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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Diabetes Sucks

My mom lost her leg this morning.

She had a really bad infection that got into the bone and she, along with her medical team, had been fighting it for at least a year, probably longer. They have tried all sorts of things, but it just wouldn't heal and the infection was to the point where it could've killed her. 

The infection was the immediate cause of her amputation, but ultimately, it was diabetes. Diabetes was what caused the neuropathy and crazy swelling in her feet so that she didn't even realize she had cut her heel until it was already infected. 

It's just awful and I feel so so bad for her. Especially since I'm stuck down here in the winter spring wonderland and won't be able to get up there for several days because we've got at least six inches of snow on the ground now and it's not stopping any time soon.

Honestly, the whole situation is a mess. She has to go to a rehab center for several months and then will supposedly be going home. Maybe she'll surprise me, but I don't think she will ever leave that rehab center. She didn't do what she was supposed to after her triple bypass, so why should I think she would do her physical therapy. Maybe she'll surprise me, but I doubt it.

What kind of life is that? To be stuck in a rehab center at the age of 64, reliant on caretakers and family members that stop by to visit and surrounded by those 20+ years older than you. 

But at least she's alive, right?

I never, ever, want my children to have to watch me slowly kill myself like I have with my mom. I realized that I needed to take of my health a long time ago, much much earlier than her, but seeing her go downhill like this has determined my fate. And it's not going to be this.

6 comments:

  1. wow, what a rough thing to go through. Sorry to hear this. Glad it's motivated you, though.

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  2. Thank you. She's got a long road ahead of her and we're all hoping she's able to work through rehab.

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  3. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that, Holly! At least you're taking measures to stay healthy and eat well--you're such a good role model for your kids. My husband's parents are both diabetic and severely overweight; they could control their diabetes, but they just chose not to, a decision that baffles me. My MIL's parents both died in their mid-50s, and, if I was my MIL, I'd do everything in my power NOT to have the same fate. I want to be healthy for Britton so I can see as much of her life as I can!

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  4. I've been motivated for awhile, this has just made me determined to never let myself get to this point.

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  5. There's a lot of issues at play, but she also had the means to control her diabetes, but chose not to for whatever reason. It's hard, I get it. As an overweight person myself, I know how incredibly hard it is to lose weight and to be stuck in a room with people who seem to be able to eat whatever they want. Or to be surrounded by food that's horrible for you everywhere you go. It's incredibly incredibly hard. But, by the same token, I just don't understand why she apparently didn't care enough to do something about it. And now it really is too late.

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  6. Thank you for sharing her story ... and yours. My mother has diabetes ... it's hereditary in her family. The minute she was diagnosed, she made some serious lifestyle changes. She's always tried to be healthy but once diagnosed, she worked towards even better health. She's been able to manage her sugar levels and hasn't had to take injections. So I know that it is possible to control diabetes. I'm so glad that you've made the decision for health and won't let health issues take control!

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