The Ongoing Saga of a Girl and her Scale
by Karin L. Nauber
I just returned from a walk of nearly a mile. No, my car didn’t break down! This was deliberate walking with a purpose.
This is the third day that I have been walking for 15-30 minutes a couple of times a day—once in the morning and once in the afternoon/evening.
Well, there are a couple of reasons...
For one, the weather has been amazing for the past few days. I needed to get out and so did my granddaughter.
The second “why” is a bit more of the reason...I received some bad news from my medical provider last week...
Allow me to elaborate a bit...
It’s been over two years since I have had insurance. I have not gone to the doctor, except for the emergency room a few times and to get a COVID test last November.
I have not been watching what I eat. I have not been exercising.
What I have been doing is watching my blood glucose readings range from 300-600 every day.
For those of you who do not know what this means, I will tell you that the “normal” range is between 70 and 110.
Next was my A1c which is a measurement of your average blood sugar levels over the past three months.
The standard range is 4.8-6.0. Mine is 11.2.
That is scary and dangerous.
But that wasn’t the end of the results...
My bad cholesterol is 287 when it “should” be between 130-200.
Worse still, my triglycerides are 420. The standard range is 35-134!
Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in your blood.
It’s pretty bad when your blood is “fat!”
I don’t understand what all of this means. All I know is that I am headed for a medical disaster if things don’t change.
That is why I am walking.
But there is another thing about walking and another reason my medical provider told me I should walk.
Ever since I had COVID back in November, I have had substantial difficulty breathing. It is actually worse than when I had COVID. I think part of it is because I am overweight and out of shape. But my provider said that walking will also help me be able to breathe better from the effects of COVID.
Well, I have rekindled my desire to get back on the weight-loss wagon and get this diabetes under control. It feels kind of like being on a really fast merry-go-round and every once in a while I go flying off of it. It sometimes takes me a long time to get back on.
I have also rekindled my desire to share my story on my blog which you can find at: www.diabeteshealthnuts.com.