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Ann aged 9

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Ann aged 9 Ann 2004 1. 01 One of her paintings
 
 
Interview 1 Ann

Person with diabetes
Born in Kashmir in 1936.
Diagnosed Type 1 in London in 1946


Overview: Ann came to England in 1945, and was diagnosed when the matron at her boarding school found her drinking the bath water. Her mother had worked as a nurse at Kings Hospital, London, and took her daughter there, to be treated by R.D. Lawrence (co-founder of the British Diabetes Association, now Diabetes UK). She has memories of being made to go into a hypo, of glass syringes, thick needles, and embarrassing urine tests. She worked as an occupational therapist, and brought up two children alone. Despite eyesight problems, she now makes a living as an artist.

Please note that Overview relates to date of recording 08 August 2002

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1 She remembers that post-war rationing gave her some advantages, at a time when her diabetes had made her feel isolated [ 44 secs ]

2 She feels that only one thing has gone badly wrong, and that was after she broke her ankle a few years ago, when a consultant insisted that he knew better than she did: [ 57 secs ]

 
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01 Born Kashmir 1936. Came to England after partition (slip – means after war), 1945. Prep school matron found me drinking bathwater. Diagnosed at King`s.
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02 Deliberate hypo - helped all though life. Glass syringes. Needles resharpened. Urine test.
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03 Outside, no-one understood, but extra rations popular. At school, ate apart. Food weighed. Mother nurse at school, then left – to make me independent.
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04 Recap. Blood sugar tested at King`s. 1 injection daily – mixed dose. 2 injections from age 13. No bad hypos. Got strong. Sport.
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05 Schooldays. Glucose tablets. Attitudes of others. Weighed food. Health due to carbohydrate counting. More difficult when left school…
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06 …1954-7 Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy. No money. Bad diet. Hard to fit in injections. Ignorant re alcohol. During hospital practice, had to avoid affecting patients.
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07 Drove - eyesight good. Student life irregular. Benefited from mother allowing independence e.g. travel abroad.
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08 Boyfriends dropped me because diabetic.
Little contact with G.P. – just Kings, then Radcliffe. Healthy. Just needed support.
Developments in tests for sugar.
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09 Married 1958. Daughter born 1961. Sir John Peel at King`s. Would baby live? Caesarian. 1 of first diabetics to breastfeed. Son born. Marriage broke up.
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10 Urine tests impractical. Met boy who kept syringe in dirty hanky. After left school, didn`t sterilise. Had to control blood sugar by how you felt.
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11 Haemorrhage in eye in 1970s. No laser treatment. Couldn`t lift children. No treatment until years later – light coagulator. Laser treatments. Lost sight in 1 eye. Still working as artist.
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12 Marriage broke up late 60s.
Heavy lifting at work. Gave up & worked as artist.
Support from Oxford Diabetic Clinic since 1969.
Fear of having hypo as lone parent.
Eyesight only complication.
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13 Treatment at Eye Hospital.
Remarried – supportive husband.
Diabetic Clinic wonderful. Can phone own nurse. Broke ankle 1987… (Slip – in fact 1997)
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14 Put in plaster well at John Radcliffe. Checked regularly, because feeling in feet lost 1985. A doctor insisted on removing plaster. Never mended.
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15 Won`t sue, but patient knows best. Costs NHS because doctor wouldn`t listen. A disaster.
Chiropody no longer at local surgery, so pay for visits.
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16 Not enough exercise due to ankle. Angioplasty 2000. This year (2002), laminectomy. 1 mistake caused all problems. Must listen to diabetics. Until about 10 years ago, in hospital, no say in insulin. Now, regulate own dose…
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17 Adjustment of insulin dose. Medical staff more flexible. Still an unfashionable disease.Public more aware - know 2 types.
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18 Now, diet drinks, information on packaging. In past, drank water.
Friend who developed Type A/2 said “like walking on tightrope”. Diabetes hasn`t determined course of life. Still work at 66. Exhibit paintings. Travel. Husband thrives on my diet.
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19 Diabetes doesn`t bother him, but can see how could upset marriage.
Don`t tell everyone I`m diabetic. Story re dinner party.
Recap re advantages of being made to go into hypo.
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20 Medal after 50 years. After 60 years, will get another. Magazine, “Balance”, tells information hidden before.
Medical staff hid things in past. Pros & cons of protective attitude.
Dangers of pressures to slim…
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21 Medical staff more open over last 10 years. But not enough time to talk.
Why got diabetes? Great aunt had Type B. Perhaps shock of return to England, or father`s death…Decided low risk for children. Children & grandchildren healthy.
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