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What a three weeks!

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by Gorilla_Biscuit, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Gorilla_Biscuit

    Gorilla_Biscuit · Newbie

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    Hi everyone, I'm 36 and 3 weeks ago after a short bout of what I thought was food poisoning I was blue lighted to the hospital to be told not only was I Type 1 diabetic, but I was in DKA with a ketone level of over 7!

    I'm now settled into a routine of eating regularly and taking my injections but after 3 weeks while I'm happy everything has sort of settled I'm also kind of wondering what is next?!

    I've got an appointment with a dietician in a couple of weeks. "Fortunately" I've been teetotal (the username being a bit of a clue) for a few years now, so that's one less thing to have to factor in!

    If anyone has been through a similar experience I'd be glad of any advice or resources. I've already picked up a copy of Carbs and Cals and signed up to the Diabetes UK website

    Thanks and I look forward to becoming part of what seems to be an amazing community
     
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  2. xfieldok

    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum. I am a T2, other T1s will be along shortly. This site is the best place on the planet for all things diabetic.
     
  3. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi @Gorilla_Biscuit
    My suggestion would be to take things slowly. Get to grips with the routine, then carb counting and learn as much as possible about insulin action, food timings and exercise effects.
    Read Think like a Pancreas. Ask questions here and welcome aboard.
     
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    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome, I admire your acceptance. I don't believe I've accepted being type 1. I still think I may wake up tomorrow and begin producing my own insulin again.
    I really recommend the DAFNE course. You have to ask at your specialist appointment. Try to write down your blood sugars (waking, before and four hours after meals, bedtime), insulin doses and carbs every day so that the specialist can review your numbers. Also, I recommend that you ask about the Freestyle Libre.
    Good luck.
     
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    MCart18 · Member

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    Hello and welcome,
    I think considering that you were only diagnosed 3 weeks ago you've got a really positive attitude! I can't even imagine what you must of felt like with a ketone of 7 but hopefully you're staring to feel more like yourself again now. My main advice would be to listen to what your nurses tell you cause they know what they're talking about and like others have said try and keep track of wat your eating and your daily blood sugars so that patterns can be identified. I also think that its really important to make the people around you aware so that they can look out for you, its a lot easier handling this condition with a good support around you.
    Good luck with everything and welcome to the community!
     
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  6. Gorilla_Biscuit

    Gorilla_Biscuit · Newbie

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    Thank you everyone for the advice and the warm welcome!

    In terms of my "acceptance" I think it's more just pragmatic getting on with it at the moment! People keep asking me if I'm OK giving myself injections and I do keep replying that I've not really got much choice!!
     
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  7. Marie 2

    Marie 2 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    It's a learning curve that's steeper at the beginning. What you want to do is learn to carb count and dose for the carbs as soon as possible. This will end up giving you more freedom in what you eat as time goes on. Right now you are probably in what we call a honeymoon period and that means you still might be making some insulin for a while until you don't. So that can add on a layer of erratic blood sugars for a while. Being pragmatic about it means you will just get on with it and do fine!!!!
     
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    VashtiB Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello and welcome,

    I'm a type 2 so n to the best to be giving advice but wanted to welcome you.

    This site is a great resource.

    Welcome.
     
  9. Gorilla_Biscuit

    Gorilla_Biscuit · Newbie

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    Hi everyone, just thought I'd post an update of how I'm getting on.

    I had my third review with a specialist nurse on Monday and I found out that my HbA1C has come down from 146 to 86, so while there's a way to go I'm pleased!
     
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    VashtiB Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    That is great news- it's a great improvement and what you are doing is working!
     
  11. philly1991

    philly1991 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Welcome to the community!
    I'd definitely recommend the DAFNE course, ask your GP or consultant if you can be referred, extremely useful for carb counting and getting to grips with diabetes. I've just attended after being diagnosed 7 years ago and can't for the life of me fathom why they don't roll this out to all type 1s!
    Definitely do as much reading as you possibly can to get used to all the terminology they will throw at you.
    Most of all take it day by day, it is alot to take in especially being diagnosed at 36. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
     
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