help to understand diabetics

By smokinliljoker Latest Reply 2010-06-30 21:28:02 -0500
Started 2010-06-30 10:23:47 -0500

when i first was dx with diabetes i was handed pamplets and told to read i was given inslin and needles and still do not understand whats happing to me first i would like to learn from the point of dx each step i have bits and pieces
of what i need to do. is there any classes in diabetic connection that i can log into that will cover each step like a classroom iI think that would help me understand the best way for me to deal with diabetes and i am not the only one who feel this way.

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RAYT721 2010-06-30 21:28:02 -0500 Report

Welcome to the board. I'm so sorry to hear that you (like many of us) have entered a diagnosis of something so serious without a whole lot of guidance. I didn't even get the pamphlets but rather a phone diagnosis with the tips to "lose weight, exercise, cut out sugar, and have a nice night" … What? I'm a What???

There was no talk of a meter so certainly no talk about using it. I had so much blood and wasted test strips from my first several attempts at a reading (real men don't read instruction manuals) that I felt like I was in the lead of a horror film.

What I did next was to take a deep breath and educate myself. I found this site and found so many awesome people here, so many library books, and found the support that I didn't get from my doctor by reading, asking and learning.

You will never know everything about diabetes and treatment because it is an ongoing, always subject to change lifestyle. Unfortunately there is no one book, class, person, or approach to giving you all of the answers. But, at least by sticking with many of us, you'll get the education, motivation and determination to do the right thing… take care of yourself.

Diabetes is not a death sentence… it's a life. Granted a new and different life but one with hope rather than doom.

The keys to success are with diet, exercise and medication. Trust your doctor(s) and entire health care team but trust yourself as well.

Please… if I can help in any way, message me. There are so many people here with answers but it's unfortunately not a one-size-fits-all answer.

You'll be glad you "clicked" with us!

gregsteele 2010-06-30 11:35:38 -0500 Report

First welcome to DC you have come to a great place not only to learn how to live with this disease but to get some incredible support the people here are awesome they honestly care and you can get answers to virtually anything read some of amys posts , also talk to MAYS and he can point you in the right direction for any questions you need answered hes a dictionary to helpful sites again welcome love to all GREG

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