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Diagnosis Diabetes

Sunday, June 25, 2006

After about two weeks of continuously drinking a lot (and I mean a lot) of water, soda, iced tea and anything liquid, then going to the bathroom every two hours got a little bit annoying. So, on Friday I did a little research on the net and found out that this was a possible symptom of diabetes.  I got scared and called the doctor.  I could not come in that day, so the receptionist set up an appointment for me today.

Already expecting the worst, I went to the  doctor's office.  Just a quick note here, I hate going to the doctor, any doctor, or dentists, etc.  So I would have been apprehensive while going to a regular checkup.

When I got there, they called me in fairly quickly, and I spent the next 15 minutes pacing around the room until the nurse came in.  She took my pressure, which was a bit high. I told her why I was there and she tested my blood sugar levels.  It was 342, at which time she told me that it was very high.  She then went down the hall, came back and took some blood, then gave me a cup and told me to go into the bathroom.  When I came back, the urine test also showed a lot of sugar.

At this point, I was just numb.  I was also pissed off and mad.  I knew that this would mean that I would need to alter what I liked best -- eating.  I am really not a bad eater, I really do not eat lots of sweets, and I do not eat that poorly, but there are those times when I can put it away.  However, I sit behind a desk all week and do almost no exercise except running after the kids.  At a weight of 224 pounds (I weighed myself in the office), I knew that I should lose about 25-30 pounds even before I came to the doctor's office today.

A few minutes later, the doctor comes in (besides for being a doctor, he is a really good guy), takes a look at me and the readings and shakes his head.  He gives it to me straight and tells me that it looks like I have diabetes.  He then tells me a little bit about it and some of the things I have to do, but to tell you the truth, although I was listening, I was not really paying attention.  He then gave me a bunch of prescriptions for medications and the blood testing machine.  Brnngggg . . . . This was something I was very, very apprehensible about -- sticking myself with a sharp object to get out a drop of blood.  And who knows how many times I am going to have to cut myself over the course of my lifetime.

The doctor also gave me the name of a nutritionist and a diet until I see her.

I left the office, filled my prescription at the local pharmacy and went shopping for my new diet.  I came home and played video games for the next few hours, not wanting to think about the reality of the situation.

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