Karen De
By Karen De Latest Reply 2010-11-22 20:16:38 -0600
Started 2010-11-20 10:38:39 -0600

Hi everyone, I just joined the site, I was diagnosed with type 2 on Monday, at this point I am just trying to figure out what I have to do now.

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Brenda_B 2010-11-20 20:59:39 -0600 Report

Welcome to the club. Most of us are still trying to figure out what to do next.
There are some really great people on this site who had got it "dialed in" My advice… since you did seem to be asking for advice…LOL Is get a meter and test, test, test. Test before you eat ONE serving of something, test 1 hour after and then 2 hrs. Learn how YOUR body responds to different food.
Unlike others I can eat a small apple but I CAN NOT eat any bread. (yes I hate that)… I'm still learning. High Glycolic food is my down fall. How fast food turns to sugar in your body is something I just learned. It is a huge break though for me… I (not everybody..most "normal" people can eat much more) BUT I need to stay under GI of 25 at any one setting… I know more stuff to look up… LOL

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-11-20 15:39:22 -0600 Report

Welcom to our big happy family. You have to count your carbs at each meal. I was told 45 to 60 carbs per meal. You have been given good advice from the other post. I wish you well in your new journey.
You're friend

Karen De
Karen De 2010-11-21 11:25:46 -0600 Report

Thanks, I can't get into a class until January, and I haven't been told how many carbs to eat or when to eat them, I am trying to educate myself to find out what I need to do.

snuggums3030 2010-11-20 22:16:35 -0600 Report

We were never told on how many carbs she has to eat in one meal. her dr.told her she can eat whatever as long as she counts the carbs and take the right insulin. I'm so confused. I don't know what she can and not eat beside no candy and soft drinks. Welcome to DC. This site has helped me alot since she was dx Oct. 5, 2010. I'm still in shock and can't believe my child has the it. It's hard because my husband is in Afhganistan. Doing this alone really sucks!

Brenda_B 2010-11-21 11:47:07 -0600 Report

Snuggums… I'm sorry for what you are dealing with, both with husban gone and worrying about him… then on top of that having your child with this huge life changing issue. This site will help you. There a several people on here who were diganosed as children… but you need to find a support group for Parents of Diabetic Children.
Check with your doctor's office or local community service. It will help to talk to other parents and it will help for you daughter to meet other kids who are learning how to adjust.
My doctor, who I think is a good doctor didn't tell me much… so I went blindly along for several years… unfortunately doctors are humans..ie…not perfect. And just looking at what I'm learning… For ME there is no magic carb number. I have to test before and after and test some more. And lol… I'm just on pills… my body does produce insulin.. just not when it is supposed to do it in the amounts it is supposed to produce. Since I have been regular on this site… and reading, reading, reading. I'm STARTING to get a handle on things.
Sending a hug… to both of you… Brenda

Karen De
Karen De 2010-11-21 11:24:27 -0600 Report

I'm sorry your little girl has been diagnosed, no child or parent should have to deal with this, at least as an adult I can understand what is going on with my body. I wish you and your daughter the best, and with your husband in Afhganistan, it must be very difficult for you. My doctor didn't tell me how many carbs to eat or anything, I can't get into a class until January, so in the mean time I am trying to educate myself as much as possible. Thanks for the welcome.

realsis77 2010-11-20 13:14:07 -0600 Report

Hi and welcome to dc. This is a great site! You will find lots of support here! I'm also new. I've been diagonsed three months ago. I take two different insulins shots and meds to control my sugar. First learn as much as possiable! Buy books on diabetes this helped me a lot! You can get books very cheap on ebay or amazon . Com . I've found wonderful books for as low as two dollars! The more you know the better! Are you taking insulin? Meds? Make sure to count carbs carbs are the enemy of people with diabetes! I can't stress enough how important it is to educate yourself! Follow doctors orders, test and take your medicine! Once you educate yourself with books you will have all the tools to care properly for yourself! Hang in there and don't give up! Set goals! One thing that helped me was to establish a new healthy routine. That's the first step. How are you controling your blood sugar now? For me my rotine is to test four times a day take my morning insulin, and use my second insulin after meals. Once you establish your routine things will become second nature. Developing the routine is difficult in the beginning but I promise it gets easier as you go along. These are the things that helped me a lot! Good luck to you! I really hope you follow my sugestion and learn as much as possiable because that is what will help you in your battle with diabetes! Have a great day and welcome again to dc!

