Monday, March 11, 2013

Life Changes

As the girls get older I have been thinking a lot about what I will do with my time once they are in school full time. Audrey starts kindergarten in the fall which is full time these days. They have both been in a half day program 5 days a week all year and Audrey for the entire year before that. They love school and love the idea of going more. The major problem is going to be the entire year Audrey is in all-day and Mo only half day. Which leads me to my thoughts of going back to work.

If I go back to work the girls will both need to attend school full time. I can  move up Mo into all-day if I  am bringing in a paycheck to cover the expense. The reason I bring this up is because I am trying to decide if I go back into my chosen profession, teaching, or retrain for a career I have been coveting, registered dietitian. 

As I was contemplating these two idea and looking into the really interesting online program at one of  my state schools I had a doctor's appointment for my annual well-woman exam. While there they asked if they could test my blood sugar level because it had been several years and the guidelines have changed recently.  I love the idea of information and was hoping for a better report than last time because I have been learning and applying more about nutrition and exercise. 

The results of my test were not good. My A1C has gone down 2 tenths of a point but it still places me in the pre-diabetes category. I am Native American and use a clinic on the local Native American college so they have a program for me to attend to learn more about nutrition, exercise, and weight loss. 

Funny thing is this:

Summer 2012

Hard to tell that I am 5"7 and weigh 139lbs currently. I am also currently training for a half marathon on April 21st. And nutrition is something I know a few things about. On my bedside table are no less than three books on pediatric nutrition. I have read or am currently reading them all.

Do I give up my idea of becoming a registered dietitian and teach instead? I feel I would be lying to patients if I have high blood sugar and I am counseling them on proper nutrition.

These are tough decisions to make. But I can tell you that I will be learning a lot more about diabetes. This week I meet with a nutritionist. I hope to report back with positive news.

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  1. I am a lawyer and looking back, I wish science had not been so hard for me in college because I LOVED my nutrition class and am pretty into it now too. I do not think having high blood sugar means you cannot counsel people on nutrition. In fact, I think it will help you relate to them better. I sometimes think people have this idea that doctors and nutritionists are perfect and they cannot possibly understand how hard diet and lifestyle changes are. You will be able to understand and that is of immense value. My vote is go for it!

    Also, have you thought of combining your love of nutrition with teaching? I feel like nutrition education has to be part of our education system and given the childhood obesity crisis, I have always wondered why health organizations and schools are not combining efforts by educating children about healthy choices when they very young and throughout their education. To me it seems something that could be very easily integrated into science, social studies and even reading and math.

  2. Follow your heart. If you're worried about being a hypocrite with your high blood sugar, use it as a teaching tool. "Hey i have high blood sugar and this is how I deal with it." I think patients would relate more if they realize you are in the same boat as them!

  3. I think you would make for the most perfect candidate as you are someone with a nutrition problem who IS tackling it in the most perfect way. You would be a great role model and example to all who were in need of advice. Go for it!


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