Becoming familier with Type 2 diabetes

I had no idea how serious diabetes could become. Back in March 2011, I was fine one day, and near
death the next. I woke up in the middle of the night unable to breathe. My husband called an ambulance
and whisk me off to the hospital and that was the last I remember for 15 days. During my "down" time
doctors and nurses and lab techs were working feverishly trying to figure out what my problem was.
Finally one doctor came out and asked my husband had I ever had symptoms of having diabetes, like
extreme thirst, lathargic, etc. My husband said well yes she's always drank water like a camel. Then the
doctor said this is not good, her BG readings are so high I cant read them. He said they are at least 1000.
On top of that a heart specialist was called in. Testing showed my heart was only responding at 20%. So
they put some stints in my heart to help the heart failure. All I can say is I feel very blessed to be alive.
I'm trying to learn as much as I can to keep myself in check. I take a total of 60 units of Lantus split two times
a day.
I have been given Novolog also but havent figured out when to take it because at meal times my readings
are always around 80 before a meal. I was told not to take it unless it was at 150. My dinner readings after
a meal are around 178 after two hours then drop to around 118 after the third hour. Am I in control? I have
no idea, I read so many different opinions on what is a normal reading, I'm sort of confused most of the time.
I hear 140 is a good number.. Haven't reached that yet.

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Comment by brokenpole on October 28, 2011 at 2:53pm
That is why this disease goes along undetected for so long. Especially in men (because we hate doctors). I am so glad they found out what was causing your probblem. Now is the learning curve.

I am on 100 units of Lantus once a day and I also take Byetta (10 mcg before breakfast and before diner). Finally started loosing weight.

I hate having a BG of 140. My A1c is 4.9. I tend to control low. It is different for each diabetic so you have to find what works for you.

Keep searching and asking questions.
Comment by SEAGATOR on October 28, 2011 at 5:08pm
So sorry about all this. My endo told me to be 140 or under. I take unsulin 3 times a day after meals and Lantus at bedtime and I seem to stay in pretty good control. Cortisone shots can spike the readings lot of white things. I count my calories fat grams and carbs, You will get all this under control. My very best to you. Reed
Comment by jujube on October 30, 2011 at 9:04am
Welcome!!! I am T1 diagnosed very similiar circumstances at the age of 45 Aug 2011..I was on Levemir once a day and Novolog for meals. My endo told me it didn't matter what my pre-meal was and I should base my dose on # carbs. There are many great resources for carb counting especially apps for cell phones. I have now started on an insulin pump because it is soooooooooooooo much easier and my blood sugars have really balanced out. I had the same prob with Novolog injectable dropping my sugar at the 3hr mark (well into the 70's and 80's) instead of 2hrs..Every person's body metabolism is different..So, keep good data records for your endo and then he/she can calculate what insulin dose,type etc.. will work best and at what times...Your A1C will really tell the big picture...Hang in there and it will make more sense...

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