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Day In The Life – Diet, Exercise, Travel and more | missjengrieves

March 16, 2015
Jen Grieves - A Day In The Life

*Adopts Beyonce Drunk In Love Voice*

‘I been vlogging, I been vlogging…’

This follows my post(s) about bouncing back from a day of type 1 errors, which seemed to spark a fair bit of virtual nodding that we pancreatically challenged folk have a LOT to think about.

So I picked a day that hadn’t started perfectly in terms of blood sugars, and documented it to explore what it is we’re dealing with here. This was a very average day; I wasn’t gallivanting or holidaying or partying, and yet it took some work to stay on track.

I also touched on my thoughts on diet, exercise, travel and other aspects of diabetes management. There’s also a healthy dose of my usual weird facial expressions. I don’t know why either.

PLUS! A very sexy diabetes quiz – who knew that could be a thing?! – featuring poor unsuspecting Ian (although I think he quite enjoyed it). We might talk a bit more about what it’s like to have a partner who has type 1 if you think it might be useful, so let me know if that appeals.

Annnnyyyway, I think it’s a good’un. Let me know if you disagree.


  • Reply Nadia March 16, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Woop Woop! We met Ian!! Aw, isn’t he lovely?! In case you didn’t know… 😉
    Would LOVE to hear more about what it’s like to have a t1 partner – partially cos it might help other t1 beaus out there {cough, maybe mine…not that I specifically think he needs help per say – just in case there was anything… Not that I know of anything… OK, waffling now…} and partially cos it might help me stop worrying about what they *really* feel about it {did you pick that up already from the above?? No pressure to say nice stuff Ian!}.
    Great post as always :) xo

    • Reply Elena March 17, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Hey Nadia, i read your post and wanted to share… I’ve been with my husband for 7years. It was a bit stressful at first to tell him about my T1 because i was worried what he would think but luckily he already had experience with it because of his father. However it’s not the same when your partner has it… My husband takes part of everything he can. He counts the carbs for me and asks if my bad mood is due to high BL levels. Tries to find new things on internet. However it’s tough i think for the loved once to watch us, my mother always would say that she ”wants to take my t1 for herself” but everybody has something in the end… So what im trying to say i guess is that if you have a partner then you shouldnt be afraid of making them participate in your t1, it’s such a big part of our lives. Showing them how we do things and why, makes them understand us better. My husband always says that it doesn’t bother him but that he would want me to be ”healthy” and i reply, that it couldve been worse than t1.. and im thankful for all the information and tools that we have now. That’s a long reply hehe. Hope it helps in some way. xx

    • Reply missjengrieves March 18, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Hey Nadia!
      Haha he’s a cutie isn’t he?! And often puts me to shame with how much he gets it… It’s nice after all these years of being so fiercely independent about it. I don’t ask him questions because I need to, but because I want to and value his opinion. A bit of reassurance every now and then in what can be an isolated place is rather incredible. Sounds like your boy is equally as solid for you! I do think it can be scary to bring it up, I’ve certainly been on dates where I haven’t bothered opening the Pandora’s Box (!) but I’ve also never had someone who wasn’t interested/supportive. Ian’s keen so more videos to come I reckon!! :) Hope you’re good lovely xxx

  • Reply Elena March 17, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Yay, finally a video! :) Love watching your vlogs, pumps me up… Keep them coming!
    Do you keep track of your blood levels on the oh-so-glorious-BL-book or an app? I completely agree with you how we have to plan out everything we do lol i always keep in the back of my head ”should i do an injection now, will this spike my sugars” so fun. How important it is not to be stressed because it spikes blood levels; oh and i was so happy (not really happy but you get the point haha) that im not the only one who drinks coffe (with no added suga’) and finds blood levels rising. Weirder is that it does this at most in the mornings. When i asked my diabetologist about this, the answer was ”it’s the way it is… it’s your body” oh ok doc thanks lol. By the way do you have any fantastic additions to the auto immune disease like thyroids?
    Thanks for sharing! You gave me a smile on a shitty morning lol

    • Reply missjengrieves March 18, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Hey Elena!
      Thanks so much for your insightful comments! It’s so nice to know we’re not alone in all of this hey :)
      I think this condition is SO hard because it is so unique to each individual. Although I also need more insulin in the mornings than I do in the afternoons, funny hey! My pod meter is actually really good for tracking and analysing my blood sugar and insulin requirements so I take it all from there – it gives me averages etc. Never had that with injections so I used MySugr.
      No additions at the moment apart from mild PCOS but I’m sure there’s more fun to come…
      I completely agree with everything you say to Nadia too! I’ve got to the point now where I’m so happy to ask for help although I know I could do it on my own; his understanding is amazing and he’s helped me make sense of it all on so many occasions when it gets a bit much. They’re good aren’t they?!
      I hope your shitty morning got better!!! Take care xx

  • Reply Danial March 23, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I must say, both my wife and I really enjoy reading your blog and watching your videos. Lisa, was diagnosed Nov 2014 as T1…very late in life, well in terms of the usual age of diagnoses. She’s really not that old. I am not T1 and liked the fact you brought Ian in to the video and talked a bit about living with a T1.
    Just wanted to say thank you for all the effort you put into this part of your life, so we all can learn a bit more and relate to the inconstancies from day to day BG readings. it doesn’t go unnoticed.
    Thank you!

    • Reply missjengrieves March 25, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Hey there! Thanks so much for such a lovely, earnest comment. It’s so nice to hear that it helps in some way. I know it’s not medical or backed by anything, it’s just my experience so I’m really pleased people feel they can relate to it. How is Lisa getting on after such a short period since diagnosis? There is so much to take in, but hopefully you are adjusting and life is continuing around the whirlwind of type 1. I will hopefully bring Ian in a bit more as there isn’t much out there on being a partner – he’s just as invested as I am, unfortunately for him! He gets it better than I do a lot of the time, and he certainly helps me retain perspective on the bigger picture. I hope you come back soon! x

      • Reply Danial March 27, 2015 at 12:09 am

        Thanks for replying! Lisa is a CHAMP, she really does deserve the caps on the champ part. For quite sometime things didn’t feel right for her, she lost a lot of weight, which she did not need to, she had a never ending thirst…etc..etc. Now that we know what happened, we have looked back and face palmed a few times. After an evening phone call from her Dr which instructed us to go to emerg right away, we found her BG to be at 37.4!!! They kept her in the hospital for a few days and then set us on our merry little way almost as confused as when we went in.

        Its only been a few months, but seeing low teen numbers freaks her out a bit, we think we got all carbs counted right and then bam…a low hits her out of know where, then another day everything is tickety boo, right in the 4-9 mark…so frustrating, at times. Lisa misses the ability to just grab a snack here and there, have just any meal without planning or worry about its effects and so on.

        I think Lisa had read almost all of your posts, watched every vid and so on, I think it helps seeing that even a pancreatically (was this even a word?) challenged veteran can have unexplained numbers, experiences and general what do I do now moments.

        Again, your insight is wonderful and we really enjoying reading and learning about your life dealing with T1. One thing, I am not 100% sure if you posted about this, but you are very active, we are going to get there, just starting out with some walking or cycling after work and what not, how do you know what carbs will stick around vs the in and out kind? It seems that pasta lasts forever one day and not the next. Maybe you could share some insight in a post if you haven’t yet.


  • Reply Danial March 27, 2015 at 1:03 am

    pancreatically <—- this just in…it is a word…I found it in your posts, so it must be..sorry for the extra post, but editing was not an option. Carry on, sorry. :)

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