ROW GEE LEE OOOOOO! My Story
Diabetes & Cycling saved my life.
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Diabetes effects everyone differently and living with the disease is a daily struggle. I consider myself lucky because in this stage of my life it has been a blessing.
This month, 3 years ago, is how it all started.
Training for a cycling event I started getting really bad cramps during my rides.
I had just finished riding during the hottest part of the day and I was headed home. I did not make it out of the parking lot before I had to pull over and became nauseous. This became my routine every other day after a bike ride. Ride - throw up, Ride - throw up. I thought, “It’s the heat, I will be okay”
Then the “normal” symptoms started. I couldn’t make it through the night without getting up to go to the bathroom at least once. Then it was twice, then 3 times, and eventually I spent most the night going to the bathroom and not sleeping. I later learned that my kidneys were trying to expel all of the excess glucose in my body with no success.
I drank any and all liquids and could not quench my thirst.
As my body began pumping “syrup” my eyesight and hearing presented a whole new adventure in DRIVING.
My Dr. enters the exam room and tells me to lift up my shirt that he needs to give me 2 doses of insulin immediately. My urine dipstick test result, that the nurse gave me when I arrived, showed I had well over 2000 mg/dl of glucose in my urine. The magic number for glucose in your urine is 0.
When my blood work came back my A1C was 12.8 and I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and it has been a true blessing. The first month on medication was rough going through phases where I could not hear and then for about 2 weeks I could only see shapes and could not read. My levels were so high that cycling every other day kept my body from shutting down. Within 90 days I dropped my A1C to 6.2.
My symptoms are back. Trouble hearing, my eyesight is being effected. Worse of all my numbers are through the roof. Or at least higher than anything I have had since I was diagnosed. What had changed and why was it happening so fast. Well on Halloween I took my last drink of alcohol and my body started working again. So now taking my medication was causing my numbers to get to scary lows and my body went into overdrive to compensate and produced glucose. I hopefully have taken my last pill this month.
My A1C is 5.7. I have been off of my meds for about 8 months and I can tell you to the day, how many days it has been since I had my last drink. I have lost nearly 70 lbs.
Cycling is a part of my life because it saved my life.
I am forever grateful for all of those willing to help and thank you for supporting me!
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