where and how do I begin

By tomismom Latest Reply 2013-02-05 16:26:00 -0600
Started 2010-06-03 11:46:09 -0500

I was diagnosed with t2 diabetes last Friday. The doctor had the nurse give me a BS monitor, showed me how to use and and sent me on my way with a lab request for more testing to be done in a month and back to see her in six weeks. No mention of a dietician, or someone to help me learn about what is going on with my body and how to adjust. I have no idea where she wants my numbers, Im assuming around 110 or lower, so far the best reading has been 164, but they range 199 to 251, even 286,
I'm taking Metformin two times a day, not impressed although it's early in the game.
So, I have been on my computer for days and teaching mysself what I can and so far this site seems to be one of the best.
If anyone has any ideas, reciepes, etc …bring it on. I'm going camping so any easy recipes like the breakfast one…awesome!

52 replies

Mair 2013-02-05 16:26:00 -0600 Report

Tomismom: one step at a time is the begining or you will be overwhelmed. You are here at a great support board and please check out the diabetic association web site. There is loads of informative information. The key is to be as educated as possible and demand answers to questions you may have from your doctor.
For me when I was diagnoised eight years ago I thought my life was over. Know what that is the fell sorry for me approach ( not good)
We are here for you and feel free to email.

jjhnpa 2010-09-29 19:39:20 -0500 Report

your experience seems something like what i went through, i was at home and all of a sudden i got real weak and went to stand up and passed out & was rushed to the er,then admitted & after many test found out my sugar was 456 and i had type 2 diabetes..i am learning what i can from books and internet.

tc2sweet 2010-09-29 19:38:10 -0500 Report

I know how you feel. I was disgnosed on 9/14/2010 and experienced the same thing. I've been checking the web too. This is the only site that I have found some help. I've made some friends and I feel more at ease. I don't feel so alone now and I know I can ask questions and get good answers.

bjm1946 2010-09-29 19:34:11 -0500 Report

Hi,I too am new at this.I was diagnosed last monday and put on metiformin 2x aday.At first had proplems with diarea but now its ok.I have type 2.All i no is im suppose to watch my sugar and carbs.I bought a 'DIABETES FOR DUMMIES" book and its giving me alote of info i can understand.I tryed to join a nutrisest group but my insurance wont cover it.I walk alote also.Started out at 247 blood sugar test was 191 this morning. So i no its working. Good luck

VeronnyBunny 2010-06-14 01:51:37 -0500 Report

Wow it sounds like me!!! I was diagnosed Friday too and also had her give me a bs meter. Also, put me on metformin and advandia and also 1200 mg of omega 3 once a day.

She said that weight watchers is great for helping me to lose weight and stay in check. Lots of water even crystal light so you get ur water is great. Excercise is wonderful too. My last dr said at least 5 times a week since I have metabolic syndrome too along with insulin resistance etc.

As long as you stay away from carbs and cakes and stuff you will be fine:) Have weight watcher candy, sugar free stuff and low carb high protein:) Hope this helps you:) Keep your head up you can beat it:)

Jerry_Abrams 2010-06-09 09:58:33 -0500 Report

Hey Tomismom,

When I was diagnosed back in 2002, my BS was at 690. I was hospitalized for a week. One of the best things you can do to start out with is to check with your doctor or hospitals in your area about meeting with a diabetes educator. They can give you much more information and help than you would imagine. Also, I never have liked the meters that they give out at the doctor's office. I swear by my One Touch meters, lol. If you go to www.lifescan.com, you can order a new slim meter for free. Make sure you exercise and watch what you eat. I would also advise talking to your doctor about referring you to an endocrinologist. These are doctor that specialize in diabetes. Getting a referral to one was the best decision I have ever made regarding my diabetes. I hope these things help and I wish you the best of luck! Lastly, I would like to welcome you to the Diabetic Connect community, there are so many good people here!

