Gloria - Fontana, CA

Updated:Sep 22,2010


Age: 70
Name: Gloria C
Location: Fontana, CA

Summary:

Let this be a lesson to all to be willing to take care of yourself. Let others help you...it doesn't mean the end of the world, it means the beginning of a different lifestyle.

This is a story about my Mother. My Mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2007. To put a long story short, she always took care of her family and never really took care of herself. She never realized that taking care of her, was part of taking care of her family.

When I first took her to the doctor's office, she complained of severe leg pain. It was so unbearable for her. The doctor was amazed that my Mother was not in a diabetic coma when brought in. Her levels were SO high! My Mother begged not to be put on insullin shots. It just seemed like the end of the world for her. Her doctor gave her very high doses of diabetes meds and also some meds to take to protect her liver from being damaged from the high doses of diabetes meds.

She also told her if she didn't get it under control, that she would be on isullin for sure by the next appointment. She was also referred to a Neurologist. That is when we discovered that the diabetic neuropathy was so bad, it had caused major damage to her nerves in her legs. I went with her to her first appointment and saw the look on the doctor's face. I also was with her when they did the nerve conduction test. As tears ran down my face, I watched as they shocked every nerve ending in my Mother's body to determine the percentage of nerve damage.

My Mother can have surgery, but because of her age and condition, it is very risky. At this point, she will have to live with it. Although today, she still suffers from the pain in her legs, she has gotten her sugar levels under control, that she was able to reduce her medication. Unfortunately, she will have to live with the Neuropathy for the rest of her life. She has had her good days and her bad days with this. We, as a family have had our good days and bad days with this. She missed Thanksgiving and Christmas this year because of the pain and the depression. She is learning to eat better and take care of herself, if not for her or her children, then for her Grandchildren, who she adores.

This is a process for her....someone who never took care of herself, now suddenly has to. It's hard because she is stubborn, but somehow all of us as a family have learned how to deal with her and take care of her.

If anything, I would like my story to be heard because diabetes doesn't just happen to you....it happens to your entire family. This is life altering for the entire family. Let this be a lesson to all to be willing to take care of yourself. Let others help you...it doesn't mean the end of the world, it means the beginning of a different lifestyle....







 


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