I work in a 911 dispatch center and recently sent responders to a call where a 76 year old woman complaining that her foot was stuck in the carpet. She stated she was diabetic but also said she wasn't having any medical problems, just needed assistance getting freed. Assured by her that this was not a medical issue and thinking she may be one of our EDP callers (emotiionally disturbed person) I sent 2 officers to do a welfare check. She wasn't EDP; she had diabetic ulcers on her foot that had oozed and she was literally stuck to the carpet. Due to the numbness and neuropathy she didn't feel anything wrong with her foot. She actually told us she thought there were needles in the carpet and that was why she couldn't move. This is such a sad situation, and a storng warning of what happens when you don't educate yourself and take preventative measures before you get that far along. I hope I can learn from her example and do a better job of preparing for my future as a type 2 diabetic.
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