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|01 Born Kashmir 1936. Came to England after partition (slip – means after war), 1945. Prep school matron found me drinking bathwater. Diagnosed at King’s.|
|02 Deliberate hypo - helped all though life. Glass syringes. Needles resharpened. Urine test.|
|03 Outside, no-one understood, but extra rations popular. At school, ate apart. Food weighed. Mother nurse at school, then left – to make me independent.|
|04 Recap. Blood sugar tested at King’s. 1 injection daily – mixed dose. 2 injections from age 13. No bad hypos. Got strong. Sport.|
|05 Schooldays. Glucose tablets. Attitudes of others. Weighed food. Health due to carbohydrate counting. More difficult when left school…|
|06 …1954-7 Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy. No money. Bad diet. Hard to fit in injections. Ignorant re alcohol. During hospital practice, had to avoid affecting patients.|
|07 Drove - eyesight good. Student life irregular. Benefited from mother allowing independence e.g. travel abroad.|
|08 Boyfriends dropped me because diabetic. |
Little contact with G.P. – just Kings, then Radcliffe. Healthy. Just needed support.
Developments in tests for sugar.
|09 Married 1958. Daughter born 1961. Sir John Peel at King’s. Would baby live? Caesarian. 1 of first diabetics to breastfeed. Son born. Marriage broke up.|
|10 Urine tests impractical. Met boy who kept syringe in dirty hanky. After left school, didn’t sterilise. Had to control blood sugar by how you felt.|
|11 Haemorrhage in eye in 1970s. No laser treatment. Couldn’t lift children. No treatment until years later – light coagulator. Laser treatments. Lost sight in 1 eye. Still working as artist.|
|12 Marriage broke up late 60s. |
Heavy lifting at work. Gave up & worked as artist.
Support from Oxford Diabetic Clinic since 1969.
Fear of having hypo as lone parent.
Eyesight only complication.
|13 Treatment at Eye Hospital. |
Remarried – supportive husband.
Diabetic Clinic wonderful. Can phone own nurse. Broke ankle 1987… (Slip – in fact 1997)
|14 Put in plaster well at John Radcliffe. Checked regularly, because feeling in feet lost 1985. A doctor insisted on removing plaster. Never mended. |
|15 Won’t sue, but patient knows best. Costs NHS because doctor wouldn’t listen. A disaster. |
Chiropody no longer at local surgery, so pay for visits.
|16 Not enough exercise due to ankle. Angioplasty 2000. This year (2002), laminectomy. 1 mistake caused all problems. Must listen to diabetics. Until about 10 years ago, in hospital, no say in insulin. Now, regulate own dose…|
|17 Adjustment of insulin dose. Medical staff more flexible. Still an unfashionable disease.Public more aware - know 2 types. |
|18 Now, diet drinks, information on packaging. In past, drank water. |
Friend who developed Type A/2 said “like walking on tightrope”. Diabetes hasn’t determined course of life. Still work at 66. Exhibit paintings. Travel. Husband thrives on my diet.
|19 Diabetes doesn’t bother him, but can see how could upset marriage. |
Don’t tell everyone I’m diabetic. Story re dinner party.
Recap re advantages of being made to go into hypo.
|20 Medal after 50 years. After 60 years, will get another. Magazine, “Balance”, tells information hidden before. |
Medical staff hid things in past. Pros & cons of protective attitude.
Dangers of pressures to slim…
|21 Medical staff more open over last 10 years. But not enough time to talk. |
Why got diabetes? Great aunt had Type B. Perhaps shock of return to England, or father’s death…Decided low risk for children. Children & grandchildren healthy.