So, it looks like I have diabetes.
It has only been a few days and I am already sick of thinking/typing about this.
Here is how it happened......
A few weeks ago I went to a Womens' Health fair for glucose, cholesterol, and a mammogram. I was particularly interested in having my glucose tested. I had gestational diabetes with three of my pregnancies, so I knew I had a greatly elevated risk.
My test came back a little high, 153 - should have been 140 or less. So, I called my ob/gyn and asked him to call in an order to a local lab. I had a fasting test done there. That one was really high - 139, should have been between 65-95. My ob/gyn said this was in the range (over 126 fasting) where diabetes is diagnosed.
So, I immediately went and got a super-cute haircut. I do have my priorities in line, you know! Then I went to Breadco with a friend, for salad.
I shared this with her (Shelley) and she got to bless me - she had just bought some file cabinets from a medical supply company and there were several brand new blood/glucose monitoring kits in them. Yay!!!
So, I have been testing my blood the last few days. I also sat down (for hours) and read info on diabetes, and picked up the ADA Complete Manual. Pretty good reading! I wrote out a meal plan for myself, based on the one I followed when I had gestational diabetes. And, got back on the dreaded treadmill. It actually felt....empowering. My reading after lunch today was within the normal range, so I am hoping that with close monitoring, following the nutritional guidelines and getting exercise I can keep my blood sugar under control. I have an appointment with my primary care physician and a nutritionist over the next few weeks.
So....this is kind of scary. I don't get sick, I don't even have any allergies. And now I have a "chronic condition". Wow. I am not even (much) overweight. Actually, I am 12 pounds over the "healthy" guidelines, so at least by this winter I may be able to get back in my favorite jeans. I don't smoke, I don't drink, I get enough sleep, I take my vitamins......but yet, there you go. The Lord is in control, always, and in all things I will rejoice. Right now, I am rejoicing that I have family support and resources to get medical help, that I don't have a lot of weight to lose, and at least now I know why my feet hurt!
This is going to be interesting, to see how the Lord uses this.