Saturday, 1 September 2012

#1: Introduction to 'The Diabetic Dais Diaries'

Today I am beginning 'The Diabetic Dais Diaries'!  What this means is I am going to be writing here, every day letting you know the ins and outs of the time I spend with my good old friend, Diabetes.

In this 'diary' I plan to confess my blood sugars, carbs I've eaten and how much insulin I've taken, as well as how much exercise I've done, how I feel in terms of mood and physical wellness and lots of other non-diabetes related stuff too.

If I'm being completely honest, I'm a teeny-weeny, itsy-bitsy bit nervous about the prospect of this!  It's obviously quite personal and I rarely share what my blood sugars are with anyone.  I usually like to keep most of my diabetes management, on a daily basis, to myself, so this is a pretty big step!

I appreciate that many diabetics across the world will being thinking (or shouting at their computer screen) 'WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO DO THIS!? ARE YOU CRAZY!?"  The answer to the first question is I'm hoping that other people with diabetes, and those without it, will find it interesting and will be able to relate to some of the stuff I talk about.  The answer to the second question is 'yes, quite possibly.'

I plan to start small with this...I'm going to begin with writing 2 weeks worth of diary posts, but I'm hoping to stretch it out for the whole month and possibly even longer - we'll see how it goes!  To be honest, I've never been particularly wonderful at writing a diary, or keeping a log-book of my blood sugars so combining the two together could be a recipe for disaster, but I'm determined it won't be!

Please leave comments, let me know what you think, get involved and if you fancy giving it a go too then tell me about it!  Scary stuff, but we'll give it a shot (no diabetes-pun intended, honest!)...

It's Saturday so everything's happened a little later than it would on a week day, mainly because in Daisy language 'Saturday' translates to 'lie in'.  This means waking up later, getting the day started later, eating later and therefore injecting my insulin later.

My day consisted of pet fish hunting (as in looking for a new pet fish to buy, not literally hunting down peoples' poor pet fish!)  My boyfriend's and my first ever pet fish Dawn died on Wednesday morning which was very sad.  Our other fish Leonard has been looking very lonely the past few days and, so he doesn't die of a broken heart, we decided we should go and find him a new friend to swim with.

I grabbed 30g worth of porridge before leaving the house, covered in probably a little too much artificial sweetener, and headed to catch the bus with Anthony.  It took us a while to actually navigate ourselves towards the right bus stop for where we wanted to go (we moved to a new city a month ago, so we're still getting our bearings!) but we finally did it.

We spent (believe it or not) 2 and a half hours in the pet shop searching for the 'right' fish, strolling past the same fish tanks over and over again.  I must admit that this was mainly my doing, but I didn't want to get the 'wrong' one, did I!?  We finally found a little, cute baby Lionhead goldfish and bought her.  We have named her Lola.

On the bus home, I tested my blood sugars because I felt really high.  I was wrong - 3.9!  This has happened a couple of times recently, where I've felt high and my blood sugars are actually quite low.  It's worried me a little because I don't like it when my body's giving me the wrong signals.  However it's just reinforced to me how important it is that I check my blood sugars instead of doing something drastic like just injecting a couple of units of insulin.

Anyway we stopped at Tesco and bought some doughnuts, so I ate one to raise my blood sugars until we could get home for lunch.  I'm aware there are better hypo treatments, but I was 3.9...that's not hypo.  They did the trick nevertheless!

I haven't done a great deal since getting home.  Ant and I introduced Lola to her new home and to Leonard.  They seem to like each other.

Diabetes has been pretty well behaved on the whole which is always nice!  However Ant and I are about to make some lovely alcoholic cocktails which contain puréed raspberries, raspberry fruit juice and gin, so we'll see how well good old D is behaving after that little concoction!  I'll be sure to let you know tomorrow.


  1. Hi Daisy,
    I discovered your blog recently and I love it! It's a small thing but I like how you take injections :) A lot of the blogs I've found have been from pump users and I can't relate to that part of their D experience.
    Looking forward to the diary entries, probably something I should do more often too!


  2. This is amazing! you are so honest its great to share your experiences with everyone!! :)