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starbrite
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   Posted 10/20/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there.  This is Starbrite.  I have been on the depression board, the fibro board, and the asthma board.  Found out today that I am diabetic.  know absolutely nothing about it.  Doctor said my sugar was 300 and that was high.  Had to get meds, Meter, Lancets and all that stuff.  I haven't used the meter yet not quite sure how.  I am doing research on this but most of the crap I have come up with on the net are trying to sell me things.
 
I am kind of in shock so I guess I just need support. No special questions except everything.
 
 
 
Star

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/20/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Star,
Been where you are and was totally bummed about it about 15 years ago. Since then I've done every stupid thing I could do to make my disease worse, but fortunately, I learned from my mistakes. Read back in the posts and you will learn a ton of good stuff. The members here are very supportive, well informed and give excellent advice on ways to plan your food, when to test your blood, how to stay on track and how to avoid the problems that may come with type2 diabetes.

The first thing I will tell you to do is take a deep breath, let it out slowly and realize we will be here for you every step of the way and pretty soon you will be helping the other newbies with their "equipment" and numbers. Read the booklet that came with your meter and do a test. If you have a busy household you may want to wait until everyone is in bed or to do it in the bathroom. Don't need an audience when you are learning a new skill, right? When you poke your finger, do it on the side, not the tip or pad. The sides of the finger have thinner skin and they close up and heal very quickly.

Until you learn your way around the new stuff, just test and let the meter keep track for you. Put your meds in a prominent place so you will remember to take them. Some people keep them on the table by the salt and pepper so they remember to take them at breakfast and dinner. I keep mine by my tooth brush and take them when I brush my teeth... Others will be by to offer ideas soon. Take care and don't worry. You can do this and we will help.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


LanieG
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   Posted 10/20/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Star, I know exactly what you're saying because I was hit broadside a couple of years ago, though my blood sugar wasn't so high.  I wasn't put on meds but I had to monitor my blood sugar and I left the monitor in the box for a couple of months because I was in denial.  Long story.  Short story:  read back through our past thread, particularly about food, recipes, exercise, etc.  I don't know what you've been eating or if the doctor's office (or nutritionist) has told you to do, but people here have found that our blood sugar will be more controlled if we cut way down on the carbs and do some regular exercise.  Both of these will help get things under control.  What have you been eating?

Lanie
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Pin Cushion
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   Posted 10/20/2008 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Star.
I am so sorry to hear you joined our club, but you know you are welcome and we will be here for you.
The only stupid question is the one that goes unasked!
Hang in there
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starbrite
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   Posted 10/21/2008 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
What about cereals without sugar like Grape Nuts? Are they all right?

Last night for supper I had cube steak and potatoes! I guess the potatoes have to go huh?

I get my meter and meds today. Wish me luck.

Star

LanieG
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   Posted 10/21/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
If you really want to eat cereal, look for whole grain or whole berry cereal that has a lot of fiber.  This will take your body longer to metabolize which might help keep the blood sugar from spiking or rising too high.  You will need to check your blood sugar about 2 hours after you start eating your breakfast to see how it reacts to the cereal.  Check package labels for carbohydrate content.  In the beginning, the numbers might not make sense but to give you an example as a guide, Dr. Richard Bernstein (diabetic, doctor and author) advises breakfast to contain only 6 grams of carb, lunch 12 and dinner 12.  This would be a strictly low carb diet but one that keeps blood sugar within normal limits in type 2 diabetics.  Blood sugar can be kept lower if the carbs you eat are paired with other food that has protein (like the steak) and fat (oils and butter, cheese).  Again, you have to test afterwards to see how your blood sugar is.  Your meds will also help control the blood sugar but if you overload on carbs, your dosage might not be enough to cover it.  If you follow a strict low carb diet (as opposed to how you ate before), your meds might even bring your blood sugar too low, so you need to be aware of this which is why testing is important.  In the beginning, as you're getting used to testing and the meds, you'll probably be testing a lot, which is normal.  Another thing to know is that your body got used to living with high blood sugar and when it starts to come down, you might feel a little different, like woozy or fuzzy in the head.  Your body will adjust to the lower blood sugar little by little - it needs to because constant high blood sugar can damage your internal organs.  For me, I don't eat potatoes but I will make mashed cauliflower which is a good substitute for mashed potatoes.  I put butter on it and it's great.  Then, I have a piece of meat (or chicken or fish) and some other veggies like: broccoli, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers, spinach, small amount of beans (they have more carbs) or yellow squash.  Salad is good and don't forget the other salad food: radishes, celery, spinach, other greens, olives.  I do wish you luck!  Make sure you read all the instructions for the meter so you don't waste the test strips like I did the first time.  (I wasted 5, yes, 5!, because I didn't draw a large enough blood drop.)  Check back and let us know how it goes.

