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My grandfather has type 1 diabetes and has begun loosing feeling in one of his feet. He walks around taking baby steps because he can’t feel his feet sometimes. It wasn’t until I took him to his routine podiatry appointment a month ago that I realized, the feeling really isn’t there. He never complains about it, in fact, he never even mentions it. When the doctor pricked his left foot to test the feeling and there was no response, I knew, there was a problem. Diabetic neuropathy is difficult to manage especially in elderly. We are hoping the new shoes help!
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The doctor suggested a pretty new pair of shoes for my grandfather. Ones with thick soles and rubber treads for better traction. A custom pair specific for him. My grandfather liked that idea. He felt special.
Anything would be an improvement from the old beat up sneakers that my grandfather insisted were fine.
After a month or so, the new shoes arrived and I took him to pick them up yesterday.
Would you believe me if I told you he wanted to keep the old smelly beat up shoes with no sole left? The doctor looked at me out of the corner of his eye while my grandfather was looking away and lipped, “throw these away.” I gave him a wink and thought to myself, “oh don’t worry sir, consider it done.”
My grandfather finished his appointment and told me , “don’t forget my old shoes kid, they still have good life in them.”
We proceeded to the parking lot and headed to the nearest dunkin donuts and shared a donut in the parking lot and he turned to me and said, “kid, it’s kinda nice feeling the ground again.” My grandfather is a pretty funny guy. I know some of you are thinking, diabetes and a donut don’t really mix but my grandfather will tell you, “I am 85 years old and if I want a donut, well you better believe I am going to eat a donut.” He probably would eat two! ha
I laughed and sipped my coffee. “It’s amazing what pretty new shoes will do, right gramp?”
Those old beat up sneakers are still at the doctors office. The doctor chuckled as he watched me walk right by them as we were leaving. My grandfather is the type that would still wear them because he wouldn’t want to get his new ones dirty.
My grandfather said to me when we got home, “hey kid, good idea leaving my old shoes behind on purpose.“ I gave him a wink and said, “I know gramp. I know.”
A pair of pretty new shoes and a morning with my grandfather, a memory of a lifetime :).
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