My Mom has type 1 diabetes also. Her life is a struggle everyday - so much worse than mine by far. But she is the strongest person I have ever know in all my life. How she keeps going just boggles my mind. I draw my strength to get out of bed everyday by just thinking about what she must be feeling that day.
She also has rhumetiod arthritis, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, no feeling in her feet, constant kidney infections for which she has to take an antibiotic twice a day, she is on oxygen at home and has to take it with her if she goes somewhere. She has had a broken back, open heart surgery (4 bypasses), gallbladder surgery, the veins in her legs ballooned out and stints put in 6 times in one year. She has had a sore on her little to that has caused her to almost lose that toe and maybe more of her foot if they can't get it healed. This toes thing has been going on for 4 months. She is now having to get wound care which is very painful and she is getting into a hyperbaric chamber 5 times a week in order to get some oxygen to that bad toe. I could add more but I will stop.
My son and my niece called me 2 weeks ago panicing because when they spoke with her she broke down and cried. She never cries in front of anybody.
She told both of them she was "just tired of it all" "and wanted it to be over". That broke my heart. My Mom is my mentor and my idol. If I could be half as strong as her while living with this crappy MS disease, then I will make it.
We all draw our strength from different places. My Mom is mine.
Who or what is your? Find it and grab on to it.
Holly - Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd
9/3/09 Stanford - Dr Dake - Stent in R-J to unblock Arachnoid Cyst in Sigmoid Sinus. Stent in narrowed L-J. Balloon in narrowing where R & L Jugulars meet.