Lakeland 2010-06-08 21:47:30 -0500 Report

Hi, when I was diagnosed my blood sugar was 550 & I was afraid to eat anything because like you they didn't tell me anything but cut back on sugar. Diabetes is a little more than that.

When I did get into classes I did watch what I ate & walked & even with the met formin it took me 4 weeks to get close to normal.

the best advice for me was, Pick the carb first. Carbohydrates turn into sugar, but if the carb is high fiber 5+ than it takes the body a lot longer to break down that particular carb into sugar so try to get things that say "whole grain". Whole wheat is still process & breaks down quickly so it's got to say whole grain & look at the fiber number. or if you decide to have fruit, there are natural sugars in that so just limit portions. I use diet jello's & puddings for desserts.

Getting back to picking the carb. If you want dessert, than you should limit the bread, or pasta in that meal. If you want bread, than skip dessert or pasta. Loading up with most veggies won't spike sugars.

I liked taking my blood sugar numbers 2 hours after a meal & just before so I could gage what foods did what.

For me breakfast is so easy. Eggs & meat are all protien & with a little toast. there are very little carbs there. I do drink diet Ocean Spray cranberry juice so I don't add up on carbs on the juice/fruit side.

I also have switched my breads to arnolds sandwich thins, these are good & are high fiber so they breakdown slowly plus if I toast them it's like having a bagel.

Even if you do everything right, it does take time for the sugar number to come done, 1 week didn't do it for me, so don't get discouraged, it took several weeks.

this is what worked for me. Good luck, enjoy camping.

Ralph 2010-06-07 22:08:01 -0500 Report

My Doctor sent me to classes for diabetes at the hospital. We went once a week for 4 weeks. It was an eye opening experance and helped me a lot. Ask your doctor and see if there is classes somewhere near where you can attend.

ccritch 2010-06-07 12:47:07 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC!

As Justin said you can reverse it but you will always be a diabetic. That being said join a support group that will teach you to count carbs, read labels and how to manage your diabetes and make sure you are happy with your diabetic care provider. Don't go cold turkey on sugar just watch what you eat and how much of it you eat. Make sure you check with your clinic or hospital near you if they have education classes you can attend.

God Bless

Justin Cowden
Justin Cowden 2010-06-05 13:19:16 -0500 Report

Let me start by saying in a positive way..Welcome to the family"! That being said, don't get to caught up in the whole artificial Sugar/Splenda Craze. You actually have the power to reverse and control you type 2 Diabetes. DO some research on suppliments. There are some great products out there. One I would recomend is called Glucocare. You can get it at whole foods. Also read the Diabetes antidote by Doug Burns. Its very encouraging! Just remember, YOU are in control!
God Bless!

bace 2010-06-05 13:05:38 -0500 Report

hi tomismom! I'm kind of new here, too…but this site has been a big help for me already! and I thank heaven for the internet! I have read and searched so many things to educate myself about diabetes (I was diagnosed almost 3 yrs ago)
You need to give the meds a little time to work. As for recipes, there are sooo many good ones online! I keep reminding myself to eat 'foods of color'..stay away from white bread, rice, pasta, potatoes…go for the whole grains, colors like sweet potato, the whole grain pasta or breads. Mainly watch those carbs…I had to learn about carbs themselves..the difference between simple and complex carbs. this site has some good recipes, too…good luck!

davidvermont 2010-06-05 08:08:20 -0500 Report

Such a familiar story - similar to mine when I was diagnosed about a year ago. I figured I just had to decrease sugar input, only later learning that it's not about sugar but carbohydrates.
Read, read, read. Test, test, test.

alanbossman 2010-06-04 14:36:59 -0500 Report

Hi, and welcome to DC. To bring down your BS numbers you need to eat vegs and chicken,and turkey and fish. And every thing in portion size meal 1/2 your plate is vegs. 1/4 starch and the other 1/4 your meat. Also cut out all white bread,white rice,and potates, these raise your BS high. You can eat some red meat but must be like pork loin or sirloin steak. These are lower in fat then other meats. Also excrise helps a lot to keep BS numbes down,also helps in losing weight which also brings down your numbers and can help in lowering your meds you take. Hope this helps.

