Hyacinth - Interview 39
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Hyacinth has been coping with diabetes for many years and feels that she now has established good control. In the early years following her diagnosis, Hyacinth says that she did not get enough helpful information about how to change her diet but has gradually found out for herself what works best for her which is eating little and often.
She takes metformin and gliclazide having discovered that rosiglitazone made her swell up and feel poorly. Ten years ago, Hyacinth was diagnosed with breast cancer and more recently she has had two mini strokes, so diabetes has not always been her main health concern. She knows she has not been doing enough exercise recently and wants to kick-start her exercise routine. She wonders why there is not a support group for diabetes in her locality.
Hyacinth would like to join a support group but says she hasn't been able to find one in her area.
When I rung UK - Diabetes UK they gave me a number and I've been ringing the person and nothing. I ring in the day, during the evening and I don't get any response. Mind you I haven't got back to them to find out, you know, have they given me the right number. But I think they should have like a set up, something, you know, not just the doctors, something that people form themselves. Yeah.
Hyacinth found that rosiglitazone didn't suit her and asked her GP for something else.
And I went back to him, after weeks or months of trying to get back to see the doctor, and the nurse, the receptionist was saying that there is no diabetic appointment. But I said, 'I need to see the doctor.' But it's not until I did go in and the doctor said that if at any time I feel anyway, and the receptionist are telling me that I can't see a doctor, just ask them to let the doctor call me and then that's a safer bet. So since I have learnt that. But they have taken me off of rosiglitazone and put me back on the metformin and gliclazide. And I have' So far so good. I'm okay.