It is very frustrating when we take our time to educate patients on the complications of diabetes and then they flat out ignore us. These patients usually don’t have symptoms that make them feel bad, and so they feel we are overreacting and don’t really listen or make changes. Usually this changes when they get the first couple of negative effects.
Their vision often changes, but that one doesn’t often get blamed on diabetes; however, pain and numbness in the feet usually does get their attention and diabetes often gets blamed for it. These patients are often ready to make changes, but want instant relief. When that doesn’t happen, they often fall back into their old habits. Unfortunately this can lead to the more serious problems of foot ulcers and wounds that often lead to amputation. This week, we finish up our video interview set with Dr. Don Fetterolf and his thoughts on new ways to treat these wounds and reduce amputation. If you have not watched any of these I encourage you to take the time to view all 4 parts.
Your partner in diabetes care,