Beverly Zaler

Name: Beverly Zaler
Hometown: Meriden, CT
Diabetes Type: 2

I didn't have any of the symptoms of a diabetic. I just had so much pain, I couldn't move. I asked my landlord to take me to the Emergency Room. They said I had a pancreas attack. Then put me in the hospital. I was so sick, it was hard for me to remember what they were doing. The second day I was in the hospital, the nurse came in to tell me I was a diabetic. I couldn't believe it was true.

My father had it, his mother had it, and my son has it. It just runs in the family on my father's side.

I had a bad start in the hospital. They made me sicker than when I went into the hospital. They were giving me the medicine with sulfa. I am allergic to sulfa. Also, the pill was too strong for me, because they always kept coming in my room and making me eat graham crackers and orange juice. Plus, the nurse kept giving me insulin. The day I thought I was going home, the doctor came in and asked the nurse what she was doing. She told the doctor she was teaching me how to give myself insulin. The doctor said, "She doesn't get insulin."

A month after I got out of the hospital I was still so sick, so I went back to the Emergency Room. The doctor said that with the rash, feeling hot and cold, and also the wicked cough and feeling so weak, that I was not only allergic to the medicine, but it was too strong for me. Yes, my sugar was out of whack when they did an A1C test; it was 33. I had a great nurse that came to the house weekly. She explained so much to me, as she is a diabetic also. The doctor in the Emergency Room changed my medicine. I was feeling much better on the new medicine.

I took the paperwork to my medical doctor. He tested my A1C in 3 months. I was then 6.7 and every 3 months it came down. I even went to 6.2, so my doctor said "Keep doing what you are doing, and I'll see you in 6 months." I also lost weight.

I take Glucosulin every day. My medical doctor was so happy. It has Chromium in it. My doctor said that was great. I improved by eating the best food, losing weight, and taking the Glucosulin. One thing that [has helped me] so much with the neuropathy is a few sips of tonic water with quinine in it. The Native Americans used quinine for pain.*

*NOTE: These are everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences. These personal accounts are not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.

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Last Modified Date: June 26, 2013

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