By kat57 Latest Reply 2010-06-20 10:26:05 -0500
Started 2010-06-07 07:21:37 -0500

before i was diagnosed with type 2 diabeties i would feel dizzy and my mouth was dry all the time…i went for a 4 hour test and almost passed out there. then my doc. took blood work and we finally found out i had type 2 diabeties…it was very frightening to me because it never happened to me and also i live alone. i am fine now and seem to have it under control for now…

9 replies

alanbossman 2010-06-07 19:37:56 -0500 Report

Hi Kat and welcome to DC. before i was diagnosed i was really thirsty,and eye site blurry was taken to hospital emergency area there they check me out and i was admitted to icu with a bs count of 714. That was almost 2 years ago since then i have lost 40lbs and last 4 a1cs were 5.4,5.4,5.4and 5.5 walking helps alot and portion size meals and lots more vegs.

GabbyPA 2010-06-07 15:29:26 -0500 Report

Hi Kat and welcome to the community. So many of us found out the same way, by accident. We are glad you have joined us and look forward to getting to know you better.

Being diabetic and living alone can be tricky. Please let your best friend and a neighbor or two know your condition. Give them some written directions and contact information so that if they don't see you doing your normal routine, they can check on you. Be sure to also have on your window or door something that lets emergency responders know you are diabetic. And of course wear your ID as well. All of those things will help people help you when you cannot give them the information they need to make good decisions.

petals 2010-06-07 14:48:00 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. I understand about the dry mouth. Just keep checking your bs and taking care of yourself. You should do ok. On the passing out, I sometimes pass out with the fibromyalgia that I have. It is scary. I haven't passed out in over a year now, thank God for that. They never did figure out why. A friend of mine does the same thing. Take care and I am here if you need me.

sc1boy 2010-06-07 11:23:00 -0500 Report

Hey Kat hope u r well. I understand about the dry mouth and dizziness and everything else that comes with diabetes. I have been dealing with type one for 33 years now and it is still hard. I am married now and two kids so that is what I am living for now to watch my kids grow up. Just try to take it day by day and check BS often and u should be ok.

Emma2412 2010-06-07 10:26:10 -0500 Report

Hi, Kat
Yes, I think all of us on DC can say that we know about things like dry mouth and dizziness — and even worse things.
I's perfectly natural to be scared about passing out if that's never happened to you before — or even if it has happened before. I know the first time I passed out I was scared to death. I was 17 years old, waiting for a bus downtown to go home after my after-school job. Luckily, it happened right in front of a drug store and I woke up with the pharmacist waving something under my nose. The police gave me a free ride home (the only thing I liked about that part of it was that the police officer was really hot — LOL).
After I went to a doctor and they did a 4-hour glucose tolerance test, I was told I had hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Do you have a diabetes class locally you can go to? Some hospitals have them. Perhaps you can ask your primary for a script so you can go? It always helps to be able to talk to people. Also, you'll be able to ask questions there and get some really good information on how to control things.
Let us know how you're doing. OK?

gregsteele 2010-06-07 08:30:07 -0500 Report

Welcome to dc i also suffered the dry mouth ,dizziness and other things then was diagnosed type1 in jan and yes it is frightening especially living alone i have kids but no adult here im glad you are in control now it is quite an up and down ride you have come to the right place the people here are awesome if i can help in any way let me know love to all GREG

Thomas508 2010-06-07 07:32:52 -0500 Report

Good for you. Keep it under control. I never got dizzy but I had the dry mouth bad before I was diaganosed along with leg cramps and blurry vision.