Crochet Tutorial: Mermaid Tail Afghan Pattern—3 Sizes (Small: Child, Medium: Teen, Large: Adult)

How cute for winter?


Pump break due to morons

So im on a pump break again & its not by choice.
Thanks to the idiot at Thomas Cook who informed the airline im insueein dapandant (i dont even know what the hell that is, never mind the airline).
The various messages & phone calls to Jet2 about the box i wear (i dont play cricket so its not THAT box).
Its safe to say, i may end up challenged at security about my pump & being INSULIN DEPENDENT (thats for the bloke at Thomas Cook) not the crap he put down.
So to cover myself, ive come off my pump & gone back onto my pens. Ive experienced the awful highs while my body starves from the lack of constant Novorapid it so desperately craves & waits for old faithful Lantus to wake up & do its job.
Ive had to seriously up my units of fast acting insulin compared to the smaller amounts i use on the pump.
I still feel rotten now from the change & its only been 3 days but hopefully by the time i go on holiday, i should of settled into the routine of my old diabetic life.
I do hope for the day when non diabetics understand what their lapsy daisy approach to informing an airline of a passengers medical requirements doesnt involve what ive had to do, to avoid being turned away by wearing my pump due to someone who didnt listen to me say i wear an insulin pump & showed them it, who failed to correctly inform the airline.

So i want an understanding from holiday reps & a damn cure, remeber parliament disolves in just under 5 years. So vote for me to be the new Prime Minister, i promise test strips, free CGM’s & insulin pumps for all.

Food, glorious food

Taking a cue from Adam Brown’s recent post, write a post documenting what you eat in a day!  Feel free to add links to recommended recipes/shops/whatever.  Make it an ideal day or a come-as-you-are day – no judgments either way.  (Thank you, Katy of  Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes for this topic.)

Ive recently changed what i eat in a big way so here is a typical food day

Porridge with either blueberries/raspberries/banana topped with agave syrup & fruit juice.

Either chocolate snackajacks topped with strawberries & raspberries.
Or ryvita topped with cottage cheese.
Popcorn or a kitkat

Occasionally though i have sushi (which i love again after horrif food poisoning from eating M&S’s sushi)

(Saturday & Sunday’s are days i can have bread)

Bit of a anything goes but its things like
Spag bol
Curry either indian or thai
Chickpea dahl
Jacket potato
Occasionally a shop bought pizza or take away (i try to only have this once or twice a month)

My weaknesses are
After all ive got a bolus for that 😉

We’re going through changes…

Today let’s talk about changes, in one of two ways.  Either tell us what you’d most like to see change about diabetes, in any way.  This can be management tools, devices, medications, people’s perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing.  OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes.  Were they expected or did they surprise you?

Hmmmm i think one of the main thing id like to see is a cure, even before i took part in JDRF UK’s CountMeIn campaign at Parliament.

I (at the possible amusement/annoyance of my healthcare team), want to try every possible “cure” & new management method going.

One thing i really want is the artifical pancreas, reading about it makes me giddy at the posibilities for the future in our healthcare then nostalgic for the days when i wasnt Laura with diabetes (i know, i have diabetes but it doesnt have me).

Over the 12 years of being diagnosed, ive seen some amazing break throughs in diabetes like the forms of therapy to meters that dont require you to attend hospital for a blood transfusion.

Let it go…

Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let’s clear stuff out.  What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out?  This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you’re mentally or emotionally hanging on to.  Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it?  (Thank you Rick of RA Diabetes for this topic suggestion.)

So blog week has decided on a topic to match that bloody frozen song, let it go (no i wont be bursting into song).

I dont think i have much to let go regarding my diabetes, my hate of the disease comes & goes.

I do however horde diabetic supplies, i still have my first blood sugar meter, first MDI pens & at my mums house, the glucogen injection kit they sent me home with 12 years ago….


Diabetic filter or lack of….

Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see.  What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet?  Or from your family and friends?  Why is it important to keep it to yourself?  (This is not an attempt to get you out of your comfort zone.  There is no need to elaborate or tell personal stories related to these aspects.  Simply let us know what kinds of stories we will never hear you tell, and why you won’t tell them.) (Thank you Scott E of Rolling in the D for this topic.)

So todays topic is keeping it to yourself.

My diabetes = my rules.

If i want to rant about a crappy day of sugars or celebrate exercising without a serious crash of blood sugars then i will (but i may not do it so colourfully to my consultant or DSN).

In plain terms, this shit is hard to live with 24/7 so there are times when i may say something like i shouldnt.

Take the time at work asking for a plaster as id sprung a leak aka i’d removed my previous cannula to be greeted with a mixtute of blood & insulin coming out of the site (that apparently was overshare, to me it was normal).
Or like the time i announced at home time that i was off to find a pot to piss in for clinic (the look on everyones face at work was funny as hell to me as i have no dignity left in this game anymore, especially when someone asks for your urine so they can test it there & then before sending it off to be tested some more).
Or like the time i had to lift up my dress, pull down my tights to show my attractive male DSN my cannula sites (my fat tummy jiggled as he poked & prodded, i wanted the ground to swallow me up).

I do speak my mind #nofilter so very little is off limits to me.

I love that i have fellow diabetics in my life who know where youre coming from when you say something that doesnt make sense to normal people.

no such thing as cant

In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…”  that participants found wonderfully empowering.  So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes.  What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could?  Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of?  Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?  (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)

Yay its blog week again & todays topic is I can….

Well i can do almost anything with my diabetes in tow.

Yes i may not have the best out look on life as im a glass half full kinda gal depending on my depression.

I can kick ass/argue til im blue in the face all in the name of diabetic prejudice (or a bad mood).

But more importantly i can educate those out there who are misinformed/uninformed about the disease that came to stay with me 12 years ago.

I do hope for qualities for diabetics but that maybe a long time coming.

This isnt what you think it is (aka your diabetes type)

Yesterday at work, i was talking to one of my barristers about a diabetic issue (ie i have a slight skin infection at present & said barrister is an ex nurse).
The conversation has lead to me having hurt feelings & being a bit upset since.

Yes i maybe overweight but when it comes down to my diabetes & my type of my diabetes, you either need to think long & hard about what you are going to say or better still not say it.

When it all went wrong when i was 15 & my type was in question, i had a cepeed test which confirmed i was type 1.

I dont however appreciate one of my barristers telling me that he thinks im not type 1 but that infact i have maturity onset diabetes.

Ill say it now, thats not just crossing a line but infact its jumping over the line into a whole new air space.

Given i struggle with my weight & the only way i know to loose weight is to dramatically reduce my insulin, is this something i should now do to get people off my back about my diabetic type & weight (please note i am NOT suggesting i will do this but i am so upset & angry, logical thinking went out of the window during the conversation).


Dear pancreas,
I regret to inform you that i am instructing a solicitor to sue you for loss of sleep, numerous hypers/hypos, ketones, blood tests, hbA1c’s, clinic appointments, retinal photographs, cannula infections, bruises, 2 unconcious ambulance call outs etc over the past 12 years since you went on strike.
I am willing to call this off if you just will sodding work!!!

Yours sincerley
fed of being diabetic