Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Is He Cured?

I live in the Midwest.  I have noticed over the years that while we are very friendly, we seem to suffer from "chicken little syndrome".  IF the weather is nice, you will find most people you talk to will say "Oh but what will winter be like?'   We have had a long warm summer.  It has been so nice for so long that we are all confused. It has been very dry.  For once, we appreciate the rain when it comes.  But we all seem to feel that there will be a payback for our nice weather.

We had GREAT news over the weekend.  Silent Sam is now off all his diabetes medications.  He has worked so hard and has succeeded with the goal he set at the very beginning.  I am so proud of all he has accomplished.

Is he cured? No. He is not.  He cannot be cured of diabetes.  It is a life long disease.

We actually wonder if the hardest part is about to happen.  Now he really has to depend on his food intake and exercise to keep his numbers where they should be.  Like good Midwesterners, we are waiting for the other shoe to fall.  Can he keep it in check now that he doesn't have any help?

The good news is that the week before we had reaffirmed that we needed to be more vigilant.  We needed to eat more carrots and less sweet potato chips.  More veggies less protein.  You get the drift.  So at least the mindset is in place.

Diabetes is a funny thing.  You cannot predict how your body will react all the time.  It is not consistent.  What works today and has worked for months may not work tomorrow.  Silent Sam, like many other diabetics that I read about, can't predict what will affect his blood sugar.  This makes it even harder than just behaving ourselves.  All we can do is keep on keeping on.

So give a silent cheer to SS.  He deserves it.  Then give him a hearty "Good Luck" because he is going to need it.  We have gotten to the top of this hill but there is still a long way to go.

Thanks for reading!