Wednesday, July 18, 2012
It makes me blush to see the 2007 date as when I joined. I joined, poked around and left. In the beginning of 2011, I came back... This time, I actually started doing the work and over 6 wonderful months, I went from a size 22 to a 16 and convinced two of my sisters to join. I tracked my food and began to really understand portion sizes and how much my body needed balance. Everything was going great until I started feeling unwell...I wasn't sick...I was tired and tuned out. I still ate quite well but my weight was creeping back up and by April 2012, I was a size 20. I figured that the weight was due to my napping and not moving but I was too tired to really think it out.
I was hospitalized on Sunday, April 15th after collapsing. I was severely dehydrated and I thought I had the flu but I clued in that it was something more when they rushed me from triage to a bed and started slapping tabs on me and hooking me up to monitors and fluid.
When they did the initial glucose test, the nurse shook his head and called for a blood test because my numbers were higher than the parameters of their glucose testing thingy. It turned out I was a 70.7 mmol/l (1272.6 mg/dl) which was a new record for my ER... Yay me.
I was sent home after 5 days as an insulin dependent diabetic.
Hindsight being what it is, I know I've felt "not right" for a year and put it down to flu or allergies or a million little things. After I got home, it hit me that I hadn't had a cup of tea in four months even though it's always been the way I started my morning. It was too many steps... easier to gulp some diet pop and this morning, I did it without a thought.
I went off my spark program because I was sunk in being not well. My appetite, which has always been small turned to ravenous (trying to get some nutrients since my pancreas wasn't sending them). I'm excited to feel like this isn't just some long illness I can't do anything about and I'm in the drivers seat again.
It's been three months since I got my Spark back and this time, I've added another dimension to my new lifestyle...exercise. I started slowly with the sit down videos and they gave me the confidence to get moving. A good friend and one of my sisters were having a great time at aquafit and I decided to try it. A month later, I'm one of the regulars...I go four times a week and I'm miserable if I have to miss a session. Ive learned how to use my resistance bands at home and I do 15-30 minutes five days a week. I walk 5 miles a week and I bought a Wii fit and have started playing exercise games daily. If anyone would have told me that I'd be "one of THOSE people" I'd have laughed but here I am, thinking about buying a bike because cycling sounds like so much fun and we have these amazing trails and really...what's another few hours of exercise a week?
My ticker says 33 lbs gone but since April, I've lost 25 lbs. more importantly, my body is starting to reshape in a way it never did with just diet. I'm sleeping better than I have in 20 years. I'm so sunny and positive it's annoying and although I was told three months ago that I'll never be able to come off insulin, last week my Endo took me down to 5 units of Humalog twice a day and she thinks I'll be off of it completely in a few months. I still take lantus at night (slow acting insulin) and she's sure I'll never get off that.... I think she's wrong!!!