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The Mind Game

Does your mind ever play tricks on you? No? Well, mine does, and it really only started since I was diagnosed.   It’s a funny thing, when you’re tricked by your own mind into believing that you did something you didn’t or you tell yourself something repeatedly even though it’s not possible or blatantly untrue. … Continue reading The Mind Game

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The Freestyle Libre

As I'm sure you've probably seen on my social media channels, I recently got my hands on an Abbott Freestyle Libre. A really cool piece of diabetes technology. Basically, it's a circular sensor that attaches to the arm and reads your blood glucose levels. It's not the prettiest of devices as it stands out about… Continue reading The Freestyle Libre

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HbA1c

What is a HbA1C test and why it's important to understand. A HbA1c test is a blood test that essentially determines how well you're managing your diabetes. It should be done roughly every 2 months, and will give an average of what your blood sugar readings have been within that 8 week period. The test… Continue reading HbA1c

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Mental Health

At the end of mental health awareness week, now is as good a time as any to discuss the mental torment Type 1 causes people who live with the illness. When people think of Type 1 diabetes, most people think of the physical difficulties and rarely think about the mental aspects of living with it.… Continue reading Mental Health

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Exam time

Keeping Blood levels between optimal levels is probably most difficult around exams. The range of emotions that accompany preparation takes its toll on all of us, but it's extra challenging for Type 1's. Exams bring about inevitable stress. This can have both hyper and hypo effects on blood glucose levels. In the build up to… Continue reading Exam time

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My hospital experience

Friday 13th January 2017. Myself and my Mam were due to fly to Glasgow for the crunch game of Munster’s Champions Cup campaign on the Friday and as most people who know me would tell you, I’m a rugby fanatic so going to this game was a big deal. So when I told my mother… Continue reading My hospital experience

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Cold weather and Diabetes

Currently, Storm Emma is causing havoc in Ireland, so there's not going to be a better time to talk about how cold weather affects diabetes management. The reaction to cold weather will vary for everyone, and can cause both hypos and hypers in people. Generally if people go low, it is due to the fact… Continue reading Cold weather and Diabetes

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Misjudging insulin doses

In my previous blog, I highlighted the importance of insulin. The reality of taking insulin is the fact that it can be difficult to get the dosage right. 80% of the time, I get it right, or at least I almost do. For me, "getting it right", is keeping my blood glucose (BG) levels within 1… Continue reading Misjudging insulin doses