This idiot picked up her camera again… After being housebound for four days following the (casual) lasering of a piece of my heart, I ventured back into civilisation to celebrate y’know… being alive. Cue the montages. There’s a bit of East London roaming, a gorgeous celebratory lunch at Tarberna do Mercado (highly recommended if you like to try everything on the menu) and some red wine vibes with my best friends. Oh, and a couple of stubborn blood sugars… Do let me know if you like it. A full blog post of my ‘entertaining’ heart operation will be along soon…
So apparently I reallllly like an emotional montage. Went vlogging again didn’t I? Me and my camera, roaming around that there London Town unsuccessfully trying to avoid the rain. A sudden hypo only briefly halted proceedings – there was a little visit to Broadway Market (one of my favourite places in this big bad city), and a short but super sweet meeting with Izzy for the first time. Plus some suspiciously well-behaved blood sugars, hypo aside. Just another little day in the life of this idiot type 1 diabetic; hope you enjoy!
The title gives it away here. I’ll let the video do the rest… (Sorry Dad).
Oh hey. Got a new camera. Made a new video. For this reason: No-one told me about the temporary basal function when I signed up to That Pump Life. I also (obviously) didn’t seek out that information, so that one’s on me. But I got an almost life-changing type of surprise when I did surrender the injections and attach myself to this little unassuming piece of kit that just quietly keeps me alive every day. This video is not an instruction, because it’s in what we shall henceforth deem ‘JenSpeak’ and if you’ve been here for a while, you’ll know that JenSpeak is a non-technical, slightly laboured and mildly bemusing way of communicating. BUT if you’re not one for the Science Bit, this might just work for you. I am very aware I chose music that really sounds like I’m in a Sonic the Hedgehog game. Which is probably a childhood dream realised. For…
Oh, to be alive. I have 100% written about my diagnosis before, so I’m basically just shoving this down your throats because, multi-platform, innit? This was more like therapy than a vlog. You’ll see. Any questions because apparently I just really love to talk rubbish about the Spice Girls instead of actually providing you with useful information, please comment! I like to know you’re out there. There’s 400,000 of us type 1s in the UK alone. You’re not alone in this, baby.
…Because apparently I’m an expert now. Well, we all know that’s a heinous lie, but I have gone and produced a little video for anyone thinking of entering Diabetes UK’s Diabetes In School Short Film Competition. That title makes me want to lie down a little bit. Also, it doesn’t fit into YouTube titling which gave me some grief. It’s a little tips and tricks video that might help get the creative juices flowing (what is that phrase about? What exactly are these juices? And where are they flowing from?) when scripting, filming and producing your short film. Full competition details live here, and the submission deadline is 16th November 2015. Oh, and you have to be aged between 11-17 to enter. Sorry, Grumps.
A little while ago I wrote this post about my perspective on food and how I approach the slightly tricksy relationship between food and type 1. I decided to pick up the camera and do a vlog version to show you the sorts of things I eat in a day. In between the inevitable ramblings about eggs, there are lots of tips and nuggets about flavours, cooking, your relationship with food and eating to feel gooooood. Voila. Nom. Scoff. Yum. Etc. Sorry about the singing.
In a bid to clear up some of the mammoth confusion surrounding diabetes, I thought I’d make a video in ‘Jen Speak’ about what Type 1 Diabetes actually is. It’s a hard condition to get your little head around if you live with it, let alone if you don’t. So please show this to anyone who would care to devote eight minutes of their life to my ahem… ‘alternative’ explanation – no medical speak allowed! And in case you are looking for information from the actual experts, here are some links that might help you: Online Carb Counting Course JDRF UK – What is Type 1 Diabetes Diabetes UK – Type 1 Diabetes Diabetes.co.uk – Education Diabetes.co.uk – Newly Diagnosed? Diatribe.org – How many factors affect blood sugar?
*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…
Oh hey! It’s been three months since I attached myself to the Fembot. Two words: Learning. Curve. Thought I’d give you some dos and don’ts of life on the pump. They’re not to be taken as advice, as we all know I’m not the one for life lessons… Sorry about the sound. And the lighting. Sorry. I need a new camera. And a clue. Enjoy though, yeh?