I am flat out terrified.

Chel-sea
By Chel-sea Latest Reply 2010-11-26 17:01:29 -0600
Started 2010-05-03 09:03:30 -0500

Hi everyone! I was recently diagosed with type 2 diabetes on top of my high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I actually found out when i went to the ER the other day. They informed me that my levels were in the 400. I knew i had the blood pressure issue but not the cholesterol or Diabetes. They put me on some medication for everything. They didn't give me any information about the medicine or Diabetes, they told me to "look it up on webMd"-exact words from my doctor. I guess what im getting at is if anyone has ANY information or can tell me where to start atleast. Thanks so much!


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chopi
chopi 2010-11-26 17:01:29 -0600 Report

When I was first diagnosed a month and a half ago my BS was 420. I've brought it way down with exercise and better diet, now never over 140 usualy much lower.Try to find a diabetic specialist, mine was a great help and had so much info.
Good luck and hang in there

cntrygirl1264
cntrygirl1264 2010-09-25 23:59:58 -0500 Report

Chel-sea Hello, I"m new to this site, but I know what your going through it's gotting to be ok. I want you to know that you can live with this & control it along with your blood pressure. You need to get a family doctor that will help you not send to the computer to look it up on your own. It's ok to be scared, but you have a friend who understands. I can send you some info. if you want. If you want someone to talk to I would like to be a friend. I have tpye2 & high blood pressure, high cholestral plus alot of other health problems, but good doctors/doctor can help you control things & make your medications, work together to keep it that way. Good Luck you are in my prayers.

Kaiyle
Kaiyle 2010-09-06 19:11:09 -0500 Report

I hope since May, that you have settled down into things, and you're making progress. With each passing day, I hope you're feeling more and more confident while learning about this disease. Please let us know how things are going with you.

DebG43
DebG43 2010-06-05 01:16:53 -0500 Report

Dear Chel-sea,

Hi. My name is Debbie, from Uncasville, CT. I was also recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and it gave me a pretty bad scare. But I am fortunate to have a good family doctor who really cares enough to have given me the encouragement I needed to believe that I CAN make some gradual changes to my diet, exercise level and who works closely with me on my medication to cope with this rotten disease. I also, with encouragement from my family, asked him for a referral to the Joslin Diabetes center at my local hospital for the education piece I needed to better deal with this complication to my health. The Joslin centers are excellent! I would strongly recommend them to any diabetic looking for answers to the blood sugar numbers game. You get to see a nurse, an endocrinologist (doc who specializes in diabetes and other endocrine disorders) a registered dietician and there are education meetings (at least 3 two-hour sessions) and also support group meetings if you should want them, after your initial educational sessions. The group education meetings are excellent! I felt so much less confused when I left and I look forward to going back next week. They make it so much clearer and fun learning. Don't stay scared and in the dark. Call your doctor and ask for a referral to the Joslin Diabetes center in your community. You'll be doing something to ease your fear and it just may save your life someday. It'll definitely make you feel a whole lot better in the meantime. Physically and emotionally. I'm sure I will never regret going. It's something good I'm doing for me. Some good support will make all the difference for you, too. The ER has got to be the very worst place to find out about any serious threat to your health. Those burned out interns have deplorable attitudes towards the patients! How horrible for you! Look it up on Web MD? How much more lame could he possibly get?! If you sued that jerk for malpractice you'd probably win!

Well … I'm sure you have enough on your plate. I wish you the very best and hope you'll look at this "diabetes monster" in a more relaxed light. You could see it as an opportunity to get your health back on track, now that you need to make some healthier choices in order to feel better and not endanger yourself. You CAN fight this and you CAN win. Just throw away that old 'excuses can' because that's the only thing that will prevent you from being healthy. We can always pull another excuse out of the can for why we don't make the right choices for our health, but all that does is disable us from feeling better. Excuses never do us any good. Nor do Justifications, Excuses evil twin. And Procrastination is their diabolical big brother. You gotta' watch out for him, too. Sorry - but I do ramble on. Please don't be so scared. Take diabetes seriously, by all means, but you are in control - you are in the driver's seat. My doctor says nobody ever died of diabetes itself; it's the complications that it causes with other health problems. For example, it makes heart disease and strokes more likely to occur as the body weakens with age. I believe you are young and you have time to learn to cope with the diabetes and get it under control. Just take it one day at a time and do your best. Then you'll be sure to feel better. Peace and Blessings …

