Those Darn Diabetics - page 4

Those Darn Diabetics! Do you ever wish difficult type 2 diabetics weren't your headache? Your wish has been granted. They aren't your problem anymore. You read that right. They are... Read More

  1. by   caregiver1977
    I can see both opinions on this issue. I had a dear aunt who died March 2006 from complications of diabetes. There is a direct line from her non compliance to her death. By the time she decided to take her diabetes seriously she was already having amputations. You know how that goes. First a toe, then another toe, then half a foot, then the whole foot, etc., so on...

    It is not that she didn't know what to do or hadn't seen what ignoring your diabetes does to a person. Diabetes is all in my family, so she had plenty of examples what happens when you manage your diabetes or not.

    When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, especially Type 2, they are most likely grown and have been grown for years. I don't advocate babying them, but you do have to treat them as adults, even if they are making choices you don't agree with. Some people, before getting good diabetes education, think that they will be stuck on some sort of horrible celery and cottage cheese (or something similar) diet. A health care professional that is going to use a demanding tone in dealing with diabetes is probably not going to get far with most of their patients.

    However there is a lot of responsibility that lies with the patient. As I have told many people, you can't be approaching your 40s, 50s, so on; eat like you did when you were a teenager, and expect to have the health you did in your 20s. It is just not reasonable. I think patients need to research information about their condition and be willing to make healthy choices and reasonable life changes. I have met some people who do not do this, and have the attitude that they are some how sticking it to their doctor/nurse. That is silly and immature. It is just like when I am in a class (I substitute teach as well as provide general care for an older relative (also a diabetic!)) and I have students who refuse to do their work for the day. They make a big announcement that they aren't doing their work as if it is going to affect me. I'd rather they make good grades, and I try to help them do that, but at the end of the day it is their choice and their grade. The school isn't going to take my diploma/degrees because a student that has been lazy all year continues to be lazy. At the end of the day the patient has to realize that this is their health and if they don't attend to it they are hurting themselves, often irreversable damage. I just don't think you have to brow beat the average person to get them to understand that.
  2. by   TonyaW.
    Hi Caregiver 1977,
    I agree. You don't have to browbeat most people to educate them. If you do have to browbeat them, you haven't educated them anyway. Some people just cannot or will not take instruction, even after watching a friend or family member have multiple strokes, swell up like a grape, lose a limb, go blind, be put on dialysis, etc.
    As a former dialysis tech, Navy Corpsman, and now working in the VA, I have seen some non-compliance!! And as a former smoker, I've made some of the same horrible choices non-compliant patients have. I suppose at the end of the day, one just has to grow up and take responsibility for oneself. Some people will and some won't, but I know that I can only do what I am able to do and what the Lord allows. It is frustrating at times, which you know all about, being a caretaker! But, God didn't call me to change anyone--He just called me to help. It is a great relief to know that it is not my job to bring about the things only He can do!