Never in my wildest dreams would I have dreamt that my cute, energetic, always full of life husband would call me one day after going to the doctor for a cough he couldn’t get rid of to tell me that they did some blood work and think he could have diabetes. Never. At first, I almost didn’t know what to say, but I did get out an “ok” and “what do we do next?”. Luckily, the welder is quite the happy go lucky. He lives and thinks very positively and this was no different. He was optimistic and I was too. However, I was a little more on edge. I wanted answers. A game plan. I was scared.
All I knew before Austin’s diagnosis were the lives of people in my life that live with diabetes. I see them struggle with meds, diet, weight, and even vision. It is not something to be taken lightly but eventually I would learn that it is doable.
The doctor wanted Austin in the following morning for fasted blood work. We showed up and learned that his numbers weren’t great. His fasted blood sugar was in the 180s and his A1C was 11. If you don’t know what those numbers mean just know that they are high. His A1C needs to be around a 7 and a normal fasted blood sugar should be under 100. We left that day with some work to do. We got his insulin prescription filled and purchased his fancy new glucose meter. I learned carbs where our enemy (even though my ass already knew that) and protein was my ally. I learned that this wasn’t going to be easy, but totally worth it. I knew that we could do it, but I was still a little taken back.
This is our first big real life altering event in a couple years. We have kinda been on a flat plane as far as drastic life changes recently. I’m not saying I was looking for something as drastic as this, but besides being laid off and nearly out of money life has been pretty boring so I’ll welcome this new season with open arms. Plus, this isn’t new and Austin isn’t the first person to get diabetes. People live with this for nearly their whole life and from what I have learned Austin will be able to live a long good life too. What more could I really ask for?
After three weeks of living with (and knowing he has) diabetes, I would say we are doing pretty good. Austin has completely changed his diet and has been laser focused on keeping those numbers at a happy balance. I’ve been serving as kind of a garbage disposal to all the food we will no longer be eating. I have given away a bunch, but we are laid off people and I thought me consuming some of the things we had already bought might ease the budget a bit. No worries though, we are nearing the end and I’ve been mourning the disappearance of some of our fav foods. Austin has said things like “my food career is over.” I think it is no secret that we love good eats. I fell in love with cooking and Pioneer Woman and butter when I moved out on my own. I love cooking yummy dishes and sharing them with others. I wouldn’t say I cook all bad, but I definitely have to change some things. I’ve been overweight (can’t believe I’m telling the internet this) for most of my life so I’m excited to now have a partner in a healthy lifestyle. Being healthy while being on the road won’t be easy, but I know it will be easier if we do it together and it will be best for us in the long run. Now, don’t expect me to turn health nut on you cause that just isn’t my gig. I have considered sharing my weight loss adventures with you, but that is a different post for a different day. Regardless of how we got here, we are here now. Focusing on being happy and healthy.
I would like to thank everyone who sent us text messages to tell us that they were thinking about us. It means more than you know. I think everyone deals with different life changes differently and everyone needs different support and we have definitely felt the love we needed. As a wife, I’ve been so grateful for my friends who are always checking on me. This has been different and scary and new and I’m thankful for the girl support I have. I’ve never been someone to worry a bunch of people with my life struggles, but I have them and I’m thankful for those who are always by my side.
Life hack – Everyone struggles with something. The best way to support them is to love them and support them how they need to be supported not how you would need support if you were in their shoes.