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Chesney
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 8/24/2006 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello All....I was diagnosed with Type 2 about 4 months ago. It just really hit me about a week ago, that I'm a diabetic!!!!!

My initial feeling/thought was that I could just work on my carb intake and exercise, which would allow me to be weened off metformin in a matter of months.......at the most a year. Who needs support?! I can just fix this!! Yeh right. I didn't feel that it was necessary for anyone to know that I'm a diabetic...that its no one's business. I know I have to get past this. I feel like I'm not totally in control.

Can anyone relate? When will this 'ugh' feeling subside?

eyes

Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/24/2006 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, Chesney,
I've been diagnosed for about 10+ years and it took till I got on insulin before I really started to pay attention to this thing. I've never really gotten past it... I still feel a small sense of loss when I look at my medical alert bracelet. I have other health concerns but the diabetes and all the complications that can arise from poor sugar control really put me in a tailspin.

Because our bodies process sugar differently than normals we need medication to help us move the sugar into our cells for energy. Exercise will help your body process sugar in a more natural way but you can't exercise 24/7... I felt out of control, too, when I found my sugars were climbing no matter how tight my diet was. I hated taking my sugar readings because they were always in the 130's or 140's in the morning. I asked my doctor for help with the numbers and she finally put me on Lantus insulin, one injection at bedtime, and I'm getting fantastic numbers. Suddenly the control is kind of in my court again!

Better numbers make me want to eat more correctly. Eating better helps my energy levels and that in turn encourages me to buy more veggies and make good homemade high fiber breads. I've started experimenting with flavored herbs in my olive oil and using healthy fats. I started to portion control things like popcorn and ice cream by using special bowls that are just the right size. I put my meds in those little boxes you get at the dollar store so I don't forget to take them...

And finally I told my friends I'm diabetic so they can help me if I get spacey from being too busy to eat, and they stopped offering me booze and we drink diet sodas now. Nobody was mean and they were mostly interested in my welfare so I'm glad I told them. I have to be sure to eat correctly if I'm going to drive long distances so it's good that my friends and family know. I have some family that acts like the 'food police' when I'm eating and ask me about some things... "Are you supposed to be having that?" I usually tell them that I'm the one in charge of my food plan and if it would make them feel better they can follow me around and write down everything I eat all day... That usually makes them leave me alone and I say it in a joking way because most of them are trying to be helpful.

Don't know if this will help you but maybe you could keep a food/blood sugar/exercise journal and see what foods make your numbers go up (for me it's white rice and corn flakes). That gives you something to work on and a sense of control. You will see which foods are trigger foods for you and when you do something that works well you will have it in black and white for self encouragement.

Or you can just stop here every few days and get a boost from us. After a while you will be one of the ones offering help to the newbies. Read back in the posts a bit and see if you don't learn something that helps you with your diabetes control.

Take care and don't be a stranger.
~ Jeannie

"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


Claire-Bear
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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 8/25/2006 1:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Chesney,

Jeannie has put it really well.  As she says, look through the previous posts and look to us all for support.  Find out as much as you can about diabetes - I believe education about this really does help us to be able to look after ourselves better.

Best of luck - you'll get there!  And don't be alone in this - do tell friends etc.  Denial about this just makes it worse.

Claire xx


spooky
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 101
   Posted 8/25/2006 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Chesney,

on the first day and the first instant i was diagnosed to have diabetes,I WAS AFRAID!

Diabetes runs in my family,but i thought i was immune as i was fit and trim like a boxer and had recently put on 10 pounds of weight(then).I realized what that 10 pounds increase in weight did to me!
Like you,i thought i could manage things on my own.I was into cycling,climbing,weight-lifting and i thought i was supreme!

I slowly realized that without the support of family and friends it is impossible to fight this on a daily basis.
I can assure you that once the initial shock and a sense of"ugh"subside,you'll get a reality check and you will come to terms with your situation.

I always beleive in the three "C's'.Confidence that you can beat it with proprer guidance.Comfort in the fact that it is not a monster like,for instance cancer or AIDS;comfort in the fact that it is a disorder and not a disease per se and with proper control you can breeze thru' life!The third C is being ever CONSCIOUS of the problem you have and to be alert and vigilant.

debsonline2
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 33
   Posted 8/25/2006 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
confused  Hi chesney.  I can relate to everything you said!  I was diagnosed with Type 2 almost 2 years ago.  I had gestational diabetes, but had struggled with LOW blood sugar for the past 15 years.  I really didnt realize it was all part of the same disease.   I also had a tough time in adjusting to taking so many meds and thought that I could manage it own my own.  It took 3 days in the hospital to convince me otherwise!  It also took me awhile to really start to manage eating habits.  I have a tendency to get busy and forget to eat.  Then I feel terrible and eat too much!  What has REALLY helped me is BYETTA.  It is a relatively new drug on the market for type 2.  It is 2 injections a day and doesnt hurt at all.  Easier than the finger sticks!!  My blood sugar has been great...My appetite down...and have lost 20 pounds in 2 months!  Talk to your Dr. about it and hang in there!  I am new to this forum and have found great support online.  I can understand your reluctance in telling people....you can get some strange reactions.  All of my close friends and family are very supportive, but sometimes they really dont understand either!  It really hepls to talk to people who are dealing with the same problems.  Hope this helps!...........deb

Chutsman
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 64
   Posted 8/25/2006 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Debs, c'mon now ... is the injection really easier than the finger sticks? LOL.  I can do the finger stick because it is only a momentary thing ... but the injections, you have to leave the needle in for a while and that scares me. I don't have to do that yet but I'm dreading the day.

