Don’t fool around with diabetes
By Paul F. Murray
You’ve seen the ads on television—with the fine print usually saying “actor portrayal”. Now take it from someone who is not an actor but a real person who has been through it:
Don’t underestimate the power of diabetes to complicate your life or even kill you. It can happen.
A month or two ago from the time I’m writing this I had a very blithe, lackadaisical attitude toward my diabetes. I knew that I was diabetic, but I wasn’t on any medication, so I thought it wasn’t that serious of a health issue for me. I felt like I could eat anything and everything I wanted. And so I did.
A few sugar cookies before bed? Yep, for sure. Sugar-loaded sodas such as Ginger Ale, Squirt or 7-up? Yessirree. Even Gatorade after jogging, maybe even a couple of Gatorades—and the sugar they contained. Have some cake or pie at the local free food kitchen? Sure thing. Take an entire cake or pie home with me from the local free food pantry? Yes indeed, anytime a cake or pie was available. This went on for at least a couple of years.
But then a month or more ago, I began to notice some changes. I felt tired more easily, with occasional dizziness or light-headedness. My vision began to get much worse. Same glasses, but now objects which until recently before then I had been able to see with precision and clarity now appeared very fuzzy, even at close range. Friends of mine that I saw at the supermarket or around town, I barely recognized until they were within 15-20 feet of me. Shopping at Walmart meant seeing objects such as distant signs in a blurry, unclear manner.
I thought the problems I was having were simply the result of blood pressure prescription drug interactions caused by all of the weight I had lost from exercise. Plus I thought I just needed new glasses.
Thank God I had a routine annual physical scheduled with my doctor for soon after all of these changes started taking place. My blood sugar at the time of my annual physical was so high that it didn’t even register! My doctor sent me straight to the emergency room at the local hospital to get treatment to reduce my blood sugar down to something less than an amount that could have sent me into a diabetic coma.
I am now taking daily insulin (temporarily) with the object in mind of eventually getting on prescription medication and eventually getting back off medication altogether, once my blood sugar is back to normal. My vision is back to normal—objects are back to being sharp and clear. I no longer have dizziness or lightheadedness. And I intend to keep things that way.
People can live for years and even decades with diabetes—if they take care of themselves. I am hoping to get back on treatment eventually based solely on diet and exercise. Never again will I ignore the sugar content of foods or drinks. Never again will I literally gamble with my health and my life by assuming that I can ignore my diabetes. I can have a full, active, and long life ahead of me (I’m 65 now), but I know that I have a responsibility to work at it, to make it happen, and to not just assume that it will.
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