Friday, October 17, 2008

Researching Life

As I've shared before on this blog, I'm a diabetic. Seemingly a Type 1 diabetic, although I was diagnosed at age 28 with this disease. But why did I say "seemingly?" Simply because of a few articles I've read that say what I truly have is Type 1.5 or latent autoimmune diabetes of adulthood (LADA) simply based on the age of onset. I do know that my body makes antibodies against my islet cells. That if I stop taking my insulin, my blood sugars will spike & I will most likely die or at the very least end up in the hospital - not a good thing.

I do know that my first endocrinologist was very surprised that I was making antibodies & gave me the diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes. Simply put, I have to take insulin for the rest of my life because my body no longer makes it.

For the first year, I took daily insulin injections which really is a misnomer. I took injections four to five times a day. I was happy when a new insulin came out called Lantus. Lantus is a 24-hour insulin that does not peak. I took one shot each night before bed & it stayed at a steady rate all day long, helping to keep my blood sugars low between meals. Prior to that I took an insulin called NPH which lasted about 6-12 hours so I had to take two shots of this. But I could mix it with my insulin for meals. Lantus can not be mixed so it added a shot to my daily regimen.

Then I started on my insulin pump by Medtronic. I used their Minimed Paradigm pump & loved it. It made my life so much easier & the control of my diabetes was tighter. My quarterly HgBA1C was lower. HgBA1C stands for hemoglobin A1C which is a blood test that gives your "average" blood sugar for the last three months. It's the most accurate way to determine this since you can't lie about what your sugars are - blood tells. The docs like to see if below 7%.

Of course, you all know how this turned out. If not, click HERE to read what happened when I switched pumps a year ago.

So now that I am back on "daily" insulin shots, I'm finding that my control is horrid. My average blood sugar is well over 200. The normal range should be 70-100. I'm finding that a sugar in the low 100's brings on hypoglycemic symptoms even though my sugar is fine. I'm finding that I'm starting to have neuropathy in my toes again (sharp pins & needles feelings that HURT). This is NOT good. Not good at all.

However, it's serving as a large wake-up call.

I know that I need to loose weight. I've known this for a very long time. I joined Hot for the Holidays to keep me motivated & accountable. It's working to some extent. I've lost a whopping 1.5 pounds since I started - four weeks ago. At this rate, I'll meet my goal in about 17 years - if I did my math right.

I know this is more than just a weight issue. It's more than just a food issue. It's even more than just a health issue. It's a heart issue. So very much a heart issue.

I know that I need to make some major changes around here. I need some major "stick-to-it-ness" to move forward. I need an attitude change as I tell my children frequently.

So I'm spending some time tonight while my boys are watching mindless TV too late at night (I know but it's Star Wars: Clone Wars & they have to put it on late & we have no way to tape it & it's just me & the two older boys right now so I'm letting them) I'm spending some time researching my life.

I'm looking up stuff about the glycemic index. I ordered some new workout DVDs off eBay (Zumba). Before I go to bed tonight I plan to have an eating plan written out for tomorrow as well as an exercise plan. I'm recommitting to this goal I have. I even took a quiz on Spark People about my motivation. It said I was at this point in my goal searching. I'm ready to make a difference in my life.

I'm tired of being fat. I'm tired of having out of control blood sugars. I'm ready to be healthy. I'm ready for a change in my life. I'm ready.


  1. Thanks for visiting--and fantastic on your resolution! You've done the research--you can do it!

  2. Praying here for you, Lisa. It sounds like you are on the right track.

  3. (((Lisa))))
    You can do it! For your health and for your family! The lady who does my manicures/pedicures was a diabetic and heavyset. Her dr leveled with her regarding the life expectancy and quality of life she could expect if she didn't get things under control. She got right to it... walks something like 5 miles a day, eats right, etc., She lost all of her weight in about a year and has kept it off every since (4-5 years now that I recall). I need some stick-to-it-iveness as well! I don't have any health issues, but I still need to take my health more seriously...

  4. Lisa,

    I just want to encourage you to look after yourself more. I'm still praying about that pump for you.

  5. Good luck! I know that I need to do the same as my family has diabetes in it, and I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with all three of my its a matter of time. Therefore, I am trying like heck, like you to make the life change, not just say I need to loose weight. What a struggle after 20 plus years of the same thing. YA know! I wish you the best, and you are an inspiration to the rest of us struggling to do the same. :)


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