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|01 Diabetic for 54 years. Born Wimbledon, one of 6 boys. Evacuated. After war, family moved to Waterperry. |
|02 Diagnosed 4 years after war. (Heard that great aunt & uncle died of diabetes before insulin. 2 brothers & mother have diabetes.) Urinated a lot.|
|03 Went to doctor in Thame, then Radcliffe, then Victoria Cottage Hospital, Thame.|
|04 Backtrack – urine dripped between floorboards. Heard great aunt and uncle treated by starvation. Asked doctor if would die – told I`d live to 60. (Not much to look forward to now.) |
Cottage hospital taught injections in thigh.
|05 For last 30 years, changed to stomach. |
Control difficulties. Take advice from doctors, but then adapt it. Read that body produces insulin gradually. (Previous reactions could have caused problems when installing machinery & driving). So began multiple…
|06 …injections – for 30 years. Test 4 times – sugars up & down - Need to be around 7. |
Lost sensation. Impotent from early 60s – no problem because divorced. Got 5 daughters. Energy went into teaching in last 5 years.
Told medical staff about multiple injections…
|07 …but no faith in medical profession. They must have common way of treatment, but individuals differ. (None of 5 daughters or 5 grandchildren diabetic.) Most people used 2 injections, but when I began to use 4, no more insulin reactions. Doctors not interested. |
|08 Hospital taught about diet, injections, urine testing with Fehling`s solution. |
Now I`ve got arthritis in hands, can`t do much. I don`t exercise – must try before too late.
|09 At first discouraged from sport. (Gave up swimming until recently. Now too expensive.) No media role models of diabetics in sport. Father discouraged me.|
|10 Mum too busy to worry about me. Father trained in nursing in Navy, then treated me like patient – not good for me. |
Always wanted to be carpenter…
|11 …but diagnosed around time left school. Liked to stay out – irregular life – diabetes didn`t settle for 2 or 3 years. Then trained as stone mason. Learnt metalwork on motorbikes. Then millwright`s apprenticeship until 22. Got married around 22. Needed money for children & began fitting machinery in car factories & elsewhere.|
|12 Did that until 42. Then made guards for papermaking machine at Wolvercote Mill.|
|13 Then in charge of engineering for 7 years, then mill taken over. Told old employers about diabetes, but not new employers at first. When travelling round country…|
|14 …always had breakfast & always stopped for sandwich. |
My regime now - I watch TV...
|15 …diet & injections. |
How needles have changed.
Cataracts. Can`t afford new glasses.
|16 Advise others to get cataracts done. |
How I care for feet.
No advice on impotence.
|17 Impotence doesn`t bother me. I don`t seek help. |
NHS good – diabetic clinic arranged eye care, & GP personal friend.
Where to get information?
|18 Leaflets, books, newspapers – but they get it wrong. Wrongly thought I could be cured by injection of islets of Langerhans.|
|19 Kinds of insulin used.|
|20 How testing changed. Pricking finger hard at first. Can`t read results on new machine - good, but expensive.|
|21 On blood pressure, cholesterol, & astringent tablets. Hate taking tablets. |
Advice to new diabetic – you know best.
|22 In 1967, quit smoking & began 4 injections. Avoided reactions. Didn`t tell anyone, until later, when others doing it too.|
|23 At same time, began drinking. Drunk 2 pints a day for 40 years.|