Family Matters

by Angi Ingalls
PCOS in ConnecTion

Never do health issues become more real and more concerning than when they hit someone close to you. This past week was one of those moments for me.
A close family member in his 70’s became ill at home and landed in the Emergency Room after not being able to withstand his own weight above his feet. He suffered temporary dementia and disorientation, and collapsed. He was out of consciousness by the time the ambulance had picked him up and would remain that way for the next 24 hours or so – both under sedation and by the will of his own body.
He was diagnosed in the emergency room with diabetes and never knew he even had it. He only presented a few signs before hand – signs he was not aware were linked to diabetes. His blood-sugar level was above 745. I thanked God that he was not in a Diabetic Coma although he was pretty close to ending up that way. It was an eye opening experience seeing someone you care about lying on a hospital bed with IV’s in their arms and chest, a breathing tube in their mouth and a urinal bag attached to their bed. Especially when they share the very disease; or related disease, that you have yourself. 
As an educator, I know all too well the dangers of Diabetes. But, to actually see the almost-worst case scenario unfold right in front of your eyes? It made me realize that “yes, it can happen to me or someone I love.”
I am happy to say that just three days later he is up and about and on his way to a great recovery. Today was an emotional day for him and us. He realized what could have happened and what he could have lost…his life and his family. He was grateful to have a second chance and that we all loved him so much.
He has decided to take complete control of his health and is willing to accept help from the medical community and his family to become healthier. He realizes food is just food and he can change his habits in exchange for a longer life, giving him more time with us.
What can you do to prevent this from happening? Get your regular yearly check-ups and ask for a full hormonal blood panel done each time. Sadly, this man never went to the doctor. He could have caught this early on and applied a healthier lifestyle. While there is no guarantee that you will never end up in the hospital, getting your check-ups, taking care of your body and living a healthier lifestyle will certainly lower your risk of a visit to the Emergency Room.
Angi Ingalls; PCOS in ConnecTion
Guest PCOS writer
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Educator for over 18 years
Diagnosed in 1985 at 12, living with PCOS since 1981
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