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Ron2 Report 17 Nov 2012 19:56

Ta for quick response Barbra.

Been out 'oop north' for the day - Northallerton and then Thirsk on the way back home. 'Her Indoors' got some Xmas shopping done


Barbra Report 16 Nov 2012 21:18

Ronald he wasnt .FIL in the loyals WW11 .hope you are all well this evening everybody watching children in need .wish Terry wogan would get a fresh wig :-D how old is he now .did love him on radio two in a morning .listened to him everyday ,Barbra, night :-D


Ron2 Report 16 Nov 2012 20:47

Barbra - did your hubby serve in British Army 1RTR?


Allan Report 16 Nov 2012 00:12

You're up late Barbra...or is it very early? :-)


Barbra Report 16 Nov 2012 00:10

:-D ;-)


Allan Report 15 Nov 2012 23:53

lol Barbra, and you enjoy your weekend, and remember, a little of what you fancy etc.....but not too much :-D


Barbra Report 15 Nov 2012 23:36

Hello All .love how Ronald just says how it is .enjoy your weekend , keep warm not to many treats :-D Barbra


Allan Report 15 Nov 2012 20:59

Thanks for the update, Ronald.

Both my children (son aged 36 and daughter aged 32) were born at the Croft Baker Maternity Home in Grimsby.

I was employed as a Port Health Inspector by the Gerat Grimsby Borough Council from 1975 until 1982 when we moved to Oz.

Part of my duties was to do fish inspection at the fish market.

I still remember having to be at the quayside at 5.00am on those very cold winter mornings. I used to be on the road to work even before the gritters started. A very slow journey when the roads were Icy :-(



Ron2 Report 15 Nov 2012 20:00

Owdo Allan.

For the past couple or so years I've had to pay for my test strips etc. Cost me £45 couple of weeks back. NICE had ruled that only Insulin Dependant diabetics could have stuff on prescription but as from yesterday I'm back to getting the stuff free - quite a svaing over a year.

It you ain't been to Cleethorpes for many a year you'd be surprised at how much it has changed, gradually tis moving up market step by step but the area of the front incl the railway station and all the amusement arcades is still, to me, 3rd world country - very tatty. Plenty of new buildings and conversions t'other part of the front over the years. Now has a coastal path to Humberston and The Cleethorpes Light Railway runs along side it. Strange really as some locos, rolling stock and one of the station canopies originate from Sutton Park at Sutton Coldfield. I used to ride the trains as a kid in 40s and 1950s. Cleethorpes is less than a hour by car from here in Doncaster as lot of Motorway then dual carriageway to Grimsby. Had fish and chips there t'other week in the Corner House (Steeles) - mushy peas as well of course!

We visit the Lake District at least twice a year, have driven thro all the passes several times, North Yorkshire Moors, Whitby etc several times a year. We like Hutton le Hole a lot - has a beck running thro the village. There's now steam trains operating from Pickering to Whitby! Was at Scarborough recently as well.

And ello and now goodbye to everyone else. Time for a cuppa then I'm "Duty Driver" as need to collect youngest g'son fron the Army Cadets t'other side of town.

Have a nice weekend all of you.



Allan Report 15 Nov 2012 08:49

Good morning form Oz Julia

it seems that GP's are pretty much the same over here.

Mine doesn't have a specific Diabetes nurse, just a general practice one who checks my blood pressure, weight and height before I see the doctor.

There is a diabetes Nurse at the hospital who works for the Primary health Unit. This unit is where all preventative services are located such as physios, dieticians, speech therapists etc are located.

On initial diagnosis with diabetes, clients are referred to this section for intensive diet checks and also educational classes. However, it is up to the individual whether to attend or not.


Julia Report 15 Nov 2012 08:35

Ronald, Good Morning. I do know all about the driving and testing blood sugars, and the DVLA. But, I do not drive.
Testing twice a day, was told to me whilst in hospital, when it was found I was 27.8.
But, it is horses for courses, and whilst there is a general rule regarding diabetics, each GP practice seems to be different.
Mine, like with everything else they deal with, seems to have a nonchalont (sp)attitude towards diabetis, and not employing a specialist Diabetic Nurse, only a general Practice Nurse.
On the other hand, my own sister, 40 years an NHS nurse, ended her career after training in Diabetics, as the Diabetic Nurse for a GP practice, even going out to the bed ridden to give then their Insulin injections.
I use my common sense for myself, often listening to 'talks' on my local radio, but not going into 'in depth' reading matter, and certainly not reading on the internet..
I might not have it completely right yet, but I am working on it.

Take Care

Julia in Derbyshire


Barbra Report 15 Nov 2012 00:44

Evening All just caught up the post .what can i say Ronald .i dont have a sweet tooth .dont smoke .dont drink wine or out really .i have an appointment with nurse next monday so see what she says .the test is annualy . my eye test is done at the same time & i have excellent vision .so what to do ?as Allan says everything in moderation just get use to smaller portions :-D night & Thanks


Allan Report 14 Nov 2012 22:34


i am originally from the UK (manchester and then Cleethorpes) I used to go to the Lake District each Easter on scholl camps. Stayed at Newlands.

