Dr Brenda Patricia Down,
Andover, B4 UD1
March 20th 2015
Mrs Diane Mellitus
6, Sweetwater Drive,
Andover B4 1LL
I am writing to you as I am very worried that I have not seen you in surgery for sometime and your last blood tests were not good and showed that your diabetes is poorly controlled. I know that if you come to see me, together we can improve the situation considerably.
The problem is that, although you may not feel too bad, if your blood sugar is high for a long time your body is slowly becoming damaged. Gradually, the large blood vessels in your body will become clogged. As a result, you are more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or have difficulty walking without severe leg pain. It also effects the small blood vessels and this effects your eyes causing cataracts or damage to the back of your eyes and it may effect your kidneys. The high sugar effects the nerves, especially in your feet and hands, so that you can’t feel things properly.
I know you love sewing gifts for your family, but if your eyesight gets worse and you can’t do much with your fingers you will really miss making all those lovely gifts. They so rely on you to do repairs and it won’t be that long before the grandchildren will be on the way! I also know how independent you are and how you like to get out and about.
Do you know that I saw a diabetic patient last week who has lost such a lot of weight and has been walking the new dog each day. I could not believe how his blood sugars have improved, his blood pressure has come down and his cholesterol is normal, which means I have been able to stop nearly all of his tablets. He is so happy that he will look better in his swimming trunks and with the money he has saved on quitting smoking he has decided to take his wife on a Caribbean cruise!
Please make an appointment soon so that we can get to grips with controlling your diabetes as it is not only me who is worried about you, but your family must also be concerned and I know you are so important to them.
Dr B.P. Down
PS Did you manage to get to that meeting with Right Start to learn more about diabetes? If you want to look up to find out more about Diabetes try http://www.diabetes.org.uk it is a really good website.