Hey everyone. I am kind of bummed right now.
I was told a few months ago that I was at risk of developing pre-diabetes and that the doctor would be regularly monitoring my blood. I have been visiting the dietician and I think I actually tried to follow her advice for a few weeks.
So I went for the now routine bloodwork one morning last week then went to work.
I got a call a couple hours later from my doctor: "You need to come to the hospital." "I'll come right after work," I replied.
"No. Come right now."
Turns out my fasting blood glucose was at 26 mmol/L (normal is between 4 and 7). I spent four days in the hospital and am I now take several different pills a few times a day and a shot of slow-acting insulin before bed. It all made sense when he told me - I had been peeing every 2 hours like clockwork (usually I go between 5 and 7 hours) and my vision was getting a little blurry (I had made an appointment with the eye doctor which I cancelled because I was in the hospital)
I know this story is not unusual around here, but I didn't expect it to happen to me. I am only in my mid 30s. I stay active, commute 14km to work semi-regularly, go on fast group rides regularly, and do longer rides as often as I can. I even rode my bike to the hospital to get my diagnosis for christsake!
I am overweight - 270 lbs - but with my build and height I figure my ideal weight is around 240 lbs.
A compounding factor is that I have also recently started having attacks of gout in my left foot and this puts the kibosh on some of my winter plans... I have been teaching kids cross-country skiing for the past few years, which I had to bow out of, and I was going to get a new set of snowshoes to spend more 'quality' time with my wife. I can still ride (I have my winter bike always at the ready), but I don't want to burn myself out on riding before spring as I have some events and goals to meet for my riding this coming summer.
Now I know this is not a death sentence, and I have made strides in the past week that may be the foundation for real and positive change in my life, but it is a real bummer for me.
SO I am wondering: does anyone else have diabetes stories of hardships and/or triumphs to share? They say misery loves company, right? I would love to hear how some of you have dealt with the diagnosis and how your life and health have changed.
-self-pityingly yours, Lar