Tag Archives: Diabetes

Sliding Doors

8 Nov

Have you ever watched the film “Sliding Doors”?

Is about one person’s life as it is, and in parallel, how it could have been if one thing had happened differently.


How it is…..

Currently my left foot looks like this (yep, gross, but it will be fine).


I have Type1 Diabetes and as a result I do my daily foot checks.

I notice a blister and keep an eye on it.

It starts to look a bit rough, so I go to the practice nurse.

She cleans and dresses it.

She refers me to the Podiatrist.

Podiatrist rings same day with an appointment (that I couldn’t make but that’s not their fault).

Great care for an amazing NHS!


How it could have been…..

For whatever reason I didn’t get T1D.

I get a blister on my foot.

I don’t do daily foot checks, why would I?

The blister turns bad so I stick a plaster over it.

It gets worse.

I’m a typical bloke so I leave it as I’m too busy to go to the GP.

It’s agony now so I go to the GP finally.

Foot is cleaned and dressed.

Time goes on but it gets no better.

Back to GP I go.

To cut a short story long I get diagnosed with Type2 Diabetes.

My foot issue was the first physical indication I was aware of that I had T2D

I wish I’d know that I was at risk of T2D. I can’t guarantee that I would have acted if I had, but at least Id have had a chance to………


Know Your Risk!….

So help yourself, your friends and family but getting them to Know Your (their) Risk of T2D, and if needed, acting on it. Please!


Live Long and Bolus



Finding My Feet

21 Jan



For the last 47 years I’ve been in a relationship.

A threesome……..


My relationship with my feet has changed over the years

We share the same birthday

We used to be close

We played together

I used to touch them a lot

They looked good naked!

I’d even give them a gentle suck…….


Slowly we grew apart (I’m 6 feet 2 inches tall they are a long way away)

We lost touch (I can’t touch my knees let alone my bloody toes)

Things got in the way (beer gut…..)

I paid them little attention

Even when they were naked

Just a passing glance

But I could still depend on them

They never let me down (except when I’m drunk and fall over)


As I said I’m my last blog post they took a bit of a battering

It’s rekindled out relationship

Every night I slowly undress them

My eyes cover every inch

I explore them with a gentle touch

I lovingly rub them with lotion

Then we slide under the covers for the night…..


Remember you daily foot checks!


Live Long and Bolus



My Nan’s Cat………

6 Feb

scared cat

Ok. We have all heard this at some point in our #WalkWithD when we discuss that we have Type 1 Diabetes with someone and then says………. “Oh! My Nan’s Cat had Diabetes. She had to inject it and everything………”

Note: This post is in no way meant to upset animal lovers in any way so please do not take offence. There is a very serious point to this somewhere in the post so please read on.


I have heard this several times in the last 20 years since my Diagnosis, and there are a lot of pet owners and animal lovers in the UK that have a Cat, Dog, Gerbil or Goldfish (I made that one up) that unfortunately have Type1 Diabetes.

This has me thinking (really never a good thing, and, quite painful).

In the UK we do not have to pay for our insulin, for which we are very lucky and I will be forever grateful. In fact paying for medicine or medical equipment is quite alien to us and if we have to for things like CGM or Flash Glucose Monitoring we occasionally get a bit pissed off annoyed about it. Unless it’s for our pets.  If our aforementioned Cat, Dog, Gerbil or Goldfish needed insulin, then most of us would willingly pay for this in order to keep the animal that we love alive, because of course, without insulin, that pet would die.

What’s the point to this Grumpy post?

The point is this. In other countries, children are dying because they have no insulin. It is not provided, they cannot afford it. Simple as that!

If I would fund the insulin to keep my pet alive, then I should donate to #SpareARose this Valentines to help keep a child alive.


The Spare a Rose Campaign is raising money to provide insulin to keep children with Type1 Diabetes in other countries alive. There is more information at http://www.p4dc.com/spare-a-rose

Please donate.

Live Long and Bolus



Grumpy New Year

31 Dec

Since as everyone else is going a review of 2013 I thought I’d jump on the band wagon and do the same.

Suppose the main thing for me in 2013 is that I’ve met some amazing people through the #Doc and associated diabetes stuff. It’s been very helpful in spreading the Grumpiness.

One down side of the year for me has been my fitness. Through injury, but mainly being a lazy git I have achieved my all-time personal best level of unfitness, my highest weight and waist size ever. Ah well. At least I have achieved something.

None of this can be blamed on my Diabetes. Although my Diabetes has been very quiet this year. Maybe its because I sat my oversized arse on it and it can’t escape? My lowest HbA1c in 6 years of 7.1 % was a positive along with halting the damage to my eyes and feet in its tracks were also kind of good……..

So…… 2013…… Basically. I frowned…..

Sports Weekend = Frowning.

iPhone Backup 692

Bloggers Summit = Frowning.

iPhone Backup 856

Monster Manor Launch = Frowning


QiC Awards = Frowning



World Diabetes Day = Frowning


Well then. So what’s the plan for Grumps in 2014? Well…….

Hba1c under 7.0%

100 mile Bike Ride

5K Park Run

Reduce Weight

Kick Diabetes arse off this Planet

And Frown. Always Frown!!!



12 Ds of Christmas

8 Dec


Just for Laughs

9 Oct

Ok. This may be the shortest ever blog I do…..

I was very fortunate to attend the European Diabetes Bloggers Summit this year. I met some amazing people, and frowned at each and every one of the in turn.

On the last day I was asked “Grumpy. Why do you blog?”

