Uncontrolled diabetes does organ damage and actually changes the make up of the blood vessel walls. It also affects our ligaments and tendons, predisposing us to sprains and strains. There's a lot more to this than just high blood sugar. He will need a lot of diabetes education to learn how to care for himself and your mom will need to learn new ways to purchase foods and prepare them. If possible, see if you can attend the patient teaching classes that he may be offered, along with your mother. Two heads are better than one at listening to all the new stuff and the new food plans, meds and testing can be a bit overwhelming at first.
PLEASE send dad to our forum so we can help him find his way thru this beginning stage of his disease. We can help him adjust, learn and actually get strong enough to FIGHT diabetes so he can get as healthy as possible. We will work with him, mom and your siblings to help you understand and be proactive about diabetes. The more you learn, the better it will be for you, especially since you are at high risk to become diabetic as well. Hang in there, girlfriend and we will help all we can. Still sending prayers.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa
"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross