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|01 Dad factory-worker. Parents worked for RRE, Malvern. I went to same schools as my children in Malvern. Left at nearly 15. Worked in one of 1st supermarkets.|
|02 Aged 15, met husband. Did various jobs. Married at 17. Had son then daughter. During 2nd pregnancy sugar noted. Thought might go away, but still there 12 months later.|
|03 Thirsty. Lost weight. GP called – surprised I hadn`t gone into coma.|
|04 Admitted Ronkswood Hospital. Reluctant to inject, self-pity - only 21. Husband said selfish leaving family, so I injected.|
|05 Glass syringes cracked when boiled. Huge painful needles. Still have scars from mistakes. Tested urine with strips. When 1st started doing blood tests, awful spring-loaded equipment.|
|06 In hospital 5 weeks. Thought I`d learnt a lot, but learnt far more since – knowing own body. Hard to find time for diabetes with small children.|
|07 Hospital dietician was diabetic. Advised no special diabetic foods. Didn`t weigh food, but counted grams & still do. Could tell by looking. Some foods regarded as “free”. Still got 1969 diet book.|
|08 Medical staff said diet important. I don`t alter insulin amount except when ill.|
|09 Did paid jobs in day, husband worked nights, shared childcare. Forgot to eat snacks. Twice forgot injections.|
|10 Our parents worked, couldn`t afford child-minder: non-stop childcare, paid work, cooking & housework. Had 1st hypo cleaning floor…|
|11 …had sugary tea. |
Husband good. We grew up with children - lucky to be with them. Eventually bought TV.
|12 Husband calm re diabetes. Parents shocked – no family history. Niece & brother diagnosed since. Hospital said cause could be shock – hearing of grandmother`s death?|
|13 Learnt energetic activity caused hypos. Worked in busy kitchen: took sugar cubes. Never unconscious. Better warnings on animal than human insulin.|
|14 If blood tests not good, called back to hospital in 3 months; if good, only 6 months. Doctors good. Sometimes ticked me off – said test more often – too busy. |
Test good now.
Nurses weren`t specialists: just did urine test & weighing.
|15 Aged 44, leg & back pains. Fell at work. Doctor said give up gym & stay off work. Returned to work. Fell again. Returned to GP…|
|16 Stopped work aged 44. Devastated & lonely. Hadn`t let diabetes stop anything – had learnt to swim & drive – so determined not to let osteoarthritis stop me. Did voluntary work until had to stop driving.|
|17 Helped at granddaughter`s school. Have lots of health problems – diabetes doesn`t mix well with them. Lucky no diabetic complications except numbness in feet.|
|18 2 or 3 years ago, changed to Mixtard pen from glass syringe – nurse amazed I was still using it.|
|19 Could kick myself for not using pen before – thought it wouldn`t work with mixture. |
Only see diabetic doctors yearly. See GP more…
|20 …helpful. Go for things other than diabetes. |
No bad medical experiences.
Love grandchildren, but life boring.
When children small they thought all grownups inject. Grandchildren take no notice.
|21 Diabetes hasn`t made difference. Other problems came later in life. Family keeps me going. Message: lead normal life. Medical help limited: control diabetes yourself.|