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I know its all going to take time, and I have a lot of changing to do, and Im aware how hard this will be, and I know I want all the answers NOW.... and Im clutching at straws
 

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Welcome, Dura! :welcome:

Insulin should bring your glucose levels down pretty quickly. You may need to get with your doc and tweak doses, especially at first, for best effect. (I was able to get tweakage advice via phone and email ... but I had to be the one to start the conversation).

As for feeling better ... if you've had high levels for some time, lower levels may feel weird at first. In addition, starting low-carb can bring on a case of "Atkins flu," which is just your system getting readjusted. This "flu" can last anywhere from 3-10 days, give or take.

It took me a few weeks to feel anywhere near normal, most of the time. But even during that phase, I felt healthier than I'd been in a very long time.
 

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I know its all going to take time, and I have a lot of changing to do, and Im aware how hard this will be, and I know I want all the answers NOW.... and Im clutching at straws
It will take a while even with the insulin. You may notice you may feel worse as your bgl's go down but that is because your body isn't used to lower or more normal numbers but if you give it a little time and patience, you will feel much better.
 

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Although I'm not on insulin and can't speak to that, my numbers were up high like yours and I was very sick. Looking back, I realize it took some time to feel 'normal' (whatever that is), but it took very little time to feel much much better. And that just kept getting better and better. The feeling better was the infusions of insulin in the hospital, but then changing my diet dramatically and help from meds.

You say you're aware of how hard it will be and that you're clutching at straws - all that is a rather desperate frame of mind which I understand in the moment, but ... you might find this far easier than your worst imaginings right now.

Feeling very bad now could be the salvation that it was for me. Remember how you feel now. Not wanting to ever get that way again will give you motivation and make things far simpler than if you felt perfectly and some white coat came in and said, "We have these numbers here that mean you have to mix up how you do things like now!" =That's= tough - and the people who pull that off have my respect and admiration.

Diabetes is an invisible disease, except when it isn't - and it isn't for people like you and me.

You'll be fine. And I think you'll start feeling better =very= quickly!
 
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