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Hi,

As I have possibly mentioned many times before but I can’t believe we are already in Mid April – where does the time go 😄 ?

Since my last blog quite a lot has happened and I am still trying to keep fit as best I can.

In March I started having Physiotherapy for a frozen shoulder which I have had since before Christmas but being a typical many didn’t do much about it, having said that I did get referred by my local GP to have Physiotherapy at a local Hospital. My only issue was that they didn’t actually manipulate my shoulder and just gave me exercises to complete – which isn’t really good enough. I also have BUPA through my work which is a great option so I decided to take this and have been going to Physio at Bisham Abbey which is much better and is certainly helping me – it is a long battle though which is annoying. I was told that being Diabetic I am more prone to this type of problem than others.

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So with regards to my fitness I have been cycling to and from work each day which is only about 4 miles but believe me it feels enough when you have been at work all day, I am using a Trek Cyclocross bike which is something like a Hybrid cycle and a Road cycle so fairly fast. This of course plays havoc with my blood sugar levels of which I have tried many different options but have discovered Torq Fitness products that I have found work really well, I use an Energy Gel like Torq Gel which has about 30g of Carbohydrates. I also use a drink Torq Energy again contains approx 30g of Carbohydrates. I have used this products for quite sometime now and they are easy to carry and have certainly worked for me – the products are really tasty as well.

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We have just had a family holiday to the coast which was great but since returning I have had some big issues with my BG levels over the last 2 days, firstly I kept finding my BG levels were in double figures constantly so I changed the cannula on my Animas Vibe of which I discovered it was bent, so changed the cannula for a new one but still no change in BG levels, after removing another cannula I found it must have hit a blood vessel. Finally after the third cannula change it seemed to be working thank goodness as it is very frustrating not to mention making you feel unwell.

On another note I am so happy that the clocks went forward as this means the evenings stay lighter for longer and with my eye issues it makes the work of difference – see previous blog

Finally like many others I am still awaking the arrival of the Dario BG Meter which seems to be taking a long time to be released in the UK so I hope it’s worth the wait ?

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Thanks as always for reading.

Andrew
http://www.mypump.co.uk
http://www.mypumpblog.com


Junior Cup 2014: 22nd-24th August in Holland

Dear All

We are happy to announce that the registration for the Junior Cup Diabetes 2014 has opened today (02/04/14). The event this year will take place from the 22nd- 24th August 2014 in Sports Centre Papendal in Arnhem, Holland.

This year’s participation criteria is:

• Boys and Girls with type 1 diabetes
• Using an insulin pump
• Never participated in Junior Cup Diabetes
• Between the ages of 10-14
• Must be available to travel to the Netherlands for 22nd – 24th August 2014 (3 days/2 nights)

Registration closes on the 30th June 2014

How to register

To be in with a chance of representing the UK and Ireland in the Junior Cup Diabetes 2014 customers will need to visit www.juniorcup-diabetes.com

Thanks for reading Andrew Borrett www.mypump.co.uk & www.mypumpblog.com

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Hi all,

Firstly thank goodness the weather seems to have improved as February was certainly another wet month however the first week of March has actually seen some sunshine – let’s hope it continues J

I have as you know been cycling to and from work each day which has not been great with all the wet weather, my journey is only 4 miles but I now use a road cycle as opposed to my ebike (Electric bike) as it is a great way to keep fit but it certainly is harder work, I have also had some issues with my BG levels even though I have been having a 30carb energy bar before my commute. The worst part is not so much when I first get home but during the night as it most take quite a while for all that energy I have used to affect my BG level, this has meant a fair few very low BG’s during the night at 3.0 and below which is never very nice and can be quite scary.

So if you do have any suggestions to try and keep my BG level more stable during the night after my cycle commute I would really appreciate it as I am certainly doing something wrong ?

I am just waiting to test the iCare Advance BG Meter which on first impressions looks to be a very simple and straightforward to use BG meter, I also very much like the look of the New Bayer Contour Next BG Meter – both of which I hope to try soon and will let you know my thoughts.

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I am sure like me you are possibly waiting to hear when the Dario BG meter will be released in the UK as it certainly looks very interesting and I know you can already use the App but still no meter – very frustrating.

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Has anyone yet tried the New honey treatments which may help with Low BG levels as I have heard of two companies called Diabee Honey Doses and Honey on the go, however this is not something I have ever tried so again I would be very interested to hear your thoughts ?

As always please do keep me updated on any new products I may not yet have seen as I would love to hear from you or even if it is just to say “Hi”.

Have a great weekend.

Andrew

www.mypump.co.uk

www.mypumpblog.com


My Pump:

Wow that is very low, I had one at 1.9 not so long ago and it was very scary indeed.

Stay safe.

