep a food diary too, cause it makes you more food concience about what you're eating. Good luck and hang in there!

eric the blue lizard
eric the blue lizard 2009-12-03 14:47:34 -0600 Report

living with diabetes really isn't all that bad. I look at it as an advantage over people who don't have diabetes becease we are forced to live a healthy lifestyle. People who aren't diabetic have a choice and lots of times their choices lead to things that are not so good. A great philosopher (Plato) belived in balance in life. That is what we are forced to do. Live with balance. It may take a couple years, but you will get used to taking shots. As long as you don't tense your muscles, you can hardly even feel them. The best advice that I can give you is just don't let yourself feel bad about being diabetic. Be strong.

salmanda 2009-12-03 19:42:45 -0600 Report

Well said Eric. :)

TammyMarie 2009-12-04 06:02:16 -0600 Report

Ty Eric and I am trying to be strong. Your comment made me feel better :) Ty.

bfcrocker 2009-12-04 15:41:44 -0600 Report

Hello All, I am a nurse of 30 years and would be glad to help anyone I can. My husband is a type 2 diabetic and is insulin resistant as well so I am well educated on this disease. Let me know if I can be of any help to anyone.

vegasdoc 2009-12-03 14:46:36 -0600 Report


Please don't be scared. Ask questions of your physician if you don't understand their treatment choices. As long as you are able to control your sugars, so have a HbA1C 6.5% or less, you can push off the complications of diabetes for many years. Make sure to check your feet daily and see a doc for your feet, eyes and cholesterol once a year along with your kidney function via blood work. Eat right and go to the American Diabetes Association website for tips on food your should be comsuming and portion sizes. Diabetes is a serious disease, but if well managed, you can still have a wonderful life. I hope this has been helpful.

TammyMarie 2009-12-04 06:01:30 -0600 Report

Ty it was very helpful. My h1c level is right now 11. And they said that was very bad. So I am trying. and ty for the food tips. I will go there and check it out.

Harlen 2009-12-03 14:40:46 -0600 Report

We as frends will help in any way we can if you have Q just ask .
Glad you are here and please dont be scared we have all been thrue this and we made so can you
There are a lot of good frends here
Best wishes and hugs

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