By Malinda Holt
I attended the Practice Wellness Event in Germantown. I had my finger pricked—the technician asked me if I was diabetic. I said no. She wanted to verify that I hadn’t eaten that morning, and then informed me that my glucose level was extremely high. She suggested I follow up with my Primary Care Physician as soon as possible. I didn’t think much of it, but a few weeks later I experienced blurry vision. I went to the Urgent Care, worried about my glucose level, because of the result I was given at the Practice Wellness event. I was told that I have Type II Diabetes. I never would have known! I am now on medication. I have made several lifestyle changes as a result. I am eating better, watching my salt and sugar. I now broil or bake most of my food. I have lost 20 lbs! I have started to attend kickboxing classes twice a week and am working with a dietician. I am so grateful for the Practice Wellness Event. I did not know I was diabetic, and would have brushed aside that blurry vision to just being tired. I am taking an active role in managing my health and wellness thanks to EMA.