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|01 Born 1930, Lincs. Father taxi driver. Semi-public school. English degree & BEd at Cambridge. Taught in Midlands 13 years. Went deaf. Moved to Oxford examination board. Retired early, 1988.|
|02 Not literate home, but homework encouraged spared housework. Mother wrote my essays! Father had diabetes in his 70s. Family deafness, not diabetes.|
|03 Co-authored 3 education books, early 1960s.|
|04 Wrote first page Inspector Morse, early 1970s, on family holiday published 1975. Lived in Oxford. Wrote evenings, between The Archers & the pub. |
|05 Retired aged 58 ear problems. Had written Morse books, TV series had started. Continued to write.|
|06 TV series c.1987-2000. Diabetes diagnosed 1987 wife recognised symptoms. GP tested - must go to hospital.|
|07 Had felt ill almost a year. 1 week John Radcliffe insulin drip. 1 week Radcliffe Infirmary diabetes ward.|
|08 Rude remark re dietitians got into Press!. |
Taught to inject, test blood, keep record, diet, exercise.
Wife removed sugar
from diet - hadn`t had much before. |
3 injections ActRapid & 1 bedtime injection of Ultratard. Latterly encouraged to vary amounts.
|10 Have rarely forgotten injections. |
At first didn`t adjust insulin.
Took blood sugar records to GP fabricated them before recent scientific calibrations. Fond of doctors knew fluctuations would upset them.
|11 People vary. Alcohol effects vary I`ve been big drinker - metabolisms vary. |
Doctors gave explanations for diabetes: heredity scored low; worry scored average; alcohol scored high. Had drunk since aged 14. Gave up year ago.
|12 Gave up sport when moved to Oxford. Hospital advised walking. I`ve kept fit, but never taken it seriously. Diabetes didn`t change life apart from travelling with equipment.|
|13 Biggest problem when travelling hypos in night. Had warnings at home have Weetabix. Never serious hospital tried to cause hypo didn`t work
deprived of breakfast blood stayed same. Everyone different. Bad hypos occasional. Can over-compensate. |
Told everyone re diabetes not embarrassing like deafness.
|15 Worry that hearing aid will fail on TV or radio. |
If I`d been drinking would have had 1000s of units in year.
Used to go to GP`s diabetic clinic 3/4 times yearly, Radcliffe clinic twice yearly.
|16 GP clinic stopped. Know people at Infirmary & Churchill & can go if concerned. |
Have had laser treatments eyes still worrying.
Nothing said re kidneys & liver.
3 years ago, spots in eyes
Wife rang Eye Hospital. 7 laser treatments each eye. They`re afraid I`ll go blind like Sue Townsend. Must keep blood pressure down. Stopped drinking lost 2 stone. Have to give up totally as with smoking 20 years ago.|
|18 Wife irritated by deafness but very good re diabetes night-time care, sugar-free cooking. |
Greatest improvements pen & blood-testing machine.
|19 I re-use needles. Needles now fine, painless. No harm in re-using. |
I admire NHS unlike Daily Mail.
|20 Top specialist was one of my pupils. Then transferred to Professor. Did fund-raising for new hospital - maybe get preferential treatment. Only see nurses for blood tests.|
|21 Still have ear problems; consultant recently mentioned slight heart irregularity; eyes not good, driving limited. |
Early bed-time. Morning fetch paper. Fewer fried breakfasts. Crossword, letters, public speaking, The Archers, read, mow lawn.
|22 Morse died of natural causes heart attack from smoking & drinking. Like my life. |
Advice to newly-diagnosed: discipline, but don`t let it dominate life.