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

How cute for winter?

YARNutopia by Nadia Fuad

MermaidAfghan
Several weeks ago, a few of my friends contacted me showing me a photo they found online of a mermaid blanket. Not all mermaid blankets were exactly the same, so I did my own research and used variations of different stitches and patterns I found on the internet, I created my own mermaid afghan. Since I borrowed stitches from several different patterns (including this pattern by Mad Hooker), I combined them to make my own in this exclusive FREE pattern that I have written. Below you will find the instructions to make 3 different sizes (Small, Medium, Large). You can use any combination of colors to create the scale look. This is an easy to follow pattern, and I highly recommend watching the video tutorial to follow along if you get stuck. Enjoy and Happy Hookin’! ~Nadia
Designed by Nadia Fuad
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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.

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).

Lawsuit…

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

Back in black….

After a month’s break, i am finally back on my pump.
I will be honest, i was scared to go back given all my issues previously but my DSN gave me some new cannulas which seem fine *touch wood* apart from bleeding out from a cannula less than 24 hours old.

I feel happier to a degree because i can control my basal easier & im using less insulin compared to MDI (yes that is a selfish reason) but i hate taking 14u if my bloods are normal for breakfast on the pump compared to 20u on MDI #yesimselfishandvein.

So heres to round 2 on my pump…

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I did kinda sing on the 5th day of christmas my dsn gave to me….
New cannulas!!!

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Note to self, putting a cannula in your leg is fucking uncomfortable…

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Now readers please, dont get jealous of my sexy six pack…. 😄😄

Sarah Wilson please stop.

Diabetogenic

I’m going to start by being honest and telling you that I think Sarah Wilson is an idiot. Her whole I Quit Sugar bullshit is nothing more than a moneymaking scam, and I will never understand why she thinks her D-grade celebrity status gives her any credibility when it comes to offering health advice.

But today, she has gone from being just a misinformed fool to an absolute troll. Because surely, that can be the only reason she would write that autoimmune conditions are all caused by self-hatred.

Oh yes she did.

Read this. I really don’t want to promote her stupid rantings, but read it. Read the ridiculous rhetoric. Read the assumptions. Read the complete and utter lack of anything resembling evidence. Read that this thoughtless opinion was a result of watching a TED talk given by Dr Habib Sadeghi, a so-called ‘healer to the stars’.

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MDI -V- insulin pumps, the verdict

This has been one of the highest profile cases in law since Smith -V- Blogs*.

Ill be reporting on the verdict of MDI -V- Insulin Pumps, i promise dear reader i wont complicate the matter by using latin or legal terms but i may use Yorkshire to get my point across.

So its been 7 days since i went on my pump break with the hope of finding out was the insulin pump was really for me.

Well ladies & gentlemen, im about to list some of the key issues involved in the case

MDI
I feel/look normal.
My GP can & will muck up my insulin order.
My legs & stomach are painful post injections & are highly bruised.
Im hardly within range at the moment.
Only 2 hypos so far.
But & this is one of the biggest issues for me, my insulin requirement has gone up by 20%.

Insulin Pump
I have it attached for 23 hours a day.
My GP cant muck up my insulin order.
I can control my background insulin easier with TBR’s when required.
I use a lot less insulin compared to MDI.
Its hard to forget it compared to pens.
But & this is the biggest issue for me, im leaking nearly every bloody day

And im sad to say but ive hated the last 7 days on MDI but yet i did it for nearly 10 years without issue.

I honestly dont know what i want from my diabetes management anymore, part of me wants to be admitted to hospital to sort out my feelings on my diabetes management & the other part just wants to stop being a pin cushion & stop taking my insulin all together.

I would love to use my pump to control my background & corrections but use my pen to inect for my meals which would mean divorcing lantus insulin.
I suppose i could ask if i could do that management system as well as ask if i could take part in the smart insulin trials or alternatively i could ask for a diaport.

*its a made up case name, i would never use a named & cited case to get my point across.