‘Awesome’ x-ray shows sewing needle stuck in diabetic grandmother’s foot
An incredible x-ray shows a sewing needle stuck in the food of a grandmother who didn’t know she was there.
The remarkable image was shared on Reddit, with a note revealing that the unnamed woman had lost the sensation in her feet due to her diabetes.
Doctors only discovered the needle when the woman, also whose age is unknown, sought help with an infection around her toes.
Reddit users described the story, which recalls the dangers of diabetes, as “great.”
An x-ray shows a sewing needle stuck in the food of a grandmother who didn’t know it was there – or how long it had been there. The woman, from Georgia, USA, had lost sensation in her feet due to diabetes – a condition called diabetic peripheral neuropathy
The woman’s granddaughter, from California, whose name and age are also unknown, told the story only by her pseudonym “kaylalorene”.
In the thread, which received 37,000 “in favor”, she wrote: “My grandmother didn’t know she had a sewing needle in her foot.
“We don’t know how long he’s been in there. The skin was scarred. He finally started rejecting yesterday and she had emergency surgery.
When curious Reddit users asked how the grandmother could have stepped on a sewing needle without realizing it, kaylalorene confirmed she had diabetes.
The needle was safely removed during emergency surgery, and as the grandmother recovers, the family plans to present the x-ray as a joke gift.
HOW CAN DIABETES LEAD TO FOOT AMPUTATION?
People with diabetes are much more likely to need toe or foot amputations because their injuries do not heal normally.
High blood sugar can cause nerve damage, which means patients can’t smell their skin as well and may not know when they have a sore, or how bad it is.
And diabetes restricts circulation to the legs, which slows healing because oxygen and nutrients are scarce.
The combination of these two factors means that it may take longer for people to recover from their injuries and that the time to heal means there is a greater chance that they will become infected or the flesh will die. because of gangrene.
If a wound becomes overly infected or incurable, the affected part of the body may need to be cut.
Kaylalorene, who revealed her grandmother lived in Georgia, said: “She has staph [an infection] and [is] still in the hospital. Lots of antibiotics.
One user, named MommaChickens, wrote: “This is a great x-ray for teaching the effects of diabetes.
“I hope your grandmother will recover without a hitch: just remember that the same condition that protected her from pain will make it difficult to heal from the surgery.”
The image and accompanying story were told on a channel called r / WTF, which has 5.4 million subscribers.
Diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, is a common complication of uncontrolled diabetes.
Typically, it affects the extremities – when known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy – and is estimated to affect up to 50 percent of all diabetic patients.
The exact cause is unknown, but it has been speculated that it occurs when high blood sugar levels damage nerve fibers and blood vessels that provide oxygen and nutrients.
Symptoms can include pain and numbness, but the main danger is that patients may not experience minor injuries, which can become infected or ulcerated.
These sores can be difficult to heal because diabetes also reduces blood flow, and therefore cell repair, to the feet.
Infections can spread and cause tissue death or gangrene. It is estimated that every week, 100 people lose a foot or limb due to diabetes.
Diabetes is the fastest growing health crisis in the country, with the number of people suffering from the disease doubling in 20 years, from 1.9 million to 3.7 million.
In the United States, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes in 2015.
The problem is largely due to obesity, with 90% of patients suffering from the type 2 form linked to lifestyle and diet.