Everyone has health problems whether it’s a chronic illness, injury or a short term bug like a cold or the flu. I’ve worked with people in and out of hospitals for over 30 years and I worked with diabetics. I studied the Krebs Cycle in school which had to do with the conversion of carbohydrates into energy and the effects of diabetes. To top it off my mom was diagnosed with Type II diabetes when I was in my early 20’s. All that exposure and knowledge didn’t stop my tears in 2009 when I was diagnosed with diabetes.
I’d been feeling lousy for about a month and when I finally went to my doctor he said it was an RA flare and gave me a script for steroids. I just knew that wasn’t the cause of me sleeping for 18 hours a day, drinking gallons of water and peeing every 15-20 minutes when I was awake. To top it off a regular blood test a few months earlier showed my glucose to be 129 which according to all standards was diabetic but my doc in his infinite wisdom told me was “normal”.
After a week of me calling him every day they finally relented and did an A1c. My level was over 10 and from what they told me the normal was 4-5. I do need to point out that I didn’t see my doctor during that visit but was told by the nurse “welcome to the world of diabetes” I was given a glucometer and a piece of paper with the heading Diabetic Diet that was essentially useless. When I got to the car the tears started flowing. The next I morning I tested my blood and my glucose was over 400. I was horrified thinking of how I was going to cope with diabetes. You see, my mom never followed any diet or tested her sugar. Her doctor at the time didn’t seem to care and the only advice he offered was “instead of eating the whole pie only eat half”. She clung to those words and started craving sweets and had no problem with the half a pie if you’d let her. I wanted to be different. I found out that i could sell diabetic test strips before they expire, and make a little extra money to help pay for insulin and other medical bills I have.
I got my diabetes help from a friend (thank you Linda) and diabetes articles I found on Diabetic Connect as well as the diabetes message board on iVillage. There was so much support and encouragement from those sources it was great.
By following the recent guidelines on culturalhealthsolutions.com, with medication, proper diet and giving up my beloved sugar laden Pepsi I got my glucose down to normal within a couple of months and found I had more energy than I’d had in years, I had a spring in my step plus I was losing weight. I don’t deprive myself on special occasions but do control portions and watch carbohydrate intake the rest of the time. With proper education I found that I wasn’t in a diabetes prison I’d feared but I was diabetes living and enjoying a freedom I didn’t think was possible. Freedom from fatigue, freedom from headaches and freedom from the blahs.