A new path for me.

By bettymachete Latest Reply 2011-07-29 22:35:47 -0500
Started 2010-06-09 06:20:26 -0500

I was just officially diagnosed with Type II diabetes yesterday, although I knew for many years it was something that I could possibly be facing later, given my genetic disposition, and gestational conditions . Unfortunately, it was a bullet I couldn't seem to dodge. So now I am busy learning about things like Metformin, strips, meters…ect. I realized early that I would probably need a support system in place, which brought me here.
I am turning 40 next month and my kids are getting older. I think I will be able to find some more time to take myself to task and learn from you all and your experiences. This new path ..seems bit rocky in the begining, I found myself very frustrated with my meter and nasty side effects of metformin this morning. I am going to try to keep positive. While I am not excited about having diabetes, I am excited about making positive changes that will allow me to live a happier healthier life.

Nice to meet you all.


16 replies

catroter53 2011-07-29 22:35:47 -0500 Report

when i found out i had diabeties,, my blood sugar was 420… i knew something was wrong when i opened my frig and all i had was liguids,,lol after seeing my dr. he didnt put me on metformin. my ac1 was 11. i looked on the internet to see what needs to be done to get my bs and ac1 lowerd. lots of veggies, fish, brown rice,, yucky!! walked in place with a video,,,6 months after my ac1 was 6.4 ,,that was in 2010,, im glad i found this place, cause i was pretty much alone dealing with this,, i get mad because i have it, but i know i need to face it and control it. :)

monkeymama 2010-06-09 20:31:40 -0500 Report

Hello there Betty! Welcome to our community here. You will fins a lot of wonderful people and help here. I can tell you a little something about the Metformin issue here. Try to give it a chance but there are some people who just can not handle the medication. My dad and i had a bad side effect to where we had to be taken off of the stuff and placed on something else. Give it a couple of weeks and if the side effects gets worse or do not change for you, than by all means call your dr. and let them know what is going on. Everyone is going to react to medications differently. There are no two bodies that are alike. Just remember a few things here; Take things one step at a time and take a deep breath. If you feel like you just want to give up, tell yourself this (repeatedly if you have to) " I CAN do this…I WILL do this" It has helped me so many times when I felt temptation and the will to throw in the towel. Diabetes runs in both sides of my family. I feel sorry for my poor kids because it also runs on one (or both0 sides of my husbands family. We all can do this and we can beat this thing all the way. Have faith in yourself…you can do it.

Kirla 2010-06-09 17:22:18 -0500 Report


Last year I was diagnosed with fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. I started drinking 8 glasses of water and to eat lots of low carb vegetables. I found broccoli really helped bring down my numbers. I also cut back and eventually had to stop eating bread, pasta, potatoes, corn and most starchy foods. I stopped eating foods that had more than 5-6 net carbs as read on the label. Four months later my blood sugar was down close to normal numbers and my A1C dropped to 5.9. I wrote how I control my blood sugar here. Click on the link below.


Good luck

alanbossman 2010-06-09 15:43:58 -0500 Report

Hi Betty and welcome to DC lots of great people here any questions just ask someone will answer you. have a great day

Emma2412 2010-06-09 12:16:28 -0500 Report

Hi, Betty
Welcome to DC. I'm glad you found DC. It's great here and I'm sure you'll appreciate everybody's input.
You should call your doctor if you're experiencing things like side effects. You ahould also ask him for a script for either a local diabetes class or a diabetes educator. You need knowledge, girl.

bettymachete 2010-06-09 14:18:48 -0500 Report

Hi Emma! I surely do apprciate input. I'd be alone with my thoughts otherwise, and I'm pretty tough on myself so it's nice to have others to turn to who wont beat me up as badly. :) I am still waiting for a call from my 'diabetes team' so until then I am fortifying myself with as much information as I can. I look forward to learning from all you vets. Pleasure to meet ya!

petals 2010-06-09 10:00:28 -0500 Report

Hi Betty and welcome to DC!! You sound like you are ready to fight!! And that is good, fight to be healthy and fight to not have diabetes complications!! You will get a lot of support here and friends. So hang in there things will get better.

MAYS 2010-06-09 08:38:42 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

Being positive and proactive towards diabetes is what makes everything easier, at times it may seem tough but it gets better as you learn more about it and do what is necessary to control it.
Take the time to view some of the videos here and explore the site, make friends and ask questions and most importantly keep that positive attitude, you aren't losing anything, you are taking control over what was once automatic.
The "cruise control" has been disabled and you are now "Queen of the Road," it's all up to you !


runthe 2010-06-09 07:52:12 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome to DC. You will find a lot of support here. I was diagnosed last may and had plenty of problems adjusting to being a diabetic. I found support from the people here. Now i am doing much better. You have a good attitude and that's great to have. runthe

bettymachete 2010-06-09 09:52:03 -0500 Report

Thank you runthe :) I think I may need the support more than I thought. I had a melt down this morning that was surprising to me. I try to keep focused on the Me that will benefit from the experience rather than the expected trials of the experience… I guess we'll see what happens.

Thomas508 2010-06-09 07:43:08 -0500 Report

Sounds like you are going into this with a good attitude and that is great! Everyone get frustrated in the beginning, don't worry about it. : ) I am only 5 weeks into my diagnoses and have seen great results so far from my hard work at trying to control my diabetes. Give the Metformin a chance most people who have had side effects say they go away after a few weeks, I was lucky and have not had any side effects from it. Welcome to the community!

Thomas508 2010-06-09 08:24:13 -0500 Report

I see from your profile you are in Atlanta, I am in Dalton. I actually live in Chattanooga now but grew up in Dalton and still work here.

bettymachete 2010-06-09 09:47:22 -0500 Report

Nice to meet you Thomas :) Chattanooga is a nice city, the air is crisp like an apple. A nice change from the Atl molasses like air. Thank you for the welcome and support!