Newly diagnosed in May with diabetes 2

dogsrmybuds
By dogsrmybuds Latest Reply 2010-06-29 19:05:49 -0500
Started 2010-06-27 01:03:05 -0500

I started really craving sugar, gained some weight and was so tired that it was very difficult to do daily chores. I felt completely confused and found it hard to carry on conversations. I also had memory problems.

I visited a new doc who did lots of blood tests. She said my bs was 157 (fasting) and that I had diabetes 2. She said I could try to control it with diet and exercise if my bs reading that morning was less than 120. It was 137. She insisted that I start on meds for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol lowering drugs. I do not like to take medicines but I did try this drugs. Some of them have some inconvenient side effects. I have already lost 5 pounds. My bs is around 110 but this morning is was 94. I'm learning what foods I can and can't eat. I am exercising most days. Some days I'm just too tired because I have other illnesses too. I am so pleased that this doc found this problems with me now instead of when I had it for several years. She says if my numbers come down she may take me off some of the medicines.

I forgot to say that I am female, turning 55 in a couple of weeks and have a couple of lab dogs who also have diabetes. The dogs have both lost their eyesight but manage to get around ok.


13 replies

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-06-27 22:18:17 -0500 Report

Welcome to the community, we are glad that you and your puppies are here. What incredible odds that you would have two dog with diabetes and now you. I would love to hear more about how you work with your pets and their diabetes. There are other members here with diabetic pets (I believe so far only dogs, but I am not sure) What kinds of things do you do that are similar to your care for your labs?

dogsrmybuds
dogsrmybuds 2010-06-29 02:17:39 -0500 Report

Thanks for the welcome Gabby. Our vet was very surprised that both dogs had diabetes too. They are from separate litters. Our male lab started drinking a lot of water last year and we tested him for diabetes. His bs was ok. I wished we would have known to check it again within a few days at another time of day. That may have kept him from losing his sight.

We almost lost him late last year in a matter of a few days. He didn't want to eat. He started losing weight very fast. He became very weak. We rushed him to the vet and they gave him an iv. His bs was higher than the meter registered. He ended up having another iv that week. We started him on insulin and he is doing much better. In just a few days it seemed he lost his eyesight. It was so very sad but he finds his way around the house and yard fairly well. Every now and then he will do a full gallop in the yard. Now that is confidence. :)

Let's see. The dogs and I both eat about the same time each day. I measure their food every meal. I measure my food sometimes too. I test my bs every day and test theirs once a month. I stay out of the heat and so do my dogs. I've cut out unhealthy snacks for myself and the dogs. That's about all I can think of for now.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-06-29 19:05:49 -0500 Report

That really is incredible. I figured they would be from the same litter. What are the chances that they would come from different ones. They are amazing creatures. One of ours has seizures and the first time he had one I totally panicked. I had no idea what was happening, it's so different from a human seizure. He is a happy goofy dog, and it makes his health issues easier to deal with.

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-06-27 08:49:24 -0500 Report

Greetings and welcome to diabetic connect! My name is Ray and I'm also new both to this site and to the condition of Type II diabetes. I sometimes wonder what contest in hell I won to deserve this but realize from alot of reading and communication with the awesome people here that diabetes does not discriminate by weight, gender, age or any other factor. While there's no cure there are control tips that can help us all and I think that's what we are all about here. I don't know that any of us have the answers but we're a great place for discussions, friends and more as the tag line reads. Please let me know if there's anything that I can say or do to help you. Oh, and Happy Birthday to you!!!

dogsrmybuds
dogsrmybuds 2010-06-27 09:49:12 -0500 Report

Hi Ray,
We are both newbies then. Thanks for the welcome. It's nice to find a site that is so willing to help others. Being diagnosed with diabetes 2 gave me the wake up call I needed to take better care of my health. Really it is a blessing in disguise. Wishing you well.

petals
petals 2010-06-27 08:24:54 -0500 Report

Hi and Welcome to DC!! Glad that you are here, you will get alot of support here. It's good that your numbers are coming down.Just keep on with what you are doing. I hope that your energy levels improve soon. Take care.

dogsrmybuds
dogsrmybuds 2010-06-27 09:45:12 -0500 Report

Hi Petals,
I was encouraged to see my numbers come down so fast. Occasionally they go back up as I am learning what to eat and what not to eat. I can eat watermelon and my numbers don't go up. I can't eat grapes though. Thanks for the welcome. :)

alanbossman
alanbossman 2010-06-27 07:33:24 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome to DC community sounds like your numbers look good now just keep doing what works for you.Just remember a little side effects now is alot better than the alternative just read RC post and i think you will get my meaning. Take care of your diabetes or it will take care of you.
Alan

dogsrmybuds
dogsrmybuds 2010-06-27 09:43:33 -0500 Report

Hi Alan, Thanks for the welcome. About a week after I started taking the medicine, I actually had some energy for the first time in years. That was wonderful. I will do all that I can to get my numbers lower.

RC Hodge
RC Hodge 2010-06-27 03:38:24 -0500 Report

Well I'm not sure what to call you but my name is RC and just wanted to say welcome and so glad to be able to be the first to reach out and say congratulations for doing the best thing possible which is reaching out to others who can relate to your problem, diabetes. Sounds like you are doing the right things and being aggressive with you meds and diet. Wish I could say that I did, but I am getting better these days. I recently lost a toe, my fourth, to diabetic ulcers and I am living proof that if you don't take it seriously it will cost you in ways you can't even begin to imagine. Anyway, stay encouraged, and know I and my wife will keep you in our thoughts and prayer ( and your dogs too ) . Write back when you can. Your friend ( if you want ) RC Hodge

dogsrmybuds
dogsrmybuds 2010-06-27 09:40:16 -0500 Report

Hi RC, Thanks for the welcome. My name is Jenny. I was sad to read your post about losing a toe. I am taking this disease seriously. I am glad you are getting better. :) I appreciate your prayers for me and also my dogs. I wish I had known more about diabetes before they got it. I definitely would have watched their diet better.

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