Not feeling right.

By CrissieE Latest Reply 2013-02-26 11:18:43 -0600
Started 2010-07-01 12:52:53 -0500

Hello there, just want to say that I'm new here. Just joined today. I was diagnosed diabetic Jan 19 of this year. From day one, I've been trying to do what I'm suppose to do, I've changed my life completely. But this week, (beginning the 28th of June) I feel like what is the use. I try to do everything and I'm getting this feeling that I wish God would say my time is up. I ask God to be with him, things are just getting so tough. I know this isn't a good sign, but what else can I do?

71 replies

alesiafae 2012-03-09 23:39:00 -0600 Report

Crissie I'm so there with you be encouraged. I was just diagnosed too. My emotions and thoughts have been up and down every since. But remember this God does not put more on us than we can bear. He must have a great plan for you! Don't give up and don't give in. Do what you can then let God do the rest.

melissa1987 2012-02-24 22:24:30 -0600 Report

Hey I so understand where your coming from I was diagnosed in aug and I had a very hard time accepting it. I am just finally starting to feel good and think more positive about it. I know I can do and so can you. There's a lot of changes you have to make but you get used to it after awhile and a lot of people on this site helped me a lot . I am type 1 and when I found out I was so depressed for months wishing I was dead but I came to realize I have to much to live for. Well I just wanted to let u know your not alone and good luck Hun it will get better in time

FLDawn 2011-12-04 13:25:50 -0600 Report

CrissieE and others newbie or not. You may or may not realize what a balance we must keep to "feel right". Lack of exercise, too much exercise without enough fuel and bam…you feel lousy. When first diagnosed I took it very serious because my friend had buried her husband from diabetes complications not that much prior to me being diagnosed. I knew first hand through them what it can do to you from loss of vision to the end result he had. He FYI did not do things right…so don't be scared.

I cracked down and began seriously reading labels, cooking from scratch which is NOT that hard to do and much healthier. I love to swim though hate most other exercise, walking is hard for me as I am disabled so I choose to swim. Lucky for me I live in Florida. I would go out there and do exercises etc. Then, not realizing that even a fairly mild Type 2 could have low blood sugar I was scared out of my wits. Sweating like crazy, feeling the a/c yet sweating and my heart pounding. Thank heavens for Diabetic Connect because someone always seems to be here to help you through and they did. I found out what it was and how to fix it. Always keep a bottle of soda or something with REAL sugar in the house. My issue I tend to not buy it or have it. Simple fix and my doc said to eat fruit before I swim.

When you don't feel right do not ignore it. I did not feel right and if I had not pushed with my doctor I could have been dead by now. I was sleeping 24/7 pretty much other than to constant walk to the bathroom. I had abdominal pain yet he still said I was NOT diabetic. I pushed and to shut me up he did an A1C. Next day I had an apology and prescription for Metformin. I cracked down as I previously mentioned and dropped my BS from 7.8 to 7.2 in less than a month. He was stunned. SEE…you can fix yourself. I've been on the same 500 mg dosage of meds for over two years until now.

Do not take anything for granted and please exercise. I slacked because I am having other health issues and had to come off my Cholesterol liver is off kilter due to it…my sugar is higher than the start of my diabetes. My new doc (I moved so no choice) changed my meds to 1000 mg. I feel a 1000 percent better and also have dropped almost 8 pounds in less than a month. Until I now I have been unable to lose an ounce.

When you do not feel right don't just take what they tell you if you know you are right about it. It is YOUR life and if you ignore it you can lose it. I think of how if I had not pushed I might have gone to sleep and never woken up. It can happen I know.

Don't be afraid just take control. God will help and give you the strength to do what you need to do but he won't be feeding and cooking etc. so you have to do right AND keep on your doctor if you have to…we shouldn't have to but…do what you have to do to make yourself feel good.

Just a few weeks of my med changes and I feel so much better. Take care

stormz 2011-12-04 13:09:19 -0600 Report

Hi chrissieE, first are you type 1 or type 2? and what have you tried to help yourself? did you change your diet? did the doctor give you medicine are you taking them? are you get any exercise? did you cut down on your sugar and carbs? Don't give up! Things are always tough before they work out but you came to the right place to ask for help. There are a lot of people here that can help you. I'll help you through this. I see you got plenty of replies so we all care about you and want to help. Don't do anything drastic before you have tried everything. It took me a long time to get my sugar under control. I'm sure I'm not the only one that had problems there and I won't be the last. You asked God for help but God helps those who help themselves. So start there first. Start a good healthy diet. Make sure you are following what the doctor told you. Start exercising. Once you do all that you will get you sugar under control it might take awhile don't expect it to happen over night. But it will happen. Stop eating so many starchy foods too. I forgot to mention that. You don't have to stop eating all of them just cut back on them. You will notice a big difference soon. Have faith keep working on it and you will see results. God Bless!

