I started this blog for the purpose of helping diabetics deal with the same type issues I have. My foot and eye issues are the main focus of this blog. I have learned so much since starting this blog about how everyone deals with their own issues through joining support groups on Facebook and Linkedin. The one thing we all have in common is anxiety. Diabetes does so many things to our bodies, that it can seem overwhelming.
Your diet, your mobility, and eyesight can be compromised. I’ve been fortunate in that despite my multiple toe amputations and at times blurred vision I still have both feet and can see. I still think about the possibility of losing a limb or even going blind everyday. I think what helps me is writing this blog, hearing other peoples stories, and see first hand good and bad results of patients at my doctors offices. Any day that you can get up and go to work and just live a normal life is a good day. All we can do as diabetics is live day to day and do our best to eat right, get exercise, and take care of yourself.
There are so many things in life we can control. We’re limited as diabetics on how much control we have on our deformities and blurred vision. I’ve talked about about my personal foot care in previous blogs. Washing and moisturizing your feet daily. Inspecting your feet daily for blisters or ulcers, and talking to your foot doctor about proper care are steps you can take to ease your anxiety.
Your vision can also stay normal if you follow your diet and keep your A1C in the 5.0-6 range. Remember you’re the best ally you have. You can also be your worst enemy.
I’ve seen first hand at my foot doctor and eye doctors offices people who have lost a limb or lost their sight. In most cases these nightmares could have been avoided with the proper diet , exercise, and self care.
I’m very strict with my diet and self care. I see things differently now in life. Everyday I try to be vigilant with my health. I look in the mirror at myself for my successes and failures.Like I said earlier there are some things in life you can control. I made several poor choices in life that brought me to my current condition.
I made poor relationship choices where I turned away people who could have made my life better. I took the boring and lazy approach to life and my health. I ate too many fried foods, sweet desserts, drank too much, and rarely exercised.
The one constant thing in my life has been music and teaching. I enjoy seeing my students succeed and grow. Now with this blog I’ve been able to help a few people get through their own issues through my successful experiences. I regret the mistakes I’ve made in the past, but look forward to helping others stay healthy and keep and a positive attitude and have a future.
I guess what I’m saying is live each day the best you can. Offer advice and an ear to those who need it. Help your fellow diabetics! Don’t fall back to bad habits, and embrace people in your life who accept you for who you are and not what you can do for them. This is difficult time for all of us with the coronavirus, so we’re all in this together!
My next blog I’ll dive deeper into fears of being a diabetic. Stay safe and healthy!