True (and funny!) stories from real nurses


How can you live with that?

I was caring for a 22-year-old newly diagnosed insulin dependent Diabetic who was extremely non-compliant. In my effort to illustrate that compliance and good control of blood sugars generally will delay the onset and severity of long-term complications, I shared the clinical picture of a young man. The man, due to his denial of his disease, by 32 years of age was blind, on dialysis, had lost his testicles and was about to have his feet amputated. The patient cried out in horror, “How can you live without testicles?”

Story submissions by Patty B, Stephanie, Sowmya Sowmya, Caroline Wilkinson, Debbie and Debby Blackman via

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