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|01 Father went to Argentina as railway engineer, 1912. Mother went to marry him, 1924. I was born 1926. British didn`t mix with Argentinians.|
|02 Diagnosed England, 1931, while father on leave. Next leave, 1936, in Stockport Infirmary. In Argentina, food weighed in ounces. Argentinian food good. Father took diet from RD Lawrence`s books. Aged 9ish, injected self. Urine testing.|
|03 Private Argentinian doctor. Father hadn`t high income. Bought insulin from chemist.|
|04 Doctor advised adjusting insulin to exercise. Excused sports. Carried sugar. Adjusted insulin when ate more. Urine testing inaccurate. Diabetes didn`t prevent active holidays…|
|05 At school, didn`t tell re diabetes. Ate same as others. Revisited, 1996…|
|06 51 years after last visit. Left school 1 year after school certificate. Had to earn after father died – office work. No wartime food shortages. Repatriated with mother & sister, 1945. Lived with grandparents. Started doing up houses.|
|07 Joined family business - cable clips. Surprised by post-war shortages. Generous diabetic rations. GP disagreed with Argentinian regime…|
|08 …Argentinians suggested food intake for different conditions. English hospitals don`t understand diet. English GP set fixed insulin dosage. |
Slight hypos - mother recognised signs until died, 1980 – fewer warnings now.
|09 Gained nothing from diabetic clinic or club. Never discussed diabetes. Injection before meal – English don`t do this. I varied number of injections to blood sugar – didn`t consult. Never unconscious. |
Had stopped weighing by 1936.
|10 Diabetes didn`t affect career. Family firm suited diabetes. |
Foreign holidays – subdivided injections. Mother bought insulin before NHS.
|11 Little medical contact before 1969 – Moved to Bollington & consulted regularly for blood pressure etc. |
Active: gardening, house renovation, scooter riding, singing & dancing.
|12 Diabetes hasn`t prevented anything, but always in mind. Went on choir trips. No-one knew I had diabetes. |
After 1969, attended clinic to check blood pressure, thyroid, cholesterol. Angina diagnosed, 1972. No pain with angina, heart attack or stroke.
|13 Diabetic clinic at GP`s – preferred to hospital. GP knows I dislike medication. |
Still active after angina, renovating houses. Moved house with mother & sister several times & renovated. I painted, sister framed, displayed in present house.
|14 Sister married 1979. Still exhibit here & can sing without neighbours hearing! |
Prostate, heart deterioration, cataracts. Blood pressure drugs cause sleepiness. No feet problems.
|15 55 visits to doctors in 1 year – no diabetes connection. Private treatment – longer talks. In NHS, doctors talk among themselves, see different people. NHS treatment after heart attack & stroke, 2002.|
|16 I don`t think I had stroke. In NHS hospital 3 ˝ months – attentive, but disagreed re control & diet. Diabetic nurse thought I couldn`t cope alone, but I have. Carer calls in daily.|
|17 Breakfast, pills, rest – tired. Walking difficult. Hope to get car that will take wheelchair.|
|18 Get own lunch. Private physio twice weekly, gardener, cleaner. Irritating limitations since stroke 2 years ago.|
|19 Weekly Scrabble game. Read magazines. Mustn`t rely on sister for help – own house to run. Lived alone since 1980. No bad hypos. Sugar in every room.|
|20 Hope for better walking & to drive. Diabetes hasn`t stopped musical activities. Don`t drink. Advice: be flexible, adjust food or insulin for exercise. I`ve done DAFNE for 60 years! Can`t be regimented when doing operas.|
|21 Hobbies good. Done 1,600 paintings & sold most. Garden & house conversion.|