Our first inkling that something was seriously wrong was when he complained of numbness in his feet.
We were getting ready to go to bed when he told me. Granted he’d been complaining of various abnormalities over the past month, but I’d put it down to male ipikonners.
Cue a rush to the emergency room, a staggeringly high count of 390 (*faint!) an emergency drip, a pair of crutches ( it had gotten that bad😱) and strict admonitions to ” Stop drinking Coke, exercise more and eat right!”and a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
Levels this high would normally put a patient into a diabetic coma, but I guess hubby is tougher to kill than usual. (Joke!)
Nowadays I’m all about finger pricks, blood sugar levels, reading labels on food, and cooking organic, raw food from scratch. Not as exotic or fun as before but I get to celebrate when this happens!
In total I spend about an hour a day searching for diabetic alternatives to the meat – rice – potatoes food he’s grown up with and is fond of.
White rice is swapped out for brown, lean cuts of beef is requested at the butchery, chicken breasts are a thing with us now, and there’s a whole lot more experimenting going on in the kitchen.
Eating out is not really an issue since our favourite restaurants either have a diabetic menu or gladly make the swaps we request.
The greatest changes have definitely been in our shopping trolley each week. I’ve had to sacrifice my love for the sweets but I’m benefiting as much as he is.
We have a whole new shopping list put together with trial and error, many hours of internet research and some input from the good doctors at the Imperial College London Diabetes Center in Abu Dhabi.
I hope this helps anyone who is facing the same struggle hubby is with diabetes.
It’s not easy and we both have issues to deal with while coping with this disease, but it IS beatable. Good luck, and let me know how it goes in the comments section!
Until next I blog,