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The ups and downs of Type 2 Diabetes—Be prepared for anything

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: karin@diabeteshealthnuts.com.

8 thoughts on “The ups and downs of Type 2 Diabetes—Be prepared for anything

  1. HI Karin – thankyou for sharing your journey to date.  I don’t have diabetes but my father did.  He didn’t need injections as such but did need a prick test every day and a very strongly controlled diet.    All I remember is what a serious disruption it was to his life at the time.  He had to change his diet and give up many of his favourite food and drinks.  We wasn’t a huge drinker but did love his red wine – it however would spike his sugars through the roof.

    You are so right in how much it changes you and the things you have to think about.  I remember watching him having to almost re-learn his whole dietary and living habits.  The ‘funny’ thing is that it actually saved his life in the end as he had a heart attack and the doctors did say that if he had not changed his diet and lost all the wieight her would have died 25 years earlier that he eventually did.  Thanks for your article and good luck with your diabetes journey!

    1. Thanks for telling me your experience with your father. Diabetes is not a “friendly” disease. Unfortunately, it progresses if we don’t do something about it, like changing our diets and adding in some exercise.

      Best wishes,

      Karin 🙂

  2. Hi Karin, 

    I know your struggle actually. Diabetes runs rampant in my family, both 1 and type 2. I’m sorry to hear that you’re now taking insulin as well but hopefully your blood sugars are in their normal range now. That’s crazy that your sugars were running up in the 400’s! That’s so high. I know you weren’t feeling good at that point!

    The one thing I don’t like about the healthcare system is that it seems like doctors are not trying to get people OFF the meds for type II. I think once you’re diagnosed there should be a system in place to try and wean patients off the meds and educate them on how to do this. Not only with diabetes is this an issue but also with high blood pressure and cholesterol meds. It’s like once you’re on them, you’re on them for life. I wish you only happy and healthy days ahead!

    I’ll pass your site along to family. I know they’ll appreciate your posts:)

    1. Thanks for visiting my site. I have been fortunate and had a while where my blood sugars were normal, but then they switched my medication again and now I have been running high again. Thankfully not in the 400s, though!!

      I totally agree with you about the healthcare system. They make it seem as thought I will never be able to be free of medication! But I disagree, I truly believe that through diet and exercise, I can be medication free.

      Thanks again and feel free to visit again!

      Best wishes,

      Karin 🙂

  3. Hi Karin,

    I applaud you for getting information out there regarding the risks of Type 2 Diabetes. This is a very dangerous disease and yet many people are in complete denial. Perhaps this is because we develop the disease later in life when our eating habits and lifestyles are well-established. Type 2 Diabetes runs in my family and virtually all of my female relatives have eventually been diagnosed. 

    My A1C levels have periodically been at the high end of normal for years. So I know I’m at risk. But, so far I do not have Diabetes and I am working hard to avoid it by changing my diet and controlling my weight. After watching others struggle with the many complications of this disease, I am highly motivated to do what I can to avoid it. 

    I do admit it’s a challenge. I hope you’ll continue to disseminate information about this dreadful disease because it’s so prevalent today. Great job!

    1. Linda,

      Thanks for visiting my site. 
      Honestly, it is so much easier to be in denial than to face the “reality” of this disease. Since I wasn’t diagnosed until I was over 40, yes, my eating habits were pretty well set. It seems like each day I must work to “reset” them.

      I encourage you to continue to watch your diet and to take walks. The research I have read and studied all indicates that these factors will be the things that will “cure” or “keep you” from Type 2 Diabetes. I really do believe it is all in what we eat.

      Please come again!

      Best wishes,

      Karin 🙂

  4. Hi, Karin,
    I am a firm believer that Type 2 diabetes is a condition, not a disease. My daughter is a diabetic and I have been working with her for a very long time know. She is not only diabetic, but she has also gone through open heart surgery and is mentally handicapped from birth.
    My story is a very long one, but I will give you a small run down in why I believe that type two diabetes in a condition, not a disease. I read up on everything that there is out there on her condition always looking for the way to help her. If there was anything out there I read it and I was getting all the same answers. Then finally I got a breakthrough. I found DR Mark Stengler. then Dr. Rosevelt and these doctors and other kept coming into my life and many others. I started to get answers that I knew that they were right.
    What I have come to learn is that the Meds that the said Dr’s are treating their patients with are only placing a band-aid on the problem and not wanting to cure the problem the big pharma Gurus are behind all this and has become a huge concern.
    Since 1949 there has been a cure for diabetes but it has been hidden away because big pharma gurus don’t want you to know this. In a nutshell, it called the Holistic way. Type 2 diabetes can be reversed and there thousands of patients today that have been cured and right of there meds. I have gotten my daughter to this level but have made a lot of bad vibes from the medical world also. I can go on and on about this. but do me a favor look up DR Mark Stengler on the web read his story there are many others I can have you follow but this would be too long of a comment.
    Always a better way
    sending blessings your way
    Linda

    1. Linda,
      Thank you for your response to this post.

      I agree with you that type 2 diabetes is a condition. I have often asked my healthcare team why they emphasize “treatment” of the condition and not reversal? They do mention weight loss, but then give you no tools to be able to do so (except weight loss surgery, which in itself is a danger). Most of the time they only talk about medication as a treatment. I will check out the resources you have listed.

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

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