My cousin was diagnosed last week as T2. She dragged me to her diabetes education class. The way the instructor held the class was interesting. She divided the class into two groups.
Group one was newly diagnosed and group two was refresher. She explained to the refresher group that she was first taking a question from the newly diagnosed first. There were only two people newly diagnosed.
I sat with my cousin so I could help her and explained to the instructor that although I was diabetic, I had no questions. She answered all of the questions for the newly diagnosed like an angel. Some of the refresher people she knew and they were ripped to shreds. It was 8 in that group.
She told all of the ones she knew that if they didn't care enough to take care of themselves they were wasting her time. They had all kinds of excuses for not taking care of themselves and actually blamed their spouses and children.
My husband is not diabetic so he brings home cookies and I hide some to eat when he is not around.
My daughters school was selling candy so I bought 4 bars and ate them in 24 hours.
My daughter job gave her cupcakes for her birthday and I ate 3 after dinner
My husband will not stop me from eating sweets
Because she knew them, she told them. You and only you are responsible for what you put into your mouth. All of you are suppose to be adults so along with being an adult requires you to be responsible for your actions and to understand the circumstances surrounding your actions. If you choose to ignore what you learn here who's fault is that? If your husband buys cookies and you steal them and eat them who's fault is that? If you don't care enough about your health, I don't care enough to keep answering the same questions and listening to the same excuses every month. Grow up and stop coming in here wasting my time with your childish whining and complaining about why you won't do what you know you are suppose to be doing.
My cousin asked what could he do to be as healthy as possible. She said unlike those who don't or won't listen, eat healthy meals, do not skip meals and use shakes and protein bars as a meal. Exercise and talk to your doctor about any problems you have. She gave him and the other person all kinds of information. She went over carb counting, label reading, how to test, the best time to test after eating. He also asked about what to eat when exercising and how should he test between exercise routines. She gave him clear concise answers.
One of the people in the refresher group who was not one to give excuses asked about diabetes and colds and flu. She told him about over the counter sugar free cough syrups and told him to make sure he speaks with his doctor if the cold or flu persists more than a few days. He said he had joined Planet Fitness and my cousin said he joined yesterday so they plan to work out together this evening. They joined at the same location.
She ended the class by telling them that when you don't do what you know you should do, the only person you can blame is yourself. She explained what damage diabetes can cause and to live a productive life. She has been a T2 for 8 years and said had it not been for a caring doctor, self support and family support as well as self motivation motivation from others she don't know if she could have taken as good of care of herself. She said a positive attitude, keeping an open mind and teaching others helped her. She is a former RN who devotes her life to diabetes education, relaxation therapy and traveling. She is developing a program for personal trainers so they can better work with diabetic gym members which I think is great.
I think everyone should attend a diabetes class when they are first diagnosed. It will help them. If your doctor tells you to wait, look for the classes on your own. The one today was free and it was held at a Senior Center. Even if you have to pay a fee, I think it is worth every cent. The most important commodity we have is our health.
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