My Most Memorable Diabetes Day

Diabetes Blog Week 2013Today’s topic for the 4th Annual Diabetes Blog Week is:

Today we’re going to share our most memorable diabetes day. You can take this anywhere…. your or your loved one’s diagnosis, a bad low, a bad high, a big success, any day that you’d like to share.

 My first thought was to write about the time that I woke up to EMTs over me then decided not to. Instead, I decided to write about the day that I started insulin back in 1984. I have had some really bad experiences with doctors this last year and that day back in 1984 is a very good reminder that there really are good doctors out there.

At the time, I worked in DC and went to see a doctor within walking distance from my office. He was an internist but one of his partners was actually an endo so I got lucky when referred to his office by a co-worker. He suggested putting me in the hospital but I really didn’t want to do that. I guess I hated hospitals even back then!

I went to his office to be started on insulin. I was very upset that morning. The nurse was supposed to give me my first shot of insulin and although she managed to get me calmed down, my being in tears made her upset. By the time she got me calmed down, she didn’t want to give me the shot without my talking to the doctor. Unfortunately, the doctor had an emergency at the hospital that morning and was not in the office. She put me back out in the waiting room until he got back from the hospital.

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We The Undersigned Want All Medical People Treating Diabetics Be Required To …

Diabetes Blog WeekToday’s topic for the 4th Annual Diabetes Blog Week is:

 Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) – get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change?

 

This was an easy one for me. My full title would be: We The Undersigned Want All Medical People Treating Diabetics Be Required To Participate in Social Media For At Lease One Week Per Year.

Last fall, I participated in a meeting where we had a CDE come to where I live to talk about diabetes. There were a few things that she said that were wrong. One thing was that only Type 2s could use Byetta. I knew that wasn’t true from things I have read in the DOC. When I spoke up, I really don’t think she believed me that Type 1s also use Byetta!

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I Am Fighting For My Life Not My Leg

I am participating in Wego Health’s National Health Blog Post Month. I am not using the prompts again today.

Last night, my friend Natalie asked about a calcanectomy on my post about the doctor lying. I have had some other comments about what is going on and thought I would explain.

A calcanectomy removes your heel but leaves the rest of the foot intact. You would be able to walk with special shoes. There is a very high failure rate and it is also very painful. With any surgery, you run the risk of infection and things going downhill fast. If it fails, then you would have an amputation.

Based on some of the comments I have received, I think some people think you get the amputation, get a prosthetic leg and get on your with your life. Once you have one leg amputated, you are high risk for losing the other one. Again, you run the risk of infections. What I think most people don’t realize is that the average life expectancy after an amputation is 5 years. Yes I know that is average but I am also fighting other health issues besides just being diabetic. The autonomic neuropathy has really screwed up my internal systems. I don’t think the odds are in my favor of beating that 5 years.

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Invisible Illness vs. Visible Illness

Diabetes Blessing WeekI am participating in Wego Health’s National Health Blog Post Month. I decided to use one of the bonus prompts today, “Invisible Illness vs. Visible Illness, Pros & Cons.” I am also participating in Mike Durbin of My Diabetic Heart, Diabetes Blessings Week. I am going to attempt to turn the Wego Health prompts into Diabetes Blessings!

Diabetes is an invisible illness because unless a stranger sees you testing your blood sugar or taking insulin, they won’t know by looking at you that you have diabetes and the things that you have to do on a daily basis.

WheelchairNeuropathy has affected my balance and I also have drop foot so I use a walker. When a stranger sees me, they know something is wrong. Amazingly, most people ask, “knee or hip?”

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Advice to Caretakers of a Patient With Diabetes

Peanut butter meltaway cakeI am participating in Wego Health’s National Health Blog Post Month. Today’s topic is, “Write about your advice for someone caring for a patient with your condition.”

As a caregiver, you should take the time to learn as much about diabetes that you can. There are a lot of things that can cause a person’s blood sugar to go up or down. If the person that you are caring for is able to understand what is going on, they need to be an integral part of their care and included in any and all decisions. You can recommend things, but don’t force. You also need to listen to what they tell you about their usual routine and how they do things. It is their body, not yours.

Contrary to what some people may believe, there really isn’t a “diabetic diet” that the person must follow. They may have other health issues that influence their diet and those should be considered. If the person wants to follow low carb, they aren’t going to drop over dead. Don’t lecture them that low carb is bad. At the same time, if they want a piece of cake, that is their right to have a piece of cake so let them have what they want. It is their choice what they want to eat, not yours.

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