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Diabetes

This has been a year of big changes. We welcomed baby M into the family we have welcomed a probable Mr. Navy Girl and son into the family and we have lost an important member of the family. Miss you Aunt B. But the biggest change of all for me is my health.

I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Now this form of diabetes runs in my family so it isn’t a huge surprise but it is a huge adjustment. One I am struggling with. I do not feel any different than I did before I found out. Physically I look and feel the same but I am not.

Evidently my former doctor could see in my blood work that I was prediabetic but didn’t tell me. He never said anything or gave me any information. I met my new doctor for the first time because I wasn’t feeling well for about a week and wanted to see what was going on. The first words out of her mouth after introducing herself was did you know you are prediabetic? That your A1C is 6 and that diabetes is 6.5? WTF!?! That was from a blood test I had in January that my former doctor didn’t tell me anything about. WTF!!! If I had known I would have started doing something about it so I could avoid getting full blown diabetes.

So we did blood tests and low and behold diabetes. So now what? My doctor gave me some information on what I need to do for the next three months. Foods to eat, foods to avoid, medicines I need to take, side effects, the whole 9 yards. Needless to say it has been overwhelming.

One of the biggest challenges in trying to control the diabetes is limiting carbohydrates. I admit I am a carboholic. I love fruit and bread and pasta and rice and cake and cookies and chocolate and sugar. If it has carbs I was in. I am struggling with this as I write this.

I am a numbers person. I don’t do well with exchanges you get 9-12 carb exchanges a day. To me that means nothing. Each carb exchange is 15 grams so I did the math and keep track of what I eat on an app on my phone. I weigh out my food in the morning and pack my lunch and snacks for work. I know what I am having for dinner so I can count backwards during the day. Right now I am on a 1400 calorie 135-180 grams of carbs eating program.

There are days when I literally save up all of my carbs so I can have ice cream (at the state fair, it was delicious). But for the most part I do ok. But I do struggle. My company has a popcorn maker – the good movie style popcorn maker, I can’t eat it anymore. There are 5 carbs per cup of popcorn. A cup of popped popcorn isn’t very much.

Right now there is a pack of blueberry poptarts in the vending machine. I love blueberry poptarts. The only poptarts I like are blueberry and the only blueberries I like are in poptarts. There is 38 grams of carbs in one poptart and there are two in a pack. You do the math they are bad news for me. They have so been calling my name since yesterday. I hope someone else eats them soon.

It’s a struggle but I need to learn to work with what I have. I plan on being here a very long time.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Sometimes life comes along and knocks you off your feet. You are moving along not really paying attention and WHAMMO! Life hits you like a linebacker stopping the play at the line of scrimmage. These completely unexpected events are, even if you fumble the ball, recoverable.

All great strides in human history have come with major disruptions. An asteroid or some other cataclysmic event caused the extinction of dinosaurs and lead to mammals becoming dominant.  The rise of Homo-sapiens lead to the downfall of Neanderthals and the invention of the printing press changed all of our lives for the better. **

You are moving along with your life and out of the blue a major disruption occurs. This disruption can be the loss of a job, the diagnosis of a disease, the death of a loved one, the birth of a loved one; it could even be the getting of a new job or promotion. It doesn’t really matter what the disruption is what matters is how you react to the disruption.

You can fumble the ball but if you scramble to get it back or on the next play break away for a touchdown or even just a run of a few feet you have not let the fumble ruin your game. Life is that way too. When the initial disruption happens you can drop and cry “Why!?! Why me?!!” For about 15 minutes, then you need to get up and see how you can use this disruption to your advantage.

The same thing goes for business. Everyday someone is trying to disrupt your business. They bring out a new game changing product. They take your product and make it better or obsolete. What you need to do is figure out how this disrupting force can make your products, your service, you better.  How are you going to react to the disruptive force?

Violent change is everywhere.  Very rarely does something good like the Grand Canyon come from slow gradual change. Most of the time the slow gradual change leads to the erosion of your brand and no one wants that! So embrace the disruption, see where it leads.

** Strictly my opinion.

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