Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes

By ncnurse1459 Latest Reply 2008-06-05 06:03:55 -0500
Started 2008-06-02 16:49:49 -0500

We all are aware that diabetes brings along "friends" when it comes into our lives. It is up to us to accomodate by preventing and relieving some of those friends. Proper nutrition, medication compliance and exercise can prevent some of these things. Along with prevention and compliance comes what to do in emergencies…diabetics know what to do in diabetis emergencies, but what about other emergencies ? We and our families should be aware of how to act by learning CPR. Encourage your family members to join you in a CPR course SOON.

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CALpumper 2008-06-02 17:09:26 -0500 Report

Great info ncnurse! Thank you! The medical profile also, I have one at home and one I travel with.

As far as the "friends" that come with diabetes, most know. Most are doing well. Myself, I am struggling only because the supplies I need are expensive. The resources that I want to use (more doc appts, nutritionist etc etc) add up also.

I do not have health insurance. I have a medical discount and even then, it costs me. These days I am lucky enough to not have to "not" pay a bill to put gas in my car (I work from home) but I have always had to "not or hold off" paying a bill to get the supplies I need or make a doc appt I have been delaying.

It's tough out there for everyone. I am by no means complaining. Over 23 years and I like to think I have a bit of clue on what to do in tough situations. ;-)

morris.js 2008-06-02 23:56:59 -0500 Report

Great information! I would like to add that I found through personal experience that Diabetes can and does "mask" the symptoms of other problems.
In my case, it completely masked all the symptoms of the 5 blockages I had in my arteries around my heart. There were absolutely NO symptoms. No pain, shortness of breath, or anything. The cardiologists all were amazed after several regular stress and nuclear stress tests that only a catherization showed the blockages. 3 were in the 95% range,1 was 85%, and the last 35%.
It was their opinion that my Diabetes was the cause for no outward symptoms showing.
The point to my story… no matter how you feel, you never know what is really going on, so be prepared!

ncnurse1459 2008-06-05 04:55:23 -0500 Report

I'm certainly glad you found out about those other problems and are now working on treating them. We can never be really sure of what is going on inside us.

ncnurse1459 2008-06-05 05:17:58 -0500 Report

Sometimes I wish we had universal insurance and medical care here as does European countries. I guess that would be more than we can expect, but who knows about our futures ? Good
luck with your situation. Angie

morris.js 2008-06-05 06:03:55 -0500 Report

Angie, thanks for the good wishes. My "situation" is very good indeed…lol I am truly enjoying life to it's fullest now.
My only point to my above comment, was to try to stress the need for all of us to get those routine tests done even though we "feel good". I know that is very hard to do without having any insurance, because I do not have it either. Diabetes not only brings along those other problems, but can mask their presence as well. John

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