About six years ago during a more than difficult period in my life....just having had knee surgery, both parents in separate intensive care units, trying to be self-employed....I woke one day and looking across the room looked like looking thru a glass of water....eye rubbing and washing to no avail...allergies my always overly optimistic husband said...no, I knew that wasn't it...it was unlike any feeling I had before. I marched directly to the eye doctor....a very sweet man in his 70's...."Sally,whenever you have a sudden and drastic change in your vision, the cause is not your eyes." He suggested a quick trip to an internist who confirmed his diagnosis...I was diabetic. My maternal grandmother had been....but not till her 70's...my Dad's brother was...but not till his 60's and I wasn't even 50...not fair, not fair. Fair or not....after seeing a series of endocrinologists who pumped me full of gallons of insulin my weight escalated....and sleep apnea set in with fatique....and to make a long story longer....the Mayor Clinic doctor suggested a different insulin that no doctor knew about in the greater Milwaukee area...blood sugar got to near normal and life was good...weight bad...but while on still large doses of insulin, the weight would go nowhere despite strict diet and exercise. And then the miracle insulin was discontinued...oh gee thanks Eli Lily...you aren't making enough money from my daily use and now I am out of luck. So trial and error of other insulins...no they are not all alike...and short and long acting are not the only differences.
Oh well....now....if you don't believe that every person who comes into your life, comes for a reason and it is up to you to learn what that is....try that philosophy for a while...I find it fits well. I have a friend Kate who had been heavy for the more than 30 years have had the pleasure of knowing her. Kate is very bright and very interesting....she plays poker with the best, is a retired radio advertising sales person...knows more about football than any man I know...can tell you how astrologically sound you are...laughs easily and loves life. Kate told me why she was now a shadow of her former self. I went to the seminar held by the Bariatric Institute of Wisconsin and listened, learned...and got tested head...(yes, you do need to see a shrink..) to toe.Since we pay $1400 a month for insurance I could not justify paying for this surgery myself....so after a year of working to convince the insurance company they would be better off paying for this operation than the multiplicity of problems caused by diabetes and obesity...they agreed. It's only been a week....Kate is my fairy Godmother and came into my life for lots of reasons...but certainly to save it with this surgery was one of them.
What's the point....the point is....if you know someone who is insulin resistant and diabetic Someone who has tried a zillion diets and is still obese but determined not to be...Please show them this post....Please tell them to check it out...call the clinic for information...read it on the internet....and then go do it...a week later...for the first time in years my blood sugar is near normal with very little medication...sleep apnea is on the run...I have lost 10 pounds the first week....and I feel like a new person...Spread the word please...if diabetes runs in your family....be careful....test...watch your diet and exercise...life is toooo short..don't make it shorter !