Complications are scary. How do you deal with complications from diabetes and does your attitude affect your care for yourself?

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Comment by Dee Meloche on March 26, 2009 at 6:52pm
Well spoken George! When complications arise you just deal with them and continue living.I am so far to blessed with no complications although I suspect I might have a touch of Neuropathy.I guess I should count my blessings.
Comment by Bobby on December 4, 2008 at 7:18pm
Isn't it funny how this family connects; when someone has gained a victory, everyone responds in like manner with joy and happiness. When someone has had an experience that causes them to look deep inside and respond with sadness, and maybe even horror, this family responds with courage, and strength. I don't mean to sound corny, but this is a family. We share something in common that causes us to reach out to one another, and when one falls, the whole family responds by picking them up. That's why this website is so important. Because its so much more than just a place where we come for information--even though we can do exactly that. Its more about finding what we need just to make it through the day sometimes, and that's ok. When the Dr. diagnosed me with Nephropathy, I was so depressed, because I saw what this disease did to my mother, but you guys all responded with whatever it was I was lacking at that particular time. I go the Dr. again next week for more lab work because my lower legs and feet have been swollen for quite some time. Part of me is concerned about what they will find. But I have this place I can come to--If I need to--and you will understand, and at the end of the day it will be ok, and I will be ok. Thanks George, for being real and making yourself vulnerable, you are truly an inspiration.
Comment by Cindy on November 26, 2008 at 9:11pm
You are right George. No matter what things come at you, somehow we find a way to go on. I have Neuropathy in both of my feet/legs. In September I had catatract surgery in my right eye and I was hoping that my vision would be great afterwards but it has actually gotten worse. It is so bad that I cannot evern see out of my right eye. The retinal specialist said that with the cataract gone, they were able to see exactly what was going on in the back of my eye and sometimes taking the bad lens out and replacing it with a good one will actually cause the retinopathy to advance more rapidly. WHICH was really depressing but somehow I have managed to just keep going even though the sight in my right eye is so bad. I am an LPN and in college to get my RN. It does make it a little more difficult to see my textbooks. My vision is so different in both eyes now that it took some adjusting to get use to. Some days I think to myself and I'll even ask myself how can I continue going on but you have to just stay positive aobut things.......Cindy
Comment by Marie B on October 30, 2008 at 6:39am
Thank you George, your message is a good one. I guess I'm lucky to have had it for sooooo many years and not have more problems than I do. I mainly get worn down by the constant, incessant, never-ending-ness of it all. I try my best, and then I'm asked to try harder, and sometimes I CANT DO IT!!! and then, the next day or week, I'm still here, and doing it. Like I thought I couldn't test as many times as I do now, I thought I couldn't change my infusion set every other day, and now I hardly think of it. Of course, dialysis is in a whole different category, even neuropathy. But I just want to say rock on, George.
Comment by Diana Louise on October 28, 2008 at 10:10pm
Hi, George! Thanks for being open. I feel you. I recently started working at a large public hospital, and, oh boy, am I seeing so many many people with uncontrolled diabetes who are now living with the complications, many very extreme and grotesque, as many of our patients have very limited knowledge or resources. There is a dialysis center just down the hallway from where I work, and I see the same faces come and go during the week multiple times. It scares the s**t out of me! Though, I think I care better for these people, really knowing and feeling that I could be in their shoes. It's raw. Its scary. And I share your feelings both of feeling of not knowing what I would/will do if these complications become a reality in my life, but also the confidence of knowing that we are adaptable and persevere. In some ways, a life with diabetes is the perfect preparation and strengthening. Your very brave, George! Thanks

Karen, I found that the theoretical knowledge of potential complications didn't really impact my behavior, but meeting and working with people whose lives are greatly impacted by living with these complications has. It makes it real, makes it come to life.
Comment by Karen on October 28, 2008 at 5:57pm
Why does the knowledge of complications not make me more compliant?
Comment by Manny Hernandez on October 28, 2008 at 1:52pm
Once more, George: You rock!
Comment by Annette Saint on October 27, 2008 at 6:01pm
What if:-
When others waste their time of day moaning that their hairs gone grey
Or how they need some time away, do nothing on their holiday.
I look at them with sheer dismay, a crinkled smile my face displays.
My son says "just a day away, please, no more needles in my butt today.

As he asks me what to do, his bloods gone high, he feels like poop.
I say to him " I'm proud of you, for putting up with what you do".
"What if I should die today and not wake up what would you say?"
I look at him my heart has stopped, his brothers eyes have nearly popped.

"Oh my gosh!" What can I say? "You just can't think of things that way"
It is a dread it is a fear, what if his life should disappear?
He knows if I have thought like that, my eyes fill up I seem so flat.
Then I cannot give to him, as he seems sad he sinks within.

He's asked me only once before, "Why's it me?" He knows the score.
Of all the things that lie ahead, if he's unlucky I suppose it's said.
I don't know how to answer him except to say look deep within
As how how you live each every day
REMEMBER.......Smile and live the way
You want and face the things you must, by giving me your love and trust.
As I will always give you back my hand to hold, your cards I'll stack.
We'll deal with them the best we can, our lives we cannot always plan.
But family will always be there for you, to lean on, love you, see you through.

Dear George to link this back to you, I'll send my thoughts and love to you.
Your attitude it can affect
You must give yourself respect.
No matter what the body does
Your soul lives, learns and loves.
Do the best you can to keep
Yourself healthy head to feet.
For even though I have not met you
You've touched my life, for that, I thank you.

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