My aged mother turned into a diabetic a couple of years ago, but she controls it via diet and pills. She tests her sugar level every day by a urine test stick, watches what she eats closely, is pleased by the initial weight loss and thoroughly pissed at grocery stores who refuse to stock anything but the tiniest bit of diabetic foods, like candy and pies.
She’s been doing very well with it and hasn’t had to have her medication changed. She eats at certain times, carries crackers in her purse in case she feels bad or will be delayed having a meal, goes out to eat, participates in her normal activities and only now and then regrets that she can’t drink anymore.
Well, she can, but only a glass of wine a day, which she figures she might as well not have because that would only just start her feeling good and she’d have to quit. She used to like having a couple of shots a day. (She’s in her 70s.) She smokes and the Dr, aside from his usual grumbling over that, hasn’t ordered her to stop because apparently no one has been able to blame smoking for contributing to diabetes – though so far they’ve managed to blame it for everything up to global warming, and they’re working on that.
Now and then her sugar spikes, but she handles with diet. She reads the sugar content of foods, knows how companies like to hide it under different names, knows also which low sugar foods can actually generate sugar if too much of the product is eaten and was surprised to discover just how many diabetics there are in town.
Her biggest gripe? The local doctors like to tell you you’re a diabetic, give you pills, tell you to watch your sugar and then leave you to figure everything else out, like diet. She had to research almost everything herself.
I have little knowledge about anyone requiring injectable insulin except that it is apparently harder to control that form of diabetes and one needs to be more careful. I do know that diabetes in on the rise for some reason and much research is being done on it.
Oh! She has to be real careful about injuries or surgery because it takes ages for her to heal now. She had a toenail removed by a foot doctor, and instead of healing over in about a week, it took a month and she had to stringently follow the doctors orders. Diabetics are prone to infections from breaks in the skin.
She did have carpal tunnel surgery on one hand, and the doctor was not super concerned over her diabetes, though it did take her twice as long to heal. She keeps a close watch on any bumps or injuries to her legs and feet because with even her mild form of diabetes, a bruise or cut there can get serious quickly. She is real careful when she buys shoes and slippers now.