DIABETES = CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE! MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM US TO YOU!
Friday, December 3, 2010 my husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, we had found this out when he was already in an "extreme" danger zone, very close to a diabetic coma with a blood sugar reading of over 1400!! And, with a blood pressure of 208/108!! I knew he was sick. I thought it was the flu. I had NO IDEA just how sick he was, and it definitely wasn't the flu!
I have to say that I haven't felt that pit in my stomach since the day mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. IT HITS HARD! And when you have 6 doctors surrounding you asking you how, why, what triggered this? All I could say was the truth: "He's a pack a day smoker, a 12-pack a day Pepsi drinker, and he loves food more than life, obviously." Of course all that didn't matter to me at that moment. All I could think about was how serious is he and what are you going to do? The hospital staff was excellent. They moved rapidly and they clearly were focused on him!! Or as my dad would have said, "they jumped like a lit fire under their ass."
He was taken to ICU after scans of the brain to assure no brain damage had occurred, THANK GOD, there was none! He stayed in ICU for 2-1/2 days, then moved down to a step-down ICU for a day, and then moved downstairs to a regular floor for 2 days. As the days went on, I could see my regular old "Junebug" coming back to life. Even as he left the hospital this day, his sugars were still in the 250s.
I am happy to say he is at home, though insulin-dependent....for now! Can you say WAKE UP CALL? I see the weight just dropping off of him right now, but of course that is to be expected. The hardest part is the long-run, the forever lifestyle changes that will need to be made for him. I certainly am not willing to cook 3 different meals at one time, ie, one for Destini, one for me, and one for Bug. So I know there is a compromise out there in the big "google recipe world" waiting for me that is pleasing to all three of us. And, please, if you have any great meal plans for a diabetic or seasonings, et al, do forward them to me. It's been hard this past week trying to figure out what to cook and how to cook it and what he can have and what he can't have. I figured my goal is to get as much weight off of him (and me too) and get his sugars under control, then we can focus on implementing some old foods he likes, such as a 1/2 cup of rice or 1/2 cup of potatoes. For now, we have given up the "whitey's" all the way around. We discovered first night that brown rice, well I'm just gonna say it...WE'D RATHER EAT DIRT!
I have found cooking with other herbs such as rosemary, sage, cilantro, garlic and oregano make for some good stuff. However, the biggest problem is that the meats seem so dang dry. Bug has never been a fan to begin with of chicken breasts, and I just don't know how to make them juicy yet healthy. Again, I am open to any suggestions one might have for me.
I went to the grocery store and loaded up on every flavor of Mrs. Dash, can you tell????????
I also stocked up on the Crystal Light drinks. They aren't bad at all! We've been inventive a little and made some of the lemonade Crystal Light and added some tea bags. Gotta sayyyyyy....NOT HATING IT!
Don't judge by looks cuz it kinda looks like urine....just sayin :((((
I also bought the econo-size Splenda® sugar. I intend to use this with regular iced tea and by baking him something sweet this weekend. I found a great diabetic peanut butter cookie recipe using Splenda® that I am going to try this week.
OUR NEW RITUAL AFTER BREAKFAST AND DINNER:
First, we start out checking his blood sugar level. The old poke the finger, make it bleed, let the meter read your sugar level, blah, blah, blah....
He is currently on Novolin N insulin twice a day, 40 units in the morning, 25 units at night.
Okay, I won't lie, I really like "sticking" him....hee hee hee! I am happy to report that since he has been home we have his blood sugars in the 99-153 range. He's come a long way and I am proud of all he has done to better himself, and that Destini and I are important enough for him to want to make these changes. I was really really really worried about him and losing him is not an option. I refuse to let him give up on this fight!!!! I see his "will" and "determination," one can only hope he remains this vigilant...I'm in it to win it!
I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never, never let him forget he's a MAN...
Since Bug has been home and gaining his strength back, and because he really needs this time in my opinion, he won't be going back to work until after the first of the year. This of course has put a huge financial burden on us at this time, so I will be working 10 hour days for a while to help out. But, we are "SURVIVORS" and with God and great friends, they will watch over us during this time. We certainly won't let that effect Destini's Christmas and since he has been home, he has made sure to finish his decorating the house and making it extra special for us....