My immediate flippant off the cuff, going for the cheap laugh as always was “for attention”.

But since then I’ve been thinking about it a lot. Why do I blog? Why do I spend so much time as “The Grumpy Pumper”?

Simply, because whilst having Diabetes is shit, frustrating, annoying and every single expletive you can think of. I will never let it overtake me. Sure, it catches up at times, looks like it will get ahead of me, but I will always beat it back. And I will take the piss out of it to help give myself the boost I need to get ahead again.

So if whilst doing that via my blog, Twitter or Face book accounts Someone else gets as laugh, and that helps them gain some clear ground on their Diabetes. Then it was worth it. That’s why I blog.

With that in mind please take a look at my first video blog. As you will see, I’m not media trained. Let’s face it. I’m barely house trained.



MyStar ExtraTM Blood Glucose Meter from Sanofi

1 Oct

I was lucky enough to be invited by Sanofi to the press launch of their new meter, the MyStar ExtraTM. It’s the latest in the MyStarTM Range. It monitors blood glucose levels as do other BG meters, but it also estimates A1c of the person using it.


I was not funded in any way by Sanofi to attend the press conference. I received the press pack in paper copy and on a branded memory stick. I have kept the memory stick.

Sanofi did not ask me to blog about this device, I am doing it because I want to share about it.

The views stated in this blog are my own, not that of Sanofi or anyone else. They are also my understanding of the information received and are not to be taken as clinical advice.

I am not promoting or recommending this device, just trying to share information for people to make their own conclusions.

Ok. So that’s longer than most of my usual blogs are in total, and if any one made it through that without falling asleep I’m amazed!

Anyway. So, I get invited to this press conference for this new meter that will be available in the UK in 2014. I, like many people with Diabetes like new kit, especially meters. Always good to check out a new one, see what features it has and if I can use them to better help me to manage my Diabetes. For these reasons I accepted the invitation.

As an eternal cynic and Grumpy old sod (I know, big shock there) I was expecting a hard sell to a room full of health care professional by a marketing executive on how this meter was going to help them hit every “target” for their patients and enable them to “gain good control” of their Diabetes. By the way, I have put these words and phrases in “” as I have no idea how to portray the utter contempt for such wording in a blog. I hate demotivating language when it comes to mine and others Diabetes. I use Manage, not control. I can no more control my Diabetes than I can control the tide of the sea, but I can manage how wet I get. Basically, I can’t control the tide, but I can monitor what it is doing and use that information to keep a safe distance. The same for me with my Diabetes and blood glucose monitoring.

Given all of these Grumpy pre conceived assumptions I took my seat and waited for the onslaught. However after the introductions this guy stands up and starts talking about how this meter could be used to help motivate PWD’s to reduce their A1c. He talked about personal, achievable goals, not “targets”, used the word manage not “control”, and the reason for lowing A1c? To keep yourself safe! No mention for complications or scare tactics. This woke me right up. The guy was talking my language. It reassures me that whilst I have a long way to go in my quest to educate health care professionals that Diabetes is as individual as the person that has it, there are others out there of the same mind, trying to do the same thing.

This guy’s name is Dr William Polonsky and he is founder of the Behavioural Diabetes Institute.

The reason I mention all of this? Well, In my opinion, any meter or the data from it can be used to motivate me to manage my Diabetes to the best of my ability. But for me the heath care professional need to understand my motivation as well. If they don’t and they use the wrong language then it can have the opposite affect.

What about the meter then? Like I said it’s the next in the Sanofi family of the Star range. It is not an upgrade of the iBGStarTM and does not fit into your iPhone. One big plus point for me is that it uses the same test strips. Since I have strips for the other meters in the family it means I can get hold of this one when it’s available and test it without having to mess about with prescription changes etc. I don’t always end up using a new meter as my main one so not having to get new strip types means I am more likely to fully test it instead of running out of the few strips provided and then chucking it into a cupboard.

I like the look and feel of the meter, it’s compact but not too small. Clear black and white LCD display and easy to use so no issues there. It checks blood glucose like it should. Ranges can also be set.

The new feature is the estimated A1c. Now, this worried me straight off to be honest. I again made assumption that it would just work it out from average BG levels, and as a result a lot of testing during a hypo for example could skew the A1c estimation. However having heard the description of how the estimation is calculated its no longer something I’m concerned about.

There is a lot of maths involved in the way it’s worked out so I will give my understanding of how it works. On the meter you can tag a fasting blood glucose. So typically my first check of the day would be a fasting one. It then takes that reading as a baseline and then uses the reading through the day as well. As far as I understood it, the meter will cater for a lot of checks in a close time period and not allow those to skew the average. So if I did 6 checks in a hour due to a hypo, it would take this into account. From that data it uses an algorithm to estimate A1c value. A1c trends over time are displayed on the meter as well.

There were some statistics on the accuracy of the estimation and they looked good. Of course the only way I will be convinced of that will be to use the meter for a 3 month period and then compare

It to my clinical A1c test from the hospital. I don’t expect it to be spot on since its an estimation, but if it’s close and importantly consistent over time then I personally will find this meter to be a great tool in my armoury for managing my Diabetes. If it isn’t, then it most likely will bet retired to the ever growing pile of unused kit I have.

I will definitely be getting hold of one as soon as I can to give it a try. The meter will come with a new lancet device as well called the MyStar SylkFeelTM

That’s probably the most sensible blog I’ve ever written. Apologies to those who expected my usual writing. Normal childish behaviour will resume shortly.