Any peeps with D out there who not only deals with The Big D but also chronic pain? I have been dealing with both issues for many years. I have been a peep with diabetes pushing 50 years and a person with chroic pain since approx 1979. My first bone was broken at about age 5 and my last bone was broken about 5 years ago. I have a total of 19 mended broken bones in this body to date. The breaks are from a variety of activities, downhill sking, motorcycles, car accidents and household chores. Did I mention my hubster calls me “Clamity Jackie?” I have been very busy.
In 1979, on a blind date, I flew out of a car and broke both arms, my pelvic bone, almost lost my left eye along with all of the cuts, etc. that go with being shot out of a cannon. My right shoulder injury is the worst. My shoulder was held together by skin and tendons but not bone. The shoulder was put back together with pins and staples in the ball socket joint or as I am fond of saying, it is held together with duct tape and a hammer. My left humorous was crushed, which shredded the radial nerve causing the loss of use of my left hand for 9 months. I was a sophmore in college when the accident occurred and the best thing I can say about this accident was that I didn’t have to kiss the blind date at the door.
Interesting note, I went back to college 3.5 months after the accident. I could not use my arms and my roommates took turns helping me in the shower, getting me to and from classes and doing almost anything that took use of ones arms. It was a very interesting time for them as well as me and I believe I healed faster by getting back into the world. However, it took me 4 years to raise my GPA after that 1st semester back to school.
Now these many years later, I am still dealing with the pain. I have not slept through the night since the accident in September of 1979, every time I move I wake up. I have learned to sleep in fits and snatches and so far it is working. The hardest part of chronic pain along with The Big D is the way they effect each other. Too much sugar in system, pain. Too much pain, more sugar into system. They can never seem to get it together.
I am interested in how any one else handles these issues. I would love to know about any little secrets to harmony that have been discovered by my kindred spirits out there. For me, all that I have figured out is this; pain meds do not work, keep moving and a sense of humor does work. Beyond that I am at a loss.