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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Bud1979, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. Bud1979

    Bud1979 Type 1 · Active Member

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    i am a 54 year old Glaswegian from Govan ( Govanite from Glasgow) and have been Type 1 for some 44 or 46 years, and at first and for many years my diabetes was no problem due to my very active lifestyle, rugby, running, boxing, sports in general and a lot of alcohol I went to the eye clinic in the Southern General one day and he casually said “ oh your blind in one eye “ several years later my health deteriorated badly, I lost my job, then many eye problems e.g vitrectomies in both eyes, cataracts, detached retinas, glaucoma, ( retinopathy) total loss of vision. Toes amputated, feet ulceration, loss of feeling in feet, lower leg nerve pain ( neuropathy ) and severe depression but despite this I try to remain upbeat and I know I’m very very lucky. I enjoy a good laugh, I forgot to mention my impotence. I am now on a medtronic insulin pump which in my opinion is a very positive thing but this brings its own problems. The best advance I have found in my life has been the Freestyle Libre but I can no longer afford it but I remain hopeful. I have always enjoyed education but I have no qualifications but again hope springs eternal. Due to my eyesight problems I do not go out during the winter and so it leads to weight gain and bg issues but again I have to work hard to lower my readings. Well thanks peeps for any readers onwards and upwards ( being only 5 foot 7 upwards has always been my ambition)
     
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    Kittycat_7_ Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Bud1979,
    I'm sorry to hear about your complications, glad your able to keep upbeat.
    Take care
     
  3. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Moderator
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    Welcome to the forums @Bud1979 ,

    Hope you find something useful here and possibly your 44yrs of experience can be used to help others.
     
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    Guzzler Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello and welcome to the forum.
     
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    Grateful Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Jo_the_boat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm 5 foot 7 too.
    Then I was diagnosed T2 and felt rather smaller. Then I lost weight and felt taller again.
    Now I say 'm just over 170 cm - which sounds a bit more impressive.
    With all you've coped with and your attitude you're a giant. Keep laughing.
     
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    Kentoldlady1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Rie26 MODY · Well-Known Member

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    Hi & welcome :) sorry to hear what you have gone through. Your positive attitude is fab :) we will not be defeated! :)
     
  9. Bud1979

    Bud1979 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Thanks for the support folks it much appreciated, Life is life and we all have to get on with it, the frustrating thing with complications a lot of the time they just can’t be avoided and that’s very depressing at times but I have to rely on my charm and personality as I’m ugly as sin not to mention short and fat ! Free the Libre . Funny enough there’s a article about it in our local evening paper, The Evening Times in Glasgow. Onwards and upwards
     
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    Bud1979 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Cheers Jo the boat, ok I admit it I might be 5” 6, and at 108 kg I’m nearly rounder than I am high, lol
     
  11. willieandersen

    willieandersen Don't have diabetes · Member

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    Hello and welcome to the forum.
     
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    Freema Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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