For the new

By Harlen Latest Reply 2015-03-09 02:10:14 -0500
Started 2011-02-09 19:57:37 -0600

Hello all I see we have a lot of new frends here so there are some things I would like to share
1.This is not your falt you didnt do it to you !
2..It takes time to get it all down I have benn at it for over four years and still working on it lol .
3.There is NO quick fix.
4. Taking care of D is living the way we need to and doing what we need too.
5. There is no dumbe Questions only the ones you didnt ask.
6. We are all difrent what works for me may or may not work for you.
7. Never ever give up.we all slip we all need treets from time to time .
8. You are the only you there is so take care of you then you can help others.

I thank god for all my frends here and the support they have given me
I hope that I have helped some of the great frends here I will do as much as I can.Be open here we are frends here and we all live with D.
We all wish to do better .If you never give up you will win

Best wishes to all the frends

71 replies

ReaderReader12 2014-09-11 04:07:53 -0500 Report

Harlen…thank you for this post. I had a bunch of trouble with your number 1. so I kept it all to myself for about a year. It was not a good year to say the least. Now things are much better. So biggest lesson learned it is not a happy life going it alone. Thanks again for your post. I needed to see it right now.

Best wishes back at ya,

lv2eduk8 2014-08-24 16:16:08 -0500 Report

Hello, I'm new to this site, but not new to D. I had an episode the beginning of the year. I was so sick I was Hospitalized. I was on my way out of here. Now I am taking this serious. My sugar levels are under control, and I am happy. I made a commitment to myself, to do everything I could to live healthy with my diabetes. I was on insulin, but my levels have been so good my doctor took me off.Praise God. We can do this, do not give up. It takes work.

TLTanner 2014-08-06 16:40:40 -0500 Report

Being diagnosed as a 4 year old in 1967, there not only wasn't an internet, I don't think there were any support groups either! Something like this group would have been fantastic!

Some of the things I have gone through over the many years I've had Diabetes, having others to talk to and share information with, I"m sure would have helped me tremendously. I'm glad there is help out there now for the newly diagnosed and even the old timers (like me).

Thanks for making this post and with the advice you've given, Harlen.

Sam Stokes
Sam Stokes 2013-08-16 15:20:20 -0500 Report

hi my friend , i've been here several different times , most of the time ,
sticking my foot in mouth , and sharing without thinking it all out . thanks for this post.

MewElla 2011-05-29 18:40:00 -0500 Report

I am so thankful I found this site for myself…The one thing I have always noticed is that having diabetes is like really taking care of yourself, after all, the dr is not with you at home, when it comes time for you to make the choices with food, suggestions for exercise, what do you do when you get hi or low blood sugar. It is up to us to do most of the research and learn from other diabetics on this site. I have learned so many little tricks of the trade which I put into practice for my life and saved myself from some scary moments by really listening to others in this "DC family." I truly thank God for this site and all my supportive friends, without them, I would feel totally alone…

majikinfl 2011-05-28 13:15:22 -0500 Report

I feel fortunate to be alive and even more fortunate to have stumbled across this website where everyone is so kind and supportive. Just hearing about others trials and tribulations as well as successes and sometimes the failures help me avoid some pitfalls I had not thought of or had happen…YET! Still new to the "D" and still learning and trying to share things I have found, or experienced. I felt like a dummy but now not so bad. I still feel awkward talking/writing…different as I have way more lows than highs, but seems that a little better than the extreme high. Thanks for the welcome and the "list". Thanks to all who contribute and are not shy about telling it like it is!!!

Harlen 2011-05-28 13:37:51 -0500 Report

Your so sweet and your so welcome
I to was so glad to find this site way back in the day lol lol
There are so menny good frends here I would be having a lot harder of a time with out them
Best wishes

pkwillhoite 2011-03-31 16:31:01 -0500 Report

I am almost alway on here!! I love this community and it has helped me so much to take better care of myself and learn more things!!!

WendyFR 2011-02-17 18:26:13 -0600 Report

I like this site..the support is incredible. I wish I had this support when I was diagnosed 24 years ago. I was diagnosed with Type I when I was 12 and still ticking. It is a difficult ride, but I have learned to deal with it and take it one day at a time.

