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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.
Thanks,
Karen
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  • JINJERLY
    I really appreciate your candor about diabetes. I haven't taken much thought to it, though I have 200 pounds to lose. I am approaching 50, though, and am glad to have read about your experiences, as it will help me keep focused on my goals. emoticon
    594 days ago
  • RKOTTEK
    Hi,
    I am enormously big and have a sweet tooth.
    But rather than sugar-laden beverages:
    I satisfy my needs with diet soda, diet cordials and artificial sweeteners.
    With The IF program I am on, I find I am not hungry thru the day with having the lo and no cal beverages
    I urge you to give this a try.
    You will be really pleased and proud of yourself as the weight starts falling off.
    Cheers Richard
    I was rapt recently when I finally broke the 400 pound barrier
    596 days ago
  • HMBROWN1
    Hi Karen - so sorry to hear that you are in so much pain! I hope that you can get some relief soon. I am so fortunate to not have this issue. I hope that your son gets better.
    598 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    I hope your message reaches those who need to hear it. My DH was diagnosed around 1995, but he toes the mark .... He has seen too many friends and others who lost toes and even an entire leg (one amputated below the knee from not paying attention) ......While nursing, i saw a young man around 27 who was totally blind due to doing whatever he felt like doing .......... He did not make it into his 30's but i guess that is what he chose.
    601 days ago
  • FAITH-2-HOPE
    Thank you, Karen. It is a wake up call. I was diagnosed with diabetes just over 2 years ago. I remember being devastated. I did take it seriously and it has been under control. I have kind of forgotten how bad it can be. I needed this reminder to remember to be vigilant.
    I admire that you shared your story. You have been so truthful. So honest. Thank you. While there are some things you cannot reverse now, I do believe that what you are doing now will help your condition. Continue forward , my friend. Stay strong.
    Hugs, Dianne
    601 days ago
  • TNCOUNTRYLIFE
    Karen,
    Your blog really hit close to home for me. My mother passed at 65 due partially from health problems associated with diabetes. My Grandmother was 69 when she passed. She had lost her sight and had a leg amputated due to complications of diabetes. I am 50 and so far med free. I really have to loose the weight or I will develop the same problems. Thanks for the "talk". I needed it!!
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    601 days ago
  • MERMAIDLIFE
    Thank you for sharing your story. You can't undo most of the damage, but you CAN do your best to keep it from getting worse! I pray your son listens and learns from your story.
    My dad had his first heart surgery when I was 17. I didn't listen then. Now, I am 34, and I go with him to see his kidney doctor every other month. I HAVE to lose weight because if something happens to me, both of my parents will have no one to take care of them, and they NEED me. Maybe you can recruit your son into going with you to your doctor's appointments. (It always helps to have another set of ears listening anyway!)
    601 days ago
  • BILLTHOMSON
    Thanks for your blog. It is never too late. 14 months ago my blood sugar was 810 and my A1C was 13.8%. They wanted to put me into an assisted living facility, but I wouldn't allow it. I fought back, today my blood sugar is averaging 92 and my A1C is 5.4%. The doctors are in awe and can't figure it out, my reply was, but I'm just doing what you told me to do, their reply was, but nobody does that.
    601 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    Thanks for sharing your cautionary tale. Too many of us didn't listen to our doctors who urged us to make changes for healthier living. some get diabetes and some get heart disease. the only thing we can do now is share our story and make & keep the healthy habits.

    Hope you are managing your diabetes. It is a deadly disease and it makes me nuts to see the ads on TV that make it look like a nuisance. And I hope your son listens to your. story and makes the changes he needs to make.

    601 days ago
  • N260SNFIT
    Hi Karen,
    Serious topic, but life is too short to ignore the realities of the damage that diabetes can do if left untreated...hopefully your son will not go the same route you did-thanks for sharing! emoticon
    601 days ago
  • SIXLESTER69
    Thanks so much for sharing. I was diagnosed in 1999 and I didn't listen either. Now at almost 50 I wish I could go back in time and fix it
    601 days ago
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