Lanie
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starbrite
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   Posted 10/21/2008 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   

Well I am kind of overwelmed.  I got my meter and all the stuff that goes with it but I can't figure out how to use it.  I asked the drugest to show me how to use it but he didn't know eather.  I am going to call my doctor's office tomorrow and ask if someone there can show me how to use it.

Thank you everyone for your responces.  I have been running all over looking for a book on the subject of diabetes but I live in a very small town and the libary didn't even have one.  Will go to  different city to get one.  I sure haven't been eating well.  I will go through the replys here and try to eat right.  I thought it ment you just couldn't eat sugar but I see it's a lot more complicated then that.

 

Star


LanieG
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   Posted 10/21/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
What is the brand of your meter?  Well, unfortunately, it's not just sugar.  I also thought that and in a way, we're misled by product advertising.  We see "sugar-free" everywhere and think that it's ok to eat the sugar-free cookies for snacks and then discover our blood sugar is high.  So, as you know now it's also flour or just carbohydrates in general.  Don't be frustrated.  It'll take some time but you'll be a lot healthier now if you change what you're eating.  :-)

Lanie
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ceebee
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   Posted 10/21/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to hear you have joined us in the fight to conquer this disease. This is the right place to be:) I found this place early in my fight against diabetes and it has given me the information to make good choices. Because of the help of the great people here, I am not only alive but healthier than I have been in years. What kind of meter do you have? All work similarly and once you test once, you will catch on right away. For me, cereals spike my sugar levels fast...tried the Grapenuts but I couldn't tolerate them. Every one is different so maybe try a little of a food and test and see what happens two hours later to your blood. That is the only way I could get a handle on what I could eat. Take care:)

starbrite
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   Posted 10/22/2008 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone

My meter is a One 'Touch Ultra. Were I go in trouble with the directions was when it talked about codeing the meter and using the meter's memory. Hubby and I are going out tonight to find some books on diet and a book on just plain diabets, Thank you again for all your responses hope some day I can be on the other end of the spectrum and be able to answer other's questions. We are going to a concert next week and we are staying over at a hotel. Any tips on eating out? Once I find a good book on diabetis I won't have so many questions.

Star

LanieG
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   Posted 10/22/2008 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning, Star.  As you probably know now, there's a number on the side of the bottle of test strips that will say something like "code 1" or another number.  When you insert the test strip into the meter, you might have to use the up and down arrows to make the same number display.  Do that first and then draw a bead of blood from the finger to test.  Be aware that many books on diabetes may have you follow a diet plan advocated by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) which will direct you to eat some carbs like bread, cereal, etc.  If you follow those diets, your blood sugar will be kept higher because of the carbs.  Personally, I don't follow the ADA diet.  I follow a low-carb diet and this is how I'm able to control my blood sugar.  (Books that you could benefit from reading are the Bernstein book Diabetes Solution, and The Insulin Resistant Book.)  You now know that bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, etc. will raise the blood sugar, which is why most of us here don't eat them or at least eat them in very small portions. Dinners out are not a problem normally.  Even in Italian restaurants, I order a chicken or beef dish and tell them to substitute any kind of vegetable for the potatoes or pasta.  They are always happy to do that.  In fact, I've never run into a problem in any restaurant when I've asked.  You could do that when you eat out but then limit yourself to one roll or piece of bread during the meal.  And put butter on it!  Breakfasts can be omelets with any vegetable but potatoes.  You'll be fine as long as you're informed.  Have a nice trip. :-)



Lanie
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/22/2008 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Starbright,
You might want to take your meter to the local drugstore and ask the pharmacist for assistance. They may be able to help. Also, the nurse at your doctor's office should be familiar with the meters. Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Pin Cushion
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   Posted 10/22/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Star,
Check and see if there is a local chapter of the Diabetes assoc.
They have meetings but the local contact numbers are usually volenteers that are diabetics and can be of great help.
If not you can email me and I will send you my phone number and see if I can walk you through the steps of using the meter.
If you were here on the Oregon Coast I would be over there in a heartbeat to help you. Trust me, in just a short while all this will old stuff and easy to do.
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starbrite
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   Posted 10/22/2008 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I called my doctor and I am goin there tomorrow and the nurse is going to show me how to use it. I was getting my nails done today and I got very dizzy and for some reason I couldn't see straight. So I went to Micky D's and had a salad. Can you believe my drugest didn't know how to use the meter? Shouldn't someone who is dispencing these should know how to use them?

Not sure about the dizzyness because I seem to feel that way after I take my pills too.

Pin Cushiion come see me!!! I live in Pennsylvania which is just a hop, sip and a jumps away. (ha ha) It's beautiful here this time of the year I live in the mountains and all the trees are beautiful.