I wish you hadn't mentioned Whitby...a truly beautiful town and surrounding countryside.

We now have mandatory reporting of some medical conditions, including diabetes, for our drivers licences here in West Oz. At one stage they would only renew for one year at a time and would only renew after a dr's certificate of fitness to drive. They have got less strict recently and now leave it to the Dr to specify the time between medical my case two years (that's for my licence. I still see GP every six months for a review. Podiatrist every year together with special eye tests also annually)


Ron2 Report 14 Nov 2012 22:21

Allan - 4got to mention that 7.1 here used to be time for a clinical reveiw but they moved the goal posts about a year ago. I was 7.1 anyway hence put on a med.

Babra - didn't your GP refer you to a dietitian? Shud have done.

Thats it time for me whisky nightcap - to dilate the arteries of course! lol


Ron2 Report 14 Nov 2012 22:17

Owdo Allan. Didn't realise you 'down under'. Dunno about your health Auth in Oz operating under different set of guidelines but health auths in different parts of UK seem to at times.

I get on and do wotever I want to (I'm nigh on 72) was my usual gym day 2day. Enjoy driving and manage plenty of days out - can reach Lake District from here tho can end up being a 350 mile round trip.

Every time I visit Whitby in North Yorks I 'do' the 199 steps up to the Abbey - did 144 steps up a tower at National Space Museum last week. Did the Whitby steps 3 months after a heart attack, physio at hospital nigh on had a fit but I pointed out "Nowt ventured, nowt gained" I've also had major surgery for cancer so getting on with life is important to me


Allan Report 14 Nov 2012 21:15

Hi all,

Ronald, just checked on my reults from June and my Hb A1c was 6.7.

on the path lab results are the following comments

"Suggested Guidlines

6.00 - 7.0 % (42-53 mmo1/mol) Satisfactory glycaemic control
7.1 - 8.00% (54-64 mmo1/mol) Suggest clinical review
>8.0% Poor glycaemic control."

it would seem that Health Authorites in Australia are operating under a different set of guidlines.

Having said that, my brother is on medication but his levels were over 8 and he couldn't get them down just by diet and education.

Totally agree with your final comments. I too have known people who have ignored it literally at their peril.

Conversely, I try not to let mine control me; at least not to the extent that I can't or won't do things due to the condition. Moderation in all things and maintain a sensible attitude.



Ron2 Report 14 Nov 2012 20:54

Barbra - 6.9 - is that a DAILY reading or a Long Term Blood test? If the latter the goal now is 6.8.

Allan you'd be over the limit at my GPs

Julia - You mention just testing twice a day but,IF you drive think you need to get clued up on DVLA rules regarding testing pre driving etc etc. They say a test should be made by anyone on meds before they get behind the wheel. Tis also said no diabetic on meds should drive if their check blood sugars are below 5!

For all drivers - whether on drugs or no the fact that you diabetic should be made know to your insurer. Insulin dependant diabetics (and some others in certain circumstances) must also notify DVLA of such.

Anyone on meds, involved in a car accident is advised to do a blood test straight away. IF it can be proved a diabetic on meds had a hypo whilst driving and involved in a accident then that person can be charged with : Driving under the influence of a drug (diabetes med), driving without due care and attention or dangerous driving. NB IF you have a hypo at the wheel you must inform DVLA soonest..

All this amongst the info on a leaflet I was given yesterday at my diabetes MoT - certainly a lot different from wot it used to be.

I'm Type 2 - Diet, Exercise and meds, lasted 10 years just on diet and exercise.

Liz 47 Anyone who is classed as a diabetic whether on meds or not should be on a more or less sugar free diet and if possible an exercise routine.

Ignore diabetes at your peril I have seen much anguish bewcause some people did so ignore it

Liz 47

Liz 47 Report 14 Nov 2012 12:44

Have you tried a sugar free diet, your blood level does not appear excessively high


Barbra Report 14 Nov 2012 12:35

Hya julia Thanks for your reply didnt think my 6.9 was high ? will see the nurse instead of taking meds she might suggest something else Take care Barbra xx


Julia Report 14 Nov 2012 12:18

Hiya Barbra, I am on Metformin twice a day and a Glicicide, once a day.

Was put on this whilst in hospital for something else, when levels went up to 27.8 for no known reason.
I now have to measure my blood sugars first thing in the morning before I have breakfast, and in the evening before I have my evening meal.
If you arn't happy with your medication, have a word with your GP or Diabetic Nurse.
Leave this thread on the board, because Ronald does not come on until the evening, and others at various times of the day.

Good Luck

Julia in Derbyshire