My last post dealt with rehab after my operations on my feet. Today I will discuss the mental stress caused by diabetes and how you must learn to adjust your way of living. This involves your diet, purchasing diabetic shoes and accepting the fact that you must lose your bad habits or face dire consequences. After I left the rehab facility and was taken home and it was a scary day. I remember getting home and thinking to myself what now? I’m a guitar teacher who wasn’t going to be teaching anytime soon. I missed that part of my life. My students were assigned to other teachers and I had to accept it. No matter what your profession, be prepared to take time off from it. The feeling you have of just sitting home and worrying about your future can be troublesome. You have to rely on friends and family more than ever to help you.They have to take you to doctors appointments, grocery shopping and many other things you take for granted. If you’re independent, this is very difficult. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very helpful having people look out for you, but you feel a bit ashamed and embarrassed. Then you realize how much your family and friends really care about you. My sister took me to all my doctors appointments and took me to supermarket when needed. My best friends came to visit me often. You don’t how much company means to you when you’re alone you feel afraid about your future. Your finances for example. I didn’t get unemployment right away and rent was due and all other bills as well. I was very fortunate to have a friend loan me money. The people I worked with raised money for me with a comedy night. I was beyond grateful. These things helped me through a difficult time.
I told you all when I was at rehab how I had to wear a cast on my left foot to help my wound to heal. The doctor told me to take short walks to get used to walking again. I’m on the third floor so it’s wasn’t that easy, but I was determined to get better. Once you learn to accept your situation, you push yourself to get well. This means sticking to your a diet that can be bland at first, but you’ll soon learn of all the foods available to you portion controlled of course. What you eat goes hand in hand with your wound healing and you’ll feel much better. I used to walk around the neighborhood with my cast on and was just happy to be out. So stick to your diet, keep your A1c low. My A1c was between 5.7 and 5.0 after all my operations and rehab.I am very grateful to my doctors, family and friends for all their support.
Once you’ve healed you have to be fitted for diabetic shoes. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Your insurance will only let you go to certain places. You may have to pay some of the expense out of your own pocket. My shoes average about $1300. The first time I got them my insurance covered them, the last two times I had to pay about $500 out of pocket expense. The shoes look like sneakers, but it’s the inserts that cost the most. I have no big right toe anymore, so they put a toe insert in the shoe. The insoles have to be changed every 4 months. So beware of the expense.
The next thing I’d like to talk about today is my eye issues. When you’re a diabetic your eyes grow extra blood vessels that leak and cause fluid to be present. You will have to get laser treatments and eye injections to help control the fluid and save your vision. Your doctor will tell you to control your A1c to help keep your vision. Seventy percent of my doctors patients are diabetic. Many people lose their sight everyday from this disease, so don’t cheat, or fall off the wagon as a rule, it could mean the loss of your sight.
The last thing I’d like to talk about is the black and white of this disease. I am very fortunate to have doctors who tell me the truth and don’t coddle me like a baby. My foot doctor has said over and over if go back to eating the way I did, I’d be dead in three months. It sounds harsh, but it’s not . You need to be scared so you can stay alive.It’s a thought I have everyday, so trust me when I say I rarely cheat. The holidays are a challenge, but one day is fine but not a week. My eye doctor also has told me I could lose my sight if my sugar is too high. If this sounds scary, it is. Remember it’s your life, and you want to continue to live it as well as you can! Next post I will talk about daily routines and how they can benefit your A1c.