2017

Happy New Year!

I've decided that 2017 is going to be an exciting year.
Don't question my control over that outcome, just embrace my positivity.

Why you ask? Well:

  • I'm starting a CGM (sensor that checks your blood sugar 24/7 and alarms when you're going low) full time this week
  • I'm travelling in short bursts while I finally get a holiday from uni and placement
  • I'm reteaching myself French
  • I'm actually reading for fun for the first time in over a year
  • I'm finishing my degree this year
I'm excited. Also terrified. But there is some actual excitement in there.
I've already made some amazing gains this year and I'm only 9 days in!

Recently I went on a camping trip to Forster with a friend. It was incredible, and I finally got back into photography which is something I've been putting off for a long time. 


Going on this trip was a huge deal for me because I haven't been camping since I was 14, a few months pre-diagnosis. Camping is hard because there's no power (except in communal areas), increased incidental activity giving more opportunity for low sugars and it's just a huge change in routine. 
I'm not awfully fond of changes in routine.
Until now! I did so many things on that trip that I never thought I could do with t1.
Little disclaimer: Other people with T1 can do these things, it's just that I was always too scared of them.

I went on a long walk for hours in dreadful weather. Considering I go low just from going to the shops, this was an enormous deal for me. But I did it. I did multiple walks and only went low once.
Yes it was a nasty low and resulted in some pretty wicked sunburn because I had to sit on a beach in direct sunlight for ages to treat it. But it was okay. I was okay. 

I had a carb-tastic breakfast of pancakes mixed with chocolate chips that I had NO idea how to bolus for. Then I went on a long walk. One hypo? I came off easy.

I had a drink and then went on a long walk at night. I NEVER do that because alcohol lowers my sugar quite a bit, as does walking. But off I went doing both at the same time and I was fine. 

I recognise that for many people this might sound like a list of very easy things. For me though, they were enormous challenges that I've avoided for what's soon to be 7 years.

A close friend of mine likes to remind me that being brave isn't the absence of fear. It's doing something despite that fear. She'll get a kick out of me finally breaking on this topic- I felt pretty darn brave doing that stuff.

I think a lot of the time I let my fears of hypos and imperfection stop me from living. 
Not any more.
I've got two more trips planned for the coming weeks and I figure if I can do this without a CGM, imagine what I can do with one.

Happy New Year indeed

Comments

  1. Good on you! I'd never stray abroad without my mum because I was terrified, even holidays at home would give me the shivers. I'd had a drink (or three) on my 29th birthday and promised my friend via video chat that I'd visit her...she'd just moved to Melbourne! I did it and it was amazing. Enjoy life T1 shouldn't stop us it just makes the challenge harder. ��

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    1. Woahh all the way to Melbourne? One heck of a flight, fantastic!!
      I'm hoping to go over to the UK at the end of the year/early 2018... let's cross that bridge when we come to it haha

      You're 100% right :)

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  2. I hope you enjoy the sensor. Its has made such a big difference in my life. I honestly do not think a person should use insulin without one.

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    1. Thanks Rick, I hope it goes okay. Do you use dex or medtronic?
      When it works it makes life so much easier. Comforting to know that it'll tell me when I'm going low.

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  3. Bravo Bec! I felt the same way the first time I did a long walk after being diagnosed...so super proud and happy. Its a much bigger accomplishment than anyone without diabetes can perceive. Lows can hit out of nowhere and leave you feeling wrecked, so I was (and am still to a degree) afraid of what would happen if I got a low and have to walk for a long time afterwards.

    Keep taking small trips, they are awesome. I hope to see more of your trips in 2017.

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    1. <3 Such a good feeling.
      Just took me 7 years lol.

      You sure will!

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