Harlen 2011-02-17 18:48:30 -0600 Report

Thats the only way I know how to deal with it
Glad to have you here now
Best wishes

ReubenK 2011-02-13 15:29:59 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed in 2007 that i was a pre-diabetic and my father is a diabetic to. I thought that I had mine under control but since i had a siezure or fainting spell at the end of dec. It seems like I can't keep my blood sugars at a good level i'm either way up or down. Is there anything that I can do to get this under control?
I try to control it with diet, and since i had them problems the doc I see now has me checking my blood sugars twice a day.

REH2006 2011-02-14 18:26:02 -0600 Report

I am new at all this also.

My Doctor said I was pre-diabetic 2004 plus my dad was diabetic. So I worked really hard cutting out all junk food, sugars, did portions control, charted every bite, even joinned weight watchers program, I began walking slowly then up to 45 minutes a day, lost 75 pds. Then weight seemed to platoted & I got discouraged, depressed, blah, blah, blah short of it I stopped working on it & I gainned the weight back. I hate how I look now & what I've done to my self.

I am now starting to work on my self again. Bought vitamins todays. I need help to get started, especially motativation to walking again for exercise. I have a list of other health issues but the Fibromyligia & Arthritis makes it harder to move due to pain.


Harlen 2011-02-13 18:42:32 -0600 Report

What I would do is keep a log rite every thing down test first thing in the AM and two hr after you eat rite down what you ate then befor you eat anything els test and two hr after do this for all three meals . This will let you know what foods do what to you .I even use a scale so I know how much I am taking in .
Do you know how to count carbs?
What do you call way down? and way up ?
Even now I test 6-7 times a day.
Best wishws

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-02-11 21:01:44 -0600 Report

Thanks, Harlan. This is my 1 year and 1 month anniversary of being told I have Diabetes. This site has been the best for support and info. Another plus here is that I am 1 amongst many who are spelling challenged. And no one critisizes for spelling mistakes!

melcoujes 2011-02-11 19:55:39 -0600 Report

My Doctor said that I probebly had diabeties my entire life and just now started to manifest. The rebound hypogycima is my biggest challenge. I have been working on the morning sugars for two years now. Still can not regulate.
I just know I am doing my best and so does my Doctor. Since I have been actively adressing the diabites I fell better and have more energy. Still a long road ahead to ckeep it in check. Thanks for all you advice and suggestions.
Sorry about the poor spelling…can not seem to find spell check.

Harlen 2011-02-11 20:39:23 -0600 Report

I would try eating only raw veg for a week and see what happens ????
You may be T1.5 ????
Best wishes

melcoujes 2011-02-11 23:25:01 -0600 Report


What is T1.5?

Sheila (melcoujes)

Harlen 2011-02-12 10:34:33 -0600 Report

Its when you make some insulin and other times you dont and there is no rime or reason to it .That makes it very hard to get your blood sugar right
Call your Doc and ask what they think ?
Best wishes

theladyiscrazy 2011-02-11 09:13:54 -0600 Report

Everything that Harlan said is true. There is no such thing as a "diabetic diet". We each have to see what works for us. What I may be able to eat, you may not, vice versa as well. It can be frustrating at times.

Come here often, post, ask questions, tell us your success and your frustrations. This is a safe community.

Rainerm 2011-02-10 20:20:27 -0600 Report

Thank you for this post. Knowing that there are others out there that know what I am going through is empowering! A few years back (okay, more than a few years :), I was a camp counselor at a children's diabetes camp. I worked with another diabetic counselor and 10 diabetic 14 year old girls. I had never known anyone else with diabetes, and I left there knowing that others had the same problems, the same fears, and the same hopes and it felt so good to not be alone! I love that I can talk to others and they know what I am talking about and maybe are going through the same things!

Ralph 2011-02-10 20:07:03 -0600 Report

Good info. I was told by my Dr. to keep a positive outlook on life. I beleave talking to others helps also.

melcoujes 2011-02-11 23:27:33 -0600 Report

I agree! a positive outlook on life does keep the stress level lower. I am glad there are others who are going through the same situations.

PetiePal 2011-02-10 15:20:12 -0600 Report

I'd like to add never be afraid to ask a question and sponge up as much info as you can. You're in charge of this and you can kick its ass. We're all in this together!

