Newly Diagnosed

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-02-22 19:05:59 -0600
Started 2010-07-01 18:01:21 -0500

Well I just found out that I am a type 2 diabetic. I was at home working doing lawn work and I was really tired but had to get the lawn cut. So after I was done from a long day of work. I settled down with a drink to watch t.v. with my mom and got dizzy . The next day I went to see my doctor and told him how I was feeling weak and some dizziness he explains to me that I am a diabetic. So he does some more test and tells me that if I don't watch my weight and what I eat that I could have a stroke. Now that scared the living day lights out of me because I am only 30 years old. I need to go on a diet. Watch what I eat and take my blood sugar every morning plus a insulin shot. And to come back to him in a for weekly check ups until they get it under control. For me that was a scary day and feeling.

23 replies

tabby9146 2013-02-22 17:52:11 -0600 Report

sorry for the diagnosis, I was really nervous too, it was one of the worst days. I too had dizzy and light headed spells, I learned the difference between the two real quick. those were the only symptoms I had really just a few times before I got the news. My doctor did all the big heart tests first. The spells really scared me, I was there the day after the first one .Sometimes I would feel just really wiped out more than usual. I remember how I used to drink a glass of sweet tea almost daily, I'm in the South, and we love that. It makes me sick to think about it now. but my family loved that almost every night at dinner. I used to drink a lot of juice, especially orange. Now you can take control and get better. I began to think of this diagnosis, as just a much healthier life than I had before, for me, had it not been for D..I would not be so careful about my eating and I would not exercise every day. Good luck to you

red flower lady
red flower lady 2011-12-27 16:59:32 -0600 Report

Welcome, sorry for the diagnosis, but at least you know why you are feeling that way and have a plan of action. You are not alone and will get alot of help here. Check out the videos on this site as they are very informative especially for a newbe. You can get control of your life by taking action! Best of luck on this new journey.

2011-12-27 10:21:33 -0600 Report

Welcome to the site. This site and all the people on it are extremely helpful. And what you have trouble figuring out, some1 on this site usually has the answer that you're looking for. But I'm so glad that you found out in time. I didn't. I was driving on a busy freeway when I passed out behind the wheel. Again, welcome to the site.

jigsaw 2011-12-27 08:30:23 -0600 Report

It's a good thing that you found out in time! Better than the alternative. It's a lousy feeling, when you find out, but at least you can now learn to manage your diabetes! This is a terrific site to be on. I hope you utilize it well!!!

nanaellen 2011-08-01 21:45:33 -0500 Report

Boy, scary is an UNDERstatement!! I was terrified!! I started out with 3 shots of insulin a day and a timed released insulin at night right from day ONE!! And I ABSOLUTELY HATE NEEDLES!! Any specific questions you have? If so you'll get LOTS of responses here! Welcome to DC! Hope we can all help in some small way. My own personal advice would be to take it one day at a time!! And visit here often even if your mad at the world and want to scream we'll listen ;) Your friend in the fight, Ellen :)

MAYS 2010-07-06 22:12:58 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

If you like challenges, guess what ?
Your life with diabetes is now one, with a major twist involved, you can, and will gain control over diabetes !

It's only scary because of the fear, misunderstandings and myths involved with diabetes.
Here we erase the myths and misconceptions and replace them with proven facts and truths, support, friendship and most of all, confidence.
In the end, you win, you gain the necessary tools and understanding to live a healthier, happier life with diabetes as your lifelong companion, not your enemy.

It won't happen overnight, we will be here whenever you are ready.


Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-07-06 14:15:01 -0500 Report

This is a good place to get lots of answers to the many questions that come after the scary day. Also lots of friends!

Harlen 2010-07-01 21:53:09 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
I would test a bit more like two hr after eating and befor bead too. that way you know what foods do what to your blood sugar, food does difrent things to each of us.
I cant eat rice but I can eat a little bread theres no rime or reason to it lol
Best wishes

keep in tuch frend

GabbyPA 2010-07-01 20:23:16 -0500 Report

Welcome to the community! We are a great group of folks, if I do say so myself. =) You will fit right in.

It is hard when they first diagnose you, overwhelming is about the sum of it all. Start with one thing at a time. Even if you just focus on that thing for a week or two to kind of get a grip on it. I would focus on the testing first. I would say that you should be checking far more often than once a day, specially on insulin. You need to know what is going on inside your body and your meter is a window into that. Testing before a meal and then 2 hours after a meal is a great place to start. Then at least once before bed and if you are feeling adventurous, a 3:00 am test is good.
Then once you start getting used to that and writing it down, then move on to something else.

Glad to have you here. We are here for any help you need and before you know it, you will be teaching us a few things too.

SureRee 2010-07-06 20:00:55 -0500 Report

I am to fresh.. to this.And yes it is very Scary!! I 'm still trying to take it all in..Watching what I eat,and all that it comes with,really hard to do on a low income…Diabeties comes big in my family.I lost my Mother in 2005 and an Uncle in 2006 from this.. been trying to find out if i had it since 2000,took 10 years but, shazammm here I am.Now I'm just taking it all in.Working on finding a nutrisionist to help me plan meals.

GabbyPA 2010-07-06 21:51:45 -0500 Report

That is a great step. They can get you started. Until then, check out the American Diabetes Association They have a booklet on exchanges that is very basic and a great place to start until you find that nutritionist.

Katsarecool 2010-07-06 23:10:41 -0500 Report

Oh my gosh Gabby; you must be watching ME test. LOL

Being Newly diagnosed is very very scarey. I am still leery of what to eat. So I eat little. LOL But slowly building up confidence as I read my tests two hours after eating. I say well okay that was a healthy choice think I will do it again. Later. LOL

My first step was getting in touch with the dietician at a local hospital to sign up for their program. I had to wait three weeks to get in. But she told me the first thing I had to do was to STOP drinking sugery drinks. A very good piece of advice as I was drinking two to three colas a day. My deadliest choice was Cherry Coke. I did it. It was not easy but I did stop it. Many insurance companies pay for this class. Medicare even paid my bill.

Second step was to find a support site like this and get the facts no matter how scarey it sounded. There is a video on this site (can't remember where it is) that talks about what diabetes is and what it does to the body. I found it so helpful and it took a lot of my fears away.

Hang in there and do the best you can to make your life healthier and happier!


Nancy Ann

RAYT721 2010-07-01 20:16:13 -0500 Report

Oh I can so relate to the diagnosis, the fears, the scares, and a few of the swears. :) You are in the right place for education, motivation and inspiration. None of us have all of the answers but we're here for you. Please keep us posted on your progresses with numbers (weight and glucose) and if there's anything that I can do, please message me. I'm a newbie… 4 months now… but have learned so much in a short time. I'm proud to say that I am down by 23 pounds and lost a waist size just with a few simple changes. Let's get to know each other better and while we can teach you things today, you will be teaching us a lot as time goes on. I understand your fears and frustrations. I've been there. Actually, we all have. Welcome to Diabetic Connect where the tag line of "friends, discussions and more" could not be truer statements of fact.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-07-06 14:22:29 -0500 Report

Yeah I remember the fears, scares and…(maybe not out loud).
However, I did tell several Drs. since they had done the test after I had received 2 units of blood it was someone else's lieing blood cells and not mine.

kdroberts 2010-07-01 19:35:48 -0500 Report

Ask your doctor for a type 1 test panel, its better to be sure. Other than that, ask for a prescription for more than 1 blood sugar test per day, 6 would be a good start, before and a couple of hours after each meal.

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