First and foremost i want everyone here on TGG to know, that I'm A-O.K. Matter of fact i feel more healthy than I've maybe ever been. Due to knowledge. And I've recently learned that knowledge is power. You see. I was living with diabetes in my body for, the doctor's estimated, somewhere in between 8-10+ years. And i was living with type two diabetes unaware. With no knowledge. The last time i went to an emergency room i was 15. Broke my wrist needed surgery etc from playing basketball fell wrong. I'm 32 as of today. That was 17 years ago. Was never sick. Always felt great. And then something happened to me last month. That I'd like to share. Because it never happened to me before. But it happened. A little over a month ago i was with my lady & my daughter. We were watching t.v. My foot fell asleep. My right foot. I thought nothing of it. 30 minutes went by. Still asleep. Numb. No feeling. I thought it was weird. Two hours go by and I start to get worried. 3 hours went by & my lady agreed that we needed to go to Bayfront Hospital. I was now very nervous. Foot still asleep. So me and my family arrive at the hospital. As soon as the doctors heard my story. They immediately began blood work. That's when i was diagnosed with diabetes. I was scared. IV's in my arm. Now waiting to see if type one or type two. My foot was still asleep and stayed completely numb for 70+ hours. To make it worse the nurse was telling me that i have neuropathy. And may never re-gain feeling again due to nerve damage. In other words the feeling of my right foot was gone or numb forever. I wanted to cry. But my daughter was in room with us so i couldn't cry. I never even heard of the word neuropathy before that very moment. What happened was. My blood sugar became so high, 448. When normal is like 80-110-120ish. I was 448. And never knew. So my foot went into like a diabetic shock and lost feeling/nerves damaged. If your body ever doesn't feel right especially with tingling or numbness? Don't even wait 3 hours, like i did. Instead. Go immediately. Can save our lives because knowledge is powerful. I found out shortly thereafter that I'm type two. Which means that I'll never need to take insulin shots (type one) because with type two, like i have, i just have to check my blood sugar daily and take two oral pills per day one for breakfast and the other for dinner; which helps my blood sugar. And I'm now doing great with normal blood sugar levels (everyday i check). Thankfully after i left the hospital, after being home for two days my foot finally came alive. I cried tears of joy. My wife cried for me. My daughter was so happy. My foot came back to life as my blood sugar came back down. And it's been amazing ever since. That would have been too much for me to handle all at one time and out of nowhere. I would not have been able to deal with having neuropathy. Never been so thankful for a body part before i literally wake up the happiest man alive every a.m because i have 100% feeling in my right foot again. Long story short finding out i have diabetes saved my life. My foot falling asleep is what saved me and made me go. And for the past 3 weeks every morning i check my blood sugar and im down to 120-128. That's awesome considering i was 448. You see. All i have to do is drink more water. No sugar. Nothing too high in carbs (turns to sugar) and exercise. I can still eat great foods like chicken unfried, steaks, pork chops etc. Now i eat salads in between. I will continue to exercise and leave sugar alone for rest of my life and I'll be perfect. I was never heavy in weight but now thinking back? I wasn't eating right. Sodas are bad for us. Like. Really bad. White bread turns to sugar too. A lot of stuff turns into sugar. I've posted here since a teenager just wanted to share my story in order to emphasize the importance of eating well. Water is more important than i ever realized too. Water through my ivs brought my blood sugar back down without medicine. I was amazed.