my brother is trying to save his foot.

Lakeland
By Lakeland Latest Reply 2017-04-01 04:29:28 -0500
Started 2011-04-05 21:29:47 -0500

everyone in my family except my sister is diabetic, even my grandparents were. My dad almost lost his foot when he was in his 70's, my mom lost a toe, now my brother who is diabetic (but was in denial) is now trying to save his foot.

We have a furniture store & he stepped on a tack, just a small hole, he never felt it & only realized it when he took his shoes off & found his sock was all bloody. He ran it through workmans comp. They put a vac on it & it seemed to be healing. He got cleared for work & started to walk on it, before he could start, his foot swelled up, got hot, the hospital gave him an IV with antibiotics & are trying to kill this infection.

I don't understand why my brother was in denial, we've seen diabetes horrible effects on family members, Dad losing his eyesight, kidney dialysis. My mom with her heart, kidney problems from diabetes, my other brother almost losing his foot, & I found out that I was 550 when my eyes got blurry. I seen it too & I take this seriously, I've lost 40 pounds & my eyesight has returned, I don't wear glasses either.

I hope my brother will keep his foot, I'm amazed at how quickly he can go from cleared to work to back in the hospital.

Please take care of yourselves. this is serious business
diane


2 replies

Diabetes Force
Diabetes Force 2017-04-01 04:29:28 -0500 Report

I can tell you from experience that I personally have been in the denial stage. I don't know that I have ever been out of It. I didn't want others telling me that I couldn't do something because I have diabetes. Just wanted to be treated like a normal person. However, I am not a normal person. I have a disease that demands my attention. Especially If I want to continue to live. So my prayers are with you and your brother because I know just how serious denial can be.

ibcathy
ibcathy 2011-04-05 21:36:56 -0500 Report

I am sorry your family is going through this. I did want to thank you for sharing this. Thank you for the reminder to be more active in taking this seriously and taking care of ourselves.