After receiving the news earlier in the week, I had a followup consultation with my doctor today to discuss the treatment plan for my diabetes.
The good news: he thinks it will be manageable. It’s going to require some meds, dietary changes, and of course exercise. And monitoring my blood sugar regularly. No insulin, thankfully, which I imagine would make my travel just that much more challenging.
The cocktail of drugs I now have to take meant, for the first time in my life, I had to get a pill minder. You know, a container that has several compartments–one or more for each day–that you fill with your doses of medications. You can tell at a glance if you’ve taken your pills or not and all the pills you need to take are in one place. I needed one for two different compartments per day. They also apparently they also make them with four different containers per day. That’s quite a lot, but depending on the meds you’re on, I could totally see that being needed.
New meds, of course, means I need to pay extra close attention to how I’m feeling for the next several days. Things have potential side effects and, while unlikely, I could be one of the rare ones that experience them. Reading the drug inserts the pharmacy includes with the drugs is always a scary experience.
Next up is learning how to use the new hardware that I’ll be using to monitor my blood sugar. That won’t take place until Friday. I won’t be able to meet with the dietician to set a diet plan until after I get back from California, but the basic idea appears to be: avoid carbs and sugar to keep my blood sugar low. The good news is that I did Atkins a decade ago so I have some experience with this, and was even successful at it for a time.
Earlier today, when my energy was at a particularly low point, I decided to take a walk around the neighborhood. I wish I had started doing this before the weather changed into the typical fall weather patterns around here: periods of sun and rain that, as fall turns into winter, gets colder and colder. I managed to get out during one of the sunny periods and walk around the neighborhood for a half hour or so. It felt pretty good.
At the end of the day, I’ve taken the first steps towards getting healthy. I have awareness, I have a plan, and I’ve started acting on it. I just need to keep taking it day by day.