Skip to main content

Lichfield

Had a really nice day today. Woke up to good levels again (4.3) and levels have remained under 10 all day.

As it was a good day weatherwise, decided to go and visit a city we hadn't visited before - Lichfield. The main driver for this was because we had been looking for rice syrup and pear and apple spread that were in a recipe in a diabetes cookbook for flapjacks. We had heard that there was a good Waitrose in Lichfield. In fact it was an excellent Waitrose. We have a joke in our family that you can't get out of Waitrose without spending at least £40. We spent £39 today! The produce is just so much better than the normal supermarkets and the variety is great. We'll have to come back here for treats.

After Waitrose we went into the town. It is a compact town with lots of lovely shops and some nice independents. We went to the cathedral, which is a stunning building. It was 15 years ago that I last visited, singing Mozart's Requiem with the school music society. The scale of the building and the superb stained glass were a wonder. There was also a large duck pond not far away, which kept Abby amused. Adjacent to the cathedral is a lovely tea room/cafe. We had a superb lunch, in a baby-friendly evironment at very reasonable prices. We will be back. On the way back to the car, we found a model railway shop, and although the staff seemed disapproving of a toddler in their midst, she thoroughly enjoyed it.

Made a lovely Chicken Korma tonight, whose recipe was in a Splenda leaflet that I picked up at the Doctors' Surgery. It was low in carbs and tasted great. Not sure how to handle rice as I read it is slow release, but maybe not as much as pasta? Will try some other recipes and maybe make some up of my own.

Did some more reading and found articles on the bbc and wikipedia regarding artificial pancreas. These look great and are currently in clinical trials. It is basically the current technology of external insulin pumps, connected to an internal glucose monitor. This is nearly as good as a cure as far as I can tell. They reckon they may be available in 5 years or so, but will they be available on the NHS?

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

4.0!

Took my levels this morning and they were at the magic 4.0mmol/l level (72 in US units)! Had a biscuit in celebration! Latest graph above. Seems less predictable than I thought, but at least I am now generally below 10 most of the time. I believe I am however in the 'Honeymoon Period'. This is the time when the body is still producing a little insulin and therefore your levels are easier to control. I don't think that it lasts long. A thick blanket of snow has fallen during the night. I was meant to be going to London today, but I think I'll give it a miss. My daughter (2) saw the snow and got very excited. She had not been out in snow before. We had an excellent half hour out the front of the house making tracks and getting cold! In my nice warm office now drinking a big mug of tea and looking at the snow continuing to fall. Won't be late home tonight.

Freestyle Liberating

So,what's all the fuss about? Today's graph with two Nutella-covered wraps - no Low Carb here! The Abbott Freestyle Libre is a paradigm-changing piece of medical equipment.  It has been warmly embraced by many of the diabetic community since its launch almost three years ago (its birthday is on 16th October).  So what's all the fuss about and is it justified? In my opinion, yes , but with some important caveats, especially with how you use it and interpret the results.  These are my tips for getting the most out of it: Use it for trends - stop thinking you need to compare it to other meters.  The only reason you should continue to test traditionally is to meet requirements of DVLA.  OK, if you are hypo-unaware, I can see logic in checking.  Yes, it can be 'inaccurate' but that's hard to quantify.  If you're far enough into your journey with diabetes, you should have a fair idea of what the scan is going to show.  If it doesn't match