I had a Pancreatitis attack on September 16, 2016. In this post I’ll share what Life After Pancreatitis is like. The biggest impact for me as been the increased glucose levels since I only have 10% of my Pancreas. This means high blood sugar, watching my carb intake and insulin. It also means Creon. Lots of Creon. Before meals, before snacks.
Seems simple enough until you realize how much you eat outside the home. When planned, it’s easier. It’s those times when we spontaneously decide to get a snack or treat. From the beginning Donna has carried a small container with Creon. It’s when I’m out without her. I need to keep a container in my car with Creon. So far when I think about it, I’m just turned into place where I wanted to get breakfast. I’ll learn someday, maybe.
I was overweight beginning about 40 and had been borderline Diabetic. I mostly took Metformin to control my blood sugar. After the attack, I lost 90% of my Pancreas. Before the attack, I’ve heard of the Pancreas but really didn’t have a clue what it did. Now I know, all to well. It does quite number on my blood sugar level. Number, as in the A1C number. At first I did a decent job with my diet. It didn’t take long, however, to discover that wasn’t good enough. Now I’m on Insulin. A small dose once at night. Now, it seems, that’s not enough. I now need to take a shot twice a day.
You can read more about how Life After Pancreatitis affects me in my Journal.