Well as some of you may know I'm type 2 diabetic..yeah I am the WORST patient there is..stubborn or rather very stupid..I've known it for years as I was diagnosed 3 yrs ago..BUT I knew things were off even years before that when my bloodsugar would drop and I'd have to eat something sweet to stop shaking. That was in 1998. But I hated going to the Dr and put it off...years later in 2004 I went and had high BP..put on meds that made me sick so I quit taking them too..then 3 yrs ago I went to the health clinic and did a bloodtest and fasting my sugar was over 400. At the time I didn't know anything about sugar or what my numbers should be. I knew my vision was going, I noticed everything was blurry from a distance and I had to get glasses before I could renew my license. PLUS I was thirsty all the time, peeing every 5 minutes, up every 2 hours at night. I also stayed up till 2 or 3 am watching tv or working on the computer or cleaning and on a few occasions didnt even go to bed for 2 days. I gained weight on and off through the last 16 yrs at my heaviest I was going on size 22 pants because I had 2 back surgeries and I couldnt run anymore and I didn't eat right.
I've had several other "wake up calls' which I chose to ignore. My sister died at 45 from a stroke in 2009. Then mom who is just as stubborn as me had a SECOND stroke..yeah she wouldnt take the bp meds either or go to the doctor for anything. Just like me she went once and they told put her on high bp meds which made her super sick and so she threw them out never to take them again. Sound familiar? She had a stroke and didn't tell me until months later saying she got too hot and then had to learn how to write her name all over. I tried to tell her then to go to the doctor but she refused. Then last year she had another one and we had to literally go to Georgia and drag her to the ER in Athens where she stayed a week. Her bp was like 210/120. We found out she had several mini strokes on both sides of her brain. She didn't know where she was or why or who we were it was AWFUL! She couldn't barely walk and fought the whole time to get up and go home. Long story short she had to move in with us and sell everything she owned. She literally lost everything. Then a few weeks ago my best friend from high school died a few weeks ago from a stroke was my final wake up call.
I finally went to the dr last month (ok it was only because Troy had to go in for his lungs so I decided I'd get app too it was now or never! ) and got my bloodwork done again which was still over 300 after fasting and my H1c was a 10! and began my journey to living a better healthier life.
Since then I've changed how I eat and how I live. So for last few weeks I've changed my habits and go to bed now at least before 12 am (ha) and eating better and learning more on what I can eat through pinterest! Slow steps but steps none the less. I feel much better although I could knaw the bark off a tree somtimes lol. But I look back at what I was eating and omg my sugar must have been in the 700 or more with the carbs I consumed. It's a wonder I haven't had a stroke of my own.
I know this blog doesn't have anything to do with cats but it does have to do with the person taking care of them. I mean without me and Troy there is no Puddy Tat's Paradise. I write this to all the other stubborn people out there. DON"T be stupid like me and wait to go to the doctor for check ups and TAKE your meds and when and if they make you sick go back and get them adjusted. Your life affects more than just YOU.
I am now on metforin and linsopril for my high bp which is now down! and yes metforin makes you sick to your stomach or it did me but its finally going away. I get on the treadmill 30 min a day..well most days..its still a work in progress. I have nerve damage to my feet and legs and can't feel bottoms of my feet from the back surgery so my legs get really sore when I exercise but I'm sticking to it. Even Troy has been eating right too and losing weight. It's SO much easier when someone does this with you. I pray we are both on the road to a much healthier life.
So all this is a learning process. I know how mad I was at mom for not going to the Dr and taking her meds. It could have prevented her losing her health and her home. And I don't want my kids feeling the same about me. That was my greatest motivator. Funny how that works, the more I fussed at mom the more I had to look in the mirror.I'm no better so I did something about it. Better late than never! If there is no me there is no one to care for the furkids!
My message is this; don't ignore your health. Your body tries to tell you things and you should listen. Learn how to eat RIGHT! That alone will spare you many future heartaches. You might get away with it now but in the end it will bite you in the butt! You cannot escape your health and if YOU don't take care of you, no one else will. If this gets through to even ONE person it will be worth it.
I'm diabetic, NOW what?
When I first was diagnosed I thought my life was over. You don't realize how much your life revolves around food until you can't eat it. One can only eat so many salads! I didn't have time to think about what I eat all the time. I just wanted a quick start meal plan but most websites are all about what diabetes is and I didn't want to read all that to start with I just needed to know what I could eat NOW. I found a few websites that really helped. I just needed something to go by until I could sit down and read more. I learned about counting carbs which to me was much easier than calorie counting which I never could do. here are a few links;
You can find even more if you search diabetic meal plans.
The hardest part is I do like bread, rice and sweets! I was so depressed thinking I could never eat these things again. I mean what is Christmas if I can't make my cookies and bread? Thanksgiving is ruined!
I read up on several different diets. The American Diabetes Association recommended diet, the LCHF (low carb high fat diet), Primal and now Paleo diets. I was so confused I didn't know which way to turn. In the end I decided to just do it my way at least for now. I needed to lose weight so I felt the ADA was too many carbs while the LCHF diet was too restricted so I'm using common sense and just going as low carb as I can stand without going completely crazy until I get my numbers down and lose the weight I need to lose. I finally have my sugar down to 130 in the morning (it needs to be 100 or less) and my bp is down to 143/84. I'm also in a size 14 (170 lb) after losing over 10 lbs in the last 2 weeks. I'm on my way and its a journey that will last a lifetime.
All of this had me thinking. Why is America's health gone down hill so fast? A long time ago people were much healthier. Before our jobs got automated and fast food joints popped up everywhere . We have quick processed meals in the grocery store. We have stopped thinking about what we eat and its been replaced with lives so busy we have to eat on the run. Everything is geared towards quick and easy and we have paid the price with out health. Gastric bypass is hailed as the only way to lose massive amounts of weight. Not only is it dangerous but if you continue to eat wrong it will not work. Insurance companies will not pay for any cosmetic surgery unless its with gastric bypass. No one encourages doing it by just diet anymore. Why can't we have low carb restraunts or at least a low carb menu to make it easier to choose. Some places have this on the menu but not all. Especially fast food. Lets face it nothing fast food is good for you unless its a salad. I did find Captain D's has a grilled fish and shrimp! It's hard to do eating out but it can be done. It just takes massive amounts of willpower which I don't always have.
I was sinking into depression thinking of everything I couldn't eat. Maybe I'm the only one this dumb about nutrition. Well last night I went on pinterest and searched low carb recipes and this opened up a whole new world to me! I saw recipes for lemon bars and bread all very low carb. I just wanted to be able to still eat a bite now and then and this was great news! Who knew there were things like almond and coconut flour?! From there I found websites and I can order from amazon and have it shipped straight to my door. It opened up my whole world. You can evidently shred zuchinni into noodles with a spirializer You can even make zuchinni lasagna. WHO KNEW?! I've got one ordered! Here is a wonderful blog I found; Elana's Pantry
Why is it doctors don't TELL you this stuff? It would save a lot of anti depressent prescriptions I'm sure! They should have a sheet to hand out with websites. I didn't even get a hand out on what I could eat! They just told me no bread,rice,potatoes. Eat lean meat and dark leafy greens. I mean really?Anyway pinterest saved my life as far as I'm concerned! But I feel sorry for those not internet savvy and who are as clueless as I was.
I hope this was a little helpful and I hope everyone lives a healthy long life. Happy Low Carbing it!
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Here's to your health!