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Posted by vinette on January 07, 2000 at 23:03:45:

hi,i am a caregiver to several at home diabetics. i have a problem with one 80 yr old lady. she has a memory problem also and does not understand why she has diabeties and how it affects her. prime example was today. she told me that last night she had terrific headache and was very dizzy, almost called neighbor to take her to the hospital. discovered she had eated 2 1/2 servings of pudding (sugarless type). today between noon and 4:30 she ate 3 main meals. at noon she was eating homemade chicken noodle soup. when i got back, she had eaten the meals on wheels dinner and a neighbor had brougt her another dinner, which she had also eaten.
when she complained of feeling bad, i told her it was because she ate too much. she only says that when she is hungry, she is going to eat.
she can get up from the table after eating a meal, go to the front room then come back to the kitchen before i get the table cleared and want to know what is for dinner. she has forgotten she just ate. her blood sugar is usually between 260 and 360. one day it got as low as 160 and the next was up to 336. it has been as high as 430.
how do i get her to understand that eating all the time is not good for her and since that is almost an impossibility, what foods can i keep around in her site that wont shoot the blood sugar high and willfill her craving to eat all the time.
also she has asthma and is on tablets for control of the diabeties.
any and all helpful suggestions appreciated.

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