Deb G.
Uncasville, CT

PERCULA
PERCULA 2010-05-28 17:55:28 -0500 Report

Sounds about what happened to me but I dont have high blood or high cholesterol. I ended at the hospital because I went to a clinic to have my back checked.I was in alot of pain I have no fluid between my lumbar 4 & 5 so I figured that was the problem because it was hurting alot. Well the clinic sent me to the hospital thinking I was having a heart attack. I go and after 4 hours about to leave and nothing found just assumed stress. The nurse rushes back in and says to lie down. I was given isulin because my sugar leval was 398… My follow up with my doctor helped he gave me options and he discussed how important diet and exercise can be to maintain the levels low. I got rid of cokes, breads, tortillas, and anything that I read that I was not suppose to eat. I was scared, I dropped 15 pounds in 2 weaks. Now that I have done research and keep better watch of what I eat, I am not so scared. I still after a year and months have a hard time because my husband believes I am making it up. So it is hard to cook on a budget for the both of us. I have to try to buy food that will satisfy him and some that will work for me. I still have sugar levels from 80 to 289 at times. One thing to remember; you have to find the right food that works for you. Not everyone can eat the same foods and its good for someone else. I found by watching the carbs and the sugars on the foods I buy it helps and eat a lot of green salads with everything if possible. Like I mentioned for some reason some foods affect me and some dont. Beware of diets out there that promise to lower sugar levels. Keep a good record of what you eat and how it makes you feel through out the day and check your levels write everything down and go from there. You will be okay just stay positive. Have faith that you will be able to maintain a healthy life. Hope this helps take care!

mabbam
mabbam 2010-05-28 16:59:13 -0500 Report

Don't worry, there are is so much out there to help you with this, but, you do need to watch your diet. I have lowered my sugar and cholesterol by eating healthy chocolate, yes chocolate. This a a pure form of chocolate and has not been processes by heat. I have lost weight as well it has really worked for me. Take care it will be fine. M

littlemrs
littlemrs 2010-05-28 11:40:23 -0500 Report

well one of the main things I have learned if you eat carbs or anything high in sugar pair it up with protein it keeps your sugar from spiking always have a snack before bed I was going to bed with great sugar numbers and waking up with sugar readings of 122 what was happening my sugar was dropping too low while I slept my body went into sweats to burn calories to bring it back up. Biggest thing is don't panic your not alone.

Kirla
Kirla 2010-05-27 18:49:54 -0500 Report

Chel-sea

I was diagnosed last year (Feb 2009) with a A1C of 14.1. I found that drinking lots of water and eatng lots of low carb vegetables, helped a lot in bringing down my numbers. It only took several weeks for my numbers to come down close to normal levels. Four months later my A1C was 5.9. All my A1C tests after the 14.1 have all been below 6. I wrote how I control my blood sugar and what I did to bring down my numbers on my blog. Click the link below for how I controlled my blood sugar in 4 months.

http://kirla.wordpress.com/this-is-what-i-did/

Good luck
Kevin

Casparks10
Casparks10 2010-05-27 15:54:49 -0500 Report

Not only go to another doctor, go to an Endocrinologist they specialize in Diabetes among other conditions. It is very scarey to have 1 let alone all 3 conditions. A specialist can definitely help. When I was diagnosed my Dr. let me know not to panic first of all, Diabetes doesn't usually cause you immediate danger, however, in the long run if it isn't brought under control by diet, exercise and/or medication it can hurt you in the future. The big thing is to get educated by going to nutrition counselors and the right doctors to get you on the right path to getting it under control. Make a goal and a plan and get moving in the right direction. A good doctor will help you with all 3 conditions. Good Luck

Emma2412
Emma2412 2010-05-18 11:43:04 -0500 Report

My God, I agree with apeape!!! Get a new doctor! Also, I wouldn't go near that hospital ever again, in fact I think I would even file a complaint about that person who sent you to WebMD. Read the book by Gretchen Becker called: "The First Year Type 2 Diabetes — An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed". Gretchen is a diabetic patient who wrote the book with the assistance of two doctors. I found it was very informative and instructive for people who don't know (like me at the time) about diabetes. Also, keep in touch with us here. We know where you are and how you're feeling. We're interested in you and how you are doing, too. You can also go online and learn from trusted diabetic sites about the disease. But, also, know that diets and medicines don't work the same way for every person. If you don't have a testing meter, get one and test in accordance with your new doctor's instructions. In the beginning, as you learn more and more, I would recommend that you keep a journal of when you test and what you eat. You will after awhile know what foods are going to raise your blood glucose levels and what foods will not. Learn all you can about good nutrition. I know exercise works well for me but I'm sure there are people out there that can say the opposite. Keep in touch!

