Written by: Sol
Hey girl hey!
If you follow us on Facebook (which you TOTALLY should be!!), then you are probably already aware of the latest in my healthcare journey (Remember the video, “My Health Is A Hot Ass Mess!“??). If not,
get ta following!! allow me to bring you up to speed:
In August 2015, I was initially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, after going to the doctor for a routine check-up. After sharing this with the world, I experienced a range of emotions from shock to rage to motivation to defeat. After a few months of feeling like crap from pills and injectables, I took it upon myself to stop taking my meds and just “do me”. Fast forward to March 2017 – I returned to the doctor to the same diagnosis and even higher A1C AND blood pressure levels. I was placed back on my medicine of Metformin and a new pill, Invokan. I was also given an ultimatum by my doctor to show some change in my numbers by my next visit OR I would be back on my injectable meds.
Let me back track a little – some of you may be unclear as to what type 2 diabetes is and how it differs from type 1. Diabetes is a life-long disease that affects the way your body handles glucose, a kind of sugar, in your blood. Being overweight or obese can cause insulin resistance, especially if you carry your extra pounds around the middle. Some of the most notable differences about my type 2 diabetes is that I’m not insulin dependent and if treated properly, it can be reversed.
In short, there is hope!
So, now that you’re up to speed, I’m sharing the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Yes, even the ugly!) of this process, as well as my three (3) tips on taking better care of your health and yourself.
Being diabetic is a challenge, but acceptance of the diagnosis is another set of challenges. To be honest, it took me some time to not only get used to this reality, but to get used to the fact that I had to do something about it. I can’t tell you the number of countless prayers or moment during me administering my injectable medicine that I cried profusely, simply out of disbelief and fear. What will come of this? Will I ever get rid of it? Will this be “the thing” that takes me out for good? Oh yeah…it got THAT deep!
But the “good” thing about this diagnosis is that it has made me become more aware, aware of what I put in my body and how it affects me. It has also forced me to pay attention to how my body reacts to certain foods and medicines and even forced me to take my pachangaz to the doctor on the regular basis!
Tip #1: Start listening to and taking inventory of your body. If you notice a change, make a note and tell your physician about it. Look for signs like body aches, pressures, urination frequency, or changes in appetite, skin or hair. It may not necessarily be anything wrong, but it’s better to be checked and know than to not.
In my opinion, the worst part of this entire process is the medicine. When I was first diagnosed, my doctor prescribed the pill Metformin and a once-daily injectable called Victoza. Both of these medications have pretty significant side effects, worse being diarrhea. The more I continued on these meds, the worse I felt. I truly believe this is part of the reason that I stopped taking them. Well, that and the fact that they cost a grip, even with insurance!
Though my blood glucose levels were being controlled with these medications, I couldn’t stand the way I felt when they were in my system. I always had headaches, my skin was doing something weird and my stomach always felt like it was going to fall out of my body at any time. Needless to say, it was not a good look. This time, I’m taking my meds as I should, however, I am always researching other ways to monitor my glucose levels. I’m learning that it’s not the diabetes that I hate, as much as it is the medication.
Tip #2: Don’t be afraid to research holistic practices that you can do on a daily to keep your levels under control. There are tons of articles on how daily cleanses, smoothie recipes and Apple Cidar Vinegar intake can help monitor glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. These practices can be beneficial for current and future health concerns and may even keep you from having to deal with long-term medicine prescriptions.
I ain’t gonna lie – this journey is hard as hell. Reason being? Food. I am a foodie. I LOVE food. Especially bread. And pastas… and cake… yummers. But I digress…
The hardest thing that I’ve had to do is evaluate my relationship with food. Because I am becoming aware of what I am putting in my body, it’s becoming more apparent that the things I love and eat the most of do NOT love me back and are a major part of the reason why I’m in the position that I’m in… *sigh* Damn you, bread.
Now let me be clear – just because I’m aware does NOT mean I’m always making the right choices. I fail MISERABLY on a daily basis because there is a part of me who is still growing and learning in all this. I can’t begin to count how many “Snack-cidents” (sometimes “Meal-cidents”) I have on a daily.. But I keep rollin’ because I know that the reason I am doing this is far greater than a pack of Oreos.
One thing that has helped me TREMENDOUSLY is logging my food. If you didn’t know, MyFitnessPal is bae. I log my food throughout the day and hold myself accountable for the next meal by what I ate in the previous meal. Sometimes it just helps to see that the food you love is 534 calories and has NO nutritional value whatsoever… Talk about heartbreak!
Tip #3: Download an app and begin to log your meals on a daily basis. Take note of foods that are high in fat, protein, carbs, and begin to adjust your diet accordingly. Most meal log sites typically have blogs with recipes and tips, so be sure to check those and try some out. You never know – you may actually like it!
There’s always a part of me who still wants to say “F*** it!” and eat what I want. But I don’t… Why? Because I’m a fighter. And if I have to fight this thing tooth and nail, then that’s just what I have to do. Just know, no matter how many times I fall I will continue to get up, because that’s what I do. I fight.
Wanna keep up with my journey or ready to get started on your own? Join my FB group and see my check-ins, tips, recipes and other gems that I’m dropping on the regular. It’s no need to go at this thing alone – let’s win together! HEALTH YEAH! *insert fist pump*
Got any tips you want to add to the list for taking control of your health? Share them below and let us know!
Until the next time, live F.A.B with no regrets!