Health fair benefits

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Last year I attended the health fair in Juneau held at Centennial Hall. As an adult male, I am skeptical of doctors, dentists, or any medical facilities. Therefore, I was not eager to attend, but because I wasn't feeling myself, and also being prompted by my new girlfriend at the time, I went. The people there were very friendly and helpful to say the least. If it weren't for them I would not have taken the blood test at all. I just thought I would gather some information, return home and look it over, and probably figure out why I did not feel good.

After about six weeks or so my condition worsened and I became very ill, but not enough to see a doctor, or so I thought. I became very thirsty, became dehydrated and lost considerable amount of weight in a very short time. Later came my test results from visiting the health fair, but I didn't realize how important the results really were. After being prompted by my girlfriend, I went unwillingly to the emergency room. I brought my test results and soon found out that I was diabetic. With my blood sugar so high, I wasn't even coherent. The staff at the hospital were even surprised that I was able to walk in partly under my own power! By viewing the blood results obtained at the health fair, the doctor was able to determine what it was that made me so sick and was able to start early treatment of my condition.

What happened changed my life! I'm no longer a smoker, after 16 years, I eat healthier and exercise more than I have since high school. I am lucky to be alive. The health fair played a very big part in getting me to where I am today and I thank those involved who care so much.

Glenn Mitchell

Juneau

This year's Alaska Health Fair will be held on Friday and Saturday at Centennial Hall. - Editor



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