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I found out that my husband Nate had diabetes on our very first date. After dinner and a movie, I had the bright idea of asking him to follow me to one of my favorite dessert restaurants. When I ordered the donut holes with the trio dipping sauce, he came clean to told me he had diabetes.
This disease has affected my family greatly. My father has diabetes and he had an aunt that suffered from the disease so much so to that she had to get limbs removed. So while I was a bit taken back I felt as if I understood what he was dealing with but I must admit that I did not fully understand.
I knew diabetes is a serious disease but it wasn’t until recently (nearly 5 year later) that I truly got it. While sitting at a doctor’s appointment, Nate’s doctor looked at him and said, “You are on the road to a heart attack within the next 10 years if you don’t get this under control. This hit home and I needed to hear it. At that moment, I committed myself to helping my husband get control of and get rid of this terrible disease.
One of the things I am working on now is understanding his insulin dosage. The importance of insulin and the intake of it must be mastered by a person living with diabetes. I truly believe it’s poison (but I believe all medicine is poison); however, I also believe we must use wisdom at this time. Nate has to take it until he gets his A1C down.
Diabetes affects a person’s capability to make insulin. Due to diabetes, the glucose remains in the blood itself. This high rate of sugar in the blood may cause harm to your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and blood vessels. Nate hasn’t been effected in these ways and we want to make sure that he never does.
To cure diabetes, you have to stay on top of your health or it will attack your health. There was a time when I thought my husband was too far along to be cured, but I am more confident than ever that with a few lifestyle changes, we will see a time very soon when his blood sugar won’t have to be regulated with insulin.
Now, I’ve come to realize that this journey is not for the faint of heart. In July, we watch the documentary What the Health. There are mixed feelings about this documentary as many think some of the items addressed were extreme. I believe there is some truth to what the creators were saying. As a result, we removed meat completely from our diet for a month. The problem with this was the fact that we had to replace meat with something and that something was starch. If you are a diabetic, that is a no-no. So now I’m back to the drawing board.
It’s all in the planning. Lots of it. I was planning so much it was stressing me out. Then one day I told Nate that we will have to take this slow. While I want to be a vegan, I love salmon and I don’t think I can give it up. So we saw a dietician and she put us on a plan that basically cut out starches and sugars but kept turkey, chicken and fish. Nate was extremely happy about this… 😉
The next thing Nate had to commit to was a daily exercise routine. A gentleman in our community worked with him for a week to establish a program for Nate and now he is up and out of the house at 5a to go to the gym.
Although Nate has a long way to go, I am so proud of the changes he has made. Besides the two biscuits he had a dinner tonight (Yes, I’m telling his doctor), most of the time he is behaving. Now, I need to get on the ball and get ahead of our weekly meals.
It is my goal in 2018 to plan meatless Mondays – all day meatless. Later, we can add an additional meatless day but I am not going to force it. I am enforcing the very low starch/low carbs lifestyle for the new year.
Diabetes has completely changed our lifestyles but it has made us appreciate life and health. God gave us these bodies to properly steward our health. We need to make sure our bodies are healthy enough to do all that we are called to do with strength and endurance.
I want to hear from you! Has diabetes affected you or a loved one? I want to hear your stories.