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By Karin Evans Ten months ago, I wound up in an emergency room when my body began to melt into sugar. I know that sounds melodramatic, but that's what happened. For at least a year I'd been feeling pretty tired, but I kept chalking it up to my late-in-life role as the mother of two young daughters, plus hormonal changes, too many deadlines, and too little sleep. Besides, I was doing a lot of thi...

F Javier Correa, MD
(425) 455-3206
19625 134th Ct SE
Renton, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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John H Ball
(425) 235-1950
4509 Talbot Rd S
Renton, WA
Specialty
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Nancy Lee Purcell, MD
(253) 854-2883
10006 SE 192nd St
Renton, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Valley Med Ctr, Renton, Wa

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Padmini Bhaskar, MD
(253) 939-6703
3830 A St SE
Auburn, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Madras Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1961

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Larry D Stonesifer
(253) 927-4777
34509 - 9th Ave So #200
Federal Way, WA
Specialty
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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John Hurst Ball Jr, MD
4509 Talbot Rd S Ste 103
Renton, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1964

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Ramona Pungan
(425) 656-4040
723 Sw 10th Street
Renton, WA
Specialty
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Allen Michael Sussman, MD
(425) 656-4040
4033 Talbot Rd S Ste 500
Renton, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1974

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Stewart Arthur Metz, MD
(608) 263-7740
4613 121st Ave SE
Bellevue, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1972

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Larry Dee Stonesifer, MD
(206) 927-4777
34509 9th Ave S Ste 200
Federal Way, WA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1976
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Hospital: St Joseph Hospital & Health Ca, Tacoma, Wa

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By Karin Evans

Ten months ago, I wound up in an emergency room when my body began to melt into sugar. I know that sounds melodramatic, but that’s what happened.

For at least a year I’d been feeling pretty tired, but I kept chalking it up to my late-in-life role as the mother of two young daughters, plus hormonal changes, too many deadlines, and too little sleep. Besides, I was doing a lot of things to take care of myself: eating healthfully, running every day, practicing yoga when I could. But overall, my energy was droopy and getting worse.

I went for a checkup. The doctor did the standard tests, asked the standard questions. “Getting enough sleep?” “As much as I can,” I answered with a shrug. I had other, minor, complaints—blurry vision, numb fingers, a pain in the ball of one foot—and was sent to the appropriate specialists. I was given reassurances, eyedrops, a wrist brace. And so I went home, vowing to pop a few more vitamins, have a massage, get to bed earlier.

Then I started feeling fluish. I figured it was just the generic winter cold or flu, but it hung on for two weeks, then three. A month later I could hardly get out of bed. I began to crave liquids, my feet flopped when I walked, and my mind began to work strangely. My eyes became so blurry that I couldn’t read my computer screen or watch the nightly news. When I stepped on the scale, I found I had lost five pounds, even though I had stopped exercising by this point. The next week I lost five more.

“I think I’m dying,” I said casually to my husband. The colors of the room seemed brighter and my head was filled with German and Mandarin, languages I had studied but didn’t normally speak. “This can’t go on,” he said, so the next day I dragged myself to a new physician.

The doctor listened and sent for the nurse, who pricked my finger and tested my blood. The doctor looked at the results and whistled softly. “You have diabetes,” he said. Then he sent me to the emergency room.

I lay in the ER with an insulin drip in my arm while they did a bunch of tests. Then they told me I had something called diabetic ketoacidosis, which is basically a way station on the road to a diabetic coma. In this state, blood sugar levels are sky high. My reading was 675. Yours, if you are reading this, don’t have diabetes, and have not just consumed a huge banana split, is probably around 80 or 110 max.

The young nurse who took care of me kept shaking her head. “When they said we had a case of ketoacidosis, I kept looking around the ER for someone really overweight and in bad shape. I couldn’t believe it was you.”

“Me either,” I said weakly. It’s not that I thought diabetes was a rare illness. I’d read the statistics. In this country, an estimated one out of three people born in the year 2000 will develop the disease. And I’d heard enough about the complications that can ensue—blindness, heart attack, amputation, and kidney failure—to know that diabetes is a very scary disease.

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