Husband Newly Diagnosed

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/17/2007 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
     My husband was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  Spent the whole week last week in Special care Unit at the hospital.  He has lost most of his sight wondering if it will come back?  His bloodsugar was 399 and A1C was 16.  He is 35 and having a really hard time dealing with this.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Please help us.

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 4/18/2007 1:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Don't despair Zazi!
There's a whole lot you can do to help your husband. It's a steep learning curve to begin with, but as soon as the blood glucose gets down to near normal levels I'm sure you'll both notice all sorts of improvements.
I was diagnosed type 1 25 years ago and at the time it felt like a life sentence. These days I'm fitter and healthier than I've ever been so stay positive.
One piece of advice - take a look at a book called Diabetes Solution by Dr Richard Bernstein. It's full of really useful information, particularly since he's had the disease himself his entire adult life.
Everyone on the forum will help too, so stay in touch please.
All the best,

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 4/18/2007 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hiya may seem a bit hard to believe at this time but, there will be improvement. As a Type1 diagnosed at 37 just over 2 years ago, I remember well those weeks leading up to and just after diagnosis. My blood sugars and A1C were in the same ballpark as your hubby's.

The vision thing is scary (I couldn't even read giant highway signs till I was right under 'em), but, I can tell you that it is more than likely a symptom of the high blood sugar and it WILL improve along with the improved blood sugar control. I'm assuming he's started an insulin regimen?

Don't knock yourselves up about having a hard time dealing with it either. It IS a difficult thing to be diagnosed with. You're whole life as you know it changes but, I can tell you that in some ways it changes for the better. It will be a learning process - and one that sometimes you wish would just go a little faster - but, if you grab the bull by the horns from the beginning, with an active interest in knowing how to manage with Diabetes (lifestyle changes), before long you may just find yourselves appreciating just how much healthier you are than many non-D's or (dare I say) some Diabetics just unwilling to change their lifestyles.

It starts with hubby understanding his insulin and/or insulin to food relationship. Getting with a Dietician/Nutritionist is, IMHO, imperative and a crutial first step in the process. I know the first few insulin shots can be a psycological struggle but, one comes to terms with it pretty quickly when you understand it's what keeps you alive and also, the short, thin, little needle tips are almost painless.

There's a lot to deal with all at once and it can be overwhelming at times so, don't fear that. It's par for the course sometimes with Diabetes. Just know he's not alone, ZAZI, and we're here to help answer any questions, share experiences or even just to listen. Wishing you/hubby well. Do stay in touch :-)
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

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   Posted 4/22/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
for the uplifting info/news/and encouragement. It is getting a little easier each day. Some of his sight has already come back but he still needs them to read. He is getting better / and understanding it every day. We have changed our eating habits and we have started walking together. Again thank you and also keep in touch it is comforting to know there is others out there with the same experience.
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