When I saw the number 11.2 as my A1c I will admit that I was scared. This was proof that the type 2 diabetes I had been diagnosed with 13 years ago was out of control. I felt depressed and scared and sad all at the same time. I felt hopeless and lost.
As I thought more about it, I also had another thought: type 2 diabetes does not own me.
What do I mean by that? Read on…
Type 2 diabetes does not own me
Early in my diagnosis with type 2 diabetes, I promised myself that I would never take “ownership” of that label. I have always felt that if we claim something then we own it. I was always adamant with my children and grandchildren, too, that we not “own” the labels placed upon us. If we “own” them, we will use them to define ourselves and keep ourselves down.
I knew that if I started to say things like, “my type 2 diabetes” or things along that line that I would be claiming ownership. I did not and do not want to own this. It feels like a form of giving up.
At the same time, I still have the task of taking care of myself and the complications type 2 diabetes causes. But I will not let it “own” me and I will not “own” it.
She told me that because my numbers for my blood glucose were high that I would need to slowly lower the numbers or the drop would cause a pressure drop in my eyes and I could experience blindness.
Because I have been experiencing a lot of vision problems anyway, I told her that I would do my best to bring the numbers down slowly.
Minnesota Care—the insurance I am currently on—does not cover a lot of things we came to find out.
About a month ago I had to stop taking Trulicity because it was causing my lips to swell up. This is one of the rare side effects of that drug.
We tried to get Ozempic, but the insurance does not cover Ozempic.
We decided to increase the insulin I take up to 60 units at bedtime. I was taking 50 units for a long time.
The next morning my blood sugar reading was at 372. We decided to bump the insulin up to 70 units.
I began taking 20-30 minute walks once or twice per day when I first learned about my high A1c. Today was day 7. It is getting a bit easier, but my life of basic inactivity over the last three years has done me no favors. My weight has remained fairly stable between 250 and 260 pounds and my blood sugars have been following that same path.
I have already lost 4 pounds just by starting to walk!
That is amazing to me. Another thing that I found amazing was that my morning fasting blood sugar which had been in the high 300s consistently, was 251 this morning! What!
Could taking a daily walk, increasing insulin, and eating just a bit smarter really make over a 100 point difference? The previous morning my blood sugar reading had been 372!
I have decided to document my journey over the next few months so that I can give an account of what I am doing. What works, what doesn’t, and everything in between.
I will share what I eat and what I do for exercise. I will also share what I learn along the way because what we learn and what we know should not only help us but others as well.
I am hoping that my journey will help others lead a healthier life, too.
I am hoping my knowledge and experience will give hope to those that may be feeling hopeless at this point in their journey.
Finally, I hope that through my story, others will see that type 2 diabetes does not, will not, and cannot own us!
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About the author
Karin Nauber is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 25 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 13 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at email@example.com.