sad witness

By Mimiewal Latest Reply 2012-07-02 20:03:34 -0500
Started 2012-06-28 22:39:28 -0500

I saw this gentleman today who brought me to tears literally. He was approximately 50 or so. His right leg had been amputated 3 years ago. I watched him struggle to ge t on the bus I'm driving.. I wanted so badly to help so when he got up next to me I said Good morning so how are you doing today? His reply is what tore straight threw me he said not so good they gonna cut off my leg today! I looked at him & my heart just collapsed! He said young lady you don't want diabetes you better take good care of yourself! Man, my thoughts where all over the place I couldn't reply all I could do was silently sob. True story

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red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-02 20:03:34 -0500 Report

So sad, especially when usually preventable. When we choose to do as we please and not what we should, this is what can happen. Then when it hits people are surprised. This attitude never stops amazing me:(

I'll say a prayer for him.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-07-01 20:35:19 -0500 Report

The ugly side of diabetes is common at work. Some residents ignored it. For others, diabetes ignored their best efforts. Sometimes the late night chats with a resident are heartbreaking.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-06-30 00:12:12 -0500 Report

Mimi, there are some people who refuse to take care of themselves. I use to be an EMT. We got a call for 55 yr old man behind a building who worked for a store next to a pharmacy cleaning up. He was pain in cash and he was suppose to go to the pharmacy to pick up his prescription. Instead he bought Heroin. We found him behind the building with the needle in his arm nearly dead. The pharmacist said he refused to take care of his diabetes. Two months later I ran into a medic who asked me if I remembered the man. He told me this man had a leg removed. Walked left the rehab center against medical advice and was found in the same spot we found him with a needle in his arm. He was dead.

People have priorities and too often health isn't that priority.

Bamberg 2012-06-29 04:58:25 -0500 Report

The tragedy is that this kind of outcome can usually be avoided. I was first diagnosed by the VA. It was obvious right of the bat that they assumed I would not make the lifestyle changes necessary to control my diabetes. In their defense it must be said that most people don't make those changes. My VA physician is still annoyed with me for stopping Metformin five months ago, even though my A1c is now in the fives.

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