apeape
apeape 2010-05-17 14:11:25 -0500 Report

first, omg get a new dr!!!! & get a referral to a dietician, look for one with CDE after their name, they specialize in diabetes. i'm hoping the dr who told you this was just the ER doc, & not your regular dr. still a horrible thing to tell a patient, but i can understand it a bit from a frazzled ER doc.

uncdada1
uncdada1 2010-05-16 13:57:15 -0500 Report

Hi,

I am newly diagnosed as well ,yet it runs in my family so i have dealt with it and learned a lot about it for many years.I too have high BP, i dont suggest this to you , but i ,seeing as my high bp was related to pain levels from an illness i have ,stopped my Bp med, and take mettformin for diabetes and normal meds for other auto immune disorder and bp has calmed down. I am scared as well, like i wanted a new illness , like u , bp was enough bad news ya know . let me know what is it you take for diabetes ,my mom takes s thing different from meand gets great reslults, my friend another med, and my grandma was insulin dependent shots,then down to the pills, she had a weight issue.i need to maybe drop 10 lbs, but i feel exercise will help me a great deal and also eating rt, i am bad to not eat and then have one late night meal .i had to change that ,my meds arent really working ,going this week to check into other options and diet options . My levels , are 340 , 360 , then one day will be 130 ?? and eating healthy , so i cant figure it out ? Hopingmy doc will, hes a good man . and cares . Glad to try to help u figure out your meds , i have looked up so many since diagnosed w/ankylosing spondylitis years aago and web md , isnt always the best or most informative way to go,wikipedia is awesome , and free and on line and it is very detailed .

hope thaat helps some and if u tell me your med, ill look it up and copy and paste an email or reply to you here on this site .

mark from sc , 45 yr old single dad to a 5 yr old princess , ha

take care

marko

CoriStanley
CoriStanley 2010-05-16 13:17:11 -0500 Report

Jeez…you don't need anything "special"…I was on BP medication for about 8 or so years, my cholesterol was always high and I got diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in June 2009. I lost 60 lbs by watching my carb intake (started out at about 20-25 grams of carbs per day) and try to keep it below 60 grams per day now, portion control and exercise and now I do not take any medication for anything and everything is on track…My BP is lower now without medication (used to take 2 pills per day plus a water pill), my BS is about 115-ish (fasting) without medication at all now (used to take 2 mg per day) and no cholesterol medication at all either…my last numbers were perfect a few months ago…so watch those carbs/sugar, portion control and exercise and you can kiss all your medication bye bye! (hopefully! My doctor told me not to take anything anymore and I still monitor)

Good luck!
Cori

lee-roy
lee-roy 2010-05-16 08:30:43 -0500 Report

well first of all—GET A NEW DOCTOR—you should never put up with "look it uo on webmd" this can be tough but take it from a doctor who works with you will help so much more in the long run

Kenny B
Kenny B 2010-05-16 01:38:59 -0500 Report

Hi Chel-sea I was diagnosed with T2 in Nov. 1999. Like you I was afraid to death. I did not know anything about diabetes, even thou I have a brother who had it years before me. First thing you need to do is change doctors. get yourself an diabetes specialist. that is what I did. They sent me to classes, and answered all my concerns. They helped me keep track of my levels. I went from levels of 300, they said i should have been dead, also having problems figuring out what I could eat, taking insulin and pills, to no more insulin, i control my diabetes with food. I take pills only for the neuropathy pain. I am o.k. with it. somethings about itare good,like i can not gain weight. If I over indulge in food , my body cleases it out right away. i do gain or go below 140-145lbs. The only bad thing for me is, I can nothave sex. I have nerve damage in my penis. This can not be reversed. The blue pills do not work for me either. Take your time, and you will be o.k. do not be very afraid.

