Bad morning . . .

By Mommycaj Latest Reply 2011-02-17 11:18:54 -0600
Started 2011-02-16 09:53:46 -0600

My fingers hurt, I'm hungry, and I don't even know what I'm doing! :(

11 replies

Pynetree 2011-02-17 11:17:33 -0600 Report

How often are you testing? Usng the sides of your fingers? Just rotate the sites. And experiment with the lancing device…adjust the depth of puncture. No one needs to be hungry…you just need to learn what foods are going to work for you. Journal your BG reading, time, when and what you ate, how you are feeling, what stressors are going on…did you exercise and how much. Then you will soon be able to ,make sense of your numbers. You'll learn what foods spike your BG by testing 2 hrs after you eat. You'll see what exercise does…what stress does and what illness does. So test,test, test and WRITE ,WRITE,WRITE! Oh yes…POST on here too.

apeape 2011-02-17 05:14:59 -0600 Report

hi :) here's a trick i came up with to spare my fingers a bit: first, you want to use the sides of your fingertips, less nerve endings. then, start at your left thumb & start numbering- 1=left side, 2=right side & on around till you get to your right thumb which will be 19 & 20. i keep a sticky note in the case with my meter & mark off each time i test & rotate thru. it definitely helps. to help stabilize your blood sugars, try adding more fiber to your diet- you're aiming for 25-35 grams a day. take it up gradually or you might get stomach upset. if you haven't seen a dietitian yet, ask your dr to refer you to one- that will help more than anything, cuz everyone's different. hope this helps :)

Harlen 2011-02-16 20:13:41 -0600 Report

You know you can test on your arms ????
I am lucky I love eggs so omlets and eggs any other way lol
brakefast is my best meal lol
I hope your feeling better soon
Best wishes

apeape 2011-02-17 05:20:01 -0600 Report

it's true you can use your arms, but you don't always get a proper reading that way. a diabetes educator told me it's because the blood at your fingertips carries the most recent information. i had a bad experience testing on my arms- i felt like i had low blood sugar, but tested at 120 (on my arm). i went back to work, but still felt bad, so i checked again 15 minutes later on my fingertip. it was 40, & there's no way it could've dropped that much in 15 minutes. i'm just sayin', be careful with testing on your arms…

realsis77 2011-02-16 11:05:48 -0600 Report

Hi.I know it can be hard at first. You know what helped me a lot? Books. Books on being a newly diagnosed diabetic! There informative, supportive, and really help a lot! I ordered mine from amazon and got them very cheap. I learned so much from the books and also they impowered me. Remember knowledge is power and its power against this disease. They have several good titles just browse through there selection. I believe one I really liked was called so your doctor says you have diabetes, and the newly diagnosed diabetic, and think like a panceras. I know the last book I mentioned sounds strange but it is a highly recomended book and proved valuable to me because I take insulin and it walked me through everything! Don't give up! It really does get better! I highly recomend reading a good supportive book about diabetes! Trust me it really helps! I'm sorry your fingers hurt after awhile they will get tough and it won't be as bad! If you ever need to talk. Ill be here for you ok? God bless you.

Mommycaj 2011-02-16 17:01:01 -0600 Report

Thank you so much, realsis, I'm feeling a little better. I have not been diagnosed with diabetes, but my doctor has me eating low carbs, high protein and testing eight times a day. He's calling it "non-diabetic hypoglycemia" and I can't find ANY support except from this site. I'm shaky or hungry, or sleepy all the time. Something is just not right. :(

Mommycaj 2011-02-17 08:38:39 -0600 Report

Thank you all SO much. I am amazed at how kind everyone is being . . . especially when I haven't even been diagnosed (yet?) I will def call my dr TODAY and set up a consult with a dietitian. THANK YOU all, you're wonderful!

apeape 2011-02-17 05:29:53 -0600 Report

low blood sugar really wipes you out, that's why you feel so tired. also, DEFINITELY see a dietitian, low carb/high protein really isn't a healthy way to eat. doctors really don't study nutrition that much in med school unfortunately. you need carbs, but you need to learn how to choose the right carbs!!! it's not that i'm trying to make you doubt your dr, i promise i'm not, but talk to a dietitian also, they specialize in food. btw, my dr doesn;t know squat about nutrition either, but he's great in all other ways :)

realsis77 2011-02-16 20:31:45 -0600 Report

That is one of the major symptoms I was having before I got diagnosed with diabetes. After I got put on insulin the tiredness went away.I was falling asleep after meals and I could barely be woken. Insulin made a huge difference in my life. By not actually being diabetic I'm not sure what could make you feel better. I sure wish I could help! Just know were here to support you anyway we can and I'm so sorry your still feeling so badly! I wish I could be of more help! Please keep us posted on how your doing ok! God bless you!

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