Kirla 2010-06-03 19:42:11 -0500 Report


Last year I was diagnosed with an A1C of 14.1 and fasting blood sugar of 366. By drinking lots of water and eating low carb vegetables my blood sugar numbers dropped to almost normal numbers in a short amount of time. 4 months later my A1C was 5.9 and my last 4 tests have all been under 6.0

I wrote how I control my blood sugar here. Click on the colored text.


On the right of that page you will find several links to other sites that I found very useful. Alan has lots of advice on testing, David is a well know writer that has a very good site on diabetes and Toma has a free e-book you can download. I found it very good.

I also found by testing before and after I eat what foods were spiking my blood sugar. I found bread, pasta, potatoes and most starchy foods spiked my blood sugar. Some people can switch to whole grain and some like me have to stopped eating them.

Welcome to diabetic connect

monkeymama 2010-06-03 18:41:35 -0500 Report

Hello there and welcome to our community here! I went undiagnosed for a while. I had a suspicion that I was diabetes and my PCP ignored the numbers at my physical yearly for 2 years. After a surgical procedure, my GYN diagnosed it when i was spilling protein in my urine. I was fortunate that I had a wonderful doctor, he set everything up for me right away and told me to go back to PCP for medication management. I utilize two wonderful books "Calorie King" (online too) and "Nutrition in the Fastlane". Along with the books, I live by a plate rule (1/2 veggies, 1/4 starch, and 1/4 protein) and use a toddler size divided plate. I learned that "protein" is a good thing for us, it helps us feel fuller and stay fuller longer.
For ideas for your camping trip Breakfast: Special K cereal bars and cereal with Protein plus and Yoplait Light Yogurt. Lunch: salad, Lower carb Protein Meal Bar (Special K) or protein meal shake, and for dinner: Apple Chicken Quesadilla Have fun on your trip and know you can do this and you will do this. Give the Metformin a chance to work. It takes a little bit to start seeing some kind of results.

RAYT721 2010-06-03 17:30:16 -0500 Report

Greetings and welcome to our site with the tag line of "friends, discussions and more"!!! I'm sorry to say that your story is an all too common one. I got a phone diagnosis after a blood test with the instructions to "cut out sugar, lose some weight, and ramp up the exercise…" oh, and to have a nice day. I was like WTH??? I'm a what??? So, yup, I can relate. Actually I think several of us can.

Now my first reaction was to tell him that I am not out of shape. I am round … and round is a shape.

I am sure right now the doctors are trying to get you and your body on the same page and to see what the medication does for you. It is important to give it a little time to work with your system and that's why he/she wants to see you again. Of course they want another co-pay but they'll also be able to do a followup on your readings/progress. After 3 months they can do an a1c test which averages your glucose readings. For now they probably want to check and alter the meds.

While it may be nice to be referred to a dietitian, for the time being you've got alot of other things to deal with. You have been diabetic now for a week? Get ready for a roller coaster ride. Buckle up!!! There are some basics and these are in my own words. I am sure others will have phenomenal links to share with you from the professionals.

The first article that I read really hit me. Quoting from the movie, "What About Bob," the article referred to "baby steps" and that was the best advice I could have taken. I immediately switched from sugar in my coffee to sweetener. I then changed from pop to diet pop (Coke with lime, please). It wasn't easy.

The next bit of advice was to eat breakfast. WHAT??? I was hoping the breakfast plan would include maple glazed doughnuts or maybe chocolate peanut butter pie. Ummm, nope! Neither. I started to buy Atkins protein bars and they are not bad at all… low carbs, high protein, and tasty. I also started to eat Light & Fit Yogurt by Dannon. (only 80 calories). The point is breakfast is to break the fast. You can't control your BG without food and you can't kick start your metabolism without breakfast. You can have lots of things for breakfast but it's important to eat something… anything!!! I don't care if you eat pizza (low carb pitas, low fat cheese, veggies … I'm not talking Pizza Hut Fat Lovers pizza) but eat.

