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VIDEO: Handling Christmas Day with Type 1 Diabetes

January 8, 2018
Girl smiling at the camera holding a cup of coffee

With all the roast potatoes, cheese and chocolate flying around, I thought it might be interesting to track how I managed my type 1 diabetes on Christmas Day in terms of insulin doses, blood sugars and general obscure and ridiculous considerations and observations. Please note this is not intended as medical advice, I am merely sharing my personal experience of living with type 1 diabetes in a bid to put the real side of life with this mad, bad condition out there. I’m also entirely aware that the hypo I suffered was a particularly bad one, but I don’t need your medical intervention, thank you anyway. I really like this one, I hope you do too x  

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Food & Drink, Travel, Type 1 Diabetes

Via Insta: An Evening Of Freedom

December 29, 2017
Corner sofa in a pub

PRELUDE. The lights were perfectly dimmed and the colour scheme was on point and the air smelt deliciously mulled and the overall vibe was trendy but not *too* hipster and as the temperature dropped below freezing outside we four sank further into our booth and as we huddled happily together in our window seat it felt relaxed and familiar and chatty and easy and everything you could want from an accidental red wine Thursday in the week between Christmas and New Year. CHAPTER I. I returned to London from Yorkshire last night, back to our rickety, wonky, wonderful flat. After emptying my suitcase, I wrapped myself in a blanket and had a little nap on the sofa (Christmas is tiring, apparently), waking as my housemate returned from her Christmas travels, inviting me to have a few drinks in a pub that sits pretty much at the end of our road. …

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Type 1 Diabetes, Videos

VIDEO: Blood Sugar Battles and Festive Feels

December 23, 2017
Girl with her head on a pillow talking to camera

The super high blood sugars and crashing low blood sugars that are unfortunately sometimes experienced with type 1 diabetes are often memorable because they are extreme. But for me, they are insignificant in relation to the day-to-day toll that this condition can take on you when you are riding just outside the lines. Testing, dosing, testing, dosing, assessing, calculating, planning, correcting… the background grind of type 1 diabetes is always there, even though – from the outside at least – all is well. In this video I have a little chat about a difficult couple of weeks with my blood sugars, due to a winter cold and a hectic schedule. BUT this is a wholly positive video – I am in an ABSURDLY enthusiastic mood (it’s almost a concern), simply bopping around with my type 1 life. It’s not particularly glamorous, but it’s real. I hope you enjoy this one x  

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Type 1 Diabetes, Videos

VIDEO: My Week In Hypos

November 5, 2017
girl smiling into camera

This one’s a little nod to Hypo Awareness Week. I thought it might be interesting to recount my week in hypos (also known as low blood sugar or low blood glucose), which many people with type 1 diabetes experience on a weekly or even daily basis. I chat through symptoms, how I experience them, what might have caused them, and also to show that hypos *DO* happen. But we’re all just trying our best right!?

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Type 1 Diabetes

VIDEO: My Insulin Pump Broke

September 6, 2017
Lady injecting thigh with insulin

Because why wouldn’t your insulin pump completely pack in of a Sunday morning? This video needs no introduction really, so I’ll stop right here. Watch yet another misadventure unfold… and maybe check the expiry date of your insulin once you’re done.

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Type 1 Diabetes, Videos

VIDEO: Trying Not To Go Blind

February 20, 2017
Girl scratching her head looking anxious

Ohhhh the oft-feared diabetes eye screening. It’s something I, like many, wish I didn’t have to face. But like most things, facing your fears is generally better in the long run than leaving it all in the depths of the unknown (she says, from woeful experience). If I’m going blind, I’d like to know as soon as possible please and thank you. Ultimately, a diagnosis of background retinopathy some years ago completely changed my attitude to my type 1 diabetes. In fact, it’s the very reason I created this here blog and started sharing my experiences around my pancreatically-challenged life. Yes, eye screenings are daunting and not the most fun experience in the world, but they’re important, and they’re a privilege that many with type 1 don’t have. It’s also really quite hilarious to go back into work needing to wear sunglasses at your computer on the cloudiest of December days… If you’ve…

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VIDEO: Being Poorly with Type 1 Diabetes

October 24, 2016
girl talking to camera

Like everyone else in the whole of the UK I was struck down with a lurgy to mark the official start of Autumn. Managing type 1 diabetes can make things even more interesting if you’re feeling under the weather, so I had a little natter about how I navigated living with type 1 while feeling gross. My blood sugar levels were noticeably higher, and I took what I like to call an ‘instinctual’ approach to adjusting my doses. Scientists and mathematicians, avert your eyes. Aside from the natterings, I went to the gym which was a visual delight for all involved, ate some carbs (shock), generally pottered around East London and celebrated my new winter jumper with some red wine and an exceptional curry. Solid weekend behaviour I think you’ll agree.   Let me know if you’ve been under the weather and your blood sugars have been a bit cheeky about…

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Travel, Type 1 Diabetes, Videos

VIDEO: Maintaining my Dignity in Stockholm

September 1, 2016
Stockholm

Hello there, Stockholm you beauty. I’ve already addressed my new and instant love affair with this city, as documented in this here photo blog of my recent trip. I’ve now taken the visuals, made them move, put in some nice edits and filters and added a couple of royalty free tracks underneath so that it all skips along quite merrily. Oh, and there’s of course the interjected rambling from me that we’ve all come to expect. Also known as a vlog, then. It features many wonderful faces of the type 1 community, and it was a pleasure to hang out with them for a few days; discussing diabetes routine and experiences and fears and all the emotions that come with this strange condition. We also found room for a drink or two, of course. Many thanks to Abbott for inviting me along. It was a privilege to be a part of it.…

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Fitness, Travel, Type 1 Diabetes

Coast To Coast Cycling In A Day: Part II

August 10, 2016
Coast to Coast

If you’re new here, I’m currently in the middle of a 150 mile cycle across the country (as you do, except that I don’t), and apparently that’s not something you can recount in one blog post. Please feel free to go back and catch up if you missed the first part, and we’ll see you back here in a little while. There are dramas over there so it’s worth it, I almost guarantee. So, it was an eventful start, as we’ve established. But like a Kelly Clarkson power ballad I was ready to Overcome, and I finally managed to get a groove going. Having put myself back a substantial amount of time, I knew I had to just put my head down and turn the wheels. Push, pull, push, pull. The next stop was the crossing at Windermere. Although anxious to get moving, I allowed myself to enjoy the break…

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