Exercise, Diet

By cherik Latest Reply 2012-12-14 13:20:31 -0600
Started 2012-11-08 10:29:53 -0600

Hi! I have just signed up for this website hoping to find some support and answers. I am taking care of my husband who has had diabetes since 2002. We were doing really well and had it under control. In July 2011 he developed a foot ulcer which required surgery. He has been hospitalized 5 times since then with various other issues due to infections and congestive heart failure. We did everything the doctors told us. We followed the Wound Specialist instructions to a tee and did all that the Primary Care dr told us. His foot is still not healed and his sugars are running high again. He is taking Glipizide and Onglyza. The Primary said that he may have to go to insulin. We have begun working on his diet again and know that he needs to exercise. However, he is not supposed to be on his foot that much. So how does he exercise???

13 replies

cherik 2012-12-14 11:58:02 -0600 Report

Hi Liquorish! Sorry it took so long to reply. Things get hectic at home some days. My husband did infact just go on insulin. We are monitoring for two weeks and then have a followup with the dr. The insulin has brought his readings down to a three day average of 150, so with a few adjuments on dosage it will come down more. He is a very private person and would not get on here, which is why I did. I do eat what he eats and do not bring food into the home that would tempt him. The most trouble I have is fixing regular meals with all the appointments he has, plus I am not a very good cook LOL. But we are doing better and eating the right things. He is actually doing a little better and we are using Regranex on the little spot on his foot that is being stubborn healing. It seems to be helping. Thank you for your reply!

jayabee52 2012-12-14 12:15:48 -0600 Report

howdy chenk I fix my own meals because I am alone. If you would like to see a good meal plan I have developed where the meal is not a lot of trouble to fix and is adaptable and can be on the table within 10 minutes from when I start prepping the meal. Plus it managed to lower my BG levels so much I could discontinue them and achieve an A1c of 5.5%. Read about my meal plan here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14...

I pray you may find it useful to you as well,


liquorish 2012-11-16 12:54:24 -0600 Report

Wow! What wonderful advise. Have your husband get on this site and read and talk. It is really a great help. He can share his experiences and knowledge. Another thing. Go on and get on insulin and see if he can get on a pump with a cgm. Thats continuous glucose monitor. He can also get on just the cgm. It will let him know when his sugar is going high or low so he can treat it sooner and have better control. The stress he has been under and the depression will affect his sugars big time. May I ask? do you eat what he does and exercise with him? Does he have a friend who can exercise with him? Diabetes is so hard to live with, and being sick on top of it is maddening. Tell him he has "friends" here on this site if he wants to talk. God Bless you both. Liquorish

Fefe12 2012-11-11 00:31:28 -0600 Report

Not only can you excersise sitting down but there may be ways of getting him in a pool. They have waterproof wraps now. Try a pilates (sp?) machine. Those work wonders. Even gyrotonics can be done in a studio or at home. But it sounds like you need to get on the PC and research his care. Doctors dont know everything, we have to be able to ask the right questions and make sure he is getting the right care.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-08 11:15:27 -0600 Report

Hi and welcome to the DC family. If you go to You Tube and type in Chair Exercises you will find all kinds of exercises you could use. There is also chair yoga. I don't know what are you are in but there is a woman on Public Television who does chair exercises. You could also ask his doctor to refer you to a Physical Therapist who can help you with this.

cherik 2012-11-08 11:29:02 -0600 Report

Thank you for the information. I will definitely check out YouTube. I never even thought about a Physical Therapist. My hubby will probably want to try the chair exercises since he already has about 14 different doctors and does not really want any more. It has just been a rough 17 months and I think he is just frustrated at this point.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-08 12:06:07 -0600 Report

A Physical Therapist isn't a doctor. He or she could simply show him how to exercise in the chair with less pressure on his foot until the foot heals and is stronger. You could even have the therapist come to the house. My mom had one come to the house to help her walk again after an illness had her bed ridden for three weeks. She made it fun for mom.

cherik 2012-11-08 16:40:43 -0600 Report

Ok thanks! I will check into having someone come to the house. That would make it more comfortable for him! This website is awesome!