Future complications

By GrammieMags Latest Reply 2013-03-12 18:50:50 -0500
Started 2013-03-06 08:49:46 -0600

Hello everyone,

I just read an old post where a newbie wondered/worried about diabetic complications even when the diabetes was 'under control'. The conversation was a good one with good advice and support.

I just want to throw this out there.

I will probably die of something other than diabetes. The forerunner right now is heart disease. My mom died of it, and my health has been echoing my mother's. It is not just heart disease that my doctors monitor, it is blood clots over all.

And yes, diabetes affects the probability of heart disease.

My husband was diagnosed with diabetes 25 years ago, after a few years of 'unknown symptoms'. He was diagnosed with apnea a few years later. He got the diabetes under control about 12 years ago.

And 11 years ago he was diagnosed with leukemia. Looking back on things, we knew he had had it for at least 3 years, probably longer.

He died 10 years ago.

My take on it? Take care of yourself, look both ways before crossing a road, keep your car in good condition, just be careful and enjoy yourself.

You do not know when or how you will pass.

I'm aiming for at least 90. And now I know even more about how to get there healthy in body and mind.


7 replies

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-03-06 12:21:38 -0600 Report

im 48 now. and a granma. i plan to be around so i can hold my grandsons babies. and its great that your kida are taking care of you. not leaving it to a nursing home. kudos to them! :)

GrammieMags 2013-03-06 12:49:34 -0600 Report

Lol. I'm not ready for a nursing home! I'm 58. They are taking care of me by making sure that I don't do the things I used to do (other health issues) and helping me avoid the foods that I should not have.

There is a good chance that I will always have someone to share my home with. If not them than a good friend their age that wants a built in grandma.

It is nice having a family that doesn't pooh pooh your concerns and your reality.

lorider70 2013-03-06 10:00:08 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed in 1989 mainly due to complaining of several things that were actually "complications" that had already begun. Apparently I was diabetic for some time before it was actually found. Even though I have been "in control" over the years; some things occured that could possibly have been avoided had I been diagnosed earlier. ie: heart attack in 1997, neuropathy, etc. My view on it now at nearly 70 yrs of age is to keep on top of it as best I can and keep on living, deal with whatever comes at me and enjoy my family and friends.

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-03-06 09:19:13 -0600 Report

with that positive attitude and knowing family health history im sure you will live past 95.

GrammieMags 2013-03-06 12:19:18 -0600 Report

Thanks. I was 48 when my mom died, and it hurt, more than I thought it would.

My youngest was 15 when my husband passed, and all three kids are taking the best care of me that they can. They want one parent as long as possible!

If it hurt me that much when my mom was 80 I want to delay their hurt as long as possible.

I also love being a grandma!

Next Discussion: This is alarming ... »