Hello. My name is Daragh Quinn. I'm 16 years old and attend Welshpool High School. I also do a bit of voluntary work for Glyn, and he's invited me to write an occasional post for publication on his blog. This is my first effort, which I have emailed to him, granting permission for alteration as he wishes. I accept that this could be a bit risky.
This morning, we went to the theatre together - sort of. It was a play put on at Welshpool Town Hall, and organised by Diabetes UK, in partnership with the Pyramid Theatre Company, which was formed in 1993 as a specialist 'Theatre in Health Education Company'. The whole event was sponsored by the Wales Young Farmer's Clubs.
The play was about a middle aged lorry driver whose life was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with diabetes. Frank was also an Elvis impersonator, which is why the play was called 'All Shook Up'. He had been feeling very tired, had been losing weight, had been peeing all the time, and had been "having trouble with his lifting equipment in the bedroom department". (Sorry, but Glyn added this line from the script). We learned today that the 'one and only' Elvis was diabetic. The play was a mixture of very funny sketches and serious messages.
Just over two weeks ago I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes myself. Since then I've been in and out of hospitals and clinics, seeing dietitians, nurses and doctors. I would like to give my full support and appreciation to all of them. They are doing a wonderful job. The play was aimed at Type 2 Diabetes rather than Type 1, so didn't apply directly to me, but it was a hugely enjoyable and informative experience.
Sadly, too few people turned up to watch. The question and answer session afterwards was unsuccessful. A great shame. I strongly recommend that anyone who has been recently diagnosed (or is an old hand) should check out where the the tour is going next. You can telephone 01269850329 or 07967456233 to find out. Diabetes UK will be there to offer advice and answer questions. I was very pleased that I went along.