In my last post “Happy #WorldDiabetesDay“, I celebrated my success with posting my lowest glucose number I’ve seen in a long time. It got me thinking about the journey and how it has affected my overall cerebral dysfunction. Among my mental health diagnoses, I also have a few other health issues; abdominal obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and diabetes. They even call it a fancy name… Metabolic syndrome.
It’s just a fancy way of saying you’re screwed…not only are you dealing with Bipolar Disorder, but you have 5 other serious health conditions that will kill you at any time!
Anyway, I’ve been thinking about this journey and World Diabetes Day;
I remember it like it was yesterday, walking into Sam’s Club in 2011 and there was a free health screening. I knew my sugar was high, but not sure how bad it was…out of control. My A1C was 8.9 and glucose 334… The nurse wanted me to go to the E.R., I was not that worried, but I did want to get it checked out soon…real soon.
Now I’m heading to the Doctor’s tomorrow to try and get a handle on my Diabetes. Diabetes is very common with people with mental health issues… Sometimes, it’s due to the meds and other times, it’s the by-product of taking meds and gaining weight.
I documented my nurse drawing my blood, I wish I could tell you I got it under control soon after. Unfortunately, it got worse before it would get better.
Over the years I’ve tried many different diets, they came and went…