Helping a Loved One with Type 1 Diabetes
It's been about a month since I last posted and I know that I left you hanging regarding the big "change" in our lives. In mid- September, Cam was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Most of the time Diabetes gets a bad rep because people think "you did it to yourself" or "you must have ate really poorly to get that condition", but the truth is Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic condition caused by an autoimmune process in the body that prevents the pancreas from producing insulin. While usually diagnosed in children, Cam is one of the few that faces late onset of this condition.
He had all the signs: drinking tons of water, often using the restroom, major weight loss, etc. We brought him in for a routine check-up and his blood sugar was very high: 392. They took his blood, completed labs, and we were sent to the ER because Cam was experiencing DKA or Diabetic Ketoacidosis. After being moved to the ICU, may insulin drips, finger pricks and 3 days in the hospital, I was able to bring him home and we started this emotional, life changing journey together. It's much harder on him, but has affected me as well. After all, I'm the first line of defense as his wife and have definitely been ushered into the world of medicine a tad more than I would like... I can officially say that my needle phobia is slowly going away...
SO how does this affect my weight loss? Well, we don't have a single piece of white flour, processed, refined bullshit in our house - all complex carbs! The only sweets we have are fun size packs of Skittles (reserved for Cam when he's having a low) and Haribo gummy bears. Ezekiel Toast and Dave's Protein Bread are officially our new favorite carbs. However, I'm only down another 2 pounds (6 pounds total now), which I attribute to less time at the gym...but I think my weight will start coming off rather quickly now with this major lifestyle change. One of my major personal frustrations has been WHERE I've been losing weight. The answer is primarily my legs (probably the running), which is all fine and dandy (I'm fitting into pants I haven't worn since before my wedding), but I honestly would prefer my face, neck and arms - these are by far the areas that I'm most insecure. All I can do is ride this ride with Cam, be there for him, and together we will make healthy choices in order to live better lives
I hate to find a silver lining in a reality that is so challenging for my husband, but a healthier lifestyle is definitely it. Stay tuned as I share recipes and stories from this new chapter. xoxo!