Karen De
Karen De 2010-11-21 11:20:38 -0600 Report

I was thinking about getting a book, but wasn't sure, after your advise I will get a book, do you have any suggestions on a good one to get. I am not on insulin, but I do take an oral medication. Thanks

realsis77 2010-11-21 11:59:54 -0600 Report

Hi I really like the books called "type two a guide for the newly diagnosed" and "think like a panceras" but think like a panceras is geared more toward insulin. I also like "your first year with diabetes" books have been a God send for me! Espically since I take insulin and the books really clear up a lot of stuff! Go to ebay or amazon and you will find them very cheap! They also have a book called diabetes what to eat. Ooh there are soo many good ones! Just check out amazon and type in diabetes sooo many will come up!

RAYT721 2010-11-20 12:02:57 -0600 Report

Howdy and Welcome! The first thing to do is take a deep breath. Diabetes is certainly not on any of our wish lists but it's important to realize that the one thing worse than having diabetes is having undiagnosed or unmanaged diabetes so pull up a chair and get ready to laugh, cry and share with us. We can all relate to what you have, are and will be going through so you're definitely not alone. In about eight months I have gone from "I'm a WHAT?" to "I'm a diabetic." I went from thinking it was that caused from my love of cotton candy when I was a kid to realizing it's my pancreas that doesn't work like it did or should. It's time to move forward to changing my life from the inside out. It's not as hard as it sounds. Take baby steps and those changes will come and make you even healthier and happier than you'd think. We all have our stories to share… some happy and some sad but we are a group of strangers connecting together through this awesome resource. If I can do or say anything to help you, let me know. Don't focus on what you can't or shouldn't have or do… focus on what you CAN and SHOULD do. The best gift to give yourself is time to accept and change. Being diagnosed isn't the end of the world… it's the beginning!!!

Karen De
Karen De 2010-11-21 11:18:04 -0600 Report

Thanks, I guess right now I am concentrating on what I can't do or can't have, you made me look at it from a different point of view!

jeffrey9127 2010-11-20 10:50:44 -0600 Report

Welcome Karen De, You may want to look at some of the different discussions. They cover newly diagnosed, motivation and other topics that will be of interest to you. The DC community here is very friendly and helpful. Don't be afraid to ask what's on your mind. The members here are always glad to help if you need it, or if you need to vent about something. Again, welcome!

Seidersfamily 2010-11-21 10:34:15 -0600 Report

I am also new to DC. I was diagnosed last year in October after a mild heart attack. My dr.s had kept telling to watch the sugar, but did not educate me on how to do that. My diabetes educator and nutritionist were very helpful. My current issue is that I live with my brother and his family and they eat alot of carbs. It makes it so hard to stay good, especially today- Sunday breakfast is a big family deal. So far I am not on insulin, but take glyburide to control my sugars. My dr. reduced this medicine because it was causing low blood sugars during the work day when I couldn't eat as regularly. Any advice for this problem.

nanaellen 2010-11-22 20:16:38 -0600 Report

If you get dizzy from low bs 4 oz. of O.J. should raise you sugar enough to get to the next meal. Also the best thing to carry (if you don't carry glucose tabs) is frosting believe it or not!! You know the little tubes to decorate a cake with?! Small enough to fit anywhere and it delivers the sugar almost immediately!! Wish I had THAT problem!! LOL Mine is trying to LOWER my bs#'s!

jeffrey9127 2010-11-21 11:37:09 -0600 Report

I also experience low blood sugar if I go too long between meals. I carry with me at all times Glucose Tablets in my pocket. My wife carries them in her purse for me also. That may help you also.