I am not sure where to start with my history of this.
My paternal grandfather died in 1985 due to heart issues due to diabetes. I remember watching him do his glucose test and injecting his thigh with insulin.
My Dad, who is almost 66 yrs old, is borderline. He does the glucose testing and does a good job of his diet and exercise.
My Dad made a surprise visit this past weekend, as he was on his way home to AZ from a trip to our old home town in IL. I hadn't seen him in 10 years!
Well, we got to talking about my health. I have fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, a damaged lower lumbar (that's the cause of this mess), and have gained about 100 lbs over the last 10 years. I build/maintain websites, so I sit - A LOT … mainly because I couldn't stand at cashier work anymore because of my back.
Anyways - to make a 300 page story short: Dad brought in his testing kit and we tested me. I was 261 on his kit. Now, I happened to have a free OneTouch Ultra Mini kit that I hadn't touched, only because I didn't think I had a problem. Famous last words, eh? Well, after some hyperventilating on my part of needles *chuckles*, I tested myself: 333. Now, we took into consider two different testing machine models, etc. Either way, it was still a high count … and I hardly had eaten by that point in the day, and definitely nothing high carb.
So, since I have only a few testing strips left from my free kit, I only test once a day, just to give me any idea.
Monday, 3.5 hours after lunch, my reading was 414.
Tuesday, almost 3 hours after dinner, my reading was 285.
I did a LOT of research yesterday. Printed a lot of stuff out. Have gotten my 3-ring binder already setup for logging meals, exercise, and readings. I understand about carb choices and had already started utilizing that info in yesterday and today's meals.
Now, here's the kicker. I have NO health insurance. I truly can not afford it. I barely make rent and utilities as it is. For the last 10 years I have been in N. Carolina, I can not any agency, organization, etc anywhere near me that can help me with medical costs or care that I can afford. I can't afford to go to the initial doctor visits in order to get on DSS for my back and Fibro. It's a mess.
So, my plan is to modify my diet, get more active, and keep a good record of my tests. If things don't improve on their own in about 2 months time, then I will just have to go to the doctor and worry about payment later. I bought some more testing strips via ebay yesterday for half the price they go for retail (on average), so that'll help for a bit.
Ok, I know I wrote a book. But I don't know anyone around me with Diabetes and I know I have not been officially diagnosed with it. However, those numbers are very suspect. I figure, treat myself as if I have diabetes (test, carb count, etc) and see where it goes. If anything, I have a good record to present to the doctor so he/she can figure it out *grins*
So… anyone in the foothills of NC? Looking for a finger pricking buddy! =)
Thanks for listening/reading/not falling asleep!
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