Exercise… oh, yeah, I sorta got used to lifting 12-16 ounce beer cans for exercise but now it's water (crystal light or other low cal, low carb options) and a few rounds with the treadmill or outside brisk walk in the morning.

How am I doing? I have lost 10 pounds since March 2nd (23 lbs since January).

So you see it's baby steps… literally.

A great bit of advice I read is not to think of a diabetic diet… the word "diet" is like "budget." They don't work. Think about "menu plan" or "money plan" and the plans can and will work.

The web (and library) is loaded with help for you… diabetic cookbooks, magazines, articles, discussion groups, etc. You don't have to join a gym to exercise. Go for a walk. Do leg lifts in your home. Any exercise beats no exercise.

Watch carbs but don't eliminate them. Carbs are fuel. Stick to a sane number of carbs per meal and per day. Every body (and everybody) is different. You'll find your number.

Drink water more often. This is true if you are dieting or not.

Those are my tips. I am not a professional. I am a newbie who is challenged to live a healthier life by dieting and exercising my way to better numbers. I am almost at my goal weight but that's not going to cause me to give up doing what I'm doing.

Prayer doesn't help but it certainly won't hurt.

Message me anytime!!!

gordonswar 2010-09-29 21:57:00 -0500 Report

You're right, prayer ALONE doesn't help if you don't have FAITH! Without FAITH, no need in praying. You'll just be saying a lot of words, so keep the FAITH! By HIS stripes, you are HEALED! God Bless!

tomismom 2010-06-03 18:06:45 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info, kind words and humor. I know I can tackle this beast, frankly I just had a melt down, kind of had a seat on the pitty pot for a while, but I'm over it now. I am feeling rather humbled now that I have had some great responses, with tons of support in each message. I guess in a way god never gives anymore than we can handle. but I got to tell you his timing stinks…stay in touch

NCBarb 2010-06-04 16:29:53 -0500 Report

*HUGGLES* New or experienced alike, we're here to lean on each other's shoulders for support and a Kleenex substitute. *winks*

As for God's timing … I second that one. I don't practice a religion, but He and I have some deep talks … and you better believe I shook my finger at Him a few times. :-P I think He just chuckled and said I'll get through this. ;-)

NCBarb 2010-06-04 16:30:42 -0500 Report

EXCELLENT post! It validated that I was on the right track with my thinking and approach. Congrats on your progress! =)

duckcountry 2010-06-06 22:26:31 -0500 Report

Based on the experience I share with many of you about being diagnosed T2, I would need to respond with I don't believe there are experts on the subject even among the medical community. This board and ones like it have more of what a person needs to know to control diabetes than a doctor who tells you to test your blood sugar and take these pills and trust me that is the extent of his prescription.

Harlen 2010-06-03 14:28:13 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Boy do I know what you meen thats what they did to me too.
Thanks to this site and others I was able to pick up moset of it
I had one more pice of great luck my wife is a RN and she was able to teach me a lot .
One of the big things for me was to keep a log book of every thing I was eating and what my Blood sugar was two hr after eating.
Best wishes

tomismom 2010-06-03 18:11:14 -0500 Report

Not fair…my daughters a esthetician..all she can do is give me a facial and wax my eyebrows…just kidding what a blessing to have your wife. I have my book although I think I'm going to get something a little different so I can journal my food better…this thing that came with my meter is the size of a postage stamp..I need something I can write a novel in. Good luck,stay in touch and kiss your wife…

petals 2010-06-03 14:09:33 -0500 Report

Hi and Welcome!! If you like to read this book is a great help. It is called, The Diabetes Food & Nutrition Bible A complete guide to planning, shopping, cooking, and eating. I take Metformin, and I have for the past 8 years, Just give it time to work. And for recipes this site has one section that is all recipes.On the left of your screen one up from the bottom. Good luck! Oh, you can get the book on Amazon.com really cheap, mine was less then $5.00 and that was with shipping and handling.

