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He went to the doctor....

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by L_B, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    He went to the doctor Monday for his check up and he found out that his sugar levels are way too high and have been for some time. They doubled all his medication for his diabetes and said that if that didn't work that he would have go on insulin and start taking needles. He hates needles. The sent him immediately for blood work and he is giving him two weeks to see some sort of improvement. His blood pressure was also very high. The doctor told him that he needs to stop drinking. That the medication can't do it's job if he continues to live the way that he is. That was on Monday and I know it is only Wednesday but he has not had a drink so far this week. I think he might have gotten the wake up call the he needs. He couldn't continue the way he was going and not have his health be affected. I did talk to him and he seemed really scared about the news he heard. He will know more once he gets the results of his blood work next Monday.
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  2. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    So sorry to hear about that, I hope everything turns out well for him. Was he able to start drinking? I have heard in the past that alcohol does spike up your blood sugar quite a bit and that diabetics are supposed to stay clear of it.
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  3. 111kg

    111kg Community Champion

    The results of the blood work in a week!?!?! WOW!

    I don't know what to say, but be careful because alcohol withdrawal symptoms are nasty. Be prepared to spend some time with him, maybe give your physician a call and ask him/her what can you do to to help him get through.
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  4. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @L_B... I "liked" your post, not because of the bad health news your husband got, but because it might be the wake-up call he needs to finally stop drinking. The fact that he hasn't had a drink since getting that news is huge, even if it's only been a couple of days. I will keep praying that this is what he needs to make a change. Fingers crossed.

    Sending you peace and hugs and positivity.
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  5. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    I hope he is okay, even tho I don't know exactly who that is. I think since alcohol is made mostly of sugar a diabetic shouldn't really drink much. I think after "he" heard the news about the effects of drinking to much has been having on his health he will take it more seriously. Keep the faith and I'm sure "he"will be okay.
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  6. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    I am worried about his health but deadbolt I do believe this is the wake up call that he needed. Sad that it had to come to this. Praying his blood tests will come back okay. It usually takes longer to get results but the doctor rushed it through because he said it is an emergency situation and needs to be taken care of now. I have told him all along about drinking and having diabetes but he needed to hear it from the doctor.
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  7. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    I am sorry to hear about his current health condition, but on the other hand, I am glad that he has finally decided not to drink alcohol. I would definitely be praying for him and also for you. Stay strong.
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  8. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    Well, I think sometimes people need a wake up call, and maybe that was "his bottom" helath is something that concerns all of us, and we need to take the steps we need to do to nuture and protect our health. It sounds like your SO needed to hear that information in order to take the steps to do something about it. I hope he will continue down the path of sobriety.
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  9. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    Although failing health is never good news, I wonder if this is the turning point? Perhaps this is the shock he needs? It's one thing hearing it from your loved ones, this might often get misconstrued as "nagging" (even though it isn't) but to hear it from a professional that you are drinking yourself to death must be a pretty sobering moment indeed (pardon the pun!).

    In a weird way, sometimes the gravest of situations can provide the most hope.
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  10. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    Unfortunately sometimes you do need a wake up call and he just got one. This can be the strongest push anyone can receive, fortunately our bodies are amazing machines and it won't be long before he will recover. Hopfully he won't go back to his old ways.
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  11. zuulspaceman

    zuulspaceman Member

    Alcohol is a beast, and it's hard to stop if you have nothing else as a vice. The reason I quit going at it so hard is that I ended up in the ICU from drinking too much vodka (I almost died). I still think "oh I can drink a beer" and then binge but that's been a while since I've done it. Doesn't help that it's so socially acceptable.
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  12. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    I have been checking in on him and so far he has had nothing to drink. The weekend is coming up though so I am a bit concerned about that. He goes back to the doctor on Monday so maybe just maybe he will make it through the weekend knowing he has to see the doctor. I have never prayed so hard. I want more then anything for him to start back to his meetings and get his life back on track.
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  13. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    One of my colleagues at work is currently in the same boat. He used to be a chain smoker and an avid drinker but then he suddenly collapsed and had to go to the doctor for further examination. The doctor said his blood sugar level is too high and he needs to cut back on smoking and drinking and change his lifestyle to a much healthier one. He's trying his best at present and regularly injects insulin. I guess some people just need to be on the edge before they wake up and change for the better. But what a relief because they have the opportunity to do so before it's too late.
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  14. Mara

    Mara Community Champion

    I'm so sorry to hear that. Diabetes (Type II) runs in my family so I know how it feels to have a loved one battling the disease. But I also know that with the help and support of loved ones, things become easier. So I know that with you by his side, he can definitely find the strength to get back on track. I really wish the both of you well.
  15. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    Thank you for very. I am supporting him in every way I can. He knows that I will always be there for him and help him get through this in anyway I can. All I want is for him to be a healthier and happier person then he has been the past little while.

    Thank you everybody for your kind words of support. Sometimes things just have to get really bad before they can get better and I do believe they will get better.
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  16. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    As others have said sometimes that shocking tipping point is what's needed to change someone's behavior. My uncle stopped smoking in a similar fashion, because he went to the doctors thinking he had a cold and they said he had emphysema. He went cold turkey from that day. A lot of the time people don't realize the impact drugs or alcohol are having on their body until a medical professional says there is a problem.
  17. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    Sometimes people do need that shock to the system, that turning point in their life, and let's hope for both of you that this is.

    Moving forward, I think if this is a turning point, it's got to stick, and in a few weeks or months time, he can't go back to his old ways.
  18. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @L_B... I hope things are still going well. Know that I am thinking of you.
  19. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    He didn't go to his appointment on Monday because he got called into work so I am not.sure what the results of his tests were. I suspect that he is drinking again even though he tells me that he isn't. The other day I talked to him on the phone and he sounded like he was drinking. I can tell by his voice. He said not but I don't believe him. I am frustrated with him. I really thought he could turn his life around when it came to his health but I am afraid not.
  20. charris89

    charris89 Member

    Hopefully this is the push he needs. I know from experience sometimes it takes a while for it to really sink that you have to quit. If you think he's still drinking, maybe you can sit him down and let him know that he's not only affecting his health negatively, but also his family and relationship. Let him know how important he is, and that you don't want to see him keep going down this destructive path. Sometimes we quit for the benefit of others, rather than our own benefit. We don't always comprehend how much stress we put on the people we care about. It took a very traumatic experience for me to quit smoking. I used to chain smoke about a pack and a half a day. After about a decade of doing that, I started having symptoms of emphysema. It wasn't enough for me to quit though. It took my father dying of a massive heart attack from the same thing I was doing to wake me up and realize I would end up like him if I didn't stop. I was also on a deployment with no way to get back for the funeral, so I never even got to say goodbye to my father. I hope with all my heart it doesn't take something drastic like that for him to wake up and realize what he's doing to himself and his family.
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