It was three years ago tomorrow that my doctor (ARNP) said, “You have diabetes, probably Type 2.” She’d been running tests for awhile, discussing my diet and exercise for a year or so before. I was losing weight without trying but other than that, really had no symptoms. But, I had the flu, big time, in January that year, and it was the sickest I’d been in years. Meanwhile as some of you know, my dad was ill and the stress was unreal.
This was not the first time in my life that the “D” word had been mentioned. Our first child (he’s 30 now) weighed over 10 pounds. During my second pregnancy, diabetes tests were run but the results were negative. The second one was over 9 pounds. I weighed less after having each one, than I weighed before I got pregnant. (I thought it was great!)
My very supportive husband and I attended the classes at our local endocrinology center. I went to the grocery store and came home upset (the labels were confusing). Tried to eat the low carb stuff and cried. I was afraid to eat anything.
The endo said I probably wasn’t Type 2 but a Type 1 LADA. More searching on the internet. We read an article in the Wall Street Journal about Amy Tenderich and found DiabetesMine. Thank God for the diabetes bloggers. Most of you are younger than me. Most of you have had diabetes for a much longer time than me. Your positive attitudes, your welcoming gestures have been awesome!
My blog was originally a way of updating relatives and friends about my dad after his illness, (that’s why it’s “nhstuff”) but I never did that. Instead, it’s now a way to communicate with new friends. Other than my husband and a college friend with MS (shared because of Vivian), I have not shared my blog with relatives or friends.
Three years of diabetes is a short time compared to the rest of you. Thank you for being a friend to me these past couple of years. When I begin insulin, which the endo says will happen, I know that I’ll find help, advice and most importantly SUPPORT. I’m grateful.
Meanwhile – our snow/ice forecast turned into rain. Yay! Our road will probably be treacherous tomorrow morning but I’ll deal with it (slide down it) and be glad that we’re not snowed in! If you live in a snowy place you might enjoy this: http://www.dobhran.com/humor/GRhumor238.htm.