We had our first Diabetes Camp for women only! Some brought their husband with them for a glucose test, but that’s OK! <3
130 women showed up for the camp. All of them received free glucose and blood pressure testing. Nearly all the women were suffering from hypertension and many were walking around with extremely high blood sugar!
One woman’s blood sugar was too high for the glucometer to measure! She was diagnosed with diabetes in the past, however, she had no knowledge regarding care and insulin maintenance injections. We immediately sent her to the hospital for further treatment. Her levels were high enough for her to have a DKA (Diabetes Ketoacidosis) attack.
According to the American Diabetes Association, Ketoacidosis is a serious condition that can lead to diabetic coma (passing out for a long time) or even death. When your cells don’t get the glucose they need for energy, your body begins to burn fat for energy, which produces ketones. Ketones are acids that build up in the blood and appear in the urine when your body doesn’t have enough insulin. They are a warning sign that your diabetes is out of control or that you are getting sick. High levels of ketones can poison the body. When levels get too high, you can develop diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA.
One example of how bad this problem can be is a case I came across in the ICU of the hospital I am working for, College of Medical Sciences Chitwan.There was a 67 year old female patient with Kidney failure, necrotic foot, cellulitus, and sepsis. Her chance of survival is very slim. All of these problems arose due to DIABETES TYPE 2. Something that can be so easily controlled with a good diet, foot care and basic knowledge. If this woman had proper health care through out her years she would not be in this state. That is just ONE case. I can’t tell you the amount of patients admitted in the hospital per day with serious problems due to uncontrolled diabetes.
BUCKETTS of LOVE is trying to prevent this from happening. We are testing people for diabetes and giving everyone education and free diabetic care. The patients will receive free insulin, everyone will receive free glucometers and learn how to maintian a proper diet, proper foot care and skin care how important it is to go for frequent check ups and eye exams
Our goal is to find patients who do not know they have Diabetes !
If you would like to contribute to this cause please DONATE HERE. We will use these funds to purchase more glucose strips, education materials and supplies needed to sustain the foundation.