By vgarrison Latest Reply 2008-11-28 18:31:40 -0600
Started 2008-09-24 02:46:48 -0500

So I have been following my diet, and taking my insulin (lantus 20 units at bedtime), but my numbers are still ranging from 250 to 300 on average. My insurance won't kick in for another 3 weeks, so I can't afford to go to my doctor until then. Does anyone have any advice how to get my numbers lower for the temporary time being??

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vgarrison 2008-11-27 17:07:44 -0600 Report

I finally got in to see my doctor (PCP) in the beginning of October…he was a nitwit for lack of better words…I fired him and found a new one…good doctor on the most parts, but not the best with diabetes..again a PCP…he took me off of my apidra and put me on novolog…but then did the weirdest thing…he put me on a sliding scale that doesnt have me taking any insulin until I reach 180 or higher…I'm not comfortable with that…I have called his office several times with complaints of high bg levels, but have been told by the nurse to follow what he put me on…well needless to say I value my health so I have found my own sliding scale and am doing quite well…my numbers now range from 80 to 135 being the highest in the last 2 weeks.

Most of you know of the circumstances my husband and I are in, well we have decided to move to Bellingham Wa (an hour north of seattle)…I have already called and booked an appt with an endo there that takes care of my sister in laws grandmother…she raves about him…so therefore I am finally going to get the help from a qualified and caring doctor. We leave via plane Dec. 15th, my appt is for the beginning of Jan. Glad I booked now…lol…

Thanks for all your help and concerns…

Blessed Be

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-11-28 16:53:34 -0600 Report

Good for you! Sounds like YOU'RE in control. As it should be. And the fact that you'll be under an endocrinologist's care is a real plus. I think (or at least I hope) you'll see a real improvement in the level of care that you get from him.

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-11-27 08:04:20 -0600 Report


First, is your doctor an endocrinologist or diabetologist? You need to be seeing a doctor who specializes in treating diabetes.

Second, try giving the doctor's office a call. If they can't talk to you (or you don't hear back from them after leaving your info), get their FAX number. My doctor is a VERY good endocrinologist, but because he's good, he's also VERY busy. I've found that they actually LIKE me faxing in my blood sugars (I send a two week or one month account, depending on if my sugars are running high or not). That way, they look at the readings "at their leisure" and call me with any adjustments.

Remember, your doctor is employed BY YOU. They work FOR you.

Keep at it and don't let it get you down (I know, easier said than done).

azmisty 2008-11-28 17:25:41 -0600 Report

I just started going to an enocrinologist and I was so impressed…she has me do the same thing. She also, totally impressed me when I found out that she went directly to the medical staff at my insurance to get me approved for Byetta.

Sincerely, Misty

Jlynn 2008-10-04 19:30:16 -0500 Report

Get to the doctor, the insurance should pay, if not whats the worser a bill or your bod??

vgarrison 2008-10-05 03:13:49 -0500 Report

Thanks Jlynn,

I got to see the doctor last Tuesday, that's where I got the script for the new insulin…but I'm going to change doctors…mine doesnt give a poop and took a whole 3.8 minutes out of his day to tell me to take this insulin and come back in a month…my husband was timing.


2008-11-26 07:09:53 -0600 Report

Vicki; you have had time on the new insulin; I hope it is helping you. Sure would like to know. luv:->)lilmarm

vgarrison 2008-10-04 16:17:55 -0500 Report

So I've been on my new insulin for 3 days now, and I'm finally seeing some results. Had my first bought with hypoglycemia the other day. Got thru that fine…I'm finally down between 120 and 150!!!

OH and I've been exercising more…hmm maybe there is a connection after all!!!


Lanore 2008-09-24 05:20:41 -0500 Report

Hi V, Can you get out and go for a walk?? Walking is great for bring down the B/S numbers. When I am not in pain I need only walk about 30 mins a day to help with my numbers. We do this as a family as well. Take care. Lanore :-)

vgarrison 2008-09-24 05:25:35 -0500 Report


Thanks for the advice. My 3 year old learned to ride her trike about 3 weeks ago, so now we are taking walks every evening after dinner. It's a great way for me to get out and walk, and we are bonding so much!!..before I was diagnosed I was so short tempered that she was stearing clear of me. Life is MUCH happier now for both of us!

GabbyPA 2008-09-24 04:05:26 -0500 Report

I recently went thru this at a trade show. I was at a FOOD trade show and was so good. Didn't eat any of the freebies that were constantly being passed out. I was walking more miles than my regular routine, and sticking to my diet...high, high, and high. I got so frustrated I just decided to eat chinese food (not a recommendation, just a confession)

All said to say this, once I got my frustration out of my system. I got back on track. When I got home and into my routine, numbers started falling again. So the stress, as John M. said, is alot of the cause.

