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Day 11 - To get off medication

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My mother is doing really well after her surgery by the way. She went home Saturday and is now getting around with the help of her walker. She is frustrated because she is unable to do everything she wants to do and of course dad cannot clean the house like she does!!!! Or so I have heard several times!! She has had no pain!!

Well back to the doctor yesterday to get the results of my blood work. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago but have managed to control it with lifestyle changes. I did revamp my diet then and I could stick with it enough to control my sugars somewhat but I have not stuck with it. My sugars have been in the upper ranges for some time now. 2 months ago my fasting sugar was 16, which is horrendous! Normal is below 7. That scared me and I started revampling the diet again and then started my countdown here, which has worked better than any scare. Anyway got the result yesterday 8.6, which is amazing but not good enough. The doctor also told me diabetes is progressive and even if I lose 40 lbs and exercise 7 days a week my sugars might still be high. It is very bad for my body and it could be damaging my organs on a cellular level.

I hate taking medications. Hate Hate Hate I do not want to be putting chemicals inside my body! I clearly expressed this to my doctor as well yesterday and he advised it is always my choice but that I would be taking care of my body and that the medication has far greater benefits than drawbacks. So I reluctantly agreed and now I feel I have officially joined the statistics on diabetes. Part of me almost feels like I have failed but I know logically it is not true. As the doctor reminded me, if I did not have a faulty pancreas, I would not have this disease. My mother and all her siblings suffer with this as well. They have not had any complications. The doctor did comment that if I did lose a bunch of weight and the blood work started looking really good, maybe he could try me without the meds to see what would happen. So That is part of my motivation for following my plan. I have to take better care of my body to get off these medications. I don't know if I will, but I can give it a good shot!!!

When I am tempted to eat something not on my plan today, I will think of those medications and the chemicals I am introducing into my body and that I want to get off them!!!!

That's something else I have been doing, come to think of it! I plan my entire menu for the day in the mornings or sometimes the evening before so I know exactly what I will be eating. Sometimes I put in exactly what I want to eat without checking the numbers. When all food is entered I check the calorie count! If it fits within my day, I am super excited. If not, I tweek the amounts I have put in until it fits. For example, today when I entered all my food I was over my amount by apx 100 calories. So I went back and changed the 2 tbsp. of peanut butter to 1.5 tbsp., the 1 cup of rice to 3/4 cup and I altered the amount of vegetarian chilli by a bit and voila!!!! Everything fit!!! So I still get to eat what I want but in altered portions!!!

Onward with my day, the new medicated chemical laden woman!
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    1585 days ago
    Thanks Secretkel!!! I have been battling high blood sugar for two years! I have a good idea as to what to eat, doing it consistently is the problem. The medication will assist with my efforts. I think one of the side effects is that it can reduce appetite as well!!!! bonus!!!

    Thanks for reading my blog everyday! It is even more motivating when I know someone is going to read it!!!
    1586 days ago
    Try not to think of your diabetic medication as foreign chemicals. It's insulin which your pancreas would create for you if your pancreas was healthy. Your body needs insulin in order to live, so taking this medication is actually the best possible thing you can do right now for your body and health. That being said, I do totally think you can control your blood sugar through diet and exercise and either reduce or eliminate your medication altogether.

    I have two nieces who are Type 1 diabetics, aged 13 and 11. Unfortunately for them, their pancreas are broken and can't be fixed, they require insulin through injection (they both have the insulin pump) at least three times a day, every day for the rest of their lives.

    My boyfriend is Type 2 diabetic like you. He also hates taking any sort of medication. When we first started dating he wasn't really taking his diabetes very seriously, didn't seem to understand that if untreated it will kill him. My goal is to get him off all medication by changing his lifestyle. He has a terrible sweet tooth! That is a challenge!

    I am not as educated about how to manage Type 2 diabetes as I am with Type 1 because I've only been with my boyfriend for about a year and my nieces were both diagnosed seven years ago when they were aged four and six. So I've been relying a lot on the diabetes resources here on the Spark People website to bring me up to speed and teach me the ins and outs. It's really great! I would highly recommend turning on the Diabetes meal plan for a week or two to really help you get into the groove of how to eat if you're unsure. And if you ever need to talk about it, I am a good listener and always learning more and more about diabetes.

    Glad to hear that your mom is doing well! Great idea to plan the whole day and then tweak your serving sizes to fit into range! emoticon emoticon
    1586 days ago
  • KARAK523
    This is a good idea.
    1586 days ago
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