I am so confused.

By Cruzer1 Latest Reply 2010-06-30 23:19:56 -0500
Started 2010-06-17 21:08:32 -0500

I just got diagnosed a week ago with type 2. I have no clue what to do. Doctor gave me some pills and send me on my way. No education or help on the subject at all. They got rid of all of the educators where I was being seen. The only information that I am getting is from the forums that I am trying read in my spare time and some websites.
Another thing that confuses me is that darmn meter. I was given two of them to try a freestyle lite and a ultra mini. The free style is about 15 to 30 point higher than the ultra mini. I have no idea on which meter to go by. Can the differance of each meter hurt me at all.
I have a lot to learn and I will welcome any advice.

16 replies

holomage 2010-06-30 23:19:56 -0500 Report

I hear y ou my friend! When I first found mine I also had NO clue. At the time I was also seeing a naturepathic Dr. Dr Hobbs helped me a bunch with one statement. If it has White flour or refined sugar in any way shape or form don't put it in you mouth. As for classes. Try calling your local chapter of the ADA or red cross. I also agree with kap1558. Call your insurance company and talk to them. They can recomend a new DR and where to find classes and what part they will cover for this. Take things one day at a time. Stressing will just make your levels worse. Good luck!! Hang in there!!

kap1558 2010-06-24 20:34:21 -0500 Report

If you can find another doctor to go to. One that specilizes in Diabetes. Contact your health insurance company, for help on finding the right doctor for you. If you don't like your doctor or don't think they are providing the best service, you will not following their instructions.

ccritch 2010-06-22 09:00:48 -0500 Report

Hi and Welcome to Diabetic Connect. In the meantime, the DC team is wonderful, there is a lot of infomormation on this site to look at and read. I would check on webites for diabetes education classes in your County or State they will show which medical facilities are having classes, when and what times. You have been told you are a DT2, I know it is scarey and Crazy, we all felt that way that is why we are all here to share our thoughts and insights on what we are or have gone through or are going through.

Good Luck, God Bless

cbbard 2010-06-21 21:30:11 -0500 Report

Websites are useful, but I recommend Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. It is extreme, but the information is valuable even if you don't follow his advice to the letter. Also The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes by Gretchen Becker. Keep a food journal so you can see where you can cut back on carbs. Exercise is magic! Meters are known to be off by 20 points either way, so the readings you get are really only a guideline.

GabbyPA 2010-06-22 08:37:53 -0500 Report

Yes, I have also heard that the "First Year: Type 2" is a great book. If you go to our book club section and look it up, you will find reviews and a link to purchase it. Books help so much because they are handy when the computer is not. I am a paper kind of gal and still like my books to be hand held and dog eared.

Cruzer1 2010-06-22 21:52:27 -0500 Report

I am a bookworm person too. Computer E-books is alright. But, paper is my 1 choice.
I just borrow diabetes for dummies from my local libary. I am going to see if they have the first year as well.

Cruzer1 2010-06-18 21:16:30 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for all of your support and the information. I just pick up a book that I am gonna read today. I also started to make some lifestyle changes. I join a gym today with a personal for a few days. It is a start.

GabbyPA 2010-06-18 09:01:09 -0500 Report

Hello Cruzer and welcome to the community. As many have said, you will find a lot of information and friendship here. I hope that we will help put your mind at ease and if you need anything, just ask.

To address your meter issue, you will want to use the one that you like best or is easy to use. You will get a difference between most meters, even the same one tested at a different time will vary. What I do is take mine with me to the doctor and test myself right after they test me and compare my numbers. There is going to be a difference, but as long as it is not too high you are usually in the margin of error. If it gets to be much more than the 30, you might want to be careful, but it is just an estimate given so you can know if you need to watch your carb intake at your next meal or if you need to drink some juice because you are too low. Both of the brands you have are good meters, so just pick one, and keep the other one as a back up.

It does get easier. There are days when you want to scream, but there are also a lot of ah-ha moments that will make you smile.

bettymachete 2010-06-18 08:24:01 -0500 Report

Welcome :) Yikes, I guess you kinda got thrown in the deep end without knowing how to swim too. This site has been a raft for me, I love it. Like the others have said, educate yourself and you may want to check to see if there are any local diabetics information classes, I know that every state is different but my state has them, yours may too.

RAYT721 2010-06-17 21:37:28 -0500 Report

Ah Welcome!!! My doctor woke me from a nap to advise me that I am diabetic. I thought, "What?" … I never showed signs of high glucose or anything and all of a sudden, I am diabetic. His advice? Lose weight (5-10 pounds), exercise, cut out sugar, and see him in 3 months. Was he kidding??? My fat a** ran to the drug store to buy a meter even though I didn't have a clue what I was doing. The first few test strips glitched out on me. My kitchen looked like a serial killer had just left from blood all over me. I found myself on google and ended up finding support from the people here and other websites, referrals to books, diet information, and so much more that I didn't get from my doctor. It really annoys me to read other stories like yours and mine… "you are diabetic… have a nice day" was the extent of the diagnosis. Now that's good reason for the fears, feelings and frustrations.

Yes, you do have a lot to learn. We all do. That's why finding this place was a God send. I'm now on my 3rd month with the label of diabetic and I'm still learning but I have more confidence in what I am doing and more information on what I am not doing.

I can't really explain your meter and hopefully someone can. I test and I test often looking to learn what I can and can't eat. I've swapped foods instead of cutting them out. I have learned to drink more water and less pop/soda. I find that I am better off eating less food more often and I've dropped more than 10 pounds in the past 3 months. My a1c level test (you'll know about that in 3 months) was a 6.4 so the doctor was happy. No meds for me!!!

I can't think of any foods that I can't eat as long as I use moderation. I'm doing leg lifts, sit ups, walking, dancing, and doing steps instead of elevators. It was all about baby steps and I've got a really positive attitude.

Don't worry about having questions… bring em on!!! Message me anytime. Not all of us have all of the answers but we do share information, resources, understanding and so much more. I'd have to say the support you'll get from the diabetics here will mean alot more than information from a non-diabetic doctor or health care team.

What's going to work best for you is what your body says more than what any of us say, no matter how well the intention.

You'll be glad you "clicked" (computer humor) with us!!!

Harlen 2010-06-17 21:34:30 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
First I like both meters and have used both I like the the freestyle best but thats just me.
A site that gave me the most info was
its a bit dry but it has it all.
For me when I started was to know how to carb count .
I got that down and so did my Blood sugar Check blood sugar first thing in the morning and 2 HR after you eat and keep a log of what your eating and what you blood sugars where.
this will give you a lot of info on what you blood sugars are doing.hope this helps if you need to talk just drop me a e-mail
Best wishes

MAYS 2010-06-17 21:29:19 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

As far as the meters are concerned, all meters are somewhat off, but that shouldn't matter unless you get a totally ridiculous reading.

Let’s first consider how accuracy is defined.
In the medical community a home blood glucose meter’s
test result is considered clinically accurate if it falls within +/–20%* of an accepted reference result, usually a lab test.
What that means is, the only way to be certain that a meter is accurate is to compare the result (using the same blood sample) with that of a lab test.

This video may help you understand proper testing techniques and care of a blood glucose meter:


This video will help you to understand about diabetes:




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