When diabetes hits you, everything in your life will change. Believe me. It is the kind of change that will take you a very long time to fathom. Given the way the Indian white collared workforce is on the grind, it seems like the inevitable. Doesn’t it?
Ok you are losing weight, enjoying an increasingly good appetite, drinking more water and urinating more often.
It felt great. You felt jubilant that you career and your growth in the organization (despite your hopelessly bad lifestyle) were going north. You got a great appraisal & a promotion, the second consecutive year in a row. Your increment fell in the highest slab announced that year.
But one day you collapse (it could have been hypertension, vertigo or hyperglycemia) or you find that precious time to get your annual medical tests done.
You have the reports in your hand, but I am sure you will not look at them and will confidently approach your family physician to get a nod for another year of random living. You do realize that you are feeling tired, burnt out maybe, a little more irritated than usual, you are losing your cool with your kids for silly things and feeling immensely fatigued. Invariably your mind will credit all these negatives to your hard work and late nights in the last quarter of the financial year. A break, a holiday will be your solution. Never for once will you think that you have diabetes or hypertension or any other chronic illness.
At the clinic your doctor may look at your reports and give you that much awaited nod. You may get lucky this time.
But imagine this. In case, just in case, those reports are a red alert and your doctor without any warning tells you that you have diabetes and asks you to wait. What would you do?
Will you be alarmed or will you say, “It’s not a big deal. A few months of medication, a cut-down in sugar will take care of it.” You have heard so much about diabetes. But you belong to the category of the aware but happily unaware. So you don’t care.
A couple of your friends and colleagues have it. They didn’t make a fuss (most of us don’t and that is the biggest problem). It didn’t matter. They seemed to be leading perfectly normal lives. But suddenly one of them, your older colleague developed a retinal problem and has major eyesight issues. And the younger colleague had an angioplasty just last month. Now the fear in your heart is sure to surface and linger.
Suddenly there is a Venn diagram that draws itself in your head and you see the words ‘diabetes’ written in the overlap. What the hell is it? All these thoughts and more will go through your head while you wait for your doctor to finish his emergency and come back to attend to you.
And suddenly your doctor is back and in you go with him for your first encounter with diabetes.