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|01 Born Plymouth 1919. Father in Navy. Lived with grandparents. Grandfather a doctor. Pneumonia. Bronchitis. Too ill to attend school. Diagnosed aged 8 - one of 1st on insulin.|
|02 Private nursing home. Urine testing. Parents did injections. Glass syringes, steel needles, weighed food. |
Spoilt child, because ill.
|03 In bed each winter, & for childhood illnesses. No other children, no exercise until older. Parents told I wouldn`t live till 14. |
At 14 health improved. Did own injections from 16. Didn`t want to attend school.
|04 Doctor visited weekly. Took blood from vein. |
Some parents thought diabetes catching.
Cousin died of diabetes. People thought diabetics only elderly.
Enjoyed wireless, walks, piano.
|05 No cinema, to avoid germs. |
In war, became Red Cross nurse. Should have been a boy – to be a doctor.
|06 Had moved to Manchester when father retired. (Mother`s parents in Plymouth. Father`s father a Manchester doctor.) Met husband when driving for Royal Ordnance.|
|07 Married at 24. Husband not worried by diabetes: I was well. Told couldn`t have children. Had daughter 1945. Hospitals happier, nurses had more time. |
(Parents visited nursing home freely.)
|08 Gave up amateur dramatics - husband disapproved. Later, small part on TV. Bred poodles. Husband had shop in Salford until died, 1972.|
|09 Always had good control. Adjust insulin to food – not at first, but last 30 years. Doctor said I knew more than him.|
|10 When tablets came out, tried them – didn`t work. |
Do blood test at bed-time to avoid mini-stroke. 24-hour insulin didn`t work. Always 2 injections daily.
Adjust insulin to sweet food.
|11 Had stroke 6 years ago after stress of moving here. No foot problems. Only need glasses for reading. |
Injections half hour before breakfast & evening meal.
|12 I watch TV, shop, visit friends, lunch with wine, microwave meals, fetch pension, club, coffee morning, walk. Don`t see GP often – never re diabetes. No hypos, because test blood.|
|13 Might have been career girl. Always had bad chest. (Won Pears competition, aged 3.) Never smoked. Wine twice daily.|
|14 Friendly village. I do laundry, housework, microwave. Advice: watch diet, adjust insulin. Disappointed when tablets didn`t work - must inject insulin or die. Diabetes hasn`t restricted me. Needles painless.|
|15 Enjoyed travel. Gave up - angina. When out, inject through tights.|
|16 Never attended clinic since doctor said I knew more. Go to GP, but not for diabetes since moving here 8 years ago. Sad to move to retirement flat, but villagers friendly.|
|17 Happiest when 1st married. (Wartime rationing.) Also after daughter born – never had hypos. Hypos c.20 years ago. Carry glucose. Used to carry sugar.|
|18 Delivered meals on wheels. Chairman of Townswomen`s Guild. When speaker didn`t come, I did monologue – here`s an example!|