Re: A question for a friend
- From: "Julie Bove" <juliebove@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 16:59:17 -0700
"W. Baker" <wbaker@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
MaryL <stancole1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
: I am writing this on behalf of a friend, and I wonder if some of you
: help. Her mother (age 81) is T2. She has been on oral medication for
: years. Unfortunately, I don't know what type. She fell and broke her
: and wrist several weeks ago, and she is now in a rehab/nursing home.
: lived alone, and the expectation seems to be that she will be able to
: to her home after therapy. As soon as she was transferred to the
: rehab/nursing center, she was shifted from oral medication to insulin,
: the nursing home does not make any attempt to provide a suitable diet.
: Everyone gets the same thing - a "one size fits all" approach in dietary
: management. My friend called her mother's doctor's office to see if he
: could prescribe the same type of diet as she used at home so she could
: back to oral medication. Her BG was under control at that time. She
: unable to talk to the doctor, but his nurse said that insulin injections
: easier on the kidneys and she would have to take insulin for the rest of
: life. Both my friend and her mother prefer oral meds, and her mother
: lot of fear about this change and has been extremely depressed.
: I have been able to control my BG through diet and have not needed any
: medication since March 2005, so I really have not done any reading about
: side-effects (and have not followed the threads in this NG that
: it). Am I being overly suspicious that this is really being done simply
: the convenience of the nursing home, or is the claim legitimate? I
: when my mother was in a nursing home (she was *not* diabetic) that all
: diabetic patients were immediately switched to insulin after being
: and none were given what I would consider appropriate diets. All very
: carb! If oral meds are really that bad, why do these doctors prescribe
: meds until they are admitted to nursing homes and rehab centers and only
: then decide that all of them need insulin?
: Any ideas? I would like to be able to provide some appropriate feedback
: with questions that she could take to their doctor.
My non-diabetic husband is currently in a rehab at a nursing home. They
also have a totally unsuitable diet for diabetics and put everyone on
insulin. One day the dinner was oven fried chicken(breaded, french fries
and corn! I mentioned this to the home dietician and she said they always
figured on 60 carb grams a meal and that fit the pattern. I have never
uderstood how corn was considered a vegetable rather than a starch in a
meal. The other night my husband's dinner was lasagna with a very sweet
tomato sauce(mostly noodles wit a little cheese filling) and 2 portions of
green peas. dessert was a small piece of cake. He also was givena small
sweetened yogurt as he is on a strong antibiotic, Flagel for C-diff which
he contracted in the home. They absolutely do not provide a diabetic
diet. It strikes me a horrendous.
there was a very thin lady in the program who had to sign hersellf out
because they were keeping her in to learn to use insulin(on that crazy
diet with free accesss to fruit juices all day) She had first become type
2 at 8 (ran in the famil strongly) and was now 89. she had come in for a
broken arm. Go figure.
I worry what might happen to me if I went into a nursing home. Not only for
the diabetes but the food allergies! Especially since some elderly people I
know are forgetful and can't remember what all they are allergic to.
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