My Diabetes Kit Adrian Long

LIVINGLIVING

A

drian Long was

diagnosed with Type I

diabetes in December

1997, shortly after his

40th birthday. Here he

tells us his story.

"During November of that year I

remember there were times I found

myself to be incredibly thirsty. I attended

a meeting in Manchester, headed back to

the train station to commence my journey

home, and ran to catch the next train.

After getting onboard I noticed that I was

really, really thirsty. I'd been in a hot room,

had some crisps and a sandwich, and

had a bit of a sprint to get to the train.

I rationalised that I was thirsty because

of those circumstances. Plus, I do drink

a lot of water. My wife had always been

amazed at how much tea and coffee I

managed to drink.

"However, I then had a bout of 'flu

and had to take some time off work. This

was 20 years into my teaching career,

and I'd had never had a day off sick, nor

even during my own school days. I was

never ill, but now I was bedridden, the

last working week before the Christmas

break. My wife - also a teacher - came

home, took one look at me, and took me

off to the GP surgery. I mentioned the

thirst to the doctor, who then asked for

a urine specimen and did a dipstick test,

commenting, 'that suggests you may

have diabetes.'

"I ended up seeing another GP at the

practice, the diabetes specialist, who told

MY DIABETES KIT

ADRIAN LONG

Adrian Long

me to 'stop eating sugary things' and to

come back in three days time. That was

a bit odd too, as I am famous for my unsweet tooth. Three

days later I was no

better, but at this point we were right up

against Christmas Day and Boxing Day,

and looking back I now know I spent

those days with undiagnosed Type I

diabetes. In the New Year I went back to

the doctor who said it 'might be Type I',

and I was referred to the local hospital as

an outpatient.

"It had already taken two weeks to

get that far. It was confirmed that I had

Type I diabetes. They told me it was

virtually unheard of to be diagnosed with

Type I diabetes at my age. I had been so

shocked to have been ill at all, I was even

more shocked to get that diagnosis."

Miracle of insulin

"Like most people with no personal

experience of the condition, I didn't even

know there were two types of diabetes:

we had one or two kids in the school

when, if they had a funny turn, we knew

we needed to give them some sugar. But

other than that, I was ignorant.

I started on insulin the next day. I had

a series of 8am hospital appointments,

which I had to attend before I'd had

breakfast. I brought along a small packet

of cereal with me then did an injection

under supervision, then had my food. I

had two injections a day at the start, and

the insulin really was a miracle. I started

to feel better almost immediately. I was

Index

  1. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information
  2. Abbott Freestyle Libre, Flash Glucose Monitoring, blood testing without lancets
  3. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information, Sue Marshall
  4. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  5. Omnipod Insulet insulin pump with insulin pods, podders
  6. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  7. Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  8. Input diabetes, help to get diabetes technology, access to diabetes technology
  9. Ypsomed MyLife Diabetes care insulin infusion systems
  10. diabetes technology
  11. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  12. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  13. DRWF wellness days, diabetes research and wellness foundation
  14. Desang diabetes food news, tea and coffee news
  15. Diabetes food news, tea and coffee, the black farmer, Waitrose, Huskup
  16. Diabetes food news, tea and coffee, the black farmer, Waitrose, Huskup
  17. Medtrum A6 Touchcare patch pump and CGM in harmony
  18. Desang diabetes news report, the NHS Long Term Plan, Robin Hewings Diabetes UK
  19. Page 0019
  20. Desang magazine overview of CGM sensor technologies
  21. Desang magazine overview of CGM sensor technologies
  22. The CGM sensor scene 2019
  23. The CGM sensor scene 2019
  24. Page 0024
  25. Dr Iain Cranstone Abbott FreeStyle Libre
  26. Winter sleep report, the Sleep Council
  27. Winter sleep report, the Sleep Council
  28. Winter sleep report, the Sleep Council
  29. Winter sleep report, the Sleep Guru Anandi, Brian Keane The Fitness Mindset
  30. My Diabetes Kit Adrian Long
  31. My Diabetes Kit Adrian Long, Abbott FreeStyle Libre
  32. My Diabetes Kit Adrian Long
  33. Now Patient repeat prescription delivery service
  34. Diabetes food news, Seasonal Soups by Frazer Reid, Kitchen Press
  35. Medtronic Minimed 670G hybrid closed loop insulin pump
  36. Diabetes food news, Making Carbs Count, nutrion of grapefruit
  37. Diabetes food news, Making Carbs Count, nutrion of grapefruit
  38. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump
  39. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump
  40. Free diabetes magazine, living with diabetes, the diabetic diet, carb counting

Related Issues