The short form for "you are" is "you're", NOT "your".


Chesney
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 8/25/2006 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I really appreciate everyones support and advice. I'm going to take it all and run with it. A food and exercise journal sounds like a good place for me to start. I'll also discuss byetta with my doc. I know I'm just gonna have to suck it up and start sharing with others. This board has kicked it off for me!!!!! I'm beginning not to feel so alone. I kept putting off purchasing a med alert bracelet (have it now). I couldn't remember ever seeing anyone wearing one. But I guess I never paid attention. Who's looking now??!!! (Hah) I like the idea of the three C's. Educating myself does seem to help take the sting out of dealing.

Thanks so much

Jeannie143
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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 8/26/2006 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
One thing I did do with the alert bracelet... I found one on eBay that's 18k gold. I have metal allergies and can't wear anything but 18k gold so I dug deep in my pockets and bought a pretty one. (I got a white gold one for my daughter who has latex and demerol allergies.) I figure I have to wear this thing for the rest of my life, might as well have one that is pretty.

Also, you can get one for your ankle or a necklace if that is less of a hassle. Medical personel are trained to look at the neck, wrist and ankle for medical information jewelry. Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie

"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


debsonline2
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 33
   Posted 8/26/2006 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL Chutsman! Seriously...the shots arent too bad. I have ALWAYS hated finger sticks though!! I am used to it now...I guess my fingers have toughened up. You have to leave the needle in til about the count of 5 and the only place I have experienced any bruising is on my stomach and that was at first when I wasn't such a "pro"..LOL I know that some people have experienced alot of problems with Byetta and for the first 2 weeks I had alot of naseau, but in the 3rd week it just went away...boom it was gone. I am a big believer! It has made such a difference in my numbers and the way I feel. More energy, not starving or shaky all the time, losing weight, etc. Now if I could just get rid of this bronchitis!! Good luck to all...hang in there!!
Bye the way Jeannie....where did you find an ankle bracelet I have been looking for one!! I have seriously thought about getting a medical alert tattoo since most of the jewelry isnt too cute...LOL! I am not sure if thre even IS such a thing and talk about needles...whew!! LOL

Jeannie143
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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 8/26/2006 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Debs,
Check eBay. I think the company that I got my bracelets from has ankle bracelets as well. (ebay id was medicjewelry) It's worth checking on. My daughter's bracelet has 4 lines of engraving because she is severely allergic to some common medically used stuff.
~ Jeannie

"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


IpheliaPayne
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 35
   Posted 8/28/2006 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chesney,
Just wanted to say that I understand and even though I am new to this board, I have already found a wonderful infomation and support system. These are some really great people! Welcome!!!
I know when I found about being diabetic, when I left the Doc I was like, "Huh?"- and stayed that way til pretty recently. (lol) I went in for leg and feet pain and came out with a monitor and Rx's for diabtetic meds. I thought you have got to be kidding me. My mother was with me at the time and good thing, too. She absorbed a lot more info then I did cause all I did was sit there in shock and say, "Naw, I really don't think this is the problem."
I can understand about privacy as well. I didn't tell anyone (except mother and hub), but my mother told immediate family members and I found myself being embarrassed and pissed off at the next big family dinner when everything I put on my plate was questioned. No one in my family is diabetic and I felt as though I was in a petri dish being examined and asked questions that I didn't yet know the answers to. Then the guilt hit me. What did I do to my body, my habits etc, to make me diabetic. Then grief over losing my precious midnight sugary snackies when my husband cleaned out the cabinets. Sounds silly I know, but dadgummit, those PB&J's were a source of comfort. ;)
Basically, I just want to say I understand as well as many others. A support system of people who are there in the thick of it with you, makes so much difference.
My thoughts are with you.
Take care,
~Jen

Jeannie143
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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 8/29/2006 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Jen,
You didn't do anything to make yourself diabetic. Your body's handling and storage of energy sources was preset at birth and if you lived in a different time in our history you would be able to survive famine and food shortages better than normals. If you lived, say 100 yrs ago and had to beat rugs, hitch up horses, scrub laundry on a washboard, haul heavy pots of water for bathing and laundry, well, needless to say you would be doing lots of exercise daily so your sugars would most likely stay in line. Most type 2 diabetics are victims of our progressive society. We drive everywhere, have electric appliances, remote controls... heck! We don't even walk across the street to talk to our neighbors, we call them on the phone!

To make matters more difficult we have delicious, calorie laden foods at our fingertips. Industrialization has made quickly absorbed, modified carbs more accessable than at any time in history. It's a miracle that our whole modern society isn't diabetic! You can help yourself by using more basic grains like brown rice, barley or bulgar in place of pastas, eating whole fruits in place of juices, and adding new vegetables to your salads like kale and mustard greens or sliced zuchini and summer squash (raw) to the mix. And you may still have your peanut butter evening snack, but have it on 1/2 of an apple. (I like to cut the apple in half and use a melon baller to remove the seed core.)

And my doctor told me it's ok to go bonkers once every month or two and visit my favorite Chinese Buffet. I've gotten so good at my food choices that the last time I went my 2 hr. post meal blood sugar was 132! tongue (Brag! Brag!) It's not all doom and gloom and you will find your way thru the maze. You just need to keep learning about foods, amounts, exercise, rest and being very nice to yourself. Oh! and remember to check your feet every day! I've already had four toenails removed because of chronic infections and ingrown nails. But I still have all my toes!
~ Jeannie

"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

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