Test For Diabetes Okmulgee OK

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...

Kenneth C Copeland
(405) 271-2006
940 Ne 13th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Pediatric Endocrinology

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William Ogg Smith, MD
(918) 341-1886
1509 NE Oakridge Dr
Claremore, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Diabetes
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1974
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Hospital: Claremont Reg Hosp, Claremore, Ok
Group Practice: Internal Medicine Assoc

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Mary Z Baker
(405) 271-8478
825 Ne 10th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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John Whitfield Drake
(405) 946-9831
3433 Nw 56th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Matthew Theodore Draelos, MD
(405) 951-4160
5401 N Portland Ave Ste 310
Oklahoma City, OK
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1985
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Hospital: Integris Baptist Med Ctr, Oklahoma City, Ok; Deaconess Hosp, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: Endocrine Group

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LaTasha Barker Craig
(405) 271-1616
1000 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Dr.Mary Baker
(405) 271-8478
711 Stanton L Young Boulevard #215
Oklahoma City, OK
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F
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Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1982
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Endocrinologist
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Robert H Scofield
(405) 271-8478
825 Ne 10th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Christian S Hanson, DO
(918) 592-0999
9228 S Mingo Rd Ste 200
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
Education
Medical School: Ok State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, Tulsa, Ok 74107
Graduation Year: 1977

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Donald Erik Aspenson, MD
(918) 592-0999
1265 S Utica Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1993

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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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