I’ve had many setbacks as a diabetic. I’ve had multiple toe amputations, swollen feet, infections and blurred vision. You learn as you go, as far as how to treat your diabetes. You learn what foods make your sugar rise, and what foods can benefit your numbers. You take care of your feet by having a daily cleaning and moisturizing. You wear only white socks so you can see if there’s any wounds opening or blood visible. All these things will help you maintain your health and be able to walk and see.
My previous blogs I’ve discussed the concept of nobody’s perfect, and we all make poor diet choices, don’t exercise as much as we want, and see our sugars rise and have complications with our health. I’ve had weeks, months and years where everything is going well with my eyes and feet and then I get an infection on a toe, have a swollen foot, or even blurred vision.
The best way to stay sane and get healthy again is to do what your doctors say, and ask as many questions as you can to understand how you got an infection, or have blurred vision. I’ve been fortunate for the last four years. Every time I’ve had a setback, I recovered. I have great friends and family who support me when things go wrong, and compliment me when things go well. Still you may have doubts about your recovery, so make sure you seek help if you feel alone or desperate. There are many organizations that can help you. Create a blog to talk out your concerns with fellow diabetics, join online groups, contact friends and family often to keep your mind at ease.Try to stay positive!
I want to share a positive story with you about my feet. Recently I had my nine week foot doctor appointment. Everything went well, and the best compliment I received was how amazed my doctor was that despite my deformity on my feet from lack of toes, my feet were fully functional. He explained how most patients who have multiple amputations usually require a partial or full amputation after a few years due to the fact your body can’t handle the abnormality of the lack of toes. He then said I should be proud of myself for doing all the right things like proper diet and foot care. I have defied the odds, and for that, I am proud of myself. You’re always your biggest fan, or enemy. I still have a long way to go with this disease, but at least I’m giving myself a fighting chance. Yes I have to exercise more, find a job where I can help people with similar problems I’ve had, and build more long lasting relationships with people who like me for who I am, not what I can do for them only. I’ve lost out on quality relationships by not believing in myself, and letting people into my life. The kind of people who will support you, and be there for you. I’ve made some mistakes, but at least I’m proud that I thought enough of myself to still be able to walk and see. Remember, it’s up to you.
My next blog will deal with sleep. I just read an interesting article about how too much sleep can affect your own mortality. Stay safe and healthy!