My grandfather died of complications due to Type 1 diabetes. He was an adult when diagnosed. He refused to follow a diet, he refused to take insulin (before pumps) shots when he needed them, he made life HELL for my grandmother. He died when I was in 8th grade. My dad and I lived with them until I was 10.
seeing him throw plastic glasses across the room at my grandmother's head in a sugar low
seeing him wandering through a mall parking lot, delirious, in a sugar low
watching his eyes roll up into his head and bang his head on the corner of the table as he passed out from a sugar low
Life with an insulin-dependent diabetic that won't do what they need to do to take care of them is HELL on the rest of the family.
at 11:40 AM on Apr. 29, 2013