Need help with all of this

longhornmom2002
By longhornmom2002 Latest Reply 2009-12-08 13:26:50 -0600
Started 2009-12-04 17:23:34 -0600

I really dont understand what is going on, Iam coming out of being anoroxic and into the world of diabetes, I have opened discussion on here and no one seems to answer me, my blood sugar levels are way low and then go way high, Iam trying to eat the right things yet dont understand how to measure and what to choose, I need a grab and go type of stuff, for example my fasting bs before breakfast fasting was 56 two hours after breakfast was 137 then I checked again before lunch 57 after lunch I felt very sweaty shakes light headed and checked it was 40 drank some milk as advised rested then drank more milk tested and was 38 I soooo dont fricken understand, I am agervated and discouraged, have two more test strips and no money to buy any till monday, this is very expensive for me and to top it off I cant even continue my job anymore cause Iam insulin dependant and cant drive a school bus per DOT so what a fricken merry christmas, id rather not eat and say to heck with it. if I didnt have two grandbabies and my family I would, because I sure have seen who my true friends are since all this started. sincerely FLUSTRATED


38 replies

angel torres
angel torres 2009-12-08 13:26:50 -0600 Report

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ALHanel
ALHanel 2009-12-08 01:37:31 -0600 Report

I am with you on that. I have to say that when your sugar goes low like that I was told peanut butter, not milk. You need a sugar and protein is what I was told, but I am still having problems so maybe I was told wrong.

ziyadah
ziyadah 2009-12-07 23:44:48 -0600 Report

i'm like you ,only i lost my job as a bus driver so no insurance no pills i check my sugar which is and was even with the pills hi, but i'm going to beat this , my biggest problem is i keep cravins candy i started taking a pill called melabic,i dont use refine sugar or flour i try to eat right but my sugar still hi i think its the excerise. I have more energy now so i jt haveto apply it. we'll get thru this good luck.

Andrzej
Andrzej 2009-12-05 13:14:03 -0600 Report

I totally forgot. I even call the strip manufacturer and one time the girl mailed me a free box of 50 strips to keep on hand in case I ran low. Very nice gesture and all I had to do was ask. =)

caragypsy
caragypsy 2009-12-05 11:58:11 -0600 Report

Please my friend hang in there. Cara

Andrzej
Andrzej 2009-12-05 13:12:41 -0600 Report

You are experiencing what most of us have when diagnosed. I'm supposed to be in the prime of my life and my doctor tells me I now have diabetes! Yikes! Now I have to carry around my sharps and meters. Oh joy. I'd call my endo or a diabetes dietician if I were you. Sounds like you'll need to be extra careful in tracking what you eat if your sugar levels are all over the place like that. There are some good excel spreadsheet logs out there that you can print and use. It may require and approach with military precision, much like what I have been doing. Also, the endo and/or dietician's offices should have meters and/or test strips on hand and I'd be calling them for a box or two of samples. When my benefits run out I am hot on the trail of free samples! DO NOT give up though. It's challenging not hopeless. Good luck and Merry Christmas~

Drew

angel torres
angel torres 2009-12-06 15:05:05 -0600 Report

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ptsparkle
ptsparkle 2009-12-05 11:32:33 -0600 Report

Longhornmom,
Sorry for your difficulties you are going through. As you see, you have many friends here who are concerned and are willing to help and answer as best they can. I don't know how big Woodlands is, but maybe check with your Dr., or local endroconologists, your local/regional diabetesctr., and see if there is a support group that you could participate in. Losing your friends is the pits because of our condition.Some people think diabetics are like lepers. Hang in there girl, and stick with this site. You have friends here.
Jim

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2009-12-05 09:16:23 -0600 Report

The diagnosis of diabetes is terrifying, confusing, and overwhelming. Feeling all those emotions is perfectly natural - so crying and pounding pillows are both acceptable responses! ;-)

The first step is education - and, as you've already seen, this site is filled with folks who have 'been there, done that' and can provide real-life advice and support. The health care system - wherever you can plug in - is also a resource.

