Need friends that support

By Kateli Latest Reply 2012-11-19 02:33:26 -0600
Started 2010-03-23 19:18:38 -0500

Hi all,

I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes at week 32 of pregnancy last year (Oct 2009). I then had the baby at week 36 (November 1st, 2009). After that I had the fasting. After I drinking the bottle, I walked 30 minutes, thinking that even if I have diabetes, the test results will not show. Is it true? I haven't checked the test results yet, because I am afraid. I experienced gestational diabetes for only a month, and that was not a pleasant month for me. I was constantly hungry, and my finger tip had so many holes because of testing. That little needle does hurt, and when I tested so many times on the finger tips, I had to go with bigger (longer???) needle. Now I read posts that talks about loosing limbs, going blind… I am freaked out. I have a long way to go. Friends, please give words of support. I am still in denial, but with your support, I think I will be a little stronger.

Thank you all,

10 replies

Langerm 2012-11-19 02:33:26 -0600 Report

Guess what? T2 diabetes sucks less than GDM! You will have access to medications that you couldn't use while you were pregnant, and they will make life easier. You will not have to test as often, if at all. Don't be afraid.

Denial doesn't make anything better. Be brave!

jayabee52 2010-10-13 23:46:55 -0500 Report

Howdy Kateli and welcome to our little family here at DC!

My experience with gestational Diabetes (GDM)
My ex wife (we were married 25 years about 10 yrs ago) had 3 pregnancies (3 sons) and she had GDM for each of them. She got GDM earlier with each pregnancy. By our 3rd son (we were trying for a girl with #s 2 & 3) she had GDM almost from the 1st month. The DM for her was only temporary and resolved after delivery. After that we decided we wouldn't try again lest a 4th pregnancy she might get DM permanently.

I spoke with her on Oct 6 & 7 (@ 2nd son's wedding) and asked her about DM. Her Dr checks her from time to time but she is not diabetic. She has high cholesterol (a family trait) & had a heart attack @ 48 (needed a quintuple bypass - the most bypasses someone can have) and she still has normal BG#s even after that stress of a major heart attack (her mother was DMt2 & had heart problems).

What I'm trying to say is that having Gestational DM does not mean you will automatically have DM of any type when not pregnant. If not, you may very likely get gestational DM with subsequent pregnancies.

Her 3 pregnancies were before glucometers were in wide use, so all we could do was measure her BG#s at the OB Dr's office, and adjust her menu accordingly.

I pray your GDM does not turn into DM (of any type)

God's richest blessings to you and yours!

PS Should you wish you may either ask any further questions you may have of me in this discussion, or in the DC email system!

GabbyPA 2010-03-26 14:17:41 -0500 Report

Diabetes is a scary thing to deal with, but you will find all kinds of support and great friendships here to get you through the tough times. It is even harder when you have a new born baby to tend to. But let that little bundle of joy be your inspiration for taking care of yourself. We will give you the help to get you to understand what you need to do. There is so much here that can lift you up, but we can give you that nudge if you need that too.

So don't be freaked, you will find a lot of what you need right here.

Kateli 2010-03-24 20:09:26 -0500 Report

Thank you all for your support. I feel better knowing I have friends out there who understand exactly what I am going through. I think I will ask for another fasting, because I think maybe walking after drinking the juice might be cheating. By the way, my nearly pre-term baby is now almost 5 months, and is very healthy :). My kids are still small, so I need, I must, I gotta stay healthy at least for another 25 years. Can one do that? How long can a person stay healthy?

MAYS 2010-03-24 20:44:07 -0500 Report

It's all up to you !
One of the members on this site (Richard157) is a prime example of longevity as a diabetic (type 1), has received the Joslin Award and has written a book :

Beating The Odds
64 Years of Diabetes Health
Authored by Richard A Vaughn

( This is the story of my 64 years with diabetes. It gives my diabetes history and some of my autobiography. Online friends have wanted to know what it was like to be a diabetic in the 1940's and beyond. This will be explored here and carried to the present day. Many topics are discussed, including causes of Type 1 diabetes, how some Type 1 diabetics have lived so long without complications, the Joslin Medalist Program and my participation in the Joslin Medalist Study. There are many pictures dating as far back as the 1930's. My online blogs of my past have been very popular. Hundreds of replies say I have given inspiration and hope for the future of many of my diabetic readers and their families. My hope is that I can do the same for those of you who read this book. )

If anyone can answer your questions and keep you focused, he's the one !

You can do it, let your children and your life be the guiding source and inspiration to do it, and at the same time you will inspire others to be just as you are, a survivor !

" Mays "

alanbossman 2010-03-23 21:39:18 -0500 Report

Hi Kateli and welcome to dc dont freak out things will get better and you need to think more positive about being in denial. Stay strong.

Harlen 2010-03-23 21:32:09 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Yep it stings a bit you can test on your arm too I do
Dont freek out .We are here for you and its not the end of the world
You can e-mail me any time and we can work it all out diabetes dosent run my life but I do take care of it.
Best wishes

spiritwalker 2010-03-23 20:46:51 -0500 Report

Kateli, Welcome to DC. Diabetes can be scary at first. You need to get your
results. If it turns out you are diabetic you go from there. DC is a wealth of
information with caring people who will understand your fears and any thing
else. Look around the site. After you get your answers if your Dr. doesn't
offer diabetes education don't be afraid to ask for a referral to see a diabetic
educator, a nutritionist, and so forth. They will teach you the basics. What you
did as far as testing while caring a child will usually differ after delivery.
Most people test on a time table set up with their Dr. If you take good care
of yourself and keep your numbers reasonable you can have a good life.
Each of us with diabetes learns as we go. I have been learning for 25 years
now. We are here for you. Ask questions, share concerns and so forth.
Everyone is here to help.

MAYS 2010-03-23 19:45:33 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

You will find support and understanding here.
But I have to be truthful with you, the horror stories that you hear about diabetes complications are true, but understand this, you can prevent them by managing your glucose levels, it's totally up to you.
The support is here, but the dedication to managing both your health and diabetes is in your control, take diabetes very, very seriously.

Many others worldwide have done it and so can you, all it takes is Awareness, Education, Action and Determination.
Check your test results, if you have diabetes let's deal with it properly, the sooner you start, the better off you will be !


Hops 2010-10-13 07:21:03 -0500 Report

The greatest thing about diabetes is that your efforts to control it will help
you much healthier than you have been. You will learn to exercise at least
half an hour a day. You will learn to put limits on what you eat and drink
while learning what foods help fill you up without raising your blood sugar.
Diabetes is very much controllable in contrast to many other more severe
conditions. Count your blessings. Get your test results and with your doctor
and the diabetics in your community learn to be healthy.