Diabetes Disabled 51 Year Old Woman Seeks Grant For Accessible Bathtub
by Maureen Ivans
(Wauwatosa, WI, USA)
I am a 51-year-old woman who has suffered from Type 1 diabetes since 1968 when I was diagnosed with it at age nine.
Over the years I have had MANY complications from it… eyes, heart, thyroid, and limbs. I have much nerve damage and blood flow problems to my legs.
I am in a wheelchair, due to Charcot foot, poor circulation, sores, infections and cellulitis on my feet, and osteomyelitis (infection in the heal bone).
My hands are splinted and I have had steroid injections for pain in my shoulders. My range of motion is not very good.
I am on 14 prescribed drugs daily plus an insulin pump. I have had surgeries on both eyes due to diabetic retinopathy, and have had triple bypass and 3-4 stents placed in my heart.
I am currently receiving a small stipend monthly from Social Security, but my husband is the sole supporter for us.
I am hoping to obtain a grant, so that I may have an accessible bathtub. I would use the money for a walk-in tub. It would be so wonderful to be able to bathe without assistance, as I could bathe during the day while my husband was at work.
I had the opportunity to recently use a friend's bathtub, and I was able to get in and out by myself. It had been YEARS since I was able to know the luxury of a bath, rather than a shower on a stool.
The water-circulating air jets in the accessible tub helped ease my aches and pains greatly, not to mention the color and circulation of my feet and legs was much improved!
Please, please help. I am trying very hard to hang on to all of my limbs, and fear amputation. Thank you.