As our Tuesday commences, I see the topic for today's blog is: One thing you or a Loved one does spectacularly.
Well, mines a little different. I tend to forget when my pump is getting low. And I don't always check two hours after I eat. My A1C is better, but not perfect. My sensor, well, I am in between good and bad with that. But diabetes has changed me, for the better. BIG TIME.
On the 26 of this month, it will be five months since I quit smoking. I smoked for fifteen years and loved it. I loved the socialization, I loved the feel, I even loved the smell some times. But when I read all the complications with Diabetes that stem from smoking, I couldn't ignore it. Heart risk!? Circulation problems!? LIMB AMPUTATIONS!!!!???? No, thank you.
So, I started in October and gradually decreased how much I was smoking. I started at a pack and a half a day. Yes, I was smoking 30 cigarettes a day when I decided I didn't need to be any more. But I went to 10 immediately- a huge cutback. Then the next week, I smoked nine a day. Then 8. And so on and so on. I did have to do the 1 cigarette a day for two weeks. I just couldn't give it up right before Christmas.
My last cigarette was December 26, 2011. I feel better. I don't get sick as often. My numbers are good. My circulation is better. And I don't smell like an ashtray. I think about smoking some days, but then I just remember how much I love my feet.
I have to admit, some times I take deep breaths when a smoker is near by, but it will never be worth one more puff.