Lost, but now am found!!

1uncoolmom
By 1uncoolmom Latest Reply 2014-12-01 16:24:34 -0600
Started 2014-12-01 09:29:09 -0600

I joined almost a year ago with the best intentions, but then went about my merry little unhealthy way—until I started having chest pain and they started talking heart cath…I'm back, and determined with the support of the good folks here to avoid this procedure. Yeah, I'm scared! My last Hgb A1C was 7.1 and fasting glucose was 183. I have found just because you don't acknowledge diabetes does NOT make it go away (hard lesson learned…another story). So any advice, motivation or but kicking y'all can offer I would appreciate it!


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Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-12-01 16:24:34 -0600 Report

Sometimes it takes a health scare to make us realize that managing diabetes has lots of benefits. I'm glad you're back! Think about what you want your life to look like, and how managing diabetes will help you realize those goals. Visualizing what we want to achieve is often the first step in making that vision a reality. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-01 14:21:00 -0600 Report

I think you have made the first step. Learning the lesson the hard way. You cannot fix what you don't acknowledge. Diabetes is not going away simply because it is ignored, in fact it can progressively get worse.

I was sick earlier this year and could not chew. When it first started happening I thought it was a toothache. When it got to the point where chewing was so painful and I ended up with a large knot on my neck, I went to the ER. What was thought to be a swollen gland turned out to be a large stone in my saliva gland. Surgery was the only thing that could fix it. I now have a partially paralyzed tongue because the stone damaged the nerve. It left me with trouble swallowing and when my tongue gets tired I slur my words. Ignoring the pain was my first mistake. Lesson learned the hard way, I should have gone to the doctor when the knot first appeared.

The question you should ask yourself is this, "if I could put a price tag on my health, what would it be?". If the catheterization will improve your heart health and reduce the pain, why won't you have the surgery?

Your A1C is good but not great. With determination, you can get it even lower. This may not clear up the problem with chest pain but it will put you in better shape for the surgery when you decide to have it.

Make today your starting point. Ask your doctor to send you to a registered dietitian who can not only help you with a meal plan for a diabetic but one that is also heart healthy. Look at the things you are eating and figure out what to eliminate or add. The best way to do that is to keep a journal of what you are eating, the amount and the test results after each meal. Take that with you to the dietitian.

To help me gain control after I was first diagnosed was tape the following sentence to my Computer monitor at work. Just for today I am going to__________. I filled in the blank. I had to learn to test regularly and that helped me. I learned to take medication on time and to eat better foods using that one sentence.

You can do this and motivate yourself at the same time. Good luck to you.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-12-01 10:26:00 -0600 Report

Howdy Coolmom.
Yes I think that this is the best thing is to rename your screen name. You really don't need the negativity. We often need to learn things the hard way. I most certainly do a lot of times (in the old country my family was often buried with our heads sticking out of the ground — heads so hard they last longer than any tombstone - LoL!).

Is there any reason you are so dead set against the catheterization? If it would offer the hope of stopping the chest pain, it might be worthwhile as pain such as this often raises one's BG (blood glucose) levels. An A1c of 7.1% is not terrible bad. Certainly not an 8 or 9%! It is something you can work toward lowering, to be sure. But it is something once you get your BG in control, the A1c will lower with it.

One of the things I found out that works for me is eating a high protein, low carb (not no carb) meal plan. I have written up a meal plan which works well for me and I have kept my BG levels in the 80 to 130 mg/dl range, achieved an A1c of 5,5% and lost 65lbs over the course of 5 mo. all the while discontinuing my twice daily injections of NPH insulin.

If you care to check it out, all you need is to ask me. It has worked well for me for the past 3+ yrs I have been using it

Praying for improving health for us all

James

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