Newly diagnosed

Green Bay, Wisconsin
By Green Bay, Wisconsin Latest Reply 2011-03-17 10:56:02 -0500
Started 2011-03-07 15:53:48 -0600

I was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 4 months ago. I'd say the hardest thing is accepting the fact that I can't do all the mindless things to my body that I used to. I'm still trying to get used to the meal plans, diets, and insulin doses.

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wrmjw1 2011-03-17 10:56:02 -0500 Report

I was fairly recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I used to eat pizza, that was it, morning noon and night. Plus I love Mountain Dew. Once I was diagnosed, all of that stopped I just quit cold turkey. Do I miss the pizzas? Yes I do, at least they deliver, now I have to walk to catch a bus just to get to the grocery store. My meal plans are real simple, oatmeal and orange juice in the morning something light at lunch, and a frozen dinner at night. I try to keep it simple that way I dont really have to think about the fact that its not what I was used to. Its turned into a routine for me, and it seems to be working because my sugars stay pretty low, unless I eat a bunch of snacks wathcing the game. The hardest thing for my diagnosis was the fact that my grandparents, my brother, and my mother all died due to complications from diabetes. The other hard part was the fact that Im terrified of needles.

WendyFR 2011-03-08 20:42:00 -0600 Report

Yes, it is a lifestyle change, but even people without diabetes eat healthy. Just think of it as, being human it's good to eat healthy and take care of yourself by exercising, you're going to do that anyway. The only difference is taking insulin shots or using your insulin pump. In the beginning it trial and error, the doctor and nutritionist and you will see what works better for you. It gets a little frustrating, but you will have good support on this website. I was diagnosed in 1986.

realsis77 2011-03-08 11:26:20 -0600 Report

Yes I understand! Although I'm T2. I require insulin shots daily. Its been six months since I've been diagnosed. I take lantus in the morning and then I have to take humulinR to cover my meals. Getting used to the injections was the hardest thing for me also. I honestly didn't think I could do it. But I did. Now its getting a little easier . Its still hard to have to carry syringes when I go to eat or to a bbq or any activity. I've gotten a whole lot better at giving myself the shots now. You know what's helped me? Alcohol with benzicaine swab pads. You can by them at rite aide and they numb the area before injection. I really love them. They work great and are cheap if you just buy the rite aid brand! Every injection I use them now. I know a lot of people don't even use the alcohol swab squares but I really like them. Its simply called alcohol with benzocaine. Give it a try and I think you will be pleasantly suprised on what a difference they make! It is all so much to get used to I know! If you ever want to talk I'll be here for you! I wish you the very best and God bless!

sNerTs1 2011-03-07 23:08:32 -0600 Report

I'm not sure what mindless things you did LOL … I found out I was diabetic in December of 2008. I have always taken this outlook for this disease … "I am going to control it, it will NOT control me"

With that, comes a different perspective of how your life really doesn't need to change THAT much, you just need to look at a healthier you. If you can control it (and it takes time to do just that) then it wont control you and those mindless things, you might still be able to do unless they were with food intake, etc LOL.

Trust me, the meal plans take a bit to get used to and you will forever keep learning. I just read a post by Harlan regarding being new to the disease, he pointed out some really good things in there and I hope you read it.

A book that helped me when I first found out was "Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution" he explains a lot in there as I didn't have a good network when I first found out, it pointed me in good directions.

This site is awesome, just remember NO QUESTION is a bad question, just the one you don't ask! You will find that people here genuinely care and some have great insights to help you out.

Good luck and keep in touch with us. Cheryl

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2011-03-07 16:28:02 -0600 Report

It's not just you. I think we all are in a bit of shock and it takes much time getting used to, and accepting the fact you have diabetes. I was 8 when I was diagnosed back in '93, and honestly, I am just now starting to accept it and starting to "really" take care of my self the way I should. I went for 17 years of uncontrolled diabetes, and now I am starting to notice some of the small complications of it. Dont wait years like I did. I know its hard, especilally at your age with being able to go out and experience things we didnt get to do before we were 21, but if we dont get a good handle on it now, we definetly pay for it later. Just curious as to what you mean when you say you did all these mindless things to your body? This is a great forum with a lot of different people with great advice on MANY things. A good place for you to start with keeping track of your bloodsugars and insulin injections is It keeps and tracks all your bloodsugars and insulin doses that you take daily. This will help when you need to look at all of your readings for a day, or a week and see where you may need to adjust your insulin doses. Hopes this helps. Feel free to send a message or post if ya need to talk! Wishin ya the best ;)

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