One thing that having Type 2 Diabetes is teaching me is that I need to be ready for anything…
For example, a few months ago—for the first time in my life—I had strep throat. Well, the first known time, anyway. It wasn’t a normal thing for me. I had the sore throat, but I also had these huge hives all up and down my arms. They itched like crazy!
I wanted to scratch right through my skin! I’d never had hives before and it was absolutely awful! I had them on my arms and stomach. My lips were even swelled up.
I finally got some relief through an antihistamine and a steroid cream, but those did not come without a cost.
The antihistamine made me so tired I could barely function the following day and the steroid cream had the “wonderful” side effect of raising my blood sugar!
I felt like I was losing my mind, quite honestly. Between the itching and the ups and downs of my blood sugar, switching to a different medication…I was just about in a tizzy!
Those of you with or without diabetes will understand
If you have diabetes, or even if you don’t, when you have things like this happen, you might feel like you are out of control.
I felt especially out of sorts because I think all the high blood sugars I have been having have been wearing down my immune system. I don’t know if that’s a thing or not, but with all the changes in trying to control it, I feel like I am losing more and more control of my health each day.
I guess the point I am trying to get across is that we can all feel out of sorts from time to time, but we have to be ready for anything and when that “thing” happens, we have to be ready to fight back.
It isn’t always easy to fight back, though. Especially when several things creep up at one time.
Prior to developing the hives in this story, I had been to the emergency room because I was having horrible chest pains and thought I was having a heart attack. It turned out to just be acid reflux, but I think the medication I took to help fight the acid reflux was what made me break out in the hives!
Back to the beginning
When I first began on this path of diabetes, I was in denial BIG time! I refused to believe that I had this disease and would only take my medication when I felt like it. This went on for a while—on and off medication. I thought I could do whatever I wanted and eat whatever I wanted and if I kept on denying that I had it, the diabetes would just go away.
Not even close! If you have diabetes, you know where this path led me. If you don’t have diabetes, let me enlighten you a little.
When you have Type 2 Diabetes there will be times when your blood sugar is within the normal range. Most of the time that won’t be true, but sometimes it will be. It was during these times when I had blood sugar readings of less than 130 that I would decide that I was “better” and would stop taking my medication.
For a little while I would be okay, but it wouldn’t be long and I would be looking at readings in the upper 100s and even lower 200s. Then I would sulk for a while and start taking my medication again.
Now, I don’t dare go without taking my medication. For while, even on medication, I was averaging 400. This is pretty high.
I’m no longer in denial and have added insulin to my daily regimen of battling this disease, but I still do believe there is hope for bettering my condition. I have to keep up the hope. Some days that is all I have to hang onto. . .
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About the author
Karin Nauber, is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 27 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has five grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 11 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: firstname.lastname@example.org.