As you learn how to eat to better manage those highs and lows, you'll feel gradually better. I've finally come to the conclusion that, if I had to be diagnosed with something, at least (1) it's not something like terminal cancer - it usually can be managed, and (2) there are about 20 million of us so the drug companies pay attention! Very different today than 30 years ago when my grandmother died in a diabetic coma. (A fact that only added to my personal roller coaster when I got the diagnosis!)

Hang in there! You can do this…

Tia Shirley
Tia Shirley 2009-12-05 02:11:27 -0600 Report

Welcome to diabetic connect. You have come to the right place for support and hopefully you will find the info you need. Have you ever kept a food journal? That helps me to know what I am eating, what my blood sugar levels are and after seeing a pattern I write down foods that keep them at a good level or foods that I need to avoid. Two foods I need to avoid are syrup with sugar in it and especially lattes unless they are made sugar free and fat free.

Try to eat every few hours. That also helps to even out your blood sugars. And some days, they will just do weird things no matter what u do but you stick with what you know works because you are important. Good luck and feel free to share whenever you like.

riverrat
riverrat 2009-12-05 01:40:56 -0600 Report

I feel a lot of concern for you. Please don't let this condition get you down. Your sugars are very low and that isn't good. Maybe you can eat something every few hours. Sometimes a glass of juice will bring your numbers up. 137 isn't very high for after eating. I know it is hard at first but please hang in there. Depression is common. Talk to your Dr. about it. Maybe you can get some help paying for your meds. A lot of companies will help you. Ask your Dr. about it. Please don't give up. More people care than you know. We will be here for you if you need to talk to someone.

longhornmom2002
longhornmom2002 2009-12-05 14:13:42 -0600 Report

thanks and please keep in touch I need the support of friends. that is one thing I found out how many fair weather friends I had!! and what few true friends when this came about.

bam8654
bam8654 2009-12-04 19:09:27 -0600 Report

Welcome to the world of diabetes, it's not an easy life to be a diabetic and you will feel the way you do and that's okay, because you are not alone. I have highs and lows just like you, so here is what you need to do to help you understand what you need to eat and this book will help you…First you need to count your carbs this is the number one thing that is causeing your highs and lows. The book is a bible to me The Calorie King Calorie Fat & Carbohydrate Counter. I can go up to 120 and thats okay anything after is high.

Jennys
Jennys 2009-12-04 20:10:09 -0600 Report

Dear longhornmom, Hang in there! I own a sugar free/ gluten free bakery and help people get weight off and under control daily; let me help! I have my best friend down 45lbs. and off ALL medicine in two months and a cab driver from 325 to 189 and on diet and pill control. First, sweet potato is still carbohydrate that converts to sugar! Limit your intake of them. Second, you must eat within two hours of waking up. This will get your metabolism going and keep your sugar steady. Also, keep things like mixed nuts around to grab a handful throughout the day; snacking is critical!! Switch to vinegar dressings. Vinegar lowers blood sugar and will keep it from soaring like mayo based dressings will. Cinnamon is an excellent herb!! Sprinkle it on things to keep your metabolism boosted and weight under control. Drink enough water. If you are having trouble getting in eight glasses a day, add crystal light or lipton to them. They both make instant crystals with 0cals & 0 sugar. Stay away from Splenda, it IS sugar!! Get enough protein. The deer meat is fine, it is protein, as long as it is not fried. If you eat bread, order whole wheat. Even most places carry whole wheat buns theses days; you just have to ask! Oatmeal will keep your cholesterol under control and stay with you for awhile. DON'T skip meals; this will only make your sugar go out of control; and remember to snack. Eat your veggies! The lower the sugar, like cauliflower, the better. When you dehydrate bananas, their sugar goes up! The fresher the fruit, the better. If you eat things like yogurts and applesauces, make sure they don't have added sugars. If I can be of any help, let me know, you'll be fine!!

