Went to a diabetes education class today - I know you're all feeling the excitement. Woo!
Anyway, I should have been going the last 2 Saturdays too, but I haven't been, the 1st one because the referral wasn't there yet, (and why should I pay for it when my insurance will?) and the second because, um, well, no good reason really. I can make them up the 1st 2 Saturdays in April, though. I probably will. Most likely. Maybe.
THIS one went over all the lovely complications of diabetes. It was so heartwarming, I could barely control the tears of joy that wanted to flow. I mean, really, is there ANYTHING diabetes doesn't screw up? Your spleen, maybe? Gall bladder? Your eyelashes? Do your eyelashes stay the same?
The gal encouraged us to get a blood pressure cuff, and she might as well have put neon lights flashing everywhere stating: CONTROL YOUR SUGARS. Not new information, really, I know I have to control my sugars, but all the icky pictures of icky things happening would have motivated Gandhi to quit fasting and eat some protein. (Although strangely enough, there were a lot of cartoon organs shown during the presentation, I guess they help tone down the DOOM that can become your diabetes diagnosis.)
Most of the education is geared for Type 2, seeing as how most diabetics are Type 2, but you know what? The treatment may be different, the cause may be different, but the complications are the same. So it was good.
Moral of the story: High Blood Sugar = BAD. Just remember that.