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Old 25-01-2013, 12:50 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

Sorry for the absence for the last several weeks. I had a bit of a turn after a bad chest infection and following tests it seems I have Diabetes. No one is more surprised than me but it certainly adds up when all the symptoms are considered as a whole. Long story short I have been feeling pretty rough for 6 months or so with a lot of coughs, colds and asthma problems. The last chest problem laid me low and the doctor was called. It seems after pills to treat the infection and blood was taken they discovered I had a glucose level of 20.5 (the average is 3 - 5) and was serious enough for the blood lab to call me at home at 9:30 pm to advise me. It is a bit of fiddling to get the medication levels right but I am feeling better and not asleep all day thank goodness.

Today I am getting to my emails, PM's and trying to catch up with threads. It has been too difficult to concentrate for any period and I still have problems with my eyesight, I'm told this will pass as things settle down.

During this period I am beyond bored and have had enough of confinement and taking things easy, I need my modelling fix and to get back to the forum interaction that I have sorely missed. This has been one of life's more "interesting times" and I am looking forward to getting back on my feet. I am trying to answer all the PM's I have waiting, I am sorry if I haven't replied as yet, please be assured that I will soon.

Thanks for the messages of support, they were really appreciated.

Bernie.
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Old 25-01-2013, 01:33 PM   #2
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glad you are on the mend bernie
and looks like you found out the problem in time

dont try and do too much in one go though
still need to take it easy

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Old 25-01-2013, 02:44 PM   #3
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sory to hear that bernie as a paramedic i know only to well the complications that arise from this ilness i run on so many diabetics .monitor what you eat and keep snacks at the bedside my dad used to carry small bags of sugar in his pocket now they do tubes of glucose for emergancy's
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Old 25-01-2013, 03:23 PM   #4
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Diabetes is a right royal pain at first but once you have a routine you will find improvements and you won't feel as tired, you need to monitor your sugar levels as mentioned if your lucky you will not require insulin injections, i would suggest you go to regular meetings at the outpatients, the good thing is you now know why you where feeling so drained.
im no spring chicken myself.
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Old 25-01-2013, 04:03 PM   #5
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Sorry to hear about this.
My diagnosis was also a bit of a shock. At age 45 my blood sugar was 15.7 and again, it was only discovered when I went for some other check-up.

Over the intervening 5 years my dosage of pills has steadily come down as my diet and exercise has improved and my readings are pretty much normal now. I also feel so much better. The only downside is that I need several pairs of glasses as the slightest sugar rise can make my focus change overnight. Oh, and if you ever have to tell the DVLA about your diabetes, bear in mind that the section that deals with medical matters seems to be staffed by one person on a go-slow. Allow up to 6 months to renew your licence!

As people have said, keep an eye on your sugar levels (some people use meters, but I can't stand the sight of blood) as you might be prone to low-sugar episodes now. I found the Diabetes UK website useful and re-assuring.

Best wishes,

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Old 25-01-2013, 06:52 PM   #6
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Sorry to hear that Bernie, glad you're on the mend
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Old 25-01-2013, 07:10 PM   #7
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I sure hope you have the kind of diabetes that can be controlled without insulin, bern.
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Old 25-01-2013, 07:43 PM   #8
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sorry to hear that Bernie - do you have any idea how long you were suffering before it was diagnosed..?
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Old 25-01-2013, 08:58 PM   #9
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sorry to hear that Bernie - do you have any idea how long you were suffering before it was diagnosed..?
Not really sure but symptoms were presenting for about a year. Unlike my eyesight at the moment, hindsight is 20/20.
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Old 25-01-2013, 09:22 PM   #10
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Sorry to hear about this.
My diagnosis was also a bit of a shock. At age 45 my blood sugar was 15.7 and again, it was only discovered when I went for some other check-up.

Over the intervening 5 years my dosage of pills has steadily come down as my diet and exercise has improved and my readings are pretty much normal now. I also feel so much better. The only downside is that I need several pairs of glasses as the slightest sugar rise can make my focus change overnight. Oh, and if you ever have to tell the DVLA about your diabetes, bear in mind that the section that deals with medical matters seems to be staffed by one person on a go-slow. Allow up to 6 months to renew your licence!

As people have said, keep an eye on your sugar levels (some people use meters, but I can't stand the sight of blood) as you might be prone to low-sugar episodes now. I found the Diabetes UK website useful and re-assuring.

Best wishes,

Phil.
Hi Phil,
My diagnosis was following several other test including a Gastroscopy (camera passed down the throat into the stomach) it was most unpleasant.

I had a second blood test to confirm and levels were down to 15.9 heading in the right direction. Oddly I have been given an appointment with a podiatrist next week (for the first time in my life). I have since been told by the specialist nurse that it affects the nerve endings and blistering sores can develop if not checked regularly.

I joined this forum: http://www.diabetes.co.uk

They seem to offer good support and I have a large folder handed to me by the Diabetes Nurse full of best practise advise.

Wasn't planning to tell the DVLA but must tell my insurance company apparently (up go the premiums methinks). I started to wear reading and close work glasses about three years ago, last year I needed an additional pair for driving which now seem to be needed all day. I have lost focus which is a worry and really have to make a big effort to work for more than fifteen minutes at a time. I have been told and you seem to confirm that this will improve but I find it very frustrating, it's quite depressing actually. At least I can enlarge the text on my Mac to make it readable.