Jennys
Jennys 2009-12-04 20:28:23 -0600 Report

Dear longhornmom, Hang in there! I own a sugar free/ gluten free bakery and help people get weight off and under control daily; let me help! I have my best friend down 45lbs. and off ALL medicine in two months and a cab driver from 325 to 189 and on diet and pill control. First, sweet potato is still carbohydrate that converts to sugar! Limit your intake of them. Second, you must eat within two hours of waking up. This will get your metabolism going and keep your sugar steady. Also, keep things like mixed nuts around to grab a handful throughout the day; snacking is critical!! Switch to vinegar dressings. Vinegar lowers blood sugar and will keep it from soaring like mayo based dressings will. Cinnamon is an excellent herb!! Sprinkle it on things to keep your metabolism boosted and weight under control. Drink enough water. If you are having trouble getting in eight glasses a day, add crystal light or lipton to them. They both make instant crystals with 0cals & 0 sugar. Stay away from Splenda, it IS sugar!! Get enough protein. The deer meat is fine, it is protein, as long as it is not fried. If you eat bread, order whole wheat. Even most places carry whole wheat buns theses days; you just have to ask! Oatmeal will keep your cholesterol under control and stay with you for awhile. DON'T skip meals; this will only make your sugar go out of control; and remember to snack. Eat your veggies! The lower the sugar, like cauliflower, the better. When you dehydrate bananas, their sugar goes up! The fresher the fruit, the better. If you eat things like yogurts and applesauces, make sure they don't have added sugars. If I can be of any help, let me know, you'll be fine!!

ginarb37
ginarb37 2009-12-05 04:11:45 -0600 Report

Jennys i want to thnk you for putting some information down on here. I learned a few things here. Im a type 1 diabetic. My main thing is that my sugars have been out of whack for over 10 years, Im over weight. I have been depressed off and on. No work or play really. I found this link throu a very good friend of mine that her hubs is diabetic as well. I love it here,. I learn so much. Once again, Thanks!

Jennys
Jennys 2009-12-07 14:50:55 -0600 Report

Hey ginarb! Hang in there!! Keep up the good work! This is what I do for a living and I love to save or rescue lives! I love to help people lose weight and get back on track. I kept telling my best friend he had to quit those sugared sodas and drop a few lbs., but he wouldn't listen. Now, diagnosed with diabetes, he's had to listen to me and has done well. Even his Dr. commented on how remarkable he has done! I have him down 45lbs. and under 200 for the first time in a long time. By adding the waters, lean proteins, & mixed nuts and skipping the sodas, NOT the meals; it only took us two months for him to do this and his Dr. took him off all blood pressure meds., cholesterol meds., insulin and congratulated him for a job well done!! Remember that snacking is critical but this is a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit! NOT a bag of potato chips or a waffle!! While men tend to gain beer bellies, women tend to accumulate fat at the back side of their upper arms and at thighs; so don't forget to MOVE. Even if you park your car half way across the grocery store parking lot; at least you will have to walk!! I tell my driver to purposely park over at Sears when he comes to get me from the grocery store so I HAVE to walk. When putting food away, hold a can good like a weight and do a few bicep curls putting resistance on the muscle. Then do it backwards, doing the same resistance. Small activity and movements like that is all it takes!! Put produce away individually so you have to do a few more squats! Your'e beautiful, learn to love yourself!!! SMILE!!

longhornmom2002
longhornmom2002 2009-12-05 14:10:28 -0600 Report

thank you so much anything you can send me suggestion wise for foods would be great that is easy for me if I had a list of stuff to choose from.