So don't let it beat you down! Sometimes I just grit my teeth, and say to myself "This is not going to win!" It pushes me a little harder and I go a little farther.

We are here to support you. You are so new at it, it is just so much to wrap your brain around. One thing that I did when I first started dealing with it was to focus on one thing at a time. I tackled Carbs first...got that in a place I could make a routine and then focused on another thing. One at a time, things have become routine, and I don't have to struggle to THINK about them so much, allowing my focus to be on my next step.

Don't feel bad, don't give up. You will get it before you know it.

vgarrison 2008-09-24 04:29:05 -0500 Report

I am right there with you. I got so frustrated yesterday that I ate some biscuits and gravy (and I don't even normally want that). I felt like pooooop all day yesterday. Took a nap for the first time in a week (before I got diagnosed I was sleeping about 18 hours a day). I was also very short with my 3 year old. Now that I know how the big carbs affect my body, I know I'm not about to eat them again. Not only is it hard on me, but it's not fair to my kid!!

*sigh* chinese food huh? Yummmm

GabbyPA 2008-09-24 04:42:08 -0500 Report

It does suck when the innocent get the wrath of raging sugar. My moods have become much less sever since I started working on my numbers. I still have my moments...but at least I can nip them before they get too out of control.

When I started testing before my meal and then 2 hours after my meal, I really started to learn what food was doing to my levels. That is how I learned to eliminate things from my pantry so they wouldn't be a temptation for me to eat.

vgarrison 2008-09-24 05:03:08 -0500 Report

I am testing 4 times a day…before each meal and before bed. I don't have insurance as of yet, so I've been leary about testing more because my test strips are expensive. Once my insurance kicks in then I'll test more. I am finding out that certain foods are "worse" for me than others, so yah I'm giving them to friends to get them out of my house. Hopefully out of sight will be out of mind.

GabbyPA 2008-09-24 05:21:38 -0500 Report

We did that. Once I read about aspertame and hydroginated oils, all that stuff got packed up and moved out. It was hard at first, because there was so much of it. Yikes! Now I read the ingredients on anything that is in a can, bottle or box. I try not to buy any processed stuff, there is some in the house. But I try very hard to eliminate all the "hidden" triggers that we are usually unaware of when we just read the nutritional facts. Look for high fructose corn syrup, hydroginated oils or partially hydroginated, sucurlose, aspertame, enriched or bleached flours, and of course the obvious, sugar, fats, and refined grains. It is tricky what they do to hide the fact that those things are bad for you. Man, once I started reading ingredients, my shopping list got a lot easier to manage. Produce, produce, and more porduce. LOL

morris.js 2008-09-24 03:32:18 -0500 Report

Hi Vicki,
Probably the biggest factor in your high numbers more so that needing to adjust your meds is the stress factor. Stress will cause your numbers to go up, no matter what else you do right or wrong. I know it is hard for you, esp with being newly diagnosed, but try to do some stress releaving things. Try listening to some of your favorite music, deep breathing exercises, meditation, or whatever it is that calms you down. If you can start to control your stress, you will find it much easier to control your numbers as well.
John Morris

morris.js 2008-09-24 03:34:43 -0500 Report

Sorry, I meant to add that you need to only take small steps in trying to adjust your life to this Disease. I for one was not strong enough to to everything I needed to do all at once. I only made some small changes and as those became easier, then I tried a few more. You cannot do it all at once, so don't try to…and don't fret about not being able to. :-)

vgarrison 2008-09-24 03:51:36 -0500 Report

I agree with the fact that if I try to do it all at once I'll fail. I didn't get this way overnight…I can't fix it over night. Thanks for the words of encourangement though!!!


Midnights Mom
Midnights Mom 2008-10-04 16:31:56 -0500 Report

I agree John, 'baby steps' is the way to tackle those huge and overwhelming changes that happen when you are diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Ask your doctor to help you prioritize what one or two things you need to do FIRST and work your way through it all a little at a time.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-09-24 03:05:20 -0500 Report

First is there a reason…is it stress, eating things you shouldn't be eaten or a new medication(steroids,antibiotics,etc.) I have no ideas of how to answer but anything I mention could be a cause. Let me know whats been going on with you differently?

vgarrison 2008-09-24 03:19:25 -0500 Report

Well I've only been diagnosed about 2 weeks, so I'm sure it't the fact that I need more meds, and the fact that I'm a little stressed about this whole thing. It's just hard to do everything they say and still see large numbers. Until I can get to my doctor to readjust my insulin I'll continue to see large numbers I'm sure.


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