Milanka 2011-12-04 08:31:55 -0600 Report

Are you type one or two? you didn't mention it but if you are type 2, you can reverse it with 30 min workout daily and eat home cook food and check your blood sugar at least 4-5 time a day. You have to accept that you have diabetic and don't let it take control over you, you can control diabetic. I'm 44 and been a diabetic since 4 and loving it :) God is in my life no matter what and have to thanks God to let me live this long and will keep going and helps other in need with coping diabetic. Think postivie and there is help out there for your need!

Jan8 2011-12-04 08:00:42 -0600 Report

Hi Crissie, When i felt like that i went to a diabeties nutritionist .It was the best thing I could have done. That feeling just went out the door. I understand how this catches up to you.

watson4042 2011-12-03 21:47:25 -0600 Report

hello crissie, please don't give up, this disease can be controled, so ask god and angels to be by your side. remember that there are other diseases that have a very short life span but this one gives you all the time in the world if you but try.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-12-03 18:53:54 -0600 Report

Dear CrissieE: First let me Welcome you to DC. It is the place to come to, to vent or join in some wonderful discussions like yours. I just want to share something with you, author unknown. "The moment you think of giving up; think of all the reasons you held on for so long." Diabetes is a desease that brings many emotions out of us. I don't think there's not one of us that didn't feel like giving up too, if we're honest with themselves. But we don't, because diabetes can't be the winner. We have to win and you will. True it will always be with you, but your doing everything right. It's the depression that's getting to you now. Seek help for that, and don't be ashamed, we've all been there too. My thoughts and prayers will be with you, Valentine Lady

k7k6c7 2011-06-25 20:46:47 -0500 Report

Hi Crissie
First I have to say at this time I'm not diabetic but and that's a big is prevelant in my family and with my weight and lifestyle I'm a walking time bomb. Now to the reason I'm replying is there has to be a reason we both came to this site. Whether we stumbled on it by accident or were guided here. There was a reason. From what I've read so far, stick with the group it sounds like they are a good and supportive group of members. Most of them have been there done that but are more than willing to share their experiences and support. All we have to do is ask and listen (ok here it's more like read, but you know what I mean, lol). Take care and you're not alone.

MewElla 2011-06-25 13:04:00 -0500 Report

I would just like to add to what everyone has stated here…depression is a big deal with diabetics…I understand how you feel and it is very nerve wracking to feel out of the loop with everything…It just takes some time to get control of the blood sugars and as they come under control the depression will lighten. Talk to your Dr if the depression does not lessen. And remember, you are not alone, we are all here for you anytime you need us…

VickieF 2011-06-25 12:56:35 -0500 Report

Hello Crissie, nice to meet you.As you have been told this is a great group and support.
I do not know if you realise that depression is a big thing with diabetics.Part of it comes from hormones and the way the diabeties works on your body and part is from the fight itself. trying to change yourlifestyle. one feels so alone in this, but remember You are not. We are all here for suport. You can tell us anything. We have even talked about cleaning toilets LOL.

Patty0057 2011-11-18 16:07:20 -0600 Report

This makes me feel better too. I was diagnosed type 2 in September, I feel very depressed lately too. I think I'm just exhausted- it is such hard work being diabetic. I get tired of it.

jayabee52 2011-11-19 03:27:41 -0600 Report

Since it is new to you and you are getting used to your "new normal" it can be hard work Patty. I have had T2 for about 16 years, and it is now so engrained in me that it is "old hat" I do sometimes get tired of what I must do to manage my condition, but that quickly passes,

Just hang in there, you'll find your new normal. I pray it is sometime soon!


Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-06 11:03:04 -0500 Report

Hi Chrissie, Welcome to the site! You can find a lot of answers to your questions here, plus other information, like what color my toenails were painted by the kids 2 years ago at summer camp! The diabetic road is not easy, but it also isn't real hard. If you have ever been caught in a snow drift or mud, the diabetic life is like that. In the beginning you are determined and you put a lot of effort into it. Maybe the car moves, maybe it doesn't. Some other people come along (us!) and help push. You begin to move and soon you are moving in the right direction. Now everything is good. Well, maybe not, because you got to the corner and ran out of gas. You get out of your car and yell "Hey guys, I need some more help". We push you to the gas station. This is not a "God take me now" condition. Better yet, He knew this would be happening to you and He is giving you the means to cope and the ability to help others down this road. Stick around. You can look back on some old post to find out about the drug Metformin and what people that take the drug or have taken the drug think about it. One thing I think everyone agreed on is that it stinks! :) (as in smells).
You will learn other stuff too, like how many carbs you should be allowing for a meal. For most women it is 3 carb servings or 45 grams per meal. this will help to control your sugar levels. Anything you don't find, just ask! The site is not only do's & don'ts on eating, exercise, insulin, meds, emotions, but it is about our entire lives. If your God, is the same as my God, then you know He is bigger than this and will be there with you for the rest of your long, productive, active life! The best to you, Jim (the answer to the toenails is multi-colored!) 2011-06-06 10:05:09 -0500 Report

