Medical Outcomes

How To Lose Your Job Due To Medical Appointments With Diabetes

The following is a list of hospitalisations and treatments, Specialist and General Practitioner appointments, medications and Pathology tests since September 1996 when I developed Pneumonia and then Asthma. Also listed are appointments until this current year 2010. Being unable to ever return to my work because of these conditions, my complications increased by my having Type 1 Diabetes. This record was used to inform other members of my medical team as to my progress and to advise them of the complications I was experiencing. Meanwhile I was on extended Sick Leave No Pay from my Government employer, and this record was used to advise them of how I was unable to return to work and why I needed to keep supplying them with regular Medical Certificates until I reached retirement age of 55. I was living in the false hope that I might return to my work.

My Carer's Duties, Responsibilities And Outcomes – Oct. 2010

Here I list some of my Carer's duties. He is a dedicated person who has given of his time, care, labour, and even his career to provide constant daily care to me. He has learnt to cook meals from recipes, and do general housework including most of the washing and cleaning. The list covers many duties that most healthy people take for granted.

Insulin Stabilisation Scheme June 2008 - Food Diary

This was an attempt by a third party to stabilise my blood glucose levels with a view to my being a suitable candidate to start insulin pump therapy, which could give me a better quality of life. Each day I reported my blood glucose levels to a member of the group and they would advise the amount of insulin to be injected over the next 24 hours, according to my results. Their Dietician advised me to have 60% carbohydrate at each meal, which I did, however my readings escalated far beyond acceptable levels with the increased carbohydrate, even with increasing the Humolog. As a precaution against having these high levels, I kept the following Food Diary to find out which carbohydrates were contributing to the increases. 

Insulin Stabilisation Scheme September 2008 - Second Attempt

The following readings were recorded by me and sent to a Diabetic Clinic at a major hospital, and here I show a part of their second  6-week insulin stabilisation programmes which I undertook with the intention of stabilising my fluctuating blood glucose levels (BGL).  I took part in these programmes with the hope of becoming a suitable candidate for Insulin Pump Therapy to improve my Diabetes. As can be seen from my results, I was a dismal failure, and so I was not not accepted.

Praying For Lantus To Work - 17 May 2004 – 25 June 2004

The following is an example of the type of endurance required with Type 1 Diabetes. The following events continued for five weeks during the changeover from Monotard insulin to Lantus Glargine insulin. It was during this time that I seriously considered ending my life, as each day was a nightmare battle that I could barely endure, as is shown on the enclosed Scans.

Infections Made Worse With Diabetes – September 1996 - September 2010

The following is a list of infections which I have experienced since 1996, although I have had Type 1 diabetes since 1992, and numerous other infections up to 1996. The infections listed give a brief overview, and I have limited the details and effects on my health. There is a scanned image on the right hand side, beside some of the infections listed. These are direct from my Diabetic Day Books, and show the extreme fluctuations in glucose levels, way beyond a normal reading of 5.4. It became necessary for me to keep these records for reasons concerning my work. They are also listed among many other medical outcomes in my September 1996 to December 2010 logbook summary.

Type 1 Diabetic Sick Day Symptoms – A.E.C. 21 January 2011

I am writing these sick day symptoms down to remind me that I should not make promises to myself about being able to organise the next day's activities. Today was to be the continuation of painting our front French doors which we undercoated yesterday and I was so looking forward to finishing this project this morning, but the following symptoms, which I do have on a regular basis, have once again set me back.

LADA – Latent Auto-immune Diabetes of Adults

LADA – Latent Auto-immune Diabetes of Adults is a condition that is frequently initially misdiagnosed as having Type 2 Diabetes. I was diagnosed in early 1992 with Type 2 Diabetes, and five months later the diagnosis was Type 1 Diabetes.

Notes For Endocrinologist Meeting

During times of extreme stress, both from having Type 1 Diabetes and the strain of managing my illness, I found it difficult to remember everything that had happened to me in between the three to four monthly visits to my Endocrinologist (Diabetes Specialist). He required information about any infections, visits to other doctors, and major events such as hospitalisation, and to be advised of any excessive hypoglycaemic and hyperglycaemic attacks, in order for him to adjust my insulin dose, and prescribe other medications. By writing down the main events, I was able to communicate these more effectively at the half-hour visit. He has also given me his permission to use his name and any relevant information in these web pages.