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Life as a Diabetic

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 2 years ago. It runs in my family, and I was an alcoholic, so that may have had a lot to do with it.

I have since quit drinking, which helped my liver recover, but my blood sugar A1C was hovering around 15%, which is incredibly bad. I would go on sugar binges, sneak snacks into my friend’s house, and go for snacks after I would leave my friend’s house.

I didn’t check my blood sugar regularly because I knew it would be high. I just didn’t care. My feet were fine, my eyesight didn’t change, and for the most part it was didn’t affect me.

The Wake Up Call

I started getting abscesses in weird places and was breaking out with pimples all over my face. I’m 37. I thought I was done with pimples.

I saw my GP, who put me on antibiotics, which cleared some of the abscesses and breakouts, but he asked what my blood sugar was like. I told him it was high. He scolded me and had my see a specialist: an Endocrinologist.

The Endocrinologist

The endocrinologist did labs on me and that was when I found out my A1C was about 17%. It was basically off the chart. The Physician’s Assistant put me on Metformin, kept me on Glimipride, and started me on insulin.

I still would skip the Metformin, the insulin, and was still bad about checking my sugars.

Accountability

My friend Pauli went to my last endocrinologist appointment with me to tell the PA how bad I was doing with sugar/carb intake, and to hold me more accountable. Pauli went with me to the grocery store and we followed the PA’s advice: high protein, low sugar, and low carb.

When I would have a sugar craving, I would take diabetic bars you can find in the diabetic section of Walgreens.

The Present

So far my blood sugars are doing well. My blood sugar levels have been between 100-200, with 200 being when I eat something sugary.

I’m hoping to get my A1C down to 10% when I see my doctor again.

Are You in the Same Boat?

My grandmother had diabetes, my mom has it, and now I have it.

If you have any questions or concerns, or want to show support, please leave a comment below.

Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash.

Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

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