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I have to say, this isn't the board I always dreamed of posting on, but so be it. I guess it's finally time to get past the denial and just say it: Hi, my name is Piney and I'm a diabetic. So, here's my story:

On 23 April 2007 I went to the doctor for a minor complaint, and discovered my blood sugar level was 502 mg/dl and my HA1C was 14.2. I guess that's when I joined the D2 club, although for the first six weeks I stubbornly continued to think of it as a temporary thing I would quickly take care of. At that point I was overweight, thirsty, sweaty, tired, and enervated, but I guess that's all part of the high blood sugar.

The next day I started taking metaformin twice daily, and went on the South Beach diet, thereby cutting out all grains, pasta, rice, potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, breads, sugar, etc. I also started walking 10,000 steps a day. On 10 May 2007 my fasting blood sugar was 155, my after lunch level was 88, and the doctor suspended the metaformin. All my other blood levels - lipids, kidney, liver, electrolytes, etc. - were fine. Last week I was back at the doctor and my fasting blood sugar was down to 146, and the A1C was down to 9.

It's now 13 June 2007. I've lost 30 pounds and have more energy, but still get shaky and sweaty and I think I'm on a blood sugar roller coaster. Yesterday I realized it was time to face facts, reluctantly accept the D word, and start dealing with it. I bought a blood sugar monitor, and started reading a book by Dr. Bernstein, an author jeff kaellner recommended. In fact, kaellner has been my main source of good advice for the past 6 weeks. The South Beach diet is a good start, but I learned that I'll have to make more drastic changes to my diet. SB has a low fat theme, and encourages eating all the nuts, V8 juice, onions, tomatoes, and fatfree cottage cheese you want, items I now know have a pretty high carb level.

I still have a lot of questions, and sometimes get discouraged. I figure it's time to stop expecting jk to be my 24/7 personal savior and introduce myself. So, hi y'all. I'm Piney and I'm . . . all right, Imadiabetic, there I said it.

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