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I was discharged from the hospital yesterday after being in there for four days. I went to the emergency room complaining of exhaustion, where they discovered the onset of diabetes. My blood sugar level was 570. For 3 months I was suffering from dehydration, a voracious appetite, and dramatic weight loss (I'm 6' and went from 200 to 159 lbs. without trying). They did a good job of answering my questions, and I had a two hour lesson with a diabetic counselor to learn how to test blood sugar and administer insulin. Luckily they have me on the insulin pen, which is a lot easier than previous methods of injection. Also have a monitoring device that keeps track of my past 500 tests.
They haven't determined if I have type I or type II diabetes yet, but they are leaning towards II. I'm on a preliminary schedule of 9 units of Novalog 3 times a day and 20 units of Lantus at bedtime. The pricking and injecting are far less icky than I ever imagined; it gets easier every time. I'm relieved that the diagnosis wasn't something more serious (cancer, HIV, whatever else was running through my mind).
I'm scheduled for follow ups with my doctor, an endocrinologist, and a dietitian in a few days. I'm aware of the dramatic changes to my lifestyle I'll have to make, and won't attempt to do everything at once. I'm trying to get used to diet soft drinks (not as bad as I thought) and some are better than others. My other vitals were great, which is a blessing.
So, I'm asking for any advice anyone is willing to share with a newcomer to the diabetes epidemic. All I've really done so far was read the Wiki on diabetes. Any good websites out there for support, recipes, etc? Anything I should be prepared to talk to my doctor about? My appetite is still gigantic, yet I need to find some way to curb it while I work on stabilizing and maintaining my sugar level.
I've been ok with it mentally, I'm not living in fear or anything anymore. Even so, some anecdotes or reassurance would be welcome. Anything else you need to know? Ask...