I got a gold star yesterday! Well I would have got a gold star had the consultant had them to dispense. I had my six monthly check up at the diabetic clinic, and have lost 14llbs and dropped my blood sugar to an amazing from 7.9 to 6.4 (normal is 5).
Now that might not mean much to most people – but when I was diagnosed with diabetes three years ago, I was working full-time and my two kids were both under five years old. My then consultant, was ‘old school’ and spent the entire consultation condescending to me.
I left that clinic feeling worthless and like I had no control of what was happening to me. Diabetes was another thing to add to my already groaning ‘to do’ list.
In March this year, Dr Grumpy retired and we got Dr Progressive – a female doctor, who is a breath of positivity. For the first time ever I got a complete medical based on my diabetes, I told her I had just been made unemployed and was trying to look on it as positive. She enthused me, explaining what I could achieve by the next time I met her.
Since being redundant, I have planned and prepared more healthy meals, I have trained and walked the Dublin Mini-Marathon, and stopped eating after 6pm. Now I know 14llbs in 6 months is not ground breaking for a normal person – but it is for me.
I now have self belief that I can continue to lose weight and my goal is to get my blood sugar down to 5 each morning. When that happens over a 6 month continuous period, I will be able to stop my medication and will fingers crossed – no longer have diabetes.
My poor mother (RIP) struggled with diabetes and eventually lost her left leg to the disease. She died at 70 from diabetes: I watched her slow, inevitable, heart-breaking descent.
Now I feel I that it is a definite – I will be able to get my blood sugar normal and get off the medication.
I am planning and exercising, for my next consultant meeting in March. I walked out of the Mater Diabetic Clinic in Dorset Street in Dublin yesterday and felt ten feet tall and 14llbs lighter! I thought if not one other positive comes out of redundancy, then lowering blood sugar and losing weight is life changing!