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|01 Father mechanic, mother housewife. Village. Diabetes caused by scarlet fever & accident? Brother later diagnosed. No bother at school – ignorance re diabetes. |
Diagnosis: GP recognised smell. East Sussex Hospital, Hastings. Thrift club paid some medical care. Insulin from hospital monthly.
|02 In hospital, ate cheese. No blood tests. Urine tests. Mother did injections. Father made urine testing kit. Insulin twice daily. Hospitals better then. Moved from East Sussex to Bexhill cottage hospital…|
|03 …used more injection sites. R.D. Lawrence diet – weighed carbohydrate & protein. Abandoned diet at 16 - used own assessment. Still weigh carbohydrate. Father grew vegetables. Couldn`t afford fruit, but kept well.|
|04 Bought sweets – coma – hospital. Mother warned people not to give sweets. Walked to school. Never ill at school. Excused PE. Started own injections aged 14…|
|05 …but not often. Parents did most. Injected self on way to Malta with husband. |
Left school at 14. Worked in grocers during war. Family benefited from my extra rations. Married aged 20.
|06 Husband Royal Marine Commando. 3 years in Malta. He learned re hypos & injections & has done injections ever since. |
Doctor said diabetics shouldn`t have children. I`ve had 4.
Returned from Malta to Kent.
|07 3rd child due - GP wouldn`t give glucose - coma. Hospital gave glucose, then son born. GPs didn`t understand diabetes. Children born ‘45, ‘48, ‘50, ‘52. Not big babies. 3 normal births. 4th caesarian, Guy`s Hospital.|
|08 When son born, given too much insulin – coma in labour. Most hospitals good, but this consultant not. GPs don`t understand diabetes, except present one.|
|09 Husband knew better than doctors re insulin & glucose. |
Had TB when son born, 1952. Admitted to sanatorium.
|10 Husband disagreed with treatment - took me home. Part of lung removed. Children in different care homes. Husband worked in BP refinery & visited children & me for 2 years.|
|11 Years to recover. Frequent hypos. No warnings. Husband had to fight me to give glucose. Children & neighbours well-informed. Now have warnings back.|
|12 I`ve medals for diabetes – husband deserves them. Dr. Watson at King`s College Hospital said “triangle” of diabetes, pernicious anaemia and underactive thyroid would prevent complications – true. Recent high blood pressure.|
|13 Current GP good. I don`t go to hospital. GP who diagnosed good. Most GPs useless. Nurses used to be ignorant.|
|14 Liable to go hypo or hyper, but hasn`t affected life – good husband & children. 2 children diabetic. |
Diabetes stopped me becoming nurse.
|15 GP gave 2 insulins didn`t mix. Kings College Hospital staff disgusted – they gave Actrapid & Insulatard. Can`t absorb Lantus. |
At King`s smoked in waiting room. Smoked since 14.
|16 Long waits in local hospitals. Chiropodist at local hospital. Feet good. |
Joslin medal, 1980 – doctor who diagnosed wrote letter. Diabetes UK sent 50 year medal again for 60 years – no 60-year medal made!
|17 Advice: can`t escape diabetes. Weigh food. Don`t agree you can eat anything. Daughter-in-law takes insulin before evening meal…|
|18 …& gets bad hypos - eats sweet things. Wrong advice given to diabetics on insulin. |
Advice to medics – care over food. Medics laughed at my experience. Dieticians say I know best – they should learn.
|19 New equipment makes travel easier. Travelled to Australia.|
|20 Routine keeps me going – exact amounts at exact times. Never been great walker. Enjoy life in Morecambe.|