Stepping Out in Faith

Sometimes you just have to have faith that God will help you when he gives you a nudge to do his will.

Dealing With the Bumps in the Road September 10, 2013


It’s been over a year since I was diagnosed with diabetes. It’s been a roller coaster ride, but it’s getting better. At first, the doctor thought I had type 2 diabetes, but it wasn’t getting much better after several months. After many blood tests and lots of finger sticks, it was finally decided that I have type 1. My endocrinologist told me I’d be going on an insulin pump. She really didn’t give me a choice. This was all so new to me and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go down this road or not, but it was pretty much out of my hands.

I could have been angry that I was losing control of my body and pleaded with God to heal me, but that’s not what I felt I was supposed to do. Almost from the beginning, I’ve felt like I was dealing with this now so that I could help others in the future. I have become more aware of the foods I eat and how my body reacts to them. All of this new knowledge has been helpful in the classroom as I teach nutrition and exercise to my students, as well as helping them learn about diabetes. My family eats much healthier than before, too.

Recently, the mother of a friend asked me about how I dealt with my diabetes. She was interested more in how I dealt with it mentally and emotionally because her husband has diabetes and has had a change in his medication as of late. I encouraged her that life can be pretty normal as long as you take it seriously and make the changes needed. I guess mainly I just reassured her that it wasn’t the end of the world and that it doesn’t have to totally control your life. Sure, you do have to adjust to regularly checking your blood glucose with finger pricks and taking your meds in a timely manner, but it can be done. I do all the things now that I did before I was diagnosed.

If you are experiencing extreme thirst, excessive need to urinate, bruises or sores that don’t heal as quickly as normal (especially of the legs and feet), exhaustion, and a drastic change in your vision, don’t wait. Go to your doctor as soon as possible! There is help available and you can do this. I never thought I could manage without sugar! My favorite drink was Mountain Dew, but it didn’t taste sweet any more at all. Chocolate didn’t either. I guess with all that sugar building up in my bloodstream, it was affecting my taste buds. I’ve decided that I must educate others when I can. God had a plan and with his strength, I can do this! Another reason I’m “stepping out in faith”!

 

Overcoming Obstacles With God January 29, 2013

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Six months ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes. I was feeling horrible with classic diabetic symptoms; extreme thirst, urinating a lot, exhaustion, and when my vision got really blurry, I knew it was time to find out what was going on. My doctor’s office worked me in the very next day and a simple blood glucose test showed a very elevated result. One look at the nurse’s face and I knew it wasn’t good. I was put on insulin to bring my number down quickly and I signed up and attended diabetes education class and met individually with a nutritionist and a diabetes educator.They were very helpful and I learned a lot that helped me deal with the day to day glucose tests and insulin shots as well as what foods to eat and not eat.

It was 4 months later before I found out I had type 1 diabetes, not type 2. My treatment changed again and I had more changes to make in my daily life. Insulin shots before meals were added to my arsenal of ammunition against this disease that has my body fighting against itself. Adjusting my meds several times still has my numbers totally out of whack. Strangely enough, I have never blamed God for this struggle as it’s not his fault. I do, however, praise him for giving me the strength I need to deal with this debilitating disease. My diabetic care team has been a huge help!

My most recent visit to the endocrinologist was another variation to my treatment. Now, I will be learning how to use an insulin pump. That is the next step in my quest for a somewhat normal existence. Hopefully, once I learn to use it, I’ll be able to get things under control. Without God in my life, I’m sure that I would have felt totally overwhelmed through all of this. Knowing that he’s always there for me has helped me to look at this as an opportunity to learn about the disease and to help others who are dealing with it as well. Teaching students in my health classes about it and showing them how to eat healthier are goals that I have now that I am learning more about it. God will help me to do this. I’m stepping out in faith…

 

God is There For Us Even When We Don’t Know We Need Him! September 8, 2012


Sorry it’s been so long since my last post, but life has kept me busy of late. Lots of stress in my life for the past few months with deaths of family and friends, two daughters graduating, and facing the empty-nest syndrome to name a few. But this summer I began to feel very lethargic and when my vision became very blurry along with extreme thirst and many more trips to the bathroom than normal, I began to think that I needed to get to the doctor and figure out why I was feeling so badly before school started again! A trip to the doctor quickly revealed my suspicions, I had diabetes.

I’ve been on insulin shots for about 5 or 6 weeks now and am beginning to get a handle on it. My insulin dosage has been adjusted a couple of times and the changes in my diet and exercise have changed greatly. My cholesterol has been high for many years, but I never went on medication for it because it was my only risk factor, but with the diagnosis of diabetes, that all changed. I began taking medicine for the cholesterol as well. This week, my cholesterol numbers are looking great now and I feel much better. It was a wake up call for me. I want to be around a few more years for my family. I think of my children and my future grandchildren and know that I have to do whatever it takes to be as healthy as I can be.

I am thankful to God that the symptoms helped me figure that I needed to get my health checked out. I knew that I needed to lose some weight and my weakness was Mt. Dew. Several months ago I prayed to God that if he would make Mt. Dew not taste good to me, I would be able to not drink it. When I think back, that was my  first clue about the diabetes. The Mt. Dew didn’t taste the same any more. I quit drinking it and drank sweet tea. It didn’t taste good either. The only thing that did taste good was water. I’ve never been a water drinker, but that’s about all I’ve been drinking for a couple of months now. Diabetes does run in my family, but I guess I just never figured I’d be the one in the family to get it. I feel that I have taken it in stride and praise God for helping me to easily make the changes in my lifestyle that I need to make. God is good!

Yours in Faith,

Pam

 

 
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