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2 years ago  ::  Dec 11, 2012 - 11:38AM #5
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I think managing diabetes is like learning to drive. 

At first you're thinking of all the rules and are trying to remember all the stuff you have to do.  But over time you get in a groove and while part of you mind is always on alert for trouble, most of the time you drive without thinking too much about the mechanics of it.  And you never really stop learning or gaining experience.

2 years ago  ::  Dec 08, 2012 - 12:18AM #4
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Welcome, be sure to see the diabetes counselor in your area.  Your doctor should have referred you to one.  They can help a lot with all your questions.  But one thing we all have in common is the overwhelming feeling we have when first being diagnosed.  I remember that feeling as it wasn't that long ago for me. About 3 months ago and I am type 2.  But my a1c went from 7.4 to 5.4.  So exercise, watch your carbs and take your meds.  We are all in the same boat and you will get through this and it gets easier to figure out as time goes on.  You will figure out what your body can handle and what it can't before long you won't have to think too hard about it.   Good luck!

2 years ago  ::  Dec 07, 2012 - 3:50PM #3
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Hi Tim!
The most important thing I've found for you to do as a newly confused Diabetic is to aquire a glucometer and test you bloodsugar. Alot!
It's irritating, a little painful at first, and inconvenient at times but it's the first step into getting to know your personal needs and ratios. Test when you wake up, before a meal, two hours after a meal and right before bed. The measurements may seem like greek math to you right now but it's important to log them and talk to your doctor about the findings.
Also, if it's available in your area (Or through your insurance) find a class on counting carbohydrates. This stuff will become second-nature someday so don't give up.
Good luck! 

2 years ago  ::  Dec 06, 2012 - 5:16PM #2
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Hi Tim.  Want you to feel welcome on dLife.  I don't know much about type 1 and what I know for myself might not apply to you.  What did the doctor tell you about how much insulin to take?  I take insulin but I am a type 2 and I was given a sliding scale for the fast acting, but even that can vary with different people.  I hope you have been referred to someone that can educate you about the ratio you need.  But there is all kinds of information on dLife that applies to both types of diabetes and I hope you will explore the site. 

Again, welcome.


2 years ago  ::  Dec 04, 2012 - 5:27PM #1
Posts: 12
HI all,

Got diagnosed with type 1 6 days ago and world has been upside down ever since. Trying to wrap my mind around it all, from A1c to carbs to units of insulin............. Dont even know where to start.

But here I am. So hello
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