chapmanlanghoff15 posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago
As a teenager, I spent about two years employed in a nursing home, and it was an eye opener in many ways. One was the issue faced by our diabetics. Everything needed to be carefully watched, particularly if the individual wasn’t capable of carrying it out. Many patients either had or would eventually undergo amputations.
Medications can help keep blood sugar levels under control, and there are many new products that help prevent the necessity for drastic changes in what we’re accustomed to eating or drinking. That’s a lot of good news, but if you’re diabetic, you need to do more.
1) Foot exams: Almost every doctor’s office I am in has a sign that tells diabetics to remove their socks and shoes. This is really very important. This medical condition can cause lack of sensation to the feet and lower legs. This means that any small injury gets the potential to become a big problem.
Because it’s hard to learn by feel, you must check your feet on a daily basis. Otherwise, an infection could occur. The disease also makes it harder to heal, both from injuries and from infections. Your doctor will provide the same service.
There’s more too it than that, however. Most doctors will suggest that they handle toe nail trimming and callous removal. Callouses have an awful habit of turning into ulcers if left on the foot. Insufficient sensation could cause you to remove too much skin, opening the door for an infection.
2) Monitoring: This is another area that has improved dramatically. You used to have to stick your finger tips many times a day to test your sugar levels. Your fingers actually have more nerves per square inch than any other portion of the body, meaning it was a painful process. New monitors now allow you to test on your arm, which hurts far less.
You might wonder why monitoring is so important. Sugar levels fluctuate normally, based on what and how often we eat. If you’re diabetic, these fluctuations can be larger than if otherwise. Too much also it causes organ damage…and kills. Too low and it can cause you to pass out, go into a coma and/or die. Keeping the levels stable is imperative.
3) No self surgery: As stated above, allow doctors handle things like callouses, corns and bunions. Doing them yourself could cause injury and/or introduce bacteria in to the area. Both can result in infections.
4) Wound healing: If you should injure your foot or lower leg, you’re likely to need your doctor’s help get over it. Wounds are among the leading causes of amputation for all those with this medical condition. You need to start with the doctor at the beginning, as it will probably still take longer to heal than it would under normal conditions. Be ready for this process to take a team approach, as there can be many different types of treatment had a need to preserve your limbs.
There’s still an alarming number of amputations in the U.S. You shouldn’t be a statistic, get the medical help you need often and early. Be prepared for aggressive treatment should something happen, in order to avoid the dependence on this drastic measure