I have a younger brother (I have two, but…) who’s had more than his share of problems.
He saw a doctor last week. He’s having a boatload of tests run. And he told me that the doctor mentioned that he might have diabetes. And a thyroid issue…
Ummm, I have both.
There are four of us and three of us take thyroid meds. I started at age 18, my sister had most of her thyroid removed when she was 19 and just recently started medication, and my other brother began taking medication a few years ago (his daughter started thyroid meds in the 8th grade).
I’m the only one with diabetes (Type 1 Lada).
I picked up the baby brother this morning for his lab work but before we left his parking lot, I tested his blood sugar. He’d been fasting and it was 175. My heart dropped as he looked at me and asked, “Is that too high?”
He had no clue what tests were being run, so I told him to ask for copies of the test requests. I also had him ask for a copy of the previous test results. One of the tests he did today is an A1c. He doesn’t have a follow-up appointment with the doctor so I told him to call and schedule that for next week.
We did a very short carb lesson. “I have to stay away from sugar, right?” No – it’s the carbs…
He’s overwhelmed and scared.
His nice doctor isn’t going to know what’s hit him, now that I’m getting involved.
But mostly, this really sucks. I don’t think he’s going to do a great job dealing with this. Well, who does?
But, I told him today that he can do this. And I told him that it sucks.