Ho ho ho! How Festive!
Well, chaps, Iâ€™m afraid itâ€™s that time of the year again. Itâ€™s cold, dark, wet, youâ€™re forced to buy expensive presents for distant cousins you donâ€™t like and you have to pretend to be cheerful.
However, in amongst this Stygian bleakness is the one ray of the light that is the wondrous spectacle of the annual Shoot Up review of the year!
We started the year with a cheerful list of ways in which infusion sets can be accidently ripped from your flesh It seems there are a hundred-and-one ways around the house to separate your set from your body. Itâ€™s â€“ as Lynne Foulds-Wood of 1980â€™s BBC Watchoog fame would say â€“ a potential death trap!
We then moved onto equally cheery news that â€śDiabetic women are four times more likely to have a child with birth defectsâ€ť. My co-writer rubbished the claims, but we all thought to ourselves â€śhmmm…now, why is Alison so interested in baby-related storiesâ€¦?â€ť
After these unhealthy doses of misery, wonderful Shoot Up contributor Liz cheered us all up with an article about Lola the Labradoodle. A dog with two major talents â€“ one, the detection of hypos; two, the ability to be almost unfeasibly cute. Hurrah!
January also saw the rebranding of everyoneâ€™s second favourite diabetes charity â€“ Diabetes UK.Â Itâ€™s not for me to rake over the now-settled embers of the controversy caused by throwing a bit of cash at a rebrand. But a charity spending seventy bazillion quid on a new logo that I could do in my lunchtime? And I donâ€™t like the colour. Or the typeface. I spent a day selling cakes to pay for that, you know.
Speaking of Diabetes UK, Shoot Up interviewed its Chief Exec – Baroness Young of Old Scone â€“ and asked her some sensible questions to which we got some sensible answers. See! Weâ€™re not just about whimsy, weâ€™re like the Newsnight / Today programme of the diabetes blogging world.
I then spent some time then banging on trying to get sympathy for being slightly ill, for which I got precious little. Alison then stepped in with an interview with the wonderful Shelley from Circle DÂ – Shoot Upâ€™s very favourite diabetes support group. Not to be outdone on the Paxman stakes I then arranged an interview with Tom Craig about his new diabetes horror film.
April saw the unveiling of my groundbreaking Iron Maiden workoutÂ and Alison revealing herself as a contrary diabetic but perhaps more importantly it saw Shoot Upâ€™s first Liverpool meet upÂ in which we met up with readers and drank far too much port.
Further demonstrating our hard-hitting diabetes blog credentials (if such a thing can exist) Alison popped down to ParliamentÂ with the JDRF to shout about diabetes. Rrragh!!Â . Meanwhile delightful reader Anna went off to the Sports and Exercise weekend organised by Animas as Alison and I were too lazy to do anything relating to exercise.
Neville then took part in one of Shoot Upâ€™s favourite activities â€“ taking the piss out of inaccurate reports about diabetes in newspapers. What fun!
The summer saw Alison taking part in more selfless diabetes travel research while I wondered about how best to deal with young non-diabetics in an article with this yearâ€™s most tortuous headline
We then moved on to celebrate (celebrate?) National hypo awareness week , which Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ll all agree was a massive success. And I managed to incorporate the longest footnote / disclaimer ever seen in a diabetes blog about the Olympics,Â a sporting event only eclipsed by the brilliant Junior Cup Diabetes hosted by Medtronic and attended by football-mad football-expert Alison!
Alison then asked whether we should go all out for a cure for diabetes while breathtaking reader Faith reviewed the Glooko logbook and meter for us â€“ itâ€™s works off of off an iPhone donâ€™t you know?
In amongst the excitement for World Diabetes Day (which we invariably forget to report) Alison and her hubby Geoff delighted the world by announcing their pregnancyÂ (thatâ€™s Alison thatâ€™s pregnant, not Geoff). While joining in with the congratulations, I can categorically say that the pregnancy was not planned purely to derive a million new articles about diabetes & pregnancy but to genuinely start a family. Honest.
Meanwhile I carried on with some non-baby news â€“ an interview with a top professional cyclist via YouTube and some other stuff about cycling too . Thatâ€™s what 2012â€™s come to after all â€“ cycling and babies. Rock on!
It only remains to wish you all â€“ the reader without whom this whole merry blog would be utterly pointless â€“ a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year! See you in 2013.
Tim & Alison