So this week is the Sixth Annual Diabetes Blog Week, and I'm excited to say I'm going to be a part of it. What this means is every day from May 11th until May 17th, I will be posting a new blog on a set topic. This will spread diabetes awareness as well as showing different … Continue reading Diabetes Blog Week!
When I was diagnosed with diabetes, I was ignorant to the disease, and I was naive. When I spoke to the nurse on the phone the day previously, I asked if I could see her when she was in Queenstown the following week, rather than driving an hour each way to see her at the … Continue reading What does being a diabetic actually mean?
I've had beautiful blood glucose levels all week. Just look at my graph, staying pretty steady and within the safe lines. Do you notice anything? Let's me talk about Tuesday. Tuesday was a good day. We made the 5 hour round trip to Invercargill for my post-surgery follow up appointment. I'd had a delicious breakfast of bacon, eggs and avocado, and … Continue reading EXPERIMENT #4: Pretending I can eat carbs like a normal person
Having to stick needles into your belly sucks at the best of times. But it sucks even more so when it's so cold that you're sat in a coat, but you have to unzip it to inject. Not only that, but you have to squeeze a bit of fat with your ice cold fingers. Ice. Cold. … Continue reading Diabetic Problem #2: Having to inject when you’re freezing
As diabetics, we are told to test our blood sugar 2 hours postprandial (after meals). This is because of the rate of digestion combined with the activity level of the fast acting insulin we've taken to cover the carbohydrates (and protein) in our meal (I take NovaRapid before meals, whose onset is 10-20 minutes, the peak … Continue reading Experiment #3: Testing BS 90 minutes after eating
Sometimes, for no reason whatsoever, your insulin pen decides not to work. Today is that day. My 3 week old ClickStar pen for my Lantus cartridges just won't work. I tried dismantling and reconstructing it, and changing the needle. Nothing. As it happens, my plan was to go to the Pharmacy in the morning, as they … Continue reading Diabetic Problem #1: When your insulin pen fails
08:00 5.0 mmol/L (two cups of coffee) 09:00 5.0 units Lantus I reduced my morning basal by 1 unit today - from 6 units of to 5 following yesterdays drop. I had two cups of filtered coffee and then I decided to experiment with 'Bulletproof Coffee' as I was neither hungry nor doing … Continue reading Experiment #2 & 3: Reducing my basal insulin & trying bulletproof coffee
This morning I woke up to a beautiful level: 08:30 4.6 mmol/L I took my Lantus half an hour later, as for the last couple of days I've been injecting it in two equal parts twice a day (6 units at 9pm and 6 units at 9am) because of Dr Bernstein's opinion that 'there … Continue reading Experiment #1: Splitting my basal insulin into two shots
Running a marathon has always been on my bucket list. It’s the pinnacle of running, and I’ve entered the London Marathon for about 5 years on the trot, despite being out of the country for 3 of those, and every year I’ve received a ‘Commiserations’ magazine. I always thought London would be the first – … Continue reading I just ran my first marathon! (with Type 1 diabetes!)