I thought the Dr was joking

By adsherf Latest Reply 2011-07-24 16:16:58 -0500
Started 2010-06-20 16:57:51 -0500

I found out 2 weeks ago after feeling like I could drink a lake and still feel thirsty, that I have Type 2. It was a little stressful since the nurse called and said I needed to come in and see the dr for results from some random blood work he had ordered. Couldnt tell me more, just that I needed to come in. I took a friend with me concerned that I might need a shoulder to cry on. She actually ended up asking the important questions that I couldnt. When my Dr told me my sugars tested at 132 he might as well have been telling me a bad joke. He just didnt really seem overly concerned, but said that I needed to lose weight, exercise and take these pills and come back in a week…wth just happened? The gave me some papers with Glycemic Index numbers on food and said come back next week. I feel like Im in a foreign country and I dont speak the language. Do I need a meter? How much exercise, what should I eat? How come things that say they are sugar free arent really and why is aspartame considered so bad. Hello, my name is Apryl, I am Diabetic and confused.

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NanaBatina 2010-12-29 14:15:10 -0600 Report

Welcome! I just joined DC yesterday but I can relate to how you feel. I found out totally by accident when I went in for pains in my ribs. One test led to another during which time I found I had an unusually larger liver. Because of this they ran a liver function test and called me, literally, on my 40th birthday and told me that all tests came out fine but I needed to come in to discuss Diabetes. Wow - what a birthday gift! Mine was 132 also, and through diet and trying to exercise more I've been able to control it for 8 1/2 years. I was very confused by the lack of information given so I did a search on Diabetes and read everything that I could find. Some info I found I even copied into word and saved so that I could back to re-read it later. Ask you doctor about a Diabetes Education Class. I get sent to one about every 4 years and take a family member with so that they know the ins and outs, too. Included in the class, at least here, is a meter with lancet device and enough lancets and test strips to get you started. I was told to check 4 times a day until I got used to how what I ate would affect my numbers. Now I check twice a day (unless I'll sick). But I'm finding in my short time here at DC that there is a lot of support and friendship to be found. We're all here for you!

Susanpwd2 2010-12-14 10:17:11 -0600 Report

Hi Apryl, I am Susan and type 2 diabetic and confused too. Sounds like the results I got only your number was way better than mine…285. This site is great as I am new too and within the past few days I have learned so much…Sit back and absorb from these people that your Dr won't tell you.

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diabetes control 2011-07-24 03:12:23 -0500 Report

286 is a problem. I have tested three natural products that will bring that down. I don't want to give out names until I learn more. By all means you need a meter. My Bayer Brezze 2 are simple, it just stores each reading and gives you the time and glucose level. I am going to give you my email address and maybe I can give you some help, go to my video on U-Tube 1lewiswright2 I am going to put my phone and email address. Your number give me great concern. We will figure out to get you something that is natural and works.

tomecom 2010-12-14 10:09:29 -0600 Report

adsherf: go to CNET.com and download the Diabetes Primer. It is free, and very powerful. Just type the name into the search box at the top of the page when the website opens. It will help you get a grip on this mysterious disease. It has a large glycemic index table and explains what that is and how to use it to plan meals. You will also learn about the cause and basics of diabetes; how it works; how it impacts your body; and how to prevent damage. It has a section on weight loss and exercise as well. It teaches you how to hydrate your body and restore vitamin and mineral deficiencies. We diabetics are typically deficient in up to 10 primary vitamins and minerals and are dehydrated and don't realize it.

When your blood sugars are high, your kidneys try to flush the excess glucose out of the body by pulling water out of our body's cells. That is why our urine has a sweet smell, and why we are thirsty all of the time. Just drinking lots of water will not fix the problem. You have to add sea salt to the water to help the body rehydrate. Vitamin, mineral and fluid deficiencies cause diabetes control problems. What ever you do, don't try to hydrate with sodas or colas, alcohol, or caffeinated drinks. They contribute to dehydration. Caffeine can cause your blood sugars to rise by up to 26%.

feel free to email me at nelsonthomase@gmail.com small if you need any additional information. I also have a meal planner and a spreadsheet for managing your diet that i will gladly forward to you. The spreadsheet tracks your carbs, calories, fiber, protein and 20 primary vitamins and minerals based on what you eat each day. It is a very powerful diabetic tool.

Pfc 2010-06-21 15:45:55 -0500 Report

Keep a positive outlook, Adsherf. and do what everyone suggest. talk to a diabetic nurse instructor and diet instructor and relize that you are in charge of this thing. If you need to go on insulin it is not the end of the world, it is just another tool to control the condition. One tip tho try to loose as much weight as you can,Before starting the shots because Reg Insulin hords the fat in you body and it is a real bear to lose it.
Pay close attention to how to check your blood sugars that the nurse will instruct you about, ask questions ask more questions, if you don't think you can remember all them, get a little diary and jot down questions before hand. There is no such thing as a stupid question, only stupid people who DON'T ASK. The one big problem I had was portion control. Get smaller plates, at first measure a serving, know what are your best food to serve and don't skip meals. Read the labels on foods, pay attention to the serving size and remember if it calls for a 1/2 cup per serving and you scoop up a whole cup , you are not fooling you body , it knows you are eating TWO servings of what ever. LOL It is a humbling experience.
Good luck and don't stress out too much over all this, that runs your bloodsugars up. breath deep and HUMMMMMMM.
Doctor are not gods, just regular humans that know how to write RXs that you can never read. They leave the real work the to diet and diabetic nurses.

