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1 day ago · Does anyone find that a brand of shoes helps your foot neuropathy? in Neuropathy

What kind of shoes are you wearing now? Have you changed types? Are they hard soled or soft soled? Since everyone seems to be a little different with their problems, it is good to try different shoes rather than listen to others. I know how frustrating it can be. My neurologist said nothing would help my neuropathy in my left foot, but I exercise it anyway in hope it will work better eventually. I met a woman in a wheel chair at church who is paralyzed from her back surgery and said it was nerve damage. Every day I tell myself I am doing better than expected. I understand about your job as we owned a family business and know good salesmen have to be on their feet. When we worked shows we stood on concrete for long hours and everyone suffered. At our business we would have allowed you some slack about the shoes because we wanted everyone to be able to work to their capabilities. We believed that talent for sales was a valuable skill and either you were good at it or you weren't regardless of the condition of your feet. Keep at it to the end and know that you succeeded but perhaps your feet didn't. We are such individualists in our family and like to try things to the limit at times. Dorisena

1 day ago · Does anyone find that a brand of shoes helps your foot neuropathy? in Neuropathy

Good idea, John. I tried the heated pad and the heated blanket before that years ago. I had terrible nightmares and gave it up. I decided at my age that my cold feet, which I remember were cold even in high school. were a problem of poor circulation. I laid around and read a lot of books instead of doing sports. Now I sit in the evening with my feet up and let them get very cold until I remember to put on socks for the evening, until 2:00 a.m. when I am hot in bed and take them off. I have some neuropathy damage in my left foot and think it is from my back surgery, so I try to remember to exercise my feet. Every little bit helps when you get old. When my son dealt with people with swollen ankles and heart problems on the local squad runs, he knew it was serious just by looking. He said usually the old ladies were dead within a year, and it was the heart not doing its job well anymore. So I try hard to work on my health to avoid those squad trips in the future. The garden is my therapy gym. I don't last long, but I try to enjoy it knowing that I won't be doing it many more years.
Dorisena

4 days ago · low energy with diabetes in Diabetes/Endocrine System

JK, I plant flowers in pots so I don't have to bend over so far, and sometimes I can sit down. Today I picked lettuce, radishes, beet tops, and onions for a little salad for dinner. I like scavenger picking. It's a start but the tomatoes don't come on until August. Once I had some the end of June. Not this year!
My mother used to dig dandelions and fix them for my father. They cause diarrhea but my father insisted on them every spring. Doirisena

4 days ago · low energy with diabetes in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Thanks for the advice. I am trying to not overdo in my efforts to get enough nutrients but my body doesn't seem to want to convert food to energy. I must continue to push and then rest, push, and rest. I slept 10 hours last night, with trips to the bathroom. Dorisena

5 days ago · Does anyone find that a brand of shoes helps your foot neuropathy? in Neuropathy

I agree with the description. It is more fun to play the piano and forget the pain than to have surgery and spend time in the nursing home not getting the refreshing shower you want. I have a collection of hymnals and can play any of them. I also can pick out camp songs from my childhood in a couple of keys. I entertain myself somewhat and feel grateful for my lifestyle. When it rains, I cover up with a blanket and read or work sudoku puzzles. The work can be done tomorrow. No one sees it anymore. Takes years off. Dorisena

5 days ago · low energy with diabetes in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I did pelvic floor therapy after bladder surgery and had no improvement. The pills make me constipated so I only take them occasionally.
After my back surgery I could not do the simplest core muscle exercises directed by a very good therapist. It has taken three years for me to be able to do them so I remember to try them often. I huff and puff if I walk very far, and feel like I am carrying a brick on my back. My doctor listens to my heart and says nothing. Actually he says nothing every time I visit. I feel discarded and unentitled or something.
My life and ability is important to me. I don't have time or interest in Bingo. Well, it's out to the flower planting today. I will need to quit and rest a lot, but the days are longer now. Thanks so much for everyone's interest. Dorisena

5 days ago · low energy with diabetes in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I take lots of vitamin D per instructions from the endocrinologist and feel better in Florida in the sun in the winter. I am just now getting weather for outside work so that helps to be in the sun. My primary care people do not listen or care about my nutrition status because they know I am a fresh food, nutrition nut and they only dispense prescriptions for pain and such. Oh, yes, the doctor loves prescriptions for elevated BP. It drugs me. I have been thinking about taking more B-12 but when I took it previously I didn't notice any improvement. I study my blood reports and fine comb every little detail that I can understand. The pharmacist says their computer system red flags prescriptions that don't work well together, and that is enough. With prescriptions I think less is better if you are eating high quality vegetables. I am going to eat more whole wheat bread because I feel awful without the B vitamins in my diet. I keep studying.
This old body is wearing down and I don't want to give up my lifestyle. I don't believe in the word retirement. I did not sleep last night until 4:30 a.m. My blood sugar was 99 at that time and I had a shaky feeling which I do when it gets that low. I finally slept until 10:15 and am looking forward to planting some flowers while sitting down. My eating is off schedule but I plan to eat less more often and see if that helps. It could be that my daughter's mother-in-law, terrible auto accident and near death experience and slow recovery is affecting me more than I realize because my daughter described it and I am such a compassionate person that I suffer when others are suffering. Today is going to be better but I don't last long when I work. Tomorrow we are going to socialize and get pedicures. My family really notices my physical decline, but my mind is doing very well. I must not stumble and fall. Dorisena

5 days ago · low energy with diabetes in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Water aerobics is my favorite thing to do, and I have had more poor instructors than good ones, so I know the difference in good effort. Incontinence keeps me out of the water now, although I did work alone in the pool before my second knee replacement. The cool chill, despite towels, getting to the locker room just makes matters worse, and I do not want to leave the hot shower afterward. I no longer think I should try the locker room without assistance. If I had someone with me, that would help with the issue of getting warm, dry, and dressed. I must not fall on wet floors, or anytime! I can afford the Y, but should I go and just allow the bladder to dribble everywhere? I loved spending a week at a little country spa but they moved too far away. I found another that is out of my price range and too far for driving, even with my granddaughters accompanying me. I want to continue to urge my athlete granddaughter to "train" me as she is certainly capable, if I can convince her that she won't hurt me at this point. The other thing I am thinking of doing is changing when I take the Metformin because it may be one of the reasons I am not sleeping well at night, besides the bathroom trips. If I can work hard, I will sleep at night. Dorisena