I am NOT a doctor, dietician or expert. Do I know everything there is to know about diabetes? Heck no, but I do know what it’s like to live with it.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
It’s Just a Number, Right?
Yesterday, June 15, 2015, marked
the 10th year I’ve been living with type 2 diabetes. Well, I’ve known about it for 10 years, I’ve
definitely had it longer than that. I was diagnosed in June of 2005. I don’t
know the exact date so I chose the 15th to mark the day. Many people
with diabetes call it their diaversary and celebrate with a cupcake or some
other treat. I woke up yesterday and said, “Huh”. No cupcake. No celebration.
It was just another day.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad
that I’ve managed to live with my diabetes for this long and not develop any
complications. I’m thankful that I can deal with it, most of the time, without
much struggle. But there are still “those days” when diabetes can take a flying
leap as far as I’m concerned.
Things other than diabetes have
stepped up to take the front seat in my life which has caused me to not pay
close attention to my D. I try to pay attention to what I eat and since I’ve
dramatically changed my diet it isn’t that difficult really. I still struggle
with munching when I shouldn’t. I wouldn’t call those times binges but I always
end up eating something that isn’t good for my blood sugar. Good old stress. I
test, but usually only first thing in the morning and those numbers have crept
up and up. It is obvious to me that my diabetes has progressed because I can no
longer “get away” with eating processed carbs. I used to be able to handle them
on occasion but now, when I do eat something carby, my numbers are atrocious.
I have a regular appointment
with my HCP this morning. I won’t be shocked if my A1c is elevated but I’m not
ready to make any medication changes yet. I’d like to attempt to rein in my
food issues on my own; tame the beast in my head and corral the stress as best
I can. If I can’t, then I’ll see what meds can do for me.
10 is just a number. My A1c is just a
number. Diabetes is a reality in my life and it’s important that I stay
vigilant, regardless of the hard stuff that pops up. Life has constant changes.
Some are good and some aren’t but I can never let the bumps in the road throw
me off track. I can do this. I can. So can you.