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Sedum
By Sedum Latest Reply 2010-10-18 11:41:27 -0500
Started 2010-10-16 14:31:58 -0500

I was just diagnosed with Diabetes this past week. My Doctor sent the info to me by mail. I have a prescription for Home Glucose monitor & starter supplies, test strips, lancets and medication. I have no idea where to even start.

Mentally this is something I am having trouble processing.

Advise?


3 replies

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-10-18 11:41:27 -0500 Report

I am so sorry that your doctor couldn't talk to you in person. I would make an appointment to meet with him so he can help you out. Make him earn is pay.
Until then, there are some great video here on the site that will teach you how to test. It is overwhelming. The meter that you have may also come with a DVD or a website where you can go and see how to program your meter and all the things it can do.

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos?query=meter&by=relevancy

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-10-16 15:56:21 -0500 Report

Ok… I understand the confusion. I got a phone call and my Dr said nothing about a meter just that I am a something-a-betic and I should lose weight, exercise more, stop eating sugar, and … oh, to have a nice day. I consider you lucky. :)

So, you're right. It is a "where do I start" and "what contest in hell did I win" kind of letter, phone call, email or whatever. Don't you love the medical community? (do you note a little sarcasm from me? Sorry)

First things first… get your prescription filled. I took that step on my own thinking the doctor lab had me confused with some old fat guy with diabetes. I guess I am the old fat guy. Yay, me. It took a while to learn to use the meter sorta like the Manson family just left my kitchen because there was blood everywhere. I think I started to scream before I hit the lancet. I am not a tattoo artist, FYI.

You are in the right place so long as you're looking for a family/community and while none of us have all of the answers for you… we share common things… common disease and sometimes common sense. We can talk to you about meds, diet, exercise, carbs, and so much more. Pardon the lancet humor but "stick" with us and you'll learn a lot. You'll have a place to share your ups and downs, your fears and feelings and frustrations. But you ARE with some awesome people. Soon, we will be coming to you for advice and inspiration and education and motivation and that's similar to what you'll get from us now.

Welcome to Diabetic Connect. Welcome to the family!!!

Please friend me (is that a word?) with an invite. I will gladly host you in my world if you'll host me in yours.

YaYaSkidz
YaYaSkidz 2010-10-16 15:52:03 -0500 Report

If I were you the first thing I would do is get a new doctor. No one should get this information by mail. That is inconceivable. Find a good endocrinologist. I stayed with a family doctor for years out of ignorance and I don't even want to think of the damage that it did. He didn't treat my diabetes and when I finally crashed and ended up in a hospital the nurses quietly started leaving notes at my bedside with the name of a good doctor written. I took the hint and found good care.

A good doctor will be one that TEACHES. My first appointment was 2 hours long. He examined me from head to toe, the nurses showed me what to do with testing and why, the diabetic educator went over diet with me, I had an EKG, my eyes were tested, I received a list of over-the-counter meds I should start and why - it was thorough. And he talked to me. And answered questions. He was awesome.

Many hospitals have free services to get you started. Mine has a support system where you can call or go see someone about diet, support groups, etc.

You can also read up on treatment like diet, medication and exercise. My doctor told me it was all about ABC, 123

A — your A1C. Test every three months and keep it under 7
B — blood pressure. keep it under control
C — Cholesterol. keep it under control

1 — exercise - as much as you can handle
2 — diet - healthy (duh!) learn about carbs
3 — meds -

I am a T2 with gastroparesis. I eat a Mediterranean Diet that is Low Carb/No Carb - 5 small snacks a day. I walk a minimum of 6,000 steps a day which is my limit with neuropathy issues. I take all my meds on time and that includes my over-the-counter. I test four times a day and when I feel hinky. I take insulin four times a day - regular during the day and Levimir before bed. My last BP was 120/76, my last A!C was 5.5 and my cholesterol numbers were all golden. Every Friday I email my BS records to my doctor and they call with any changes to my insulin.

I owe this to my doctors. They are a team and they work together - I have a new GP who holds everything together, my endo who totally saved my life, my gastro doctor, my retinopathy specialist and a foot doctor.

Until you can get new medical advice - I started with fasting blood sugars every morning. I wrote down everything I ate and when. I tested before lunch and 2 hours after lunch for a week to get an idea of how I reacted to food/what spikes my numbers. Then I did a week of before and 2 hours after dinner. Anytime you feel flaky or symptomatic test. I now know I get night lows so I always test before bed to see if I need a snack. Your testing has to work with your meds so depending on what you are taking . . . that will dictate when and how often. And I started reading. Everything I could find about diet, testing, exercise — just so I wasn't ignorant when they started talking to me, so I could ask the right questions.

Good Luck — depending on if you are T1 or T2 (and so many other things), you will have so many things to learn. When it gets overwhelming find someone to ask questions, don't stand alone.

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