Dad who has been having health issues has been diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 87. He goes tomorrow to the Dr to get his gizmo to check his blood sugar with, and to get information and what he must do to manage his illness.
I have heard so many comments sort of along the lines of "What a relief, you can do something about that". True. The problem is that the number one killer of diabetics is "denial" and non-compliance to health regimens to keep them alive and healthy.
Dad is notorious for rewriting reality to suit his views, he is not particularly flexible, and he's half in denial already. I'm trying not to panic before time, but honestly, he's all set to be a classic mess about this, particularly given his life long love affair with sweets and carbohydrates. He will snack all day long. And I think when they hand him what he can and can't eat and how he must limit the things he loves, I think he's going to be very upset. Its going to be very hard for him, its hard for anyone who is diagnosed with this. I'm just afraid he's not going to be very good about managing this and he's going to be terrible about people sitting on him to make him do. Which means my mom, and given that she's a strong stubborn woman, she might be the one to pull it off, but it won't be fun if it goes that way.
So here's hoping that for the first time in his life, my Dad will be flexible and calm and dig right in to do what he must. He says he will...but I know he hasn't seen whats in store for him yet. I've told him I'm going to hold him to it.
We'll see what tomorrow brings.