Diabetes and aging

By flakeysoul Latest Reply 2013-04-01 07:35:27 -0500
Started 2013-03-23 19:23:12 -0500

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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Type1Lou 2013-03-24 09:48:31 -0500 Report

Aging adds an added difficulty to dealing with our diabetes…I've learned that my body doesn't react the same way it used to ever since I reached my 60th birthday some years ago. Thank you for being a compassionate and caring health-care professional!

manapua72 2013-03-24 08:35:01 -0500 Report

That's such a bummer to hear about but yet a great warning , we as diabetics need to avoid long term high blood sugars … When are sugar levels are high all kinds of damage is occurring though it may take years before said damage is manifested …

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