Saturday, September 29, 2012
My 27 year old nephew just got out of the hospital yesterday after 6 days, most of it in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit. His blood sugar was over 620 when he was admitted which I read here online can be life threatening. How scary! He didn't know he was a type 2 diabetic.
His doctor has ordered him to walk 30 to 60 minutes a day. So when he asked if I would walk Lake Hollingsworth with him today, how could I say no?
I had already finished an 11 miles training run with my Galloway group. (I thought we were doing 12.5 miles, but the group settled on 11. At least it was considerably faster than the 11 I did two weeks ago.) I didn't sleep well at all last night. I thought about telling him I was too tired to walk today. I'm glad I didn't. For 2.84 miles he told me all about his plans to change his lifestyle: to reduce his computer hours and other sitting drastically, to limit his carbs to 75 per meal, to do the recommended walking, to keep a journal of his eating/ medications/ exercise, to make sure he gets his medications and to his doctor appointments, to keep reading and learning about his condition and the nutrition and exercise that can help him.
At this point there are many people in his life trying to help him and some nearer his own age and interests have his ear more than I do. Yet, I think today I established myself as not only someone who cares, but someone who knows a thing or two about exercise and nutrition. I sure hope he is able to make the changes that he needs so badly.