Hi everyone, nice to meet you (virtually). I hope that you are enjoying my site, but I wanted to tell you a little about myself.
I am George Cain, and I am a Type 2 Diabetic. My story started in October 2017. One night after going out to dinner with my wife, I got up in the middle of the night several time to what I call “make water”. This one night was not an isolated incident. Each night for the next three weeks, it got progressively worse. I was getting up between 2-6 times a night to “make water”. During this time, I was also getting a lot of cramps at night and I began to see a drop in my weight for no reason.
The breaking point for me was when I was on vacation with my family. We were in Orlando, Florida at one of our favorite places to take a quick weekend getaway having lots of fun. Instead of the normal heavy amusement park food, or the long lines at the restaurants around town, we decided to be “healthy” and go a salad bar. The salad bar was a good thing, but at the time I was trying to get off caffeinated, carbonated or artificially sweetened drinks. I honestly felt that my night time activities were due to an infection in my kidneys and I could just flush it out. So, instead of soda or diet drinks, I decided to have the all natural fruit juice. That night at dinner, I drank 5 glasses of fruit juice and that night at the hotel I got up 8 times in the middle of the night. I drank 3 more bottles of water and woke up in the morning with the worst leg cramps of all time. It was miserable. I was tired from getting up all night long, my leg cramps were unbelievable and by now I had lost almost 25 pounds in about 4 weeks. Something was wrong!
Driving home at the end of the weekend was crazy. I like to eat candy on the drive to help keep myself awake, but that wasn’t a problem given that I had to stop and “make water” every hour. No matter how hard I tried to go longer, it didn’t matter.
The next morning, I decided to head into a clinic and see if I could get some medicine for my infection. Little did I know that I was going to get a lot more. The clinic took some samples and when the physician’s assistant came into the room she said, “It’s not good”. At that moment my mind began to race, cancer? kidney failure? I was thinking terminal. It only got worse when she told me “I need you to go straight to the Emergency Room. Don’t go home, don’t stop anywhere between the clinic and the emergency room.” Now I am really getting anxious, She told me they found sugar in my urine, and there were ketones which indicated diabetes.
I did exactly as the instructed and went straight to the emergency room. Later I would find out that my blood sugar level was 518 (FYI, normal is about 120), and my blood pressure was at 199/112 (FYI, normal is about 120/80) . Both of these numbers were way too high, so I had to stay in the hospital for a couple of days while we got my blood sugar level and blood pressure back down to normal levels. The rest of it is the inspiration for this site.
Everything on this site is my experiences with my Type 2 Diabetes. I am not a doctor, nutritionist … but, I am a Type 2 Diabetic, struggling to learn and control something that is definitely controllable, and even reversible if cared for correctly. Wish me luck and let’s see how this works out together. So take what I share here with a grain of salt if you like, but definitely do whatever your medical providers tell you. It will work.