I have Diabetes 2.
If you're sedentary, if you're sitting in an office behind a desk
typing away at a keyboard and you feel the need for a snack you get
a candy bar. As far as you know you don't have diabetes, You may even
make a joke about it saying, “I'm working on my Diabetes.” That's
not funny when you find out that you do have it after suffering some
fairly dire symptoms like fatigue, frequent trips to the washroom,
edema, blurred vision, etc.
You have to clean up your act if you want to get anything resembling
good health back. For me this meant diet. Exercise is hard for me
because I have arthritis in my knees. Diet means low fat, low salt,
low sugar and low starch. So it's green leafy and other vegetables
and fruits but watch out for fruit juices because they can contain
triple the amount of sugar contained in the original fruit. Same goes
for commercial fruit and vegetable cocktails because they contain
sugar and are high salt.
It sounds easy when you put it down on paper - low fat, low sugar,
low starch, low salt and lots of fresh stuff, Then, you go for a shopping
trip to the supermarket and 65 to 75 percent of what you see is what
you shouldn't eat.
I'm was on Gluconorm (repaglinide). It's a pill that helps control
diabetes. Not the same as insulin, it's for earlier stages of diabetes
and, unfortunately, I'm was getting out of the early stage right now.
My blood sugars were off. I had incidents with heart problems. I was
not feeling very good and had tremendous headaches, dizziness, brain
fog and blurred vision, all the bad things. Diabetes affects the weaker
parts of your system and I have a mild case of congestive heart disease.
My doctor got right on it and she gave me more pills. It's always
more pills. She told me to start exercising and I said “How?”
She said, “ You're smart. You'll think of something.”
Well, I can't walk very far and I can't run due to arthritis in my
knees. My stamina is almost invisible. Exercise is hard. It was getting
too hard. It' was almost time for *THE NEEDLE*, something I've tried
Now I've been good. I've been what they call 'compliant'. To the
best I've my ability I'd done the recommended things to keep my diabetes
in check but “Hey!” they were starting not to work anymore. This
is a real drag because I'm going down the supermarket aisles reading
the labels. I'm checking for sugar, for salt, for the wrong kind of
fat, noticing if it's not whole grain, etc. etc. Finally, I choose
some high fiber digestive cookies that are low in sugar, fat and salt.
When I told the diet specialist at my diabetic clinic that I was eating
Cheerios she went “GASP”. Then said, “Get some bran buds and
add them to your bowl of Cheerios. This makes the uptake of the starch/sugar
slower, reducing the spikes in blood sugar. It gets into your bloodstream
gradually instead of all at once.
I was getting tired of all this. It was hard to shop, hard to cook.
Every time I went past the Ice cream freezer in the supermarket I'd
think, “Oh, well, can't have any of that, sugar and fat.”
I don't want to be compliant any more. I'm tired of it. It's not
helping. I'm feeling quite annoyed. I want to go out and eat all the
things I'm not supposed to but even if I wanted to, I can't because
I have GERDS, an acid reflux complaint. If I eat a piece of cake or
too much bread, anything that is too starchy it comes back to haunt
me. I can't even lie down after indulging since that brings the acid
reflux on. This is a nuisance but I sort of keeps me on the straight
and narrow but I'm really tired of being on the straight and narrow.
I don't know what the next step will be. I guess I'll find out since
I'm going back to the Clinic soon. Pray for me.
This is what happened.
I went to the diabetic clinic. They looked at my blood sugar numbers
and figured out, guess what, that Gluconorm (repaglinide) pills, which
help to control blood sugar by increasing the amount of insulin released
by the pancreas, were no longer working since there was no longer
enough insulin being produced by my body for it to do its job. No
surprise there. What was the next step – insulin through an insulin
pen and a short, sharp needle.
I got the prescribed pen, needles and alcohol wipes but the diabetic
nurse was not available immediately. I had an appointment for 6 weeks
away. This was not satisfactory.
I went on YouTube and watched
three videos there, one by a user and two by registered nurses, several
times. Subcutaneous injection was not rocket science. I could do it
and I did! It doesn't hurt that much, less than testing for blood
sugar levels. I'm very careful to check for air bubbles and have a
checklist to follow. I'm feeling a lot better and can think more clearly.
Insulin is a good thing!
Written Saturday, October 31, 2009
Addendum 2018: Still on insulin 9 years later. Works well. My A1C
was 6.5 last text. ( a test that measures the level of hemoglobin
A1c in the blood as a means of determining the average blood sugar
concentrations for the preceding two to three months) I'm
still careful with my diet. Insulin is not a license to eat cake :-)