Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The time has come

Seven months ago I wrote about my most recent physical (Bad News Delivered)and the poor results of my blood tests at that time. I was put onto a different diet, told to work out more and lose more weight to try and stem the tide that seemed headed toward diabetes.

Well tomorrow I will go in for the follow up set of tests. I've lost 10-15 pounds since that last visit. I've worked out hard and am in pretty good shape. I've learned to eat better.

And a part of me is scared out of my tiny little mind. My next physical check up comes about 10 days later and we'll review the results. The tests will be bad enough (I'm a total weenie when it comes to drawing blood. The blood sugar test of course only requires drinking super sweet liquids and then peeing into jars but it's the one that holds the greatest dread) but the waiting till I hear the results will be even worse.

And if the news is bad...?

Trying not to think about that. I should have worked out more. I should have lost more weight. I feel like I screwed up again.

Keep me in your prayers.



MadPriest said...

My friend. I assume you are talking about the possibility of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Look, you haven't got it now and if you do develop it it is no big deal. They will keep it in check by diet and, maybe, some anti-cholesterol tablets. You will have to cut down drastically (but not get rid of completely) sugary foods and foods with added sugar. You will also need to be careful about how much fatty food you eat (not because of the diabetes but because diabetes increases the chances of you developing heart problems). But the whole thing is more inconvenient than worrying or painful in any way.

There is a possibility that in the distant future you will die of something connected to your diabetes. But if you follow dietary recommendations you are almost just as likely to die of some other nasty thing that waits around the corner for all of us.

Honestly, you are more likely to worry yourself into an early grave than die of type two diabetes. In fact, the condition, because of its treatment, will make you a fitter person than you have been for years.

And, yes, I do speak from personal experience.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Da Youth, you've done well to exercise more and lose 10-15 pounds. I pray for good results from your tests and that you will stop worrying.

Look the other way when the needle goes in.