Last night, Chris and I started a 4 evening Diabetes education program at St. Paul’s Hospital here in Vancouver.
I’ve had type II diabetes (adult onset, non-insulin dependent) for about 10 years. I was diagnosed one summer when no amount of soda or juice would stop my thirst. Why? Because I was just pumping more and more SUGAR into an already over-saturated body. My only saving grace was that I switched to juice so I was getting good vitamins. But my sugars were 19 (normal is below 6 for a normal person, over 7 indicates diabetes in general). So I went to the doctor and got diagnosed.
Now, 10 years later, we’re back to education. It’s really a good thing. Relearning about nutrition, health and exercise and what the potential complications are. Retinopathy (eye problems), gum disease, kidney failure, heart problems, circulation, nerve damage. Not fun. But with education and proper control, I can hopefully avoid or at least delay these conditions.
And Chris is tremendously helpful. The boy can nag me like nobody’s business. Of course I’m as stubborn as a mule, but we’ll get through.
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More to follow.