Sometimes I get angry about having diabetes and sometimes it makes me sad. I love sweets; always have, and to give them up and other foods I love has been one more struggle for me as a “still new” diabetic. The positive event for me is that I was not so far over all ranges that I had to have intervention from multiple areas. So, when I was sent to my endocrinologist by my PCP, I was not that far over the lines of pre-diabetic to full blown diabetic. My numbers were just a few points over, so I refused any meds and researched diet and appropriate exercise instead. My endo gave me three months to see if that would work. Fortunately, it did work, and I had no other problems in any area.
So, I continued to control my diabetes 2 with diet and exercise. But, at my age I am not a person to exercise. My going and coming and being in the house doing chores compromise my exercise. I have a beautiful treadmill which sits in the corner of the den, but I just look at it. I have turned it on one time. It’s just not pleasant and I find it frustrating because I have never had to exercise.
After 22 months of being a diabetic, I had my first 2018 endo appt. today. I am so happy because every test was in range or below. My A1c is 5.9; Dr. wants it to be 5.7 by next time. My blood pressure was 124/60. My glucose is 115. Only my weight is too high, so I will work on it. All the other tests were in range or below. My next appointment is not for six months. Dr. said I am doing so well that I don’t need for him to check every three months; we’ll wait six months and see. He has been calling me a controlled diabetic for over a year since I have done well; now he says I will always be a diabetic, but I have everything in check. He was very pleased and so am I.
An appointment with all positive results makes me even more motivated. I might even turn on the tread mill and give it a walk!
I wanted to share my short journey to date with you to let you know that diabetes can be handled. It does take patience and determination and self control, but eventually it gets easier to make the right choices.