“Your diabetic”, a phrase I heard from a doctor after a trip to the ED last month, just a few days after my 40th birthday. I’ll admit it at first it confused and scared me. I had no idea what was going to happen next. Come to find out that my bg was 300+ in the ED & jumped to almost 600 while they were sending me around for tests and waiting to be admitted. After a few days in the hospital they sent me home (after giving myself only 1 insulin shot) with a bag full of lancets, some test strips, a prescription for 2 types of insulin (humalog and lantus) & a meter & a follow up appt with my doctor. That was my intro into the world of diabetes, my world now……

I just wanted to say hi to everyone.

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Hi Axtion,

Sorry for the delay in responding, I don't get this way as much as I used to.

Have you been diagnosed as Type 2 or Type 1? If it is Type 2, with a change in your diet, monitoring your blood sugar and maybe some of the pills out now, you can probably get off the insulin shots eventually. It sounds a lot easier that it is. Making these dramatic lifestyle changes are NOT easy, but it's something we really need to do to get back to feeling "normal" again (blood sugar wise anyway).

The real key is support, and by your description of your initial hospital stay, it looks like you didn't get much. Hopefully, you are insured, and the insurance company doesn't give you a hard time getting your supplies. When you do see your doctor, they will probably refer you to an endocrinologist. It's important that you get the right endo, who will work with you instead of saying things like "You do what I say or you die!" I've had a few of them and they didn't last long. If you can get to see a Certified Diabetes Educator as well, they are some of the best at helping to actually live your daily life with diabetes (at least mine is). A C.D.E. is a nurse who specializes in diabetes care.

The way that I work with her is that I download my blood sugar readings from my meter to my computer weekly and then send them electronically to my C.D.E. She suggests changes to increase my control and it's been working great.

I have been a diabetic (Type 1) since I was 4, and I am the same age as you (40). I went a long time without taking care of myself and suffered some of the consequences; but in the last 5 years I have worked hard to keep a good HbA1c (a blood test usually done at the doc's office, that tells your average blood sugar over that last 3 to 4 months) and my complications have completely stabilized. Even if a cure is never found, keeping good control over your blood sugar is the most important thing to keep the diabetes "bad things" from happening; and if a cure is found, then you will be healthy when you get it.

If you have anything you care to say or ask Axtion, just post. There are a lot of people who are going through similar things as you and will try and help. All the best.

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