Hi, my name is Shelly and I was diagnosed with Type 2 June 10, 2011 after suffering from DKA. Talk about a scary situation. My body was shutting down. I was in pain, my kidneys hurt, my stomach hurt, I was so weak I could not stand for longer than 3 minutes (if that), I had severe acid reflux, I was drinking everything in sight, going to the bathroom like a race horse, totally. Constipated (TMI), had a yeast infection that would not quit (again TMI), my calf muscle locked up on me, I was starting to vomit...lemme tell ya, I was in bad shape. In the beginning I thought I was just having acid reflux and tummy troubles. Went to my primary dr who gave me meds for constipation and sent me on my way, went to my Gino who gave me creams & suggested I see a gastro dr for my stomach issues. Went to gastro dr who sent me for immediate lab work and colonoscopy. colonoscopy sent me further downhill, but gastro dr found my issue once he received lab work back and told me my BS was 460. This was after days of not eating because I was so I'll, then also because of the prep necessary for the colonoscopy where you can't eat. I'm thankful for my gastro dr who basically saved my life. I was the first patient he had ever had to diagnose with diabetes. I.received a call from him a 9:30pm telling be about my lab work and high BS number and wondered if I was suffering from DKA. I had no idea what that was. He quickly filled me in and said that he would be making an emergency appt for with my my primary dr the next morning. Well the next morning is when I could hardly move and was vomiting and my husband took me to the hospital.mI'm glad he did too. I was pretty out of it and that morning. I'm pretty sure I was 1-2 days away from checking out, but pulled through and glad to be here today. When I was in the hospital my A1C was over 13% and 2 months later it was 10% and 4 months later it was 6.3%. I was so proud of myself for taking on the lifestyle change head on and getting off all insulin (left hospital taking 8 units of Novolog and 34 units of Lantus), no more Glyburide, on only taking Metformin now. I've lost about 45lbs since June, I eat healthy, and serious about not letting Diabetes take me down. My numbers tend to stay in the high 90s to low 100s. I feel great, look great, and my nurse (l am no longer with old primary dr who did not think to do labs and who I would call to give my #s to when I had more lows in 40s than anything else and would not return my calls) says I am going a great job and my #s look great too. I am anxious to hear what my A1C is after my appt yesterday. I have been doing awesome, but since being taken off Lantus my #s are slightly higher than they used to be, but nothing crazy and I don't have to snack as much between meals to keep my #s up which helps in my weight loss. Diabetes Although the experience of Diabetic Ketoasidosis was is horrible and super scary, diabetes was a blessing in disguise. I miss candy & slurpees though.