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Nick and Joanne, wedding day, 2002

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Interview 80 Nick Pinfield

Family member
Born in Worcester in 1969.


Overview: Nick Pinfield`s wife, Joanne, has had diabetes since she was aged five in 1978. He met her around 1998 at a giftware factory - where he was soldering pewter and she was painting it - and they married in 2002. They now run a limousine business and their decision not to have children is unconnected with diabetes. Unlike Joanne`s mother who saw her have severe hypos, Nick has only known Joanne since she has been managing her diabetes well and it has had little effect on their lives together. However, he does accompany her to all medical appointments.

There are also interviews with Nick Pinfield`s wife, Joanne Pinfield , and with his mother-in-law, Mary Potter.

Please note that Overview relates to date of recording 08 October 2007

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1 Since they are both self-employed, and much of their work is in evenings and at week-ends, it is easy for them both to attend appointments together. Nick makes a particular effort to attend hospital clinics, because Joanne is scared of them. [ 60 secs ]

2 Jo prefers to deal with her hypos herself if she can, but Nick also tries to look out for warning signs. [ 59 secs ]

 
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01 Born 1969, Worcester. Left school at 16, sheet metalwork apprenticeship, then factory where met Joanne. Pewter giftware I soldered, she painted. Met 1997/8 while smoking outside.
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02 Joanne gave brief explanation of diabetes, later taught me re hypos. I was slightly scared. She took Coke on walks I did back-up reminder. Workmates knew, but Joanne hated fuss. Slight panics, cold sweats, I get sugar, she soon recovers.
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03 Out clubbing, Diet Coke only drink available. She adjusted her insulin to what she was going to eat, from when I met her. I wasn`t much involved.
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04 She usually deals with night hypos herself, but sometimes asks me to get drink. Diabetes hadn`t affected our meals out.
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05 I accompany her to doctor, dentist, diabetic clinic. She`s nervous of clinics because they tell her off. Better recently. They don`t know what it`s like but they are caring.
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06 I go to her eye & foot appointments. Clinic thinks she should be getting pregnant. We`ve no desire to have children nothing to do with diabetes.
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07 Our present self-employment makes attending appointments easier than at factory. Left factory & got married 2002. Now run limousine business.
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08 I look out for hypos, though she`ll say I don`t often spot them. She deals with them privately. Embarrassed by hypos when with others quietly asks me to get drink.
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09 Future good. Worries re eyes & feet, but she manages well. Her parents saw her in worse states, when less known re diabetes. Now she copes & I`m more relaxed. Diabetes makes little difference.
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