I'm dealing with a pinched nerve in my neck, which is affecting my shoulder, and my right arm. It is a little bit difficult to type, as I'm sure that you would understand.
Over the last 25 years, I wasn't aware of being a diabetic. I remember the different episodes I suffered from, not knowing why they were occurring - sugar crashes (I thought that it was heat stroke, due to playing gigs outside in the summer), and the opposite of those, which had me on the floor, sweating profusely, trying to meditate - in order to get my heart rate down. It all makes sense now.
The high sugar problems happened much more often, probably on a ratio of 8 to 1, but there were days where I was what the little old ladies called 'peckish' - in other words, fasting - trying to lose weight. I would drink liquid nutrition, like Slim Fast Ultra - and that was it. I put my body through quite a bit, ignoring the fact that there was something really wrong with me.
What an idiot I used to be… subconsciously trying to deny that there was anything wrong!
Now, here I am - testing my bgl three to four times a day; watching what I eat, taking medicine, and giving myself shots of insulin. I can see where many people would be 'bummed out' with this lifestyle, as I've read many entries here at DC from people who hate having diabetes. To all of my friends, and everybody else out there:
I really don't mind living like this. It has improved my health tremendously, and my weight loss is nearing the thirty pound mark - just from diet changes, and following 'the rules'. My doctor is very pleased with my progress, and so am I. Even though I am insulin-dependent, and my lifestyle has changed, here's the kicker:
If Bret Michaels (the musician of 'Poison' fame) can live with Type 1 diabetes, then, so can I. For the record, I'm not a 1980s heavy metal fan. (haha)
If I can do it, then, everyone here can do it. Every day that we all wake up, and have the ability to share love with our families and friends - is a wonderful day. This is what makes our forum here in DC so fantastic - we can learn from one another, and share positive vibrations too.
May this entry make everyone feel empowered by the good vibrations. May you all have a wonderful weekend.
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