Yesterday I had a frank discussion with my DH. I have not had good control of my diabetes for a while now, and he was becoming very concerned. With love and compassion in his voice, he asked me to consider if complications in the future will be worth my indulgence today. I broke down and cried because I truly hate living with diabetes. It is a disease that I can't see now, but years down the road could wreak havoc in my body. I am an active, fit, 47 year old woman and have been living in denial. So I started testing my blood sugar, counting carbs, measuring food, using the appropriate amount of insulin, keeping my BG and food journal, and I have had excellent control for a day and a half now. It takes time and discipline, but it is definitely worth it. This all started because I have a broken foot and have been in a cast for 4 weeks. My DH saw my discouragement at not being able to exercise, or walk for that matter, and he could only imagine what it would be like if I didn't have a foot at all. I hope all of you have someone in your life who will care enough to speak the truth in love.
How courageous of him to have that talk with you, and of you to share it here! I had a similar realization recently, and you're right--it doesn't make sense to indulge now, considering the complications down the road. Congrats on your realization and best wishes to us all! Thank you for sharing! xoxo
Thank you Lauren. my husband has taken it on himself to eat like i eat. While on an outing to home depot, he almost bought a candy bar, and then remembered that I would not be able to do that spontaneously, so he refrained himself.
well, what we forget to remember is that type 1 diabetes effects the entire body, every nerve, cell, blood vessel, muscle too, every organ. i've been sick lately and I was again made very aware of (by ER docs and GI and Internist) how fragile we as type 1's are...especially type 1's because our immune systems are compromised, we have an autoimmune disease. yeah, i don't want to think about this either...but you're around my age and our bodies don't get younger. this is a long, progressive drawn out disease. i hate it too..but we have no choice. do the very best you possibly can to control it, we have the tools, only WE can do this. I too was an extremely healthy, fit, active woman, with abosultely nothing physically wrong with me, before this hit..now I feel like my body is falling apart. It scares the h@ll out of me and I have good control...! I sometimes forget how bad this disease really is until I do get sick then I hear the doctors say, "she's a type 1 diabetic"...it's like every little things becomes STAT in their eyes and then i'm told over and over, your body doesn't heal right, work right - normal. It's scary.
good luck! don't wait until you're very sick because it could be too late.
This is why my orthopedic surgeon didn't go straight to surgery to pin my ligament and bone. He was concerned about the healing process from complications with diabetes
Congratulations, Dusk, on facing reality and making changes. It is not easy, that is for certain. I am glad you reached out!
Thank you melitta
I'm glad MrsAcidRock is a great support for you!
I think it is pretty normal for most folks to not think too hard about being diagnosed with diabetes (especially Type 2) and not paying too much attention to it. Type 1 takes a little more management, but it can be looked at as doing the minimum to get by.
Having said that, I am happy that most people who are afflicted with diabetes have that AH HA moment, where they seek the help of someone, something, higher power, and a combination there of to help them get their life back together. I am grateful that the AH HA moment has happened to you and you have a wonderful support system to help and guide you along. You have made the commitment to your DH and yourself for better control equaling better life with diabetes. Congratulations to you, and all the best for keeping that commitment. The commitment is life-long and keeping that commitment means a long life.
Thank you Brian.
Thank you for sharing.
Congratulations on acting on your hubby's loving advice and for being brave to do what it takes. :)
You can do it!