Is it time for an insulin pump break?

It's weird to imagine what it'll be like to de-rig from my insulin pump after wearing one for nearly 11 years but I am starting to think I need a break. This feels uncomfortable to admit because I know they aren't easy to come by and I don't want to be at all ungrateful for … Continue reading Is it time for an insulin pump break?

10 ways Type 1 Diabetes has affected my emotional health

By far the biggest challenge of my 12 years with type 1 diabetes so far has been dealing with its impact on my emotions and general mental health.  While I get on with the rest of my life, working in a demanding job and raising kids with my husband, my inner thoughts about my diabetes … Continue reading 10 ways Type 1 Diabetes has affected my emotional health

When finger pricks take their toll

Three months of using the Freestyle Libre has given me a very welcome break from one of the aspects of having Type 1 Diabetes that has bothered me the most - having to do endless blood sugar checks.  For different reasons over the last 11 years of having Type 1, doing a "good job" where … Continue reading When finger pricks take their toll

How my pregnancies went as a Type 1 mum: Part two

With a happy, positive pregnancy and birth under my belt already I was much less anxious going into my second pregnancy.  It was all set up to pan out in the same way as my first baby. Still on an insulin pump, same endocrinologist, same obstetrician, same hospital. Good HbA1c before pregnancy. What could go … Continue reading How my pregnancies went as a Type 1 mum: Part two

How my pregnancies went as a Type 1 mum: Part one

Having kids is a milestone in life for anyone who has them, and for me as a mum with Type 1 Diabetes, the times I was pregnant and looking after a newborn stand apart in my diabetes life. There were so many new challenges and things to worry about. It wasn't just about me anymore … Continue reading How my pregnancies went as a Type 1 mum: Part one

Finding balance: wisdom from a diabetes nurse

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

Good HbA1c news…the burnout recovery continues!

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!

“If you can’t get out of it, get into it!”

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!”

Diabetes burnout: where did my motivation go?

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?