EMILY1967
EMILY1967 2010-05-15 20:55:24 -0500 Report

Hi well make a Dr. appt. for them to check all that u need, the Dr. will tell and answer all ur questions, is scary good luck

Denny-Tantu
Denny-Tantu 2010-05-15 19:30:14 -0500 Report

Sweetie while we would like to think its the end of the world i have had this for over seven years and not only with the doctors help but this the years i have found that the diabetes of America has thus far been thee best ever doctors to go to. they do EVerything THERE THAT you need. but also… go get the diabetes for dummies book. this will give you answers like no one else can. It helped me understand some of the things that even after years never understood.. please just give it a try.

trf2267
trf2267 2010-05-15 17:36:11 -0500 Report

hello Chel-sea I found out I had T2 on April 21, 2010 one day before me and my husband were going on our Disney Cruise. All my Dr. said was you have T2,lets try to control it with diet and exercise I'll write you a script for test stripes and lancing. That is pretty much it . oh yeah I almost forgot I'll sign you up for Diabetes education classes. Which started May 10,2010.I have done some research but still feel very lost. My suggestion to you is call your local hospital to see if they have a Diabetes education classes, they will give you a meter a answer question for you, it is scary but you can do it look what you have went though already and you are still standing. Keep your head up and search for a support team friend coworker parent there are people who care a great deal about you reach out to one of them or all of them.
Tina

rjjay
rjjay 2010-05-15 10:39:03 -0500 Report

you don't need to be afraid cause this is not the end of life it really is the beganning why well look now you know what you have and there is a way to handle it.i take a pill everyday call glyburide 3mgs and i try to eat right now if i were to lose 25 pounds i will not have suger any more see i don't work so i have gain some weight and that cause me to be a diabeted.eat right and maybe lose some weight not saying you are over weight but is so it will help have a bless day rjj was here.

dr8m1t4
dr8m1t4 2010-05-11 13:06:31 -0500 Report

Hi Chel-sea! I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes in Feb. Since then I have tried to learn all that I can about diabetes and, more importantly, diabetes management. Get the book Diabetes for Dummies, by Dr. Alan Rubin for a good introduction. (You can find it online at sites such as eBay or Amazon or alibris.) Check online; there's a lot of good information available there, too. But be selective of your sources - some just aren't as good as others. Look at the sponsor to help sift the wheat from the chaff. iTunes has some diabetes-related podcasts, but again it's important to be selective. Even Netflix has several informative DVDs covering diabetes and nutrition. The more you know and understand, the less fear you may experience.
Follow your doctor's instructions on meds, diet and exercise. When you can, go beyond the basics the doctor gives you. For example, Roche (the manufacturer of Accu-Chek products) has some helpful tools to monitor blood glucose throughout the day to see if and where there are any glucose spikes. Another helpful tool allows you to chart your blood sugar levels before and after eating particular meals, foods or activities. This helps to see how various foods and activities can impact blood sugar.
The old saying is" Plan your work, then work your plan." Good advice. If/when you have a meal plan, do your best to stick to it. But don't stress if occasionally you blow your carb or calorie "budget." There's always another day to do a better job. (But don't use this as an excuse to be careless in following your plan, either.)
Controlling diabetes is as much a mental and emotional exercise and "doing." With a good mindset and emotional well-being, diabetes doesn't have to be that difficult to cope with.

cindylt
cindylt 2010-05-10 17:46:10 -0500 Report

Chel-sea, So sorry to hear of your diagnosis, I too am a newly diagnosed type 2 (April Fool's Day - no joke!) and also have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Please know that it will get better as you learn to deal with this. Watching your carbs and exercising has helped me alot. Plus this web-site and dlife are full of information. Read, read, read. And then ask about going to a diabetes education class. This has helped me alot. I would suggest you find a better doctor too… one that can help you out, not head to the web for information.
Good luck and let me know if I can help you out any more. Cindy

Rader
Rader 2010-05-10 16:51:57 -0500 Report

I haven't read all of the replies so I'm sorry if I give some advice that someone else has given. The first thing I would do is find another Dr. preferably someone who is a diabetes specialist. Don't expect to know everything there is to know all at once. Its not going to happen and you will only overwhelm yourself with information and burn yourself out and revert back to bad habits. You will learn as you go. some by what you read or what people tell you and some by your mistakes. This is your lifestyle now make it a hobby to eat healthier and live better. I was diagnosed in the late 90's and was overwhelmed like you and burnt myself out by trying to be a expert overnight. I gave up and ignored it. until 07 when years of uncontrolled type 2 caused me to go into congestive heart failure and nueropathy of the legs. slow down take a breath and take the info only as fast as you can digest it. you made a great start by coming here. you are among friends who all have the same problems as you do. Nothing new under the sun here : )

