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Scared & hungry

ChristyC

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Hello everyone! Just this evening I realized that I need a support group. My whole life I have watched as my, is it A1C?, numbers have climbed. For the last couple years my general physician has had me on glumetza, but I rarely took it. Mainly because I didn't want to, but there were often times when allergy season would come, and my body did things I didn't want it to when I sneezed really hard, so off the meds I went! I have a teenager and this summer I realized the importance of taking care of myself as well as I take of her. This also came after my left ankle started swelling on a more regular basis. My doctor still isn't sure what that is about. I have been doing 500 mg of glumetza a day and will start 1k tonight. I had a bday dinner to attend earlier tonight at texas roadhouse. I enjoyed a great piece of meat, a soda (or 3 - 'cause I drink a ton), and my sides were a caesar salad & a loaded sweet potato, piled high with marshmallows! It wasn't long before I felt awfully sick. I came straight home and took what I thought was obviously a well needed nap. It has been over three hours since dinner and I just took my blood sugar (the first time I've done it in easily 5 months). Mind you - I'm still new to all this and unsure of what is what most of the time. Well... my blood sugar was 456, 3 hours after eating. I was floored, scared and wanted my Mom, even though I'm 39! I'm scared to know what it was when I felt terrible earlier tonight. I've read some of the threads on here and to say I'm not scared that I've done too much damage would be a lie. I don't want to lose my legs, or go blind - but I have been having blurry issues lately (could totally be nonrelated though, right??). I don't know that I've ever felt so alone. Sorry for the rant. I figured this would be the best place to get this off of my chest, with others that may be dealing with the same issues.



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Welcome. After diagnosis is a scary, unsettled time. You're in a good place to learn how to take care of yourself. IN a nutshell, learn to eat to your meter and test an hour after you eat. Try to keep sugar below 140 after meals. Kick carbs to the curb. This means sugar, rice, breads and high carb vegetables. Try Atkins or South beach or any low carb diet to get used to how your body works. Take a walk every day. 

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Welcome. After diagnosis is a scary, unsettled time. You're in a good place to learn how to take care of yourself. IN a nutshell, learn to eat to your meter and test an hour after you eat. Try to keep sugar below 140 after meals. Kick carbs to the curb. This means sugar, rice, breads and high carb vegetables. Try Atkins or South beach or any low carb diet to get used to how your body works. Take a walk every day. 

Thank you! I've had some great feedback on here, yours included! I'm glad I don't have to do this alone. Well, I mean I do, but at least I have this site! Very grateful for y'all right now! :) oxox

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Do you happen to like to cook?  I went ten - no, more like 11 weeks without any treats because doing Low Carb/High Fat wasn't just an option, it was like the only choice that actually worked.  So venturing into my first LCHF "treat" was scary to me.  Last night I made some brownies that were actually pretty damn good and actually lowered my BG, which I couldn't believe.  I followed the recipe here, except I didn't have the sugar free chocolate chips:  http://uplateanyway.com/keto/chewy-fudge-brownies/  It's a great blog and I plan on trying more of her recipes.

 

The one thing you do have to get used to is cooking more, which for me was a huge big thing to have to do.  The day that I found out that I could go to KFC and get 2 grilled chicken thighs and it lowered my BG rather than raising it I could have cried.  Had I known I probably would have had 3.  :)  

 

I find that the best time for me to test with my meter is 90 minutes.  You want to find out where your highest spike is, so test at 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes and 2 hours - and then use the highest point as your testing time from there on out.  I will tell you that liquid carbs will spike you much faster than other carbs, so be careful around juice, anything soda-like, mochas :(, etc.  If you're into Iced Coffee that can be pretty good, though.  You can get it with 1/2 and 1/2 so it's not as many calories as full cream, but a LOT fewer carbs than regular milk.

 

Well, I hope you had a good day yesterday!  :)  TTYS!

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You are not alone!

   I have been exactly where you are. The problem with diabetes is that you can go for years without noticing any symptoms. IMHO the leg swelling could be the onset of PVD. Have you lost the hair on your calves? That is often a sign. As for your blurry vision it could be many things. It could also be diabetic retinopathy. I don't know what type of medical insurance you have but it would be worthwhile to get the venous pressures and arterial pressures checked in your lower extremities. I also suggest a trip to get an eye exam, preferably from an opthalmologist rather that an optometrist. I have suffered from both of these conditions and luckily they have reversed. I wish you the best of luck in dealing with this disease, it can really suck sometimes. Keep your chin up!

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Christy C, you really shouldn't have went off you meds Honi ;( he wouldn't have prescribed them if you didn't need then)  if you had trouble remembering you're meds if you took them twice  day (maybe like he prescribed a1000mg. & you took 500 in the morning & 500 at night) put a didit on you bottle,& when allergy season comes wear a bladder pad when  you leak out;you're blurry vision should be  a warring . I see  you have a meter test, you're  blood sugar often (456 is way too high) as you're body is trying too tell you , listen to it, you may need insulin injections as well as you're oral meds till you get you're blood sugar under control (for a while) ;talk to you Dr. he's not there to judge you just to help you.( From another post).......".I will tell you that liquid carbs will spike you much faster than other carbs, so be careful around juice, anything soda-like, mocha's";about mocha's try Atkins shakes they have a mocha latte that made with real coffee, I get mine at The Drugstore.com. & clam down (easier said than done right?). Remember knowledge  is power. SO TAKE CONTROL

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