New diabetic-No Dr. yet

By GinnyBoggs Latest Reply 2011-02-24 18:26:23 -0600
Started 2011-02-23 10:34:59 -0600

I was newly diagnosed on Jan 19, 2011. I had a blood sugar level of 975. Spent 5 days in hospital. Released me with a script for 3 bottle of insulin & supplies. I currently use NPH 2x a day, 50 units each and R 2x a day, 10 units each. I am on the same dosage that I left the hospital with. Doing ok, but doing the paperwork for the local clinic is delaying me seeing a dr. My eyes are messed up too. Question, how do I know when & how much of the R I need to do if my sugar level spikes?

13 replies

joelwilliams 2011-02-24 18:26:23 -0600 Report

Like everyone else has said insulin is a very individual thing and until you can see a dr. it might be out of whack. My highest level was 1175 when my pump malfunctioned and i was in the hospital for days. When I was first diagnosed my eyes were way out I had to wear contacts with my glasses but as soon as my sugar leveled out they were totally fine and I still have no damage to them 11 yrs later. After you figure out what your body needs it gets alot easier. Good luck.

GinnyBoggs 2011-02-24 12:03:46 -0600 Report

Thanks everyone…I'm just doing what the hospital dr. told me to do and hope that's right for the time being. My BS stays around 80-150. Sometimes low and higher. Sure cleared up a lot of things physically that were going on with me at the time.

Gemm 2011-02-24 11:54:11 -0600 Report

Hugs & prays - nothing to add to what's already been said just wanted to let you know you are in thoughts and prayers.

GinnyBoggs 2011-02-24 10:18:36 -0600 Report

The night before I was drinking anything & everything. My husband actually made me go to the ER. My lips were white. I was stumbling around. Yes, I had actually just gotten my new glasses. Now, I guess I have to see an opthamologist. Retinal damage, I'm afraid..Thanks for caring

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2011-02-24 09:53:11 -0600 Report

Woo, that's rough. Did you pass out or what took you to the hospital? I thought my 397 was scary. It took me 4 months to level out. The orientation will help a lot to help you establish your diet and routine. The hospital should have a dietian or consulting nurse that you might call or email as you move along. The Eyes have it!!! Even though I was diagnosed at a "regular" physical, my eyes had bothered me for a long while. I finally stopped wearing contacts afraid they were affecting my focus. I had my new glasses 2 weeks when I was diagnosed. Dr. Rose told me to wait until my yearly appt. in July to reassess when my sugar had stabilized. I love him. He always gave me a great, thorough exam. Don't know why eye doctor could not see something that made him think of diabetes. I guess you need that blood work first. Let us know what is happaning. Mrs. Alice

GinnyBoggs 2011-02-24 09:29:33 -0600 Report

It's the local indigent clinic here. I have to attend some kind of orientation on March 14th, the soonest they can do it, and THEN schedule an appt. Sucks

veggie1962 2011-02-24 07:59:41 -0600 Report

I have to agree that insulin dosing is a "very" individualized thing. If you have a meter, you could try this. Check right before you eat, then 2 hrs later. If you go up less than 50 pts, your insulin dose matched the amt of carbs you ate. if you go up over 50 pts, try cutting down the amt of carbs you eat the next time to see if you can stay within the 50 pt after meal limit. That might be the best you can do until you get to see a doctor. What's going on with the paperwork delay?

MewElla 2011-02-24 07:47:57 -0600 Report

I would suggest you get to a dr as soon as you can and get all this straighten out. Each one of us is so different with the diabetes . Good Luck to you.

realsis77 2011-02-23 16:26:58 -0600 Report

Hi. Id ask the hospital immeditatly how much you require because everyone can be different! I also take insulin but I take a 24 hour insulin in the am and a different insulin for meals. My amount varies for meals with my numbers. That's how my doc has me doing it. So everyones treatment is also different. I wish you the very best and id call as soon as possiable to find out your perscribed dose. I hope yyour feeling much better! Best wishes and God bless!

Harlen 2011-02-23 14:50:51 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
First as you can see insulin is a very much one on one thing
What I needed to do was rite down what my BS was first thing in the am
what I was going to eat and how much as well as how much insulin I gave then two hr after test again and rite down what that number is .
What your wishing to know is what your insulin to carb ratio is and each of us are difrent, mine is 1 to 2- one unit of insulin to 2 grams of carbs.
I know people that are onw ut of insulin to 40 grams of carbs and some that are 5 ut of insulin to one grame of carbs so you see that each of us are difrent.
You realy need to see the Doc and rite down what your eatting and what your numbers are before and after you eat
Best wishes

kdroberts 2011-02-23 11:16:47 -0600 Report

You really need to see a doctor ASAP. Insulin isn't something with standard dosing, it is very much an individual thing.

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