By gregsteele Latest Reply 2010-06-11 09:16:44 -0500
Started 2010-06-07 08:56:42 -0500

I would like to get the communitys ideas on how to raise awareness of the symptoms of diabetes i was sick for several weeks getting sicker all the time ,had the dry mouth the frequent urination my vision kept getting worse,dizziness yall know the drill but im stubborn as are alot of people i did not know what these signs meant when i finally went to the hospital my sugar was over 800 .there has got to be a way we can raise awareness so people recognize these signs ,i was lucky i gave in and went to e.r. those that dont would have a much worse ending if we can each somehow raise the awareness in our own communities maybe we could stop just one horror story that would be worth whatever effort applied for me HELP love to all GREG

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gregsteele 2010-06-11 09:16:44 -0500 Report

Just an update since starting this discussion i have looked into the ideas raised by everyone im working on an announcement in the local paper ,trying to set up something on the public access station on local cable also my 9 yr old is going to tell our story at the beginning of the next school yr our principal is type 2 so is sypathetic to the idea so my son is going to work on his presentation ive already listened to his sopening speech 5 times he is very proactive about it much more mature than his age im very proud of him ill keep everyone updated love to all GREG

ccritch 2010-06-10 13:41:02 -0500 Report

I agree with you Greg, There are so many children, young adults and adults walking around with high sugars and don't even know they are diabetics. So Many heart attacks bet they didn't know they were diabetics. It is a scarey thing to not know your symptoms and die never knowing you could have saved your own life.

I found the hard way we had a company party and they had all kinds of food, barbecue, fried chicken, mash, gravy all kinds of sweets, cookies, cakes, pies so I tried a sliver of each cake. Next thing I know I woke up in the emergency room and asked how long have I been a diabetic and I said diabetic what is that! and he said you don't know you are a diabetic I said no I am not and sure enough I was.

Too many people are being diagnosed everyday and then there are those who don't know an Awareness for this disease should be made more visible like Cancer Awareness

gregsteele 2010-06-11 07:54:35 -0500 Report

You hit a home run i would not have guessed diabetes was what was wrong with me in a million trs but they told me in er if id of waited another day i wouldnt have made it so we have to tell all who will listen whatb the systems are to save all we can love to all GREG

ston3xc 2010-06-08 09:51:49 -0500 Report

What if somebody invented an APP on iphones? I don't have one but they seem to be gaining in popularity every day. The APP could also give symptoms of other health conditions.

MAYS 2010-06-08 10:13:04 -0500 Report

Check out the apps at the Apple iTunes Store online, you will be surprised at some of the medical applications available.

gregsteele 2010-06-08 10:15:36 -0500 Report

I dont have an i phone but that sounds like a great idea that would reach millions THANKS Mays love to all GREG

alanbossman 2010-06-07 20:27:51 -0500 Report

hi Greg i totally agree with you alot more should be done to tell people the signs of diabetes. I know when i was very thirsty for water for a few days and was going to the bathroom alot to urinate. a friend of mine is a nurse she brought home a BG meter to check my BS it read High she told my wife to get me to a hospital right now. So there is was in emergency room and they check me in icu with a BS of 714. i was there for 6 days before i was able to go home.

gregsteele 2010-06-08 07:34:06 -0500 Report

Sounds like my story except no nurse just kids telling me to go and i got out in5 days bs a little over 800 love to all GREG

GabbyPA 2010-06-07 15:10:14 -0500 Report

Your ability to get the word out is only limited by your imagination. Talk to some local groups and see what they already do, and see what you can do to expand their ideas. Find media outlets to get the news out there. There are many cable TV providers that have something called Access TV where you can put up your own message. Richard (a member here) just had a radio interview this month with a local station in his home town. November is Diabetes awareness month so if you start planning now, you could have a booth at a local event. Find out from your city commission if there is a public announcement that you can have access to.

So as you see, there are a lot of ways to get it out there. And as you said, even if there is only one person who is helped, then it will be worth it.

petals 2010-06-07 14:42:56 -0500 Report

Maybe start my telling your family, friends, ect. Then branch out. Talk to anyone who will listen. Now I agree with you , we need better ads on tv, heck any ads would help!! Enough with e.d ads. That is not as important as warning signs for diabetes, as far as I know noone has died from e.d., but they have from not knowing what the signs are for diabetes. I knew the signs from my family history, Not everyone will have that. I am glad that you listened to your kids.

gregsteele 2010-06-09 08:47:51 -0500 Report

I sure am too and youre right maybe some bruised egos but no deaths from e.d. this site has helped me so much you are all AWESOME love to all GREG

sc1boy 2010-06-07 11:26:29 -0500 Report

I know that the ADA has places everywhere and they should be able to help you find a way as well. You might try to hold a meeting somewhere and talk to folks about what has happened to you and tell them if anything like that is happening to them then to get checked.

Emma2412 2010-06-07 09:56:27 -0500 Report

Hi, Greg
Wow! 800!
What do you have in mind as far as community awareness? Are you talking about contacting the AMA to tell them that most doctors don't tell their patients what to look out for and what certain things mean when they occur? I mean most doctors, unless you ask them specific question (and a lot of people, especially newbies, don't know what to ask), don't tell you anything except, take this and see me in 3 months.
I mean community awareness in my book needs to start with the AMA. It's the doctors who have the answers and the things we should be aware of, not us or the next person who has diabetes.
The only other thing we can do for ourselves is to join a local diabetes group and ask questions there. But, again, that's putting the onus on us as to what to ask.

gregsteele 2010-06-07 13:21:03 -0500 Report

I guess my point is they ( as in the media) news , commercials big fundraisers on on the mainstream telling women to self examine and get mammograms , telling men to get a protrate screening , heck its hammered into us every day to get viagra , cialis etc. for e.d.but you never hear "if you have an incurable thirst ,get dizzy,sight gets blurry ,you need to see your dr. as you may be diabetic.i think whats bothering me is i think i lucked out by giving in to my kids telling me to go to er. im sure a lot of people just do as i was and think its just a bug or something and dont get lucky id have never guessed thats what was wrong with me i just dont want this disease to be killing people unnecesarily there ive vented i feel a little better love to all GREG

Antique-Dave 2010-06-11 08:58:21 -0500 Report

I kept hearing this public service announcement on the radio that said IF YOU etc etc etc. every time I heard it I thought, Dang, bet I'm diabetic, no health insurance, and no money kept me from making my doctors appointment, us guys are really stubborn that way

gregsteele 2010-06-11 09:10:30 -0500 Report

You got that right on mykids griping is the only reason i finally went to er was over 800 hundred that stubborness was almost very costly love to all GREG

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