Newbie here

Hello…I am sort of new to the whole diabetes thing. I am 44 years old. Was dx when I was 28 with Gestational Diabetes…fine for 15 years and wham out of nowhere I became sick with a cold, but not just the common cold. This cold knocked me out. Missed two days of work b/c of it. Laid on the couch for two days straight and couldn’t move. That was back in December of 2017. Felt horrible for a few weeks. No energy at all, fatigued like I have NEVER been before. Started to feel a little better by Christmas and then Whammmm, again it hit me on NYE 2018. Out for the count again for a few days. Decided to go out to dinner with my son and while driving home on a road that I travel daily, I became disoriented and had no clue where I was. My son said I was slurring my words and not making any sense. Nothing was making sense to me. Luckily I was just around the corner from home. I got us home safely (which in retrospect, I probably should have pulled the car over). I laid awake the entire night trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I was fearful that I was having a stroke or something and then it dawned on me; my blood sugar (thankful for having gestational for giving me enough knowledge) I got out my not so trusty glucometer and tested. I was a whopping 525. “That cannot be,” I thought, " ah, it’s an old meter, I will check in the morning". Went to bed and tested my fasting and it was 480. Went online and started my research… 15 years ago all diabetes paraphernalia was by a doctors prescription only, so I was elated to find out that you could purchase all the supplies that you needed. I went to our local Walmart and purchased everything I needed to test. Went home and tested…418. Ughhhh. Feeling horrible I drug myself to work that Monday, called my doctor and make an appointment, I asked to have a script for blood work ready so that I would have the results by next weeks appointment…and there it was A1C was 8.9.
I am a very petite woman at only 5’ tall and at the that time 103 pounds. I ate healthy worked out often and did yoga 5 times a week. How could this be? Diabetes knows no prejudice…I was initially diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic., put on Metformin and Glimiperide (sp). I was on this for about 2.5 months and then I wound up in the hospital with Pancreatitis and an enlarged gallbladder. Saw a specialist in the hospital where he suspected I was not type 2 and told me to follow up with an Endocrinologist. I saw one the week that I got out of the hospital, he sent me out for a Type 1 antibody test, where I tested positive. I am now on Tresiba and Glimperide and gaining weight like crazy. My numbers are sort of crazy right now. I feel a ton better, but I am not happy about the weight gain. Being only 5’ tall and gaining weight is not a goal of mine for sure. I am happy that I am feeling a lot better, but what a roller coaster it’s been.

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First A Hearty Welcome!!!

I wasn’t happy about the weight gain either. I had lost weight steadily, a pound a month for years and as soon as I was put on any medication including insulin I gained weight. And I haven’t figured out any easy way to lose it!!! Of course my thyroid is low so that doesn’t help.

I just know this site is wonderful, to be able to find out how people are dealing with everything is invaluable. At least it has been for me. The last topic I commented on was changing lancets, which is mostly amusing!

I hope you find this site as wonderful as I have!!!

If positive for antibody, why did they prescribe glimperide?

Glad to have you, ademarco. Sorry it has been such a bumpy ride.