Hi Crissie,

My name is Susan, and I know how hard this disease is, but if you ask God to help you through he will, it is very difficult, and sometimes it does get depressing, but one day you will look back and see how far you have come. I think everyone with this disease does get depressed from time to time, but it does get better, it may not always be easy for us as diabetics to admit that we are diabetic, but it is a day by day process, and I am sorry this has happned to you, and to all of us, but in the end, you will be strong enough to get through this, if God is for us, then who can be against us! I think it takes courage and lots of will power as well as support, and everyone here does truely understand the ups and downs that come with this disease, but believe me in time it does get easier. I think the hardest part of this disease it that you have the sense of being different from everyone else, however, it does not have to controll us, I mean, we are still the same person inside, but we just have to work harder to take care of ourselves a little more then others, but it is not neccessarily a bad thing. I am here to talk if you ever need a shoulder, because we have all faced this hardship at one time or another, but hang in there and don't give up, because you will sell yourslef short of all the good things in life that God has given you and with time you'll be able to see things a little differently. I will pray for you and all of us to have strength and wisom, but trust me God will give us the peace we need to overcome these difficult times. I hope and pray things get better for you, and remember, you are never alone.


K.C. Guest
K.C. Guest 2011-06-05 23:25:08 -0500 Report

My name is Kevin but everyone calls me K.C. I am new as well. I was diagnosed diabetic on May 5th. I was lucky to be able to attend a diabetes convention a few week ago. One of the main things they adderssed was the re accuring high blood sugar even if you are doing all the right stuff. Good news, most the time it is just tempurary and better days are ahead. Keep on keepin on and make sure that you are at peak health. Maybe both of us will live to be 100 and in good health. Maybe they will event diabetic icecream by then.

nzingha 2011-06-06 13:35:47 -0500 Report

i wish they would because ice cream is ..was my favourite food… i really miss it…my diabetes got outta control… first time ever but with the help of insulin..its trending down but i am feeling aweful… everytime i put food in my mouth.. my head feels light/dizzy/high.. i dont even know if i am describing it correctly… i feel like i am on some drug… has anyone else ever had this experience? then some days my legs feel like they are about to cave in… i have no energy to walk but i have to force myself because when i do.. they feel better… but generally i feel like my body is craving more sugar.. almost demanding it.. but i wont listen..i'm sticking to the small portions and the times for eating no matter how dizzy/ light my head is feeling! i must say this site has been really helpful and the interaction fantastic… i have even recommended it to my doctors!

Detrice 2011-06-05 20:46:41 -0500 Report

Hello Crissie, before I found out I had type 2 in Mar.2011, I used to wonder why all of these people are finding out they're diabetic and just knew it couldn't happen to me because I didn't eat a lot of carbs or sweets. What a fool I was. When the doctor diagnosed me, I thought he was joking. I don't know what happened, I immediately accepted it, and I'm usually a worry wart. I was frustrated at first, because I couldn't seem to get my bs numbers under control. My doctor and I adjusted my dosages of insulin and now I have somewhat of a handle on it. I too get depressed sometimes, but not because of this disease, just in general. Don't ask GOD to end it all, ask him to help you through it. Think positive, and realize that you found out in time before it got bad and out of hand. It is a life changing experience, but it's one you can LIVE with, and it gets easier. I had a friend tell me that she's kinda jealous of me because the insulin will make me lose weight. I thought it did too, but I haven't seen any results yet. I just laughed and since we mostly talk on the phone and never visit, I'll just let her think I'm getting skinny lol! 2011-06-06 10:41:48 -0500 Report

Hi Detrice,

My name is susan, and I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your post in response to Crissie, and I too had a really difficult time when I first got diagonsed with this disease,I was not put any kind of medication, and I had to go to a dietician so as better uderstand what foods to eat, for example, such as carb counts, and meal meal planning, because I was so lost, and then finally, after a couple of months I was able to understand it much better, also I went to every meeting I could go to, as well as study everythig I could get my hands on to learn how to control it. It was more or less trail and error for me, but when I first started loosing the weight, my doctor called me this disappearing women, because I just keep loosing weight, and I remeber something fthat had happened to me . I had went down town for something or another one day, and one of the people that I knew, said to me that she was sorry I had Cancer, and I just went out of the store laughing, because I had managed to loose this weight and I assumed they figured that I was loosing weiight for that reason. Some of the my friends I knew could not beleive that I lost this weight because of my diabetes not the cancer, so I just let them believe what they wanted to believe. I did manage to loose all this weight a good 168 lbs, and no one even recogonized me. I did manage to keep this weight off for 13 years, and as of now I do not take any types of medications for this, as it has always been just diet contolled. I am glad I had the opportunity to talk with you and to get a chance to meet you on this site, this is the one site where you can feel comfortable sharing thoughts and ideas as because this is the one place where everyone seems to understand each other! I am glad to see that things are better for you, God bless you!


