Tez from Brighton's story.

Tezzz

Well-Known Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Hi,

I am a newly diagnosed type 2. The hospital discovered it for me at an assessment for a minor operation. (Nothing to do with Diabetes.) Blood glucose at 10am was 11.6 with no breakfast or any sweet drinks. Tea with milk.

Before I went to the hospital I have been feeling tired most of the time so I drank lots of red bull - a no no now.

So I invested in a Blood glucose meter and some strips and decided to keep a diary of what I had to eat or drink and the readings.

My doctor seems quite laid back about the situation claiming it has been caught early. He had no interest in the readings. I saw the nurse A WEEK LATER (AGGHHH!!) who took lots of blood 5 or 6 test tubes of the stuff and spent 24 hours worrying for the results.

So the next day I saw her again and she said my fasting blood glucose was 7.5. I nearly cried. Cholesterol was OK. Liver function OK. I'm 5' 11 and 13st 8lb."Then I got a 5 minute crash course on Type 2 diabetes and to be honest nothing really sank in except lose weight, give up the fags, sweet stuff, get more exercise, tell the DVLA,my insurance company, employer and opticians I was type 2. She told me to see the doctor a week later which I did.

I believe the visit to the doctor was a waste of NHS resources. I showed the food/glucose diary again and got no reaction. He changed the subject to smoking. "You're not ready to quit smoking yet" he said. I was brought up to do whatever the doctor says even if I don't like it, so if he said stop I'd have thrown the Marlboros in the bin there and then. Blood pressure was 120/80 so normal.

"Exercise?" I told him I do 20 min fast walk to work and home each day instead of the bus and break into a sweat. "OK" he said. "I'll refer you to the hospital to yet your eyes checked," I told him I had a full eye exam a week before and optician recommended no change of prescription.

I asked about diet. He GOOGLED the web and printed off a page. "There you go" as a single side of printed A4 was passed across the desk. About as much use as a chocolate fire guard. No suggested meal plan (like weight watchers gave me a few years ago) was offered.

So I went to the book shop and got a copy of 'Type 2 Diabetes - Your questions answered'. A good read Lots of info. Recommended by the young guy who told me he was type 2.

So by cutting out the naughty things and booze and walking to and from work my morning glucose has crept down to about 7.5-9.0. Too high according to the book.

However I'm going back to see the doctor to 'have it out with him' about the tiredness and his apparent lack of interest.

I realise that things won't change overnight - however I want to get into control of the magic 4-6 numbers ASAP to reduce the risk of complications.

So that's the beginning of my journey with Type 2.Whooppee...

Tez.
 

Steff

Little Miss Chatterbox
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
hi and welcome tez like yourself im a fellow t2 x
 

Copepod

Moderator
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Hi Tez

Sorry the doctor wasn't much use to you. A few points that might help / encourage you. Firstly, car driving or motorbike riding - DVLA and car insurance company probably won't make any changes unless you need insulin. If that changes, then you'll have to tell them. I'm not sure whether T2 diabetes would have any effect on mini/bus or HGV licences. The reason to tell your optician is that you will get free annual eye checks - diabetes can cause problems with blood vessels at back of eye (retina) and make glaucoma more likely, but your general distance and a close vision will also be checked.

If you want to give up smoking, you don't need your GP's permission. Many PCTs (local Primary Care Trusts) have stop smoking schemes eg support groups or telephone lines, so worth googling for your area.

For losing weight, walking more is a good start - www.whi.org.uk gives advice and lists guided walks in each area. Walking to / from work sounds like a very good start - if your blood glucose results have already improved, then take encouragement there. It may be that medication will be needed to get your numbers down a bit more, but you're already on the right track.

Hope things begin to get clearer - it's a long journey, but things do get easier with time and experience. Unfortunately, managing medical team can be more challenging than managing diabetes!
 

C*5_Dodger

Well-Known Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
Dear Tez,

Welcome - your experiences with your GP seem horrendous. Have you considered changing to a different one? Anyway, you will find no end of help on this forum should you need it

Regards Dodger
 

Tezzz

Well-Known Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
A progress report...

Thanks for the replies.

Well I saw the doctor today. I was armed with a pile of notes and the diabetes book.

I reminded him and told him to note it on his computer about the tiredness. Then I showed him the page explaining the differences between normal people and T2 and the flow chart and asked if it was accurate. He reluctantly agreed it was correct. So I challenged him onto what he was going to do to about the tiredness as I drive for a living.

Eventually he prescribed METFORMIN 500mg tablets and said to try them first. Dose 1 a day for a week then 2 a day after. And he gave me a form to get free prescriptions:D. After reading the notes with the tablets it said dose to be increased as the correct dose is found. I will do as the doctor says, but still keep the BG and food diary going.

I then asked about getting BG testing strips on prescription and the answer was a flat refusal. I told him about the DiabetesUK attitude that self testing should be encouraged so patients can get to learn what foods are better at keeping BG down. Reply still no. Told him about NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) report and still no. So I gave in as I was feeling angry.

I told him I was going to write to the hospital's Diabetes clinic consultant for his views on the apparent indifferent way diabetes treatment was handled and walked out.

So tablets here we go....

I'll keep you all updated with the response from the hospital and my MP.

Tez.
 
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wallycorker

Well-Known Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
I then asked about getting BG testing strips on prescription and the answer was a flat refusal. I told him about the DiabetesUK attitude that self testing should be encouraged so patients can get to learn what foods are better at keeping BG down. Reply still no. Told him about NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) report and still no. So I gave in as I was feeling angry.

I told him I was going to write to the hospital's Diabetes clinic consultant for his views on the apparent indifferent way diabetes treatment was handled and walked out.

So tablets here we go....

I'll keep you all updated with the response from the hospital and my MP.

Tez.


Hi Tez,

Give them hell!!!!

Best Wishes - John
 
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