LiL Kim
LiL Kim 2010-05-10 13:16:27 -0500 Report

Girl i wish u luck. i kno the day i found out was not good. all i fewlt like doing was break dwn and cry. and sure enough i did. :( but ya kno dont give up,keep truckin foward and it should be alrite. i kno its stressful but dnt give up hope nor urself.

benc3368
benc3368 2010-05-10 09:37:08 -0500 Report

"Breathe"-slow down the anxiety, with diet and exercise you too can bring it down, I brought mine down to the hundreds, it took a lot of work, but with determination and self control you can do it, and god bless you-I just said a prayer for you.

silyons23
silyons23 2010-05-09 03:20:25 -0500 Report

I found out when I was in the ER a few nights ago also. Im trying to stay positive. My uncle and great grandma had it. I am hoping with diet and exercise it will go away. Chelsea, you will be ok! I know it is scary when you are first diagnosed. If you dont have a meter google free glucose meters and you can get one for free. I just filled out some info online to get one.

GloDen
GloDen 2010-05-08 18:24:39 -0500 Report

Chel-sea, take a deep breath. I was diagnosed a year ago May 1, 2009. I noticed I had been going to the bathroom an awful lot and woke up one morning, had my coffee (about 6 cups), but had an unusal craving for water. Which I never grew to like. I stood at my kitchen sink and downed about 6 glasses real quick. Diabetes runs in my family and it scared me.Being uninsured a friend of mine paid for me go to the doctor. Long story short my blood glucoses weas 404 and when she said it should be about 115, she really got my attention. After being diagnosed through reasearch online, I found out that some minor things that I had been ignoring, shortness of breath (I smoke), lack of energy (seldom exercised, slightly overweight) were all symptoms of diabetes. That had all been going on for at least a year, probably more. I changed my eating habits, cut out sugar for the most part, limit carbs, etc.. By my 3 month check up I had losts 17 lbs. When I had my last check up in March my total weight lost was 40 lbs. Take is one day at a time. I was a candy junkie and lived on regular pop and kool-aid. Don't get me wrong you get off track every now and then, but moderation is okay. I now eat lots of fruit and vegetables. More fruit than I had regularly in 50 plus years.

behzad
behzad 2010-05-08 09:41:34 -0500 Report

hello chel sea im also recently diagnosed as type 2 patient and im using insuget 70/30 insulins of getz pharma and now feeling v well with metfomin and exercise as my physician adviced me. u must consult ur docor 4 a normal life

Chel-sea
Chel-sea 2010-05-05 18:10:53 -0500 Report

I just saw a new doctor this morning. I've been on the meds only acouple days now, but Im feeliing better, still alittle overwhelmed. My bp was the lowest today then its ever been which made me happy, and my sugar was no longer in the 400s. I've read up and got books and I'm learning what and what not to eat. I'm hoping to stick to a diet lose some weight and hopefully (finger crossed) not need meds any more. Again i just want to thank everyone for there support,stories and information. Im glad that i have some where to come and vent and research.

Deb-G
Deb-G 2010-05-07 12:13:47 -0500 Report

Hey Chelsea good for you…you went from panic to control of your own destiny…diabetes is a condition that doesn't have to be your "desease"…your in the drivers seat…good for you!

MadCurves
MadCurves 2010-05-05 16:14:07 -0500 Report

Hi— I was diagnosed with type 2 -3 weeks ago I had a puminary embolism in December 09- then was back in the hospital last month where they diagnosed me. IT is pretty scary and sad :( I now this week have been told my cholesterol is high and my BP was stroke high like 213 over 115. MY sugar was running so high my meter would not read it (over 500) and that was scary. I now have been put on 2 insulin pens, the pill and other meds for the rest of my health mess. Apparently the only thing we can do is have patients, eat better and in my case lose weight so i can get these things under control. I am glad i found this site because between the diets i am on for my coumidin (blood thinners) diabetes, and my liver being enlarged (high protein) I am running out of things to eat lol- I hope you feel better soon and get well even sooner :)

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-05-06 12:16:33 -0500 Report

You have a lot to deal with, for sure. I hope you and your doctor(s) work together to get you where you need to be, as far as your blood sugar and controlling your diabetes. You seem to understand and know what you need to do, so just get to it! You will have good days and bad, but do your best and keep trying.

OMG-T2
OMG-T2 2010-05-05 12:22:53 -0500 Report

Hi Chel-sea!

