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Type 1 Diabetes

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by kaylioshea, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. HI There,
    I've just recently (last Thursday) been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Since then I've had a couple of doctors appointments and due to start my injections tonight. I'm just a little overwhemled with all the information and what the terminology/ levels means etc. Just wondered if anyone had any useful tips etc about how to deal with this. For example should i make student aware of this condition? What things can i eat etc? I'm due back to see the diabetic nurse on Wednesday to demonstrate i can inject properly - so should i have my morning injection as normal or wait till i see the nurse?
    I know there is no 'right time' to deal with this but just recently suffered a bereavement as well so everything is just swimming around in my mind.
    Sorry for all the questions and many thanks to responses in advance.
  2. Hi
    I'm a bit concerned that you've not yet seen a diabetes specialist. They haven't put you on mixed insulin have they? This is a very old style regime and not what most people are started on nowadays. There are much more flexible regimes - if this is the case I would definitely recommend asking the diabetes nurse about them.
    I would also recommend reading "using insulin" by John Walsh, and going on one of the excellent diabetes forums that exist. I have found out more about diabetes from forums than I have from 20 years with the NHS, with the wonderful exception of the DAFNE course, which was very helpful indeed. If you can get on one of these, do go.
    With regard to letting students know, are you primary or secondary? I'm secondary and I tend to play it by ear, not making a secret of it but not announcing it to every class the first time I meet them either. Most of them eventually find out because they ask me about my pump, which I wear on my waistband so it's sometimes visible. I think if you're primary it's probably more likely to come up.
    They might need to know in case they see you eating or testing your blood sugar - it's very difficult to avoid being caught doing one or the other!
    There is a lot to take in at first, but hopefully you will notice straight away that you will feel so much better as soon as you start on the insulin. When I was diagnosed I didn't realise quite how debilitating it was until I immediately started feeling better when I started on injections. Just make sure you test regularly and always have quick acting carbs on you - those little cartons of ribena are good, I also always have a packet of dextrosol about my person. Even if you go to a meeting don't forget them.
    Make sure you tell them at work so that someone knows what to do if you ever have a serious hypo.
    Good luck with it all, it will soon all become second nature to you.
  3. Hey there, how's things going today? My daughter was diagnosed with type 1 when she was 3 - she's now 9. It's a hell of a lot to take on board and there is so much info it can be mindblowing :(
    For things to eat it will depend on what regime you are on - diabetes shouldn't stop you eating anything but you need to cover it with insulin, so will depend on what regime you are on. Are they teaching you carb counting?
    I'm a bit confused why they've taken so long to put you on injections if you're type 1. I hope that they are giving you the right support... do you know other adults with type 1 around you? There a few forums out there whoo are great, i would recommend this one - it's for people with diabetes (type 1, 2, gestational, parents etc.) http://www.diabetessupport.co.uk/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=1
    Please come back and ask anything you need to. Take each day as it comes x

  4. Wow, great advice from l0vaduck :)
    My daughter is on a pump as well and it was life changing for her, we've had a bumpy ride with schools, i hope when she goes to secondary there are teachers like you there :))

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