Being in healthcare doesn’t make you immune from illness. Read why this nurse practitioner decided to visit a doctor for diabetes.
Darrell New knows how serious diabetes can be. As a nurse practitioner, he discusses its risk factors and treatment plans with patients every day. So when Darrell’s own symptoms began increasing, he knew it was time to visit a doctor for diabetes.
“I have struggled with Hyperlipidemia, a condition in which there are too many lipids, or fat particles, in the blood for years,” said Darrell, who works for Mercy Health Primary Care Paducah. “I had also gained 20 pounds, another risk factor. I was tired and had blurred vision. I kept going over my symptoms and it finally hit me, wow, I have diabetes.”
Darrell admits his diagnosis has changed the way he practices medicine. He now provides first-hand experience to his patients.
“I use evidence-based practice in my own life and it guides me in serving others,” adds New. “I’ve increased my activity level. I’m avoiding sugar, soda and salt when at all possible. I’m eating more fruits and veggies, less fast food and drinking lots of water.”
Darrell says he feels much better now and has more energy. He’s so thankful that he followed the advice of Dr. Christopher Sperry, his primary care physician from Lourdes Hospital.
In thinking about his treatment, Darrell leans on Luke 4:23, which says: ‘Physician, heal yourself!” and say, ‘What we have heard that you did in Capernaum, do here in your hometown too.’
“Whether it’s physical, mental or maintenance, God places others in our lives for a reason,” Darrell says. “By listening to Dr. Sperry, I got a perspective on my health other than my own. I am grateful that he keeps me honest and holds me accountable.”