Emma2412 2011-06-05 07:35:55 -0500 Report

Hi, Crissie
I know exactly how you feel. I've had Type II for about 15 yrs. now and sometimes I just want to throw something because of the complete frustration that I've experienced. But stay as positive as you can and get busy — when you feel down, go for a walk or something. You're not alone. This site is great and there are many, many caring beautiful people on here that genuinely care about you and your health.
Also, I've just discovered something about sweeteners which might help you, too. For years now, I've been using Splenda, Equal or that other one in the blue package. NOW, I'm only using Stevia (which is a natural thing) and, guess what? I'm now losing weight, the bloated feeling that I've had for years is gone, and my readings are what the doctor calls "normal."
So, my advice to you right now is to choose your food and things very, very carefully. I'm not a chemist so I'm not sure why I'm losing weight and my readings are much better just by switching to Stevia, but since that's the only real change I've made in lifestyle, it must be so. Anyway, that's my advice to you right now — to just be very careful what you choose to put in your mouth (lol). I will pray for you.

Gimpalong 2011-06-05 07:31:25 -0500 Report

Well said. You take care of you, too. I pray that your day is great, and your week even better. God bless.

MrsCDogg 2011-06-05 07:10:13 -0500 Report

You are going to have good days and bad days. Days when you feel on top of the world and days when you don't feel so well. Be patient with yourslef. Please don't give up either! We are all here for you to help and support you as much as we can. You are not alone, there are thousands of us out there just like you. When you are feeling this way just know that it will pass. It's tough to have to deal with this disease on a daily basis, but we are all in this together.

josem.urena72 2011-03-23 09:32:46 -0500 Report

Hey Crissie babes… Not to say that diabetes is an easy thing to deal with.. Its tough at times.. I've been dealing with mine since I was 8 years old.. Back in those days we didn't have the accomadations we have today.. So I'm blessed to still be around and see its evolvement.. Also feel super content in knowing that we as a grooup will be here for each other for that support we all need every now and then.. For all its worth we are honestly here for you..

Your sugar buddy Jay!!!!!

nzingha 2011-06-05 10:57:09 -0500 Report

i love that 'sugar buddy phrase '..what a nice way to say it… i'm beginning to feel some of the lousy side effects of sucks.. but as u guys say… we have to fight these feelings.. the weakness in my legs is so frustrating… but i try to pretend its not there..!

MewElla 2011-03-18 17:58:34 -0500 Report

For me, some days are diamonds, where everything in my life seems to flow in an even keel, my bg #'s are great, weather is beautiful, I slept good and feel great, have a big ole smile on my face. Then other days are like peices of black coal, my #'s are not where they should be, weather is lousy, I didn't sleep good and overall I just feel lousy and I just can't seem to find that smile inside of me. Those are the days when I have to fight with all my might, to lace my shoes up and get outside for extended 5 mile walk, trying my best to get bg #'s better, make good choices with my food. I know I have to keep fighting diabetes, it's all up to me. We all just have to keep plugging away at it, after all, we only have this one life to live and I want mine to be as healthy as I can get it.

Patty0057 2011-11-19 07:31:31 -0600 Report

Thanks for you honesty. I'm feeling all the lows right now & can hardly find my smile either.having all of you & knowing you all understand makes me feel a bit better. Bless you all. 2011-06-06 10:47:20 -0500 Report

Hi MewElla,

This was a great way to look at, from this perspective, as if we can be positive then we can fight it harder and we can not let this disease controll us, but we have to learn how to control it. I think your repose was well said!


Sidehack 2011-03-18 17:27:49 -0500 Report

Don't dispare, I often feel the same! At LEAST once a day. Some days you win, some days you lose. Do the best you can and if you screw up and pig out or feed a craving, don't beat yourself up.

estheratarah 2010-12-15 13:17:01 -0600 Report

I just tried the kingdom care site and used the .com , .net and .org and I did not get anything that helps with supplies. Can you try that site again for us? Thanks.

Brenda_B 2010-12-15 02:13:52 -0600 Report

hi and welcome to the group.
You are new a dealing with Diabetes. I have to give you a big high-five for jumping right in and dealing with this. Most people including myself just sort deny, hid and hope it will go away. Really you should be proud of youself for doing the "big-girl" thing right off the bat… I'm impressed…
So, Are you type I or II and what exactly is not working? I have learned so much from this website.
Ask questions… tell us exactly what is making you carzy. Are you having a hard time controlling you BS#?

I'll bet someone on this site can give you some brilliant help and suggestions!
Good luck

bob25 2010-12-14 20:06:59 -0600 Report

hi i,m 33 years old and i have had diabetes type2 i,ve had for 2years i feel like u do some times i wish it would get easy would u like to be my pal

mo91108 2010-09-15 11:51:49 -0500 Report

Hey how old are you? I was barely diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in April of this year, so I know how you are feeling. I am only 19 years old. I know it gets hard. Do you have a good support system? You can feel horrible sometimes, but you also hae to think about family. Keep in touch if you ever need to talk ok hun? I will be here for you and share how my support system helps me if you would like.

