Diabetes the truth!
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2001. I was told that I had a small window of time to work on getting my weight down to turn things around. I didn't. I didn't listen, I didn't care about the new diagnosis. What ever, I wasn't giving up my soda! Then came the time, I had to start insulin. I was told I had a window again to get off insulin as long as I turned it around before I had been on insulin for 5 years. 5 years come and go and yes sugars stay around 300-400. Makes you feel like your veins have syrup running through them. Did I give up my soda by now? Nope. My husband at the time said I started becoming a zombie. Sugars slowly made it to 500-600 in no time. In Dec. 2016, I nearly died. I was taken to the hospital. Double pneumonia, multiple blood clots in both lungs, sugar upper 500's. Enlarged heart, and other medical things. I have been diagnosed with neuropathy in both feet, legs, hands, and now in my left eye, I'm just about legally blind because of diabetes. The pain in my hands and feet are horrific. Yes, I take meds for the nerve damage. Doesn't always do it. Walking even around the house can be extremely painful. I also have angina. I worry about losing a limb, completely going blind, a stroke, a heart attack. And yes, death. I had a sister in law, died from diabetes in her 30's. She had gone completely blind too. Yes, I take my meds for all my medical problems to no fail, now. I take two kinds of insulin, three times a day, I take my metformin for diabetes twice a day. Truth is, I have so many medical problems now, I use a small overnight suitcase filled with all my medicines. Including blood thinners for life. I work on controlling my sugars all the time. I am not always successful. I am trying though, now.
Why tell you all this? Because I feel I have to keep preaching to people who have pre-diabetes, and just diagnosed diabetes, that this is a killer disease. It isn't just about not getting to eat some sugar or drinking your soda. It is about the lasting effects of diabetes on your body. You may not know what it is doing until it is too late. It Please take the diagnosis seriously. If you are told you can change your outcome, please take it to heart and change your future. Damage done, cannot be reversed. It is forever.
Lose the weight, stop the soda, or sugar. Pay attention to your numbers. Treat it like your life depends on it. Because it really does. I pray that if it is you, that has been diagnosed that you jump on it, giving yourself a better life. Only you can do this. And you are worth it.
I have to make a positive out of a negative situation. I have to keep others from going down this same path. I pray someone listens to what I am saying and makes better choices than what I did.
Sorry for the seriousness of this blog. But this subject is serious! I just found out that one of my son's have been diagnosed with pre- diabetes. I am worried he is not listening. I'll work on him. If you know someone going down this path, please do your best to have them listen.