What is diabetes mellitus?

What is diabetes mellitus?

Final draft Reflections What is diabetes mellitus? Although to the general population diabetes means not eating sugar, the disease is far more complicated than it appears. Diabetes affects many vital organs in the body if blood sugar is not kept in control. Heart disease and blood vessel problems, blindness, kidney disease, infections of gums or skin are some of the serious health problems caused by untreated high blood glucose levels. Stopping before eating or before going to bed to check a blood sugar is an inconvenience, but the individual has to think about the long term consequences. A literacy work which thoroughly explained diabetes to me is Kim G’s Taking Diabetes to School. Diabetes struck me at the age of nine. Walking down the dark hallway, bouncing from one side to another, losing my consciousness but unable to do anything about this state terrified me as a child. I felt I would never wake up and had no idea what was happening to me. Unable to awaken to full consciousness, I was trying to pull on lines hooked to me. Later I awoke thinking I heard my great-grandmother’s voice and realized I couldn’t move. All sorts of ideas circled through my head. Suddenly, I remembered the trip down the hallway. The basketball game I was to be playing. Most importantly, where were my Mom and Dad? Frightened, I looked down, seeing I was in a posey vest and wrist restraints. I don’t know how long it took for a nurse to hear me, but it seemed like days. The nurse released all restraints and contacted my family. Shocked because of being tied to Final Draft the bed, my parents reassured me that during visiting hours the restraints were to be released. Intensive care unit had excellent care. The nursing ratio was one on one. Wow! With a blood sugar of 987, I was in a diabetic coma, which I had heard about but never experienced. Several diagnostic tests were performed. T…


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