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|01 Born Singapore, 1942 . Mixed-race. Mother stenographer, father health inspector. I was born just before Singapore fell…|
|02 …to Japanese. Not slaughtered because grand-mother Japanese. |
Had 2 servants.
Father thought diabetes stemmed from my getting dysentery, aged 2. Aged 3 or 4, visited Japanese grand-mother & great-aunts in British POW camp.
|03 1 sister, 1 brother. Roman Catholic education. Diagnosed age 12 – weight loss & spine tilting. Aunt took me to clinic…|
|04 …for school-children, where she nursed. Referred for physiotherapy. |
Ants round toilet – adults in family tested, not me.
Taken to hospital with coma, 1954. German doctor diagnosed. Started insulin.
|05 Childhood diabetes unknown. |
In hospital, learnt to weigh food portions, inject, test urine. Doctors learnt about childhood diabetes.
Diet no problem.
Put on weight; spine straightened; laughed!
|06 School-friends looked after me. Did sports, picnicked, swam. Left school, 1958. Nursing training refused because of diabetes. One year secretarial – boring.|
|07 Aunt nursing in England enquired re training. I came 1960, to train as nurse at Weston-super-Mare. Changed from rice to potatoes – weighed.|
|08 Mothered by Nigerian room-mate. Had 1st hypo, in night – cleaner thought I`d died.|
|09 Insulin & meals at fixed times. Managed night duties. Nursed Thalidomide babies in Bristol. Completed general training, 1963. Began midwifery training, Birmingham, 1964. |
|10 Postgraduate training, Great Ormond Street children`s hospital 1965-6; then Stourbridge hospital; then appointed Sister at East Birmingham Hospital. Married & left Birmingham before son born in 1969.|
|11 Husband opened 1st Chinese restaurant in Malvern. Son born by caesarean. 3 weeks later, hospitalised with hypo.|
|12 At home at 1st, then in restaurant. Parents came, 1971. Daughter born by caesarean, 1973. Worked in restaurant – parents minded children. Third child born, 1977. Sterilised. Back to restaurant.|
|13 1969, Lente and Semilente. 1973, protamine zinc. 1992, Actrapid & Monotard – lost hypo warnings. Not allowed return to porcine insulin. Then doctor allowed me to change back – warnings returned. |
Mother had stroke, 2003. (I`d returned to nursing.)
|14 Went between mother`s ward & ward where I worked. Mother admitted to residential home, then readmitted to hospital. I worked in same hospital. |
|15 Was called to her ward & nursed her. Colleagues gave me breakfast & insulin. She died while I was going home. Broke news to my son.|
|16 Upset led to raised sugars. Specialist nurse advised changing injection site – sugars went down. She recommended Glargine. I was afraid of losing warnings again. Tried it. Good results at subsequent check-ups. |
|17 Porcine Neutral before 3 meals & Glargine before bed. Hypos without warnings – fell & fractured ankle. Rang specialist nurse…|
|18 …didn`t return call. Rang Primary Care, Boots, clinic. Altered insulin amounts – sugars still low early morning. Specialist nurse lost temper – I cried. Returned to porcine 5 days ago – OK so far.|
|19 Used NovoPen since 1994 – easier because can hear click. |
Glucose strips better than Clinitest tablets. Main diet rice. No longer weigh. Gradually learnt to adjust insulin to allow occasional treats. Can`t exercise with injured ankle…
|20 …but usually active. |
Retired July 2004, after 2 falls.
|21 Often drive to see children & grandchildren. Grandson has Type 1 diabetes. Gave up restaurant c.10 years ago.|
|22 Easier now – pens, blood testing, no weighing, NovoRapid enables kids to eat out. |
Hard when tired, but must have meal & injection before bed.
Diabetes no problem except recent worry re human insulin.
Some nurses know little re diabetes.
Syringes & needles free.
I live for family.
Advice: live to full. Be careful.