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Continuing progress, gratitude, and a restorative weekend

Monday, March 12, 2012

Friday morning I had my first appointment at the Diabetes Education Centre that's conveniently located not far from my home. Great session with the intake worker. She was enormously impressed with what I'd already learned and done in just over a week since being diagnosed.

And I, in turn, was delighted to discover the various programs they offer. There's a weekly exercise class, which might make a nice change from simply walking. What's more, they're in the process of getting an organizational membership at a huge local Y. If I understand correctly, once it's in place, anyone under their care will be able to go and work out there for free. There are also support groups, which turn out to be held at the complex-chronic-care hospital where I volunteer. From time to time, the centre's dietitian conducts cooking classes, as well as supermarket tours to teach participants what to buy that will contribute to good diabetes management.

The worker answered a number of questions that I had, and also gave me an uber-cool blood glucose monitor. It's smaller than the one I was given initially, so it'll be more convenient to carry when I'm away from home. Even better, it plugs into a computer USB port and can generate all kinds of useful graphs showing trends. I can bring it back for my next appointment, and the worker and I can analyze any patterns together to see if she can suggest any helpful adjustments to what I'm already doing.

Next appointment is April 9, and she'll have the dietitian sit in on that session.

I'm so incredibly grateful to live where such an invaluable service is publicly funded, and therefore 100% free to me (except inasmuch as I have helped to pay for it with income tax).

Walked the half-mile back to my apartment, had a pleasant afternoon, and then went English Country dancing on Friday evening. Nice, gentle exercise in convivial company. Paced myself carefully, because it's been more than a year since I spent an entire evening dancing. (I used to do this, or a related style called contra dancing, two or three evenings a month.) So I probably danced for only 20 minutes or half an hour over the two-hour evening. The rest of the time, I sat on the sidelines enjoying the lovely music, watching the other dancers, and chatting with anyone who was also sitting one out. A marvelous evening. Dances are scheduled for most Fridays, and I'm definitely planning to try to attend regularly.

On Saturday, I had a number of options: going to the farmer's market in the morning, to a play in the afternoon, and to a contra dance in the evening. Instead, though, I decided to take a day off after all the go-go-go of the previous 10 days. (It was really cold out, so that also factored into my decision to stay home). Did virtually nothing productive, with the exception of taking one 15-minute hall-walk. Read part of a novel (a real treat after all the diabetes reference books I'd spent more than a week inhaling); called several friends; and took a couple of catnaps. Got a solid night's sleep and woke up early, feeling magnificently refreshed.

Today (Sunday), I attended a matinee performance of the play I'd skipped yesterday--a production staged by the same team with whom I worked last year on "The Vagina Monologues." They do something every year around International Women's Day, with all the talent donating their services so that the proceeds can go to local women's shelters and similar causes. I would have auditioned for this year's production, except that I originally thought I'd be having major surgery on February 16, with an 8-week recovery period afterward. (The surgery, which is important but not urgent, has now been postponed until I can get the diabetes well under control.) Enjoyed the play immensely. The weather was stunning (57F), and before the theatre's doors opened I got to sit on a park bench in the sunshine for a while. On my way home, picked up a few healthy groceries.

In all, a terrific few days. Thank you, Universe.

P.S. Found out this morning that there's a facility in my neighbourhood that offers pay-what-you-can hatha yoga classes seven days a week! What a find! Four of the days are devoted to "hot yoga," which, based on my reading about diabetes and exercise, I think would be unwise for me to attempt without medical clearance. But on the other three days, the studio is kept at regular temps. So I'm planning to check out a class on Tuesday.

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  • RUTHXG
    What a pile of good news! I can just imagine how the glucose monitor's ability to generate graphs delights your nerdy (in the good sense) soul. emoticon Love your plans for exercise--it's especially wonderful that you're back into English country dancing!

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    3274 days ago
  • IOEINC
    Wow, you really do have a great diabetic education center. Take advantage of all they have to offer!! It sounds like you are committed and doing great. Keep it up and keep us posted of your journey. emoticon
    3276 days ago
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