Life threw Pam Burbey a curve ball this past winter when she found out she had a life changing diagnosis of Diabetes. Not a stranger to the “curve balls” dealt in life she drew from past experience and recognized that although you can’t control what pops up in life, you can control how you react to it. In just a few short months she has gained control back of her health and she will be writing about her success and sharing her secrets here at Imperfect Women.
By Pam Burbey
February 20, 2014 is the day my life changed. The alarm went off that morning as usual, but I could not gather the energy to get out of bed. My head was pounding and my left eye felt numb or dry or some variation of both. I had to get up to let my dogs out and call in sick to work. That was a real struggle; I was completely exhausted.
I knew I didn’t have the flu as I was getting progressively more tired the past 5 months or so. I am a person who never needed much sleep. I could get by on 5 hours a night, and I thought nothing of talking to my west coast friend on the phone at midnight. What was going on with me? The thoughts going through my mind were: “Is it because I am getting older? Is it because we have had an unusually hard winter here in the Midwest?” I went back to bed and fell into a deep sleep. I woke up a few hours later and I was famished and very thirsty.
With my head still pounding, I drove to the store and bought a half-gallon of lemonade and a sandwich. I have to say, headache or not, I felt kind of smug that in the past few months, I had been eating more than I had ever eaten in my life. The best part was that I was not gaining weight; in fact, I had lost a few pounds! After the trip to the store for food and drink, which was my priority, I called the doctor’s office. I told them my concerns about my eye and feeling lethargic. I was in luck; they had a cancellation that afternoon. I was happy I had time to drink the whole half-gallon of lemonade on lots of ice, and eat my rather large sandwich with a bag of chips, and about a half a jar of pickles.
I just threw on some clothes and headed out to the doctor’s office with no makeup. I didn’t care; I was so tired and felt disconnected. I saw the physician’s assistant first, and she asked me all kinds of questions. To me it was just blah, blah, blah. She was telling me I needed this test and that test which had nothing to do with how I was feeling.
Finally, my doctor came in. I have been his patient for 25 years and he knows and ‘gets’ me. He asked me one question, “When did you eat last?” He opened the door and called the nurse to come in and give me a blood glucose test. I was thinking to myself, “What is that?” The nurse came in, gave me the test, looked at the meter and said, “Whoa!” She told me my blood glucose was 421. That meant nothing to me. My doctor came back in, looked at the meter, and said, “Wow, you have diabetes.” Then he smiled at me said, “I bet you wish you didn’t blow off that test I wanted you to take a year ago.”
Yup, that was the day my life changed. In the coming weeks, I want to share with you how diabetes is the best thing that could have happened to me. You read that right, the best.
Pam is the mother of a son and daughter and the grandma of an adorable boy. Pam shares a house on the beautiful Kankakee river with her two furbabies, a fierce dachshund and a shy spaniel, searching for life’s answers and only finding more questions.