Today marks 1 year—that I was given a T2-Diabetes diagnosis; an anniversary, not really worth celebrating.
Except, I’m still here!
I’ve come a long way and I’ve learned a lot about myself and this disease. I’m still not where I want to be along this road to better health.
I’ve analyzed the heck out of food, food labels, food substitutes and creative food. You could probably say, “I’ve obsessed over the food.” That sounds terrible—but I love food!
I’ve changed the way I eat too. Not meaning the food, exactly; but the time of day, the portion sizes, the amount of meals or snacks. I’m not a SCIENTIFIC type of person.
Diabetes, food, exercise, water, sleep, carbs, schedules—all of it. SCIENCE.
It makes my fuzzy little head spin sometimes. I’ve still not figured out the body signals. I think it’s low, because I have a head ache, and want to lie down. No… I check it. It’s high.
I think it’s high… I have an upset stomach, and don’t feel like eating ANYTHING. No… it’s low. When I think I have it figured out—it’s the opposite of what I think.
Just this week—I thought, it was the Menopause creating my night sweats and sleeping problems. I’ve been waking during the night, feeling very jittery, wobble-legged, and mostly hungry; like I’m starving. I checked my blood sugar. It was pretty low, for me. In the middle of the night. WHY?
I did some research… and found out about something called SOMOGYI EFFECT or DAWN PHENOMENON.
Never heard of this. It’s on the list of things to talk to my doctor about this month. Basically, I have highs in the morning, that are brought on by unusual lows during the night time (sleep hours).
Then of course—there is the pricking of my fingers. I’m trying not to over do it. Just checking in the morning. But with the crazy lows over night—I’ve been checking. I’m sick of doing that! I absolutely hate it.
Lastly, with all this—it keeps me busy. Along with my normal day to day living, care giving, all the normal things that I do, things you do… but here’s what I know—I know with all the activity IT isn’t EXERCISE.
I started out like gang busters a year ago. At first I would swim. That happened about 4 months. Then I began walking, inside with a dvd. To be honest with you, I DON’T LIKE EXERCISE. I know the importance of it. Boy do I! Activity does not equal EXERCISE. Deliberate out and out exercise. A true work out.
My goal still—is to get off this medication. I don’t want to take it. The only way to do this … will be making myself exercise, continuing to exercise and making a lifestyle of exercise.
I said this before. Diabetes is the one disease that is effected and controlled directly by the patient that has it. If I want to get better—and stay well, and live to a ripe old age (I’m speaking about Diabetes only) I have to take care of myself.
I’ve made it a year. So far, so good. There is still room for improvement—in so many areas.
Tell me what are ways you deal with obstacles? How do you make changes? How do you deal with successes and failures on the road to healthy living? Not just healthy living; but any goals! Be a doll and share your thoughts and ideas with me.
I’m open for suggestions!
‘Til next time, be blessed and count your blessings!