I come from a long line of diabetics on the maternal side of the family tree: mother, grandfather, several great aunts and uncles. It was a contributing factor in their deaths. In my mother’s case, it was the official cause of death.
No official diagnosis has been made for me, but I’m not stupid. Glucose readings hovering 200-300 all the time isn’t good. When my fasting is over 150, I have a problem. When it is over 250 2h after eating, I have a problem. On the low side of things, 60s-low 80s at anytime is bad. So, here I am. Trying to change so it’s no longer a problem.
My last soda was July 4 and I basically quit cold turkey. That day I drank 2 cans at home and another liter at a bbq. Yes, that’s a lot of sugar and caffeine. I’ve had a couple on “special occasions” (eclipse weekend and last Saturday night), but it’s not daily, which is great. A typical day now: After 2 or 3 cups of coffee, it’s water only. No, my sleep schedule hasn’t adjusted. Most nights I don’t go to bed until around 1 and sleep until 9:30 or 10. I’m also trying not to eat after 9. Most days I test first thing in the morning (before coffee), 2 hours after lunch and then again 2 hours after supper.
We’re working on adjusting our diets to be more healthy in general, too. He isn’t diabetic but feels he’d benefit from a better diet. I’ve been scouring the webs for food lists – most food to avoid is common sense – and really not coming up with the information I need. I printed one I thought would be promising but after looking at it closely, it’s not.
Recently I bought a cookbook (put out by the American Diabetes Association) and a what-to-expect book (recommended by the ADA). Once they’re in-use full time I’ll write some reviews, etc. So far, the what-to-expect book is great and is similar to a book on grieving.
Plus, there’s a ton of “advice” for the newly-diagnosed and I have to share one piece. I don’t remember where I saw it or who said it but it’s this: “To save money, it’s okay to reuse your insulin needles and prick sticks.” Um, what? No, no, fucking no. Don’t ever reuse your needles or sticks. Ever. Ever. Ever.
I’m consistently logging diet and glucose readings. Some food is common sense, though, about sugar content. One of my favorite things to eat is chips. I’m trying really hard not to eat them when they’re in the house, and sometimes times I do really good. Sometimes I have to force myself to put them away or not touch them at all. We have an air popper for popcorn, and my man recently got me dill salt (we can thank a local shop for this idea) to put on it. It’s pretty good.
And we bought an air fryer and use it over the stove for most fried/baked things. Instead of breading chicken fingers in panko or breadcrumbs, I used a mix of almond flour and parmesan cheese. The thing came with a ton of recipes we want to try; some will have to be adjusted but that’s cool. We’re always experimenting with food.
Exercising is another hurdle. Hell, I can get a workout just walking up and down the stairs or up to the main office (that’s a 1/2-mile round trip). With the weather cooling down (ish), I really do need to get off my ass and get outside/moving. Walk the circle, yoga on the balcony. Something.
One step at a time, right?
Next time: writing update