A cautionary tale…Don’t let this happen to you!


Betty’s toes

When you work in a particular area for some time, you soon get used to the ‘regulars’. These are patients with chronic illness or disease, drug users, alcoholics, asthmatics, diabetics, and housebound people requiring different kinds of help and assistance. Betty was in this category. She was in her 70’s, and she had Diabetes, as well as circulation problems and arterial disease,  caused by decades of heavy smoking. She may have been a widower, or divorced, as she lived alone, in a small terraced house, not too far from our base. It was common to receive calls to attend her address, either emergency calls made by Betty, or as an arranged admission by her G.P. She was a cheery character, and seemed to manage well, despite constant pain in her legs and feet. When this got too bad, or life got on top of her, she would either…

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I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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  1. beetleypete says:

    Hi Phil, and best wishes from England. I thought that I would let you know, that my wife Julie, has just been diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. She is awaiting confirmation by bloods, but her urine sample has led them to be pretty convinced. She has been very tired, for no reason, for a couple of months now, and also had a fairly outrageous thirst. If she didn’t get to eat lunch, she would feel dizzy, and many other ‘classic’ symptoms.
    So, we will be following your blog properly now, not just popping in now and again.
    Regards, Pete.

    • Pete,

      I am sorry that Julie seems to have Diabetes. You are right, the symptoms are classic. The absolutely most important thing to remember at this point is that it can be controlled. There might be a lot to absorb in the beginning; a lot to learn – that it might seem to be overwhelming. But, it all comes down to three things – at least it seems that way to me since I like things simple – Diet (fewer carbs; more fresh vegetables), Exercise (30 minutes a day of some activity – walking seems to be easy for most folks and is the one I have used from the day of diagnoses), and Meds (take them religiously as prescribed).

      It’s amazing how the body will respond when you do those three things – the body wants good stuff – at least mine did. In fact, since I was diagnosed and started the big three – Diet, Exercise and Meds – I have never been healthier. Julie can control her Diabetes. Yes, it takes a bit of work and a bit of dedication, but she will reap huge benefits.

      There is a national Diabetes organization in the UK, http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Type-2-diabetes/, so take a look there, if you haven’t.

      If there is anything I can do, you have only to ask. Please, give her my best.


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