I have Diabetes 2.
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 and back. 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
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 shouldnt eat.
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. 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 more pills. 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
Id tried to avoid.
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
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 taking 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. I watched them several times. Subcutaneous
injection is 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!
Written Saturday, October 31, 2009
Addendum 2023: Still on insulin 14 years later. Works well. My A1C
was 6.5 when last taken.
( 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)
Im still careful with my diet. Insulin is not a license to eat
I take two types of insulin now. I take a fast acting one a mealtimes
3x a day and for overnight I take a longer acting insulin called Lantus.
I use my Amazon Echo smart speakers to remind me when its time
to take a dose. Im older now but still in good health. Thankfully,
in Canada, insulin is not too expensive.
Bottom line is listen to your doctor, take you meds and you can live
well with diabetes. Once or twice a year, on holidays I eat a bit of
cake and enjoy it. I still watch my diet. Insulin is not an excuse to
eat high sugar foods. My doctor says, Everyone should eat like