Guardianstone 2010-09-05 05:05:53 -0500 Report

this is Guardianstone. I feel like I've been a diabetic forever. I recently found this haven of good and have found a way to express my hurts and happiness. There are days that the sunshine comes through. Check in, find the E-Hugs bank, it helps alot. (((H)))s can help you rember that you matter. Down days make it easy to quit, or give up. Try not to let your personnel deamon have you. We need you. God needs you. And you need you.
Gods love to all. You'll even find some of us realy have a bent sense of humor.
Guardian stone

Cheryl3660 2010-07-21 17:24:09 -0500 Report

Hi Chrissie, I know how you feel. I have recently had trouble controlling my sugars and all I can say is you have to test test test as Kirla recommends. I find that foods that should not affect my blood sugars sometimes do. Or I find that I slip and eat more than I realize. It's a matter of vigilance and perseverence. It can feel like a never ending battle, but you can do it. There are so many things that affect your blood sugars and how you feel that you should explore other possible causes as well. Keep a detailed journal of what and when you eat, drink, exercise, how you feel at the time and your blood sugar readings 8x a day and then talk with your Dr. about it and see if there are patterns in when you are feeling poorly that might point to the culprit. Hang in there!

mlpooley 2010-07-21 16:57:47 -0500 Report

Hi CrissieE
I was diagnosed in '89 when I was 39. I'm now 61 and I am still learning about diabetes. I took it hard having to change my whole life around to suit my new condition but I made through with acceptance. I use insulin and I try to control it. In my 1st yrs my ACl were 5.0 then as I grew older my ACl grew also from 6 now 7.0. I don't do anything different, I probably eat a lot better then I used to eat but my body just is different and it is slower in a lot of ways. I don't get as much exercise as I used to, I know I should, it is my fault never have been good at that. I have used many different forms of insulin and I now use Apidra during the day and Lantus at night before bed. This works for me, I'm in better control now. As with everything in life take it as it comes to you. God knows what you need and gives you ways to help you like guiding you to this site and you can find help here in your new found friends. You have to know it will get better, everything always gets better, you just have to except where you are and make the best of your situation Talking to people about your condition and change what's needed, ask questions, ask your Doctor, ask us, we will try to help you. So stay in touch let us know how you are doing. Feel good about yourself, you are OK and you have lots of company here.

lilvito 2010-07-21 14:59:07 -0500 Report

Hi all,
someting to think about. After my mini stroke last Thusday, My sugar count was 245
I stayed completely on my no carb diet and my sugar was still in the 200's
This really disturbed me. I went and purchased new batteries, and it was still high.
So I decided to get a new tester. it arrived today and I tested 132…Then I went to test with my old tester and again it was 238.
Will check it again two hours after dinner and I will let you guys know.. I hope
my old tester is broke

Drees moma
Drees moma 2011-05-29 17:26:45 -0500 Report

You should make sure you have a bottle of check solution for your meter all the time. It is designed to let you know if your meter mneeds to be recalibrated.I'll admit I don't know how to recalibrate a meter but most companies, that produce the meter, will replace your meter every year or so. It is important when you get hoghrradings consistently that you check your meters response. When you use a check solution you will get a reading that is inside a very limited range. Anything outside the defined range indicates your meter is not working properly. The solution comes with a pamphlet that will tell you the range thatis acceptable. I'been a type two for close to twenty years but was a clinic preparer of therapeutic diets for many years before. Keep up the good work and invest in a bottle of check. Solution.

Corynthus 2010-07-21 13:44:37 -0500 Report

Welcome to the family in here. I am also still a little new here and have only been here a few days. but with reading many comments and topics and getting lots of new ideas and help on how to control or try to fix , change , or how to cope with the many problems that I have with my health or my daily life . Stay in here with us in the community and try to read many things in here on the site. Or even write your own helpful hints and tips while trying to get the help you may need yourself. That is what I am doing. I know how you feel because I and still in the same boat and have simular feelings like you do for a LONG LONG time. But as I said , try to come here and get advise and so on. Things sort are changing slowly for me thanks tto many people here . ( and they never even wrote to me or commented to me yet. All I am doing is reading and trying things out and taking advise right now. ( And reading my diabetic bible every day. a very helpful book . )

but please hang in there CrissieE. your not alone.

rs5073 2010-07-21 12:46:10 -0500 Report

Hi My I am new but I have been a diabetic since the early 80's and believe me it was not easy, with the help of God and my doctor I am ok with it. It's easier now with all the new stuff out there ,back then we had nothing. Over the years I find that keeping your blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible is the best way to stay healthy.Must stay positive find a good support group and a good doctor " I have the same doctor that I started this journey with". I have not had any complication nor have I been hospitalized at any time because of my diabetes. Stay positive and hang in there it get better.If you ever need a kind ear and advise just ask., Belive me I have been there, I not allways been so up beat.

