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Back To Life, Back To Reality 🎵

In the words of Soul II Soul, I have finally gone 'back to life, back to reality' this week... After three weeks of sick leave, I have returned to work!

I am on restricted duties which means minimal/ no prisoner contact so it has been a bit of a doss-week.

On my first day back, I thought I was having a DKA episode. I had breakfast and Insulin then left for work. En route I felt sick to my stomach. I was shaking and my eyes flickering but it definitely didn't feel like a hypo.

When I arrived at work, I parked up and tested my BG. 14.8mmol/l. It was flashing up to test my Ketones and I was shocked they were only at 0.1. Luckily the feeling passed after an hour or so.

I completely underestimated just how exhausted I would feel, although I don't actually understand why I am so tired. Yesterday I was meant to be working a 12-hour shift. By lunchtime I could have slept standing up!

I woke up that morning after an 8-hour sleep feeling drained, like I hadn't had any sleep at all. When I arrived at work, my colleagues told me I looked like shit.

I did wonder if I had a hypo overnight, but my sugars were at 7.8mmol/l when I first woke up (at 05.30) so I think it's unlikely?

Throughout the day, my colleagues were walking round in their shirts whilst my jacket was zipped right up and I was shivering. My line manager very kindly arranged for me to go home at lunch so I could sleep. I got home and crashed for 4-hours whilst spooning my dog. I woke up, had a cuppa and pretty much went back to bed until the next morning.

Today, I feel absolutely refreshed and energised. So odd! Maybe it was just a passing bug, but I now automatically assume EVERYTHING is to do with Diabetes.

I am at the Diabetes Clinic tomorrow for the first time since diagnoses. I am planning to discuss Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM). At the moment I am pricking my fingers at least 8-10 times a day (ouchie!) and I am finding it difficult to keep checking at work.

For starters, I don't want to advertise the fact I have Diabetes to the prisoners for a multitude of reasons. It also just isn't practical to keep taking myself away from the wing to test.

Secondly, prisons are VERY dirty places. It feels very wrong and unsanitary to keep pricking myself in places where people stage dirty protests (you don't want to know).

Lastly, my work shirts are WHITE. There hasn't been a day this week I've not got blood on myself.

Bad Count Dracula 🧛🏻‍♂️

#BackToWork #BackToReality #Type1Struggles #CGM

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