This seems like a nice friendly place and I'm thankful for that because I need to learn more about this disease and for this old dog it's hard to learn new tricks LOL!!!
So to start off I'll tell you about the day I woke up as a diabetic.
I think it was April 15th. I woke up with a very dry mouth and it was so dry my tongue hurt. Then I had leg cramps in both calves, then my foot, then the thing that bugged me the most, my right foot pointed down and it wasn't me pointing it it did it it's self and the muscle near my shin were hard as a rock and hurt for a couple hours. Then when I got out of bed my vision was so blurred I had to feel my way to the bathroom. I was trying to figure out what the heck was going on with me. I was thinking the leg cramps were from maybe not drinking enough water the day before because it got pretty warm and I was outside all day in the sun, so I just drank water and had a banana for breakfast and I felt better. I wasn't thinking the blurred vision was related so I called and made an appointment with my optometrist. So April 26th I went to see her. When I told her I think my eyes changed over night she looked a little concerned so after she looked at my eyes for a while and tested them, she asked one of the interns to take my glucose reading. The reading was 469. I didn't know what the number meant until my optometrist came out and she said, "Brian, you don't need to order new glasses today, you need to go see your doctor."
So that same day my physician was able to get me in. She confirmed I had diabetes. At first she thought because of my age that it was type 2, but after the blood work came back she changed my diagnoses to type 1, so off to see another doctor. She set an appointment to see an endocrinologist and got poked and prodded even more, but she's great. She put me on Humalog for before meals and Lantus for bed time. At first I was a little nervous about giving my self injections, but it wasn't that bad.
I guess the hardest thing has been finding foods to satisfy my hunger. I've lost quite a bit of weight (25lbs) and most of it has been muscle it seems. The reason why I think it's mostly muscle is because I'm a very lean guy. My whole life I've worked out, in fact just days before I woke up with the blurred vision and muscle cramps I rode my bike about 50 miles and did my push-up workout which consists of 350 push-ups with all the reps added together and now I can't even do half of my workout reps and riding my bike I struggle riding 20 miles. I can also feel bones in my shoulders and I haven't had boney shoulders since I was a teenager. It seems like all this weight has been lost since that day with the blurry eyes and muscle cramps.
I used to be on a 3,200 calorie diet due to working out 5 to 6 days a week, but now with drastically cutting down on the amount of carbs, I think i'm getting about 2,200. It seems like if I go much over 2,200 calories my blood sugar gets out of control, but with lower calories I can't workout like I used to. I don't know if I should try to get back up to 3,200 calories and take more insulin or try to get used to not being as active as I used to be and eat less.
I think I need to go see a dietician maybe.