Today, I had to shut down. I was so angry at medical professionals in general. My whole life has revolved all around negative comments… I literally put my fingers in my ears, and go LaLaLaLaLa!
I was researching some sites, won’t mention which, because of popularity. As soon as I read that circulatory problems were a direct and only cause of poor control or non compliance, I went red. I wanted to point out that is not true in every case. We are all different in many ways. What works for one may not work for another, and complications do not effect all of us. Some of us actually survive with no problems.
I do agree that good control may prevent complications. I also believe that it may simply slow the progress of complications. It is not a matter of fact isuue.
I watched a video on youtube today. It was about a man suffering with gangrene in his foot. A doctor was called in to advise him that he was directed to amputate. This man’s sugars were high. He did lose two toes in the end but this doctor took the time and care to treat him with logical diet changes and very little intervention with chemical medicine. He did not lose his leg as they thought they would have to do. Instead, despite losing his two toes, his foot was healing and his sugars were still not under “control.”
This was a professional and caring physician. He had hope to save this man’s leg. He did not go on and on about how bad the man was for not taking care of his diabetes.
I just wish our medical professionals would stop bashing us in public. I wish they would appeal to the mass public and change the horrible things we hear from non diabetics on a daily basis, to stop the rude comments and know better than us attitudes. If only these medical professionals could walk in our shoes, they would be better in relating to us.
People are so afraid if they have a complication. They’re afraid of someone else judging them based on their complications. “Oh, you had a heart attack? You must not have taken care of your diabetes. Oh, look, you lost your leg just like the doctors and nurses said you would because you did not take care of your diabetes…” Fingers in ears, LaLaLaLa… Louder LaLaLaLa I can’t hear yooooou!
I have not visited this red moment in a while. Ok, maybe last month when I had a battle with someone online beating us down in general. Yes, it was someone from a medical profession.
I offer a challenge to these negative, Holier than Thou types. Do this experiment for about six months. Get a CDE, Dietician, Ophthalmologist, Nephrologist, Neurologist, Podiatrist, Endocrinologist, Cardiologist, Otarynologist, etc… and schedule the appointments between pricking your fingers six to eight times a day, keeping track of the numbers you get, taking saline(insulin for us real guys) shots four to six times a day (in a timely manner), watching and weighing everything you eat, (keep that smile on your face), work eight to twelve hours a day, take care of your house, kids, husbands, wives, (elderly parent), pets, go shopping, keep the holiday spirit, do the yard work, pay the bills, drive the car (prick your finger every time before you get behind the wheel), do the yard work, make dinner, wash the dishes, make appointments for that elderly parent, have a social life, volunteer, go to all of the above doctor’s appointments, and anything else I left out that everyday people have to do. You have to do it all without biting someone’s head off or otherwise you will hear about how your diabetes is affecting your attitude!
Try it, I DARE you! Then let me go about and bash you publicly for your inadequacies.
Wow, I feel better.