- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
Diabetes, The Short and Sweet Of It. Pun Intended!
Of all the chronic disease processes the one I HATE, the most, is Diabetes. If it would come on out and fight fair, perhaps I would have a bit more respect but nooooo it is a coward and a sneaky thief that plans and waits and takes just a little at a time and then finally when you should be able to enjoy life, it starts the biggest thievery of all!
One piece of your heart, a bit of hardening of the arteries here and there, preferably way down at your feet; diabetes knows the heart is selfish and won't look past its navel to protect your lower extremities!
A bit of your kidney function perhaps, you'll never miss it, it will smell a little differently and you will find yourself going more often at night and so what if your legs swell up with fluid during the day? You should be in bed anyway, you are getting old when you are in your 50's are you not?
And oh yes, never mind that eyesight, you will hardly know its missing! Diabetes will let you see bright lights...for a while longer.
Did you say something about your brain? Well, you do realize that insulin and oxygen are bound together didn't you? Oh well, it's really not that big of a partnership really, hardly worth mentioning. Oh, all right then, if you insist. See... if your blood sugar is too low or too high (and the American Diabetic Association and your physician are probably wrong about those normal and abnormal values anyway don't you think? Didn't you hear your friend Mabel say she felt dandy when her sugar was closer to 300 and when it gets to middle 150's she feels just TERRIBLE!! It must be a conspiracy! )
Now what was it you were asking? Don't worry if you cannot remember it, Diabetes doesn't mind waiting on you, it really just needs a place to rest and relax for a bit and your body is soooo soft and comfy can't it rest in you for a wee spell then?
Well really, there’s no need to get all in a twit about it. Oh no, now look what you've gone and done! You got the attention of that mean ole nurse Barbara Kratchet Uhhhh Bethard ha ha
Oh nooooo here she comes with that dreaded insulin again! I, your REAL FRIEND, Diabetes, will have to check back in on you in just about eight hours, maybe twelve...I feel a bit woozy, oh no that dreaded oxygen is trying to touch me again!! Why doesn't it go bind to something else for a while, I am SURE yourbrain does NOT need oxygen!
exit diabetes stage left, enter Nurse B Kratchet, stage right
Hello, my name is Nurse Kratchet :) Are you a Diabetic? Whose side would you rather play on? On a team with a physician, nurses, lab tech, nutritionist, and diabetic educationists whose hearts want only to help... or with a sneaky, low life, untrustworthy partner like Diabetes?
I know the first part may have gotten a smile or two out of you but as adult onset, type ll Diabetics, you actually are worse off, strange as it may seem, than the kids who are diagnosed with Type l Diabetes. The kids have time to adjust and not create the bad habits that we, as adults (Who know better) have had the luxury of several decades to develop. You may have had the LUCK to be diagnosed early, say in your late thirties, but woe betides those just at or just into early retirement age. That really sets you world on a tailspin. A lot of times it takes years just to say "OK! I get it, I have diabetes... now what?"
Actually, it is not all that bad, there’s no more weighing every bit of food before and after cooking, spices will be your friend, and in a year your taste buds will have gone back to what they were in your youth and you will actually taste food again! WOW! What a concept! The diabetic diet, with walking, checking your blood sugar often and recording every time along with your medication prescribed by your doctor, plenty of water and a little bit of food several times a day will halt that disease in its tracks! I swear, the diabetic diet and exercise is the best way not only to lower your blood sugar but to take weight off and leave it off!!
And no, running is not a necessary exercise *personally, jogging gives me the runs :)* ha nurses, we crack ourselves up don't you think?
OK I heard that from you guys up in the peanut gallery!
Taken one day at a time and developing a HABIT is the best way to get started. The next important thing to do is do not do too much too soon. Don't try to deny this part; everyone says they walk...we walk all right, from the recliner to the kitchen to the recliner to the bathroom to the recliner to the bed and in the morning...oh you got that picture all right? Sorry, I ate sarcasm on toast this morning :)
It is best to start simple and stay that way but you have to add to the simple program until it is all you, personally, can handle. Start out with one five minute walk three times a week for a month and increase the time and the speed *if you are able and if M by your physician * by five minutes every month until you are where you are comfortable, without pain or shortness of breath.
Then think about and write down all the meals you can think of in the last month; it’s OK, this is not being held up in front of everyone! Chances are you eat maximum of twice a day and biggest one is at night! Any wine with that sir or madam? Because although everything we eats turns to sugar eventually some things happen faster eventually than others. Alcohol is already sugar soooo...no mental leap with that one, eh?
