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?

A year of great diabetes related things

A year has passed since I joined Twitter and started this website to talk about Type 1 Diabetes. Before that I was an "I'm fine thanks" person, generally keeping my Type 1 to myself, talking about it to nobody other than my healthcare team, and even then only superficially.  Except I wasn't really feeling fine … Continue reading A year of great diabetes related things

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

Diabetes technology and body image

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

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