TVEditor
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   Posted 10/22/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   

I use a OneTouch Ultra too Star.  Lanie gave you good instructions but might I add, you should ask for some control solution when you pick up your test strips.  This is a little bottle of liquid that looks like blood but isn't (I don't know what it is really).  You're supposed to squeeze out a drop of this liquid (I found that putting the drop on the bottle cap works good) and test it as if it were a sample of your own blood each time you start a new container of test strips or when you start using test strips of a different code from your last bunch.

Once you have a reading on your meter, compare it with the 2 numbers found underneath the code on the test strip container.  If your reading falls between these 2 numbers, it means that the test strips are OK.

I was told that every once in a while, you will get a bad batch of strips and these will give inaccurate readings.  It happened to me once already -- my readings were strangely higher than usual for a couple of weeks.  I used the control solution and sure enough, the strips were out of the range listed on the container.

(correct me if I'm wrong peeps :)

 

Prom


starbrite
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   Posted 10/23/2008 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I think the meds (Metformin XR) are making me sick. Every time I take one my stomach hurts. I bought three books on diabets one of them is a cook book so I am learning a lot more then I knew. Found out grapenuts are bad for you. One book says bananas are o.k. the other says their not. I'm sure I'll find my own way sooner or later.

Everyone have a nice day.

Star

LanieG
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   Posted 10/23/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry about the stomach issues.  I think you'll find other threads here about this (and reactions to other meds) if you look back through the past postings.  Bananas - well, they have a lot of potassium!  And sugar.  You might be able to eat one or half of one if you pair it with a protein like peanut butter for a snack.  Otherwise, try to eat it after you eat lunch.  Tuna or chicken salad made with real mayo, celery and eaten on lettuce or wrapped in a large lettuce leaf to make a "wrap". 

Lanie
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/23/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Star,
Metformin works in two ways. It helps block excess carbohydrate absorption and helps your body use your own insulin better. It takes a bit of time for the body to get used to it and if you eat it with meals you will have less tummy problems. Don't give up on this med. It's one of the best tools we Type2 peeps have. It's also one of the least expensive.

My doctor told me when I started, "If you over do, you will go pooh!" This was his way of saying that if you eat more carbs than you should you will get explosive diarrhea... And whoooeeee! Was he ever right! Metformin gives me bad cramping if I eat some cookies or bread. If I avoid the carbs I get great blood sugar numbers and the metformin doesn't bother me at all.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


starbrite
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   Posted 10/23/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the answers. I DID IT, I DID IT! I learned to use my meter the nurse helped me and she was was very nice and compassioate.
I only used up five Lancets trying to get it right, but I fially did it. Doesn't hurt like I thought it would.

Thanks again
Star

LanieG
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   Posted 10/23/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
That's great!  tongue   Think of the meter as your new best friend.  smurf   It's a very good idea now to record your blood sugar readings whenever you take them, what you've eaten and when.  This journal is important because you will be able to see trends in your blood sugar, how food affects it, your activities, etc.  This will help you understand that relationship between your food intake and your blood sugar and you may end up adjusting what food you eat or stay away from.  Also, record what kind of exercise you're doing since this also helps your blood sugar control.  Congratulations! 
Lanie
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/23/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Ladies and Gentlemen! Another person has conquered her fears and overcome giant obstacles to be able to use one of those consarned meters!!!!! If she can do this, she can do anything!

You go girl!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


starbrite
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   Posted 10/24/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
o.k. friends. You said there was no such thing as a stupid question but that's just because you didn't know me. Here's the questio? Are Cranberry's o.k. to eat or do you have to limit them. I have looked this up but couldn't find an answer.

Star

LanieG
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   Posted 10/24/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
According to my package of cranberries, 1/2 cup has 7 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber.  That's a good number, being so low, but if you add sugar like in the cranberry sauce, it seems to be 22 g a slice (according to what I found online.  I don't have a can of cranberry sauce in front of me.), which is a lot.  I think I've seen cranberry sauce with reduced sugar in the supermarkets but I haven't looked lately.  So, the cranberries themselves are ok but it's the added sugar that's the problem.  In the past, I've eaten a spoonful of the whole berry cranberry sauce with my meal. 


Lanie
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starbrite
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   Posted 10/24/2008 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Lanie. After I asked that question I thought "boy was that ever stupid I have a bag in my fridge I can just look at the ingrediance." I cooked them down and added Splenda the're good. Sorry. One more question and I will stop asking them. How long does it usually take for your suger to go down once you start you meds? Mine is still quite high. I really do think I am out of questions.

Star

LanieG
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   Posted 10/24/2008 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't stop asking questions!  We all learn from questions.  I didn't even remember I had those cranberries in the freezer until you asked!  And making them with the artificial sweetener is a good  idea.  I can't answer the question about the time involved for the blood sugar to go down because I'm not on meds, so I'll let another member come and answer that one.  I do know that changing the diet will also have an effect along with the meds, so be sure to test.  Sometimes, a complete change of diet, like cutting out carbs will make the meds work too well and the meds would have to be cut down too.
Lanie
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