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September 1, 1997

The story this week comes to us from Saskatchewan. The author, Colleen Rosset, is a student at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (S.I.A.S.T.). Colleen is the mother of one child and has been married for almost 2 years. She has two sisters and one brother. She is the oldest in her family.

Diabetes

by Colleen Rosset

Diabetes is a fairly dreadful disease. I know that for a fact because my grandmother on my mom's side has it, and the reason I say it is a dreadful disease is because a couple of years back my grandmother had an accident, and it happened when she took her insulin and had just turned the stove off, and was getting ready to eat. Unfortunately she had fallen and when she came to, she found herself under the kitchen table. When she got to the hospital, she found out she needed a hip operation, and we just about lost her because of it. She stayed in the hospital for 3½ months. She is having so much trouble, and they can't do anything about it because they will lose her if they operate again.

The two types of diabetes are, type 1 or insulin independent, type 2, or non-independent. What happens when you have diabetes is that you have high levels of sugar in the form of glucose in both the blood and urine. This disease occurs when the body does not produce enough of the hormone insulin or when the body's cells can not use the insulin that is available even if there is a sufficient amount, so if you have to take your insulin by needle make sure you eat after you take your needle or you maybe in a lot of trouble.

How they test diabetes is they take a glucose tolerance test, which is used to diagnose diabetes. It measures insulin activity by monitoring the level of glucose, or sugar, in the blood and urine. The urine is also tested for glucose as well as for bacteria, protein, and other materials. Glucose in the urine is usually caused by diabetes when the blood sugar is too high.

The last thing that I want to say is I am actually glad I still have my grandmother around for a little while longer. I am hoping she is around for a long time yet but that is for God to decide. I am also hoping that she doesn't have to use a walker or a cane and will be able to walk on her own soon.

People who have diabetes should check their blood sugar, everyday to find out where it is. When it is too low then they eat something with sugar in it to boost up their blood sugar. If it's too high, they could be in a lot of trouble

[This story was taken with permission, from a collection of stories written by learners at SIAST, entitled VISIONS VII, published by Adult Basic Education 10, Student and Academic Services Division, Kelsey Institute - pp.15-16.]

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