I recently wrote a blog titled " Doing T2 Wrong, Ten rules for screwing-up your T2 treatment" before you read this you might want to use this link and read it first. I just want to explain how I went about righting some of those wrongs.
My turn around started in my Doctors office when he said "Gary, Your A1c is in the low teens and it appears that the oral meds are not enough" He gave me a script for Levemir and started me on a low dose with instructions to raise the dosage a small amount every three days till my fasting numbers were acceptable. This scared the sh-- out of me. I realized then for the first time that this disease was serious. Well I guess I had always known but would not admit it.
First thing I did was fill the Levemir prescription as soon as I could. I then went home and started, 10 units a day at first with increases every three days.
Next I went on line. I was smart enough to know that insulin was a powerful drug and I needed help. I found this place and began to read voraciously. I was hooked on TuDiabetes and could not get enough.
Soon I realized that Levemir alone was not enough. I was injecting enough to put a bull elephant into a coma and had hardly dented my fasting numbers. So I did something I had never done, I made another doctors appointment without being forced into it. He agreed that more was needed and Novolog was added to the mix.
I'm now on MDI and thinking, I'm not much different than the Type 1's and I started studying how they do things. I learned that they count carbs, they keep a log, most exercise, and most don't carry around 40 to 50 pounds extra weight. Diet and exercise became my focus and somewhere along the way I read Dr Bernstein's book.
Counting carbs and walking became my daily routine. Carb counting allowed me to adjust my Novolog doses and it taught me how much my old diet sucked. Three miles a day walking was not only helping me lose weight it was helping big time with my insulin resistance. As my weight decreased my daily insulin needs started to drop to a lower level. I was even able to stop all the oral meds.
Today my BMI is as it should be. My last A1c was 5.5 and I feel good. I know that I will never again be without insulin but I'm ok with it because it works. Does it sound like I'm tooting my own horn, Well I hope not because that's not what this blog is about. It's about possibilities. If it's possible for a stubborn-headed dim-wit like me to get on track then it's possible for others to do the same. I hope this provides inspiration to someone else.
It seems that I have broken all my old rules......Please don't tell anyone.