Me and me disease  

EnduringDreamer 44F
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5/3/2006 3:28 am

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5/23/2006 2:01 pm

Me and me disease

Well dear readers, this post isn't going to focus on my guy, as I am sure disappoints you all so very much *chuckles* I will give you a quick tidbit... we are doing great!! Nuff Said

But this post is going to be about my new life-long companion... diabetes.
Tonight I couldn't get any rest because my blood sugar is doing its own version of a roller coaster.
The main reason behind this is because, as a brand spanking new diabetic, it is going to be several months before my body can fully balance itself out with the medications, diet and exercise I am now adopting. The doc says it may even take up to a year.. it solely depends on how metabolism decides its going to handle all the changes. The first thing to go... my sleep cycle. *sighs*
I find myself going to bed at 11 pm and waking up around 2 or 3 am... feeling woozy or head achy. Sure enough when I check my blood sugar.. its either really low or it is really high.. thus the roller coaster comment.
Tonight... we did a long deep valley. I woke up feeling nauseous and sweating like a fool.... checked the blood sugar and it was 58 *sighs*
So.. got up... wobbled into the kitchen.. took a glucose tablet and then made myself some peanut butter and Ritz crackers and grabbed a big bottle of water.... then I popped in a DVD and grabbed the blankets because I knew the shivers were on their way. So while I was recovering from the low blood sugar.. I watched Memoirs of a Geisha.
More on that movie later... cause despite the shivering and fuzzy mindedness... I really liked it.
But I have to wonder about something... with all the progress the medical industry has made.... ie; in-vitro fertilization, chromosome manipulations, growing ears on the back of lab rats, etc, etc... we cant come up with a cure for diabetes??
I can pick what color eyes I want my kids to have... I can find out if they have a birth defect before they even leave my body... but we cannot isolate and treat the causes for diabetes?
Ok sure... they say that the best thing to avoid diabetes is to change your eating habits before you are diagnosed with it.
Low carb this, low fat that... watch your protein intake, eat five small meals a day, lose weight, turn off the TV, get off your ass and exercise.... we big people have heard it all before...
but know something?
If BOTH sides of your family have instances for diabetes... it isn't a question of if you get it... it is when.
I sat and talked with my new nutritionist last Thursday. This is a woman who is about 5'6, blonde, attractive, and she can hoola hoop in a damn Cheerio. As this Barbie clone sat in front of me spouting about portions and pedometers, she looks down at my file and sees my family history and she adopts this "oh you poor thing" posture *grinds teeth*
"Well, with a history like this it was pretty inevitable for you, honey. All you can do now is just try to keep any further damage from being done"
I then had to listen to her spouting her completely Communistic views of if she ruled the world she would eliminate All You Can Eat Buffets.
This from a woman who obviously has NEVER been to a regular restaurant and tried to feed a set of 13, 11, and 7 year old boys.
But back to my disease...
I know why they will never find a cure... diabetes is a DAMN expensive disease to have. Glucometers, Test Trips, Lancets, Medications, Endocrinologists, Nutritionists, Eye doctors, dentists on and on and on.... they have you and your wallet hooked. Just to go sit in the damn Doc's office will cost you 70 bucks. Why would anyone want to eliminate such a huge cash cow??
I am off to try and get at least an hour's worth of sleep before my day starts.

PineyFolks 59M/59F

5/3/2006 7:20 am

Welcome to my world sugah which I have lived since I was a small girl of 12. I am sorry this happened to you. I know the roller coaster on which you ride very well. I won't even begin to discuss the money aspect side of this disease. Good luck and if you need any help I am available for questions and answers.


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