Happy days

By | 2 January, 2011

Let’s start the new year in a cheery fashion. The marvellous thing about being pancreatically challenged is that it gives you little pleasures that those with a working pancreas will never experience. The little things in life that make you smile…

  • The satisfying feel of having a fresh infusion set in, a fully loaded reservoir, a new sensor and a full battery. With that I can take on the world
  • Realising as I reread the first point that I am a true bionic woman and fully functioning member of the Borg
  • Opening a new box of test strips or a new bottle of insulin
  • Meeting strange men on the internet, writing a blog and becoming friends with them (please note, I don’t make a habit of meeting strange men on the internet, this was a one off and my husband has been very understanding about the whole thing!)
  • A flat line on the CGM graph
  • A post-meal reading of 9 that tells me I am a carb counting goddess
  • A post-curry recovery where the carb counting goddess got her sums wrong initially but the insulin guru eventually woke up and you’re now back down from the heights of the high teens
  • Seeing 5.0 on the meter when I wake up. I like being a 5, it feels like a very happy medium
  • A surprisingly low HbA1c result
  • A properly naked bath. No infusion set, no sensor, nothing
  • Building diabetic snowmen
  • Being medically obliged to eat Fruit Pastilles
  • Realising that someone actually reads this stuff when people leave entertaining comments about the little pancreas related things that make them smile…cue you lot  🙂
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About Alison

Diagnosed with Type One in 1983 at the age of four, Alison's been at this for a while now. She uses Humalog in a combined insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system and any blood glucose meter as long as it takes five seconds or less.

8 thoughts on “Happy days

  1. Hairy Gnome

    A bright, shiny, new, test meter that’s so good and so trick even non-pancreatically challenged people would want to use it, just because it’s an ace gadget! 🙂

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  2. Annette A

    Discovering exactly the right amount of insulin to cover the high sugar levels in my once in a blue moon tipple (butterscotch schnapps), without sending me into the depths of hypo once the alcohol hits. (bg = 5 again 🙂 )

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  3. Cecile

    After multiple times of keeling over hypoglycaemic while handling a vacuum cleaner, that “delightful” duty is now forbidden (hurrah to diabetes, says this sloth :D). I’ll only get excited about diabetes gadgetry if they dished up a meter combined with one of these – it would be capable of cleaning up after itself…and it looks about as compact as your darling, @teloz 😉

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  4. Stephen

    Rather similar to @annette, but discovering the perfect amount of Vodka post pizza to cancel the double bump out 🙂 but then getting so drunk you forget 🙁 (CGM graph doesn’t lie, I did it!)

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  5. Annette A

    Yep. Lovely with an icecube. Cant stand whisky/whiskey or port. Vodka is fine with OJ or tomato juice, G&T is passable, a decent belgian beer beats anything any other country can do with hops, and wine is ok. But schnapps is a habit I learned whilst in Austria one time – and its a true Austrian butterscotch schnapps I like (as opposed to some of the sweet stuff you can get). And even having got very ill on it one year (the year I discovered it, in Austria, actually), I still like it – but only one small measure at a time…

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  6. Tim

    Coo! You learn something everyday – I didn’t even know butterscotch schnapps existed.

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