Nose-to-nose with the big "D"
Elvis the cat isn't the only one in the Saintly household facing a change.
St. Pat has the big "D" -- diabetes. She's doing the finger prick and glucose check every morning, and taking medication.
It's the type 2 diabetes that can be controlled largely through diet and exercise, and losing weight, which I'm doing.
I'm guessing I've had it for a few years. I hadn't had a real physical in a good dozen years.
Something hadn't been right with me for a while, and it was getting worse. That virus that was going may have spiked it up -- I was sick from the middle of November until after the first of the year.
The doctor sent me off to a lab for some tests, and her office called me a few days after I got them. I was to go get another blood test right away. A follow-up doctor's appointment was already scheduled for me. There was no "Will this date work for you." Just "Get in here."
So, there I was, and here I am.
It could have been the big "C" or something I couldn't do anything about. I can do something about this. It's God's way of dealing with me.
You see, I had been praying for God to help me in my struggle to lose weight and get healthier. I believe this was his wake-up call, to spur me into action.
My blood sugar has been dropping steadily the past 10 days, though it's not quite yet to where it should be. Patience. I'm losing weight and working myself back into regular exercise.
And working to remember to take the medication. That's the hard part - I'm not used to taking prescriptions, just a vitamin when I think of it. But I have to be on a regular schedule with medications and foods.
I was in a Catch-22 -- the more fatigued you feel, the less you want to exercise, and the less you exercise, the more fatigued you become.
Extreme fatigue is one of the symptoms of diabetes.
The diet hasn't been bad. It's a healthy one -- leaner proteins, lots of healthy vegetables -- complex carbohydrates -- and simple ones here and there. I'm dropping weight.
No, Padre Mickey!!! I'm not going to start eating a steady diet of steak tartare! I don't care if raw meat cured Sra. Chompita's metabolic problems!!
I've been curing my chocoholic tendencies by eating a piece of sugar-free dark chocolate now and then, and sometimes, sugar-free chocolate ice cream for dessert.
And I feel a lot better than I have in a good while.
Thank you, Lord, for not putting me in the belly of a whale.
Thank you for looking after me, and getting me to the doctor, even when I didn't want to go. Thank you for the medical advances that are helping me and so many others.
Thank you for getting me on the road to better health.