Because I have fought a long battle against diabetes (more than 25 years), and recently beat it, I am pretty much an anti-sugar person now. I don’t use sugar in any foods, at least I don’t add sugar in any way. There are some foods that you have to be very careful about because manufacturers will sneak in sugar in any way they can, it seems.
Having beaten sugar, I want to avoid it as much as possible. Being a serious diabetic for years, sugar can kill me, so I do all I can to not consume it. Now, though, my diabetes is gone, so I just keep up my fight against any form of sugar.
About a month or more ago, I got thinking that whenever you are in the hospital, they always give you an IV, and in almost every case (at least here in the Philippines) the solution that they pump into you is dextrose. Dextrose is a sugar solution. They give this to you to keep you properly hydrated.
After I thought about this, I told Feyma that if a time came when I was hospitalized and I was unable to make my own decisions, I wanted her to direct the medical staff that I do not want dextrose or any other IV solution that contained sugar. She was a little “iffy” about this request, but she said “OK”.
Well, last week my directive was tested. As I wrote previously, last Tuesday I went to the hospital for an ESWL treatment for a kidney stone. This is an outpatient procedure, but it is considered an operation, and generally, a dextrose IV is given to the patient. The anesthesiologist told Feyma (I was outside) that he would be giving me dextrose. Feyma came outside and told me. I could tell that she did not want to confront the doctor about it, so I went inside and talked to the doctor.
I was nice to him, but also firm. I told him that I did not want dextrose to be used in my IV and no IV with any kind of sugar. I asked him if he could substitute a non-sugar IV, and he gave me a thumbs-up sign and said it was no problem!
This particular doctor was very nice and he could see that I was doing all that I could do to both lose weight and avoid further problems with diabetes. He was very supportive of my instructions on this. As we proceeded with the procedure, when the IV was placed, he went out of his way to show me that a non-sugar solution was being used.
My wife was impressed to see that doctors could indeed give a non-sugar IV, and it made me very happy. Now, I think she would be comfortable in passing along this instruction to future doctors and medical staff. That makes me happy, and confident that if I were incapacitated, my medical wishes would be looked after by my wife and doctors!
No sugar! It feels good.