Monday, 16 April 2012

A Night to Remember and An Hour at the Doctors

Yesterday I watched the film, "A Night to Remember" for only the second time. And a very good film it is too. The first time I watched it was at The Odeon in Withington roadworks, Whalley Range back in 1958. It lacks the colour of James Cameron's remake, called "Titanic" but didn't have an annoying love story running through it.
At the time we couldn't understand why it didn't have enough life boats. I still can't understand why it didn't have enough life boats. I mean compared to the cost of the ship a few more lifeboats wouldn't have made much difference. I expect it's the total indifference of those in power towards the struggling masses. Not a lot changed there.
Today I went to Chatto Rd surgery to have some photos taken, 4 all together, courtesy of the NHS. I go every year. The photos are of my retinas. I am Type 2 diabetic and having photos taken each year and compared with previous years photos is a guide to how well I am coping with diabetes. Also the sooner you find out there is a problem the better the chance of no lasting damage being done. Diabetes is not an ilness you know you have in the same way you would know if you had flu. Lots of people don't know what to look for and can lose the chance to start treatment early. Starting treatment early can only be a good thing. Diabetes affects 2.8 million people in the UK. It is thought that a further one million people have the condition but are not aware of it.
 The main symptoms of diabetes are:
•feeling very thirsty
•going to the toilet a lot, especially at night
•extreme tiredness
•weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
Other symptoms of diabetes can include:
•itchiness around the vagina or penis
•recurring thrush as a result of the excess glucose in your urine
•blurred vision caused by the lenses of your eyes becoming very dry
•cuts and sores taking longer to heal
Not to be an alarmist but if you notice any of the above symptoms nip round and have a chat to your doctor just to be on the safe side. You never know, you too could have your photo taken by the NHS free of charge. Though hopefully not.

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