I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes on February 12, 2011. I had been feeling extremely tired, thirsty and hungry for a few months, and my co-workers suspected that I might have Diabetes. I made an appointment with my Doctor, but the Saturday before the appointment, my friend (whose 12 year old daughter is a Juvenille Diabetic) decided to take my bs at my son's basketball game. The glucometer (which reads to 600) just said "hi". The look on my friend's face scared me half to death. My mom took me straight to the ER, where I was given 14 units of insulin and hooked up to IV fluids. I was given a script for 500 mgs. of Metphormin two times a day and sent home that night. Many were surprised that I was allowed to leave the hospital given that high of an initial reading, but I was glad to go home.
I began taking my bs twice a day, and it averaged between 200-300 for the next few days. I went to the appointment that I had originally scheduled with my Doctor, and she added 10 mg. of Glipiride in the a.m. I'm still new to all of this and am struggling to get my numbers down. My Dr. told me that I don't fit into a Type 1 or Type 2 box. I have been extremely thin my entire life, so in that respect, I guess I'm more of a Type 1. The meds seem to be helping somewhat (my lowest reading to date has been 167—-first thing in the a.m.) I've been counting carbs, drinking 8+ glasses of water a day and taking my medication, but the numbers still hang out in the 250 range from afternoon to evening. My cortisol levels are also high, but she is hoping that is due to the fact that I have run high for so long (my A1C was 12.6) My Doctor told me that if the numbers don't go down in the next two weeks or so, that we're likely going to start insulin. I do not want to do that. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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