Thursday, February 24, 2011

2 weeks ago today....

Has it really been two weeks already? Looking back on the events that occurred that fateful day, I realize that I am very lucky that I pulled through my terrifying ordeal. I mean, having a blood sugar level beyond the point of diabetic shock, really puts a life in perspective. I really think that I was given a second chance in life and I vow that I will never take life for granted ever again.
I am now legal with my eyesight and I am able to drive my car again. I was nearsighted and had prescription glasses for years and now my sight has basically turned into almost a 360. I am no longer nearsighted and don't need to wear glasses unless I am on the computer or reading. So, I had dropped 20 pounds and have better eyesight. Diabetes works in mysterious ways.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day 10

Here it is, day 10 of my new life adjustment change. My blood sugar this morning was at a whopping 94. Normal readings before meals ideally should be 80-120 so I am getting there with my levels, slowly but surely.
Today I will be going grocery shopping for the first time since I have been diagnosed so this should be interesting. I don't want to break the bank but I usually watch my dollars and cents, unlike my husband, who just grabs items without paying too much attention to prices.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Take Out Food

Last night, we ordered take out from our favorite eating establishment in our area, Ice House.
For those in the Pottstown, PA area, Ice House is a household name for take out restaurants, including my household. I used to get their awesome buffalo chicken cheese steaks with cheese and gravy steak fries or their delicious Italian hoagies.
After talking to my hubby about what to have for dinner, we decided to step out of my comfort zone and give take out a try.
After poring through our take out menu(and counting carbs!), I chose a California Cheeseburger which they use 100% ground beef and a handful of steak fries with some ketchup. The burger had a good portion of lettuce, tomato and mayo which helped fill me up quickly and the meal was within my allotted carbs.
Sure I am going to miss all the hoagies and cheese steaks but it comforts me that I can still have a decent take out meal with my family.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Counting carbs

Being on a carb controlled diet, I have gotten into the habit of checking labels on different packages to see what fits in my diet.
My dietitian talked to me about concentrating on the carb grams and not really focus on the sugar grams. I am allotted 4-5 carbs per meal, measured out carefully of course. I am allowed to have a good portion of salads and meats at every meal since they aren't considered carbs.
Now even my 8 year old daughter goes and checks labels and tells me the amounts and asks if I could eat that particular food. Diabetes doesn't just affect one member of the family, everyone is involved.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

One week...

Today it's been a full week since I was diagnosed. It still feels so surreal that I have a chronic disease that was in dormant for god knows how long before it made its horrible appearance and almost cost me my life.
Ironically, I started seeing Diabetes TV commercials in the hospital and now at least once a day, I see some type of commercial about a Diabetes product.
My blood sugar readings in the last couple of days have been under 200 which is a good sign but I am also noticing some changes in my vision due to my sugars being out of whack. In a few days, I will be getting an eye exam and most likely a new script for my glasses. Until then, I can't drive my car. Ugh. I don't want to be an invalid and want to get back in a normal routine again.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Two of the worst days of my life....

Two of the worst days of my life occurred on October 31, 2009 when my mother passed away from cancer and February 10, 2011 when I was rushed to the hospital and was diagnosed as a Diabetic.

Diabetes.....a couple of weeks ago I wanted to do something commemorate to celebrate my 40th birthday this summer. Well, be careful what you wish for. Joke was on me, huh?