Desang diabetes magazine, My Diabetes Kit, Paul Longley

LIVINGLIVING

P

aul Longley lives in

Northwich in Cheshire

and was a keen cyclist

until his diagnosis

of Type 1 diabetes.

This initially made him step back from

competitive racing, then he found his

way back into the saddle thanks to his

use of diabetes sensor technology.

At time of diagnosis in June 2015,

Longley was 20 years old. He looks back

and says, "About a year before I was

diagnosed with diabetes, I suffered an

extreme bout of anxiety. It started with a

panic attack at work but in the following

days and weeks I spiralled down, and

ended up not wanting to leave the house.

I had some counselling and started to

recover. I was able to get out more, learnt

to drive, and passed my test. At this time

I also started a new job - things were

looking up. But at the same time, things

still weren't quite right. I was really thirsty

and hungry, even though I was pretty

skinny. My eyesight was a bit funny too.

I knew I had to go to the doctors and

arranged an appointment, but felt so ill on

the day I nearly didn't go."

Although there is no history of diabetes

in the family, Longley was used to using

the internet for research and looked up

his symptoms. He says, "I did wonder if

perhaps I had Type I diabetes. When I got

to the appointment I mentioned it, but the

local surgery said it was unlikely, but as

there were ketones in my urine they sent

me to the local infirmary to get a blood

test done, which I did. Although I was still

feeling bad, I went home after the blood

test and tried to eat some light dinner, but

I was physically sick. I now know I had

developed diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA),

but at the time I'd gone to bed early then

the hospital rang at about 9 o'clock. My

mother got me up to talk to the doctor,

who said, 'We think it's a 90% chance that

you have Type I diabetes, so we need to

get you in here tonight to stabilise you.' So

my mother drove me to A&E at Leighton

Hospital, about half an hour away."

Hospital help

No one sensible likes to go to hospital as

a patient, and Longley was no different.

"When I got there they put me on a drip,"

he remembers, "And I felt better almost

immediately. I think it was a mix of insulin

and something to help with rehydration.

In all, I was only in overnight and half the

next day. I saw a dietician, who was really

happy with my diet, then I was given a

FreeStyle Optium Neo blood test meter

and had to do my first injection under

supervision. It was all a bit daunting, but

I just wanted to go home so I got on with

it." Having been given basic 'training',

Longley headed home and, as he says,

"I used all my kit and just got on with it. I

may be pretty new to having diabetes, but

while I was only diagnosed three years

ago, I can still look back and say that

the experience of the diagnosis itself was

quite positive. It gave me a new focus

in terms of being able to control it with

blood tests, insulin and food, and I felt I

had closure on the anxiety issue. Diabetes

It was so easy to check

my control when I was

cycling and not have to

stop riding in order to

do a fiddly blood test.

- Paul Longley

MY DIABETES KIT

PAUL LONGLEY

"

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  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. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  6. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  7. Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  8. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  9. OneTouch Sports weekend, diabetes and exercise
  10. Ascensia art gallery World Diabetes day 2018 the family
  11. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  12. Desang diabetes magazine Quality in Care diabetes awards
  13. Desang diabetes magazine Quality in Care diabetes awards
  14. Medtronic diabetes insulin pump, Medtronic Minimed 640G
  15. London Medical, London Diabetes Centre, private diabetes clinic
  16. Diabetes kit diabetes management equipment
  17. Medtrum diabetes technology, Medtrum insulin patch pump, insulin pump, CGM
  18. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes diet
  19. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes diet
  20. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  21. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  22. Desang diabetes magazine, digital detox, keep fit eat fit, angela coffey diabetes
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  26. Desang diabetes magazine, behaviour change, Our Path
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  29. OurPath programme, Roche Diabetes Care
  30. Desang diabetes magazine, behaviour change, Our Path
  31. Medtronic Minimed 670G insulin pump
  32. Desang diabetes magazine, My Diabetes Kit, Paul Longley
  33. Desang diabetes magazine, My Diabetes Kit, Paul Longley
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  42. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump
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