Thursday, March 04, 2010
I have Type 2 Diabetes and HBP (ranging around 148/100). My weight hovers between 293 and 296. If I don't do something about this now, I fear that I will be dead within the year. Yes, DEAD! It finally took the fear of dying too soon to take matters into my own hands.
I stopped taking medication about one month ago. I am uninsured and cannot afford to see a doctor (at $295 a visit), the lab fees (over $800), nor the prescriptions at $300 per month. In a nutshell: I stopped testing, I stopped taking oral medication and lantus!! I was in denial. I felt that "mind control" would work -- what a fool I've been! I suddenly began to have uncontrollable thirst and began running to the bathroom every hour. I knew something was wrong. When I finally decided to test again 3 days ago, my glucose reading was 492!!! Ouch. My average for the last 10 readings: 320!
So I use 50-70 units of my son's lantus (who by the way is insured). I injected 55 units at 8 a.m. and at 9 a.m., my sugar was still high at 275. I have no other choice than to watch what I eat and to exercise. I've stopped eating carbs (or at least as much as I'm able), eat less processed foods (i.e., I use natural fruits and veges when cooking) and stick with no sugar added ingredients.
I finally decided to walk today; there is, after all a huge park with 1.25 miles of walking trails and 18 exercise stations right outside my front door. Before walking at 12:05 p.m., my glucose reading was 305 (two hours after eating breakfast which consisted of a low-carb-wrap of two scrambled eggs with sauteed diced onions and red pepper, a tablespoon or two of xtra sharp cheddar cheese, and 2 slices of bacon). Now at 1:10 p.m. my reading is:: 262! There must be some truth to this exercise thing -- I dropped 43 points in an hour!
I'll keep you posted to see if my little experiment will work. If you don't hear from me for a while (i.e., months), then I might have moved on to "the other side".