Now, about learning to tame this beast . . .
When a diagnosis is brand new, it can feel pretty overwhelming. That's natural and predictable and each one of us has been there. The feeling is temporary, rest assured. Similarly, when you start learning the ins and outs of management and control, there is a lot of information to absorb and it can also feel . . . well, overwhelming.
On that score, the best advice I know is not to try and learn it all at once. For one thing, you can't—the brain will trip out like an overloaded circuit breaker at some point. You can only absorb so much at one time. One of our most-quoted clichés (because it's the truth), goes, "Diabetes is a marathon, not a sprint." You're in this for the long haul. Diabetes isn't going anywhere (and neither are you! ). Learn one or two new things a day. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how soon it starts to come into sharp focus.
And in that connection, there are some really excellent books out there that make good starting points for this journey. Here are three of the very best ones, in no particular order:
Richard K. Bernstein, Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution, 4th ed. (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2011)
Gary Scheiner, Think Like A Pancreas (Boston: Da Capo Press, 2011)
Jenny Ruhl, Blood Sugar 101: What They Don’t Tell You About Diabetes (Turners Falls: Technion Books, 2013)
Sorry to be so long-winded, but all of this should be enough to keep you occupied for a while.
You're in the right place. We're glad you found us. Welcome to the family!