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Mr Baghria, 2004

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Mr Baghria, 2004
 
 
Interview 17 Mr. Baghria

Person with diabetes
Born in Birmingham in 1963.
Diagnosed Type 1 in Birmingham in 1987


Overview: Mr. Baghria`s parents are Sikhs who came from India in the 1950s; his father worked as a galvaniser in a factory. His parents` aim was that he should have a good education, but his own dream was to become a truck driver. He married young and he and his wife saved to buy his HGV licence. Not long afterwards, he was diagnosed with diabetes and his licence was revoked. He appealed and managed to get it back, on condition that he had a yearly medical - and he has been driving all over Europe ever since.

Please note that Overview relates to date of recording 05 September 2004

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1 He thinks it’s unfair that diabetics who’ve been diagnosed more recently have been banned from truck driving, while he greatly enjoys the job and has had no problems [ 47 secs ]

2 In the 1980s he weighed and measured all his food out in the cab of his truck, and had to be careful on occasions when he shared the cooking with other drivers [ 40 secs ]

 
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01 Born 1963. Moved around Birmingham. In Great Barr 22 years with wife & 2 children. Sikh parents came from India 1950s. Had English food. Now I travel, eat European food.
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02 Father factory-worker. Parents not practising Sikhs. Average at school. Moving schools hard, but mixed well. Always wanted to be truck driver. Did other driving until got HGV licence aged 21.
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03 Saved for licence, then revoked after diagnosis. Got it back & have medical yearly. Wife has helped me for 24 years.
Told had thrush, but hospital diagnosed diabetes. In hospital 2 weeks. Nervous at first…
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04 …but no problems since. Told to have checks & keep sweet handy. Now have card in several languages saying I`m diabetic. Learnt injecting. Tested urine with diasticks. (Now use machine.) Dietician helpful re carbohydrate units.
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05 Weighed food at first, not now. Different food from wife. Weekly treat. Diabetes in family. Meet lots of it…
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06 Family members on tablets before insulin. Sister worries & has poor control.
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07 Appealed when licence revoked & got it back, but other diabetics refused from 1994 – unfair. If I can cope, they can. Depressed when revoked. Boss supported appeal.
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08 Boss diabetic himself. Away for weeks in Europe. Cooker & fridge in truck. Time changes no problem. Get by in languages. English drivers helped each other.
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09 Can`t afford to eat out often. At first weighed & measured in truck. Ocasionally shared truckers` stew. Told others re diabetes.
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10 People know more re diabetes nowadays. I`ve no problems while driving. Look at ingredients on tins. More traffic causes stress.
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11 Stress increasing: employers` pressure; illegal immigrants; drug-trafficking; customers` demands. Still enjoy it. Stress doesn`t affect diabetes.
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12 Never had hypo at work: good control. Cab has fridge-freezer, microwave, cooker. Truck-stops abroad better than England.
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13 Get on well with drivers, but Brits don`t wave & help each other as they used to.
Dextrose to hand. Foldaway bike. Gym at weekend. Nowadays get anywhere within hours.
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14 Walks with son. Foldaway bike recent. Dr. Wright advised NovoRapid & Glargene. Reluctant to change, but improvement – eat less in evening. Dr. Wright a friend.
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15 At first at General Hospital, but went private because couldn`t manage weekday appointment. Also have GP checks. No problems. Diabetic lad at work has problems.
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16 I advise him, but he doesn`t eat right. I take food, & insulin supply in cooler. No need to see medics abroad.
Get on well with doctors & diabetic nurse in England…
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17 …take them wine. Drink wine myself or sugar-free beer. Test blood sugars 3 or 4 times daily, more often than colleague who copes less well. Other drivers amazed I`m allowed to drive.
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18 Will finish in 5 years, replaced by cheaper Eastern Block drivers.
Healthier than 10 years ago, because of exercise & care. Diabetes has made me healthier.
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19 Other drivers overweight, heart attacks (though now depots installing gyms). Brought up sons to avoid junk food.
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20 Advice to newly diagnosed: don`t worry but be careful. Proud of control & of HGV licence. Medics should say don`t worry. (I was worried at first.) Take care of feet.
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21 More insulin if ill. Exercise if want more to eat. Lost weight on new insulin.
In spare time, exercise, & hope to fundraise to repay those who`ve helped me.
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