Faith unchanged...after learning I am diabetic

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Faith unchanged...after learning I am diabetic

posted by David K. Sumrell on September 14th, 2011 at 3:50 PM

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Diabetes 2, 327, Triglcerides 3622

September 11, 2011, would have been my Son's 26th Birthday. I was going to leave out to finish my 9000 mile journey to CROSS America for Melanoma Awareness and Faith, on September 12, 2011.

I had just completed a whole series of scans, labs and examinations, in order to make sure the nods in my lungs hadn’t changed. They checked the tumor that was radiated in May of 2010, and everything looked good. Well everything except my labs, my triglycerides was 3022. They are not supposed to be over 150. My Dr. told me he had never seen anyone with numbers this high. The closest was in a coma and I believe he said he died.

Dr. Deaton explained to me why these numbers are deadly and he was really concerned.

I, of course had an answer for such high sugar fat numbers; I told my Dr. that because I had lost almost 50 lbs in 3 months, I started binging to try and see if I could stop the weight loss temporarily. I actually ate sweets every night for about two weeks, cobblers, nut breads, ice cream, sodas and cakes and the weight was still coming off.

This behavior was very uncommon for me since I did not eat sweets very often. I didn’t normally drink more than a few sodas a year. This seemed to make more sense to my Dr. because he knew my last year’s test were normal. We never had any reason to think otherwise, except this one test.

I think he would have put me in the hospital immediately IF he felt my answer didn’t fit the labs. We decided take another complete set of labs in 30 days, which just happened to be the same day I was leaving to finish my journey. I took my labs on the 12th and called Dr. Deaton to let him know they were done and being processed, as per his instructions. He told me his schedule, going for training in Williamsburg, VA. for 3 days and he would call me when he got in his office on Thursday. We talked a couple more minutes and then said our good-byes.

I felt comfortable waiting until he got back to the hospital, since I was sure everything was going to be fine. My last blood pressure was 122/67 and I had dropped 50 lbs.

Anyone ever lost 50 lbs in 3 months?
FYI; I am 6 ft, 4 in tall and I was 310 lbs, before I decided to start losing weight, my highest was 320 lbs.

For whatever reason, I wasn’t anxious to leave late in the afternoon; I took care of other business and got everything ready that I needed on my journey. I decided to leave either late in the evening or maybe I would in leave in the A.M.

At 9:17 PM, my phone rang. It was Dr. Deaton; he told me he didn’t go to Williamsburg yet, because he wanted to check my labs first. He told me they were so dangerously high, he had to call me and let me know what was happening. He said IF I left and didn’t do anything, I would probably die on the road and not even know it was coming. He told me my triglycerides were over 1400, my sugar was 327 and I had to start taking Insulin immediately. We talked for over 4 minutes and the bottom line is/was, I am very sick with Diabetes. All of a sudden I started seeing a more complete picture when he asked me how many times I had to get up at night.

I knew immediately he was right, because I was drinking water like I couldn’t stop. I started drinking 2 to 3 gallons of water a day. The other reason became clear as soon as Dr. Deaton explained why I was dehydrated and no matter how much I drink my body can’t absorb it
Dr. Deaton called me back at 9:28 with instructions and a contact Nurse, so that I would be at the hospital the next morning. I was reporting to a class for 8 hours, in order to be trained about Diabetes, how to administer my insulin, and a well put together program with Physicians, Nurses, Trainers and Speakers about what we need to know and the support system in place for HELP questions.

I was really thankful for this class and the medical personnel responsible for giving me as much information and support as they did.
I should be leaving out to continue my journey in about 10-14 days, in order to make sure my Insulin level is right and I can go out with confidence in this new wrinkle in my life. God has blessed my life with His Miracles, Mercy and Love and I know everything happens for a reason. We may not know why; however through Faith, mountains can be moved.
I want to thank everyone for their Prayers. I will let you know in the next blog, if God willing and after I am on the road.

Update January 2, 2012



For whatever reason, my blood sugar has gone back to normal ranges and without insulin. I have not injected myself or taken insulin for 23 days and my numbers are in the normal range. I have stopped getting up at night to go to the bathroom. I will continue to monitor my sugar levels and take insulin if required; however I am very happy about the change in my diabetes condition and will continue to eat moderate portions and I have decreased the amount of sugar I eat or drink.


Being aware of what we eat and drink is key to good health. I thank God everyday for my life and health. Even though I was told my triglycerides were killer high (3622) is what my oncologist said they were. I have been blessed to have lived through this and I hope to never find myself in this position again, due to my own stupidity.

last edited on October 17th, 2012 at 8:10 PM

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