Skip to main content

More stuff

Hello dedicated readers!! Again I haven't blogged for a while. Part of this is Harry Potter's fault. I am rather behind, but have now nearly finished book 6. I have the final book, but face a dilemma. I have a PRINCE2 (project management) course the first week in October and I have an entire coursebook to read and digest. Do I read the coursebook or HP? I think I better do the PRINCE2 stuff otherwise I won't pass the two exams that are contained in the course.

Building work continues apace. Here are two pictures of how it looked yesterday:



The brickwork is going up quickly, but I guess the insides will be a bit slower. At least now, we can see the outline of the kitchen and will soon be able to see the extent of the upstairs rooms. The money is also flowing to the builder quickly. At least he says now, that unless we change the plans, it will come in on or around budget.

I am going to my first civil partnership ceremony in London tomorrow. It will be interesting and whatever you think about the ceremony, it is special and important for the people involved and therefore believe you should support it. It will be good to meet up with some old friends too. As it is in London, near where my mother lives, I have left Claire and the children and come back to Birmingham on my own. It has given me two days without them, but I am not that I really enjoyed it and didn't sleep as well as I hoped. Going back to them this evening, which I am looking forward to. We spent the weekend with my mother, including a day in London on Saturday. We went to the Science Museum to see the Bob the Builder show. It was a bit advanced for Abby and she is not really sure about lots of noise and big groups. We followed it up with a trip to the Natural History Museum to see the dinosaurs and the collection of large mammals. This was much more up her street and she was very excited by it all. We finished up in Hamleys, which was absolute heaven for her, particularly the Thomas the Tank Engine set and all the other wonderful toys in the shop.

Diabetes continues to trundle on in the background. I believe I need to keep it this way, because this isn't a short-term thing, I hope that I will live for another 40 or so years and I need to keep up the standards that I have in the first stage of dealing with the condition. I am struggling a bit at the moment, maybe because I have had cold symptoms for over a month. I am told that infections affect blood sugar and may explain some of the highs that I have been experiencing. At least I can adjust my insulin to try and keep under control. If it goes on this way, I am not sure that my next a1c will be where I want it, but at least I know I can do it and I have an excuse! I am trying to add a graph to the page, but it won't let me...you weren't that interested were you?!

I'll try and update again soon.

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