sloane 2010-07-21 10:28:44 -0500 Report

Hello /Please don't despair; this is a diffiicult time for you I unserstand, having raised two sons with diabetes, one who was diagnosed at just 17 months old. Let me help you step by step and we can get trough this. Tell me more about where you are having problems, etc. and we can teach with the other members step by step. We are here to wsupport each other and we will do just that! Let me know what you need!!! Stay strong

PamWhit 2010-07-20 18:58:11 -0500 Report

Hello everyone this posted twice..

rs5073 2010-07-21 13:01:20 -0500 Report

You can do it switch to good carbs like brown rice and the brown pastas they are good and good for you you will be surprised your 10 year old my like it too.I have been doing this for so long I know it in my sleep.Your ACl is great that's where it should be so all you have to do is keep it in the 6's mine is between 6.0-6.5 and has been for some years now,so hangn in there 99% of the time I feel great.And for the exercise walk you will be surprised, I am up to 10000 steps a day and it really makes a difference., Baked, broil , grill, and steam that's my motto.

PamWhit 2010-07-20 18:57:56 -0500 Report

Hi Im Pam I was diagnosed Monday with pre diabetes. I injured my shoulder at work 5 months ago and went in for a MRI with contrast at the hospital, my blood sugar was elevated to 207. I had a reaction to lido cane while there it attacked my heart and spent the nite in the hospital. When I got home my blood sugar was 330.Wow Then the doctor told me I needed surgery to fix my shoulder in 2 weeks and that Im diabetic too.I am still in shock, I know i need to loose weight but never suspected diabetes.I have IGA Nepropathy too that is managed well with meds and diet. Ive worked in the medical field the past 16 years talking with patients about their renal diet but am lost as were to start for my own. I have to check my sugars 3 times a day, watch my diet, exercise, til Sept then get rechecked.My ACL was 6.0. How do i make meals for my 10 year old and keep my sugars dow?? I know to eat low carbs, doing lots of research..Thanks for any advice!!

sloane 2010-07-21 10:31:05 -0500 Report

Eating for diabetes control really means eating healthy for the whole family. I have two sons with diabetes and we all eat theme HEALTHY foods. Healthy does not mean boring andd without taste. I use the South Beach Diet cookbook because I love those foods, but you can find amazing recipes right on this site...Any questions, be in touch!!

Elrond 2010-07-20 16:32:01 -0500 Report

Hi Chrissie,
Welcome to the family. I just noticed your post so I'm a little late but I'm happy to meet you. Of course diabetes causes some big changes in your life and many of those changes are unwelcome at first. But once you get used to them, you may find that the new way of life is actually better and healthier. (it only took me thirty-plus years accentuated by a stroke and a near-fatal heart attack) But I finally 'got the point' and now I live a much better lifestyle. I've become a gourmet chef specializing in low-carb foods so I believe I eat pretty well. My friends have trouble believing that the meals I serve are actually good for them. My biggest advice is: Don't be ashamed of your diabetes. You didn't do anything to cause it and hopefully you're doing everything possible to deal with it. I mention my diabetes often in public and I've been amazed how many other diabetics I've met that way. Some have become good friends. If I need to test, I just do it. Of course, I try not to make a display of it but I don't run and hide either; it's a fact of life. Since you're fairly new to this, don't be afraid to ask about anything you don't understand. I've been diabetic since the early 80's and I'm still learning.

mema05 2010-07-20 14:24:32 -0500 Report

i know the feeling! i was diagnosed with diabetes on step of 2009. and its been hell trying to do the right thing. my sugar was 500 to 600! they finally put me on insulin.

abjt4 2010-07-20 13:10:28 -0500 Report

I was just diagnosed May of 2010. My grandmother had diabetes, and an aunt and uncle. My mom was borderline. I was gestational with the later 2 of my 3 sons. I was told all my life that I will probably become diabetic. So I waited. I tried to watch what I ate (tried to cut down on carbs) and tried to exercise (my whole family is overweight; I am by 30 lbs). And I waited… Beleive it or not, and it may sound crazy, but once I was diagnosed, it was like a huge weight had been lifted off of me!!! Now, I am being treated for diabetes type 2. Taking my meds and still watching what I eat and trying to exercise. It's not that I want to be diabetic. I just feel empowered knowing that I have it, and that I can work to control it. I really hope you will talk with your doctor, family and friends about your feelings. Let them help you!

