I live in a place where quality health care is limited; I think doctors here don't tell you anything because they think everyone is below average intelligence. Which I am not so I read and read, and try to come to some sensible understanding. Two months ago I was told I was a diabetic, given a monitor with no instructions, and told to come back in 3 months after another A1c test. I also received a 30 minute lecture on the wonders of noncarb dieting. After reading Glucose sugar 101 (great book), I really started to understand what was happening to my blood sugar. It was really helpful to me because it was a reality check and I could control the numbers if I ate properly. (that is me - that is not necessarily everyone).
Things are generally going very well. My biggest problem is the lack of support from my husband. I am really disappointed. when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had surgery, I read a lot, was very supportive, asked questions, etc. But my husband doesn't want to talk about my diabetes, does not want to change the way he eats (he is very obese), and is thoughtless at times when suggesting we all stop and get dessert somewhere. Yesterday HE called my doctors office, and he got ticked off that I was using more than the 30strips a month the doctor has automatically supplied. I was somehow not following doctor's orders and I hadn't told him - what did I think I was doing blah blah blah. Of course he goes to McDonalds every morning for breakfast.
It is my body. I am taking care of it. My extra strips cost less than his daily Micky D's breakfasts.
Got that off my chest!