Neil Gumprecht

Neil Gumprecht is no stranger to diabetes; he’s been living with it for nearly two decades and to be honest it was starting to control his life. Neil, retired Air Force security officer, thought he was bullet proof even with the disease. He took his insulin and went about his life without giving it much more thought. That approach however has caught up with him as he grew older and less active. He started putting on weight and his diabetes started causing problems and greatly affecting his quality of life.
 
When Neil and Mary were married in her home state of Oregon in 1971, his 5ft 9 inch frame was strong and lean and he weighed a mere 160 pounds. They were an avid outdoor couple and family, enjoying hunting, fishing, and golfing. “I don't recognize myself in the mirror anymore, I can't bend over, I can't put my shoes, and my wife has to put my socks on in the winter. I want to be more self-sufficient and more active.” Neil’s longtime doctor Dan Fowler, MD or DO??? suggested he work with his  nurse care coordinator, Lorraine Deschaine, to get his lifestyle in line with his diabetes.
 
“Lorraine isn’t making it all medical. My wife and I go to the office to see her and together we set goals that I can achieve.” Education has been the key to helping the Gumprecht’s understand diabetes. “We are learning about what we’re eating and that there is no free food so to speak – we read labels and understand why too many carbs are bad. We eat a lot more salad and greens and before there wasn’t much of that,” shares Mary.
 
This summer they are growing many of their vegetables and Mary is planning healthy meals and preparing good snacks too .No more quick trips to get fast food. “Not eating bread and having dessert has been my biggest struggle – that’s how I was raised,” confesses Neil.
 
It’s taking time, but Neil is definitely seeing some results that keep him motivated and focused on change. “My blood sugar levels in the morning are now good. They are in the 70s not 200. I've lost a bit of weight and I’m hoping when it gets cooler outside I can be more active and go on walks with my wife. Also, when winter comes around I’ll be out snow blowing.”
 
Mary is excited about the possibilities. Now that they are both retired she wants him healthy so he can travel with her to see their six grandchildren. Neil and Mary both believe Lorraine is the key in helping them  start living their lives again. “I’m so happy, this is giving him something to work towards, diabetes doesn’t just affect him it affects our whole family and now I think he’ll be around longer.”