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Hello! I am a newly diagnosed Type 1 (as of May 7, 2009). I have a lot to learn about diabetes and at the moment I'm still just trying to get over the shock of it all. These first few weeks have been a little rough as I adjust to this new lifestyle, but things can only get better!

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It's not the end of the world...

Posted on September 27, 2009 at 3:30pm 3 Comments


This is my first attempt at publishing a blog post. It's a bit long, but hopefully not too bad!

When I was diagnosed 5 months ago, I think I learned more from the online community then I did from my doctors, which is why I wanted to try and write my experiences too. People who would write down what it was like, and prove that you can really live like this. Diabetes isn't the end of the world. It feels like it though, doesn't it? When you first find out, when the doctors… Continue

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At 4:51pm on July 9, 2009, scott a wallace said…
hi mattie, i was in icu for 5 days with dka. went in april 27. so yea, we're real close on dx times. the hardest part i'm having with it all is the bolus shots. i can count carbs fine, but my bg is going higher than it should. i think i'm just being extra cautious with the humalog dosing. erring on the side of too little because i don't want to go too low. god how i hate that feeling. but other than that i have somehow adjusted quite well to all of this. i know it's not funny, but i haven't been this healthy in years. =^)
At 8:01pm on July 8, 2009, Nadia Tasci said…
Hey Mattie,

Glad that I may have given you some insight. I would suggest you start making a chart for a couple of months. Track your changes and then you will have a better picture of how to adjust your insulin so your #'s are happy. If you ever need anything just drop me a line..happy to share my own experiences.
At 10:15am on July 1, 2009, Holger Schmeken said…
Willkommen to TuDiabetes, Mattie. I can imagine that it can be quite comforting for newly diagnosed like you to be in this forum. Maybe it can be more comforting to take a look at the diary of someone else with diabetes. Therefore you are invited to take a look at my personal diabetes diary. Holger
At 5:39pm on June 30, 2009, Ryan said…
Thanks Mattie!!!! I think Robyn id just rude and has a holier than thou attitude!!! It is like she thinks she is the diabetic authority on this site!!! She doesn't impress me in the least!!! There is a word for women like that, but I can't say because it will violate the terms of service!!! hehe
At 10:51am on June 30, 2009, Robyn said…
I have days like that as well. I am going on 17 years type 1 and still have hard times. You just get use to it and go on with your life. :) I am glad I found TU, I have learned alot and feel as though many people here are very nice and helpful, I am glad you are here!
At 9:37am on June 30, 2009, Robyn said…
Well, that is a good # this am. Glad you are better.:)
Do you take the Lantus in the morning or at bed? I split my doses..I switched from Lantus to Levemir months ago. I take Humalog at meals and also add in a correction amount depending on my BS. Fun isnt it.
At 11:05pm on June 29, 2009, Robyn said…
I hope you are doing better and feel okay. :)
At 8:11pm on June 29, 2009, Robyn said…
You are welcome...Just watch your sugars now...dont let it get too low now. It is not fun I know. We are here to help each other.
What amount and type of insulin do you take?
At 7:48pm on June 29, 2009, Robyn said…
Are you okay? How is the bs now? It will be okay. Just take it slow with the fast acting and test every 2 hrs...for at least 4 hrs after last correction. Let us know please
At 8:41pm on June 10, 2009, Kathy said…
Mattie -
hello! Interesting...about your job!
this is the article I was speaking about. Really, it doesn't prove much of anything but I found it interesting that they stated that T1 was also of the innate immune system. I hadn't heard that before.
As you know I'm DR4 which some studies have found to be a higher than normal risk for T2 others have said it's not. Then others have said that even without the genetic markers if you have T1 in your family and are T2 you will go to insulin dependancy at a quicker rate than a classic T2 (I tend to believe this). Like I said, this HLA it's a HIGH risk factor for T1. I should have brought up in my last post that they have found fathers who are T2 with DR4 who have a child with T1 they are more likely to have that same DR4. Seems to be that gene (which is DQ8 more specifically) can be influenced to being full blown T1. To me, mixed families are interesting. I know my case is a blend of unfortunate luck. But with this said...I am progressing slowly and can't imagine what it's like to be T1. It was horrible when I was sick but I did recover to a point.



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