The Pumped Diabetic: Prep, prep, prep

Each of us is different in how we approach a big change in our life.  Some decide to wait and see, others prepare for all eventualities.  Personally, I know I fall in the latter category: I am a strategist who likes to have covered all bases before leaving on holiday, attending a meeting, jumping off a cliff… For my life with diabetes, that’s no different, and as P-day (the day I get an insulin pump) is now just a few days away, I am in full “strategic” mode.

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The Pumped Diabetic: What’s in a name…

Naming inanimate objects we are fond of, is a trait most of us share. It’s an odd human-thing to do; but quite a few of us name cars, bikes, houses, … and even diabetes-related paraphernalia!

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The Lagrangian Diabetic

I’ve discovered since diagnosis that travel and diabetes lead to interesting thoughts! As I’m sat in an airport lounge waiting for my flight, I was contemplating whether my personal research work can influence how my clinical team and I interact! Continue reading

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The In-touch Diabetic

Well, I haven’t been around for a while. Autumn is generally my busiest season in terms of work (with working groups and projects having their annual meetings around the UK and abroad), and play (the short overlap between the outdoor and indoor season in autumn can be hectic!).  This year, that busy schedule has extended into Winter, and now even almost in to Spring (showing its face for the first time this week! :) ).  The lack of time has meant that I haven’t written in a while, or been on Twitter for chats and general lurking.  Although it makes me feel a little out of the community in terms of day-to-day interactions, I have managed to keep up with everyone’s blogging shenanigans.  How?

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The Real-life Diabetic

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 chance for a meet-up; hopefully not by myself ;)

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The Cooperative Diabetic

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!

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The Pumped Diabetic: Patience, young Padawan…

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.

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