Having one of those nights where, sleep and I are moving further and further apart. Got lots on my mind and looking forward to a rather interesting committee meeting this evening. The joys of being a trustee. I do ask myself why I do it, but then looking at wee Lotbots by my side it is for the likes of her kind and other furries, so I continue to volunteer. So back to to the title of this blog, it's all change!
Went to my GP a couple of weeks ago because I have been feeling unwell for some time. Poor ole Doc looked at me when I said I felt unwell, because I am pretty much always "my unwell," explained that this was a different unwell, so we discussed a few things, and decided that a blood test for diabetes was in order. I was close to it nearly a year ago and have been taking medication in the hope that we would stave off full blown diabetes, unfortunately the results came back that I am now type 2 diabetic. 30 years of swallowing steriods has taken its toll.
Met up with the practice nurse who deals with the likes of me last week, who just sat in front of me and said I know you are an expert patient but how much do you know about diabetes. Well for once, I wasn't the expert. She was lovely, said that some people really do have more than their fair share of health problems, and she was really sorry that I have yet another health problem to complicate life. To be honest my time with this lovely lady was a refreshing change, because sometimes having complicating and complex health issues can be so isolating, but here I was chatting with someone who not only knew her stuff, but was willing to understand that I was going to struggle with yet another medical condition.
I love food, and really love sweet stuff (worse so when on high dose steriods, cravings are awful), so diet management is going to be tough for me. More so when I go back to my degree studies because when I am stressed I tend to munch chocolate and sweets. So where some of you guys have struggled to give up the "weed," I am battling with the sugar demons right now. And so far I am winning! Keeping a food diary and trying to view food in a different way. I am actually winning, have found some low fat alternatives and taking time to savour food rather than just ramming it down my neck. Have been warned that with taking regular daily doses of 20 mg of Prednislone that even with diet and daily tablets that my sugar levels are never going to be ideal but not to worry too much as they will do their best to support me along this new path that I have to travel. Have also mentioned that I am going to have a stab at losing a stone, have been advised that increasing my exercise should help, have explained that with my breathing problems that I cannot keep a regular brisk pace for an extended length of time, so advised to just keep toddling along for the time being.
Lottie is a great incentive to go for a toddle, toddle we do she wanders and mooches and I follow chatting along the way with fellow doggy walkers. I don't tend to walk with them much because many don't realise about my breathing difficulties, but yesterday I had a new little problem to deal with, but a fab one. I am now looking after another wee daxie one day a week for time being. Lottie and I have the pleasure of walking Ruby a minnie black and tan smooth daxie. And boy does she walk fast, but she is great fun. Ruby is coming to stay at the end of October for a holiday while her daddy goes away and I am hoping than Ruby will become my new secret weapon in losing weight and keeping going. Don't get me wrong Lottie does a brilliant job but she totally understands me so I have a lot of lee way with her and we amble along together in our own fashion. With Ruby I am going to be kept on my toes and busy have we have a lot to learn together, so no time to feel sorry for myself. Yes I am now diabetic and do have to make lifestyle changes, but I have my secret weapon, my love of furries and in particular daxies to get me through.
Thanks for reading to the end of this blog, I know it is a long one, love you all xxxxx
Daxiemad and Lotbots