I attended and Diabetic Education/Lecture this morning. There was a lot of good information shared and the handouts made good reading material for helping to self educate. She explained how to count carbs, and incorporate them in our meals and snacks. She explained how to use insulin/insulin pump worked and how oral medications should best be taken. She said the pharmacist should become our best friend when it comes to medications and to discuss side effects immediately with out doctor. During this segment a couple asked about caring for their granddaughter who was recently diagnosed at age 12 as a T1. They wanted to know how to care for her when she was visiting with them.
The second hour of the program was open discussion. It was a group of about 25 people in attendance. The open discussion found us listening to complaints as follows:
-No one tells me when I need to go test so I don't test
-My ankles, hands and feet swell and my friends tell me not to worry about it but I have trouble breathing now. No one will help me with this
-I saw a person who helped me with meals and gave me a list of foods and the carbs. I bought a book to help me. What do I eat?
-My blood sugar is always 200 I tried not to eat cookies, candy and chips but I load up on them while watching tv or when I don't feel like cooking. How can I lower my blood sugar?
-My husband and kids no longer help me to not eat snacks that are not good for me. They told me that since I didn't care why should they.
A woman got up and asked the instructor if she could say something to everyone there and the instructor agreed. The woman said she was 75 years old, a retired teacher and university professor with a doctorate in Health and Nutrition. She said her parents raised her to use common sense. If she did something wrong, the lecture from her mom and dad always started with, if you use common sense you would know, realize or learn from, what ever she had done. She said she has used common sense to treat her diabetes since she was diagnosed as a T2 at age 55.
She went on to say Diabetes is a common sense disease. If you have to test, common sense should tell you to go test. If you have a problem with fluid retention, common sense would tell you to talk to your doctor as friends, family and John Q. Public cannot treat your medical condition. If you don't know what to eat after taking classes, common sense would tell you that you didn't pay attention and if you bought the books common sense should tell you to read them. If you are eating cookies, candy, and all other kinds of sweet, high carb foods, common sense would tell you that you are not going to lose weight and you are going to have problems with high blood sugar. She said if your family and friends have attempted to help you and you didn't listen, common sense would tell you that you created the problem and they are fed up with you. Common sense is the one thing that will always get you through life. If you complain and not help yourself, losing limbs, vision and organ function will add to the problem.
Finally she said, we are all adults who are capable of taking proper care of our diabetes but if you don't want to change your eating habits, your lifestyle, communicate all medical problems with your physician, then don't whine, complain or get upset because you have complications with your diabetes. With proper care, education, medical attention and good old fashioned common sense everyone with diabetes can live a long and fruitful life. Everyone but the men and women who did nothing but complain applauded this woman.
The people voicing the complaints were upset and offended. I raised my hand and told this woman that she said what needed to be said and those offended are offended because you didn't commiserate with them. She said they are suppose to be grown ups and if they don't want to face their problems and correct them, they don't want help, they simply want the attention whining and complaining gets them.
The end result was that she continues to maintain her certification and offered her help to the people who complained about needing help eating properly with creating meal plans and providing them with recipes they could use free of charge. They were grateful. The woman who complained about her swelling and trouble breathing was taken to the ER in the hospital. The Educator who is also an RN gave us all meters and she tested the woman who said her blood sugar was always high and it was close to 400 her breathing was irregular and her legs were swollen from her toes to above her knees. The 75 year old woman went with her as she didn't want her to be alone until her family arrived. I hope she makes a speedy recovery.
I think every diabetic is responsible for his or her own treatment and care of their diabetes. I don't complain, I strive to make each day better than the one before. I don't ask anyone but my doctor medical question as she is better equipped to answer them. I don't worry about outside support. I know I can support and motivate myself to keep me going. I don't stress over things I don't control by not taking on the problems of others and making them my own. There are people who will help you as this woman did provided you are willing to help yourself. Like the lady said common sense will get you through a lot in life.
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