This is a long story about Type 2 diabetes and it’s complications.
Now I’ve had T2 for a long time, diagnosed in 2010. I had gestational diabetes with my second child, but with none of my other three pregnancies. The fact I didn’t have it with my last two children was startling since they were 11lbs 14oz and 12lbs 1oz!
So after many years of being sedentary and eating poorly, I was diagnosed. I was put on the starter med of Metformin and monitored. Things chugged along and were stable.
In 2015, Gliclazide was added to my meds as things seemed to be a little off and my A1C was climbing. Again all was stable for a while.
Three years later, Invokana was added. It was new and we were hopeful that it be a good fit to help get the A1C under control as I was on the max of Metformin and Gliclazide.
After trying the Invokana for 18 months or so, I had had it with the side effects. Because Invokana’s mechanism was to bind with the sugars in my blood and then eliminate them in my urine, there were “uncomfortable” issues. While my NP was on parental leave, I saw the physician at the clinic and told him I wanted off the Invokana. He DOUBLED my dose. Talk about arrogant and not listening to what the patient is saying. Ugh.
So once my NP was back, I hightailed it into her office and explained the Invokana debacle. She added Januvia, got rid of the Invokana and we had a follow-up the next week.
That was 21 January 2020.
At that appointment, it was determined that I needed to start insulin. Deep down I knew it was coming, because my A1C’s had been climbing again and I was still sedentary and eating like a goat – three gumballs and a tin can for dinner type shit. My eating habits have been atrocious and I absolutely know that this is my doing.
I have not paid attention to vegetables. Even when a friend hung a grocery bag of kale on my doorknob for me to try when we lived in Winnipeg! Thanks Andrea!
I have not consistently exercised since the late 90’s.
I have enjoyed far too many bags of milk chocolate chips, chocolate eggs, chocolate rabbits and Giant Tiger BBQ chips.
I have consistently taken in FAR more calories than I have burned off.
So here it is. Insulin.
I’ve been started on Tresiba, a long-acting injectable that is quite painless to use. The goal is to have a 4-5 fasting. So first thing in the morning.
This leads to today’s events. Since Tuesday, I’ve been hyperconscious of what I’m eating. Unfortunately for me, the large flake oats we have makes my sugars go up instead of down, so that’s out. Yogurt and strawberries gave me awesome results, but the people I live with insist on eating MY STRAWBERRIES! Bums. Apples and peanut butter spike my sugars so that guilty pleasure is out. Shreddies do the same – can you say CARBS! Which also means perogies, pizza, fries, potatoes, sweet potatoes and so on are gone.
Anywho, I had some expected side effects on starting insulin. I was incredibly woozy Tuesday night after my first dose and woke up Wednesday morning with a killer headache. I was woozy again Wednesday night. I didn’t have a headache Thursday morning, which was nice. I was woozy again last night after taking the insulin.
This morning, I started out with a 7.8. Which is the lowest fasting result I’ve had! Which is great! But I developed a headache and so had a banana, some ibuprofen and went back to bed.
When I got up again, I was decidedly unwell. I was shaking and anxious and a bit of an all around wreck. I was immediately suspicious and took my sugars – 4.6! I was having a hypoglycaemic episode at the level I was supposed to be at fasting! I took a spoonful of sugar, and made some peanut butter toast on whole wheat. Things settled over the next 30 minutes or so but I was frightened. I haven’t driven since starting insulin, which is a major drag, but after this hypo episode, I’m glad I’m not.
I’m pretty sure this is karma for having been diagnosed for ten years and doing nothing to protect my health in that time.
Since the best time to start taking care of my body would have been in 2010 when Dr. Haggard told me (or you know, from birth), the second best time is now.
Because I’m a fussy eater, I’ve been focusing on what I can’t have rather that what I can have. By turning that around, I’ve gone looking for diabetic friendly recipes for me with ingredients I can eat. Beef, chicken and fish are all still on the table, and I’m quite happy to put them to work.
Most of the veggies I tend to like are starchy so I’m looking for others that I can enjoy. I can have starchy ones occasionally but not regularly.
This is a journey that I am working hard to manage and hopefully, this time, I’ll get it right.
TL;DR – I’m on insulin because I didn’t treat my body well.
If you have any yummy recipes, let me know below!