November 20, 2019

Diabetes | Barbara’s Story

>>Really, diabetes is
no game to play with. You’re playing with your
life and I know that. I am 72. I go to school for my high school diploma. I’m raising one granddaughter. I try to stay busy. I like to be around other people and I always believe in speaking to people and I always smile. I was with my husband for 52 years. I’ve raised three of my
grandbabies my own self. The last one I raised, she’s 26, now. (soft music) Everything really happened
to me when I got in my 60s. I went out and I thought it was the air. I said, something in the air made me sick. And I got sick and all
of a sudden I got cold and everything so my
husband called an ambulance. So when the ambulance came, you know, they were asking my husband, you know, about what kind of
sickness I had or whatever. My husband, the only thing he
know was high blood pressure. So the ambulance guy he said,
I’m gonna take your sugar. My sugar was 550. When I found out I had diabetes I really didn’t believe it at first. That’s when I found out my
husband had throat cancer, so I quit and I stayed with him and he died 2014, in January of 2014. The other day my grandbaby asked me, what’s gonna, if
something happened to you, what’s gonna happen to me? You know, I never thought about that and she say, you getting old, grandma. I said, no, I’m not. I’m not old. I said, you think I’m old. She said, you almost 100. I said, no, I’m not. I came to Bayview and stayed three days and I learned how to
give my own self needles while I was here and, I went home. They treated me good. The nurses and the doctors that came around early in the morning, they treated me good. I feel really good
coming to Johns Hopkins. I didn’t like going
but, I learned to come. You gonna hear things that
you don’t want to hear but then it’ll be good
that you do hear ’em. Go get the help, so you can help yourself. Don’t wait.

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