About 11 years ago, during a standard medical for work it was noted that my blood sugar’s were high and there was sugars in my urine. I was advised to go my GP and get a diabetes test. I was very worried because I knew nothing about it.
My fears, however, were lifted when I was advised I could control it just by changing my diet. I watched what I ate, followed the set diet religiously and began to feel a lot better.
Of course, because I started to feel better I assumed I could ‘cheat’ – have a glass of something or that incredibly tempting cream cake – and then I cheated a little more.
The kids tell me that it was genuinely frightening watching me suddenly ‘hypo’ – I would look as if I was going to loose consciousness and the orange juice would come out. A couple of years down the line the doctor finally put me on a pill regime and things improved. I have the occasional problem with cold hands, falling asleep in front of the TV (although I blame that on the rubbish that’s on) and now I have to wear reading glasses which I am constantly putting down and loosing!
A few years ago I was given the choice of a new pill regime, or going onto an injection/pill mix. I opted for the injections, which is a decision I do not regret. I feel a lot better and it has made it all a lot more ‘real’. It is all easier to control now.
Looking back I think I was probably diabetic from when I had my son, who is now 22. I had always felt tired, but with looking after a family and keeping my husband’s long hours, I just ignored it. Diabetes makes you constantly thirsty, and makes you want to wee all the time… this is easy to ignore because you assume it’s a chicken and the egg thing… But, diabetes was never even mentioned as a possibility.
I know I must keep myself healthy, exercise, watch what I eat, and keep an eye on my sugar levels. I do still cheat occasionally but so long as I know when I’ve gone too far as my doctor tells me off! I am lucky in the fact that I get support from the people I work with and my family. Although sometimes the constant questioning about whether I have taken my pills really gets on my nerves. I know it’s just concern but I wish they would back off! I know what will happen if I don’t look after myself. The stories they told me at the classes I went to when I started taking injections were genuinely concerning.
I am so grateful for that medical. Being able to make it through a TV show without having to go to the loo is great. That was the real pain in the arse.