Holiday Joy of a Different Kind.

I think one of the hardest things about living with diabetes is knowing the complications that can happen from high blood sugar over time. Knowing that you can start having problems with your eyes, limbs, kidneys, heart, digestion, etc. is scary as hell. We do everything we can to control our blood glucose levels in order to prevent these things from happening. But for someone like myself, having high blood sugars over the course of 29.99 years (8 days shy of my 30th diabetes anniversary), I’d say is time enough to possibly cause damage.

I have started to see some of this damage develop in my body. I have started treatment for retinopathy and mild gastroparesis. I also had a slightly abnormal autonomic nervous system test result recently. But today I received the greatest news. I had a NCV test done a few days ago to confirm what seemed to be some loss of feeling in my feet at an endo appointment.  And after persistent calls to my endo’s office (thanks Dr. K for putting up with my anxiousness!), she called me back with the results. No signs whatsoever of nerve damage in my lower extremities. This is the best Christmas and d-versary present I could ever have asked for! I know this doesn’t mean I’m in the clear for good. But this is a huge blessing. One that I am extremely thankful for at this point in my life. This may have been the lift to my spirit that I’ve been needing. This is motivation for me to keep my BG in check.  It also shows that complications are not inevitable. Even after 29.99 years.

I hope you all have a great weekend. I know mine is off to a great start 🙂

10 thoughts on “Holiday Joy of a Different Kind.

  1. YAAAAAY! At the risk of sounding stupid, what is involved in an autonomic nervouse system test? Over the past 6 or 7 months, I have had asymptomatic hypoglycemia. I have no clue until I get stupid, and by then I’m in the 50s or lower. In May, I didn’t show up for work one afternoon and my charge nurse called the sheriff. I had slept through a low, slept all day, didn’t hear my phone or texts, and was completely confused when the sheriff and first responders showed up. After grape juice with sugar, they ambulance guys got there and my sugar was 50. Scary. I used to get the shakes and the sweats, now nothing. Autonomic neuropathy might be the case?
    Keep up the good work and thanks for all the information and support you provide!!
    Merry Christmas!!

  2. 🙂 – great news to start off the weekend…and the week leading to 30 years of relative health!!! Even though I’ll be traveling Christmas Eve, know that I will think of you that day. A classmate of mine from grade school was dx’ed the same year (before kindergarten began), so I always think of her when I think of you now, even though I’m not in touch with her anymore.

  3. I know that I don’t need another Christmas present. 🙂 So beyond happy that you got this news today and beyond thankful that God is blessing you! xoxo

  4. Great news, indeed! I’m at 26 years and feeling blessed to have no major issues yet… and it’s not because it’s been a perfect journey. Enjoy!

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