My name is Jay and I'm a newly diagnosed type1. My wife has been stressing that I find a "support group" so I found Tudiabetes.
I was diagnosed 10/24 after spending a week in ICU. Now that I've been diagnosed, everyone tells me I should have recognized the signs, but easier said than done. I was 37 when diagnosed.
I told a few people that wondered why for three months I could only be up for two hours at a time, they all assumed it was because I'm a big boy. I've been active in martial arts my entire career so while I've been big, I can outrun most thin people, as well as out work them. When I tell them I'm type 1, they look me over and most don't believe me. One "friend" said "Oh! I thought type1 happened you know, thinner people and 2 was from people like you, bigger" At that point, I stopped telling people. A1C was 19, bg 422 fasting and ketoacidosis (sp?) put me in icu.
I'm now on the pump and dexcom and doing great with my numbers. My a1c is now 6.5 (one month being out of the hospital it was 12.5) and my Endo has put me on a 100 am fasting and 120 for the day. Although I'm one of the oldest people she's officially diagnosed as Type1, because my numbers have been good, she wants to keep me tested and at low numbers.
I'm a photographer by trade, married for 13 years and proud father of 5 beautiful daughters. My wife has been stressed with this all this so to be fair to her, we packed up and moved cross country. Because of my experiences, I dislike her talking to people, so it's only fair to bring her back to her family.
So that's me in a nutshell.
I also make a lower carb egg pancake, where I use just a little flour (usually 1 tablespoon only and then 2 or 3 eggs and liquid (no sugar). FLour is not low carb, but this uses so little that it's not too hard to count and cover for. Make it into a very runny batter and pour into a thin layer in a non stick pan. Cook until it is not sticky on top then flip and cook the other side. I love it with cheese melted on the top, but could stuff it with any sort of vegetables.... or meat...
Welcome Jay. You are way ahead of where I was at this time last year. Keep up the great attitude! I was dx'd in Oct. of 2010 just before my 55th birthday. Fasting bg of 436 and A1c 12.3. I'm not sure how I stayed out of the hospital, but I did. I should have recognized the signs as well. Problem is I had no clue about the warning signs. I am 6 ft and 180 lb ate a good diet. Why would I think about diabetes at my age? That is why I talk freely about my D. The really dumb comments open the door for me to educate. That's me though. Everyone has to deal with this in a way that works for them. I have two daughters , now 35 and 32, four grandsons and one grand daughter. And yeah they do grow up way too fast. Even the grand kids.
BTW, I would encourage you to keep texting from your daughter's phone. Sounds very entertaining. I like to ambush the grand kids FB chats from time to time.There's nothing quite like a mortified teenager to bring a smile to your face.
Welcome to tudiabetes! Congratulations on getting such good control so quickly! Diabetes definitely comes with it's ups and downs! Literally and emotionally! That's what makes this group so wonderful. There's a ton of knowledge and experience on this site. If you're going through a tough time emotionally, or your BGs are behaving the way they should, someone's been through it before and can relate.
Keep up the good work!
Welcome, Jay! Congrats on the A1c.
I was diagnosed w/T1 at 38, myself -- avoided the ICU because it happened to get caught by doctors looking for something else. I felt like ass for months, and got every (EVERY) bug that came around, but had no idea that something REAL was wrong with me.
Good luck with the daughters, too....
Hi Jay, welcome and congrats on getting things so well under control so quickly! Awesome that you are already on the pump and the Dexcom, they really make such a difference. And I always say, attitude is everything. I was 35 when I was diagnosed with Type 1--lots of people here on TuD were diagnosed in their 30s and up. You are part of the crowd! Welcome.
Thanks so much for sharing your story, Jay! I'm glad you've found us, and that we've found you!
Thank you all for the warm welcomes!
So far, it's a numbers game and goals that I can reach for, I usually do well with. The only problem I'm having is since going with the pump, I don't have to take needles so it's making snacking a challenge lol. Now that I can snack when ever I want and just bolus for it, I've noticed I'm not as disciplined. I'm now starting get back to eating better, but it's a challenge lol.
Pleasure to meet you and thank you for sharing your story with us!
I was 17 when I was diagnosed (type 1). I knew nothing about diabetes and what a horrible disease it was. I lost about 30lbs in less than a month. Being a senior in HS and with a few pounds on me I was really enjoying the rapid weight loss without even trying. I had ALL the signs and symptoms had I known what they were. By the time I went to the ER my sugars were over 1100, spent a wk and a half in the hospital learning about the disease and how to do my daily shots. I felt like my world was going to end! I HATE needles!! It has been a daily struggle the last 15 ys of my life! I now have a loving boyfriend who is very supportive. I do daily shots and just recently started the Dexcom. I want my sugars to be at the best control as we are planning a pregnancy in the near future! My A1C a couple of months ago was 6.2. Every day is a new day to strive for the best! I would love to connect with any females out there who are in a similar situation as mine or have had kids while being diabetic type 1. Just want to hear their stories and know it is possible for me to be blessed as they were. Just a bit of reassurance :)
Thanks again Jay and I wish you much luck on your path,
Sorry people made you feel bad about 'not knowing,' as a society, we can be so judgemental of others. I am 55yo and was mis-diagnosed as a T2, then found out I am really a T1 - LADA.
I was also overweight when diagnosed (as T2), but had been loosing weight for several years and very surprised about dx. Only dx as T1 4 months ago, so I am also learning. But it is a shock to me and others that I was so heavy (6 years ago 284# and now weigh 164#). As much as we 'know' about Diabetes, I think there is a lot we don't know. That's one reason why this website is so great, we can learn from others and have a lot of support too! God bless you and your family! Keep up the good work!
I was diagnosed when I was 21. I was a justational diabetic so I knew the signs. I checked my bsl and it was over 500. So I went to the ER, they brought it down and released me right away. I was very scared. No body gave me any information. So I made a doctors apointment and they told me I had anxiety issues. I told the Dr. about the ER. But for some reason it wasn't registering with her. I really think it was because i was the wrong body type!! After I got irratated about it she told me I should loss weight if I was diabetic. I was 5'8" and less that 110 lbs!! I would have to cut off an arm!! She made me so uncomfortable that I didn't go back to the Dr. for it. At a normal visit, over a year later, a new Dr. asked me what type I was. I had no clue what he was talking about. He set me up pretty good, and I have been a lot better since. But I wanted you guys to know that the extremely thin get very negative reactions to being diabetic also. I have since put on weight, good i guess.. LOL Also!! I hate hearing the stories about dibetics lossing limbs or going blind. I don't stand infront of peoples cars and tell them how many people are getting injured in car accidents a day!! LOL One quick question though, what is Dexcom?
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