An unfortunate welcome to the club.
like Jenna said, it takes your body a while to get used to lower blood sugars. This can make you feel everything from achey, to depressed, to just plain iritated all the way to shakey, confused or hungry! It does end, your body will get used to the new baseline. Like she said keep an eye on your meter and go with it as best you can, but if you really feel like you cant function dont force a round peg into a square hole.
those books are AMAZING they really can help you take the reins on your health.
the hardest things about diabetes are first that it's not like taking an antibiotic or other meds. Where there's an approved dosage range and it works for everyone. my diabetes, your diabetes, Jenna's and Sally's are all VASTLY different. for us to compare numbers is meaningless. Which is why the hospital sends you home with very sketchy very generic information that isnt terribly helpful.
At first you get really frustrated because it seems like you're constantly contacting doctors and constantly changing doses and insulin types and oral meds and.... ARG you just want to get a routine!!!
hang in there, it takes time.. but eventually you'll figure out what works for you, your diet and your lifestyle.Eventually you'll make your own adjustments and your doctor will just need an ocasional update. and when I say it takes time, I mean i wasnt comfortable enough to tweek my own meds without guidance for atlesat 6 months or more.
secondly as you can tell, you're running a marathon, not a sprint. So keep your endurance up. the psychological and emotional race is as tiring as the shots and the math.
I recommend taking one step at a time
First get safe. this means getting used to lots of testing and basic dosages to keep yourself from dangerously high or low blood sugar levels. This can be done with your primary doctor
next step is priority setting: figure out your goal blood sugar levels (not necesarily the same for everyone) and what you are willing to change and what you're not. For example ,are you an athlete? Is beer or wine part of your culture? what foods are you just NOT gonna give up no matter what? Are you a shift worker? student? parent etc. These things will all effect your blood sugar and need to be tailored into your treatment plan. There's no such thing as a "good diabetic" someone who does everything as prescribed. There are just healthy people, and unhealthy people, and perfect blood sugar levels with a miserable unfulfilling life is NOT healthy!
Part of that is the next step, specialists. Specificly an endocinologist(this specialist keeps an eye on your hormones since diabetics are prone to other endocrine issues, and can hopefully help you get tighter control, some are better than others, feel free to Dr hop til you find a good fit for you) and a nutritionist or registered dietician. For diabetics food is medication, this person can work WONDERS to help you get insight into how what you're eating effects your body. Monst insurance companies cover these services entirely. te other specialist you NEED is the eye doctor! A major side effect of diabetes is vision problems and changes. an annual dialated retinal check is MANDATORY for diabetics!!! even if you've never worn glasses in your life you need an eye doctor visit annually and tell them you're diabetic!
like I said ONE STEP AT A TIME. dont try to fix it all at once, you'll go BONKERS!
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