Has anyone else noticed how slow us diabetics seem to heal? I have a scar on my left knee from when I was dignosed with diabetes, I collapsed on an oil radiator and burned all the way down to the bone and it still healing now ten years later. Does anyone else have a slow healing time?
Never had any festering wounds, even prior to diagnosis when I must’ve been camping out in the plus 10s for more than a year. If you’ve managed to maintain HbA1cs of 5-7 since diagnosis, diabetes can’t be blamed…lately I’ve had a few nips on my hand that have gone a bit manky, but a waning thyroid gland (&rate at which new keratin is formed) can be held responsible.
(If knee remains scared, comfort it by playing the banjo )
Bruises that last forever, cuts that take a decade to heal, a black eye that could have entered the Guiness Book of Records for longevity, and a dog bite that outlasted the average celebrity marriage…
Just another of the perks of diabetes.
On the downside, why are the drinks machines in all A&E departments filled with such a naff selection – does anyone ever actually choose the chicken soup, cos that’s what I got when I pressed for black tea !
There’s upsides and downsides though, I don’t know if it’s just some form of ‘T2ishness’, but if I get a scratch on my leg or ankle it heals fairly quickly though the scab will take a long time to drop off. On the other hand, although my feet have little or no feeling in them, I do at least have a good blood supply, so I suppose that helps. I do get puerpera on my arms, but I put some of that down to sun damage from my truck driving days; now exacerbated of course by the blood thinning drugs after my heart attack. Generally though, I still heal pretty well.
@ladyupnorth – you get the messagey thing by typing an @ before the person’s user name. The user name is different from the name that’s actually displayed (it’s a feature, not a bug; honest!) and you can get said user name by hovering your mouse over their name at the start of each post.