Thomas508 2010-06-03 14:20:10 -0500 Report

Here is that book on ebay for a buck: http://cgi.ebay.com/Diabetes-Food-and-Nutriti...
Started to buy it myself but I have already bought several Diabetes things on ebay this week, so I'll let you have this one tomismom. : )

tomismom 2010-06-03 18:14:04 -0500 Report

You are sweet I can tell just by the way you write. I'll bet you are adorable too. I will check out the books, and give one or two a go for sure. I hope your doing well, I know I can nail this everything takes time, like a fine wine, right? Stay in touch, I appreciate all your info

petals 2010-06-03 21:45:11 -0500 Report

Heck yeah you can nail this!! You have a sense of humor and spunk!! With thsoe two things on your side you are ahead of the game. Hang in there things will get better!! I am doing good. Was stressed out for a while with my dad's cancer and I gained some weight, boo hiss!! But I am in control again and I have already lost most of the weight that I gained!! Stress eating , don't do it !! I got alot of help on here and I learn something new every day!! Take care of your self!

tomismom 2010-06-03 22:09:31 -0500 Report

aww so sorry to hear about your dad. I went through that with my dad awhile back, Alzheimers. I hope yor dad is doing better and happy you are getting close to your goal. Keep in touch, I'll send angels your way…

petals 2010-06-04 09:49:13 -0500 Report

Thank you for the kind words and the angels. My dad is doing good, they think that they got all of the cancer with this last surgery, I hope so. Sorry to hear about your dad, how is he doing? Thank you for your support, you have mine too!!

Thomas508 2010-06-03 12:41:38 -0500 Report

The best info I can give you is the info I got 1 month ago when I was diagnosed: Test, Test, Test! My Dr. sent me to a dietician but it took almost 3 weeks before the class date and by that time I had learned so much already. By testing before and 2 hours after meals I already knew a lot of food that would cause a big spike in me. I also knew by this site and diabetes.org site that everyone is different so when I went to the class and she started telling us some of the things we could eat and how many carbs a man can have per meal I already knew that it wouldn't work for me. When I told her that I knew by testing that I could not handle that many carbs per meal she said that the numbers they give are only averages and that they know everyone is different. Point being your meter is your best guide use it and find out what you can eat and what to avoid.

P.S. I know about the high numbers too, on the day of my physical my fasting numbers were 382 and my A1C was 13.2 Most mornings now my fasting numbers are around 85 and I can't wait to get a new A1C test done in a couple months to see where it is now. Hang in there it gets easier, learn all you can and Test, Test, Test.

tomismom 2010-06-03 18:26:30 -0500 Report

I have no idea if I will ever see a dietician, the Doc just came in a hour late, looked me over, checked my file and said "you hve diabetes!" Her nurse came in 20 minutes later asked me what I needed I told her "I have diabetes!" she left came back with a monitor showed it to me and quickly went over what to do with it, and left…"well then..I guess it's time to go" I asked about seeing someone, dietician or ?, and the girl and the front desk looked at me like I had a third eye. Charged me another 15 bucks for the time with the nurse and sent me on my way…you know it's kind of funny in a way, no it's more ridiculous. Now that I've settled down it makes me laugh.

I'll get this in check, I'm the kind of gal that won't let anything hold me back or at least not for long. Just one more hurdle in life and it could certainy be a heck of a lot worse.

