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Any diabetics worried about COVID19?
Redrover87 · 11/03/2020 15:59
I’m 32 and have been type 1 since I was 9. I would say I control it well and this reflects in my notes eg HBa1c test
I’ve read that the mortality rate for diabetics is 9.6% which is scary and it’s also the second most high risk group under cardiovascular illnesses.
My question is, does it matter how well controlled I am? As I always thought I’d live a long and healthy life just the same as anybody else as long as I kept my levels stable. Or am I basically fucked because I’m diabetic?
Should I self isolate now or be thinking about it in the coming weeks?
For background, I rarely get ill and when I do it’s only for a couple of days (never been hospitalised) so I would say this is a sign of a good immune system. Could anybody shed some light on how dangerous this is for me?
I’d also love to hear from any other diabetics (type1 or 2) on how they’re feeling about all of this.
Sorry for my rambling, I’m just freaking myself out a bit especially after reading about the 56 year old woman with diabetes who died today on Bali from COVID19.
I’m also a single mother to a 2 year old so I’m worried about leaving her if it gets serious and I have to be hospitalised or worse.
Thanks for reading my ramblings !
Pipandmum · 19/03/2020 16:59
I'm type 1 for 16 years (I'm 57). I have reasonable, but not great, control.
Anyway I have no other conditions (blood pressure fine, cholesterol good etc). I do carry too much weight, but exercise regularly and am fit.
So I'm not more worried than anyone else of my age. I have a friend who has asthma and goes through inhalers pretty quick and is on statins and has elevated blood pressure - I think she has more risk should she get the virus.
Social distancing is different from isolation. If I lived in London I'd be alot more cautious, as it is I live on an island with only one confirmed case. So I'm keeping my distance from people and avoiding public transport. But I have been to several shops, and the post office. I wash my hands before I go and as soon as I can afterwards. I'm a lone parent and doing what I can. At the moment I will isolate if I have symptoms or if we are officially in 'shutdown', but not freaking out by any means.
BovaryX · 19/03/2020 17:03
I am also a type 1 with excellent control. I would be lying if I didn't say I feel very worried about this virus. It's just a real bummer and I am self isolating. For those of you feeling scared, I reckon many type 1s are feeling very vulnerable. Batten down the hatches and let us ride out this storm
tapdancingmum · 19/03/2020 17:11
I'm T2 with my last test in December bringing me down to the highest reading for pre-diabetes and control it with medication and diet. I started off quite worried as I could find no information as to how it could affect me but
I'm taking precautions i.e. hand washing/sanitising and keeping my distance except that I work in a preschool but from tomorrow will be shut so should be able to keep my contact with people even smaller. I feel healthy and now to keep it that way.
NervousInYorkshire · 20/03/2020 16:35
So I phoned back; Receptionist told me to ask my pharmacy to fax/email the prescription request to them. When I asked what I'm meant to do when this next one runs out before the end of May, they just said to wait until it runs out and we'll talk about it then. Great.
My pharmacy couldn't be nicer - I asked about whether I should be coming in or getting stuff delivered w/ the social distancing thing. They were fine with delivering except my address is a bugger to find; they've said I can go to them and they'll bring stuff to the door for me while I wait outside... I think I'm ok with that.
I've got a month of all my other diabetes and asthma meds in, so that's a bit less worry.
Sorry for blathering, my anxiety's really kicking off atm.
WreckTangled · 20/03/2020 16:45
No that's not write. Has your gp website got an email address? Please send an email FAO the practice manager.
As you can see from my medical records I am a type two diabetic on insulin. As such I am having to test my blood sugar level x times a day and therefore need x amount of test strips to last 28 days. Currently I am only able to order enough to last me x days. I have been unable to order more test strips as the system is saying I am not due them until the end of May. I am aware this is an automatic system which needs to be adjusted by the doctors. Unfortunately you very kind receptionists have been unable to advise or help me with this matter and therefore I am asking for your help to rectify this as a matter of urgency. I understand the immense pressure everyone is under in the current circumstances which is why I have purchased some test strips to cover me over the next few days but I am unable to continue to do so.
Sincerely etc etc
Please do get this sorted it's imperative that you have the best glucose control possible especially right now. I hope this helps you.
Justgivemesomepeace · 20/03/2020 16:54
My 46 yr old, type 1 since age 10, sister is working from home, self isolating. I've just called her and found her in the hairdressers. She is going out for a drink tomorrow to 'see whats open' and is picking a McDonalds up for my nieces tea. Shes wondering what to do on mothers day. So shes not scared but I'm shitting it for her.
I told her she was putting herself at risk but shes says she'll be careful, so that's ok then. The sooner we go to lockdown the better as people just don't seem to get it.
BovaryX · 20/03/2020 17:13
My 46 yr old, type 1 since age 10, sister is working from home, self isolating. I've just called her and found her in the hairdressers. She is going out for a drink tomorrow to 'see whats open' and is picking a McDonalds up for my nieces tea. Shes wondering what to do on mothers day. So shes not scared but I'm shitting it for her
I find it very hard to comprehend her attitude. Surely she has had experience of vulnerability to infection? If she has been type 1 since 10? It's self preservation for type 1s, I honestly don't understand it.
Justgivemesomepeace · 20/03/2020 19:11
Thankfully. I've just spoken to her and pissed her right off I think. I was right, she hasn't watched the news and thinks this is all over the top. I gave her a quick run down of what's going on in Spain and Italy and told her we are a couple of weeks behind and to watch Boris's update at least. She said she was 'going now' and put the phone down. Fucks sake.
BovaryX · 21/03/2020 10:32
Yes on a pump which failed this morning and left me spurting blood. Had to get DH to rescue me grin stress is causing me major hypos over night I keep reducing it. It's all fun and games
That sounds grim. Just out of curiosity, how do you find the pump in general? I have heard that some people experience hypos during the night on it? Is the 'injection ' site painful at all?
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