newly diagnosed....

lle
By lle Latest Reply 2010-07-17 09:42:05 -0500
Started 2010-07-15 22:12:11 -0500

I cried for fabout 3 days after I was diagnosed… I was in the midts of dieting and excercising when I was diagnosed. I love carbs and am terrified of needles!


9 replies

Elrond
Elrond 2010-07-17 01:51:49 -0500 Report

It takes most people a while to adjust. Me, I'm hard-headed. It took me a little over 30 years punctuated by a job-ending stroke and a near-fatal heart attack before I decided to take my diabetes seriously. Now I'm offering myself as a prime example of how NOT to do it. Fortunately, I still have all my body parts but many are damaged beyond repair. If there's any way I can help anyone avoid my mistakes, I'll do it.

soldierswife
soldierswife 2010-07-16 23:23:52 -0500 Report

I told my doctor to shut up that i didnt think that was funny when he told me i was diabetic. He was like no really, stop by the pharmacy on the way out. (its in the clinic here on post) so i did and it was a meter and strips and alcohol swabs and i got into the parking lot and threw it into my truck and kicked it and yelled literally that is was BS. I went the next day to meet the nutricionist and she explained all the foods and all i heard was blah blah blah. so i started counting carbs and within the last few months i have went from weighing 204 to the surgery i had tuesday i weighed 156. So i had lost more than i thought i had. it will work out within you. i wouldnt tell people at first that i was diabtic. i was scared and ashamed, then i realized, hey this is not a "sin". I can fix it. YOU can fix it. We can't cure it but we can kick its butt!! Have faith in you and figure out what your game plan is going to be and stick with it and you will have managed. The people here on this site are the greatest support system you will ever find anywhere! I love talking to these people more than anything else i can possibly do on the net!!

lle
lle 2010-07-16 22:42:49 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone for your words of encouragement. I am meeting with a dietician this week. I already know I can"t eat pizza. Even one slice and my blood sugar sky rockets. So if you cheat by what you eat once in awhile does that immediately start causing organ damage? I am terrified of all the complications. Do we get those complications eventually even if we do take good care of ourselves?

Kirla
Kirla 2010-07-17 09:42:05 -0500 Report

The risk of complications is always there. By controlling our blood sugar I believe the risk is greatly reduce. Not everyone with diabetes gets complications. I figure I’m going to do the best I can in controlling my blood sugar so I can live a fairly normal life without the complications. I know there’s no guarantee.

Were all human and even people with the best eating habits make mistakes once in awhile. Sometimes we have to eat out and only find out about the hidden sugar or carbs after we eat something. An occasional mistake or spike in blood sugar shouldn’t hurt us too much. It’s when we spike everyday that it hurts the most. I heard that damage begins at 140. So stay below that and you should be fine. It may take awhile to get there but keep trying and one day you will succeed. I did.

Kevin

Kirla
Kirla 2010-07-16 10:58:50 -0500 Report

lle

I was diagnosed last year with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and an A1C of 14.1. I started to drink lots of water and to eat lots of low carb vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Cabbage and salads). My blood sugar readings dropped pretty quick.

By testing before and after each meal I was able to see what foods were spiking my blood sugar and either cut back or quit eating foods that spiked my blood sugar over a certain amount. I had to quit eating bread, pasta, potatoes and most foods that had more than 5-6 net carbs per serving.

Lots of people can switch to whole grains and limit the servings and do well. I tried the Dream Field brand of pasta a short time ago. As long as you don’t over cook it, I found I could have one serving without it spiking my blood sugar.

We are all different and what works for one may not always work for everyone. That’s why testing what you eat is so important. By testing you will learn what spikes you and will be able to cut back or eliminate it from your diet.

I see you’re type 2. Not all type 2 people have to take insulin. Some can even switch to oral meds after their blood sugars come down. A few can even learn to control this with diet and exercise.

Welcome to Diabetic Connect.

Good luck
Kevin

Harlen
Harlen 2010-07-16 08:58:47 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome frend
I know how you feel benn there done that.
Then I got mad lol I am going to beat this thing I am not going to die over this crap.So I thrue myself into getting all the info I was able too get my hands on.Well to make a long story short I am now on the pump and that takes a lot of stress off of me and the 14 shots a day.
There are a lot of great frends here
best wishes
Harlen

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-16 06:43:34 -0500 Report

Welcome! I don't remember if I cried or just went right into denial but it was a shock to me. Oh I had the stereotypes of morbidly obese twinkie yielding people with cake frosting on their lips and I didn't fit that so I couldn't be a dia-what??? I ran out to buy a meter (free after rebate) to prove my doctor wrong. Well it's settled in with me now and I know the keys to drying the tears are Support, Control, Research, Education, Accountability and Moderation … SCREAM for short! :) You are in the right place… SCREAM away!!! The first time I tested my blood I had blood everywhere. It looked like my home was visited by a serial killer. Testing is soooo important and you'll never like doing it but you'll realize it will be valuable in preventing long and short term complications. As for carbs, you need some. In time you'll learn about portion control and swaps. You don't have to give up things… you'll swap 'em. Being diagnosed as diabetic isn't the end… it's the beginning. There is a whole new happier and healthier YOU.

MAYS
MAYS 2010-07-16 01:55:09 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

Take your time, don't panic, get to know diabetes and about diabetes,
what it is, what it can and cannot do to you, and most of all, get to know you, yourself:

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles/...

You are in control of your diabetes, you have the means and the will power to manage your diabetes, combine that with your diabetes care team, the knowledge that you will gain concerning diabetes, the family of support that the Diabetic Connect Family (which you are now a part of) has to offer, (management of your diabetes to prevent or delay the possible complications of such is the key), you will be in complete control of your diabetes in no time and living a much more healthier lifestyle as well.

It won't be easy, and at times a little frustrating, but it can be done, has been done by others, and it can be done by you also !

Welcome to the Family !

~Mays~

Danni-the-diabetic
Danni-the-diabetic 2010-07-16 01:06:08 -0500 Report

Hey, I hear you on that; I was diagnoses when I was twelve and before than whenever I got a shot nurses and my mom would have to hold me down. At first my mom gave me the shots in my arms and stomach. About a week or two after I was diagnosed I was admitted to a hospital and they taught me how to give shots. I was so scared at first, just the sight of the syringe made me cringe but it's actually not that bad. The needles are so small and thin that it doesn't hurt, compared to tetanus shot lol it's nothing. You'll do good, it's like your survival mode kicks in and you do what you have to do :)
I love carbs too. There are brands of pastas and breads that have little carbs and they taste good to :) For me though, I can't touch rice or two hours later my sugar will be flying up there. Foods effect everyone differently but you'll learn what effects you more and how much you can stand to eat without your sugar going too high.
This place here has awesome people with great advice. You'll learn alot. Good luck and stay strong.

:)Danni