Name: Janice F
Location: Northville, MI
How do I manage my health numbers? I make sure I follow-up regularly with my doctor. I keep copies of my numbers. I test my blood sugar daily and when I see it getting out of control, I take time to look at the possible whys to get control of my glucose numbers and make the required changes.
When I was growing up, I was the kid who loved being outside...jumping rope, swinging, climbing, doing flips in the yard. I really thought I would study to be a physical therapist after blowing my knees in high school. Instead, I became an engineer. During college, I started my engineering career by taking daily runs and getting involved in a softball and bowling league.
Unfortunately, in time, I stopped exercising and started the day with donuts and lots of soda. Eventually, I became a wife, a career woman and a mom and exercise became a hit and miss item on my list of priorities. About six or seven years ago, I received the dreaded announcement that I was Type 2 diabetic. I had a sore that would not heal and that had become hot to the touch. I went to the doctor and wondered out loud, if I was diabetic.
How did I handle the news? I started reading and researching all that I could about Type 2 diabetes. I started to change the way I ate and started keeping items like healthier snacks with me. I also started taking my oral medication and tracking my blood sugar numbers. On and off, I started to walk during lunch or on the treadmill. I made some progress on weight loss and I was thrilled.
On January 11,2005, I lost my job and then found out my Father has passed of a sudden heart attack in Virginia. This was a difficult time. I started tracking my exercise time on the treadmill for a number of reasons: exercise helps me cope with the madness, it also makes me feel better and it also helps me manage my diabetes better.
I have always followed my doctor's instructions on taking my oral mediciations. I have had success from time to time keeping my glucose levels tightly controlled. However, I struggle big time with making exercise a priority in my life. I am not consistent. My weight has crept up once again. I find myself once again trying to embark on a path of physical fitness. I have made a pledge to get at least 30 minutes of exercise in daily.
Yesterday, I enjoyed walking outside. Today, I started hula hoping for fitness. I am looking forward to taking some dance/exercise classes. In addition to exercise, I am trying to make better nutritional choices. I went to the fruit/vegetable market today and I love trying new fruits and vegetables. I made acorn squash for dinner tonight.
In the past, I have spent time with a dietician and I have learned that it is a good thing to increase fiber in your diet. I love vegetables and I am experimenting with different vegetables. I purchased collard greens and mustard greens for tomorrow's dinner. I am involved in Girl Scouting and are troop has already attended one camp so far this year. Working with the girls, I want to be a leader that exemplifies strength, confidence and courage and illustrates good health, sportmanship and can do spirit. My girls love to end this Girl Scout meeting by spending some time outside at the playground. This is a great thing and makes me want to spend time outside running around.
How do I manage my health numbers? I make sure I follow-up regularly with my doctor. I keep copies of my numbers. I test my blood sugar daily and when I see it getting out of control, I take time to look at the possible whys to get control of my glucose numbers and make the required changes. I also go see the professionals (my doctor, the diabetes experts). I have a supportive family at home. When I go to other's home, I try to make sure I bring an appetizer that I can enjoy and that will not raise my sugar levels.
My advice to someone just learning they are diabetic is to read what you can about diabetes and spend time with a diabetics expert. A lot of health plans, have people on staff that will help you learn more about your condition and what you can personally do to help manage your diabetes. I would really like to be involved in this project. Diabetes is something I am managing.