Just a quick post, with some good news… finally: my blood sugar levels are as close to normal as they have been since 2001.
Over the past three days I’ve gotten the numbers down from mid-20’s to eight. I’m so used to seeing high numbers that I’m apprehensive now about taking a reading on the chance the low numbers turn out to be an anomaly. I saw an eight at my last reading, now I’m afraid I’ll do something before the next one and end up back at 25.
It’s all because of diet. And the Metformin and glyburide, but mostly the diet.
I broke my foot a couple of months ago, and waited to have it looked at because I thought the pain was due to diabetes. It wasn’t, and I’m an idiot. At least the orthopaedic surgeon said so. He also told me, because of how long the Type-2 diabetes went untreated (at least ten years), and how high my numbers have been since I was diagnosed three years ago, that I’m a candidate for something called “Charcot Foot”.
Which is basically the polite way of telling me I’m a bruise away from losing my foot.
So, being on disability and not having much money, I approached my mother about helping me improve my diet. I figured it would take a couple of months until I was in a position where I could afford the quality and quantity of food necessary to get the numbers down.
Two months ago my diet was basically cans of brown beans, canned tuna, massive amounts of 1% milk and diet pop, and pasta. I was eating one meal a day, plus a few snacks — like a bowl of Raisin Bran. And not much else. I was basically eating like I was when I was on welfare.
With some help* from my mother I’ve spent the past four days eating whole wheat bagels, fresh fruit, real vegetables, yogurt and fish. It’s awesome.
I receive $50/month from ODSP to spend on a special diabetic diet. It’s next to useless. Rumour has it the amount is going to rise this summer, and if it wasn’t for the broken foot I probably would have waited forever for some help, but getting this stuff under control is a higher priority now.
The diet I’m using now is something I came up with two years ago, and it worked fast back then as well. But I stopped it because it became inconvenient to get the groceries, and the cost was a little too much.
But lately I’ve been looking at the amount ODSP gives me, and thinking I can work this upgrade in food into a workable budget.
…I’ve never been very good at budgeting. It’s a discipline, and something I can learn, but it’s going to take some time. After restocking my freezer and cupboards, I am now completely broke until the end of the month, which is a problem. I’ll have no more fresh food by Tuesday, but I think I can go another ten days or so on what I have, and keep my numbers down.
Those low numbers have made me very happy.
*My mother and I are no longer speaking. I’ll write about it later, the emails surrounding the reasons why are an incredible insight into our relationship… but, other than that, everything’s great.