Jennys
Jennys 2009-12-07 15:21:20 -0600 Report

Longhornmom, Hang in there!! This is what I do for a living and it really does get much easier! As I mentioned, stay away from white and fried! White bread, white rice, white flours, all no-no's. Anything fried is going to be too fat and put too much pressure on the pancreas to process insulin. I just had a patient die because he was too worried about his liver and booze when the liver is not the only working organ here!! Avoid too high carbs but not all carbs!! Oatmeal and beans carbs are detered by the fact that they are high fiber foods that will also keep your cholesterol down. Salads are always good! Add some lean chicken or fish to round out the meal. DO NOT skip meals! This will only cause you to graze later, which will put on the lbs. Switch to whole wheats, including pastas, but be sure they say 100%! Otherwise, it will be of little nutritional value with little fiber. Make salads with romaine lettuce and spinach. Both of these have a MUCH higher nutritional value than iceberg lettuce, which is mostly water!! Get creative!! One of my top sellers is a strawberry spinach chicken salad with gorgonzola cheese and walnuts and an oil free strawberry balsamic dressing! Youl'd be suprised at how good chicken breast can get!! Snack on a handful of mixed nuts or a piece of fruit in between meals to keep your sugar from going to wacky. Try a glass of fat free milk. You need the calcium, plus it will curb the hunger pangs. One of the things we teach people to do here in my clinic is how to eat out and how to read labels. If you're a juice drinker, STOP!! They are so overloaded with sugar! Oranges themselves are very high in sugar so when converted to juice they don't need more; but that is the only way the company can give their product shelf life! Put you first, you are worth it and it does get easier! Jenny's Bakehouse and Deli/Bon Apetit Diabetes Clinic

Hinboyz3
Hinboyz3 2009-12-04 17:41:47 -0600 Report

You cant get all upset because it will affect your blood sugar levels too. You have to eat a well balanced meal. My fasting levels are usually round 108-120 sometimes, after dinner or before bed is when I have to check next and they are usually round 106-120. But what you have to understand is everybody's body is so different. I know someone will answer your messages on this board. We all do, I check on and off all day long to try and answer everyone s questions especially if I think I can help them. You have to drink more than just milk, I know its hard for you to eat, but you got to eat some kinda snacks too thru the day, cause you will get shakey when your blood levels start to go tooo low. I eat lots of fruit fresh and canned no sugar kinds. In the mornings I have Oatmeal instant its good. Salads thru the day or with a meal too. I know you don't want to hear that, but you have to do those things or at least try to do them. We all need to be around here in this world as long as we possibly can. It's only one of you and you have to take care of you. This thing has happen to all of us here on this site. So don't feel like your all alone, cause your not. We are all in this together, I count on reading everyone's messages they really make my day to know I can help someone else out, other than myself and in the process add a smile to someone elses face. So just hold on and try a few new things. I know what you mean about the test strips, I too run out from time to time, and I have to pay for all my stuff cause I have no insurance at the time. Im a full time student trying to get into nursing school, I enjoy helping all kinds of people. Even if you have to go and buy a cheap new glucose machine which comes with 10 strips until you can do better. So stay in touch you can email me anytime too Im always here.

longhornmom2002
longhornmom2002 2009-12-04 17:55:10 -0600 Report

thank you so much can you give me some ideas of simple things to eat?

Hinboyz3
Hinboyz3 2009-12-04 18:01:30 -0600 Report

Stay away from Breads (white), watch your carbs like white potatoes, rice. Do brown rice and wheat breads or multi grains breads. Add simple fruit that dont have sugar like the delmonte canned peaches, pears. Eat smaller amounts than you would normally eat. Like lunch salads, I add like mandarin oranges, tomatoes, but watch your dressings, use lite low calorie ones. Thats a start dont want to overwhelm you, cause its a lot to take in all at one time.

longhornmom2002
longhornmom2002 2009-12-04 18:09:08 -0600 Report

well I have been eating sweet potatoe fries baked, and I had a ceaser salad, and some venision one night, then I had fish, salad and brown rice one night, today I ve had two poached eggs on a english muffin and an apple, homemade chicken soup and my levels were all over the place I colaspsed on the couch and went to sleep the level roller coaster wears me out.

Hinboyz3
Hinboyz3 2009-12-04 18:14:11 -0600 Report

The fish is good for you and so is the sweet potatoes too. Im not sure about the venision (deer meat)? You got to watch pastas too, especially if they are not wheat (brown pastas) sweet potatoe plain no sugar unless it a sweetener. You doing ok you just got to stick with it. And pay attention to what your eating.

