my doctor finally refered me to a diabetic educator

By realsis77 Latest Reply 2010-08-14 10:07:55 -0500
Started 2010-08-13 09:19:50 -0500

Hello every one! My doctor finally referred me to a diabetic educator yesterday. As you all know my numbers have been terrible. Ranging from 200-400 at times. Even though I've been trying like heck to eat right reduce carbs and read a lot about diabetes. The educator is supposed to be calling me soon. Yesterday I went to the grocery store and felt angry again. Is this normal? I've been eating a certain way all my life and I'm still so lost. The cookbooks help but I didn't bring them to the store with me. I tried to make healthy choices but numbers are still high. Last night I made chicken stir fry with vegetables and whole grain noodles. My numbers were 380 after eating my "healthy" meal! I'm so frustrated! Any advice? I could use a little support about now. I'm glad I will be having the educator. Hopefully that will help. I'm in the angry stage of my dealing with this disease! I think acceptance comes next. At least I'm out of denial! Thanks for being here for me everybody! I could use a few friends right now.

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monkeymama 2010-08-14 10:07:55 -0500 Report

Hello there! I am so glad to hear you are being referred to a diabetic educator. You will learn a lot of very valuable informations and ways to help you out. I think I might be able to help you out with the grocery store thing a bit. I FINALLY mastered the whole grocery store thing with my diabetes. Before going to the grocery store, make a meal planner for the week (or for however long you shop for), from there write out a grocery list for that meal planner. Have a few flexible meals in case you do not fell like making something you planned. If you are getting hungry while you are shopping, make sure you go just after eating a meal/snack. Bring a meal/snack with you if you know while being out and about might miss a meal. You don't want to go grocery shopping hungry. You tend to buy other things out of hunger and not what you need. The other way I look at eating before I shop, is walking off and burning calories after a meal.

Food wise, my dietician suggested I try a pasta called "Dreamfields". They have a web site and they offer a wide variety of healthy and tastey recipes. What so nice about this pasta is it is low in glycemic index. The site will explain the whole thing behind their pasta. It tastes just like regular pasta. Be patient with yourself and know you can do this and you will do this. It doesn't matter how long someone has had diabetes. We NEVER stop learning and we're always growing as we go along in our journey with diabetes. Have faith and believe in YOU…yourself. We're all going to have bad days from time to time and it is a matter of picking ourselves up, learning, and moving forward. Sometimes transitioning from one way of life to a different way can take time.

After having my diabetes for over 6 years now. Just this year, I came to terms and my time came to make it all right. I have good days and I have my bad. I've had to learn to stop being so hard on myself when I do have a bad BG or bad day. What has helped me lead to being successful is making slow and gradual changes in my life. People tend to hold on to change better when they do this. I wish you the very best and if you ever need to talk. I am always online and willing to listen and talk. Hugs to you!

MAYS 2010-08-14 03:54:10 -0500 Report

I agree with Roy, it will take time, it won't happen overnight.
Every method works out differently for each individual, we all have different lifestyles, desires and motivations, for some it simply amounts to trial and error.
I am glad to see that you are now seeing a diabetic educator.
Can you afford to do this (?) try taking 30 days to get to know yourself and what raises your glucose level, keep a written log for 30 days with your meals, test yourself before each meal, log down the contents of your meals, two hours later, test again and log it down.
It's time consuming, but educating and essential, one day you will look back at it and say, "It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be."


Roy531 2010-08-13 13:43:22 -0500 Report

You can get the numbers down, it will take time. I won't happen overnight. Just keep working at it and you will see them start going down. The educator will be a big help if she is a dietician as well. My biggest help was when I found this site and started reading discussions and peoples comments, then taking what I have learned here and putting it into practice. It isn't easy to change, I loved to eat, I was on the see food diet, see food and eat it, but had to change that. Doctor told me if it tastes good spit it out it's not good for you. I have faith in you, you can do it.


Kaiyle 2010-08-13 10:04:41 -0500 Report

You've got an entire family of friends who are cheerleading for your success, and I'm one of them. I found exercising to be very effective in bringing my numbers down to a normal range. I was running in the high 300's but then gradually, week after week, I saw it going down. I'm not a lover of exercise but when I saw it helping to get my numbers down, let's just say I'm liking it a whole lot better. I'm so excited for you about the diabetes educator. That is going to make you feel much better about things, feeling a little less angry each day and a lot more positive and confident. Between being educated, eating healthy, taking meds, and exercising, those high numbers are coming down. If after doing all of this and they're still running high, then it may be a matter of your doctor adjusting your medication by increasing the milligrams, increasing the dosage, or placing you on another medication. You keep fighting, my friend, because it's going to get better.

realsis77 2010-08-13 11:56:20 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for the reply. I needed to hear that today! It really is a strugle to get those numbers down for me! I'll try to eat healthy but then I must be doing something wrong cause there's those high numbers again! I'm glad to know I'm not alone! Thanks for sharing with me! You have made me feel a whole lot better!

Kaiyle 2010-08-13 12:08:00 -0500 Report

You are most welcome, my friend. We are all in this together and together we can stand strong in the fight against diabetes.