By VBlyden Latest Reply 2012-05-21 10:19:36 -0500
Started 2012-05-21 02:42:52 -0500

My son was first diagnosed with T2 diabetes in 2007 and to this date, he is continuing to have complications monitoring his sugar level.

Just recently, 4 of his toes were amputated. My question and concerns is, is this the first of more amputations to come?

Should I prepare myself mentally for anymore?

Insight on this matter will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

2 replies

dietcherry 2012-05-21 10:19:36 -0500 Report

Please please please have your son join you here at DC! We have a very knowlegeable staff (all of whom have D or live with someone who does) and an INCREDIBLE member base full of good information and help!!! I dont want your son to lose anything else to D !!!!!!

jayabee52 2012-05-21 08:37:36 -0500 Report

Howdy VBlyden, WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

I am very sorry to hear of your son's amputations and of his continuing problems with Blood Glucose (BG) monotoring. It really hurts to see a loved one going through something like that

Before anyone can really attempt to answer your question meaningfully it would be good to know more about your son and how he cares for himself especially with his Diabetes Mellitus ("DM").

How old is your son?

Does he smoke? (smoking with DM can lead to amputations of toes because it messes with the microvascular vessels in the toes. I have a friend who has DM and has had a toe amputated and he smokes. — and he just doesn't "get it" but he is 61 and I cannot tell him much of anything)

What method does he use to attempt to manage his BG. Does he use oral DM medications, or injectables like insulin, Byetta, Bydureon or Victoza?

Or does he try to manage his BG levels with diet and excercise?

OR is he in "denial" and not take care of his BGs at all, or makes a minimal effort to do so. (Please do not misunderstand, I am not accusing him of these things, I just want to get a clearer picture of your son and how he deals with his disease.)

The good news is that a person with diabetes (PWD) CAN live a long and relatively healthy life. There are folks here who have Type 1 who have lived a long and healthy life without complications, or who have delayed complications till the later portion of their life. The person I have in mind here is Richard157 (his profile may be found here ~ Take a look and be encouraged. There are others who are like that also).

I am sorry to hear that AQNYONE has complications.

I didn't take adequate care of my DM for the first few years after my Diagnosis (Dx) and I am now paying the price with DM related neuropathy (burning pain from knees to toes, tingling sensation from elbows to fingertips). I also have Chronic Kidney disease (CKD) and had been on dialysis once for about 10 mos and now a few yrs later am on the brink of needing dialysis treatments again. There are other minor complications, but those two take up a lot of my mental effort to try to overcome and maintain a lifestyle which doesn't degrade my condition further.

So I pray for you and for your son.

I hope my questioning does not seem intrusive because it is good to get a clear picture of the person about whom we are discussing, so the folks here could make an intelligent guess to answer your questions.

Blessings to you and yours

James Baker