Emma2412 2010-06-21 02:51:00 -0500 Report

Hi, Apryl
Welcome to DC.
Join the club. Actually,I don't know if any member of DC received a sensible instruction from their doctor when they were first diagnosed, or for that matter any instruciton about a meter or how to get a sensible diet plan, or anything. Don't ever expect a doctor to do things the right way, Apryl. After all, let's not expect too much from them! They might strain their brains. LOL
I agree that you should ask your doctor for a prescription so you can see both a diabetic educator ("DE") and a nutritionist, if necessary. You'll get all the information and training you need from them in order to care for yourself. Ask tons of questions, and bring a friend so he/she can hear, too.
Do research into what would be the best meter for you. There's tons of them out there and they all have different features. So, get on the Internet, plug in "blood glucose meters" and check them out so you know which is the best for you. You can also check them out at your local pharmacy. It might even be better and cheaper to buy it there.
Also, read, read and then read even more about everything you can find about diabetes, exercise, and diet.
If you're very careful with diet and daily exercise, it is possible to get off the medication. So, don't despair. Don't panic. You're going to be OK. I know it doesn't that seem that way right now, but everything is going to be OK.
Good luck and welcome again to DC.

runthe 2010-06-20 19:24:36 -0500 Report

Hello Apryl and welcome to DC. i found out when my Sugar was tested at 480. You need to ask your doctor if he could send you to a diabetic educator that specializes in diabetic care. Also, you might need to go to a nutritionist to help you with choosing and eating the right foods. I have been a diabetic for a year and I am still confused. Good luck

Harlen 2010-06-20 17:40:38 -0500 Report

Benn there Hello and welcome
When I was DX my Bs was 1200+
I would try cutting back on the carbs walk for an hr each day
drop the soda bread pasta rice and I would get a meter and test just to know where your at the best time is first thing in the am and 2 hr after meals.
Best wishes

adsherf 2010-06-20 17:52:10 -0500 Report

Wow 1200+? Did you end up in the hospital? So I should get a meter then? I keep hearing about coding/no coding…what does that mean? Should I find a new Dr that actually gives a rip about education?

RAYT721 2010-06-20 17:20:23 -0500 Report

Hello Apryl… Welcome to Diabetic Connect. I was in your shoes just a few months ago so I can totally relate to what you're saying. For me it was a phone call that my 135 glucose level made me a diabetic. There was no mention of medication, food choices, meters or anything. I immediately went to google to find some answers and was delighted to find this place. We're glad that you're with us and while none of us have all of the answers, we can certainly share stories and recipes and emotions. At least you got some papers. I just got a list of homework: lose weight, exercise, and cut out sugar. HUH? What contest in hell did I win??? The reality is there is no cure for diabetes, only control. Your numbers aren't sky high so you (like I) should be able to bring them down. The good news is that the diabetic diet is probably the healthiest diet for you. You'll hear mixed reviews on the quality, taste and effects of various sugar substitutes. For that, let you body (and meter) be your guide. Just because a food is sugar free, it is not carb free. Items like chocolate that are sugar free still contain carbohydrates from either milk, starch or both. In some cases the carbs are higher for the sugar free version than the original. There are alot of foods you can eat and as long as you use portion control, there shouldn't be a lot of things you can't eat. Again, your body and meter will guide you. Diabetes control is a journey and it may be a rocky road. Attitude is everything and there are so many wonderful people here on this site that can help you. Please message me anytime if I can help you. You're in the right place with the right people. I'm sorry that your diagnosis (like mine) was just a mysterious one. The doctor's suggestions are sane ones and the reason for the follow up is to better check and test your progress. Read as much as you can but don't expect all of the answers to present themselves. There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the disease. Every body and everybody is different as to what works and what doesn't. To tell you everything I've learned about diabetes in three months would use up every bit of disk space on this site. Take baby steps. Answer one question at a time and you'll be on the right track. Step #1… take a deep breath! It's better to know you are diabetic than not to know. This allows you to work on things … slow and steady wins the race!!!

adsherf 2010-06-20 17:53:29 -0500 Report

Thank you for your insight! I guess right now Im still mad that i cant eat like I did before i had my daughter…I have lost my metabolism and cant seem to find it anywhere.

kittenpurr1 2011-03-06 19:40:43 -0600 Report

It's a new world to you, and you are scared. This is a good site, and many people to offer advice to help you.

DEBBY52 2011-07-24 10:54:02 -0500 Report

I do not have insurance so I went to the Sheperds hope (part of the lutheran church with volunteers), on June 30 they sent me for blood work, went back on July 7 to find out my a1c was 6.4. they did not do a glucose test, I go in Wed for blood work for that. I was given a script for metforin but I have yet to take it.. I want to try to accomplish this without meds if possible

kittenpurr1 2011-07-24 12:37:28 -0500 Report

I don't know about where you live, but here the Publix's drug Store doesn't charge you for Metformin. I don't go there, but I have been told that by one of the P.A's that does the classes on diabetes at the offices of the office and the sister offices, of the one I go too.

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