Being diabetic it is easy to find things to moan about. After all, complaining about stuff has kept this blog going for the last few years and indeed where would the diabetic blogosphere be without a good rant?
That’s perhaps why Shoot Up has perhaps been a little quiet recently; I’m afraid to report that I simply don’t have that much to moan about.
To start with, I think I’ve pretty much mastered the pump. While I get the occasional double-digit reading or a minor hypo every so often, I can easily correct the former with an extra bolus and chomp down some fruit pastilles for the latter. Easy!
Likewise, my health care professionals have been great. For example, I’ve been meaning to get round to increasing the number of test strips I get on my prescription from three tubs a go to five. But being inherently lazy I just haven’t done it. However, my GP clearly read my mind and adjusted my prescription for me – without me asking. Obviously they had been seeing lots of repeat prescriptions for strips and decided to up it for their and my convenience. The first I heard about it was when my pharmacist presented me with more strips.
Speaking of my pharmacist, I’ve got a great arrangement with him. When I’m close to running out of stuff I text him saying “Get me more smack! T”. He knows what I use and just goes ahead and orders it from the doctor. A few days later I’ll pop round and pick up my supplies. If said doctor hasn’t returned my prescription he’ll just advance me what I need and sort out the paperwork later. He also doesn’t mind me stealing the lollipops on his counter. Bonus!
Up the hospital things are also good. Being part of a pump clinic now my 6 monthly visits are attended by me (obviously), my specialist nurse, my consultant and the dietician. All are very helpful, knowledgeable and we have a good chat about all things diabetes. Appointments run smoothly and could only be improved if they actually had them in my office, to save me trekking up to the Royal Infirmary but I can live with that.
So there we have it – life with diabetes can run smoothly and can be relatively straightforward. Who’d have thought it?