Diabetes; journal #2
Monday, September 19, 2011
It's been just over 4 weeks since I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes. I am doing everything they (Drs & nurses) are telling me to do. I am religiously writing down everything I eat. I don't let a day go by where I don't at least walk 15-30 minutes. My goal is to increase this or at least add a different exercise at least 3x's a week. On Saturday DH & I went biking for 1 hr.
I check my blood sugar levels at least twice a day. I take all my meds daily.
I went to a Diabetes Education Session this past week and I learned a lot. When I got home I related everything to my husband. I am thankful that he is so supportive. I am talking his ear off and I am sure it gets a little redundant and boring. But he knows I need this outlet as part of my recovery. I look at this diagnosis not as a life sentence but as a condition that is reversible. My diabetes nurse has a great phrase. "You are in the driver's seat and only you can control which direction you will take". Wise words.
I have three of these Diabetes Ed sessions. This week was an intro. Next week is all about food and nutrition. The third week's subject is complications. Hmm. This makes me a bit nervous. I don't intend on getting any. I intend on getting better and becoming med free.
It was suggested that we wear a medical ID that indicates diabetes. This sent home a message that I, in fact, will always be a diabetic, even though medication free. Those old words, "lifestyle change" really has more meaning to me now. I don't want to go on vacation with my family and sit by while they are actively enjoying themselves and I can only observe because of my diabetes. It is a shame that it took getting diabetes to shake me up.
I am looking forward to becoming less of the person I had become, LOL!