Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A New Normal ?

94 glucose
This was my glucose reading this afternoon. It’s the lowest reading I’ve had since the diagnosis of Diabetes, just over a month ago.  It is within normal range! 

I have been to the doctor for one check up since the diagnosis and for the most part was given a good report.  I had lost weight when I returned and because I was taking charge of my health—the P.A. that I see had good things to say.  One being, he wasn’t going to put me on blood pressure medicine yet.   I was glad about that. That’s one less pill – I WON’T BE HAVING TO WEAN MYSELF FROM.  I don’t like taking pills. I knew when I went, that I’d be placed on Metformin.  It’s pretty standard when finding out you have T2 diabetes, to be put on oral medicine. 
One of the first things I found out—was  Metformin is not insulin. It isn’t something you take in order to make  you blood sugar drop. It isn’t like taking an aspirin to get relief from a headache. It doesn’t work that way. The way Mr. P.A.  explained it to me was, you take it and then it gives your own insulin that your body makes (my body is still producing insulin, I am resistant to it) a boost.  A push to help your body move the sugar out of your blood and into your muscle to be used for energy.  I’ve been taking this a little over a month now and it seems to be helping. I want off of it. 
There are other things I’ve been doing, that I wasn’t doing before.  I began eating differently. I began having regular intentional exercise.  I’ve lost weight.  I’m learning to listen to my body.
That’s what happened today.  I wasn’t feeling normal. By normal I mean, how I usually feel after eating. It had been about 2 1/2 hours since I’d eaten—but I had a slight headache and was feeling a little bit nauseated.  Mr. P.A.  had told me on my return check up—to not take my blood sugar reading so often. He had asked if I was taking it a bunch; of course, I was running for my meter every time, I woke, ate, exercised or sneezed.  I was relieved to NOT take it.  My fingers felt like pin cushions.  He had told me to take it in the morning if I wanted and to take it when I felt ill, under the weather, or different.  So today, I did just that. 
You can just imagine my surprise when it was so low. The headache and the nausea were part of that signal from my body—I had listened.  I didn’t do anything.  I got up and made myself some iced tea and sat in the rocker to relax and just rode out that uncomfortable feeling. 
On the inside, emotionally.  I was happy. I don’t generally run to social media to update my status. But I did share my picture on Instagram.  I couldn’t help but wonder if this is a new normal for me?  Maybe this was what I needed in order to continue to doing what I’m doing. When I quit taking a regular reading, I slacked off exercise. That number is the push I need.
I’ll be back at a later date to share some of the dietary changes I’ve made; and how I’m adjusting to them. I’m still giving myself some time with the food. I don’t want to be so drastic that I’m turned off by it.  I’m also trying to make exercise a habit. More on that later too.
Til next time, Be Blessed!

Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
~ Psalm 139:23-24


Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I am glad you are coming along ok. I remember my husband used to follow a diabetic diet, although he was not diabetic. It was very balanced, healthy and you had endless choices of what to eat. He lost a lot of weight on it but unfortunately did not stick with it. We both need to lose weight. I will look forward to your meal plan suggestions.

Diane said...


Kristina said...

Yay! Hubby is doing well too. We are lacking walking time this week, but he is still doing well.

A Daughter of the King said...

Happy Dance!