I am so proud to say my sweet mother is today’s guest blogger. Her name is Linda Gentle but she is best known as “Pickle” by her grandchildren (we have yet to figure out why my oldest nephew, who is almost 16, dubbed her Pickle when he was little. ha!).
I asked mom to write-up something on living with a person with what I call “sugar issues” but medical professionals call diabetes. My dad was diagnosed years ago but it was his actions *before his diagnosis that led my mom to know something was seriously wrong. Maybe you’ve experienced the same symptoms or know someone in a similar situation . If so, please encourage them to seek medical attention.
Here is my mom’s story. Thanks Pickle for writing this up! I love you!
“For years I had been telling my husband, Tommy, that he had all the symptoms of a diabetic. He didn’t believe me. I begged him to go for a physical, but like most men, he wouldn’t do it. He thought I had conjured up all this in my mind. He just ignored the constant thirst, the tired feeling, falling asleep every time he sat down in a chair, and the irritability. Finally, one Saturday in October 1994, his company scheduled a mandatory physical exam for all their employees. Needless to say, Tommy was not happy, but he had no choice but to go. When he got home, he was in a state of panic. The nurse had told him to get to a doctor first thing Monday morning because his blood sugar was almost 400! That was the beginning of our journey as a household with a diabetic in the family. I had no idea where to start. Our family had always eaten just about whatever we wanted without thinking about health problems. We had to change a lot of things in our lives. About a year after Tommy found out he was diabetic, he started having eye problems. He was diagnosed with Diabetic Retinopathy, or bleeding behind his eyes, and had to have surgery. The doctor told him that he had escaped serious eye problems, possibly blindness, by only a few weeks.
From that time to the present, Tommy has done really well controlling his blood sugar. For several years he controlled it with diet only but now he takes a daily pill to help maintain his blood sugar. You won’t catch him cheating with his diet. He is a believer in eating right.
Now Elizabeth is another story. I have worried about her for years because I could see the same symptoms in her that I saw in her dad. I encouraged her to get her blood sugar checked but was never very successful with my efforts. Finally, she had to have it checked for some insurance she was getting and guess what, her blood sugar was high. She still won’t use the “D” word, just calls it “sugar issues” but whatever she calls it, I am so proud of what she is doing now. She has realized the importance of eating right and taking care of her body. I hope she has been an influence on all of you and a good example to follow. I know from what she has told me and what I have read on her blog, that you all have been a great motivator for her. I’m proud of all of you and hope you keep up the good work!
Here is a recipe that you might enjoy if you get an urge for something sweet and I think most of us do.
Sugar-Free Cherry Cheese Pie
1 large graham cracker crust
2 -8 oz packages of 1/3 less fat cream cheese
3/4 cup Splenda
1 T. lemon juice
1 can no-sugar added cherry filling (add a little Splenda)
Combine cream cheese, eggs, Splenda and lemon juice. Mix until smooth, pour into crust pushing slightly up sides of crust. Pour pie filling in center of cream cheese mixture. Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool before serving.