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hey all,

Name's Pido. Pardon the user name, I sorta used to having that name online since forever.

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Decided to get a full checkup 3 weeks ago after coming down with a 2 week-long fever. The docs gave me a clean bill of health after antibiotics killed whatever caused the fever. Bad news was the bloodwork came back with what the family doc says is indicative of diabetes. sheez. So I decided to start finding out what its all about. My Dad had it. An uncle has it. I guess I'd always thought that it wouldn't happen to me, but well....here I am.

I still need to go back to my doc to get the full rundown on my status. Doing homework now, so to speak, so I'll know what to ask the doc when I go in for that appointment on Friday this week.

Would be happy to get some help as to what to ask him.
 

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:welcome: Pido!
 

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Sometimes when you are sick your bgs may run higher. When I was on antibiotics last spring my bgs were very high. How high were your bgs? I would ask your doctor to redo some of the tests just to be sure.
 

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Hi! I go to my appointment next Monday to get some answers too. I look around here, compare scenarios and write down questions. I would suggest anything and everything you want to know. And if they don't make you feel comfortable in the answers they give then find a new doctor. Just poke around the discussion threads and I'm sure a light bulb will click somewhere. Welcome :)
 

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hi beefy, thanks for the welcome :)

@jwags: So I guess another run of bloodwork really is necessary :(
I don't mind the sight of blood, but those pinpricks and needles are another story. Gets my gander up in reflex reaction grrr...

@jchase: mhm, been poking around the forums a bit over an hour now and am learning a lot. Just feeling a bit depressed now I guess. Was just planning to lurk but heck, I been feeling down since the news.

Anyways, I decided to go get myself a book or two to read and lug around in my waistbag when offline and biking or walking around the farm. Any of you got any reading material that can serve as an offline reference guide of sorts? My Dad's old Diabetes for Dummies book seems pretty simplistic and seems outdated compared to all this info I'm finding on the web. I should poke around the forums a bit more for links and stuff.
 

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hi beefy, thanks for the welcome :)

@jwags: So I guess another run of bloodwork really is necessary :(
I don't mind the sight of blood, but those pinpricks and needles are another story. Gets my gander up in reflex reaction grrr....
I'm a lab tech, have been for about 2 years and needles *still* get me nervous. It will get better though, may not feel like it now but this isnt a punishment. I have a 20 bmi number, I have a 30 inch waist, I am moderately active with my daughter, I have no family history of any sort of even close to prediabetic, yet I was smacked with full on gestational diabetes with medication because a simple salad would send me into the 170s. After birth I had to beg to get re tested and they "humored me" until I failed the test and that shut them up. I have subtle clues from when I was younger (I'm 21) about certain foods making me sick. But anyway, it's not your fault be it 500 lbs or 120 lbs, family history or out of the blue. Please update on your dr appointment, you may help me out as well!
 

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hey all,

Name's Pido. Pardon the user name, I sorta used to having that name online since forever.

Anyways...

Decided to get a full checkup 3 weeks ago after coming down with a 2 week-long fever. The docs gave me a clean bill of health after antibiotics killed whatever caused the fever. Bad news was the bloodwork came back with what the family doc says is indicative of diabetes. sheez. So I decided to start finding out what its all about. My Dad had it. An uncle has it. I guess I'd always thought that it wouldn't happen to me, but well....here I am.

I still need to go back to my doc to get the full rundown on my status. Doing homework now, so to speak, so I'll know what to ask the doc when I go in for that appointment on Friday this week.

Would be happy to get some help as to what to ask him.
Hello Pido and :welcome: to the forum! We have a wealth of information on here, so read what interests you and if you don't find what you are looking for, just do a search. Ask your doctor how many carbs you can have per day? and How many times per day do you want me to test? I hope you can visit often and take care!
 

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Hello & welcome, Pido . . . my advice is to start a list of the questions that come to your mind, and take the list with you to the doc. Don't let them brush you off with vague generic terms or anything that isn't specific. Ask for copies of your test results and don't leave until you get them.

