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DIscussing the diagnosis of the future.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

DH got a preliminary diagnosis pending a few tests which will cinch the deal.
It's pretty grim.
Due to his non-compliance over 25 years for his diabetes, he set himself up for not one, but several types of neuropathies which are quickly robbing him of his mobility and use of his hands.
The doctor was firm and open about how serious his condition was. He may or may not get back some of what he lost. He may find his future in a wheelchair. I am currently his hands on bad days and might be in the future
The treatment is going to take months. He suggested DH retire as he most likely will not be able to go back to work. He will work with the insurance company (THANKS!) to get approval for the medication and he should be able to start in several weeks.
We have to find a pain management doctor as well for the constant pain.
The doc was wonderful and surprisingly we were familiar to each other and had worked in the same hospital 60 miles away and light years ago.
It was a really nice visit even though we got bad news and we look forward to seeing him again as he exuded confidence we both needed.
I am not afraid.
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    My mom, who is 90, has been dealing with neuropathy in her feet and lower legs for decades.
    And I want to let you know what has provided her with very effective pain relief -- acupuncture.
    In the beginning, when the pain was severe, she went three times a week for relief.
    After a while, as the pain lessened, she was able to cut down the visits to twice a week, then weekly, and then every couple of weeks. Then she went once a month, maybe.
    Right now, she has numb feet, with occasional pains. And she no longer goes on any regular basis for acupuncture treatment. She doesn't feel it's necessary.

    Her acupuncture provider was Chinese- and a medical doctor, of course. She didn't like everyone in his practice; one doctor seemed to have a better feel for what worked for her. Of course that is the one she continued her treatment with.

    If your husband is open to it, acupuncture may be worth a try.

    There are none of the possible side effects of taking pain medication.
    1859 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/23/2015 9:06:28 PM
    1859 days ago
    Hard news is never easy to hear, yet knowing beats not knowing for me. Diabetes, yikes! Truly a monster...denial is a common theme among those afflicted. My DIL was diagnosed at four, yet played at controlling her disease...until her third pregnancy almost killed her. Installing a pump, working with a dietitian, and placing a priority on self care have made such a difference. Dang learning curve, some are clearly better at learning and implementation...Stay strong (I know you will) and take care of yOu as you care for him.
    1860 days ago
    At least you've got a plan... (I apologize for curt comments, but iPad is not being v cooperative over here in UK so I'm lucky to be able to log on at all!)
    Best wishes for happ(ier) holidays -
    1860 days ago
    Having confidence in your doctor makes a big difference. Will hope that the medication and treatment provide improvement and comfort to DH. Hugs to you - you are a fierce, brave woman.
    1860 days ago
    Not what you wanted to hear: but you were both afforded the dignity of straight and compassionate information.

    I am glad you are not afraid. That helps so much for "taking it in" and planning . . .
    1860 days ago
    it's a rough road ahead - it's good that you have confidence in your doctor, and hopefully DH will comply with treatment now. emoticon
    1860 days ago
    The doctor sounds both competent and compassionate. It helps knowing what you are dealing with it; keeping you and your dh in thoughts and prayers.
    1860 days ago
    I'm sorry to hear about your DH. I hope that by sharing you can help others unwilling to stick to their doctor's recomendations. Good luck to both of you.
    1860 days ago
    Big hard news.
    How is DH taking it?
    1860 days ago
  • GINA180847
    Oh Dear! Diabetes can be such a devastating disease. Sounds like your Dr. is as good as can be under the circumstances. I am glad you are not afraid. All you can do is like me and live each day one at a time. Find the good in the day and deal with the not so good.
    1860 days ago

    I am at least glad that you're getting help and at least maybe there is a chance for some quality of life for DH.

    HUGS and prayers.
    1860 days ago
    I am glad that you are hopeful and that you have confidence in this doctor. You are so close to two cities with fantastic medical facilities, and you have connections in the field. You will find the right doctors to treat DH. No doubt at all.
    1860 days ago
    Does your hubby want to pursue treatment ??
    1860 days ago
    I'm glad you're getting answers. Sorry it isn't better news.

    1860 days ago
  • ALICIA363
    1860 days ago
    I'm glad to see you have a good doctor at the helm. He sounds very capable and ready to do all he can to help your hubby. I can't wait for the treatment to start.
    1860 days ago
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