As of 11 days ago, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, on top of Sub-clinical Hypothyroidism. I wasn’t even upset and maybe because I wasn’t overly surprised as I remember some of the symptoms my brother had when he was diagnosed with Type 1 when he was 15. The clincher was when my vision suddenly changed and I had just had an eye exam in April and got new glasses. I had also been losing weight pretty steadily for the last couple months without trying. Don’t get me wrong, I love that part of it, but I also know it isn’t healthy.
What I didn’t know was that what I thought was me just getting older, after 2 kids, having an overactive bladder, was a symptom of diabetes. Getting the sudden urge to pee (no gradual urge, mind you) it was go and go now or pee myself. I put up with that for a couple of weeks and decided enough was enough. Nurse called me later the day of my appointment to confirm the diabetes result and I told her we got so wrapped up in the diabetes that we forgot about the overactive bladder, to which she replied, was a symptom of the diabetes and not a separate issue. Who knew, obviously not me.
My doctor put me on Metformin to see how that works and we are going to start with meds combined with diet and exercise. My sugars are still a bit high, but they have come down with the medication & diet and I still have to increase the dosage a couple more times.
My biggest issue was giving up soda’s. I would have at least 1 if not more depending on the size per day. I haven’t had a soda in over a week now. I caved about 3 days in, and it honestly just didn’t taste right, so I haven’t bothered with one since.
What I’m really having difficulty with is potatoes. I’m Irish. I LOVE potatoes. I’m an Irish potato I have been craving potatoes every day for the last 5 days. I’ve been pretty good about reducing my carbs. Bread, no problems, I rarely eat bread. Now don’t tell me to try cauliflower mashed potatoes *gag*, tried that and my family about lynched me (myself included). I shudder just thinking about it. Doctor told me today I can still have them, I just have to moderate them and have them in small quantities.
Thankfully my family is very supportive. We have all been eating healthier. My husband is even eating brown rice, which he hates.
I’m struggling a bit with my schedule as I just switched back to night shift. 12-hour shifts from 6 pm to 6 am. I try to keep my food schedule as close to what I would be doing on day shift. The struggle being to get the timing right on when I eat. I generally eat breakfast (dinner) before I go to work, then I’m hungry again around 9 pm but the doctor suggested that I stick to 3 meals per day and try not to snack, and if I do, make sure the snack is protein. Then I eat my lunch around midnight. The problem I’m having is that I’m normally not that hungry after midnight. And I can’t eat anything at least 2 hours before I take my thyroid meds which I take shortly before I go to bed when I get home (about 7:30). Then I sleep and wake up with my stomach growling. This gives me mostly 2 meals per day and I seem to be skipping out on one. I’m also finding that I am coming no where near my calorie range with eating healthier foods.
My brother has been very helpful. Advised me on the type of glucose monitor he likes best, how he drinks mostly iced tea, and told me which alcohol is best for diabetics. No more rum , no more sugary cocktails. Guess it’s a good thing I don’t drink often…
I’ve been pouring though Pinterest, looking up good foods and suggestions for foods I can eat. Talking with family members who have the disease and will trudge on taking things day by day.
So here I am once again, starting over with my dieting. But this time though if I want to remain healthy, I have to stick to it.