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GreenArmy

Member
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Type 1
I’ve put on 3 stone in 4 months. Now type 1 and struggling

Ive basically lived off of crackers, butter and cheese, i dont know what to do or where to get the help I need.

Any advice ? Oh cant get through to Drs as they are constnatly closed.
 

GreenArmy

Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Hi all.

Im back again, and once again am stuggling.. sorry about that.

Ive been a type 1 for four months now, and have put on weight which has made me feel tired most of the time and although im ambitoius I feel its affecting my mental health too.

i dont know where im meant to go with all this, who im meant to see, I cant get through to my Drs as they are constantly closed and also under investigation and so fourth. I changed pharmacys and they lost my prescription for testing strips, have now consequently run out. Its a nightmare.

Any ideas please? also any charities for support ?
 

grovesy

Well-Known Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
You could ring the help line at the top of the page tomorrow, they are Diabetes UK.
 

grovesy

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
I have never used the helpline mine self, but they are there to help signpost and give help.
 

SB2015

Forum Host
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Hi @GreenArmy

Sorry to hear you are finding things difficult and struggling to get the support that you need.
I apologise if you have already answered these questions when you were in before but I would find it helpful to know these things

You are still quite new to this so I am wondering whether you are being advised to use fixed doses of insulin, which can then lead to people having to eat more than they want to to match the dose And so lead to weight gain.
Are you on Mixed Insulin twice a day? Or
Are you on Multiple Daily Injections (MDI) and adjusting your dose to match what you want to eat.
On MDI it is possible to eat as little or as much as you want, and so avoid weight gain if that is what you are aiming to do.

Were you diagnosed by your GP and still under their care for your T1. If so I would ask for a referral to a specialist team, especially as at present you need the support of people used to helping T1s, which the nurses and GPs are not experts in. People may switch back to them once things are settled but in the early days (and that lasts as long as you need) it is better to be with the specialists. These Sep times go out to hubs or are based in local hospitals.

You will need to have access to strips for testing and they will need to sort this out urgently. I would go to a pharmacy, explain what has happened and ask for an emergency prescription. You do not want to be in the position of having to guess what your glucose levels are. Once sorted it is worth ordering these in good time to avoid running out (but many of us have run out at some point for various reasons).

The Helpline will be able to advise you on how to access specialist care and advise you on on emergency prescriptions. Where I ran out of insulin whilst away, the oharmacy got some for me by getting my Oractice to email them another prescription. I know that that doesn’t help over the weekend. (Why do things go wrong at weekends!!)

Keep in touch and let us know how you get on.
 
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