Diabetic Flowers

by Sherry Riter in Health

I vividly remember the day that I was diagnosed with diabetes and the hodgepodge of emotions that shot through my body like a searing hot volcanic eruption. Everything from rage, anger, sadness, depression, agitation and fear coursed through heart and mind.

I wanted to run out of the office and scream unceasingly in the street. Instead I sat staring at the doctor and eventually cried.

Another disease felt like another life sentence or punishment.

For the next two years, I continued to eat exactly like I had always eaten – lots of sugar and white carbohydrates that convert to sugar.


Then one Sunday afternoon, we went to have dinner with Mom who was serving my favorite meal…spaghetti with garlic bread.

When I sat down at the table, there was a niggling thought in my head that said, “You shouldn’t have all that pasta and you know it.”

I shoved it over one of the cliffs in my mind where it spiraled to the bottom, sank to the bottom of the ocean and drowned.

Mom served me a plate piled high with fat spaghetti noodles, lots of meat sauce and a huge piece of garlic bread.

Each bite was better than the last.

When Mom got up to start serving seconds, I gladly passed her my plate for more.

After the meal was over, I sat on the couch and shortly thereafter because of all the sugar in my body, I had an insulin reaction and passed out.


When I awoke, I obviously didn’t feel very healthy and my whole family was quite angry that I had pushed my body over the edge.

I don’t do that any more.

Certain foods are excluded or limited in my diet now. Sugar, jelly, jam, bread, all white flour products, rice, pasta and potatoes.

To prove that I really don’t eat that stuff all the time, I decided to show you the the kind of potatoes that can be found in my kitchen.


I told you.

Just because I purchase them doesn’t mean that I eat them.

Yep, I’ve been good, but I still think they are kind of pretty.

A wise man should consider that health
is the greatest of human blessings,
and learn how by his own thought
to derive benefit from his illnesses.

~Hippocrates (460 BC – 377 BC)~

The Redhead Riter


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1 RetroCollage January 30, 2011 at 4:28 am

Try Dreamfields pasta. I particularly like the rigitoni. It is supposed to be metabolized differently from regular pasta so it only has supposedly five grams of carbs per serving. I cook half a box and eat it over two weeks. I still use it sparingly, but it is a way of having pasta that seems healthy for some diabetics. I have read mixed feedback about the effect on blood sugar, so you would have to try it out for yourself.


2 PJ January 30, 2011 at 7:41 am

Hey Girl! I thought they were some kind of bugs! LOL! OK, so I flunked the ink blot test! LOL! I know I'm gonna be sorry later, because we still eat pretty much like we always have. I just don't fry as much and don't cook as many potatoes, but I still cook spaghetti ( I tried being good one and bought whole wheat everything (pasta, tortillas (we both love Mexican food), and bread, but the only whole wheat thing I can hack is bread. Luckily our diabetes isn't bad enough yet to worry about passing out or anything like that. My best friend has been having a lot of trouble with hers. They had to put her on insulin and can't get it regulated because a couple of years ago they had to take part of her pancreas, stomach and intestines out. Twice in the last month she's ended up in the hospital from a sugar count of 30 and 40! I had told her that's one reason I take my medicine (orally) in the morning. At least that way, if I start feeling bad, I'm awake to know about it. They had her taking her insulin 10 units at night and then turning around in the morning and taking 20 more. For a long time her blood sugar would get UP to over 600 or 700 so that's why they started giving her insulin, and now although during the day sometimes it creeps back up to 200 or 300, it gets extra low when she first wakes up. Well, as long as this is, it ought to be worth at least 2 of the 15 comments needed! LOL! God Bless, and REMEMBER, I love ya!


3 PJ January 30, 2011 at 7:45 am

Hey Gal! OK! Before you say something, I just realized what I did. The comment for the Stalker has to be on the "red click here". Too bad I can't copy the comment and paste it over there haha! Gotta love a dummy!

God Bless!


4 Leslie January 30, 2011 at 10:23 am

Those pictures were pretty cool.. I couldn't understand what they were until I read all the way to the bottom..

I'm surprised I don't have the same as you, maybe I do, I just haven't had a check up in so long.. something I need to do!

Although, what about the wheat pasta?


5 Home In The Hollow January 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm

That news was obviously heart-wrenching to you. However, you have learned from it and how/what to do going forward is a good thing!…:)JP


6 sweepyjean January 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I can relate. I can still remember when I was diagnosed some years ago. It is devastating news and it takes a while to get used to a change in diet. Finally I'm committed to and prefer artificial sweetners, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta. The change was gradual but I have changed.


7 R.L.Scovens January 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm

As a fellow diabetic, I so understand where you're coming from!


8 Jacqui January 30, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Oh my word, those pictures really scared me!!


9 Joaness January 31, 2011 at 2:58 am

Awesome post. Makes one stop and think about what we eat. DH is diabetic and I gave up on him!


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