Author Archives: Tim

About Tim

Diagnosed with Type One when he was 28, Tim founded Shoot Up in 2009. For the diabetes geeks, he wears a Medtronic 640G insulin pump filled with Humalog and uses Abbott's Libre flash glucose monitor.

The Curse of Banting

To all of us with diabetes, Frederick Banting is a scientific giant to whom we owe a great deal. As we all know Banting won the 1923 Nobel Prize for Medicine, alongside JJR Macleod, for the isolation of insulin. Sadly Banting was killed in a plane crash in 1941, after both the engines of the… Read More »

Pendsey Trust produce new video

Your soaraway Shoot Up’s very favourite charity – The Pendsey Trust – have released a short video detailing their work supporting diabetics in rural India. As well as dealing in the “simple” stuff, like the supply of insulin and testing strips, they are also very much involved in long-term projects, education and practical support so… Read More »

Living with the Libre – interlude

I’m just typing up my second article about my experiences with the Libre. As always, I got slightly distracted by linguistics. Before I heard it spoken aloud by my consultant, I thought the Libre was pronounced “Leeb-ruh” but apparently, it’s pronounced the “Leeb-ray”. Expert polyglots will correct me, but if it has an upward inflection,… Read More »

Living with the Libre – part 1

Last night I found myself sitting in a lecture theatre in the studenty-bit of the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh. Surrounded by about 175 other type ones (who knew Edinburgh had so many pancreatically-challenged denizens?) we were about to be introduced to Abbott’s flash glucose testing do-hicky – the Libre. Apparently demand for the new device had… Read More »

Insulin Square – Episode Three

Long term readers of your soaraway Shoot Up will recall – probably against their will – the earlier episodes of our very own soap opera, Insulin Square, in which every character is diabetic (or are they?) When I wrote Episode Two back in July 2011, I promised (or threatened) that Episode Three would “probably follow… Read More »