I'm new and haven't a clue

By Alyssa512 Latest Reply 2011-05-08 18:09:17 -0500
Started 2010-03-19 18:27:18 -0500

Hey everyone, my name is Alyssa and I am new to this group and I am new at living with type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed two months ago and to make a long story short, I DON'T GET IT! Help, Please! Pleaaase!! I need help with anything and everything.
Thank-you, thank-you!

10 replies

VickieF 2011-05-08 18:09:17 -0500 Report

Hello Allyssa, Very nice to meet you. I am T2 and trying very hard to get my sugars down below 200. Not finding it easy at all. Hang in there as we all try to help each other with any problems we have. Not just our diabetes. So just ask and if one don't know the answer someone else might. And if something worries you just tell us Everyone was there to support me when I had a problem not related. DC is the best.

imsuzie2 2010-03-20 03:15:28 -0500 Report

Hi Alyssa

Welcome from me too. I am T2, oral meds, so no help with insulin, but the gang here will help a bunch. Beside the book recommended, ask your doctor if you can go to a diabetes education class. Good luck.


Alyssa512 2010-03-20 21:05:47 -0500 Report

Hey. Education classes? I went got to see a nutritionist, I have two times and someone to show me how to properly inject myself, but that's it. Is it like a class? I've never been the sharpest tool in the shed. But I'll ask me diabetic doctor about it. Thanks.

Dennis1947 2010-03-19 21:46:11 -0500 Report

Weell I just advise T1 or any Insulin Newbies to go thru the Dr. Process of seeing an Endo of course
and Get the Book" Think Like a Pancrease" by Gary Schneier-CDE
It has helped me and many others alot towards both understanging it all and controling things and in many case alot easier and better than from our own Dr.'s..
I still use MDI(Syringes) Using Novalog and Levimire Insulins and am able to ave 5.8% A1c's this past 12 mo ave period..

and I've been known to eat Choc Eclaires and A Browine every now and then as well..

Alyssa512 2010-03-20 21:02:17 -0500 Report

Weell, hey Dennis, I like my chocolates every once in awhile too! Is that a bad thing? Chocolate chip cookies, Yumm! I need to stop before I grab one out of the kitchen lol.

I don't know what my blood levels were when I was first diagnosed, but apparently not good! Now they run in the upper 100's and lower 200's, I guess that's better than before. I use Lantus once and day and humulog and Reli-On syringes. Eww! I cant seem to grasp the thought of shots after all this time, I close my eyes sometimes right before I poke myself.

Thanks for sharing,

izzy2139 2010-03-22 05:13:14 -0500 Report

hi alyssa, one thing i've heard consistently from professional health care people is that a good schedule is the best thing we can do for ourselves as diabetics. make sure you take your lantus at the SAME TIME every day. it will help a lot i promise. my nutritionst told me to count my carbs in groups of 15 and that it was ok to round the numbers so i guess you don't have to be all that precise about it as long as you have a pretty good idea of what your meal has in it so that you can adjust your insulin accordingly, which is perfect for the days when desert is irresistable. i rarely skip an opportunity to enjoy something sweet myself, and as long as i can stick to my portion size my numbers stay good. when i was trying to be "good" it always ended in a sugar binge so now I include deserts in my meal plans and its helped solve that problem, i just trade a portion of my meal for the desert, or take a few more units of insulin to cover it. if you have insurance, contact them and see if they have a program for dibetes. the two companies i've been with since becoming diabetic have had programs that would send tons of information in the mail. good luck with it all!

spiritwalker 2010-03-19 21:42:52 -0500 Report

Alyssa, welcome to DC. Its a good place. The members of this site are caring people. All are willing to share from their experiences. I am a type2, and have
been for 25 years. There is a lot of information shared, support given. I am
an insulin dependent type 2 due to medication allergies. I had bad reactions
to several oral meds do my Dr. put me on insulin. Its hard at first since a number of things come at you all at once. Give it time and it will get better.
We are here for you.

Harlen 2010-03-19 21:28:20 -0500 Report

Hello Alyssa and welcom
I know what you meen there is so much to know
first know that it will take time to get it all down.
The first thing you may wish to do is see your Doc and get what you need to know from them first . I am T2 have been for 5 years now
I was so lost when I started lol
for me it was learn to carb count and get my BS in line that was a big job and still is I keep working at it and I get better every day I think lol Have thy sed anything of a pump to you?
I am on a pump and it has beeen a blessing for me as a T1 I think you will like it too no more shots I was on 10 to 12 a day just to keel my BS under 200
If you read the blogs and discutions here you will pick up a lot.
I use the Book the calorie king to help me with the carb counting and it has helped a lot as well as a log on how much I eat and what I eat what I needed for insulin how it worked on my BS
I hope this has helped
Best wishes

Alyssa512 2010-03-20 20:55:39 -0500 Report

Hey Harlen, It's good to see I'm not alone, even if you and others here are type2, diabetes is diabetes, right. I have a book just like The Calorie King, but I never used it for watching my carbs, just calories. The way my dietition told me how to count carbs is too much math for me and each meal is a different amount and she said I have to eat snacks, I found out she was right or my sugar gets too low, but it's so hard to find the time to eat a snack inbetween breakfast and lunch.
And I am working on getting the pump. Yaaa!

Thanks for sharing.

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