Now: checking your blood sugar. Even if you have had Diabetes for a long long time this is soooo important!! See, with Type ll Diabetics, your pancreas will try its best to do its job; sometimes it will show that it is producing insulin!! YIPPEE, you say? You are cured you think? That is one reason for checking your blood sugars often and recording the number down every time!! Date, time and the blood sugar every time, every time!!!! Because you will NEVER know when or how much your pancreas is trying to live again!!! The only thing you can be sure of is one day your pancreas will die.
Want an even bigger pity party? EVERY HUMAN ON THIS EARTH, IF WE LIVE LONG ENOUGH WILL ALL BECOME TYPE ll DIABETICS!!
It's true, we only have one pancreas. And none of us eat correctly, well except for Monk but that's just on TV right:) ? and unless Rochelle Frank turns out to be right in the very NEAR future the government will not be keeping us healthy and stress free because we will all be censored and spoon fed our daily pablum and love it :) check out her latest hub, dude, you think THIS is scary?
MOST HORRIBLE TO TELL YOU: YOU ARE NOT NOR WILL YOU EVER PROBABLY BE CURED FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!
ALSO REMEMBER THIS: THIS IS NOT YOUT FAULT!! BUT ONLY YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO BE THE WINNER OF THIS TRIP!!
SO WHAT ARE THE STEPS FOR MANAGING AND CONQUERING AND BEING THE Alpha PACK LEADER OF DIABETES?
1. SEE YOUR ENDOCRINOLOGIST OR YOUR PRIMARY PHYSICIAN REGULARLY.
2. TAKE ALL YORE MEDICATIONS WITH YOU TO YOUR PRIMARY PHYSICIAN EVERY time YOU GO EVEN AND ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS FOR AN UNSCHEDULED VISIT.
3. RECORD YOUR BLOOD SUGARS IN A NOTEBOOK WITH DATE AND TIME AND WHAT YOU ATE AND TAKE THAT NOTEBOOK TO YOUR PRIMARY PHYSCIAN EVERY TIME.
4. WALK SLOWLY AT FIRST THEN VERY GRADUALLY INCREASE THE TIMING AS WELL AS THE DISTANCE OF YOUR WALKS. DO THIS ONLY AFTER YOUR PHYSICIAN OKS IT FOR YOU!
5. DO DRINK PLENTY OF WATER TO FLUSH YOUR KIDNEYS AND GET RID OF ANY MEDICATIONS YOUR BODY DOES NOT NEED/USE. dO YOUR HAVE TO TAKE MEDICATIONS DAILY? DUH. SO GET THE WASTE OUT OF YOUR BODY BEFORE TOMORROW! DRINK WATER, NOT TEA, ONLY WATER WILL FLUSH YOUR KIDNEYS!
6. MEAT COOKED SHOULD BE NO THICKER THAN A DECK OF CARDS AND YOU CAN HAVE A LOT OF VEGETABLES BUT ONLY HALF A CUP COOKED AND ONLY THREE PER MEALTIME OR DISHES.
7. YOU GET TO BE A HOBBIT AND HAVE SECOND BREAKFASTS, ELEVENSES, TEA, AND EVERYTHING :) BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO EAT SMALL FREQUENT MEALS OR DISHES, IF THE TERM MEALS BOTHERS YOU, FROM NOW ON!
8. CHECK YOU SKIN ALL OVER EVERY DAY, ESPECIALLY YOUR FEET AND LEGS. DIABETES CAUSES NEUROPATHY, YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO FEEL YOUR FEET AND YOU WON'T KNOW YOU AREN'T FEELING YOUR FEET UNTIL ONE WEEK AFTER YOU STEP ON SOMETHING!
9. SHOES MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES THAT YOUR FEET ARE GOING TO TOUCHING THE FLOOR!! THIS IS BECAUSE OF NUMBER EIGHT!
10. WASH AND DRY ALL OF YOUR SKIN CAREFULLY ESPECIALLY YOUR FEET DAILY AND DRY TO A BONE BETWEEN YOUR TOES AND YOUR FEET. NO GREASY KID STUFF ANYMORE. ALL IT TAKES IS A SPECK OF SAND OR DUST BETWEEN YOUR TOES AND WHATEVER YOU HAVE, SPECK OF DUST, SAND, ETC STAYS THERE AND IT WILL IMBED ITSELF INTO YOUR SKIN AND MAKE A TINY HOLE. THAT TINY HOLE GETS DEEPER AND DEEPER BECAUSE IT WILL NOT REVERSE ITSELF AND COME BACK OUT, IT JUST KEEPS GOING UP YOUR LEG.
WONDERFUL MENTAL IMAGE, THAT, DON'T YOU THINK?
11. OK THAT'S IT, NURSE KRACHET IS STOPPING BUT REMEMBER
SHE WILL BE BACK!!
- American Diabetes Association Home Page - American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes.
- Diabetes - MayoClinic.com
Diabetes Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes and treatments of several types of diabetes.