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"Rant on Diabetes"

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. But my boyfriend is diagnosed with diabetes so I am quickly taught about being diabetic.

Summary

Rant on diabetes is about the shock one gets when he finds out he is diabetic.

Mealtime changes into a daily routine of checking one's levels and eating different foods.

It can give one a headache pretty fast and he often feels like tossing in the towel.

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Rant on Diabetes

Finding out you are diabetic is quite a shock. At first you don’t realize what all it entails until you try to incorporate it into your daily life.

Having to prick your finger several times a day becomes a thorn in your side which you come to dread.

Mealtime used to be fun. Now it seems like a constant learning experience. Reading labels on everything before you make a purchase from the grocery store.

Paying attention to protein versus sugar. Trying to count your carbohydrate intake with each meal while keeping the sodium low.

Then realizing you can no longer eat the foods you crave.

This all gives you a headache pretty fast. You feel like tossing in the towel and eating whatever you please.

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Problem with Blood Sugar Level

To prepare for his first day of chemotherapy for stage 4 lung cancer he was given a drug called dexamethasone, which is a steroid.

This drug does raise a person's blood sugar level. On day two when he takes chemotherapy we are told his diabetes is causing a problem.

Uh? What? He isn't diabetic.

So here we go on another journey to make an appointment with a new doctor.

Luckily I have a tester at home and we begin watching it until we can get in for an appointment.

Turns out his AC1 is 7.1 and we are told he is diabetic.

No need to tell anyone how being a diabetic can wreck havoc on your meals. Not to mention those chocolate snacks or fresh baked donuts.

© 2020 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 18, 2020:

Ms. Dora,

We are dreading it too!

Thanks for reading & take care.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 18, 2020:

Your article is a bit of education for me. "Diabetic" is a word I dread. Thank you for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 17, 2020:

Liz,

Thank you. It is really okay.

I am getting used to the unexpected.

Now ...learning how to make a meal taste delicious again might be another thing...trial & error until we get it right.

Have a great day.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 17, 2020:

I hear about diabetes much more thrse days. Are more of us getting it or is diagnosis better? I am so sorry to hear that diabetes has been added to the difficult health issues that you are both coping with at this time.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 16, 2020:

Peggy,

Thank you so much!

It is definitely a learning experience.

I am glad your husband is doing well.

Take care.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 16, 2020:

My husband has type 2 diabetes. It is an adjustment to change our diets so that he can keep his A1C level at a low level. He is doing well. I hope that you both figure out what works best.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 16, 2020:

Cheryl,

I, myself, was told I was prediabetic a few years ago.

I think I tried to do this diet and quickly gave up figuring I wasn't diabetic.

I had kept a few things I had learned but I believe now I should heed this warning very carefully.

Since he is diabetic, I will benefit from this in the long run if I keep up with it.

It is so difficult to manage though...but like everything else I suppose it gets easier with time.

Thank you.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on October 15, 2020:

My husband was told he was pre diabetic and the doctor did not explain what that meant. We didn’t think to ask and now he is Type2. I feel like we could have prevented all that he is going through but it is what it is. Everything you say is so true and the spouse has to live it along with the diabetic.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 15, 2020:

Vanita,

Thank you.

We walk as much as we can and he is not lying around.

Guess I'm kinda a person who believes one keeps on moving...we are still alive.

Thanks for reading .

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 15, 2020:

Lorna,

Yes...having cancer is bad enough without everything else on top of it.

As long as we keep his numbers down for chemo we will count ourselves lucky & we beat the diabetes devil this week.

Thanks for reading.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 15, 2020:

He had olenty if labs in hospital at the beginning of all of this and not one mention.

Plus he had blood work once a year.

But since this his level is 7.1 which isn't off the wall bad.

Thanks for all your concern.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 15, 2020:

Charlie,

It makes me want to create the perfect tasting snack...gotta be something that is more like normal and still taste great.

Thanks for reading.

Vanita Thakkar on October 15, 2020:

Sorry to hear this, Brenda.

Take care and stay strong.

Yoga exercises help remain healthy and fight back, even recover during early stages. Best wishes and prayers.

Lorna Lamon on October 15, 2020:

This is never an easy diagnosis and hard to take in. I have family members who are Type 2 diabetic and struggle with their routine. I can't imagine what your boyfriend is going through Brenda given all that he has to deal with. Keep strong.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 15, 2020:

So many adjustments to be made! I can imagine how shocking it would be to learn you're suddenly a diabetic. When was the last time Ron had routine blood work done? My doctor sends me to the lab once a year to have all my levels and organs functions measured.

I keep hearing about A1C levels. It's my understanding only those with diabetes needs to know what that is. What exactly is an A1C level?

Charlie Halliday from Scotland on October 15, 2020:

Yes Brenda being diabetic is not nice. My daughter and my youngest son both have type1 diabetes.