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I'm terrified. Seriously.

My blood sugar was 162 last night before going to sleep. It was the same in the morning. And now, 2 hours after a breakfast that had a grand total of 33 carbs, that was mostly cottage cheese and yogurt and fewer berries than I should have had, it's 221. I called my doctor but he's not in. He doesn't return calls so I'm calling him again when he is in, at 1PM.

I've been taking the Glyset exactly as ordered.

I'm heading straight for insulin, aren't I?

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I don't know a whole lot about diabetes, but it sounds to me as if you're right.


HUGs back.

Thank you.

That sounds scary. *hugs of support*

(The doctor doesn't return calls? How unfortunate.)

It's his staff more than him.

I'm going to be there on Wednesday anyway - for the hand stuff that started all this.

Not necessarily, hon. *hugs*

Don't panic...it could very well be something you ate yesterday still breaking down in your blood sugar. Or it could be stress. Or your body adjusting to the Glyset.

Plus, remember that lactose breaks down into sugar, as does fructose. Maybe that has something to do with the sudden spike. The combination of milk products and fruit might have raised your glycemic load, maybe.

Maybe you should eat a small bit of protein or fiber if you can and see if that evens out your sugar? My mom's a diabetic and she keeps unsalted almonds on hand for that reason...just a couple usually help bring her down when she spikes.

Yeah, I was going to suggest protein snacks instead of fruit/carb snacks. That goes a long way toward lowering your fasting B/S levels.

I'm curious, how many of those 33 carbs were the natural sugars in the foods?

If it's spiking that much, it might be a sign the meds are losing their efficacy. With luck, there'll be another med that'll work better. Fortunately, treatments are getting better and better these days.

If it's any help, my grandmother was insulin-dependent. Yes, having to inject yourself twice (or more, she only had to do it twice) a day sucks rocks, but if she could manage it for over half her 72 years of life, being the scatterbrain she was, I'm sure if it comes to that, you'll be fine.


All. Lowfat cottage cheese. Plain lowfat yogurt. Raspberries. 1.5 Crispbread crackers (15 grams of carbs, you see.)

I just started the meds on Thursday!

My mom uses insulin. It's just that she was 52 when she started.

*hugs tight* I'm keeping my fingers crossed, Mama.

Hugs her pup.

*crosses fingers for you*

Thank you!

I don't know much of anything about diabetes, but you just started new meds and a new diet, right? Could it be related to that?

Good luck getting your doctor on the phone. {hugs}

That's why I have new meds and the new diet. For the diabetes. And I was expecting a sort of, you know. Reward. For being good.

I don't know if it's any comfort, but my Dad was on oral pills for diabetes for years, mainly because my mother was afraid of giving him the shots. Ultimately, he had to take insulin, and they're both actually happier. My Mom says it's easier than she thought, and it allows my Dad more freedom to eat what he wants.

If I have to take the shots, I will. My dad refused, and it's one of the reasons he's not here anymore. Also, I've given myself shots before (Luprin, for the IVF attempts) so that doesn't scare me.

I just feel like I'm falling apart. And I'm doing the right things now.

{{hugs}} I wouldn't panic yet. You're just starting some new things, and it might take time to kick in. Also, there are steps before insulin.

I hope. I really do.

What's the point of being hungry and weighing and measuring if it's worse this week than last week?

I wish I knew something about diabetes / insulin, etc but I don't - I just wanted to let you know you're in my thoughts.

That helps.

Oh, I hope the other meds work... from what I've read, Type II diabetics who get insulin have lower blood sugar, but the insulin resistance gets ever worse. I don't want your insulin resistance to get worse, I want it to go away, or at least decrease.

*hugs* and best wishes.

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Peanut butter is a bad choice when you're also reducing fat and calories.

I did mention the 1500 cal/day diet, right?

Refuah shelemah, mamadeb!

It sounds like you've gotten some really good advice already, but I wanted to add that this: your doctor needs to know that his office has been not very helpful to you. In part this is probably insurance-driven (do they get reimbursed for returning phone calls to a patient who is trying to avoid an expensive chronic illness? not likely) but partly it is just bad practice.

But mainly what I meant to say was, I'm just wishing you well as hard as I can.

ooof - deep breaths, okay?

In my experience, it's really hard to make decisions about med dosages and diet changes based on one day's worth of information. What's generally useful are *patterns*, so keeping a food diary and recording your blood sugars are exactly the right thing to do.

Stress can defnitely raise blood sugar, and I've also noticed that my blood sugar is often not quite back to normal two hours after a meal - even when I take exactly the right amount of insulin.

It's awesome how hard you're working at this. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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