Begin reviewing and replying to peer postings/responses early in the week to enhance peer discussion. See the rubric for participation points. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing viewpoints with a rationale, challenging aspects of the discussion, or indicating relationships between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Always use constructive language, even in criticism, to work toward the goal of positive progress.
Consider the following factors that affect chronic illness when responding to your selected topic — pain, stigma, social isolation, altered mobility, or fatigue.
- Based on the research, which of the factors above have the greatest impact on a patient? Why?
- Contrast at least two ways the factors would affect a twelve-year-old with the way they would affect a seventy-five-year-old.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that can affect a twelve-year-old and a seventy-five-year-old in which the trajectory of the illness will differ for each age group. While the treatment of diabetes is relatively the same for all ages regarding the need for insulin, diet management, and blood sugar control a big difference here is the part in which the twelve year old may need more assistance with care while the seventy five year old has more than likely been dealing with this disease their whole life and has their management covered. I have previously worked with children and those affected with diabetes tend to struggle more with body image if they have to wear an insulin pump, feelings of not fitting in, and being at an age in which they are not able to care for themselves independently and require assistance from others. The trajectory for the seventy five year old may look different considering they may experience more of the long term side effects that come with diabetes such as neuropathy, wounds due to altered mobility, visual impairments, high blood pressure and cholesterol in which would have to be treated as well. Diabetes is a disease than can drastically affect the whole body if not managed properly, but with compliance, education, and encouragement both a twelve year old and seventy five year old can live well.
American Diabetes Association (2010). Diagnosis and classification of diabetes mellitus. Diabetes care, 33 Suppl 1(Suppl 1), S62–S69. https://doi.org/10.2337/dc10-S062