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Posted 06-09-2009 at 01:07 PM by Wayne

For about a month or so now, I’ve been feeling like general crap. Sore, weak, constantly tired, etc. About 2 weeks ago now, I finally went to the doctor and participated in the “great blood draw lotto” where the lab ran 17 tests on blood samples. A week later, and I’m back in the lab for a couple more which were needed, based on the results of the initials.

Fade in, scene yesterday. Doctor’s office for the official “reading of the riot act” that every man eventually gets when doesn’t take care of himself.
Turns out, based on a “hemoglobin A1C test”, I’m officially now a “type 2 diabetic” which — and I count my blessings — is the pills and exercise rather than the shots kind.

I don’t know yet what this all means, other than changing my lifestyle (salmon rather than a burger sort of thing) and getting off my butt for as much exercise as I can stand…

One thing I don’t get is that apparently even great insurance (Blue Cross) doesn’t cover diabetic testing supplies. As a result, like it or not, I may be out a hundred bucks or so every month out of pocket. Seems that the glucose meter is $10.00, but the little test strips that go with it are roughly a buck each, and the average diabetic could go through anywhere between 3 and 6 per day.

Not that I would know yet. There’s so little information that I have to go by right now that I can’t tell what’s going to happen, or really even what I need to do. All I do know with any certainty is that there have been better days…
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  1. Old Comment
    GadgetMaster's Avatar
    Sorry to hear the news . Fortunately it wasn't the Insulin dependent form of it.

    My father has Diabetes and takes pills for it rather than Insulin injection.

    You get used to having a new routine yet diet control is a bit of a irritation.

    There is much more information and help available now for the condition which is always a good thing.

    I think we should start appreciating the NHS a bit more (National Health Service) here in the UK. We take a tax funded health service for granted. Medicine is either free or subsidised and Diabetes care is free for most citizens if not all.

    Anyway, hopefully the treatment will improve your well being. I also hope you somehow manage to get help with the extra expenses.

    Life has a habit of throwing lemons at us.

    With our resilience though we learn to adapt and make them into lemonade.

    Take care.
    Posted 06-09-2009 at 03:32 PM by GadgetMaster GadgetMaster is offline
    Updated 06-09-2009 at 03:34 PM by GadgetMaster
  2. Old Comment
    Wayne's Avatar
    Quote:
    With our resilience though we learn to adapt and make them into lemonade.
    But... But... But... I'm Diabetic. No lemonade for me. I am SO screwed
    Posted 06-09-2009 at 08:51 PM by Wayne Wayne is offline
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    Speelgoedmannetje's Avatar
    No doubt there are countless delicious recipes suitable for diabetics to be found on the internet.
    And you'll be used to water in no time, if the water from tap is good enough (I know, as a piss poor student it is the only thing I drink, nowadays I even prefer it above sodas and lemonades)
    Posted 06-10-2009 at 08:06 AM by Speelgoedmannetje Speelgoedmannetje is offline
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    GadgetMaster's Avatar
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    Originally Posted by Wayne View Comment
    But... But... But... I'm Diabetic. No lemonade for me. I am SO screwed
    You'll have to have the sugar free kind
    Posted 06-10-2009 at 04:40 PM by GadgetMaster GadgetMaster is offline
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    Debaser's Avatar
    During my wife's second pregnancy she developed diabetes where in which she had to take insulin. It was not fun considering I, most of the time, had to admin. it to her due to her fear of needles.

    However - after the pregnancy she could go to a diet controlled regimine to help ward off full type 2.

    We bought a treadmill, not that she was overweight, but she felt it was a good idea. Then her doctor recommended a diet that really seemed to work for her in controlling her blood sugar. I want to say it is a gluten-free diet. 3 years later it is doing really well for both her and I... Since she is the cook I have to abide by it as well. You might want to check it out and if you like I can ask my wife where you can go for more information Wayne.

    The bad news for me is my every 5 year Dr. visit revealed last month that I have high blood pressure and now I am on pills forever to control it. Fun. Oh and the doc forced Chantex (sp) pills on me to get me to kick the smoking habit finally

    So I can somewhat sympathize with the pain of getting some bad news from the doctor recently. Though not as serious as you, I think (?) keep yer head up.. we are just getting old.
    Posted 06-11-2009 at 08:35 PM by Debaser Debaser is offline
  6. Old Comment
    xeron's Avatar
    There are a few people in my family with Diabetes. Its not the end of the world. My thoughts are with you, Wayne. Oh, and diet fizzy drinks are OK.

    Quote:
    One thing I don’t get is that apparently even great insurance (Blue Cross) doesn’t cover diabetic testing supplies.
    I'm glad I live in the UK...
    Posted 06-16-2009 at 03:06 AM by xeron xeron is offline
  7. Old Comment
    Wayne's Avatar
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    diet fizzy drinks are OK.
    All hail diet fizzy drinks! In moderation anyway. 12 diet pops per day is just as bad for you, just in different ways.

    What I'm truly mourning is the almost habitual Sunday morning trips to the local pizza shop for their 10" "pie" then scarfing the whole thing.

    That, and pretty much anything fried...

    Wayne
    Posted 06-16-2009 at 01:00 PM by Wayne Wayne is offline
  8. Old Comment
    Karlos's Avatar
    Aside from mitigating the effects of diabetes, having to give up excess carbs and the like will have other benefits in the long run, though.
    Posted 06-17-2009 at 09:02 AM by Karlos Karlos is offline
  9. Old Comment
    Wayne's Avatar
    There is a lot of fear involved, but so far really the only thing I miss is the (sometimes twice-)weekly trip to Big Ed's Pizza for a 10" pie and french fries.

    I'm now looking at everything very closely, and while I'm clueless, I'm sticking to less than 1800 calories per day, as few carbs and sugars as can get, and lower sodium.

    The lower sodium thing is the hardest, because seemingly everything low carb/low fat is loaded with salt..

    The one thing that current scares me the most is my left ankle. Seems I hurt it a few weeks ago somehow, and my motorcycle boots keep aggravating it, but in 3 weeks, it hasn't gotten better.

    I can control/eliminate the pain with Aleve, but it's still there.

    Considering all the reports of foot problems with diabetes, I'm just sitting here going "dear God, please don't let them take my leg"...
    Posted 06-17-2009 at 09:09 AM by Wayne Wayne is offline
  10. Old Comment
    GadgetMaster's Avatar
    Hopefully it's nothing so serious.

    One effect of Diabetes is slower healing of bruises and wounds.

    It should get better. Try not to to put repetetive pressure on it for a while. Best to get a dotor's advice first though.
    Posted 06-17-2009 at 09:43 AM by GadgetMaster GadgetMaster is offline
  11. Old Comment
    Sorry to hear. Hope it works out Wayne.
    Posted 06-28-2009 at 07:20 AM by cicero790 cicero790 is offline
  12. Old Comment
    motrucker's Avatar
    I have a couple of friends with the same thing. One guy has had the same type as you for about 12 years. He still bitches about not being to eat fried food - but he get along rather well. Just watch your diet very carefully, and you'll be OK.
    Posted 07-03-2009 at 02:20 PM by motrucker motrucker is offline