I was diagnosed in 1994, aged 25. I had been unwell and was showing the signs of undiagnosed type 1 diabetes. I was admitted to hospital and stayed there for seven days.
At diagnosis, my diabetes kit bag consisted of mix insulin, which I injected twice daily by syringe, a blood meter that took 120 seconds to give a reading and the results needed to be written in a diary. I was on fixed carbohydrate meals and fixed insulin doses. It was very inflexible.
Almost 25 years later, in February of 2019, my son is suddenly unwell. I recognise the signs. I ask him if I can check his blood levels and sure enough, they are high. I take him straight to hospital and he is diagnosed at the age of 16 with type 1 diabetes.
His diagnosis was much swifter and the knowledge of the condition much greater than 25 years ago. Technology has moved on a lot and he is able to use a continuous glucose monitor and multiple dose injection therapy with long-acting insulin to live a much more flexible life than I did.