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LIVINGLIVING

local hospital's care in order to stabilise his

control. He now also visits the hospital for

eye checks, where he says there is some

evidence of early stages of retinopathy,

but no need for treatment yet. Since

finishing the hormone injections he is

back down to 35 units of insulin in the

morning and 20 in the evening and says,

"I am hoping to stave off having to take

insulin with meals."

Luckily, Andrews rarely has hypos

however, he says, "I start to feel quite

grotty by the time I'm at 4.5 mmol. I've

had one or two hypos where I have been

down at 2.5mmol. I do get clear warnings,

and in a way I don't mind them, as I get

to treat myself with a couple of teaspoons

of golden syrup, which I love. But that

really is the only good thing about having

a hypo."

Being Mobile

While generally happy with the care

he's been getting from the local surgery,

Andrews found it difficult when the practice

tried to put all its diabetes patients onto

the same blood test meter. "I have been

used to using an Accu-Chek Mobile blood

test meter, it was just so easy to use and

to take with me if I had to go anywhere.

I felt that the new meter I was given was

like taking a step back. With the AccuChek Mobile there

was no need to take all

the bits and bobs that most other blood

test meters require. I tried it for a while but

I found that if I had a hypo in the night, I

had to really wake up in order to manage

the tub of sensors, the lancing device

and the meter. I found it all rather fiddly,

especially after using the much more

convenient Accu-Chek Mobile. My doctor

understood that the new meter that had

been supplied was not as useful for me

and it affected my diabetes care. Not only

was the Accu-Chek Mobile great if I ever

went out in the car -- when it would go

straight in my pocket - but I had always

tried to be as helpful as possible to my GP

and was in the habit of downloading the

data from the Accu-Chek Mobile on my

computer and took it into the doctors in

order to discuss it. The newer meter did

not have that facility. I think we were both

relieved when I went back to using the

Accu-Chek Mobile again."

At the moment Andrews only does

multiple blood tests if his control is what

he says is, "A bit ropey, otherwise he only

test every few weeks if things are stable. I

do run out of fingers occasionally."

Mr Fixit

David Andrews' second career took off

after he retired 10 years ago at the age

of 62. A local man used to do all the little

violin fixing jobs that were needed for

himself and his pupils at the school he

taught music at, but he died. Andrews

says, "Out of necessity I started to do

simple jobs from home, like restringing

and putting new bridges on, sorting pegs

out, that sort of thing. I did them for my old

school, then started to get jobs from other

schools and even private commissions

too. It is just grown and grown."

One or two of the commissions have

included some interesting discoveries.

Says Andrews, "A local woman inherited

some violins from her grandfather, there

were five or six of them, and she asked

me to 'put them into playing order'. Violin

repairers - luthiers - often leave notes

inside violins after working on them, so

it's likely that only other repairers will see

them, as you do have to take the top of

the violin off to get inside it. In this case

I found a note in one of the violins that

was dated 1739 and had an address that

referred to just being 'next door to the

Foundary Pub'. I thought this might be

of some historical interest and suggested

she took it to the local auction house.

The auctioneer estimated it could have

a possible value of up to £30,000. The

restored violin had an absolutely beautiful

sound to it and it worked just fine. Even

though it had been dormant for years,

once I put the strings on it, it just sang."

Andrews had another violin come in

from a lady whose grandfather used to

play on ocean-going liners and who had

actually turned down a job to work on the

Titanic. While that was also an historic

item, it was not in particularly good shape

and did not have much value other than

the story that came with it. Andrews adds,

"I've seen plenty of so-called 'Strads', but

they were not real ones. I'd need a stiff

brandy if I had to work on one of those."

A Stradivarius is one of the violins, violas,

cellos and other string instruments built by

members of the Italian family Stradivari,

particularly Antonio Stradivari in the 17th

and 18th centuries, and are worth millions

as they are so rare.

www.violinman.com

"I've seen plenty of so-called 'Strads',

but they were not real ones. I'd need a

stiff brandy if I had to work on one of

those." - David Andrews"

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  6. Lilly nasal glucagon, free online diabetes magazine
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  8. JDRF, medical detection dogs, Input diabetes charity
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  10. JDRF patron HRH Duchess of Cornwall, diabetes research Dr Roman Hovorka
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