Susan corrine
Susan corrine 2011-02-10 11:28:57 -0600 Report

Thanks so much for your words of encouragement . Just found out I had type 2 this week and have been feeling overwhelm . This site has already help me get tips and information to help me get this under contol

MewElla 2011-02-10 08:19:43 -0600 Report

Well put, Harlan. It is a daily journey we all walk on with lots of dips and dives but we have to keep plugging along doing our best in order to stay as healthy as we can. You have been a big help to me…Have a great week and stay warm.

re1ndeer 2011-02-09 22:52:00 -0600 Report

I too, want to thank you, Harlen, you also, welcomed me when I came here and I've been here just over a month. Your insite into diabetes really gives us all the information we the community members really need.

Harlen 2011-02-09 22:58:23 -0600 Report

Thank you this is where I got a lot of my info and 90% of my suport just wish I was able to spell lol
Best wishes

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-02-09 22:49:27 -0600 Report

Hey Harlen. What a great list. I might add one: Stick close to your friends on Diabetic Connect! But I think you said that, too.

RAYT721 2011-02-09 21:32:11 -0600 Report

Harlen: I agree with the points that you are making and so totally agree that this is a family/community. I honestly think that I owe you and a lot of the members a lot for the contributions you've made to my life and education and inspiration and motivation and everything else. Where would I be if I had not found this place? I'm thinking that I would be hanging out by the Snickers and Butterfingers in the candy aisle. Thanks to you and everyone on the site that has joined my crazy life and welcomed me to theirs. I feel that I have true FRIENDS here… and glad you are one of them!

Harlen 2011-02-09 22:46:01 -0600 Report

Thanks I feel the same way
This place has helped me to no end
Best wishes

Angelcourtisan 2011-02-10 10:33:37 -0600 Report

thank you for the words of wisdom. I know that it's up to each of us to do our best but when you don't have a support system it's rather hard. For a long time I felt like I was alone in my battle but now since I was sick and hospitalized for the first time in years I know that's not true. I've been diabetic for 11 years and I just found a doctor who is willing to really work with me to get this under control. My family and friends, as well as my boyfriend are all willing to make changes to help me out.

Harlen 2011-02-10 20:01:44 -0600 Report

We will be glad to work with you too
I am so glad that your support is getting inplace
Best wishes

Meganshene 2011-02-10 10:43:24 -0600 Report

Harlen, I know I just started coming on everyday. I have been in touch with you and Gabby and it has been great. I love talking to people that are going through the same stuff as me. The wonderful conversations and also great information on different foods and drinks. Thank you all for being on here.

Harlen 2011-02-10 17:57:56 -0600 Report

Gabby is #1 in my book too
Thank you so much I am glad to help god knows that there are people here that have helped me and this is just a little that I can do to help others as I have ben helped
Best wishes

kenziesyaya 2011-02-12 12:05:51 -0600 Report

Thank you for your words of encouragement. I have diabetic for around 15 years now but never really worried. I just figured it would all work out. My father passed away in 2008 and between the depression and diabetes my health has gotten pretty bad. I am now a grandmother and realize that if I don't take control of this it is going to control me. I weigh 260 pounds at 5'3". Recently when I was feeling depressed my daughter brought me a candy bar to make me feel better, I asked her why and she said that is how she always made me and poppa feel better. Now she does it to her daughter and I do too. I guess this contributed to my condition. I don't want to die. I am 43 and have cataracts, bad feet, obesity and the list goes on. I could use all the help you all could me.. Thanks.

Harlen 2011-02-12 13:52:50 -0600 Report

I lost my Mom to D as well and that may be why I started taking care of my D when I was DX I put a lot into it and you know I ge a lot out of it and this site
Its a long road and there will be bumps along the way the trick is to keep on going.Any time you feel you need to chat just drop me a line .
Best wishes

kenziesyaya 2011-03-07 22:34:45 -0600 Report

Thank you Harlen. I am getting better about taking my medicine. Not so much what I eat. I am a very picky eater. My dad raised me on fast food and it is hard to break the habit. I tend to fix quick meals. And can't stand most vegetables. I think my big problem right now is just stress. I never realized how it can effect my blood sugar levels. My levels drop from 200 one minute to 90 the next and boy am I going crazy. I can't stand to be near myself right now. But I am gonna beat this with God's help and a few good friends. Thanks for your support.