Well, its happened, I've been diagnosed as diabetic... The main symptom's I had that scared me into going to the hospital was I had an internal belly button infection, that was disgusting, sore belly button that I knew was not a rash, tender all the way around, and getting worse daily, then one day when getting out of bed it burst... and a lot of stuff came out, looked like chocolate (blood and puss mixture) and it smelled horrible, it took a hand towel to cleanup the mess! That was that, I went to the hospital, and let loose telling them all the symptoms... the infection, lower leg rash that never goes away, numbness in two toes of right foot, burning sensation and minor pins and needles in both hands... and possible foggy vision in my left eye, I say possible because that eye is lazy so I'm also legally blind in it, but I'm pretty sure it is affected. Anyways, the doctor started taking samples, swab test, blood work, urine sample, and immediately sent me off for intravenous and had to go back for 3 more of them each day afterwards, and put me on pills, cloxacillin 4 times a day for the infection and metformin twice a day. He asked me when the last time I ate was, I said hours ago, maybe 4 or so... and said I'm a type 2 diabetic, my blood sugar level was at 14 mmol/l which equals 252 mg/dL in the usa. I've only just got a tester and checked my sugar again this morning before I ate, it showed as being 8.2 mmol/l which is 148 mg/dl. Now I've only been on the pills for a week, main question is typically now that I've totally cut out direct sugar and no longer drink any pop other then diet, how long does it typically take to lower my sugar to normal or near normal, and really how bad are my blood sugar results... and am I doomed to always have problems with my feet or should I get back the proper feeling in them? Its not that I suffer from a lot of pain, I don't, but having the numbness is really awkward... As a note my doctor gave me 10 days off work, (mainly because of the infection/stress) and I have been going on 20 min walks every day since. Any input would be appreciated because if I sound confused, I am... I don't know if I'm ever allowed to touch direct sugar again, and I'm not even sure about proper diet, besides going cold turkey on sweets, I've switched to multi grain bread, limiting fat in my diet, + eating 3 times a day more regularly and all the doctor said to me is my diet plan will be handled at the diabetic education clinic... Thats 6 weeks away! my feeling is I'm going to be eating like a bird the rest of my life! arrrrrrgh!