Today is World Diabetes Day, an internationally recognised United Nations Day to raise awareness of diabetes and how it affects people. Each year concentrates on a different aspect of this and this year it’s about how diabetes can impact the family and support network of those affected, as well as promoting the role of the family in diabetes management, prevention and education.
I have Type 2 Diabetes. I was diagnosed after an odd series of events, and confirmed earlier this year. It’s a mild type which I manage by taking tablets. However, I’m having regular check-ups on my feet, due to the pre-existing neuroma – which is how my diabetes was discovered. A neuroma is a thickening of a nerve, often in the foot. One of the treatments for this very painful condition is a steroids shot into the foot, but a blood test is necessary as steroids and high blood sugar don’t mix well. Mine was just over the recommended level, and I was encouraged to have a full blood test.
This came back high. I was put on tablets and told to return to the doctor in six weeks. It was still high after that, and two high readings is the official diagnosis of diabetes. Being a mild type, I don’t have to monitor my blood sugar, though I can usually tell if it’s low. I’ve few other symptoms – the only obvious one is tiredness, but given that I’m a full-time carer, it’s hard to know if that’s down to diabetes or just because I’m doing so much.
Living with Diabetes
Often a diagnoses means making major day-to-day adjustments, but I’ve not had to make many; a fact that I know that I’m lucky about. Yet I know things could deteriorate, so I’m very careful about taking my tablets. I have a pill box and fill it every Sunday night. I take one with breakfast and one with dinner so I don’t forget. I have to see the doctor at regular intervals in order for them to monitor my blood sugar and ensure I’m not getting worse.