Igenerally don’t wear a lot of jewelry. And yet my wife bought me a bracelet for Christmas two years ago. It was a thin, black silicone band with white print on its face. It read, “Type; 2 Diabetic.” The bracelet quickly became my label, an
outward manifestation of an internal complication.
Unfortunately, it took me a long while to recognize
the symptoms. I had been really tired, even ;nding
myself nodding off at my desk during lunch (the ;rst
warning sign, which I ignored). I’d been getting bad
dry mouth and thirst for
a couple months (the
second warning sign I
missed) and woke up
multiple times during the
night to drink water and
go to the bathroom
(warning sign No. 3).
After a doctor
appointment, where I
divulged all of these pesky
health issues, I was
diagnosed with diabetes.
Apparently my body had known I had type; 2 diabetes
for some time.
I learned a lot that day in 2015. I learned about
diabetes. I learned not to ignore my body. I learned
the fastest route to the emergency room. And by the
end of the night, I learned I was going to be OK.
(Later, I also learned that my insurance doesn’t
cover as much of an ER visit as I’d thought.)
Three months later, my blood glucose had
improved, as had my diet. Today, I try to watch what
I eat by adding more veggies and eliminating excess
carbs. I take meds every day, including a pill to tell
my body how to process glucose, and I prick my
;nger on a regular basis.
I’ve made new friends: an endocrinologist, a
nutritionist, and an education specialist. I’ve built on
established relationships with people, such as my
primary care physician, my eye doctor, and the
pharmacist at CVS.
Now that I know what to look for and have more
knowledge, I have become more aware of what is
happening to me. One of the things I was told to
remember was that the complications from not
managing diabetes well can cause damage. It’s about
feet, eyes, and kidneys on top of blood glucose. But as
long as you know what to monitor and what to look
for, you can live with it safely. I am grateful my
doctor spotted my high blood glucose, and I kick
myself for ignoring my body when it was essentially
screaming at me. I won’t make that mistake again.
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We welcome your Reflections submissions:
SEAN M;QUEENE Y,
diagnosed with type; 2
diabetes two years ago.
Today, he lives with his
wife and 10-year-old son
in Savannah, Georgia,
where he works at an art
college. In his spare time, he
reads, roots for the Mets,
and digs through crates
looking for vinyl.
AS LONG AS YOU KNOW
WHAT TO MONITOR AND
WHAT TO LOOK FOR, YOU CAN
LIVE WITH ;DIABETES; SAFELY.
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