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Pain Spikes and Sugar Spikes--A Consumer's Perspective

Posted By Al Hackley, Thursday, February 23, 2012
My name is Al Hackley. I’ll be 70 years old in May, and I have type 2 diabetes that is mostly a little high. In the process of trying to control it I started to look at the high spikes and when they seemed to jump with any change in my eating habits. It quickly became quite apparent that when my wife's pain level went up my own sugar levels also went up.

Let me explain why this might be. In 2008 my wife was bleeding badly. We went to emergency room at the local hospital and were told she had been diagnosed with colon cancer. The mass was too large to take out at that time, so they had her take chemo and radiation. The doctors said they might not be able to put her colon back together, but fortunately they did. The doctor said he was amazed that he could put the colon back together. But there was very little they could do other than painkillers to help with pain due to scarring and nerve tissue damage.
We learned to live with it (most of the time). However, sometimes her colon gets blocked. When this happens she needs to flush herself out. During these times she is in really bad pain and even her morphine does very little to help. There is nothing I can do to help her but just to comfort her. The pain she has becomes my mental pain. Not that I physically hurt, but that I feel so bad for her and sometimes scared. Of course, I don't let her see my fear. Anyway, at these times my readings can jump as much as 100 to 120 points over my normal readings.  A better way of saying this is my reading would jump from 220 to 310 and there seems so little I can do to relieve my anxiety.

"The pain she has becomes my mental pain...at these times my readings can jump as much as 100 to 120 points"
It is so great to have a dedicated family doctor who is connected with all my records and an excellent team. When we go for check-ups they have our medical records right there, whether it be her chemo doctor, my diabetic meetings, a health class, a dietitian class, or from so many other services. I really like the integrated care model and being able to go to diabetes classes and see a marriage counselor right there at my doctor's office. If not for places like this, a lot of uninsured and low income people would be totally without medical care.

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Randall Reitz says...
Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Al, Thanks for sharing your experiences with your wife. You definitely provide a real-life and touching telling of a phenomenon that I believe is quite common. When we love someone and commit our lives to them, our health becomes intertwined with their health.
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