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My new diabetic “helper” December 9, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — singlewhitediabetic @ 10:53 am

I have put on a lot of weight since I was diagnosed with diabetes. Part of it was weight I had lost that I think was caused by becoming diabetic before diagnosis (I lost 60 pounds the year before I was diagnosed). However, it was just becoming clear that I needed to work on it and needed some external help because I wasn’t figuring it out on my own and programs like WW aren’t really targeted to diabetics. I could make a list of other excuses, but the main thing is I was a little at loss on where to start and what to do. Not that I didn’t get the idea of fewer calories in than burned, but…I didn’t want to just start a diet, I wanted some one-on-one advice.

So after much research I found a nutritionist/dietitian who also has a specialty in diabetes. I started meeting with her in October/November. I love it.

First, I had to start documenting everything I eat/drink. For this I’m using http://www.myfitnesspal.com. I can do it from my computer or my phone. It has an awesome database of foods. Every visit we review my logs (including what time i ate each meal/snack and how I was feeling in the notes section). We also try to come up with a plan ahead of schedule. I’m finding that a plan is the key to success. However, there have been other lessons.

I was not eating breakfast at least 95% of the time. And on days that I work from home I might not eat until 3 or 4 and I was really starving. Thus, my body thought it was starving and would hold on to every calorie I took in. The breakfast thing was partly because so many mornings I was waking up feeling nauseous. At first I thought this was from high bg, but after disproving that I think it’s acid reflux. Sexy! I have started taking over the counter meds and it’s been a big help. I’m up to have a diabetic-friendly Boost for breakfast on my way out. The other part of this was discovering I wasn’t keeping food at home I would want to eat. I don’t mean like pizza and chocolate, but just keeping something crunchy and some things that are easy meals – like tuna fish and crackers.

She also reviews some things I’m doing and has simple changes. Like have a fruit or vegetable with every meal. If you are ordering out, make a veg at home too. Set a limit to drinks before going out with friends.

I’m also trying out more cooking at home. Wish I had a dishwasher! I am trying to always do at least enough for dinner and then lunch the next day when I cook. Some things like soup I’ve also frozen some servings for later. I need to do more of this kind of thing, but the progress I’ve made has been good. My lady likes pictures of my food. I don’t photograph them all, but things like a beautiful soup deserve a picture!

She’s also very encouraging. She’s checked in by email a few times between visits. My favorite email was short and sweet: “I’m really proud of you, too. Losing weight and taking care of yourself is never easy… keep it up.”

I can do this!

 

Diabetic Retinopathy December 7, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — singlewhitediabetic @ 9:22 pm

It’s amazing how depressing doing research can be when you’re diabetic.

 One of the first things I was told was I should get a dilated eye exam annually once I was diagnosed.  I have had glasses since I was 11, so seeing the eye doctor was no new thing.  However, this does add some time.  Regular eye exam:  better 1, better 2 + the drops.  Then you are released to wait for half an hour in the waiting room and then brought back in.  This past July the eye doctor saw some “scarring” that made him refer me elsewhere.  

Lovely. 

So, in July I went to a specialty clinic.  It was a horrible experience.  I will add my mom had surgery the day before and I had a call immediately before that things weren’t great so my eyes were bloodshot to begin with.  So I went and got dilated.  Waited.  Decided I should be more dilated.  (I have large eyes). Then I went back to get photos taken…the person missed my vein completely and just filled my arm with yellow dye.  Then I went into an exam room for a while.  I finally saw a young doctor.  She gave me her opinion.  I waited an hour to see the more experienced doctor for him to repeat everything and then ask about my diabetes.  “You should never go above 130,” he said.  

Insert dragon head here and fire with “YOU KNOW I’M A TYPE 1 DIABETIC, RIGHT?””  

Yep.  Um…even if I have the most perfect numbers I rise more than that number from just waking up, getting ready and going to work…no food…

It really turned me off.  So much so that I put off the follow-up exam for a month longer than was suggested.  This time, it was annoying but no dye in my arm and an hour less time.  He did ask about my diabetes again and I said I had gotten the Dexcom and was mostly under 200 (which would be AWESOME, bells in Heaven AWESOME) and he said “we really need you to stay under 130.”  

So do I do/say something?  This is obviously absurd.  

Oh, the second eye exam they said the pocket of fluid was gone and my eyes look great.  Though when I asked if I could switch to coming annually after one more check he said “people like you should come at least every 9 months.”  People like me are diabetic.