2005…. overweight, eating rubbish food for the most part, little is any exercise. A job that had me sitting all the time. A prime candidate.
Not that I was paying any real attention but I had noticed that I was taking a lot more liquid in to studio with me (I’m in broadcasting) I had also noticed my vision was not great either but as a glasses wearer I put this down to my prescription probably needed changing.
Eventually I was persuaded by my wife to visit the doctor. Like many men I was putting that off, for no apparent reason. I also knew that I was not quite right so I bit the bullet. Told my doctor all I was feeling and the blood sample was duly taken that morning. By 4 pm I had a call to insist I get to A&E as soon as possible. My reading was 22! Doctor explained that the norm is 5. Mind you, it still had not sunk in what that meant.
I was in hospital for about five days as they went about getting the bloods back to normal while all the necessary tests were done until I was told that, yes, I was diabetic! Type 2.
I was in a ward with a few other men. One in particular I never actually saw as his bed always seemed to have the curtain drawn around. A man in his seventies. The night I was moved to the bed alongside him, he asked me in a very raspy, deep voice, ”What are you here for?”
– I’ve just been told I am diabetic!
– Diabetes? Oh let me tell ya all about diabetes!
There then follow a blow-by-blow account of how he lost his sight and both his legs to the decease. To say I was in shock would be putting it mildly. I could not control my emotions and cried like a baby. He kept on though as if relishing in the notion that he was preparing me for a life like his. I eventually drifted off to a fitful sleep.
The following day, the specialist came on his rounds and when I relayed my fears of losing legs and sight he asked where did I get such notions. I motioned to the mystery man in the bed next to me and a dawning of realization came over the specialist who immediately set about having me moved. He later explained that the man had indeed lost sight and legs to diabetes but that he had had it for many years and had repeatedly ignored doctor’s advice. His case was not typical.
Nevertheless, this mans situation was enough to convince me that what I had was indeed serious and if left unchecked or ignored, I could end up in a very bad way.
The next month or two was a steep learning curve for me. I needed to learn about food and the contents of food. What could I eat and how much etc. I also walked. I walked like I never walked before and over the next six months I lost an incredible amount of weight. Too much if the truth be known. I realized later that I was in a panic. The image of that man in the hospital bed was my driving force.
Almost 10 years on from that time, I am in control. Obviously, Id prefer NOT to be diabetic but I am and I have to deal with it. I slip occasionally and give in to a bit of junk food but it’s a rare treat these days. I’ve become used to looking at labeling on food now in the supermarket. I also learned the importance of exercise in everyday life. A regular 30 minute walk (not a stroll) is something that we can all achieve easily. I accept it’s not always easy to get up off your ass and get out but once you do, its great. I now enjoy my walks. I ever got myself a dog to make the walks a bit more fun and there is nothing more pleasing that seeing your dog get excited when he knows that your are about to go out.
I am a Type 2 diabetic and I now understand how to deal with and control it. It does not control me.
Thank you for reading my story. I hope it will help someone out there
Written by TAURUS_rc
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