Hinboyz3
Hinboyz3 2009-12-04 18:20:25 -0600 Report

yes it is, it's just a bananna thats dried out, fruit. I notice when I eat them they make my bloodsugars go up. I think because bananns have sugar in them.

longhornmom2002
longhornmom2002 2009-12-04 18:23:10 -0600 Report

oh great see and I love banannas I have low potassium levels, Iam just a mess I wish I knew what I know now when I was destrying my body, and not eating. wish I had some good friends around me that were n the same boat. I am glad to have you now though at least your answering me.

Darly
Darly 2009-12-04 19:00:59 -0600 Report

I am sorry you are having so much trouble. I too have blood sugar levels all over the place,fasting range from 102-167…after a meal can range from 125-189. I was put on metformin 500 mg. a day,the other day I did not take one as the meter flashed at 66 saying "hypo", it was low all that day, I drank about 4 oz. of regular coke to get up my sugar level,went up to 78 about 1/2 hr. later. I too am learning, I really don't have too much to offer as to how to eat right, looks like Hinboyz3 has been doing a great job at that! Just wanted to say welcome,and I hope you start feeling better soon…Darlene

Monalisa
Monalisa 2009-12-04 22:16:47 -0600 Report

HI…WELCOME TO DC…I AM NEW HERE AND THESE PEOPLE ARE JUST LIKE FAMILY…LET ME TELL YOU THAT I TOO WAS IN A DEPRESSED STATE AND WANTED ALL TO END, I TOOK CARE OF MY MOM FOR 12YRS, SHE HAD ALZHEIMER'S AND WAS BEDRIDDEN THE LAST 5 YRS OF HER LIFE…I WAS THE ONLY ONE FOR HER AND IT BECAME VERY DIFICULT FOR ME…SHE DIED IN MARCH 2009 AND THEN I REALLY GOT DEPRESSED, MY BLOOD SUGAR WAS AND STILL IS A TOTAL MESS BUT YOU KNOW I AM TRYING TO LOVE AND RESPECT MYSELF…I ACCIDENTALLY FOUND THIS SITE AND IT HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL…PLEASE FEEL FREE TO TALK …AND KNOW THAT FROM THE DISTANCE WE ARE THE FAMILY WHO CARES AND UNDERSTAND AND CAN RELATE TO YOUR FEELINGS BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN THERE ON AND OFF…BIG WARM HUG AND GOOD LUCK…GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY…LISA

longhornmom2002
longhornmom2002 2009-12-05 14:04:43 -0600 Report

thank you so much this really means alot to me, last night was a bad one and I dont know why, I have been eating and checking levels and doing what Iam to do, and I woke up last night in a pool of sweat shaking eyes burning and could hardly see much less get up, I stumbled into the kitchen and began eating whatever I could grab gluncerna bar(gross blueberry dried out and nasty)drank a glouscose,2% milk and finally 2 mini snickers still was very low,I was in a panic after awhile I guess an hour I started slowly feeling better,and just went to sleep in totally was drained by this, this morning I woke up had coffe, took my metformin waited like 20 mins took my insulin shot,had oatmeal and a piece of raisin toast and so far so good feel fine. I really dont understand how to measure and all that and as I said Iam coming out of being anorxic so I could carless to eat this is a change, and I dont want to gain any weight.

Safe
Safe 2009-12-05 12:50:06 -0600 Report

My fasting B.S. is from mid 90's to 118…can't seem to keep it in the low range. I take 750mg Metformin. Could I do just as well just following right diet with no meds?

longhornmom2002
longhornmom2002 2009-12-05 14:06:03 -0600 Report

man wish I knew that I could be working instead of broke at home I didnt only get diabetes I cant afford my apartment or anything on my medical leave.

wdavisga
wdavisga 2009-12-05 13:57:18 -0600 Report

Depression is a state of mind often associated with lack of information or misinformation. Gather all the information you can tolerate on diabetes and surround yourself with a peer group like you are doing here on this site, but also seek out people with like needs in your own community, school or church. My faith in God through His Son, my Lord Jesus Christ sustains me and keeps me positive minded. My blood sugars run from 85 to 400 and I take two insulin injections a day. This disease may kill me but it is not going to rob me of the quality of life I plan to live until my time is up.

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