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-20 09:09:49 -0500 Report

Happy day CrissieE,
This is the day that the Lord has made we will rejoice & be glad in it. This is a happy day now remember that only God & you have control of your days so in order for them to be good days we have to let Him have control. 1st of all know this that God got you, you can handle this more than you know. I don't have diabetes (my husband does) but as the wife of one I have gone through w/him what you are feeling right now. He was told of his illness in 2002 I was on the road & got a call that he had been admitted in the emergency room. From that day forward all the faith in me all the love & trust I said I had for Christ I needed it to rise up & grab a whole of me so that I could know that God was in control. We had not been married a whole year & I didn't want to lose my husband to this disease. Then I remember something we were taught as a child. That God is not looking @ our situation for He is there w/us. He is looking @ how we react to that situation. I continue to keep my face in the Master face every chance I got. I was not always here where I am today concerning my faith but when I let God take control of the situation & took my self out of the equation it got much better.
I will stand on the wall concerning you & your feelings DON'T GIVE UP on yourself God HAS NOT GIVEN UP ON YOU. God has a plan for you for good concerning your welfare & not for evil. Let Him be your light & salvation then there will be nothing & no one that you will fear. When you pray (which does not have to be in a special way) ask Him to take control welcome Him in. Ask God to let you only hear from Him & direct your footsteps & your tongue. Don't give the devil any glory by speaking out Loud that you have given up. To God be the glory for the things He has done is doing & will do. Have a fantastic rest of the week GOD IS IN CONTROL let Him have His way.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it,
Mama Dee 2011-06-06 11:02:17 -0500 Report

Hi Mama Dee,

Wow! This is an answered prayer by God, I am also a Christian, and I do pray and read the Bible, attend services and enjoy speaking with believers, this is a wonderful testament! I will admit though, after reading your post, I do not always allow God to have the control he deserves. I get frustrated sometimes easily, for things that I can not control such as my situation. After reading this post, I have a really good insight for what it means to allowGod to have his way, thank you for this most important response!


blackcherry 2010-07-20 19:12:09 -0500 Report

Thanks Mama Dee those were some inspiring words and I am letting God do what he has to do for me and I haven't always let the Lord guide me but today he's my pilot I started letting him guide my path b4 I found out I was a diabete which was this year in January so I'm staying strong and trying to do the right things for me, but its a struggle after being one way for so long. So thank you for the encouragement and Crissie E. you hold on to God unchanging hand you will be just fine.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-07-19 22:28:29 -0500 Report

CrissieE, Please don't give up on yourself. I was diagnosed come October 2years ago. I'm still learning how to take care of my diabetis. It takes time to learn this new way of life. You will find out that you have many friends here on DC. Ask questions and someone will help you with answers. Probably many new friends will answer you. I hope to see you on DC and hope you will feel better soon.
Your Friend

Pattycakes259 2010-07-19 16:25:59 -0500 Report

Hello, was reading your post and wanted to say do not give up it will get better. I can say this because I was said to have it back in 1999 and went on the meds and when times became bad for me I went off my meds and started having problems with peeing all the time. Went to my doctor and they found my sugar to almost 600 so lets just say I learned a lesson because now I have to take insulin and take it twice a day. Just remember that God loves you and will be there for you as well as us here on DC. Please if you need to talk just ask and we will be here for you. You are not alone in this time of need. Please keep up the good work that you are doing and take time out just for you and yes you can treat yourself at least once a week with something that you like to eat. Like my doctor told me that you can have some sugar but watch the carbs the most. Hope this helps you and again keep up the good work.

pdrneoh 2010-07-19 15:24:33 -0500 Report

Being a diabetic today is easy. I was 8 when I became a diabetic. I'm now 58 and back then there was no disposable needles you had to boil the syringe and barrel every morning and once a month get the metal needle sharpened. There was only 1 flavor or gum peppermint and the only pop was Tab. No such thing as sugar only tablets that you would crush and believe me you would not want to taste it. Today everything is sugar free the candy, ice cream, cool whip, all types of sugar. Not back then. You're lucky it's easy today. You can lead a normal life. Thank God you only have diabetes. You could be worse off with actually being sick like cancer. Trust me you'll get along just fine. Back in my days the way you see how the blood sugars were was to pee in a cup and use test strips and you probably didn't have a mother go in the back yard and yell "Joan come and pee in your cup". Honey you'll get along just fine. Remember don't cheat or you'll lose your eyesight, have heart and kidney problems, and numbness in your fingers and toes. Listen to your doctor. You'll stay healthy just as I am. Just remember life is great and diabetes is really nothing. Put your place in my brother-in-laws shoes. Sits in a wheelchair all day long and can't feel nothing. Needs to be given a shower, have someone dress him, pick him up out of bed and put him to bed every night. He can feed himself but we have to cut the food up. He can use a fork and pick up a cup. Nothing more. Try doing that for 20 years or be a diabetic for 20 years. Take your pick and let me know which one you would rather be a quad or a diabetic.

