I have Type 2 Diabetes…


Narrowing the subject…

typhoon-odessa-from-spacePerhaps it is just me or perhaps it is a trait common to all people who do a lot of writing but sometimes the ideas, images and words in my head are swirling around in such a huge mess that if viewed from outer space it would resemble a hemisphere spanning cyclone.

Now how’s THAT for an image?  😉

This is about the third or fourth time that I’ve started this particular post and every time I’m like Dug, the dog from “Up”:

“Squirrel!”

I kept bouncing around from topic to topic.  So I’m going to do the unthinkable…

I’m going to keep this post short and only talk about one topic.  OMG!  Aliens have stolen Tony and replaced him with a POD-person!

I have Type 2 Diabetes

I confess that it kinda freaked me out when my doctor told me.  In her words:  “Tony, you’re not just diabetic, you’re way diabetic!” 

The good news is that diabetes won’t kill you.  Ignoring diabetes however, will.  So I’m reading a lot and as I learn stuff I’ll share it with you.

First Thing I’ve learned about Type 2 Diabetes

diabetes-word-graphicThere is a LOT of information out there about diabetes. So let me stick in the standard disclaimer.  I’m not a doctor.  I’m not giving advice.

I’m just sharing my story in my usual dramatic fashion with the teeming masses reading my blog (all six of you, seven if you count my Mom).

So far in my search for diabetes, I’ve either found incredibly simple information, made SO simple that it is practically useless.  I’ve also found incredibly complex information that is so complex that it is basically useless.

What I’ve concluded is that any information found on the web, because of the potential seriousness of this condition, should be checked, double checked and triple checked.

I’m still learning.  Stay tuned as I learn and share.

Second Thing I’ve learned about Type 2 Diabetes

scaredlolcatWhen my doctor told me I was diabetic I had this mental picture pop into my head of needles.

OMG!  I freaked.  I thought I’d have to learn to inject myself with insulin. Eeeeeekkkkk.

Fortunately I don’t.  I take pills.  Yay!  From what I’ve read on sites like the Mayo Clinic, WebMD, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the standard treatment for Type 2 diabetes is with pills.  You only have to do the whole needle thing if the pills do not work or if you have Type 1 diabetes.

Whew!  Can we say relief?  Sure!  I knew ya could.  I do NOT like needles.  I can’t stand the sight of my blood being drawn.  And don’t get me started about the size of my veins and how difficult it is for nurses to find them.  Not a fun time in Tony-land.  Nope.

Can we say vaso vascular reaction?  Yeppers!  If you’ve never had one well they ain’t fun.  Basically you psych out your body by being all afraid and then it turns out that it ain’t no big deal so your body is all prepared with all these hormones and stuff and when they aren’t needed, well they flood your body anyway and BAM you pass out.  Almost faint.  Swoon.  Get weak in the knees.  Scare the nurse into bringing you a wheel chair where they wheel you back and made rude jokes about men being big babies and how if we wanted to be introduced to pain, we should give birth to a kid.

Nope.  No needles for Tony.

So, pills it is.  Great huge honkin horse pills, but pills.  Two in the morning and one at night.

And that’s where I”m closing this post.  I’ll talk more about those pills tomorrow.

See ya on the dance floor!

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About TxCowboyDancer

Eight time Country Dance World Champion. I love to dance. In the middle of a journey, transforming myself from "unemployed and out-of-shape" to "in-shape and full time dance instructor, writer and graphic artist."

Posted on Wed, Jun 24, 2015, in Living with Diabetes and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I know just how that “Diabetes Thing” can be. I think there are a Few of us that do.

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    • It is a new thing for me. But being a “glass half full” kind of guy most of the time, I’m looking at this as a wake up call. It has kicked me into gear. If everything goes as planned, 18 months from now I’ll be fitter, healthier, and will no longer be taking diabetes meds or high blood pressure meds.

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