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First Post

This is my first post on a blog. Not sure whether it will be the last, but we'll see. I'm not sure I'm keen on sharing too much via a blog. I think work is out of bounds and not sure I want to share too much family stuff, but maybe I'll use it to record certain events. Most probably I will use it to record my experiences with diabetes.

I was diagnosed yesterday with Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes. I am terrified (probably phobic, although I think it is an overused term) of needles, and know little about diabetes. Evidently my blood glucose was 37mmol/l when a normal reading is less than 10mmol/l. I guess the writing was on the wall. I have lost weight and had great thirst even though I ate lots of stuff and drank almost throughout the day. It is going to be an interesting few weeks finding out about the condition and dealing with the inevitable hardships that may follow. I even managed to eat Weetabix this morning without sugar for the first time in my life! I'll miss caramel slices though!

At least I have found that I am not alone, with at least two people I know having the condition. They seem fine!

Comments

Anonymous said…
Hello, my name is Vicky and I have recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, no one else I know has it and I was thinking it might be nice to talk to someone who does, I see that you have also been recently diagnosed. Do you have an MSN account or something like that?

please reply :)

Vicky
NickC said…
Hi Vicky, I'd be more than happy to contact you however you haven't left me any details of how! If you search for my surname (Cahm) on MSN, you should find me.

Nick

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