Katie17 2010-07-19 14:07:26 -0500 Report

hi, im a teenager, well just turned 18 and i know its hard. I have to deal with blood sugar problems all the time and whenever i try to forget about it, it stabs me in the back. I love this site becuz i can come and get support/answers from people that have been through this stuff. I feel like you do all the time, but i find that taking my meds and eating healthy and right really help me. I've learned that I can't cheat when it comes to what im supposed to eat, or i get sick. Theres tons to learn about diet and meds. maybe an education class offered at a hospital? do you have a good endocrinologist?

GabbyPA 2010-07-01 20:53:41 -0500 Report

Hey Crissie,
Maybe he answered your question by leading you here. This is a great community of people who can help you get through tough times like now.

What exactly has you so down about it? There are a lot of things that we have to deal with, so what are some of the big ones that are bothering you so much? I bet someone here can help you out...just give us a try.

ccritch 2010-07-01 14:28:07 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC! Sweetheart! we have all been there one time or another. I have felth that way and at times still do but I have a community of friends and family who have helped me get through all this Diabetic Connect. You are so blessed and will be blessed by this community and we will help you and share our stories, insights and advice if you need. I am here, we are all here for you you are not alone living with diabetes. Trust me I know this after 9 years I thought I was alone until I became a member with Diabetic Connect and I have lots of friends whom I consider family my family (real) family does not understand Diabetes and does not support me but my family here I have their support, love and friendship. They helped me turn my life around for the better.

So, Chin up sweetheart we are going to get you back on track.

1-If you need supplies if you have insurance they will cover what the insurance does not and you get all your supplies for free, I get mine for free.

2-Are you seeing an endocrinologist or primary care doctor? and are your questions being answered? If not you need to write down what you want to ask for next visit and don't forget. You need to ask.

3-Find out about Diabetes Education Classes and Support Groups at your hospital.

4-Ask any questions we are all diabetics and do not scrutinize or turn away, we hear you and will help the best that we all can. We are all in this fight and life together as a community so Welcome!

5-Don't give up! don't ever give up! it is a struggle but you will win and take control!

6-We all care about you here and will always care about you! You are not alone!

7-Do you have a meter, One Touch gives free meters so will Kingdom Care.

8-Believe in yourself you are beautiful young vibrant lady and you have so much to live for Pray to the lord for strength, wisdom and knowledge in living with diabetes he will walk with you through this journey and it was he put in your heart and mind to seek Diabetic Connect out he knows we all care and will help you get through this as a community.

God Bless and Hugs!

Hang in there sweetheart you are about to go on the Worlds best Journey of your life here at Diabetic Connect.

theladyiscrazy 2010-07-01 14:19:56 -0500 Report


Welcome to the site. I was diagnosed in February of this year. I do understand the frustration and even being overwhelmed with it all. Remember that your body just didn't wake up and decide it would be diabetic one day. Normally it takes a little time, and it will take time to get use to doing things a little different.

You didn't mention how your numbers have changed over this time frame. Do you know?

My advise is to focus on the main things first and then as you learn more add to it. For example, I have focused on carbs and protein (I wasn't getting enough in), and although I try to eat leaner meats, I don't focus on fats yet.

CrissieE 2010-07-20 16:50:38 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed, my a1c number was 11. In June of this year, my number was 6.9, so I'm trying my best with it.

NakitaPearl 2010-09-03 14:32:49 -0500 Report

You are doing great Crissie! I have been reading your posts as I'm pretty new here and wanted to let you know that we all get overwhelmed and feel like we're getting no where at times. Hang in there gal. I've been an insulin dependent diabetic for about 18 years now and can tell you that it's not always easy to maintain our spirits when our blood sugar is bouncing up and down like a yo yo. I have found that if I eat something light every 4 hours it helps my body to keep going and I don't get so tired. Fatigue is a big problem with diabetes that most people don't realize. There are days when I simply have to sleep all the day long. I wanted to introduce myself to you and wish you a good day. God bless you and keep your chin up.


runthe 2010-07-01 14:04:03 -0500 Report

hello and welcome. Pleade don't give up on yourself. I once felt like that myself and then i thought about my husband, kids, grandkids and how not being around would affect them. I try to focus on the day itself and what i can do today to make my blood sugar better. The peoples on this site are friendly and helpful and if it wasn't for them I would'nt of have taken my diabetes serious. Stay strong and knoe that you are loved.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-07-01 13:48:55 -0500 Report

Most of us get to a point in our lives where we just want to give up. I was there a year ago. Then I found this site. It has saved my life. I found out I'm not alone. The people here will help support and encourage you. You have come to the right place. We're here any time you need us. Welcome!

Kirla 2010-07-01 13:18:39 -0500 Report

This is what I did. My numbers dropped fast. Please don’t just give up. You need to follow a plan. My numbers went from the 300+ range to almost normal, in only a few weeks. I did it and I believe most people can too.

I started to drink lots of water and started to eat lots of low carb vegetables and it seemed to work real well for me. Click on the link below if your interested.

Good luck

Next Discussion: Words, thoughts, quotes »