Daily Prompt: I suppose I should get serious

Diabetes

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.

Daily Prompt: I suppose I should get serious

12 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: I suppose I should get serious

    • That is exactly how it was and Mr. Swiss tells me I should not give too much “gas”, but the car just would not move. He then said I should release the hand brake, which I had already done. It was then it came to my mind that I should put the car in gear – I mean it was really more than a year since I drove the car, these things can happen when you are 70 years old.

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  1. Be comforted. If you don’t remember to put the car into “drive,” you are unlikely to be a danger to anyone, including yourself. My doctors have always been careful to not put everything into my “searchable” medical records exactly because they believe in privacy. If you have EVER had an episode of fainting, they can take your license away permanently. Even if that episode was a one-time event many years ago and never recurred. The people who work in the motor vehicle department are not much into “nuance.” They are more “letter of the law” kinds of folks. Very hard to explain to them that most illness and chronic conditions are not all the same all the time. They think everyone who has ever has a seizure is going to have another one right now 😀

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    • Our doctors have to swear to the hyppocratic oath, so they are obliged not to divert any secrets from the patients. Our official motor department just follow the rules, but have no influence on the doctor’s decision. Different in GB – the doctors do not think themselves. If they get a notification from the National Health Service to do something, they do it without questioning right or wrong. Like when my dad was transported from one side of London to the other to have his pacemaker examined. He was 100 years old and dying man, but the paper said to have it examined. I found out and phoned his home to say under no circumstances – would they replace the pacemaker if it was not working properly? I was too late, he was already on the way for the examination – 3 days later he passed away. Sorry, the british national health service is for moron doctors, they do not think, they just follow the letter.

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  2. I am sorry you are diabetic. I enjoyed this post because it reminded me of my own situation. I also have become diabetic same as you. While I do not have to test my sugar before driving ( I don’t drive anymore due to my other medical problems even though I still have my license to drive ), I am to test it four times a day, which I do not. I manage once or twice a day most days. My supplies on the other hand are totally paid for. Ron also is diabetic and so we both support each other. I recently had a bad low blood sugar attack in a store. I was about to faint out when Ron got me some candy off a shelf to eat right away. It was pure sugar and within a minute of eating it I started to feel better. By the time we were to the car I was fine. It did not last of course. It was my own fault I had skipped breakfast and had taken my sugar meds. It was scary to me how fast it happened. I started to feel nauseous and then started to sweat. Within a minute or so I went faint. As I was about to go down Ron realized what was happening. As we were checking out at the time and they had candy right there, Ron grabbed a bag, opened it and shoved a couple at me to eat. We keep glucose tablets in the car incase we need them for things like this. But they don’t do you any good if you are not near the car. 🙂 Be well. Hugs

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    • I should also carry glucose tablets with me, but naturally do not. I was surprised at my low level yesterday morning. When I was at the doc last week she measures it early afternoon and I had double as much in the blood. I also do not measure very often, but what does it bring. The measuring tabs are not cheap, although covered 90% by my insurance, but why use so many – it is really not necessay. Now it seems I have to according to the law. My son had not been so well for some time, thirsty and tired. He visited the doc for a check-up and was immediately put on injections for diabetes. It was something that went unnoticed for some time. Now he has it under control and only takes tablets like myself. I have to inject, but my MS medicine, which is something completely different. A real syringe and mixing the medicine in the syringe, but you get used to everything eventually.

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      • They are trying different pills for me. They work for a short period in time and then stop. They are talking injections. Sad thing is the different pills are fully covered by our insurance but the injectable insulin is only partially covered. It has a rather stiff co-pay. Oh well, as Ron says , we have to have it to stay alive and we will make it. Hugs

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        • I have been taking Novo Norm pills since 30 years. The diabetes specialist doctor tried to put me on something newer, but I had digestive problems. They are the pills my son now takes and he has no problems.
          It seems to me that diabetes is often discovered just by coincidence. I only had a normal blood test at the doc for something routine and he discovered that I had far too much glucose in my blood.

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      • I am very glad your son got medical care in time. I found out I was diabetic by accident. Ron had to start checking his blood sugar several times a day. He hated to do it. So I volunteered to do it also. That is how we found out I am a type 2 diabetic. Hugs

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