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By LindaHarrisKlein Latest Reply 2014-12-16 20:31:41 -0600
Started 2014-12-09 19:37:59 -0600

Hello everyone, my name is Linda Klein.

I am new to your community. Just so you have my background up front, my mother died in February 2013 due to complications of diabetes and my husband recently had two strokes this year,. During his hospitalization we discovered that he has Diabetes and Hypertension. Needless to say I am very passionate about creating change when it comes to Diabetes. So thank you in advance for sharing your stories and lives with me.

<3 Linda K

6 replies

Docjjb 2014-12-16 20:31:41 -0600 Report

Ever so sorry to hear of the what you're going through both emotionally and the mental stress that accompanies problems such as yours. Please don't forget to take care of yourself as you fight through this. Have faith and never believe things are hopeless. All the Best now and Always.

Glucerna 2014-12-10 22:12:30 -0600 Report

Thanks for introducing yourself Linda and welcome. There is a lot of information and support here, and I also encourage you to attend a diabetes class in your area. Many hospitals offer programs, and it's a wonderful way to learn more information about how to manage diabetes. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Type1Lou 2014-12-10 09:35:50 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear about your Mom and hubby's diagnosis. Both of my parents are now gone; Dad dealt with his diabetes for 20 years before complications resulted in his death in the mid 1970's. I developed my diabetes at age 27, several years after dad died. The best advice I can give you is to learn as much as you can about diabetes and how it can be managed and controlled. A large part of that is dietary and activity. Become cognizant of the carbohydrate content of everything that is eaten. Carbs are what cause increased BG's. Be wary of the low-fat or no-fat versions of foods since they frequently have more carbs than the regular versions. I've found that by reducing my daily carb intake, I've gained better control of my diabetes. As chronic diseases go, it is one of the more manageable with the right decisions and guidance from a good medical team.

Beca1 2014-12-10 02:25:14 -0600 Report

Linda, did your husband have these strokes due to having Diabetes? I am also new to this site and also new to having Diabetes. Nice to meet you.

jayabee52 2014-12-09 22:56:10 -0600 Report

Howdy Linda

Sorry to learn of your mother's passing. It is always hard to lose one's mother. I have yet to face that eventuality myself. My father passed about 30 years ago due to an accident.

Looking at your profile I see nothing indicating whether or not you have diabetes yourself. If not you are still welcome!

Sorry to learn of your hubby's diagnosis (Dx). Unfortunately diabetes and hypertension seem to go together. They did in my case, The combo landed me in the ER where I was Dx'd with chronic kidney disease needing dialysis.
I currently go to dialysis 3 days/wk for 4 hrs per treatment.

You may wish to have your PCP refer your hubby to a kidney Dr and have a kidney workup (CBC blood panel) as you want to get on top of any problems as soon as possible.

I have tried the medication route of trying to manage my T 2 diabetes (I was Dx'd in 1995) but have lately come to believe that it is quite important to manage this disease by what one puts in one's mouth or refrains from eating. Because I had kidney disease I had been taken off pills and put on small doses of insulin twice daily.

Quite by accident I discovered that I could manage my diabetes by what I ate or didn't eat. I developed a meal plan on which I discontinued my twice daily insulin injection, maintained my BG (blood glucose) at 80 to 130 mg/dl, achieved an A1c of 5.5% and lost 65 lbs over the course of 5 mo. I have written up the plan and offer it to anyone who asks.

Praying for improving health for us all


haoleboy 2014-12-09 22:48:08 -0600 Report

Hi Linda and welcome to to DC … I certainly appreciate your situation … both my mom and her mom died from complication from type 2. I am a type 2 that survived a stroke 2 years ago. I actually had the 'trifecta' … type 2, high blood pressure and bad cholesterol. Through massive lifestyle changes I have managed to get them all under control, while reducing my chances for a second stroke (my #1 goal).
Feel free to ask any questions you may have and to share any insights or even just vent when the need arises.