Archive for August, 2011

While working yesterday at the Growing Healthy Kids Variety Store in Vero Beach, two women came in to shop.  After a few minutes, one of them asked if she could sit down.  I said, “Sure”.  She said one of her feet was hurting.  I told her to put her foot up on a chair if that would help.  She declined and quietly waited for her friend who was still shopping.

I said nothing.  She remained sitting.  I asked if she checks her feet often.  She said she does because  she has diabetes.   That’s when our conversation began.

I said that the Growing Healthy Kids project is all about preventing diabetes by creating solutions for children and parents who are overweight and obese. 

She said she needed to lose weight.  We started talking.  I asked her about her last A1C blood test.  She had it done in the past month.  I asked if the result was below 7 or not.  It wasn’t.  Not good.

I then asked what the result of her previous A1C was.  It was lower that her last one.  I spoke with her about what that means in terms of complications from diabetes, such as peripheral neuropathy.  She said she is seeing a dietitian at the hospital.  Yet, from what this woman was saying, it was clear she was not sure how to control her daily blood sugars. 

Here’s the bottom line:  She has had foot pain for the past 4 months.  It hurts to walk.  Her A1C is elevated and rising.  She has a podiatrist on her health care team but hasn’t seen him recently.  I asked if she would call him on Monday morning and make an appointment to be seen as soon as possible.  She said yes.   

Her friend came around the corner and said, “Oh, there you are!”  The woman told her friend we’d been talking about diabetes.   We introduced ourselves to each other and she asked me to give her a “shout out”. 

Harriet, prevention is the key.  The longer you wait, thinking “it will get better by itself”, the worse the complications may be.  In the case of peripheral neuropathy, the complications are often not reversible. 

Diabetes is simply where there is too much sugar in the blood.  High sugar levels clog up and slow down your blood’s circulation throughout your body.  That’s not good.  

Diabetes is controllable, preventable, and reversible.   Learn everything you can so you know what to do.  Ask for help.  We only get one turn on this merry-go-round so let’s make it a great ride!

Harriet, here’s my shout-out to you:  “Call Dr. R  tomorrow.  No more postponing!”  

Nancy Heinrich

Your Diabetes Health Coach

Vero Beach, Florida

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