Hello SFBAYGAL, welcome to the team. I too am glad you took that trip to the ER. When I went I had a oxygen level of 54. When I got diagnosed I went out and bought a book called Diabetes for Dummies, its packed full of information. You have already gotten some great advice. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
Welcome SFBAYGAL and yes, do listen to your doctor. MAMASUE is right. The doctors are the ones that will give you the information to help you get better. Another thing you can do is read a lot about diabetes. The more you read, the more you will discover about this disease and the more info you will get on keeping yourself healthy. I think getting a diagnosis is always a shock whether you expected it or not. It is a wake up call. But you can do this. We're here for you. And we are glad you took that trip to the emergency room. Welcome to Newly Diagnosed Diabetics. Becky
Welcome..Sparks has so much information on the site for newly diagnosed diabetics. My advice...LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR AT YOUR VERY FIRST VISIT WITH HIM. HE is the expert and knows how to make you better. Go with his medical expertise from the very beginning. But if you ask here, you will sure to get some great answers from those who have had the disease and know what works for them. First thing...you will be okay. Diabetes is a disease that cannot be cured...but can be controlled. Welcome to Sparks.
If I hadn't decided to get off the BART train in Walnut Creek, CA Wednesday morning and take a cab to the emergency hospital, I might not be communicating with you today. I'd been coughing for more than two months and on this particular morning, I coughed so much, I couldn't get any air in my lungs and the air that was there stopped circulating. Hence, the rest of my body wasn't getting the oxygen it needed and I could hardly walk from my car to the BART stations. I had to stop and rest every few steps. As it turned out, the emergency physicians diagnosed my condition as diabetes and angina (chest pressure). The angina caused my lungs to fill with water; hence, the severe coughing. I'm still in shock that I was so unaware of my condition. Overweight? Yes, but I've always been healthy (or so I thought). I don't know yet if I'm a Type 2 diabetic or pre-diabetic. I'm home now with more tests scheduled next week.
But on the plus side, I've found this forum and I hope it will help me coup with my new health issues and help me understand more about my condition and what I can do to live a healthy lifestyle.
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