Cost

Carol11
By Carol11 Latest Reply 2009-07-17 20:53:30 -0500
Started 2009-05-23 10:04:30 -0500

What has this disease cost you. Monetarily is a given. But what about the cost you can't calculate? ie physically, emotionally?


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alwaystryin
alwaystryin 2009-05-24 11:44:53 -0500 Report

This seems like a good time and place to share with you my somewhat 'goofy' definition of "Diabetic" based on the Associative Property of Math, and the Encarta definitions!

Let me know if you like it.

What a being a ‘Diabetic’ means from ENCARTA DEFINITIONS to Tom:

Disease:
“a condition in humans, plants, or animals that results in pathological symptoms and is not the direct result of physical injury”
“a disorder in humans, animals, or plants with recognizable signs and often having a known cause”
“a serious problem in society or with a group of people”

Diabetes:
“a medical disorder, especially diabetes mellitus, that causes the body to produce an excessive amount of urine”

Diabetic:
“Having diabetes, especially diabetes mellitus”
“relating to or caused by diabetes, especially diabetes mellitus”
“made without sugar and therefore suitable for somebody who has diabetes mellitus”

TOM’s Revised definition of a person with this *THING(IT) using MATHEMATICS LOGIC” :

Encarta:
Associative rule:

“relating to the association of ideas, events, or experiences”
“giving the same result irrespective of the order taken, thus since
A + (B + C) = (A + B) + C”
so if A=1 B=2 C=3
1 + (2 + 3) (proof)*=6* = (1 + 2) + 3 (proof)*=6*

Lets play. If “disease” is A, and “diabetes” is B, and “diabetic” is C, then this “Mathematical Rule” results in this *Tom’s new World*:

“disease” = “diabetes” + “diabetic” translates to this: ’disease(A)’ is a serious problem in society or with a group of people”

So then A(disease) = B(diabetes) “a medical disorder, especially diabetes mellitus, that causes the body to produce an excessive amount of urine” + C(diabetic) “Having diabetes, especially diabetes mellitus” “relating to or caused by diabetes, especially diabetes mellitus” “made without sugar and therefore suitable for somebody who has diabetes mellitus”

So then I guess being Diabetic means “A serious problem in society or with a group of people that ‘have’ diabetes mellitus and have to eat food “made without sugar and therefore suitable for somebody who has diabetes mellitus”. WOW that was easier than I thought!

Does anyone have Bill Gate’s phone number so I can correct “Microsoft’s Encarta Definition of Diabetic?

Tom Moore

Nan H.
Nan H. 2009-07-17 20:53:30 -0500 Report

OMG, thanks so much! I was rolling on the floor laughing about this. I realize that this disease is not really funny - the costs I feel I have had are huge (imagine a life where you don't have to take your insulin, pump supplies, meter, food, and full awareness everywhere with you, 24/7. I can't imagine the freedom of that! I would love to be able to sleep in once in a while, but even if my daughter would let me, my blood sugar won't!), but it's good to know that we can laugh about it. Thanks!

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-05-24 04:44:08 -0500 Report

I have had my ups and downs, but very happy I am a survivor of diabetes. When diagnosed 46 years ago they would of had me dead by now. Well today is my 52nd birthday and I am still here. I was diagnosed at the age of 6. Who knew much back then. I have lost my left leg dued to amputation. I have had numberous eye surgeries and luckily came out wonderful with all attempts. I did dialysis and had a transplant with some problems. But yet I am happy to be alive. I feel the cost of this has got me many friendships and a lot of on hand experiences I can help others through. Its my life and that is something I had to learn to deal with at an early age. You either learn and handle what you are dealt with and try to make the best of it. I am still here and I think that is PRICELESS!!!…Debe

DJ
DJ 2009-05-24 07:15:11 -0500 Report

Happy Birthday Debe!!You are as you said "Priceless",and a living example of "The Human Spirit to Survive"..I applaud you and the help & hope you give us all. I hope your day is wonderful,and that you have many birthdays to come.
Hugz,*DJ

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-05-24 07:18:45 -0500 Report

A very Happy Birthday Debe!! You're still a baby (LOL). Boy the birthdays keep rolling around faster and faster for me. Hope you have a wonderful day!

2009-05-24 09:29:21 -0500 Report

HAPPY 52nd BIRTHDAY DEBE!!! I'm right behind you in Sept… :)

*Judy

2009-05-23 11:53:12 -0500 Report

I worry about what MAY happen. I had a great-grandmother who lost a leg because of diabeties. I also am quite aware of the effect it may have on my eyes. I already wear glasses, and I worry that at some point in time I "could" lose my sight. However, I do take my meds, follow my dr's instructions, etc. So, hopefully, I'll be fine. I am so far!!! I try my best to stay positive.

MeiMei
MeiMei 2009-05-23 11:22:35 -0500 Report

A lot! My general health has gone down the tubes. With my diabetes, I now have peripheral neuropathy, and more recently I have gotten autonomic neuropathy with the diarrhea and the lack of signs to go. At this rate I am going to end up as a babbling idiot who is incontinent. This does wonders for my self worth and self esteem. My pancreas, I guess, has given up, so now I not only need insulin but also need pancreatic enzymes for digestion. It is no fun when you have diabetes type 1 due to autoimmune defiency and you know your whole body is eating itself to death. Thank God I now have the diabetes under control but how many other systems are going to go out on me? I at least know my kidneys are still functioning, for now, but that is always a worry. In addition to the diabetes, I also have Parkinsons, and I've always wondered if they were related somehow. So now I have another cause for dementia, whoopee! Because of hand tremors the only way I can communicate in writing is using the computer. At least I have that. At least I don't have the multitude of problems some of the other people on this web site have and I can thank God for that. The only thing I can do is to thank God for the things I do have and count my many blessings and be thankful for them. Yes this disease,and/or diseases,have cost me a lot, but I can't let it get me down, I am going to fight it to the very last second!! I have always tried to eat and be healthy, and as a public health nurse I always counselled other to do the same and prevent diabetes, and now here I am, but it is through no fault of my own, I know. I guess I just need to keep up the good habits and hope for the best.

SkipT
SkipT 2009-05-23 10:41:28 -0500 Report

Actually it hasn't taken a toll on me. When I was diagnosed as Type 2 I resolved to improve my health and way of life. It may have been a blessing in disguise. I am actually in better shape and health at 61 than when I was 40!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-05-23 21:53:01 -0500 Report

Unlike some, I have been very blessed with overall good health except for my Type 2 diabetes, which so far I've been able to control pretty well. I have none of the complications that are possible, for which I am so thankful. I do not do a perfect job, but feel I have taken good care of myself over the years - even prior to the diagnosis of diabetes. Perhaps that is one of the reasons that my diabetes has not really cost me much other than being a nuisance at times. And of course the expense involved.

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