Andrew

Originally posted on Young, Fun and Type 1:

I woke in a blurry haze in the dead of night and felt my chest tighten as I attempted to inhale and figure out what had interrupted my slumber. I recognised the shaky, empty, slightly numb feeling I’d had countless times before. Oh shit. Hypo.

I wasn’t in my own bed – I was in a hotel room. Oh yes, that’s right, I’m in Leeds for the weekend. Oh, and I’m still a little drunk. This isn’t ideal.

My chest was heavy and my thoughts were disconnected. This always happens when my sugars drop, but this time I knew it was worse than normal. I couldn’t shake myself awake; I couldn’t quite collect myself enough to think logically about fixing the problem.  I attempted to sit up, but the effort to move my body weight was too much. At least it felt like too much. To get out of bed…

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Hi all,

I can’t believe January has already flown past as it only seems like yesterday that we were celebrating Christmas.

January has certainly been a wet month with terrible floods all over the country including local flooding in my village which of course causes lots of people problems with travel, I just feel for the people who have really been affected by floods in their homes which must be awful.

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Cycling during January has certainly been damp, windy and really affected my BG levels even though I have been trying some specific cycle energy boost drinks and gels that have helped. The worst thing for me is when my BG level drops during the night even after dinner, one evening I was 10.0 before bed and then woke during the night to a hypo of 1.9 which I must say was very scary indeed – this was the closest I have had to needing an ambulance. I have now started to have a couple of biscuits just before bed to be on the safe side and a CGM would certainly help but too expensive for me to fund.

On the subject of CGM – we have been advised of the New generation of Medtronic Enlite Sensor which certainly looks great.

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I am sure you are all as curious as I am to see what other Diabetes products will be released in 2014 to make our Diabetes even easier to control.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to share this blog.

Andrew Borrett
MyPump
MyPump Blog

MyPump Diabetes week – 2


Hi,

This week has been full of fun as my children are growing fast and becoming real little monkeys 😃.

During the week I am of course at work and I do look forward to the weekends which go so quickly, the children certainly test my patience and my BG levels tend to run low especially with all the running around with the kids. We had the family over last Sunday for lunch which was really great and we all had a great day especially the children who did plenty of painting and running around.

Have any of you seen or used the iCare Advanced BG Meter whic I seem to keep coming across – I have one to try so will keep you posted.

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As you may have already read in my previous Blog I commute by cycle to work which is not great in the wet but does keep me fit, I have been having a fair few low BG’s recently when I return home so find myself dipping into my stash of Haribo’s which I know are not ideal but do taste yummy. I have now tried eating a banana before I leave work and this has certainly helped but is there anything else that I could eat or even drink which would work as well ? My cycle is only 20 minutes so not that long and I was considering some of the specialist energy drinks supplied by cycle companies but have never tried them ?

Last night I cycled home after eating a banana and tested my BG level which was 7.0 so I had a couple of Jaffa cakes to last me until dinner which was all fine, I tested again before bed with a BG of 10.0 so good so far but then woke at 4.00am with a BG of 2.9 – all very confusing and quite scary ?

My lowest BG level this week was 2.3 during the night which was a little scary but luckily for me I always wake, the other downside is when I wake in the morning to a BG level of 14.0

I would love to hear of any Diabetes stories you may have to share and I would be more than happy to post on my site ?

Thanks again.

Andrew

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Hi all,

I trust you all had a good Christmas and a Happy New Year ?

This year I am going to try and creat a regular blog on whats been going on during the week with regards to my Diabetes, Highs & Lows, exercise and if I have discovered any new interesting Diabetes products.

If would also be a great help to both myself and all our fellow Diabetes friends if you could please let me know of any new products or even if you have your own blog which you would like me to share ?

This week has been extremely wet as we have like many others had bad floods especially in our village, as some of you may already know that I cycle to and from work which is only about 4 miles but not great in the wet or dark, I have super powerful front lights due to my poor night vision which certainly help as without them I would have big problems.

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I have been working hard this week and of course cycling which has been playing havoc with my BG levels as it could be 10.0 before I leave work but then drops to 4.0 before I get home, so any suggestions on what I could easily snack on before leaving work – my commute is only 4 miles. I have a very heavy mountain style bike so it’s very heavy so off to the cycle shop today to see what else is available providing Marlow isn’t still flooded.

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I have also had quite a few lows during the night and been waking up in a panic when my BG has been 3.0 which is really quite scary as you know, Haribo’s are always close by though :-).

This week I have been sent an iCare Advanced BG Meter () which I hope to review soon.

I am sure there will be some exciting products released this year for us from the Diabetes companies such as Medtronic, Roche, Bayer, Glucomen, Animas and even Dario – so watch this space.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to share this blog.

Andrew

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