Skip to main content

Level Lottery

I am trying to make the most of my diabetes. Therefore I have found some ways to take away some of the drudgery of it. Each lunchtime before I take my glucose levels I challenge the other people in the office to guess my level. They ask me about what I have eaten and try to guess. I get to guess too. The person closest gets 10p! I have the advantage of knowing how I feel. So, you'd have thought that I would win. Not a bit of it! I haven't managed to be closest in any of the times we have played it. I hope I get better otherwise I'll have no change left.

Other things that brighten it up are my spreadsheets of stock levels and my glucose monitoring graphs.

My daughter (2 and a bit) has got right into the procedures I have to go through. She tells me to 'do my blood sugar' then 'do my leg' or my tummy. She won't let me get away with slacking! In fact she doesn't let me get away with any of my bad habits including biting my nails or putting my knife down and eating only with my fork, or talking before I have finished my mouthful! Better not visit the USA in the near future!

On a more stressful note, I am getting prepared for another appointment at the hospital on Monday. Unfortunately, it is not for me. We have suspicions that my son (3 months) cannot see well, if at all. He does seem to react to light, but we believe he may have a condition called nystagmus. In the same way that I was prepared for my diagnosis, I am prepared for the worst on Monday, but even so I still hope that the prognosis is better than I fear.

More positively, planning permission has just gone in for our house extension. It is scary because it involves demolishing one side of the house. We have confidence in our builder, and are certain that the disruption will be worth it. Work is due to start in May and be completed in 14 weeks.

Level down to 3.2 this evening, but was 17 after lunch. Had some lovely low-GI tea bread (from the Anthony Worrell-Thompson GI book), but I think it must have been high in carbs as that was the only thing that could have given me those levels, adjusted with 4 units of Novorapid. It appears that 1 unit reduces my level by 2mmol/l. Have also discovered that at breakfast, my levels are fine if I have cereal or toast, but not both.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Abbott dX 2022 Barcelona - "Make it Count"

For the past four years I've been invited by Abbott to a conference bringing together people with diabetes from across Europe to discuss various topics.  The first year I was meant to attend, it was my 'man v horse' year (the horse won!), so was unable to attend and then the pandemic hit so two further dX's were held virtually.  I was fortunate to be asked to present at last year's session.  This year's event was back in-person and held in Barcelona, coinciding with the latter part of the ATTD conference.   At this point, I must make it very clear - Abbott invited me to the 2022 European Diabetes Exchange forum (dX), that took place in Barcelona.  I attended this two-day event to connect and interact with inspirational and influential people in the diabetes community.  Abbott paid for my ticket and accommodation. #InvitedbyAbbott.  This is formal and it needs to be - I have not been required to do anything by Abbott as a result of my attendance and I hope that m

The CCG Project!

In order to find out the situation around the country for Libre prescribing now that the national policy has been published, I have made the decision to contact many of them to find out their plans.  I have arbitrarily chosen to contact all English CCGs that in December 2018 prescribed Libre via Primary Care to less than 5% of their population (and one specific request from a group member).  I had hoped this would be a small list, but there are 135 CCGs on the list.  I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but I'm committed to doing this and feeding back.  It worked before and hopefully this level of scrutiny will bring similar results. Below is a screenshot of the base document I am sending to each of the CCGs - it has some fields that are merge fields, so don't worry about the brackets and codes in the document (I found a typo, which has now been corrected too) .  The major piece of work with respect to this is finding the right person to contact.  However, I have s

July Update - CCGs Under Pressure!

The heat is unbearable in some parts, not only in the environment, but also hopefully the heat directed at the decision-makers in 'non-compliant' CCGs who are either refusing to accept that Libre is a revolutionary tool for many T1s or have agreed to fund, but then set crippling criteria. Latest Prescribing Data Progress in prescribing continues, with stabilisation in Scotland and a continuation of the steady rise in the other three countries of the UK.  The Wales May data should be out this week. As mentioned last month, the situation in Scotland is particularly promising and the excellent Edinburgh Centre for Endocrinology and the Scottish Health Technologies Group have published documents that should significantly help the Libre case.  These documents are based on the first six months of prescribing Libre. Healthcare Improvement Scotland Statement Flash Glucose Monitoring is associated with improved glycaemic control and quality of life in people with type 1 d