My friends, family, doctors and nurses all played an important role in my recovery and continued treatment from my foot surgeries, rehabilitation, and eye issues I deal with every day.
My first foot surgery was the most serious. I had a large wound on the bottom of my left foot. I had a severe infection. I had to be hooked up to a wound vac which helps remove the infectious fluids in your foot. The care I received at St. Mary’s Medical center was top notch. The doctors and nurses were very professional in performing and explaining the treatments to me. They stressed a healthy diet and a complete change of some really harmful eating habits. I have come a long way since the surgery and rehab, and I am very grateful for the quality care and life changing diet tips which help me continue to fight diabetes.
The most important thing I took away from the surgeries and rehab is not to cheat. There’s no going back to bad habits if you want to live. If I ever have a question or concern about my feet I can call my doctor and ask for advice on what exercises are safe, or ask him about a concern I have about something that doesn’t look right and receive treatment. Every time I have an appointment with my foot doctor, him and the nurses always ask how my sugar is doing. I can ask them about what foods are safe and what to stay away from. I have to friends who struggle with their sugar numbers, have stubborn wounds that won’t heal and have their doctors not explain the importance of a good diet in relation to wound care. Talk to your fellow diabetics and ask about their struggles and successes with diabetes. I was fortunate to be treated at a teaching hospital with doctors who have the latest technology at their fingertips. In the end it’s up to you to find as much information as you can to fight diabetes.
My eye doctor also stresses a healthy diet to help with my vision. I have had laser treatments and injections and my vision has remained 20/20 in my right eye ,which is my most damaged.
Last but not least I have to talk about my friends and family. They have taken me to appointments, listened to my concerns of my treatments, and have encouraged me to write this blog. I ask for their advice often on how to approach this blog and they have helped me see that the best way is to help others. Everything I have gone through has helped me survive and continue to fight this disease.
My final thought for this post is to advise you to ask your doctors, nurses, friends, fellow diabetics, and family for help when you need it. You’re not alone in this unless you want to be. You can learn something from everyone.
My next blog I will talk about how outside interests and diabetic education can help you stay focused. Stay safe and healthy!