Post Edited By Moderator (Jeannie143) : 8/29/2006 11:31:03 PM (GMT-6)
First of all, I sympathise. I became a type 1 diabetic at the age of 18 and at the time I thought it was the end of the world. Please believe me, it isn't.
For many years following my diagnosis, I think I was in denial. I rarely tested myself, ate whatever I wanted to eat and told no-one about my condition. I refused to let my life be controlled by the random chance of a chronic illness I had been powerless either to forsee or prevent.
Over the 25 years since then I have not only learned to accept it but almost become grateful for the discipline it's given me to look after my health. I'd like to keep the hubris to a minimum but I'm now heathier, fitter and far better informed about what that takes than any of my non-diabetic contemporaries. You'll already have heard the grim warnings of future complications resulting from long term diabetes but let me reassure you - they are entirely avoidable if you look after yourself properly.
The key, of course, is normalising your blood sugars. The tools at your disposal now are so much more advanced than they were when I started out so you've got an enormous head start there. Phishbowl is spot on with the observation that what's not measured can't be managed, so bear that in mind.
Finally, keep an open mind about the type of diet that works best for you. Personally, I extremely sceptical about the conventional low-fat high carb diet that the official agencies still recommend. It certainly doesn't work for me. But I won't bombard you with any more advice for now, you'll know where to come when you need it.
And stay positive!
Welcome to our little diabetic forum. I also became a diabetic at the age of 14. I am now 48, so I have been a type 1 for 34 years now. I don't know where or how I got diabeties also. We could not find anyone in the family with it.
Reading and being a part of the diabeties forums helps me to keep on track of what I need to do in my life to stay in tune. I have found that the Dr can only help so much and the rest is yours to do to make it work. The nice thing is that it is not too hard to stay within an acceptable blood glucose level, but I do have to stay on top of it or my blood sugars go up high.
My biggest problems is like yours. Not healing fast and easy to get infections. I have found if I keep my blood sugars in check, my body will heal fast and I won't get infections.
This is all easy said than done. It takes being very aware of what is going on with your blood glucose to get control of it. Don't worry, over time you will be a pro at keeping diabeties under control. There is a learning curve and over time you will learn how to keep yourself in tune.
In the meanwhile, take your time and read over old posts and start new ones when you have questions or answers to share. And test your sugars so you will know where you are at and need to be.
Don't worry, You will do well, after all, You came here searching for answers to your problem. We might not have all of the answers, but we will be with you in your search for the ones we don't know.
Hang in there
thanks for all the help and advice, it just goes to show i know nothing about diabetes, but hopefully i will learn fast.