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3 years ago  ::  Jul 19, 2011 - 12:21PM #8
jennagrant
Posts: 1,283
type1

You're doing a lot of good things.  Re: the glucose meter just go to a drug store and get a meter that goes with your test strips.  Meters are less than $20.  If you use One Touch strips I'm a big fan of the One Touch Ultra Mini meters... they're tiny and come in cool colors.


Your diet is really good and it sounds like your insulin dose just needs to be adjusted.  It's going to take a while until you start feeling better.  Your average blood sugar is going to start dropping and at first it can make you feel bad.  You may have a blood sugar of 150 but feel shaky and sweaty like you're really low.  Just hang in as your body readjusts.  If you have a blood sugar below 80 you may want to eat something small.  The rule to treat a low is that you should eat 15g of carb and re-test your blood in 15 minutes.   If your blood sugar is lower than 65 then treat with fast acting sugar like glucose tablets, a little orange juice or regular soda.  Try your best not to overtreat because it starts a bad cycle of bouncing between highs and lows.


Also be sure to drink lots of water because high blood sugars can make you really dehydrated.


Stress and adrenaline either raise or lower my blood sugar.  I can't always predict what it will do.  Test after you do something adventurous and see what your numbers are.


Ask your endocrinologist about the c-peptide test too.  You may not be a type 2.


Take care.  You're doing really good.   -Jenna

3 years ago  ::  Jul 19, 2011 - 6:02AM #7
a
Posts: 26

My daily diet is usually, a slice of high fiber bread with plenty of peanut butter for breakfast, or I get eggs, avocado and sausage on a single piece of rye bread. For lunch I get a taco with no tortilla, just chicken,black beans and lettuce.  For dinner it varies, usually something heavy on meat like Curry Chicken or hamburger without a bun with salad.  For snacks I usually do unsalted nuts and blue berries.  Every once in awhile, I have one of thoe low carb weight watchers ince cream bars, that my pre diabetic mother introduced me to. I almost never indulge anything off diet. The worst thing I do is eat a few too many blue berries. On a bad day when I eat a weight watchers bar, a bunch of blue berries and maybe a few tortilla chips with lunch, my numbers seem no better or worse than days when I stick to my regime perfectly. Not that I dont understand the importance of diet, I just think I am so uncontrolled that they are going to be all over the place no matter what at this point.


 


As for my numbers, I was running around 200-220 fasting when I was checking, 10 days ago. It's been maddening getting a blood sugar machine from my current doctor that matches the strips i have and I called the office 4 times today trying to get one. The nurse called me back in the evening and had the gall to say .


granted, that is just the nurse and the doctor that forgot to give me the right model will give me one when I march in tomorrow and demand one.


After 8 weeks of oral med doing nothing, I started injecting a week ago, 10ml twice a day. I was suppose to report my numbers today and get my dosage adjusted/bumped up, but I couldnt generate numbers to work from without a machine that matches the strips I have. I honestly expected the insulin to do more, and after a week of injecting, I guess I feel slightly better sort of, but I have been going insane for almost 3 months now, lost my job, alienated my room mates who dont think diabetes is an excuse for anything and am starting to put my closest friends and family to the test. I'm getting in a catch22 where by being sick for so long I am creating more stress for myself and the more stress I create for myself, the harder it seems to be getting better.


 


I really was mild manored before this and I never suspected something could ever change my personality so much.


One more question: Im one of those people that had always gotten off on adrenaline and stress and thrills. Now, when I get nervous, stress dosent process through me the same way and its an uncomfortable feeling that dosent easily go away. When I get normal, will stress be thrilling and wonderful again or will it always be awful and uncomfortable? Will my body work exactly as it did before when I get controllled, or will the fact that it will be fluctuating from the injection and pills and colestorol medicine represent some fundamental physiological changes or potencial mild changes in my personality? having been uncontrolled for so long, Im not sure I remember what my personality is even like anymore.


 


Not to be all dramatic. ;)


 

3 years ago  ::  Jul 18, 2011 - 10:27AM #6
jennagrant
Posts: 1,283
type1

I'd also recommend seeing an internist or endocinologist for a c-peptide test.  Even though you're older you may be a type 1 diabetic, which requires different treatment than type 2. 


Having a high blood sugar makes you feel hung over... irritable, tired, dry mouth, headachy.  As soon as your numbers are consistently lower you will start to feel better.


Don't mess around.  Your A1c is very high and it's going to make you feel terrible and be hard on your body.


 


 

3 years ago  ::  Jul 17, 2011 - 8:37PM #5
alan_s
Posts: 2,897
type2

Jul 16, 2011 -- 5:41PM, a wrote:


my diet is fine. befor i was diagnosed i went to the gym 3 times a week and ate well. when i got diagnosed e months ago i started an extremely strict diet, which has had very little effect on my blood sugar. although, i suppose that if i wasnt so strict id probably be even worse.



We tend to be interested in the details here. We have found that often "the devil is in the detail" is too true.


Would you mind expanding on "my diet is fine". Specifically, what blood glucose numbers do you see when you test after your meals and snacks? If that is a new concept to you, please read this (click on it): Test, Review, Adjust

Cheers, Alan, T2, Australia.
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Everything in Moderation - Except Laughter.
Type 2 Diabetes - A Personal Journey
Born Under a Wandering Star
3 years ago  ::  Jul 16, 2011 - 11:04PM #4
furball64801
Posts: 6,940

Jul 16, 2011 -- 5:41PM, a wrote:


my diet is fine. befor i was diagnosed i went to the gym 3 times a week and ate well. when i got diagnosed e months ago i started an extremely strict diet, which has had very little effect on my blood sugar. although, i suppose that if i wasnt so strict id probably be even worse.