I am a relatively new diabetic as well, having been diagnosed on New Year's Eve of 2009. What I remember best about that day is getting the news then trying to shop for party items for celebrating that night. I often stood in the aisles of the market and thought repeatedly "I can't eat anything", because I was terrified to eat and the only advice I'd gotten from my PA that day was "don't eat anything white - except cauliflower". Woo, great suggestion there, doc! As I shopped, I continually fought the urge to burst into tears as I passed all the things I would normally have purchased to celebrate…potato chips, breaded cheese sticks, jalapeƱo poppers, etc. - ad nauseam (literally, in retrospect). Eventually, I walked out of the market with a fraction of what I intended to get, but I attribute that to my survival instinct more than anything else, because it sure seems that that very instinct kicked in the moment I heard the words "you're diabetic - BAD!" from my PA.

I don't recall ever being terrified around my diagnosis, except that I initially worried that if I was as bad off as my PA indicated, I thought that my death was imminent, and I freaked out because I just KNEW my sister would be hacked off at me for not being proactive about my need to lose weight and get healthier earlier. I also feared how my death could affect my cousin, who is easily as close to me as my sister. Then there are friends and other loved ones that I had concerns about. And, last but not least, my beloved little dog!

I have always said that there is nothing like a dread disease to make one choose living or dying, and suddenly, I was in a place where I had to make that choice myself. I chose life and I strive - every day - to make the best decisions to enhance my life. That's all I would ask anyone in similar straits to do. In your case, Chel-sea, I would suggest - as others here have - that you get a better physician, or at least someone who will give you better advice and be more "hands-on" with your situation. That's paramount in getting all of your issues under control!

Being here at DC is great support as well, and I'm sure you see that already. I find everyone incredibly well-intentioned and knowledgeable about what works for them which is important to know as diabetes affects us differently and we are able to glean potentially useful information that could benefit us as well.

Most of all, try not to be frightened…it just won't do you any good…fear is a killer! When your situation scares you, just try to logic it all out and take your time doing so…while your diabetes will never go away completely, it, like your high BP and cholesterol, can be controlled and well-managed. Believe it! I never thought I would be someone to grab the reins around my own situation but I did without too much coercion, and I feel like I am getting a handle on things after only a few months. I mean, since my diagnosis, I've lost 44 pounds…which is about 11 pounds a month, my blood glucose is getting better. I started out with an A1C of 11-something and just found out yesterday that it's now 6.6 (I had to get some blood work done and my PA just wanted to let me know that my A1C is under 7).

And here's a good point from my own perspective, although I am currently awaiting the go-ahead to have gallbladder surgery and am in constant pain, I really feel SO much better than I did before I started to get my diabetes under control. I am healthier, happier (except for the pain-crankies) and oh, so zen-like on my good days!

I wish you all of the good!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-05-06 12:13:13 -0500 Report

Wow! What an inspiration! Very wise words indeed. I hope a lot of people will read this. Life anything we deal with in life, out attitude and determination are a huge part of how successful we are at accomplishing what we set out to do. Until we each take the reins and decide that we want to live as long as possible and have some quality of life, we really have little chance of succeeding. We won't be perfect. Some will do better than others, and we will do better some days than others. Have to try, though. Thanks for sharing this!

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-05-04 18:16:15 -0500 Report

Hello and Welcome to the board. I understand the fear, frustrations, feelings and few other "F" words. You are not alone with them. This is a great place to share what you're going through, ask questions, partner with others, and in a month, five months, a year or whatever we will be coming to YOU for advice, inspiration, motivation, education, or whatever.

The ER actually isn't the best place to be counseled for diabetes or anything else for that matter. They are there to get you in and out but the followup, education, and all of that really is up to you. You seem to be finding some pretty amazing resources so congratulations on doing it.

Do you have a primary doctor? If not, get one and try to get the best. You can look through your insurance company (if you have one) or check out the site: www.ratemds.com.

I found out March 2nd that I am diabetic after a blood test with a new doctor. The higher level (135) never showed up before so this is a new condition for me. The doctor is suggesting diet and exercise to get under control. I will get an A1C level later this month. I ran out to buy a meter and strips because I really just wanted to prove the doctor's test wrong. I think some would call that "denial."

I totally understand your being terrified. Terror would be one adjective when I got the phone call from the doctor. Like you, I took matters into my own hands to get help, education and support.

Don't go away, kiddo. This is a great place but we cannot diagnose or treat you so make sure to find professionals (doctor, dieticians, counselors, whoever) that you can work with.

