Time. That’s essentially the most vital factor Power Care Nurse Rachel Murray presents sufferers at Rimbey Medical Clinic. Your physician might solely have the ability to spend 5 or ten minutes explaining your analysis, however Murray typically spends 45 minutes with a affected person, answering all their questions.
“I fill their ears with data!” she says.
Nearly all of Murray’s sufferers are coming for assist managing Type 2 diabetes. Some are already aware of the illness via the expertise of a member of the family, some include their guard up as a result of they’re not prepared to alter their life-style (or don’t understand they’ll must), and a few are ranging from scratch.
What occurs when diabetes will get worse?
“On their first go to I often present sufferers two vials of blood — one from a Kind 2 diabetic and one from somebody who doesn’t have diabetes. The excessive blood sugar blood is thicker and clumps collectively, and that helps folks perceive the vascular issues of diabetes,” Murray says.
Blindness, stroke, coronary heart assault, kidney failure and erectile disfunction are all attainable issues of diabetes. Numbness and ulcers are frequent as a result of thicker blood has issue flowing via our extremities.
“Greater than regular blood sugar acts like shards of glass in our blood vessels.”
Managing diabetes and decreasing its results
Your physician might prescribe medicine to assist handle your diabetes, however life-style adjustments are additionally essential — if no more essential.
“The unwanted side effects from medicines typically disappear after every week or two, however not at all times. Life-style adjustments are an efficient various, or may help you keep on a decrease dose,” Murray says.
Vitamin and train adjustments are handiest, however don’t be intimidated.
“I’m not telling you to go on a weight loss program, and I’m not telling you to jog a mile,” Murray says. “There’s nothing you may’t eat, however on the subject of meals which might be lower than very best it’s best to take into consideration ‘how a lot’ and ‘how typically.’ Rising your exercise might imply going for a brisk 20 minute stroll a number of days every week.”
Murray says you shouldn’t change your complete world abruptly — make one small change at a time, give your self time to get used to it after which change one thing else.
“In the event you change every thing directly you might even see early success, however then you definately’re going to hate it, and miss every thing you’ve given as much as get there.”
Indicators of diabetes
When you’re over age 40 your physician will display for diabetes each 5 years or so, however chances are you’ll discover signs like peripheral neuropathy (numbness to the extremities) or kidney issues first. When you obtain a analysis from your loved ones physician on the Rimbey Medical Clinic, you’ll be referred to Murray or one other Power Care nurse with the Wolf Creek Primary Care Network within the clinic.
“Some folks have well being questions past diabetes, and I assist them get solutions. For some sufferers I do check-ins over the cellphone, and each few months we choose up proper the place we left off. Others need a brief go to, and I can try this too.”
To be taught extra, name the Rimbey Medical Clinic at 403.843.2256 or go to rimbeymedicalclinic.com.