Originally Posted by L'Incandescent
Both my mother and her husband have diabetes. My mother's husband had part of his leg amputated about ten years ago. My mother is constantly suffering from lots of very painful symptoms. And both do almost nothing to manage their diabetes. I can't even begin to understand that mindset. They just suffer and suffer and suffer, yet it doesn't occur to them that they have some agency. It drives me nuts.
Once during internship I assisted in an above knee amputation of a diabetic patient and the whole operating team just came in from a huge birthday bash lunch held at a high class buffet. We were all engorged and had to amputate a gangrenous foot + lower leg.
I have an iron stomach but the others, residents, attendings, interns, nurses, clerks were retching and eventually vomiting into their surgical masks. The OR nurse, bless her genius soul, had the foresight to have many extra surgical gowns, gloves, ect on hand every time some one upchucked. It was like a ballet... One would retch then puke, tag out, clean up, scrub back in, then tag back in.