Nigel has cardiovascular problems, type II diabetes and a history of strokes and depression; he is waiting for a hernia operation. He feels tired all the time and attributes his worsening health to caring for his parents. His diabetes is poorly controlled.
Nigel links his worsening health to not looking after myself as well as I should have don (e.g. heavy drinking) and the work involved in caring for his parents. Self-monitoring of diabetes involves pricking his fingers four times a day, which is painful. He always feels tired and wants to sleep all the time.
Nigel has had five small strokes to date. He was told these were linked to high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels and high cholesterol. Medication changes following the strokes means he currently takes over 30 tablets a day.
Nigel has angina, which he links to a family history as both his mother and father have heart problems. He is affected by diabetic neuropathy, causing bad circulation in his legs, which are now nearly numb up to my knees He has a family history of diabetes too. He goes for podiatry once a week because of problems with his feet. He is due for a hernia operation in 6 weeks; time. He got the hernia when attempting to lift his mother out of bed. The surgery will be complicated by the blood thinning medications he takes, his blood pressure and diabetes.
Nigel has found that he can get conflicting advice from different health professionals, but personally prioritises diabetes as that can do so much damage to you Nigel values his GP over other health professionals because she knows me bes. When he is given tablets by a specialist he always refers back to his GP to see if the drugs are okay given his other health conditions and the high volume of medications already being taken.
Nigel had a bad bout of depression in 1994 and tried to commit suicide.
Well, anyone that’s just starting out with diabetes, just look after yourself. Really, really, really, really take care because it affects so many parts of your body, you don’t realise and when you;re thirty, you think you;re indestructible, and because I didn’t look after myself at the beginning, I’m sure where a lot of these problems have started from. And I don’t think people realise how it gets you down, one thing after another after another seems to knock your spirit, and I suppose the only thing I can say is keep your chin up and keep fighting