Diabetes and MRI Scanners

As I've mentioned on so many occasions, I take looking after my feet and lower limbs really seriously. Of course because it's an incredibly important part of managing my diabetes, also because as an athlete, I need to look after the tools of my trade. Therefore, not only do I do my best to wear the right footwear and accessories, I also am under the care of a podiatry specialist.

Today I needed to get my ankles checked, because they've been pinching my achilles a little of late. Nothing to worry about, and I'm still managing to train well. But I think it's healthy to get to the bottom of these things, as did the podiatrist. So he sent me for an MRI scan, so as to get a better idea of what's been going on.

I've never had an MRI scan or anything like that before, so was a little apprehensive about what to expect. Especially where my diabetes was concerned, because I was made aware before the assessment, that I wouldn't be allowed any metal near the scanner. So when I entered the appointment, the first thing I did was to let the MRI specialist know that I had type 1 diabetes. From there we agreed on a plan of action...

First I tested my blood glucose levels the old fashioned way, 8.7mmol which was a good start. I then laid out all of my blood kit and fast acting glucose options (drink and tabs), in an agreed place so that the MRI specialist could get them in case of an emergency. He then asked me about my hypo symptoms, just so he could keep an eye out for them. I then took my pump off and entered the scanner room/ scanner itself. I was then given an emergency button and shown how to use it, if in any case I felt unwell or needed a break.

As it happened I didn't need any of our diabetes 'just in case' interventions, but I think it was really important to have them there, as it made me feel more confident and less worried about the test. When we were finished my blood glucose levels were 7.0mmol, and I kept an eye on my levels for the rest of the day for reactions from being away from my pump for a short time, but there were none.


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