One Great Thing — From “Diabetic Diva”

Tuesday’s Prompt: Living with diabetes (or caring for someone who lives with it) sure does take a lot of work, and it’s easy to be hard on ourselves if we aren’t “perfect”.  But today it’s time to give ourselves some much deserved credit.  Tell us about just one diabetes thing you (or your loved one) does spectacularly!  Fasting blood sugar checks, oral meds sorted and ready, something always on hand to treat a low, or anything that you do for diabetes.  Nothing is too big or too small to celebrate doing well!

This author is dedicated to turning her life around, with exercise, diet, medication, and a doctor who listens.

For everyone who is suffering with diabetic foot pain, I’ve walked in your shoes. I also have severe pain in my feet which started within a couple weeks of being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Apparently, I have had diabetes for a very long time.

I was told to get plenty of exercise and lose weight. I lost 50 pounds in 3 months. I did that from sheer panic over my diagnosis and turned myself into an obese anorexic. Soon after, I was given Lyrica. The pain in my feet started to disappear but the weight came back. I packed on 40 pounds after that diagnosis.

No matter what I did I couldn’t take off the weight. I tried Weight Watchers, but because (at the time) their points system didn’t take into consideration that I also had to count carbs, I was so confused on how to diet that I quit.

I sat at home feeling sorry for myself. I had to start using the motorized wheel chair in the grocery stores and couldn’t walk a long distance.

Then I turned 53 this year. I’ve known a couple people who died from diabetic complications and heard of many more on television. I decided that my birthday gift to myself this year was to lose 130 lbs by the time I turn 55. That was Feb. 1st. I’ve lost 18 lbs so far. I rejoined Weight Watchers because their point system now includes carbs, fat, fiber and protein! It’s so easy now.

I also reduced my Lyrica to once a day, AFTER my Doctor’s approval.   I’m supposed to take it 300mg a day but told the doctor I can’t lose weight so I want to cut back to 100mg at night and he was okay with it. I have to limit my walking, but what good does it do for me to be pain free if I can’t lose weight. As they say “No Pain, No Gain.”

I joined our local YMCA and take a low impact swimming class for people with back problems. At first the jumping around in the water hurt my feet until I discovered if I move into deeper water it lessens the pounding on my feet and I also take my Lyrica before I go instead of at bed time. So far it’s working out.

I’ve also discovered that you don’t even need to get up out of your chair to reap the benefits of movement. Try this out at your computer. Sit back in your chair and without using any other muscles except your stomach muscles pull yourself forward like you’re going to stand up. Hold it for 10 seconds then lean back. You’ll feel the muscles in your stomach tensing. ANY movement helps your sugar levels! It took me 3 years to figure this out. Repeat this 10 times and then sit back and relax.

Next, sit back and placing your hands firmly on the arms of your chair lift your legs up so they stick out horizontal from your hips. Hold them there for 5 to 10 seconds then lower. Repeat 10 times. You’ll feel this in the back of your legs and also your stomach. Don’t worry about how high you can get them. Just lift them up.

If I sit for long periods of time and my ankles swell, my feet hurt. Trick is to watch your diet and prop your feet up so you’re not cutting off your circulation. If you work in an office, bring a box to work that you can put your feet on. This will raise the back of your knees up from your seat.

If you hurt then take care of yourself first. Take your medications correctly. If you can tolerate what you feel, then use that precious time to get in some exercise.

Diabetic Diva

*This is a reader submitted story based on experience. Consult your doctor before making any changes to diet, exercise, or medication.*

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  1. Hi, my first time here. That is some story you have. I am also your age and have had type 2 for about 5 years now. I also struggle with my weight. I was very sick in Dec-Jan. and lost 40 lbs. I have decided to undergo gastric bypass. I have read a lot on surgery and know that it helps a lot of diabetics. I also had a Heart Attack 8 years ago so I am on many meds. I am hoping this surgery will help with all of my problems.
    Have you ever considered Gastric bypass? I don’t expect to have the surgery for about 3 months but I will keep you informed about my progress. Nice to meet you.

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