When I first went to my diabetes-education class, two years ago, there was a woman there who was coming back for a “refresher” because she’d slipped up. I was less than a week into my diagnosis, and I was like the STAR STUDENT. I was checking my blood glucose level 5 times a day, I was exercising, I was doing it all. This woman, probably about ten or fifteen years older than me, looked at me and sighed, “I used to be like you, back in the beginning.” I felt sad for her and thought, I’m never coming back to this class! I’m never going to stop doing what I need to do!
In the spirit of getting back on track, I started testing my blood sugars again this week. And I have to say, the news hasn’t been so pretty. But it’s giving me information. Like the delicious new Lemon Mousse 2-point bars from WW are really not so diabetes friendly. Over the past six months or so, my testing has slipped down. Like I said in the tracking post, it started with the “I got this!” attitude. I’d been testing and testing, and it was always the same – my numbers were good – and the little testing strips are so darn expensive – and I thought – I must have this DOWN. I know what I’m doing. I am fine. I don’t need to test so much. And soon it turned into just testing in the morning and then I went away and the testing kit was in my suitcase and I came home and somehow just never unpacked it. Um.
I have an endocrinologist appointment coming up in a few weeks and I have the sinking feeling that I’m not going to be getting a huge glowing report card and congratulatory letter about my stellar blood labs this time. But it’s good. I need to know this. I need to stay on top of these things and remember.
March 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm
It’s always there. I’ve been in this exact same position…and could probably use an d-education refresher class too.
Good luck at the endo!
March 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm
These are things we need to know. I’m glad you are back on track 🙂
March 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm
Susan, you are such a champ and a HEALTH STUD. Your persistence, compassion for yourself, humor, and resilience are an inspiration for dealing with adversity in any kind of endeavor, not just diabetes and weight.
March 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm
Health Stud!! Aww, thank you Ilana, that just made my day.
March 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm
Both of my parents are diabetic, so I know it’s not an easy journey. Glad to see you’re taking care of yourself with this! We want to have you be around & healthy for a long time. 🙂
March 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm
Dear Susan, the blood sugar reading gives you such a timely feedback on how the combo of food, exercise and, of course, stress, affect you physiologically. At least, that’s one positive from stabbing your poor little pinkies. Just information. I have often wondered if there’s any research on how meditation/calming practice might help the cells become more sensitive to the insulin & therefore take in the glucose better. Sounds like a grad school thesis, doesn’t it? It’s great that you are getting more consistent on your exercise again. I just think our bodies are like kids, they like consistency; and when they know what to expect from (their crazy, demanding) parents they do better. (I am so happy to report my BMI has dropped 2 points since starting WW). Getting MY exercise consistent is the big challenge right now, I plan to check out the sites you mentioned for motivation.) Ciao, Annie
March 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm
I’m sorry the numbers are great right now but the good news is you are looking for them and you do know how to get them back in the right direction.
March 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm
It happens to the best of us, as I’m also dreading my upcoming appointment, but I have an action plan in place.
Good luck 🙂
March 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm
This post hit home for me. I am not good at monitoring at all. Also, when I went in for my quarterly Hba1c it was UP from 6 to a 7. I “thought” I was doing okay to but apparently my body had a different story.
Thanks for the reminder!
March 7, 2011 at 11:04 pm
I’m so glad to hear you are back to taking care of your health. I know its a pain and expensive but its SO very important. This better be a #7day chip that goes on and on! ((Hugs))
April 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm
I so enjoyed your blog. My father in law has been a diabetic for over 40 years! It is so hard to follow a diet on a regular basis but trying to keep your levels “normal” on a diet is really hard! Great job & glad to hear you are doing better now! I have a diabetic cat!! I have to give him 2 insulin shots a day!! I can not really keep up with his levels & he does great taking the shots! I didn’t know animals could even have issues with this! Thanks again for your encouraging words for dieters everywhere!