My Diabetes Kit, Sue Wales, Desang magazine

LIVINGLIVING

MY DIABETES KIT

SUE WALES

S

ue Wales was 18 when

she was diagnosed with

Type I diabetes in 1983 just

when she was due to start

training to be a nurse. She

recalls, "I had to have a medical prior to

starting the course. It was during that

when they picked up that I had a high

blood glucose level. I had just done my

A levels, and I put the tiredness I had

been feeling down to that. I was drinking

water like a fish and I was quite skinny,

in fact I'd never been as skinny as that

before or since. Looking back I recall

that doing my exams was hard, as I

needed the loo all the time, but I even

put that down to nerves."

Back to her diagnosis, Wales says,

"At university, after my medical checkup

in the morning, the hospital staff called

me straight back to the hospital. They

had called my parents in and told us that I

had such high blood glucose and ketone

levels that I should have collapsed already

and it meant that I had Type 1 diabetes.

We were all taken by surprise as diabetes

was not in the family, although there was

one relative who I was told died of a

'wasting disease' in the early 1900s, and

now I wonder if it was diabetes."

This was back in the 80s, and Wales'

diagnosis was pretty stark, "I was told at

the time that I wouldn't make it to 50 years

old, and was likely to face some serious

health problems. That's basically what you

were told back then. I was told I needed

to start doing injections and given the

equipment to give myself Mixtard insulin

twice a day and told what food I should

HIGH FLYER: Sue Wales took a flying lesson as a present on

her 50th birthday, living life to the full.

Index

  1. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information
  2. London Medical, London Diabetes Centre, private diabetes clinic
  3. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information, Sue Marshall
  4. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  5. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  6. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news, Dexcom
  7. Omnipod Insulet insulin pump with insulin pods
  8. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes diet
  9. Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  10. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  11. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  12. One Drop blood test meter, Lifescan OneTouch Verio Flex
  13. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  14. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  15. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  16. My Diabetes Kit, Sue Wales, Desang magazine
  17. My Diabetes Kit, Sue Wales, Desang magazine, FreeStyle Libre, Medtronic 640g
  18. My Diabetes Kit, Sue Wales, Desang magazine, FreeStyle Libre, Medtronic 640g
  19. Medtronic Guardian Connect
  20. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  21. Ascensia Contour Diabetes blood test meters
  22. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  23. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  24. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  25. Accu-Chek Eversense implantable CGM
  26. Desang magazine, access to blood test strips, Angela Coffey Balance magazine
  27. UK Blood testing guidelines for diabetes
  28. UK Blood testing guidelines for diabetes
  29. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  30. Making Carbs Count sweet potato
  31. Making Carbs Count sweet potato
  32. Making Carbs Count sweet potato
  33. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump
  34. Desang diabetes magazine

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