New here on forum - lost one leg and facing possibility of the second

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GoodGuy
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 8/1/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I just found this and have joined hopefully to learn and discuss many things. I am 57 years old and have been dealing with diabetes and the effects on our lives now for several years. A year and a half ago I lost my right leg and now am facing the prospect of losing the other one. I know this is not unusual but just wanted to see if other are around who have been through this. I am looking forward to participating here as often as I can.
 
 

Post Edited By Moderator (LanieG) : 8/1/2008 6:55:47 PM (GMT-6)


Marburg
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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 486
   Posted 8/1/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi GoodGuy,

Welcome! Please read through the prior posts. I'm sure you will find a lot of information and tips.

Marburg

LanieG
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5408
   Posted 8/1/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the Forum GoodGuy.  I changed the subject of your post to something specific, hoping you might get more responses.  There is another member, Linda, who has lost both her legs and she might be able to help you out with some answers.  Please tell us about yourself and how your diabetes has been managed. 

Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


Wheelchair Bound
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 84
   Posted 8/3/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Goodguy,

First off I'm sorry to here about your probable amputation of your other leg.  confused Don't despair, it may seem like the end of the world to you losing your legs, but it could be worse.  skull A fellow I met in the park last week is almost blind from his diabetes and he goes for walks in the park by himself.  yeah He is very strong person and more than just a little brave as well if you ask me.  He told me he'd much rather of lost his legs than his sight.  He said being blind is very hard.  I tend to agree with him.  Neither of us had a choice in our loss, but I'd much rather push myself around in a wheelchair than be almost blind like he was. You must keep your hopes up and be very strong yeah and you will come through it like I did. It will take some time.  I do know where you are coming from though.  I'm a forty-seven year old woman and both of my legs were amputated last December right after Christmas.  My stumps are too short and messed up to even think of using prosthetics.  I get around using a wheelchair or a couple of sawed off crutches when I'm at home.  This does work very well for me. Sure your life changes in many ways you can't imagine.  There are things you don't think you can do until you try.  I have gone fishing and swimming this Summer with my family.  If you want to you can still do alot, yeah if you don't get down on yourself.  Somethings can actually be better.  You have more time to enjoy some of the things in life that you were always to busy for.   I just love sitting on my deck in the morning with a cup of coffee and watching the birds fly around the yard and visit the bird feeder my husband hung from a tree branch in the yard.  :-) I never really had time for this before.  I was always busy with work or family things.  The doctors have you do all these exercises during your rehap to build up your upper body strength so you are able to get yourself in and out of bed, your wheelchair, or to use the bathroom. Make sure you do these and build up your strength the best you can.  It pays off.  I ever had much for upper body strength before my surgery.  Now I actually have muscles in my arms and shoulders that look like I'd been lifting weights when all I've been doing is lifting myself around. yeah   I do get days now and then where my spirit gets down.  You just need to have the strength to get through these times.  Family and friends can make a big difference.  Hang in there and keep in touch.

Best of Luck

Wheelchair Bound

Linda 

 


Jeannie143
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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 8/9/2008 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Guy,
Welcome to HealingWell. Hope you can become one of the regulars here. We all have a lot to share and learn from each other.
~ 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

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