Getting Back into Balance

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Real Estate Agent with Pavao Real Estate

Its funny how you think you know the direction in which your life is going, then out of no where life changes fast!

Thank you to all who have sent me e-mails wondering where I have been. I apologize for not being around much to reciprocate, I promise to do better real soon.

Many of you know that my life revolves around a healthy lifestyle, I woudn't have this any other way! But something happened to change my life forever, this will be my new challenge for the rest of my life.

I'm not really sure when I started seeing the signs, around the holidays I started feeling really tired all the time. I convinced myself that it was just a busy time of year and it was normal to feel this way. In addition, I was thirsty all the time.

Since my energy level was down my workouts began to suffer, I no longer had the endurance to workout 6 days a week. I began walking more instead of using weights. I began to lose weight, I still did not worry to much, a few pounds would be okay.

Suddenly, I started giving into sugar cravings, I needed energy fast so I would seek out sugar to get it. Those who know me thought I had lost my mind! Since when is it okay to have snacks like this in the house....I would drink orange juice like it was going out of style.

A casual shopping trip revealed the problem, the pharmacy was offering free blood glucose testing. What that little strip revealed was a little disturbing....mine was over 400! I was advised to contact my doctor. Since the doctors office was closed, my sister-in-law who is a nurse told me to go straight to the hospital.

I don't do well with hospitals, I was reluctant but I did what I was told. Upon my arrival, my levels had gone up to almost 500! I was "DKA" as in Diabetic Ketoacidosis! What? I am not a diabetic? I guess I didn't really understand the seriousness in all of this, just give me what I need so I can go home.....But I was informed "your not going home anytime soon"!

The diagnosis, type I Diabetes! This is insane, it doesn't make any sense and nobody really knows why this happens. But I now must get used to the fact that I will now depend on insulin for the rest of my life. With every meal and at bedtime.

One thing I know for sure, is that I have much to learn about Diabetes. The staff at St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River is dedicated to educating the public and The Diabetes Association in Fall River has been a great resource of information.

I would love to hear from anyone who has a story to share or information that will be helpful.I am determined not to let Diabetes control my life, the challenge for me will be to control my Diabetes and get myself back into balance! :)

Take care,

 

 

 

 

 

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Suzanne Sands
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Hi Cedric,

Awww....thanks, no apologies neccesary! Kathy was above you and that comment would fit her too! I'm touched you have lifted my spirits! :)

March 15, 2008 09:51 AM
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Oh boy Suzanne, I can relate all too well.  My Dr. just called (1/2 hr ago) and told me that my blood sugar levels are indicating Diabetes and she wants me to go on medication.  My head is spinning.  Unlike you, I am overweight and I have been in denial over the potential hazards of maintaining this weight...

Ok, I've been hit with a brick...No wonder I feel tired all the time when I eat...no wonder I can't concentrate...AARRRGGGhhh, now what.  I asked her for 3 months to help change some things in my life but now I am scared...

March 19, 2008 12:30 PM
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Suzanne Sands
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Patrice,

I'm so sorry, my heart feels your pain. I know your head is spinning right now, but please know you can deal with this. Finding out before its too late is a good thing & now you can focus on feeling better.

When I was diagnosed, I started searching the internet for information. Also, if there isa local chapter of the  Diabetes Association they can be a great resource for you. Please keep me posted, hang in there! :)

March 19, 2008 04:06 PM
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Thanx Suzanne, I am going to a practitioner today that works with the adrenal glands in an effort to boost your system without conventional drugs.  Hopefully, my change in diet and that support will help.  I appreciate your kind words and will keep you posted
March 20, 2008 07:44 AM
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Hi Patrice,

Best of luck to you today, you will be in my thoughts. You will be amazed at how making small changes to your diet will make you feel so much better. :)

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