This weeks Mamavation Monday show is about Diabetes and that holds a very unquie spot in my life and I felt this was a great time to share it….
How has Type II diabetes affected your life?
Well first off most of you might not remember but right before I became a Mamavation Mom I had a wake up call…. Well I was EXTREMELY close to becoming a Diabetic at that time I was 7 points away my second test showed 2 points away. That scared me more than anything, So I reached out to the Sistahood and Greta started challenging me for 10lbs in a month (which is also what the doctors wanted but I looked at it as 5lbs twice). So that was the beginning of my weight loss… With that I was actually able to start off my rein as a Mamavation Mom 11lbs lighter than my wake up call weight. But this really doesn’t explain why this scared me so much does it? Well..
My mother was diagnosed with Diabetes when I was about 8 years old (give or take a few years) I decided that I needed to know everything I could about it at the time. I watched the video they gave her a hundred times atleast, rode to the library and read books (weirdly the same reaction I had when my kids here dx’d with autism I jumped in head first) Well at my age of 8 I could give insulin shots, knew how much she needed and when she needed it, I knew how to prick her finger, and test it I knew what the readings should be. I knew the signs and symptoms of low and high blood sugar and what to do for each. Looking back I don’t remember us changing our eating patterns which could be part of the reason her diabetes never changed. Well one scary afternoon we were at the beach on our vacation, The whole family was there. I went up to wake my mom up from her nap, I was screaming at her and she wouldn’t wake up my uncle ran up and ended up lifting my mom up and taking her outside we got some juice in her and he was threatening to throw her off the balcony if she didn’t wake up (Not sure how that would help but hey..) That was my wake up call that my mom was busier doing everything else and wasn’t taking care of herself…. (Which is a common trait for all moms) Well fast forward a few years later my Nana (grandma) died which sent us all in a whirl spin of life. My mom stopped treating her diabetes (I would sneak and give her insulin when she slept) Well then she ended up stepping on a piece of glass, and it got abscessed in her foot. We moved to Netherlands and she ended up in the hospital and her diabetes was majorly out of control, the infection was horrid (Seriously 11 years later I can still remember the smell from the infection and rotting flesh). She was hospitalized for 6 1/2 weeks then it took a few more months before we could get her up and walking around really… Well in the few years after that her diabetes ended up requiring 2 toes being amputated and as for now that she is finally on a healthy eating plan with a nutrition, and medications things seem to be going well for her, and I hope that it continues to go well for her…
So that is how Diabetes has played a major role in my life and why I have been working my ass off and I am proud to say with the tools and help I’ve received from Mamavation I am now is a NORMAL HEALTHY RANGE and feeling AWESOME!!!