One upside, I don't have to pay for prescriptions anymore, I have been awarded an exemption certificate as this is a lifelong illness. I have just spent almost fifty quid with prescription charges in the last month so this will really help.

Getting the drug levels to balance me up seems to be a trial and error situation, still at least I feel better and can think with greater clarity.
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Old 25-01-2013, 09:30 PM   #11
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as i always says : Health foremost (if the translation is correct) .

take care !!
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can you tell us a bit about what the symptoms were..? I had the flu 3 years ago and was really unwell for a year afterwards with fatigue, still not totally over it but hard to say if thats stress brought on by feeling off-colour for so long - my eyes were terribly affected at first, I couldn't see across the room when I had the flu and they have never been the same since

I had multiple blood tests though and no mention of diabetes, but don't know if they checked for it

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Old 25-01-2013, 09:53 PM   #13
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can you tell us a bit about what the symptoms were..? I had the flu 3 years ago and was really unwell for a year afterwards with fatigue, still not totally over it but hard to say if thats stress brought on by feeling off-colour for so long - my eyes were terribly affected at first, I couldn't se across the room when I had the flu and they have never been the same since

I had multiple blood tests though and no mention of diabetes, but don't know if they checked for it
I made two mistakes, taking up the smoking habit to begin with, then kicking the habit by taking up cooking as a hobby..!

I can only describe the symptoms I had:

Lethargy, feeling like you need to sleep during the day as well as at night.
Deteriorating eyesight (loss of focus).
Stress and depression.
Night thirsts and needing to pee all the time.
General "Unwellness"
I had one episode of tunnel vision and dizziness and had to sit on the floor for a few minutes in the kitchen. Unfortunately as I stood up I became fogged and dizzy again and managed to fall against the cooker chipping one of my teeth.

I decided not to soldier on and take this illness a little more seriously after that.
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Old 25-01-2013, 11:03 PM   #14
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Take it from me , diabetes is a big a "problem" as you choose to make it . I have type 1 ( insulin controlled ) diabetes and on initial diagnosis ( 21 years ago this year )I felt my whole world had come crashing down . Most noticeably , problems with lack of focus led me to beleive my eyesight was failing but this sorted itself out when my blood sugar levels began to get under control ( in fact , it was another 10 years before I found I needed glasses and this wasn't even associated the condition ). Now, with effort , the disease is part of my life , not ALL of it and sometimes no more than an inconvenience . By all means take it seriously , but it's not the end of the world . Plus , if you're approaching or past 40 , most of the symptons you'd be getting anyhow , with or without diabetes !
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Old 25-01-2013, 11:14 PM   #15
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I made two mistakes, taking up the smoking habit to begin with, then kicking the habit by taking up cooking as a hobby..!

I can only describe the symptoms I had:

Lethargy, feeling like you need to sleep during the day as well as at night.
Deteriorating eyesight (loss of focus).
Stress and depression.
Night thirsts and needing to pee all the time.
General "Unwellness"
I had one episode of tunnel vision and dizziness and had to sit on the floor for a few minutes in the kitchen. Unfortunately as I stood up I became fogged and dizzy again and managed to fall against the cooker chipping one of my teeth.

I decided not to soldier on and take this illness a little more seriously after that.
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Old 26-01-2013, 12:14 AM   #16
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Take it from me , diabetes is a big a "problem" as you choose to make it . I have type 1 ( insulin controlled ) diabetes and on initial diagnosis ( 21 years ago this year )I felt my whole world had come crashing down . Most noticeably , problems with lack of focus led me to beleive my eyesight was failing but this sorted itself out when my blood sugar levels began to get under control ( in fact , it was another 10 years before I found I needed glasses and this wasn't even associated the condition ). Now, with effort , the disease is part of my life , not ALL of it and sometimes no more than an inconvenience . By all means take it seriously , but it's not the end of the world . Plus , if you're approaching or past 40 , most of the symptons you'd be getting anyhow , with or without diabetes !
You have echoed what the diabetic nurse told me. I am taking that on board and really appreciate your insight. I'll get there it's just been a bumpy rough ride to this point.

I am the wrong side of fifty and you do expect a gradual dulling down of the senses to some extend but this happened in less than a year with my eyesight issues just in the last 6 months so I was quite shocked. Best four words I have heard from a doctor lately was "we can sort this". That was a huge relief as I have so much more to do and many models to build.
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Old 26-01-2013, 12:47 AM   #17
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Hi Capt“n...

Sorry to hear that...

But speedy recovery Bernie...


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Old 26-01-2013, 01:08 AM   #18
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Sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with Diabetes, Bernie. I've been insulin dependant for 24 years now. Note that your eyesight can lose focus if you have too many hypos as easily as it can if your sugar level is too high. The eyeball changes with the fluid inside which comes with highs and lows.

I've found every hospital have their own ideas to a certain extent and I get told different things from a friend who attends a different hospital in the same city. However the normal sugar level I've been told is 4-6. 3 is too low and anything under 4 is considered a hypoglycemic attack. So I'd query that figure with your doctor.

Once you and your doctor get your insulin doseage worked out you'll feel a lot better. I was told by a very prominent diabetic doctor that there are three approaches to diabetes - let it run your life, ignore it with all the complications or accept it as a challenge and deal with, but not to the extent it rules your life.

All the best and I hope you get on an even keel very soon.

Keith

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Old 26-01-2013, 12:48 PM   #19
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Old 26-01-2013, 01:43 PM   #20
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It's good to know you're on the road to recovery.

All the best from Sally and me, and we hope to see you again when possible.


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