Wednesday, March 31, 2010
SOLUTION FOR DIABETES
I’ve been on a medical hiatus for the last six months, and I can’t say it’s been much fun. As a Type 2 Diabetic, my insulin requirements have continued to increase. Last year, I finally maxed out all of the oral medications I could take (five different medications to be exact).
The doctors’ advice as been varied:
“You must be eating wrong. Change your behavior or I won’t continue to treat you.”
“You need to go on an insulin pump.”
“You’re not taking the right dosages of the right medications.”
“You need to leave your husband and kids to reduce your stress and take care of you.”
Unfortunately, none of this professional advice helped much.
With multiple health problems and two autistic children, I’ve struggled with exercise, my weight, and my stress level. Last year after putting my oldest son in an inpatient program up at the University of Utah because he had become a threat to himself and others, my glucose numbers soared. Frankly, I’m not the sort of person who just walks out because it gets difficult.
When oral medications no longer covered my problem, my doctor started me on insulin. I had a reaction to the type I needed and had to substitute with two others. Besides my oral medications, I now had to take six shots a day. Life wasn’t fun.
I started investigating my options. I discovered the medical profession was trying to get one particular weight-loss procedure approved by the insurance companies for diabetes. Apparently, gastric bypass surgery, not lap band, causes some kind of enzyme change within the stomach which immediately reverses diabetes. The result is not from weight-loss but from the actual surgical procedure. They are working to get this approved for people who are diabetic and not necessarily overweight.
With all my other health problems, having this surgery was risky. But my husband and I weighed the options and decided to do it. I had the surgery on December 29, 2009. The surgery was complicated but successful. It took twice as long for me, I had to stay at the hospital longer, and I’ve had other complications since…but I’m alive and I’m thankful for that.
The best news: within one month, I was able to drop all oral medications, completely stop one type of insulin, and reduce the other insulin dose by forty-percent.
I’ve had to put my life and writing on hold, but in the end, I know my life will be better. The characters of my current work-in-progress have hung out with me and have just been waiting for me to tell their story. Hopefully we can get back to the business of life.