So now we paly the numbers game, maybe i can play them as lotto numbers..you know 166, 16-6, 235- 23-5 or 2-35 who know we may have a system here…
Thanks for the information the pep talk all of the kind words. Now I need to eat…stay in touch

Thomas508 2010-06-03 20:55:47 -0500 Report

Let me know if the lottery thing works for you and I might give it a try! : ) You can figure this out even if you don't see a dietician. I do think it was good because you think of more questions to ask and you feed off of the others questions but like I said before I had already learned most of it on these web sites before I went.

I also am going camping with my family this weekend so have fun and good luck to both of us on keeping the numbers down over the weekend. : )

bace 2010-06-05 13:18:25 -0500 Report

I was in the hospital when I found out about my diabetes. They right away sent someone in to give me and show me how to use a monitor, they showed me how to inject my insulin, and made me do during my stay in the hospital. They gave me all kinds of videos/dvd's to watch. Then they made me promise to go to class! Look in your hospital or local medical community, our hospital also has free inservices/speeches on the subject from time to time. Also, at the doctors office, I saw a seminar on diabetes education from one of the insulin companies! It was free, and in a nearby hospital. There should be something about diabetes education classes somewhere… — I had to go for 5 hour classes for 4 days. The one I went to cost money, but my insurance paid it…but I've seen free, too.. Check around… and if your doc seems that unconcerned for you to learn…I might consider another doctor! Educating yourself is very important with diabetes. My doc told me alot of people have diabetes for approx 8 yrs before they find out! think of the damage that could be starting inside your body! Like we all have said, this site has been a big help. It's nice to get advice from others and the pat on the back, too…! just to not feel so alone!

NCBarb 2010-06-04 16:11:25 -0500 Report

Wow, Thomas! I'm impressed with your progress so quickly. My fingers and toes crossed that I achieve similar results.

Thomas508 2010-06-06 12:43:17 -0500 Report

Thanks, I am working hard on the low carb and some exercise. I am determined to control this decease not let it control me.

PRP 2010-06-07 07:33:49 -0500 Report

Wow!! That's very impressive. Can I ask how you got that low numbers? I was diagnosed 1 month back. I am not on any medication only diet and exercise. I started out at 150 and the lowest I have seen fasting is 98 - 102. I would really love to know how you got you levels to normal levels and how much time that took.

Thomas508 2010-06-07 12:31:03 -0500 Report

I am taking Metformin 500 mg twice a day. I have cut my carbs to as little as I can, and I am trying to exercise, running, walking, and weights. I am determined to control this disease rather than let it control me. I test before each meal and 2 hours after and if I see a large spike then what I ate for that meal will be put off my list of things to eat, and then I go for a walk or jog to get the numbers back down. The 1st week my numbers were all in the 200’s slowly coming down then 150’s to low 100’s the 2nd week, I think it was midway through the 3rd week before I saw a number in the 80’s. The Metformin, I’m sure is helping me so your results may take a little longer. I hope to drop the Metformin down the road and only control it by diet and exercise. My Dr. feels that I can do it but he wanted me to start with the med. and I agreed due to the many symptoms I was having at the time of my diagnoses. Keep working on it! We can control this! : ) Any other questions feel free to ask, I am not an expert but I have learned a lot in the last month and am happy to help. Sometimes it is good to just talk to and learn from others who are going through the same thing, I received a lot of good advice and help from the people here and on the diabetes.org site and I am so thankful to the people who have helped me!

PRP 2010-06-07 12:53:26 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info and many more thanks for the encouragement. It could not have come at a better time!! It is so true about talking and learning from others. I owe a tremendous amount of debt to this site and all the wonderful people who are always ready to help and encourage others who are having questions and or just feeling depressed about their situation. I visit this site and the discussions part more than 4 - 5 times a day. Most of the times I feel very motivated when I come across success stories (though I do admit a bit jealousy) and it keeps me on track. In my case it was the other way around. The doc wanted me to take meds but after doing research and coming to the conclusion that mine was not that high ( fasting 150 ) to straight away start with meds, I asked her if I could see whether diet and exercise could help. She agreed and I will see her again in 3 - 4 days. I have reduced carbs and lost weight and the fasting levels have dropped to 110 - 120. I am eagerly waiting what the prognosis is going to be. Once again thanks for the encouraging words.


