About 6 weeks ago I was talking to my brother about B12 and was surprised that he expressed an interest in trying out a nasal spray ... result of me banging on about it a number of months earlier and then him overhearing someone in a bar talking about the difference her B12 shot had made to her performance that day. Anyway, passed a nasal spray to him and had an email asking where he could get some more.
Sad that it wasn't something that we could get sorted formally through his GP - my brother had enough problems trying to get them to treat his diabetes correctly and certainly wouldn't have wanted to go through any rigmarole around trying to get B12 tested and then results interpreted properly ... particularly when he himself was inclined to put down symptoms to just 'getting older' and consequences of the diabetes ... even I find it hard to believe just how much B12D had affected my life and how much getting my levels and treatment right for me has improved my quality of life.
Happy that it's now unlikely that he is going to have to go through what I went through in terms of deterioration over the last few years though also seem to have been lucky in as much as it doesn't look as if there was much if anything that was irreversible by the time it was identified and I figured out what I needed.
Still concerned about my mother ... but possible now that my brother might be in a better position to be aggressive on that ... though equally possible that it came from my father's side of the family (which is where the early greying - brittle nails - fallen arches come from). The diabetes comes from my mother's side and any B12D that was there could easily have been overlooked as a result of the diabetes ... I didn't inherit the relevant gene for that one.
Still sad that there are so many people out there who are going to be suffering in ignorance ... and suffering because of ignorance but at least I know my brother isn't one of them now.