Why I Write About My Health

Wego Health National Blog Posting MonthI am participating in Wego Health’s National Health Blog Post Month. Today’s topic is “Why I Write About My Health.”

That is an easy one! I have gastroparesis and prior to finding the DOC at the end of 2007, I really had no clue how to manage blood sugar with gastroparesis. I knew the diet to follow but as far as blood sugar, I was clueless. At the time, I was testing my blood sugar at least 10 times a day. I had data but did not know what to do with it. I knew I had a problem but did not know how to fix it. Doctors had no idea how to help me. When I was in the hospital for my foot, the doctor managing my blood sugar told me he was baffled by my blood sugar. I was really on my own and very lost.

Computer woman with coffeeOnce I found the DOC, I learned all kinds of things that I did not know before. I had been at this “diabetes” thing for almost 25 years when I found the DOC,  and I felt like a newbie when I started reading stuff online.  I never heard of Dr. Bernstein, John Walsh or Gary Scheiner.  I am embarrassed to say that I knew nothing about carb counting or correction ratios.  I switched the insulin I was using from Lantus and Humalog to Levemir and Apidra. I started breaking up my meal time shots. I learned more about pumping and even took a stab at that. I got a CGMS. All the changes I have made were due to things I learned from my fellow diabetics. All the changes that I have made have contributed to an improvement in my blood sugar control. I hate to think where I would be today if I had not found the DOC.

Diabetes is not a “one sized fits all” disease. Just because something works for me doesn’t mean it will work for you. I think the more ideas that someone has to try different things, the more chance they have of finding a solution to their problem.  That is why I think it is important that we all share with each other, not only the good things but the bad things also.  That is how we learn.

Prior to when I first landed on my first message board, I felt lost. I share the things that I have been thru and the things that have worked for me so someone else might find them and not feel as lost as I did.

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Comments

  1. debraaelliott1960 says:

    Stopping by from #NHBPM. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I really, really wish more people would investigate and learn from others in the DOC. Sharing the good, the bad, and even the boring just makes it easier.

  3. This post says SO much, Kelly! Thank you for sharing!

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