This is not the time to be an ostrich!

This is not the time to be an ostrich!

Today’s post starts a little like Bridget Jones’ Diary. My life has become a series of statistics and medications. It sucks, but it is what it is.

Before breakfast…
Weight: 128.4 kg
BMI: 48 (morbidly obese)
BGL: 15.4 mmol/L (target 6-8 mmol/L*)

Yesterday was a massive wake up call.

I visited my endocrinologist for my quarterly check up. I had a feeling my levels would be elevated, but not that bad!

I have become seriously lax when it comes to managing my diabetes. Thanks to an ongoing kitchen renovation (and laziness), we’ve been eating so poorly. Loads of takeaway and ready meals…resulting in dangerously high blood glucose levels (BGL). My fasting BGL was 17.9 mmol/L!! I burst into tears knowing that it meant I’d have to start insulin injections. My cholesterol levels were also elevated, so another tablet was added to my day. Am I starting to rattle when I move?┬áSo now my day looks a little like this…

less Lisa more life | type 2 diabetes

– Checking my blood glucose levels before every meal and before I head to bed
– Injecting myself with NovoRapid before I eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner
– Injecting myself with Lantus prior to going to bed
– Swallowing a tonne of tablets for diabetes, cholesterol, and depression
(no shit I’m depressed)
– Recording everything in my diabetes record book for my endocrinologist, diabetes nurse, and gp to review

less Lisa more life | type 2 diabetes

I’ll admit, I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed this morning. Thank goodness I took notes when my endo was filling me in on my new regime. I think I’ll need to create a check list for everything I need to take and do throughout the day so I don’t forget anything.

My escalating diabetes issues further confirms to me that having weightloss surgery pronto is the best way to go. Looking thinner would be a bonus, but reducing my blood glucose levels to “normal” is the ultimate goal.

Time to pull my head out of the sand and get real. Wish me luck!

*mmol/L = millimoles per litre


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  • Oh Lisa, it can be so hard to eat well when your kitchen is a war zone. Hopefully a new kitchen means new inspiration – and the the warmer weather makes it easier to eat clean, too. Good luck with your journey. Bx
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  • Keep on the program and it will work for you. You can work your way off the insulin.
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  • I’m so excited for you. I know how hard it is. My ex and his sister both had gastric band surgery for health reasons and I know how hard it was on them. I also have friends who have have it, but particularly, watching someone close to me going through it and on the optifast diet and feeling as if they are starving, is tough. But look at your after photo! You are glowing and seem so happy. And that is something I’ve seen with all who have had it. Any important surgery in fact. And that’s the way to look at it. I congratulate you and your family for doing this.

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