hi Molly! i am also at the 6 month mark and much better than i was in december. my a1c is the same as yours, no cgm tho, am lusting after one! it would be great to have one but i live in spain and we have socialised medicine here. unless i win the lottery, ill be without a pump and cgm. i shouldnt complain, my gp is excellent and s0 is my nurse, making up for the dinosaur that is my endo....
i wasnt depressed as much as angry for the first couple 0f months. really angry. didnt do very much for me, recognised i was angry and didnt want to be, not very fun to feel that way. i still get the "i cant believe this is my life now" moments while sticking insulin in my bag to go out and have dreams about lows or being forced to eat carbs without insulin, weird stuff!
i did start on lantus and last month switched t0 levemir because the lantus was really painful even 30 minutes later at the injection site. what a difference, i no longer put 0ff the injections. i have to inject 5 times instead 0f 4 but for me its worth it, no pain. i had to up the dose from 2 units a day t0 4.
i miss cereal and mindless grazing and binging on chocolate and thought i would be miserable eating like this but it is what it is, its gotta be done and thats it. i wish diabetics HAD to eat chocolate to live, that would be so much better!
friends and family are really supportive, tho sometimes they might say things that can be annoying. if you havent yet, look up mr mike lawson on youtube. here is a link to one of his videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYQcBgYm9V4. he made me feel much better about this whole load of crap in the first few months. i think i have watched his diabetes police video about 743 times now.
this is a great site! i dont post much but am learning so much from it, the most important being that there is no one way to deal with diabetic situations, that i cant trust what most people in the medical field tell me and that trial and error is 0k!
good luck for the rest of your first year (and beyond!)
I was diagnosed 2 months ago and also had problems with Lantus being painful and causing me to gain weight- 20lbs in 2 months! That has been really depressing, especially since I have been so careful about the low carb diet. I brought my A1c down from 14 to 6.8 since my diagnosis so my CDE thinks I'm doing great, but the weight gain is really frustrating.
A few days ago I switched from Lantus to Levemir and am happy so far- it doesn't burn and hopefully I will be able to lose some weight. My BGs are kind of wonky right now- somewhat higher after breakfast and lower in the evening. They're within range, but just not where I want them to be. Maybe Levemir has a slow onset...
I miss bread, too. I love baking, and it sucks to no longer be able to do it anymore on a regular basis. I'm learning to bake low-carb, but it's definitely a compromise. Thank goodness for all of the low-carb baking blogs and diabetes blogs. They have been a real source of comfort for me. Can't imagine what it must have been like to get diagnosed before there was a DOC.
when i switched to levemir i had to double the dosage, dont know if that will be the case for everyone. i was quite resistant to upping the units, like it was going to make me "more diabetic" (duh) but did get better morning numbers. i still dont get numbers as good as with lantus. i dont know if the honeymoon is screwing with the numbers but i find that when i eat reeeaally low carb for my evening meal the levemir is 0k. i love all the variables, so much more exciting, makes me feel like im in an epis0de 0f H0USE....
It's great to hear from people who are figuring it out! I agree that the online connections are awesome. Before I stumbled upon the DOC (2008...), I had met like 2 or 3 people w/ diabetes in my life, and didn't make any connections with any of them.
its so great to have all of the veterans here to advise and suggest possible solutions to whatever D may throw at us. its so very good t0 hear from people in the same place, its not so scary and you dont feel like a complete spazz not knowing the answers t0 these probably very basic questions!
i wish none of had to be here....ho hum...
I'd bet $5 that our doctors probably wouldn't be able to answer a lot of the questions people ask here. I guess many of them might be able to venture a guess but I suspect they'd balk at actually answering them unless you had an appointment. And they'd still go "hmm, your numbers look _____ and I'll see you in [3/6/12] months..."
I'm 38 years into my diagnoses and still do things I shouldn't so ur doing GREAT! Good for U!
P.S. the bread thingy??? I have now gotten to where I just don't like it
I'm the same way with sugar; after 17 years not eating it, when I get a drink that has sugar in it by mistake, it tastes nauseatingly sweet to me.
I'm the same way with anything that has sugar in it. It's just nauseating to me now.