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More about diabetes…type Mike!

When I was at Walmart the other day, I spotted a little pocket edition of Diabetes for Dummies. I bought it on the spot!

I read it tonight and already feel so much better informed about our latest ‘cross to bear’.

Over the years we’ve acquired more and more medical conditions and so I’ve had to learn how to manage several different things. I’m no expert by any means, and I’m DEFINITELY not a doctor (though for the first 20yr or so of my life I planned on being one), but I do feel reasonably ‘versed’ and capable handling:

  • asthma
  • allergies
  • eczema
  • subcutaneous injections
  • nebulizer treatments
  • precocious puberty
  • growth hormone deficiency
  • colon cancer (my Dad was the not-so-proud bearer of this and the following conditions)
  • dehydration
  • ileostomy
  • bowel obstruction
  • chronic diarrhea
  • fistulas

Last year (2008) we officially added ADHD, depression, and anxiety to the list. All of which I’d suspected and so had really been managing for many years, just at a more relaxed level and with no help from the medical community.

We also added me into the mix. For the first time ever I started trying to manage/care for ME and my diagnoses/conditions. That also added new ones to learn…

  • chronic Lyme disease which actually encompasses several different strains of infections and several different deficiencies
  • hypothyroidism
  • intra-muscular injections (though I made Mike give them!)

And the diagnosis/condition/area of study of the year?

  • High blood glucose

That would be Mike’s and as I said before I’ve just begun this new crash course in medicine.

Just tonight I learned a few basic facts about both type 1 (not Mike) and type 2 diabetes, as well as the period before full-blown diabetes begins, which is known as prediabetes. I think Mike’s blood glucose levels put him into this category (prediabetes), but I’m not entirely sure, because the doc did not tell us his actual level. He just said it was “a little high”. We haven’t been able to start testing at home yet, either, so I have no #s to judge by.

As I’ve had to do with every diagnosis/condition to date, I’m having to educate myself (and my family), because of a failure on the parts of the doctors to do so. However, I have to give credit where credit is due! My Lyme doctor has done the absolute best job of educating the patient and/or family out of all the doctors (and that’s MANY) this family has dealt with in the last 10+ years. Unfortunately I┬ádid not meet my doctor until after I had already done a ton of research/learning on the TBI (tick borne infections) and the management thereof. In fact the research I did helped lead me to him.

Back to the diabetes. =) Tonight I also learned a little bit about how we will need to manage his condition, and how I’m going to need to help him change his diet and lifestyle.

A couple of specific things that I can do to help are to change the type of butter and oil I use in cooking. I’m also going to try and get him to switch to wheat bread and to cut back on the amount of sugar he uses in his coffee! I have a couple of ideas about exercise, too. I’m thinking about maybe taking evening walks as a family on days he doesn’t work.

I’ve also decided to invest in a couple of books to help with this particular condition. I’ve never really purchased (though I have read some) literature for most of the other things we deal with. I did purchase a couple of things on life-threatening food allergies when we first started that journey because it meant such a huge change in thinking and looking at things. One thing I bought was a cookbook. It was invaluable back when we were dealing with multiple food allergies.

This diabetes type Mike… whether it’s prediabetes or full-blown type 2 already… means another huge change in thinking and looking at things. And like the food allergies it means I need to re-evaluate my grocery shopping and cooking habits. That is why I bought the books before, and that’s why I’m doing it again. =)

I’ll be getting me a diabetes cookbook soon, as well as the expanded version of Diabetes for Dummies (unless I find another general diabetes book that is more highly recommended).

Now that I have my own set of the Oxford Medical Textbook, I’ll also be reading the pertinent sections in that, too. (Of course!)

I’m actually getting a little excited… as I always do… because of all the new learning. PLUS, I’m already seeing signs of better health in Mike because of the new medications (he mowed a LOT today and tonight told me he did fine-didn’t get real fatigued- and still wasn’t tired), AND I’m seeing signs of potential health/life improvements based on the things I’ve read so far. It’s almost like anticipating a new baby, I guess. I’ve felt the same with every diagnosis we’ve gotten.

We get the diagnosis and pretty soon afterward it hits me… Once we get this under control and are managing it fairly well, we should enjoy vast improvements! It’s kinda exciting to think about just how much better that person might get to be feeling/acting/functioning once we get the newly diagnosed condition under control!

I count each new diagnosis as a blessing for that very reason!


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