Time to reflect….Sept 2016

Sitting on a plane, gives me time to reflect on how I want to proceed with my blog !! I stopped writing my blog as I had a recent issue with my eyes…A complication of diabetes, ‘Diabetic Maculopathy ‘. which I am now having injections for .. in my eyes !!

My first reaction was to say why me ! Then I decided to turn it round and be positive..I opened up an Instagram account to fill with inspirational sayings and photographs that made me happy..I called it ‘ @alternativediabetic ‘ . Hopefully helping others going through similar situations in life.

I want to live my life to the full as you don’t  know whats round the corner, also travel more ..hence my blog stopped for a while ! ..Now after another short break  I’m ready to carry on bringing my story up to date …

‘I will eat my Hat’ if you have a thyroid problem…July 1996

I made an appointment to revisit my diabetic specialist, he didn’t really believe in alternative therapies so when I mentioned I believed I had a thyroid problem he laughed and said I needed to come to terms with my diabetes.

As I was a private patient I insisted on some blood tests to see if the iridologist was correct,  my specialist agreed to do them but said he would eat his hat if I had a thyroid problem !!!

That evening the specialist called me at my home to say he was eating his hat as he spoke to me … I had a severe under active thyroid ‘myxoedema’ and should start Thyroxine therapy that evening and to come to the hospital to collect my prescription!!

I started on a high dose 150 micrograms straight away …

Oct 1992….My 2nd Endocrinologist !!

Just in case someone doesn’t know what an Endocrinologist is …

Endocrinologists have the training to diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and problems by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones in the body. The common diseases and disorders of the endocrine system that endocrinologists deal with include diabetes mellitus and thyroid disorders. (8 Sep 2014 Google)

I hadn’t had diabetes for long so transferring to a new Endocrinologist was easy… my diabetes continued to be difficult to control especially as I was pregnant! Due to my age and the fact I was  diabetic,  I had to have an Amniocentesis test. They also referred to it as a Grays test! All I can say is I’m glad I had got over my needle phobia!!

Amniocentesis (also referred to as amniotic fluid test or AFT) is a medical procedure used in prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal abnormalities and fetal infections….(en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amniocentesis)

The Endocrinologists wife was a nutritionist, and helped me change my diet , in those days you had to count your carbs i.e. an apple was 10 carbs… I was too scared to cheat as I was worried about the development of the baby!…

Apple =10 Carbs
Apple =10 Carbs

Sept 1992…Given the green light to start a family..but I was already Pregnant !!

I followed all the guidelines, I was on an insulin called Actrapid injected 3 times a day before meals and Ultratard injected before bed ..I avoided anything with sugar and became obsessed with recording my sugars as I was determined to bring my HB1C down ! (I have kept diaries for the past 23yrs of injection sites and sugar readings and hypos ..which occurred most days !!) We decided to go for a holiday in Europe , where most of the food was self service so I didn’t worry about portions and could eat at the times I wanted.

I went back to work soon after being diagnosed , September 1992 I was given the green light to try for a family, my HB1C was 6.8%. Little did I know I had already conceived and was 1 month pregnant !!

I conceived in August 1992, due date being April 1993. The monitoring began! My 1st Endocrinologist.. wanted me to have the baby in a local hospital but my Gynaecologist (whom I had known for a few years) lived in central London and I had to choose ..hence bye bye number 1 hello my 2nd Endocrinologist!!