Keep us posted! You will probably always have a bit of terror but you'll be able to accept things and deal with them.

Prayer won't help but it certainly won't hurt. My prayers are with you.

RAYT721
Cleveland Ohio

2010-05-04 08:43:06 -0500 Report

Chel-sea,

Welcome and we are here to support one another. I was diagnosed with diabetes about 20 years ago. I have dieting and loosing weight. I have lost a little over 100lbs now. I am no longer on medication and I look and feel great. I am here to motivate evrybody including you, and let you know that this is a disease that can be controlled and you can win the battle over it. Any questions or anything I can help you with, don't hesitate to ask. Good luck and let's fight together.

mbasilio
mbasilio 2010-05-04 21:47:03 -0500 Report

i've been dieting and still haveing a hard time loosing weight , if u have any tips for me i could use them.

Chel-sea
Chel-sea 2010-05-03 18:53:00 -0500 Report

Thanks again to everyone! I'm very glad I have found this site. I have a lot of information to look at, thank you all again for you help and advice!

Elrond
Elrond 2010-05-03 18:30:11 -0500 Report

HI Chel-sea,
This is definitely a lot to deal with in a short time. It took me more than 30 years to come to terms with my diabetes and that was far too long. Fortunately, you have the internet and this site to help you. Everyone else has given excellent advice so I won't repeat all of it. Just remember that diabetes can have serious consequences if you don't deal with it properly. I mostly ignored mine for a long time and it led to a stroke followed by a heart attack. But if you start dealing with it now, you can probably avoid all or most of the problems. It will require changes in your lifestyle but it's not as bad as you imagine. Most of us find this a healthier, happier way of living. Read the posts here, make friends, and don't be afraid to ask questions. We all enjoy helping others. Welcome to our family.

MAYS
MAYS 2010-05-03 18:00:17 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

First and foremost, nothing will beat a medical examination and further research by you, yourself.
In the meantime, why not familiarize yourself with diabetes and it's complications (?) by doing so, you will understand the importance of managing your diabetes by managing your glucose level daily.

You can control your diabetes, it's up to you !

~Mays~

Check out these links :

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/877-ani...

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/928-wha...

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/879-dia...

Deb-G
Deb-G 2010-05-03 17:30:26 -0500 Report

Chelsea…its ok, I think we've all felt a little terrified and overwhelmed at some point…and even some points still…while the E.R. probably armed you with some medication to temporarily help you with those levels…I hope that they also recommended that you find, and see, a regular physician…Maybe start with an internist depending on what your insurance situation allows…There are also specialists that can help but with multiple issues the best place to start is a good internist for long term care…Most E.R.'s are not meant to treat you long term so they usually give you a fix and a referral to follow up with a doctor… You def do not want to rely on the ER only for diabetes care…nothing good will happen like that…get yourself set up with a good office and a better situation to treat your health…You can do it…dont feel too overwhelmed, just take a little bit of info at a time…You'll get there! :) Good luck …

monkeymama
monkeymama 2010-05-03 14:21:30 -0500 Report

Hello there Chel-sea! I have been a type 2 diabetic for over 6 years now. I have just recently found out I am now having troubles with high cholesterol (even though i do not eat fatty & junky foods) and have had troubles with my BP on and off for a while now. The best place to start is get in contact with your PCP (primary care physician). They should be able to set you up with a diabetic educator and dietician. The doctors office/educator will either give you and teach you how to use your/a meter or give you a prescription to get one. Like everyone else here has said, keep reading up on the diabetes stuff to help you better understand.
Just remember a few things though! Everyones treatment for what and how they control their diabetes is going to be different. If the choice is up to you for a meter. Do a little research and pick out a meter that best suits you and your lifestyle. You have to be comfortable with your meter and how your diabetes is getting taken care of. If you don't like it and it is not too unreasonable. Find someone you feel comfortable with to take care of you. If you are not comfortable with things, your less inclined to work with helping yourself. Always try to keep a positive attitude and outlook no matter what. Never blame yourself for this either. Be strong! We're all here for you. Hugs!

