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Helen talking to her friend Shirley about her diabetes and diarrhea.

Helen: Shirley, I've been having a terrible time.

Shirley: What's the matter?

Helen: It's kind of embarrassing to talk about, but I've been having the runs. Doesn't matter what time of day. It's awful.

Shirley: Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that. I guess I was really lucky that I missed the diarrhea. I had plenty of other side effects from my chemo, though.

Helen: They gave me some pills at the clinic, but I don't like to take them, because they make me feel funny. Besides, you know how I feel about pills.

Shirley: Remember all that stuff they give us before we start treatment? I think there was some-thing in there about diarrhea and what you can do. Let me go see if I can find mine.

Helen: Oh, anything that would help would be great.

(friend returns)

Shirley: I found it. Listen to this. It says to eat starchy things like toast, rice, plain noodles, applesauce and starchy vegetables, like potatoes, carrots, and sweet potatoes. It says not to drink milk (can you drink milk? I heard a lot of Indians can't drink milk any-way.) Milk or things made with milk can cause diarrhea or make it worse. So I guess you shouldn't have any pudding either. But it says you can have cottage cheese and yogurt (yuk! I hate yogurt). How does that sound? Anything sound good?

Helen: It all sounds good, especially the potatoes. I've been afraid to eat, afraid it would cause more diarrhea. I think that may be why my sugar's down.

Shirley: I forgot about the diabetes. Maybe you should go see the doctor about that low sugar.

Helen: No, my appointment's not for six more weeks.

Shirley: Oh, no, this is different. Those every 3 month appointments are just check-ups for when everything's going fine. You need to go to the clinic and let them know you're having this diarrhea and your sugar's low, probably because you're not eating much.

Let's give them a call and I can take you over



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