 


anyway, i finally demanded insulin and expect my numbers to go down, but the last 2 months of innefective oral medicine were, mentally, worse than anything.  when my nmbers get high, which was most of the time i was restless, stressed, panicked, a bit paranoid, fatigued and i just felt like a monster. ive been embarassed to be in front of people and scared to goout becayse its hard to deal with people. nd 6 months ago i was a normal, charming, functional socialite that people generally liked. its been a personality change i never imagined possible, and ive never heard that diabetes can be so dramtic, mentally.  perhaps its all in my head, but at the same time, when my numbers go down, i feel so much more normal, so that makes me relly think it the disease.  was it like this for you when you were high numbered?



  I thought everyone was nuts back when I ran 400s   thats a long time ago,   since my bs are normal now I am fine so as long as you have the insulin I think you will be fine.     Looking back I was lucky to have kept my job,     in fact I was lucky to keep my family now that I look back at it.      Again imagine a non diabetic has  bs in the 80s to 100s then think about it,  your body was in the 300s to 400s and its going nuts inside,   your found what I did that normal readings bring normal daily   feelings things will get better.

3 years ago  ::  Jul 16, 2011 - 5:41PM #3
a
Posts: 26

my diet is fine. befor i was diagnosed i went to the gym 3 times a week and ate well. when i got diagnosed e months ago i started an extremely strict diet, which has had very little effect on my blood sugar. although, i suppose that if i wasnt so strict id probably be even worse.


 


anyway, i finally demanded insulin and expect my numbers to go down, but the last 2 months of innefective oral medicine were, mentally, worse than anything.  when my nmbers get high, which was most of the time i was restless, stressed, panicked, a bit paranoid, fatigued and i just felt like a monster. ive been embarassed to be in front of people and scared to goout becayse its hard to deal with people. nd 6 months ago i was a normal, charming, functional socialite that people generally liked. its been a personality change i never imagined possible, and ive never heard that diabetes can be so dramtic, mentally.  perhaps its all in my head, but at the same time, when my numbers go down, i feel so much more normal, so that makes me relly think it the disease.  was it like this for you when you were high numbered?

3 years ago  ::  Jul 15, 2011 - 7:42PM #2
furball64801
Posts: 6,940

Jul 15, 2011 -- 6:03PM, a wrote:

Without getting too descriptive, ill say that since my blood sugar went over 200 I have been extremely emotional, panicky, tired and irritiable. I've always been mild manored, but now I feel like I have been a monster, whining to my girlfriend too much and wanting to get into screaming matched with waiters or people on the street over nothing. I stay up at night for hours, unable to sleep, going over things that stress me out, unable to relax no matter how many deeply I breath or consciously assure myself my troubles aren't rational.  I've been so bad for so long I've lost all my proffessional work.  I have lower blood sugar phases (usually morning) where I am more myself and I see that its all just chemicals making me feel this way, but later it goes up and I turn into a monster again.  My a1c was 12.5.  I am finally on better medication and adjusting better in the last week.  My question is if what I've gone through is normal.  I've never heard of diabetes having such intense, overwhelming effects on emotions and personality and for month after month I've been scared to even be in front of people because I'm embarrassed to not really be myself.  Even at my lower numbers, I'm not exactly charming or sharp.  Is what I've been through something anyone else has been through?


First the answer is yes it occurs,    second all I have to say is oh my God   I hope your ok.     From the a1c calculator I use your  average bs readings is over 300 all the time.    A non diabetic runs under 100 at most times,    so yes your body is in a turmoil and needs help.   If your eating carbs especially   processed foods cut them out.    What juices and pops are you drinking,     they all raise bs if they  have carbs in them.     Look at the stress your under and what your eating,   get out and walk and this can get better but you need help those numbers are very serious I know I am you 27 yrs ago I ran 300 to 500 all the time back then.    I know exactly how things are but I promise you that  with some effort you can do this.

3 years ago  ::  Jul 15, 2011 - 6:03PM #1
a
Posts: 26
Without getting too descriptive, ill say that since my blood sugar went over 200 I have been extremely emotional, panicky, tired and irritiable. I've always been mild manored, but now I feel like I have been a monster, whining to my girlfriend too much and wanting to get into screaming matched with waiters or people on the street over nothing. I stay up at night for hours, unable to sleep, going over things that stress me out, unable to relax no matter how many deeply I breath or consciously assure myself my troubles aren't rational.  I've been so bad for so long I've lost all my proffessional work.  I have lower blood sugar phases (usually morning) where I am more myself and I see that its all just chemicals making me feel this way, but later it goes up and I turn into a monster again.  My a1c was 12.5.

I am finally on better medication and adjusting better in the last week.  My question is if what I've gone through is normal.  I've never heard of diabetes having such intense, overwhelming effects on emotions and personality and for month after month I've been scared to even be in front of people because I'm embarrassed to not really be myself.  Even at my lower numbers, I'm not exactly charming or sharp.

Is what I've been through something anyone else has been through?
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