Can you drink if you have type 1 diabetes? Yes! But if you choose to, it’s critically important that you take certain measures to ensure your safety. The combination of alcohol and diabetes is like boats and icebergs - it's possible to coexist but one wrong move and the results could be fatal. So here are a … Continue reading Alcohol and type 1 diabetes
I built myself up for a cry today. I’ve been in a bit of a funk for a couple of days. I was all systems go throughout the exam season – and I actually managed to look after myself more so than the last - both physically and mentally. But the final two days were … Continue reading The Funk
I think that one of the worst parts of having a chronic illness is that sometimes, it breaks you. Maybe you have several bad days in a row. Maybe you just have one really bad day. Whichever it is, you realise you’ve gone on for so long being fine and that today, you’re not. You're … Continue reading When Big D gets you down.
We’ve all been there: you’re going about your day when a hypo smashes through your body like a lead balloon falling through the sky. You need sugar and you need it now. If you’re at home, there might be a variety of high sugar ‘treats’ on offer, and it’s all to tempting to go for … Continue reading 5 reasons you should treat a hypo with glucose tabs (and nothing else)
I haven't had the best couple of days. Late Friday night, I had fairly bad abdominal pain for the fourth night in a row. By 'fairly bad' I mean painkillers didn't help, I couldn't sleep, and it really hurt. My breathing had changed to more of a puff like I get when I hypo. So Ben drove … Continue reading Being force fed glucose in hospital as a Type 1 Diabetic.
I’m usually inherently positive about diabetes, and to be honest, about life in general. I crack a lot of jokes. I laugh at myself, and I laugh at my illness. Sometimes. Of course, that's not always the case - like when I was told I had Type 1 Diabetes, I quietly went through the five stages … Continue reading The 5 Stages of Grief…
This morning I woke up to a slightly elevated level - 6.1, after going to bed at 5.8 just after eating a carb packed kebab (I'd been out drinking so I ended the night with some carbs to prevent a hypo while I slept). I took my usual correction for this - 1.5 units of NovaRapid and … Continue reading Diabetic Problem #3: Having a Hypo 1 hour before your insulin peaks