Parenting Story

Parenting Story

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Motivation to live healthier

Randy and I were both pretty nervous going into the doctor today. I expected to hear that he had diabetes, but was nervous that it may be something else. He got called right back and they weighed him and checked his blood pressure, both were down from the last time he was in, so his medication is working. Then the doctor came in to explain his blood test results. He said that a normal persons' blood sugar is between 170-220. When they tested his blood, his blood sugar was 770, that's almost 4 times the normal reading! No wonder he was not feeling well! Though I was expecting diabetes, I was not expecting for it to be that bad. They immediately showed him how to take an insulin shot. They are going to try to lower his sugar slow enough so as not to shock his system, but quickly enough so that he is feeling better sooner. Though he will probably be on medicine the rest of his life, at least there is a treatment! We then went to the lab and they gave him a test machine and showed him how to use it. He will have to go back to the doctor once a week for the next 2 months and meet with a dietician to learn how to use his diet to better control his blood sugar.

With 2 young children we both really need to take better care of ourselves or risk not being around to see them grow. Though I am not glad that Randy has such a serious illness, I think that it was just the kick in the pants we both needed to make some serious lifestyle changes. I have had a weight problem since I was a child and could definitely stand to lose some weight. Hopefully learning to cook better for Randy will also help me to lose some weight. We are both committed to using the treadmill that we bought in January as part of our New Year's resolution to be more active and healthier and have used only a couple of times! Though it will take a lot of time and dedication, I hope that by this time next year we will both be well on our way to a healthier lifestyle!

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