Thanks Dave. When I try to mention her diabetes she just says she doesn't have a problem with it, i.e. she has no symptoms. I've tried to explain that a major danger of diabetes is that it has a cumulative effect and that once you start to have "symptoms" (like losing your eyesight, for instance) it's pretty well too late to do anything about it. There are things I've noticed about her that I find worrying but she thinks are normal. She fills her hot water bottle with boiling water and doesn't think it's too hot to put her feet on directly ...
In any case, she'll be staying with me for 3-4 weeks at the end of the year. I'll try the testing kit. You never know.
I'm concerned abut my mother. she has had diabetes for about 10 years and has known about it for about 3. She is 79. I'm worried about her diabetes care. It's quite simple - she was told to lose weight and that she'd manage her diabetes like that. I don't know enough about this to be of much help
The only treatment she appears to be getting is a blood draw every 6-8 weeks. She doesn't seem to be worried and isn't following any of the diet advice (especially concerning sweets, desserts, etc.). Her opinion is that she doesn't have any diabetes symptoms so she doesn't worry. The fact that she is virtually blind and that this was caused by her diabetes doesn't stress her at all. She somehow thinks that she will know when the time comes for her to do something about her diabetes. AAAARRRGGHHH!
So, my first question is - is it normal to only have a blood draw every so often and nothing else as a follow-up? Oh, and she has no idea what her numbers are because she never asks.
My second question is - how do I go about knocking some sense into that stubborn head? I mean, how do I explain it in terms that are plain and simple that she really does need to take more care of herself diet-wise?View Thread
Thank you all for your great advice Forgive me for taking so long to answer.
The idea of being the food police repulses me so I won't be doing that kind of thing (it's generally counterproductive anyway). In any case, I have 9yo twin daughters who would not appreciate a starvation diet (lol- kidding ...).
Her eating habits have been awful recently - she would survive on bacon sandwiches if she could and, until recently, hardly ever sat down for a meal - she would just snack all day. She lives in assisted housing and I have finally persuaded her to go to the restaurant there for lunch every day (to get a balanced meal and also to avoid her becoming a hermit). Since then she seems to be a bit better. She certainly sounds a lot chirpier on the phone
Anyway, like I said, I'll be doing all the cooking so I needed guidelines. Thank you for telling me about carbs - I had no idea. Does dairy make any difference?
The good part is that we eat a lot (like TONS) of fruit and veg and she likes that but she just can't be bothered to cook them. Also, the house preference is for fish and chicken (another couple of things she likes but can't be bothered cooking) so she should enjoy her food while she's here. I just wanted to be sure that I wouldn't be doing her any harm - she is already blind ...
Greetings to one and all! I'm here to ask advice about my mother.
My mother has type 2 diabetes. At the end of April she will be coming to spend 3-4 weeks with me and I'd like to know what kind of advice you can offer me for that period. I should mention that she is not taking meds for it an is supposed to be managing it via her diet - which would be nice but she's not taking any care about it. Anyway, she's my mother and not vice versa so I'm looking for ideas to at least try to (get her and) keep her on track while she's here and to make eating enjoyable for her too.
What kind of advice can you give me? Any suggestions? Any dos and don'ts? Is there anything that I really need to know? I'd be grateful for any and all ideas!