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-05-03 12:30:50 -0500 Report

Welcome Chel-sea
Just keep reading the information that has been given to you and ask alot of questions. Someone will be happy to answer the best they can. Best of Luck in your new life.
Your Friend
JoAnna

spiritwalker
spiritwalker 2010-05-03 12:03:40 -0500 Report

Welcome Chel-sea, You picked a great place to start. You will
find a great deal of information here. The people here are great.
Look around and join in discussions. I agree with Harlen. Get a
meter as soon as you can. Test when you get up in the morning,and two hours after each meal and before bed. The
next Dr. you see ask to be sent to a diabetic educator. That
person will help you learn the basics about food plans, carb counting, Rx and so on. There are also other webs sites.
ADA.com, D Life which offers good basic information and something like 10,000 recipes. Diabetes Daily.com forums,
discussions ect., diatube.com updates on things up and coming
for diabetics, and several others. You can also check your local library and local health department both should have materials
which will help. Ask any questions you have and everyone will be willing to help.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2010-05-03 12:01:37 -0500 Report

Welcome, Chel-sea.

It's completely understandable to feel terrified/overwhelmed/panicked/upset or a host of other emotions. Being diagnosed is a big deal. Life-changing in fact. And to have a doctor tell you to look it up online is frankly irresponsible.

But you've made a great choice by coming here. We have many members who have been down the same road you're on. You can draw on the wisdom of many others who will be more than willing to help.

Here are a few places to start reading that can help you get your feet under you.

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles/317-glucose-monitoring-whats-the-point

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles/5053-type-2-diabetic-diet%E2%80%94where-to-start

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/886-basic-diabetic-food-tips

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/5448-healthy-snacks

Take care.

Chel-sea
Chel-sea 2010-05-03 11:11:03 -0500 Report

thank you both very much.

Jerry_Abrams
Jerry_Abrams 2010-05-15 13:02:02 -0500 Report

Chel-sea, I am sorry to hear of your diagnoses. I too am a Type 2 diabetic. I was diagnoses with it in August of 2002. The best advise that I can give you is to ask your doctor for a referral to an endocrinologist. This specialist deals specifically with blood disorders, and they are the best type of doctor for anyone who has diabetes. When I was diagnosed my sugar levels were at 690. I was hospitalized for a week, placed on Lantus shots, and prescribed Glucotrol XL 10mg. twice a day. One month later, I was taken off of the shots, another month after that, I was also taken off of the pills. This was due to working very closely with my endocrinologist. He taught me so much about the disease that I never would have otherwise known. Like another person said in an earlier post, being diagnosed with diabetes is not the end of the world, it just means that you have to make some positive changes. After making these changes, you may only have to diet and exercise to keep the disease under control. I wish you the best of luck.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-05-03 10:52:55 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
They do seem to go hand in hand I didnt have any thing till D hit then it all hit lol and if a doc sed that to me I would tell him/her thats what I am paying you for !!!
For me the first thing to do is get a book and a meater test test test right down every thing you eat and how much of it, what your BS is two hr after.and keep trak of every thing that you take in that has carbs.
best wishes
Harlen

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-05-03 10:09:16 -0500 Report

I would start by finding a new doctor. Any healthcare provider who tells you to go look it up when dealing with such a serious illness is not worth their salt. I would be furious. Yes, I do agree, you have to do research, but that was not good etiquette at all. I would start your research at www.diabets.org which is the American Diabetes Association. You can order booklets there that will help you with food choices and give you a great overall look into what you will be facing. It is a lot to assimilate, so don't worry about learning it all at once. Take one step at a time.

You are starting in a great place by coming here. WELCOME! The community here is in the same boat as you are and we can help guide and encourage you along your journey. A lot of times high cholesterol goes with diabetes, so the meds they are probably to help with all the aspects of it.

A good place to start with your meds is to ask your pharmacist about them. They understand a lot and are willing to share if you have a good one. I also use www.drugs.com to input my meds. There I can find interactions and side effects so I can be aware of what I am doing.

You will do fine, hang in there. Get a doctor who will spend some time with you. Look for a local diabetes education class, that will help you out a lot! If you want to peek at my notes from my class I have them listed here. There are 7 total to look at. They might give you an overall look. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?query=TCOYD+class+%231

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-05-03 12:29:35 -0500 Report

Your first sentence was going to be mine as well, Gabby. Hard to believe that quack is still able to have a practice. As usual, all of the information you provided is excellent. I would definitely seek out a good endocronologist and consult the internet, check out books at the library, etc. (Web MD is excellent, as is the American Diabetes site and this site.) No need to be afraid. It's not the end of your life. It can be controlled with some changes and a positive attitude. Best of luck to you! Be sure to use this site to ask questions. We are not experts, but we've had a lot of life experiences. You should have a good doctor as your primary partner and source of information, however. Do that right now.

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