Joseph Lockhart

Seventy-one year old Joseph Lockhart isn’t a push over. In fact, he refers to himself as contrary and isn’t going to do something just because someone told him to. He was born and raised in Canada just on the other side of Easton, one of seven children. “We were poor farming family, but happy. I grew up during a time when friends and family all worked together. <My parents came from big families and every weekend was like a family reunion. His hardworking, close family up-bringing tells a lot about Joseph and how he lives his life.
He married a young lady from Maine 47 years ago and is by all practical reasons a Mainer from the County. He’s done whatever it takes to support his family. “I’ve had many jobs over the years. I raised pigs, cattle,  grew potatoes, cut firewood, worked as a forest ranger, surveyed power dams, and the list goes on. As of late, he buys and sells antiques. He is proud of the fact that everything he has, he owns; he works hard to pay his own way.
From sun up to sun down, Joseph stayed busy making sure his wife and two children had what they needed. “I had an incredible appetite when I was young and I still do, but now it’s become a problem.” Three decades ago out of nowhere he was diagnosed with diabetes. “I got up one morning and my foot was numb and I went to the doctor they told me I had diabetes - I treated it with medication until two years ago and then went on insulin.”
That’s because Joseph’s blood sugar readings were regularly in the 400s and he was having trouble with his vision. “I was always taught to clean my plate. I joke you don't need a trash can with me around.” After years of not gaining much ground with his diabetes, Joseph’s trusted doctor, Dan Fowler,  DO suggested he work with a nurse care coordinator out of his Fort Fairfield office. It was a relationship that is changing his life. “I feel like I’m part of a team now.”
Since he started working with Lorraine Deschaine, RN, care coordinator, Joseph has a different understanding of his disease. He reads food labels, chronicles his meals and blood sugars in a journal, cut down on soda and juices, and makes it a point to exercise seven days a week right when he wakes up. “Lorraine encourages me to do the right thing and is teaching me the right way to live with diabetes.” The new way is working. Joseph’s A1Cs have gone from 12 to 9, his blood sugar readings are more often in the 100 range, and he hasn’t gained any weight. Lorraine has also encouraged him to use his sleep apnea machine every night even when he’s on vacation and that is also making a big difference in his life.
Admittedly he still has some work to do, but for the first time in years Joseph feels like he’s getting a handle on diabetes. He’s thankful for care coordination. He can see the benefit of working in concert with his nurse and his doctor and how they all have an important role to play when it comes to keeping him healthy and active.