I think there's a book by Gretchen Becker called The First Year —Type 2 Diabetes, that might explain a lot of things for you too.

So yes, here you are, and I'm glad to meet you. None of us wanted to join this diabetes "club", but since we're here, it's good to join the forum & make the best of it. Thank you for joining us! :D
 

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Hi Pido!

Glad you dropped in and found that this forum looks to be a place where you can get the kind of support, resources, and help you need to beat back the onslaught of diabetes and its many complications.

I have found so many answers for my questions, concerns, and fears that I can't begin to list them. I can tell you that everyone on the forum has experiences in a vast area of personal battles with diabetes, and that experience will prove to be valuable to you as you explore the many different topics posted here.

Enjoy, and welcome!

Pastor Paul
 
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hi Pido :) welcome. I recommend what everyone else has suggested... look around this forum as there is heaps of stuff that can trigger interest. But make sure you ask your doctor what is expected of you. If the doctor is not a diabetic specialist (endocrinologist, aka: endo) they may not be able to give specifics to your questions. Maybe if you are referred to an endo, ask the more complex questions then. But the first thing to learn is TEST, TEST, TEST... don't believe it when they say "I'd like you to test twice a week" which from memory is what I was told when I was first diagnosed as a type 2. You need to learn about what affects your BGLs, be it food, exercise, sickness, stress, etc. The main aim is to ward off complications as you don't want them. It's hard to start with to get your head around the initial diagnosis... you go through all these emotions on your way to accepting it and taking control. I wish you the best at your docs appointment and let us know how you go. I'm sure you'll find that this forum is a great place for support and info.
 

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Hello & welcome, Pido . . . my advice is to start a list of the questions that come to your mind, and take the list with you to the doc. Don't let them brush you off with vague generic terms or anything that isn't specific. Ask for copies of your test results and don't leave until you get them.

I think there's a book by Gretchen Becker called The First Year —Type 2 Diabetes, that might explain a lot of things for you too.

So yes, here you are, and I'm glad to meet you. None of us wanted to join this diabetes "club", but since we're here, it's good to join the forum & make the best of it. Thank you for joining us! :D
I started that list of questions, and have gotten to the point where
I'm kinda bogged down with all these acronyms and numbers and percentages. I decided to look for a sort of reference guide and came up with 'Diabetes and You'. Got it this week and I've been lugging it around in my biking backpack (a bit too big for my waistbag) on the way to/from the family farm (about 25 minutes from the house.) Pretty nice for me, since I can't be online almost half the time I'm awake and biking or supervising work. Thanks for the heads' up on that title, Shanny, I'll look that one up too while I'm online now.

So...yea my doc's a general practitioner, and he admitted he wasn't all that familiar with the details of the disease, after I started asking about carbs :D I'll have to ask him to refer me to an endo this Friday when we start this round of tests.
 

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I started that list of questions, and have gotten to the point where
I'm kinda bogged down with all these acronyms and numbers and percentages. I decided to look for a sort of reference guide and came up with 'Diabetes and You'. Got it this week and I've been lugging it around in my biking backpack (a bit too big for my waistbag) on the way to/from the family farm (about 25 minutes from the house.) Pretty nice for me, since I can't be online almost half the time I'm awake and biking or supervising work. Thanks for the heads' up on that title, Shanny, I'll look that one up too while I'm online now.

So...yea my doc's a general practitioner, and he admitted he wasn't all that familiar with the details of the disease, after I started asking about carbs :D I'll have to ask him to refer me to an endo this Friday when we start this round of tests.
Hi there and welcome! I would definitely ask for that referral to an endocrinologist. Do you know what your blood sugar was when they checked it? It is going to important also to know what type of diabetic you are. Some of the diet principles are going to be the same for both types, but the treatment is going to be different depending on your type. One thing that is going to be key is to start paying attention to the carb content in different foods. You are going to need this information no matter what type you are. Good luck and keep asking questions!
 
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