Recently Diagnosed

Hello, my name is Melissa. I’m 26 years old and was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I have a 23 month old little boy and an 8 month old little girl. I had gestational diabetes with both my pregnancies, but tested in the normal range at each of my 8 week post partum appointments.

This past October we moved from Newport Beach California to Reno Nevada and I noticed a few of the symptoms of diabetes coming on. Extreme thirst, frequent bathroom trips, exhaustion, and rapid weight loss (15 pounds in 3 weeks). On Halloween evening, I bought a glucose meter and my numbers were in the 700’s. I immediately went to the emergency room and was hooked to IV and insulin while they ran blood tests. The doctor there diagnosed me as a Type 2. He sent me home on Glyburide and told me to see a doctor ASAP. I eventually saw a doctor here in Nevada who ran a ton of tests and confirmed what many had told me. I was a Type 1.5, transitioning to a Type 1. My A1C was 10.2. My fasting blood sugar was 280 and my Insulin was 4.1

I’m currently on 10 units of Lantus at bedtime and 4 units of Novolog before each meal. My numbers are in the 180’s, so I’m assuming that the doc will up my insulin soon.

Well, that’s my story. I’m here for support, advice, opinions, and to build some relationships. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to getting plugged in.


Wow! what a story:) Welcome to Tudiabetes! I also have Type 1.5/LADA and there is a group for Type 1.5 please feel free to join.
You’ve joined a great community full of knowledge. Feel free to ask questions.


Welcome to our fabulous community here. I’m another Melissa and I’ve had Type 1 since I was 10 years old (I’m 29 now). Feel free to plunge headfirst into the many groups and discussion threads and ask your questions. It’s a tough road, but we’re all down it together. We’re glad you’re here.

Melissa, I was diagnosed with T1 also when I was 26, when my oldest son was 8 months old. I had no gestational though, so was quite shocked when I found myself in kedoacidosis. I ended up landing in the ER during my move from Southern Cal to Washington State. I stopped to pee many times on my drive up 395, as I was driving up through your neck of the woods. I was fortunate to get hooked up right away with a fantastic endocrinologist, which I think is very important. 16 years later I am still going strong, with no complications (and 3 more kids). This is a great place to be hooked up with. I wish it was around when I was newly diagnosed.

Wow Melissa…so glad to hear that everything is looking up…how are YOU, after this whirlwind adventure? It’s so important to keep in touch, especially now, when everything is so overwhelming. Take it one day at a time…and welcome to our family…it’s so good to be on the same page, where there is so much support…this site opens up to SO many groups. Take care…linda in canada.

Hi Melissa, I’m also in Reno. I have had diabetes for 24 years now and have a 7 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. So I must say you have some trying times ahead of you, but nothing you can’t handle I’m sure. I have had no complications thus far and am going to be hooked up to a pump I’ve had sitting in my closet for about 8 months, that’s another story. I am also new to this sight, so I hope we can help each other out. Good luck with everything!

HI Melissa,

Wlecome to the community. What a story I forgot the weight loss when I was diagnosed 165 to 140 from Thinksgiving to Christmas that year. I look forward to talking to you later and learn from you. I have found that you never have this battle so long that you can’t learn something new and you never know where it might come from. I generaly check it out first but have learned a lot from this site.



I was diagnosed in July and my A1c was 10.7 I am on Levemir (20 units before bed) and Novolog (2 units before breakfast and 5 before lunch and dinner) My numbers took time to come down but they did… Good luck it all takes time. I found lots of info on this site and got involved in discussions and read lots. Enjoy the holidays and happy you found us here. :slight_smile:


I would love to know who your endocrinologist is? I live in Washington not far from Olympia. Do you still live in Washington?

Melissa, I was diagnosed just over 6 months ago and went through the same things you did. I was drinking like 3 gallons of water a day, bathroom trips were very annoying, sleeping like 15 hrs a night and still being tired, then lost 22 lbs in 10 days… I had my blood drawn and my BS was over 900. I am currently taking 1 unit of humalog for every 10 grams of carbs and 20 units of Levemir at night. I am glad I found this site because it is ppl who went through what I did. I hope that maybe we can talk sometime about what we go through with the “betes” :slight_smile: I actually got into a study to try to preserve some beta cells…