Know your Achilles’ Heel

 

 

Would it be safe to say that everyone has an Achilles’ Heel? You know, that weak spot or point of vulnerability that you may try to keep hidden as form a of self-preservation or protection. Being human, you may agree that everyone has an Achilles’ Heel. The thing is to find out what that area of weakness is for you. Some people have become very good at concealing their weaknesses, and with good reason. For example, say for instance you’re a person who just learned that  you’re diabetic. Your family is having a huge family picnic coming up this weekend. Now, you’ve only recently discovered your diagnosis, so your family is unaware. Everyone is contributing and bringing a dish to pass; all the fixins and then some. You’ve already had a private conversation with yourself and concluded that what your family doesn’t know, won’t hurt them. You carry on normally as you would have prior to your diagnosis. You don’t know much about the disease of diabetes, but you were just diagnosed, so how bad could it be? Your plan is to eat, drink and be merry.  And that’s exactly what you do!

There is tons of food, all kinds; grilled meats,baked beans,salads, an array of deserts that you cannot resist. Now, you’ve always had a voracious appetite, so taking in a hefty amount of food has never been an issue. For you, it’s no holds barred. You pile your plate high and eat everything that doesn’t eat you first! It doesn’t take long for you to notice that you suddenly aren’t feeling too well.  You try to guzzle down some soda in hopes that it might settle your stomach but that only seemed to make things worse.  You attempt to stand up but get a major head-rush and have to quickly sit back down. “What in the world is happening?” One of your family members notices you and comments on how pale you look and asks if you’re okay. You can barely respond but manage to choke out a reply saying that you feel very sick and that you think you may need to go to the “emergency” room. This is the last thing you remember!

When you realize anything, you’re in a hospital room and your doctor is standing over you. He questions you about what you were doing prior to coming to the hospital. You told him you remembered being at your family’s picnic and that you were eating at which time you started feeling ill. Your doctor then asks you what you had to eat. As you begin to run down a list of tasty but unhealthy choices, he interrupts you  before you can finish. He very firmly reminds you of your recent diagnosis. Your doctor then looks you right in the eye and warns that you have to be extremely careful about the food you intake. He further advises that you need to view sweets and starchy foods as your Achilles’ Heel and that if you continue to make these unhealthy choices, this disease will progress much more quickly and can be potentially fatal;not to mention all the complications that come along with this disease. You just look at him like he has two heads, but you hear the warning loud and clear. It is explained to you that you had an episode of hyperglycemia and that your blood sugar level was severely elevated. You assure the doctor that this only needed to happen to you once and that you would be making much better choices in the future. It’s one thing to be walking around and not know what your Achilles’ Heel is, but once you know better, you will most likely try and do better!

 

 

 

 

 

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