A patient with a type of diabetes who has had a knee surgery and is now using a glucose meter has said he has “always had” the condition.
The man, who has not been identified, had the surgery at the Cleveland Clinic on December 6 and said the doctors gave him a shot of insulin to control his blood sugar levels.
But the patient’s condition quickly deteriorated.
“My body was not responding to what they were doing to me,” he said.
The man said he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2012 and was prescribed insulin by his doctor.
“I was told it was my fault,” he told The Associated Press.
After the surgery, he stopped taking insulin, which has been widely used in the U.S. to control blood sugar.
“They didn’t give me a prescription for insulin and I thought it was because of my diabetes,” he added.
His condition was later diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes.
His doctor recommended a test for him to see if he had Type 2, and he has been taking the test since.
His treatment plan includes monitoring his blood glucose levels daily and using a device that measures blood sugar and insulin levels.
He also will be on a daily glucose monitoring app called iHeartHeart.
“That was something I needed, and it’s something I’m taking right now,” the man said.
His family has started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover his medical bills.