Today I did it, I drove home from the supermarket. OK, no big deal for most of us, we are driving all the time. Mr. Swiss worked it out that it is almost 2 years that I sat behind the wheel of a car. I was convinced it was only 18 months, but why quibble about such small details.
I am now a real golden oldie, aged 70, and in Switzerland they have to have proof that you are still capable of driving. Last year a lot happened. My father passed away at the age of 100 7 months in england, I was in Switzerland, and at the same time I was having examinations, as my body no longer did what it was supposed to do. Actually this state of affairs had developed slowly for about 30-40 years and after various examinations the diagnosis of MS was definite. I decided what I had had so long unknown was something I had lived with and got used to. OK, it got serious, I now have my own personal neurologist (although I suppose I share him with a few others), but I am now an expert at injecting and walking with a cane.
On top of this discovery I have diabetes 2, the one you get because you have perhaps overdone it with the sweet stuff, not the one you are born with. Ok, no big deal, just cut down on the cholesterol, take the tablets and everything more or less stays under control. However the Swiss state wants to be sure. Although my MS allows me to drive a car, because it it an automatic and I do not need the left foot (which is a problem with me), the diabetes is not so easy to avoid and I get a paper from the doctor.
The Swiss State now informs me that when I drive I must have something containing cholesterol in the car, like sweet stuff, orange juice or glucose tablets,in case I have an attack of hypoglycaemia whilst driving. This could lead to complications. I think in the 30 years of knowing I am a diabetic, I have perhaps once had this. I also have to carry a blood sugar measuring device and my diabetic pass. I have the measuring device and all the attachments as can be seen above, but I have never had a pass. I do have a little book to fill in the results of my tests, which I am also to carry with me. The problem perhaps being that I do not test so much. The plastic stripes are expensive and if I test three times a day, three times a week or once a year it is no big deal. When I visit the doc for the long term sugar test, it is the important thing.
So basically I now have to measure the glucose in my blood before I go for a drive and write it in my book. I do not register anything in my book. I am a cyber golden oldie and have it all in my iPhone. This morning was my first drive in the car and I really wanted to follow the law according to 70 year old drivers with diabetes and measure my blood sugar before leaving the house. The first problem arrived. I had not used this apparatus for so long that the two batteries were dead, so hoping not to cause an accident, I drove home from the supermarket without measuring. I arrived safely home and Mr. Swiss found I did a good job. We bought two new batteries for my sugar measuring device and measured my blood sugar when arriving home. I only had 4,5 which would actually qualify for hypoglycaemia, but I felt fine so what is the problem. I could even enjoy a piece of chocolate and not feel guilty about it.
I did forget to put the car into drive when we left the parking lot at the supermarket and was wondering why it did not move, but after so long you tend to foget these little things.
I was sure Mr. Swiss had organised in advance that there was almost no traffic on the road, it was really a fun drive. I even managed to park the car more or less well in the garage, what could possibly go wrong. I am now ready for it all. My next visit to town will probably be the hairdresser and I will do it in the car all on my own.
Sometimes you can really get serious for no reason.