The Beginning Signs of Diabetes lurking.
Before we knew. Life before caregiving...
I want to take you back in time, 18 years ago when my husband was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 24 years old. We just had our first born in September 2000. About a month after our baby was born, he started acting very hateful, couldn’t stand to be around me, spending nights away from our new apartment we had just moved into. This was not like him. I couldn’t figure out what was so wrong that he couldn’t stand to be home.
You see, we had already been together a total of 3 years prior to our son’s birth. So, these erratic behaviors and feeling like “we” (me and my newborn) were abandoned was insane!
When and if I seen him in passing, I noticed he looked to be losing weight and his skin seemed paler.
I didn’t understand what was going on, so I packed up my son to move back to my mom’s house.
November 2000 that he had been diagnosed with diabetes. Something, I knew nothing about.
Holding diabetes responsible...
I had absolutely no clue that the diabetes could have been responsible for his spiteful behavior. Looking back, it was. My husband was still living within his own body, but a disease was taking over.
Learning the symptoms...
If you have a loved one that you're noticing different behaviors it could be an indicator that something is wrong. For us, one minute he was happy, then the next minute for no apparent reason, he appeared agitated easily. Out of the normal for him.
Other symptoms to take notice of: urinating a lot more than normal and excessive thirst.
They could be happy go lucky but in the blink of an eye, literally, turn spiteful by saying hurtful things without a care in the world and just seems aggravated.
I’m not saying just one day of this kind of nonsense. I’m saying a few days or even a week. Constant highs and lows. Get them checked out! Don’t wait.
When he finally contacted a doctor, he was diagnosed with diabetes. My husband's blood sugar levels were dangerously high, the glucose monitor would only read "HI" that day. That means that your sugar is above 600. But, this won't be the last you hear of him reaching these outrageously high levels.
You may not even know you have diabetes...
So many people are walking around suffering from diabetes and have no clue.
Diabetes is a silent killer and damages you internally over time. If your blood sugar levels go too high it starts to damage organs and if it goes too low you can slip into a coma to possibly not waking up. Riding the waves of ups and downs sugar levels is very damaging to your body.
It is so important to learn how to properly manage your sugar. Learn through my other posts for my personal suggestions, talk to your doctor and do your research.
I’m not saying any of this to scare you, but to make you aware.
I have witnessed my husband more often times than not, teetering both of high and low side effects from diabetes. It is to be taken seriously.
If you are just finding out that your loved one is diagnosed with diabetes or getting ready to experience dialysis (which is our current journey), please subscribe so you can read the life of being a caregiver, what really happens in real life time. Dialysis could be the road for you too, if your patient doesn’t manage their diabetes.
My content will not be for the faint at heart. We are not perfect. But this is our story and if I can save just one life from the turmoil. Job well done. If I can motivate just one caretaker to hold on and give you faith that you will make it through each day – job well done.
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