Well, after two full weeks of testing my blood sugars (was diagnosed officially on Oct 8 and started testing on Oct 10 but started my low-carb diet back on Sept 24 when I realized that I would get diagnosed as a diabetic), things are going great! My blood glucose readings are averaging 115 after 100 tests readings in the last two weeks.
But, I have to share this with everyone as I am sure that I am not the only one that has done this. After being on this low-carb diet for 5-6 weeks and testing a lot, I decided that I wasn’t really diabetic because I had never had a reading of more than 152 after a meal. So, my wife and I went to dinner on Friday night and I have my prime rib, salad and green beans which I have tested before and barely caused a move in my readings an hour after eating it. BUT, I decided to eat half of a black and white cookie. If you are from NY or know about these cookies, these are not small cookies and they are more like a cake than a cookie. When I tested an hour later, it was 219! I guess reality hit me smack in the face and I realized I was being a bonehead. I am clearly a diabetic and need to accept my situation.
Up until Friday, I had accepted and obviously was serious about getting control of my blood glucose. And through the low-carb diet, I had accomplished that. But I had my little pity party. When I got the A1C back in Oct 8 of 11.1, I took a few minutes to sob because it was official. But I didn’t let myself really mourn enough and I think that is why I went through what I did on Friday and Saturday. I am now back in reality and more committed than ever to keep my blood glucose under control.
I guess the good thing is that my readings that night went from 219 to 188 to 138 and the next morning I was at 89, so I clearly recovered and didn’t have prolonged high blood sugars. Tells me my body has recovered well from the constant high sugars that I had over the summer or longer. But I must admit that I didn’t feel so good after eating that cookie and it was a good sign to me that my body has gotten used to near normal blood glucose again and wants to reject the high sugars.
Has anyone else gone through this or something similar? I suspect so and would be interested in your accounts. I have accepted that this is a life-long fight and I need to treat it as a distance race, not a sprint. Like I said earlier, I more committed than ever to win this battle!
Thanks for hearing me out!