have Diabetes II.
If youre sedentary, if youre 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 dont have diabetes, You may
even make a joke about it saying, Im working on my Diabetes.
Thats 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 its 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
Im was on Gluconorm (repaglinide). Its a pill that helps control
diabetes. Not the same as insulin, its for earlier stages of diabetes
and, unfortunately, Im 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. Its always
She told me to start exercising and I said How?
She said, Youre smart. Youll think of something.
Well, I cant walk very far and I cant 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
Ive tried to avoid.
Now Ive been good. Ive been what they call compliant.
To the best Ive my ability Id 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 Im going down the supermarket
aisles reading the labels. Im checking for sugar, for salt, for
the wrong kind of fat, noticing if its 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 Id think,
Oh, well, cant have any of that, sugar and fat.
I dont want to be compliant any more. Im tired of it. Its
not helping. Im feeling quite annoyed. I want to go out and eat
all the things Im not supposed to but even if I wanted to, I cant
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 cant 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 Im really tired of being on the straight and narrow.
I dont know what the next step will be. I guess Ill find out
since Im 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,
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 http://www.youtube.com/ 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 doesnt hurt
that much, less than testing for blood sugar levels. Im very careful
to check for air bubbles and have a checklist to follow. Im feeling
a lot better and can think more clearly. Insulin is a good thing!
Saturday, October 31, 2009