First and foremost this is not a medical post and I consider diabetes a serious issue.
Last night coming back from my SW meeting, Hubby and I got into conversation with a lady who has not been well since a month or so before Christmas when she went down with some flu type bug that knocked her for six for about three weeks.
She has been to and from the doctor every couple of weeks since, and none of the antibiotics she has been prescribed have done anything to resolve her health issues.
After treating her for chest infections, nausea, nasal blockages, ‘flu, and a stomach disorder, they are now planning a ECG having decided she is a type 2 diabetic, which has scared her half silly as she is fearful of having to rely on injections and a special diet.
Trying to reassure her somewhat by telling her I was type 2 and on no medication as I control it with diet, she seemed to relax a little.
Obviously everyone is different, but from what she was saying has made me wonder if her GP is actually listening to her or if she isn’t being exactly honest with him in the first place.
I was told I was Borderline Type 2 in October 2011 but it was a receptionist who told me I would have to go on statins. My comments and attitude to that can be found here in my blog, and in short, the answer is No, I won’t take them, having words with the doctors every six months following my blood tests.
Now blood tests, there’s another thing. The Lincolnshire lot were adamant they had to be fasting ones, yet the ones I’ve had here are not (also no mention of the S word).
My body doesn’t give up anything without a fight, thus having starved myself for twelve hours plus I would come over all giddy and hit the deck if I wasn’t already lying down.
Since moving here, everything, including my cholesterol, has reduced so could that be because I have eaten normally before blood was drawn and my system didn’t need to go into panic mode trying to keep me upright?
At my last check up in June, the diabetes nurse (not the one who mentioned SW to me) said I was a ‘Standard Type 2’ and would only need to be seen once a year instead of twice.
OK, I can live with that, from Borderline to Standard. ‘Ordinary’ rules for me.
But another wordology that has come to light for a disease that affects so many who aren’t even aware they have the condition is ‘Pre-Diabetic’.
I’m understanding that as the warning signs are there but haven’t taken hold yet.
If the onset of diabetes can be prevented, then I’m all for it.
For me, being type 2 isn’t a problem (yet, hopefully, if ever).
We eat well and have the sweet stuff , the recent weight loss has certainly helped, and come my next blood test and check up, maybe my readings will be lower than last time.
But for this lady, I think there is more to it, and her GP is trying his best to be thorough.
She doesn’t drink or smoke, and says she eats a varied diet.
It’s just an observation, but both she and her partner are overweight and I don’t know if they get any exercise other than walking to and from the car.
As for their eating habits, I can’t say as I’ve never seen them loaded down with shopping, but if they are otherwise well, then that’s probably not an issue.
It is also not unusual to see either of them in dressing gowns and nightwear on a chilly evening on their way back from the shower block. She was thus attired when we were talking to her at 9.30pm.
Now, for someone prone to chest infections, that doesn’t exactly seem like a cool move.