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Weekend Progress

After self-administering my first injection, it did seem to get easier with every go. I have to inject four times a day, which seems a lot, but they are well spread and actually doing the blood tests are more demanding. I do these four times a day as well. It is interesting to see how my levels are changing. I have been in the 'normal' range for the last 24 hours, which is a positive sign (5.2 mmol/l today). I have cut out the majority of my glucose intake, replacing it with fruit, pasta and potatoes. I am not quite sure on the diet I should be following, however if I start to make the changes now, I will have less trouble adjusting in the future. Definitely noticeably less thirst now.

The physical side of it has been relatively easy to cope with, however mentally it has been more challenging both for myself and my immediate family. Realising that there is no cure and that you have to follow this same routine for the rest of your life is daunting. However, there are many worse conditions and at least now it will be under control. Just need now to get in contact with some other people with the condition so I can find out more of the realities of this. I have a friend who has the condition, who refuses to talk about it. I don't deal with situations like this, I talk to anyone that will listen (and perhaps even those that don't)!

Went to church for the first time in a while yesterday, although I can't find a way to believe, I do find the atmosphere and the friendliness a great help. Just the time for reflection that it gave me stirred up deep emotions yesterday and I am sure the support from the people at the church will help me a lot. I think it is also good for our children to be educated in religious ways so they can follow some of the sound moral guidelines that are taught and also are able to make their own informed decisions when they are old enough.

Have dealt with some of the issues that have to be addressed this morning, including telephoning the DVLA and my various insurance companies.

The week ahead at work will prove a test, but people at work are genuinely concerned and will help me though my low points I am sure.

Comments

justme said…
Hey Nick, Sorry to hear about your diagnosis.

Though it never goes away, things do get better. I also had a needle phobia... And I found the glucose testing much worse than the injections at first - still do. I was diagnosed nearly a year ago, though in some ways it feels like only yesterday, and in other as though I have been living with it my whole life!

Check out the blogs at http://diabetesoc.blogspot.com

Looking forward to reading your blog!

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