My Diabetes Kit, Sue Wales, Desang magazine, FreeStyle Libre, Medtronic 640g

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Actrapid plus a long-acting Ultratard daily

injection. I soon stopped attending regular

checkups as I didn't really see the point,

but by now there were Urine test sticks

so I was using them for myself. Then we

started using a blood glucose meter on

the ward so I went and purchased myself

one from the high street chemist, with

my GP prescribing the test strips. Once

I was using an insulin pen and was blood

testing I began to get more involved in my

diabetes care."

Continuing with her career, blood

testing and using an insulin pen, Wales

attended annual eye tests as part of her

diabetes care. It wasn't until 2012 that

Wales was urgently referred to the eye

hospital as she had her first retinal bleed.

She says, "I was referred to have

treatment for diabetes retinopathy five

years ago. It is a shock when you get

sent on to further treatment. At that point

in time my eyesight was not affected

much but signs of damage were identified

that meant I needed laser treatment. I

experienced what they call 'floaters',

where you can see a sort of spider-y

effect in your vision from weak vessels in

my retina at the back of my eye bleed.

I ended up having repeated bleeds so

received almost monthly laser treatments

to seal off the bleeds, but causing scarring

to the back of my eye. The laser treatment

did enable me to keep driving for longer.

When you have laser treatment you have

to inform the DVLA. I need to drive in

order to get to my job and to maintain my

active, independent life. I had previously

been having three-yearly DVLA checks

and soon had them annually due to the

amount of laser I was receiving. I was

terrified of losing my sight. What if I could

not drive? If I lost my job I could not earn,

how would I live?"

Wales worked in a part of the NHS's

innovations body in an Academic

Health Service Network (AHSN).

AHSNs encourages innovation and

helps providers to hook up with

appropriate patient groups and health

care professionals, and that was when

she came across the Noctura eyemask

device and this turned out to be the first

technology that she had ever used other

than a blood test meter. At that point she

was not yet on an insulin pump and had

not used any form of glucose monitoring

sensor.

"I'd had a lot of laser treatment at this

point," she says, "and obviously I did not

want my eyes to get worse, so I looked

into this sleep mask in greater detail and

decided that I needed to try it out. Five

years later, the Noctura eyemask has

quantifiably proven to have improved my

eye health. I had been having bleeds in my

eyes, roughly one a month, and I've only

had one since starting to use the eyemask

four years ago." My NHS eye clinic now

only reviews me every three months and

I'm back on to three-yearly DVLA review.

Read more about this device in the

Sidebar to the righ, and in our Kit

That's Coming Soon article on p.xx.

Pump action

It was about this time that insulin pumps

were starting to be made available. "Once

I was using the Noctura eyemask," says

Wales, "I tried to get even better control

of my diabetes as another weapon to

protect my sight. I couldn't just rely on

the mask to look after my eyesight, as

obviously it's diabetes that is causing the

damage. I met someone who was on

an insulin pump he showed me how it

worked so I started to look into getting

one for myself, including researching the

NICE guidelines to see if I qualified to get

one on the NHS.

"Because I was striving to achieve

tight control I started to have some

dangerous night hypos. My local CCG

was only funding a limited number of

new pumps per month and they were for

a time putting children on before adults.

I ended up spending a few months on

continued over

I'm so reliant on it

that I tend to pick

up my Libre reader

before I pick up

my phone; it's that

important to me.""

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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