When I was in the ICU, I had a nurse named Annie. She was awesome. My second or third day there, I was told to drink like a quart of crystal light with some medication in it. My doctor requested a CT scan to check out my gallbladder to see if that was the cause of my diabetic ketoacidosis. Anyhow, it took me a while but I did it…downed the whole thing like it was spring break-I should have had my Ryan, my husband, hold my legs while I did a crystal light keg stand! Annie came back with a wheel chair to take me to the CT scanner. I get in the chair and she’s like:
“Ya wanna do something about your hair? You kinda have an Ab-Fab thing going on there.”
Ha ha thanks for the comic relief, Annie…I’ll never forget it.
Today marks a month since I came home from the hospital. The week I spent there took its toll on my physical, mental, and spiritual well being.
When I got home from the hospital:
I could not get up the stairs without my legs cramping up.
A lap around the couch was my workout.
I couldn’t get anything for myself and had to rely on my family to even get me water.
I was taking between 24 and 39 units of my fast-acting insulin and 25 units of my slow-acting insulin a day.
I could not watch television without noticing that every commercial was a commercial for food I was gonna miss.
I just remember feeling frustrated, sad, angry, weak, and lost.
Then I remember thinking to myself my first week home:
“Well, this didn’t kill me, so I must be getting stronger.”
That’s it. Its time to stop feeIng sorry for myself. It’s time to start making myself stronger. I knew I was still recovering from gallbladder removal surgery so I knew my limitations. I began to challenge myself by adding more laps around the couch. Then I pushed myself to go up and down the stairs a second and a third time. I began to take walks around my block. Read up on diabetic eating and the reasons for my dietary needs.
Now that it’s been a month, I can celebrate the following:
I made my goal of getting up and down the stairs 54 times in one day. (once for each card in a deck of cards-including the jokers-and yes, I physically brought a card upstairs each time.)
I can walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes at a time at an incline.
I’ve taken up carrying a pedometer. I haven’t been able to do 10,000 steps in a day yet but I’m working on it.
I now take about 12 to 15 units of fast-acting insulin a day and only 10 units of slow acting insulin a day. Writing this just made me realize that my doses have been cut by more than half!
I’ve gotten back to making the meals for my family, something I take great pride in.
I started this blog in the hopes of helping others as well as myself.
The blog has a section in which I will try to continue to be thankful daily.
I’m very hopeful and happy to be living with diabetes instead of feeling as though I’m dying of it.
I’ve got a lot to be thankful for this last month and I now celebrate every day.
Don’t forget to “cut the B.S.!”
I’m so excited! Today is my last day of using the old school vial and syringe needles. As of tomorrow, I switch over to the pen! Above is a picture of my fast acting insulin, the Novolog FlexPen which is a pre-filled syringe. It is so much easier to carry in my purse as opposed to bringing a vial and syringe or even prefilling the syringe ahead of time. The pen needles seem thinner so I don’t feel them as much. It could be that looking at a regular old school needle just messes with my mind a bit. It just looks like it will hurt and so it does. I barely even feel the pen. Tip to newbies: it helps to exhale when you stick in the needle.
Maybe I’m also excited about switching to the pen because the Novolog FlexPen’s spokesperson is Charlie Kimball who is an Izod Indycar Series racecar driver who happens to be a diabetic. FYI, I’m a huge fan of his as well as the series. Needless to say I will be blogging more about him soon. Go Charlie!!!
Wait, that’s another diabetic’s catch phrase. I wanted to take the time to say hi for the very first time as your Cut the B.S. girl. I’ll tell you a little bit more about myself and this blog in the about section, but I did want to tell you how excited and hopeful I feel about starting this blog. I’ve been treated as a diabetic for a little over a month as of today, July 30,2012. As I continue to share my experiences, I hope to find a community of diabetics out there who know what I’m going through.
Happy to complete my very first post as your “Cut the B.S.” girl.