Thomas508 2010-06-07 13:12:29 -0500 Report

Your welcome, if mine had been in the 150 range I might have done the same thing but 382 and 13.2 A1C and with the symptoms I went the med. way. My numbers might be lower than yours but you are ahead of me in that I want to be doing it without the meds! So don't be too jealous! : )

NCBarb 2010-06-03 12:13:15 -0500 Report

I was just informally diagnosed via my Dad this past weekend. I haven't been to a doctor about this yet due to lack of money. So, I am not sure what to expect when I do first go. But, in all honesty, I am REALLY surprised at the lack of information your doctor gave you.

The very least he/she should have done was give you target numbers, basic instructions on what carbs numbers to shoot for, etc.

When you do go back to your doctor for follow-up testing, request some time to actually sit down and talk to him/her and ask these things - even if you have since learned about carbs and such. Tell your Doctor what you have learned and if it is correct for your particular situation. Basically, tell your Doctor you want to be pro-active in your health - and he/she should be also.

Have fun camping and best wishes to you!

~ Barb

tomismom 2010-06-03 18:36:31 -0500 Report

You go find a clinic for women or low income and get it taken care of. Call your County health dept and see if thy have information. I have not had health insurance for 15 years, and no job for over a year. I live off my retirement from law enforcement which isn't much. Just do it, you can find a way.
I aprreciate your time and info, now just go get yourself taken care of
Thanks, stay in touch and I will have fun camping, headed to the beach where ther seagulls cry and pelicans fly and all that awesome stuff. I'll be checking in..now just do it.

Emma2412 2010-06-03 20:15:52 -0500 Report

No wonder I like you. You're a cop! I knew there was something good about you right from the start!

Emma2412 2010-06-03 20:12:02 -0500 Report

Hi, Barb
I'm not surprised at all at the lack of information her doctor didn't give her. I've learned that if when you first meet a doctor, he doesn't look you in the face but continually has his back to you, and doesn't spend any quality time face to face with you that it's not going to be a good mix. So, when I come across one of THOSE KINDS I just pick myself up, go home, get out the list again or call the insurance company and get a new candidate and start fresh. I hate, or shall we call it dislike (LOL) doctors who stand with their backs to their patients! It's one of my pet peeves.

MAYS 2010-06-03 11:57:52 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

It all starts with awareness and acceptance.
Then comes the fun part, education, action and commitment.
The site listed below, as well as this one can be a great help to you:


The fun is just beginning, it's all up to you, you are in control of your diabetes.


tomismom 2010-06-03 18:46:33 -0500 Report

I am so happy I found this place! There is so much info and so many great people! Heck I'm ditcing facebook this place rocks! I'm learning more all the time by talking to people and reading stuff. And I know I have to accept this, don't like it much but it is what it is.
I had my melt down a few hours ago, over it now and moving forward. I hate the inconvienence, interpution, all the garbage that I have to deal with. It makes me angry, and I hate being angry. SO..
now I have to take control, and I must admitt I am a control freak so maybe this won't be as hard as I think…it's new and I don't like new too much other than a new car, jewlery, new places to visit…I just got to get my brain wrapped around this. I'll do it..
Stay in touch and thanks for everything.

Emma2412 2010-06-03 20:06:21 -0500 Report

Hi, tomismom
Facebook? What's that? LOL We've got it all here, baby.
Hey, you'll make it. I can feel it. You've got spunk and a sense of humor. And when you've got diabetes, I think that's the most important ingredient you can have in the mix.

regstew55 2010-06-05 10:43:35 -0500 Report

Dear Genie;
I am one of the below poverty level diabetic. I want very much to tell you how much this site has been a place to find the logic in this disease. I still don't have good control and get frustrated by little things. Does anyone know who invented this pain in the belly?