Yikes! This is scary! There is a talk by Prof. Michael Bliss coming up at the local university, and I’ve decided to put myself out there, and see if any fellow PWDs want to meet up for a drink afterwards! Together with other people, we’ve been developing ideas to re-invigorate the local support group, but the meet-up next week is just something very opportunistic out of my own curiosity to see who else is “out there” and if they share the same desire to connect with others “in real life”. Anyway, hopefully, I won’t be stood up, but if you fancy joining me in Aberdeen: all the details are below!
A few months ago, I was asked by a different department at work to help out with an interview panel for an agriculture-related job. Although the subject area is completely alien to me, their interview process is the same as the department I work for, and they needed to balance their panel, so I happily obliged. In the process, though, I learnt some interesting new things about farming (can you name the top 20 crops farmed in the UK?), and while on holiday, I found myself wondering if one of these could be developed within the DOC! It is a modified version of the age-old “cooperative” idea, called a machinery ring, and I think that we should start our own!
As you may have gathered from some of my previous posts, I would really like to join Team Pump. So,… I’m really pumped to announce (sorry couldn’t resist the pun :D) that I will be starting insulin pump therapy soon… Mmm, OK, soon-ish (but I’ll get to that). I’ve been dreaming of starting this series of posts (almost since T0), so when I received some positive news at the weekend, it was time to start writing! In this first post, I thought I’d give a bit of background to the pump scene in my area and why I’ve been nagging my team to be put forward for an insulin pump.
With a lot of travel, also generally comes a lot of thinking and day dreaming. I get travel sick very easily, meaning that most of the time, all I manage on bus or boat journeys is to stare out of the window and let my mind wander. This trip, we made quite a few journeys, so I did that quite a bit. So for my own benefit, more than anything, I thought I’d summarise my four main lines of thought. I had a few other crazy ideas on our trip, but they are a little far out and deserving of their own posts!
As usual, I once again took way too many things on holiday. I spent some time beforehand making a list, but now it’s time to evaluate its usefulness. While some things are essential (clean underwear, toothbrush, insulin), some things are definitely not (2 rash vests, 3 pairs of trousers, 4 boxes of 50 glucose tabs!). During this trip, while lugging my bag in the tropical heat or sitting on it to zip it shut, I decided that I need to rationalise my pre-trip checklist to avoid over-packing next time (and leave space in my luggage for handicrafts and souvenirs!). I’ve already done this for items of clothing, but what out of my diabetes supplies would I consider leaving behind next time?
When we last travelled to South East Asia (around 1 year BD) I didn’t feel ill once during the five weeks. It meant by the second day of that trip I was happily eating street food without a care in the world. This time round though, it was a very different story and with diabetes thrown into the mix it meant that on Day 6, we even had to change our travel plans.
I wish I could boast that my blood glucose levels during my four week holiday were amazing, but that would be lying! Even at home, they are never 100% in range, so expecting this to happen while on holiday would be like wishing for the moon! Almost a year ago, I went on a DAFNE course (Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating) and it helped build my confidence with adjusting insulin to what I was eating rather than the opposite way around. I wish I could even say that I followed all the DAFNE principles while away, but trying to spot blood glucose patterns outside of a regular rhythm while eating exotic foods with dubious carb guestimates is a little difficult! I did still try to carb count, and correct high BGs, but the outcomes were a bit of a mixed bag (an understatement if any!)!