I had to be talked into getting my first insulin pump nine years ago. I really didn't want one. I was managing my diabetes well on multiple daily injections and finger prick testing and I found injections quick and easy (once I got over my reluctance to do them in public). My endocrinologist finally convinced … Continue reading Diabetes technology and body image
I had my bloods taken a couple of weeks ago by my lovely diabetes nurse. We had a really good open chat about my burnout experience and subsequent improvement. I jokingly said I’d become “a little bit obsessed” with diabetes recently. She warned me (in a kind, empathetic way, but with genuine concern) to watch … Continue reading Finding balance: wisdom from a diabetes nurse
I've been feeling pretty good about my diabetes management over the last few months since I started pulling myself out of my diabetes burnout hole. I've really been doing my best and not slacking off. While my day to day BGs are far from perfect, with regular rollercoaster profiles and unexplained highs and lows, what is … Continue reading Good HbA1c news…the burnout recovery continues!
On the NHS's 70th birthday, I've been feeling grateful for the care I've received since returning to the UK four years ago after living in Australia for eight years. I was diagnosed just after moving to Australia and received first class care there so I was apprehensive to be moving back to the UK to … Continue reading T1D care: NHS vs Down Under
I wrote last week about my diabetes burnout, which had been dragging on for a few years. After a surprisingly simple intervention by my 7 year old daughter, I've been taking proper care of myself ever since. I needed a few things to get me back on track: to talk to people who could help … Continue reading “If you can’t get out of it, get into it!”
I was diagnosed 11 years ago in my mid 20s during my "working holiday" in Australia. Looking back over that time now, it is quite neatly divided into the "motivated phase" and the "demotivated phase". I've been working hard over the last few months to get back on track and seeing some results, and I've … Continue reading Diabetes burnout: where did my motivation go?
Inspired by the NHS's Diabetes Week and the Talking About Diabetes campaign, I'm putting fingers to keyboard to share my perspectives and experiences of living with Type 1 Diabetes for the last 11 years. My aim in this is to help and support other people with diabetes, and to connect with the diabetes healthcare community … Continue reading Welcome to Pumps and Pricks!