Although her paternal grandmother died of diabetes, Rosa is the only one of her two sibling with diabetes. During our visit, Rosa was suffering with a severe infection - sores and ulcers all over her body. She cannot be hospitalized at the specialized children’s hospital, “La Mascota,” because she is a young adult and they only hospitalize children under 15 years of age.
Rosa medicates herself on a fixed dosage. She infrequently monitors her levels because she has no means to buy on her own test strips. She tests based upon how she feels and on how many test strips APNJDN can give her. Rosa’s mother cannot work and her father works in construction whenever he can find employment. Asked about her quality of life, she said she has mobility problems and is unable to find a job. (under “Projects, see Diabetes Initiative”)
Author: Gary Underwood