I haven’t been milling around here on Bellesouth recently. In the past couple of months my life has kind of taken a Great Glass Wonkavator in every direction. My mother was hospitalized for problems related to her diabetes and other medical issues, and I spent a month educating myself, organizing things and preparing to take on the new role of caregiver for my mother.
I actually prefer to call it “Care Administrator.” It’s ultimately my mother’s job to do the eating and the exercise required to maintain her health, but I have to be the one reading up on the changes in Diabetes education and trying to explain how things are different now than they were two decades ago.
So it’s been a bit stressful, and it’s cut out a lot of my freelance writing work. We’re trying to enjoy each others’ lives – and our own – as much as possible.
So now my mother is on a strict diet, and for me it’s easier to mostly adapt than to make my own meals. I’m learning new ways to season food. I’m reading labels even more closely than I was before – how many carbs? How much fiber? How much sodium? Does this have the good fats or the bad fats? How will this help my mother?
With a dangerous history on both sides of the family, I am likely to be diagnosed with Type II Diabetes sometime in my adult life. I’ve already been exercising and modifying my diet somewhat to curb that, but now is time to kick it into high gear.
After much-needed rest to catch up on all the sleepless nights in the ER and in my mother’s bedroom trying to get her blood sugar back up or trying to help her up after a fall, I started working out again on the Wii. Then the storms hit and destroyed my Wii. Then the storms continued and I couldn’t walk outside so I just started running errands in the rain.
But fortunately the Wii is in repairs and will be back soon enough. In the meantime, my mother and I are being peaceful, and sharing love and laughter – and we are both realizing how important and precious our health really is. Most importantly, health doesn’t begin with being on the right medications, it begins with living the right lifestyle.
Fear not, readers: I have lots of posts to write – including a giveaway!