Sunday, 22 April 2012

Not really the priority at the moment I must say.

Well yes, congratulations for working out quite how I feel about diabetes at this moment in time. As I say, it's not what I'd call my priority. I've got bigger things to worry about. There's far too much going on outside of diabetes for me to really give a damn about it. Yes I am keeping an eye on it but not too closely. Things are working well with the pump and all that. I've had my blood results back from the clinic I attended a few months ago and all is well on that front. I'm quite happy with it. My albumin was a little on the higher end of normal but none the less it was in range so I'm not worried at all.
So why am I not exactly giving diabetes my full attentiong you might ask? Simple really. I have exams to prepare for and assignments to do for my university. These take priority. Thankfully there is nothing to do with diabetes in these things that I have to do. Also I don't want to give diabetes my full and undivided attention. If I do that, it has won. It'd have me by the short and curlies. I suppose this is me exercising a greater degree of contol other than ensuring that my BMs are spot on and such like. I'm quite happy to bumble around at the moment safe in the knowledge that I don't have to be a slave to diabetes. I don't want to burn out is the simple thing.
At the end of the day, the diabetes is behaving itself and I am getting on with my life surprisingly enough. I suppose it's just to show that unlike some schools of thought would suggest, diabetes does not have to become your life. Frankly I couldn't think of anything worse.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Update time of the month.

What's new pussy cat? No, I won't impersonate Tom Jones. I cannot sink that low, oh wait, I have. Balls.

So, in theory I am on holiday from university at the moment, however, I've stayed on a little to crack on with an assignment. I love it as it's on cardiology. I'd hate to have to do another on diabetes again. Something that really gets me and bugs me every time I have to deal with it in a professional capacity. Thankfully this essay is one I'm really getting my teeth into and fascinates me. What's more is it doesn't have the same impact upon me in terms of emotion and such like.

In terms of diabetes I've had a little of a rough patch for reasons that I can't fathom. A few entertainingly high BMs and multiple cannula changes combined with correcting by a syringe. Things are now back on track thankfully. I'm sure my time on placement and the raised number of hypos, albeit minor ones has helped balance out the highs. Essentially I'm just plodding on and making the odd minor change to my basals. I think a little weightloss that has happened over the past few months has helped render me a little more sensitive to insulin and caused the need for a reduction in the amount of basal insulin that I require. Quite nice that.

Summer. Well, it is only April but we've had a fair old bit of sunshine. This brings with it the joys of making seasonal adjustments to my insulin regime. If memory serves, the logic behind becoming more sensitive to insulin when it's warm is that the heat causes vasodilation (expansion of the blood vessels) to bring blood nearer the surface to disperse heat by evaporating sweat. This also seems to increase the rate at which insulin is absorbed and used by the body resulting in a few more hypos. Something easily ironed out with my pump. Thank God for technology.

Overall it's going nicely here. I can't whinge. Too much.