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The German exchange trip - Amy nails it

The German exchange trip - Amy nails itOn Tuesday Amy, now 14, started her exchange trip with her school to another school in Germany, somewhere. As a parent I should actually know where she is but I guess I'm a bit more relaxed about this trip than I realised. This blog was meant to be just about the trip but it's turned into a congratulatory one for Amy, who's doing really [more]

#PWDC15 – The People With Diabetes Conference – The Sessions

#PWDC15 – The People With Diabetes Conference – The SessionsIn the last post about PWDC15 I wrote about how I felt about the day and how it all started; in this post I'll go into the sessions. My main focus would be anything parent or carer related, diet related and teenager related and of course if I could match that up with some cycling talk that would be great. Within a couple of seconds of [more]

#PWDC15 - The People With Diabetes Conference - The Day Starts

#PWDC15 - The People With Diabetes Conference - The Day StartsOn Saturday I had a brilliant time attending the first ever conference for people with diabetes, run by people with diabetes. Its concept was a gamble, running several simultaneous chats based on an agenda only compiled at the start of the conference, by the people attending the conference. Did the concept work then? Hell yeah! In [more]

An unsuitable hypo treatment

An unsuitable hypo treatmentOn Saturday night, after a fantastic day at the #GBDOC Conference we returned to the hotel with some snacks for the evening to accompany our hilarious game of Cards Against Humanity. Amy bolused for the carbs she was going to eat, putting on a combo bolus and all was set. Hours later we went to sleep in our cosy hotel room, with Amy [more]

PWDC15, A Diabetes Conference for PWDs by PWDs

PWDC15, A Diabetes Conference for PWDs by PWDsThe dawn is rising on one of the most eagerly awaited days in the calendars of many people with diabetes (PWDs) in the UK, those that have been a part of the #GBDOC community for many years now, as well as people involved with Team Blood Glucose, who are sponsoring the event. A little bit of history (as I see it) #GBDOC was formed [more]

Diabetes UK Make a Difference Conference 2015

Diabetes UK Make a Difference Conference 2015The Make A Difference conferences are run by Diabetes UK for people who volunteer for them and there's one for each region. On Saturday I attended my local area's one in Guildford, it was my first one, it won't be my last. I was pleased to see Angie from Southampton D:UK Branch and Helen & Stewart from Seahawks there, along with [more]

Wire free charging for your xDrip

Wire free charging for your xDripNOTE: xDrip used to be called DexDrip so you might find some references to the old name in this article.   I'm slightly jealous at the moment... Andrew Abramowicz wanted to take his xDrip to the next level, so he made another one with inductive charging using the Qi wireless receiver module from Adafruit. He increased his [more]

xDrip Test Results (vs Dexcom's 505 algorithm)

xDrip Test Results (vs Dexcom's 505 algorithm)NOTE: xDrip used to be called DexDrip so you might find some references to the old name in this article.   A graph from a Nightscout website showingresults from Dexcom and xDrip dataMany people have asked questions about the accuracy of xDrip's algorithm in comparison to the latest Dexcom G4 algorithm, codenamed 505. To answer [more]

Dear Valentine, I love you...but... #SpareARose

Dear Valentine, I love you...but... #SpareARoseDear Valentine, I love you. I love you because you care about people. I love you because you want to help people. I love you because you recognise the fortunate position we are in. I love you because you know we don't go without the things we need, like insulin for our youngest daughter. I love you because you have compassion for [more]

xDrip Software Installation Video - Android App, by Dietrich Lehr

xDrip Software Installation Video - Android App, by Dietrich LehrNOTE: xDrip used to be called DexDrip so you might find some references to the old name in this article.   Once the software has been loaded on the Wixel (see video on previous post) you will need to install the software on your Android phone/tablet which will read the data from the xDrip device. In this excellent video [more]

xDrip Software Installation Video - Wixel, by Andrew Abramowicz

xDrip Software Installation Video - Wixel, by Andrew AbramowiczNOTE: xDrip used to be called DexDrip so you might find some references to the old name in this article.   One of the key components of the xDrip device is the Wixel chip by Polollu, it's the part which reads the data from the Dexcom transmitter. To get it up and running you need to load Stephen Black's free software on it, a [more]

Dexcom, Nightscout and xDrip - how does it all work together?

Dexcom, Nightscout and xDrip - how does it all work together?NOTE: xDrip used to be called DexDrip so you might find some references to the old name in this article.   My last three xDrip posts (introduction, components and building) have generated a few questions of which device, phone, cable or application goes where, so I thought I'd create a graphic of how I see it all working (well) [more]

A Dummy's Guide to Building an #xDrip - #WeAreNotWaiting

A Dummy's Guide to Building an #xDrip - #WeAreNotWaitingNOTE: xDrip used to be called DexDrip so you might find some references to the old name in this article.   If you don't know what a xDrip device is take a look at this page. I was tickled by someone on Reddit who linked to yesterday's blog about the components required for a xDrip which was entitled "An "Amateur" builds a [more]

#WeAreNotWaiting thanks to #xDrip - Components Required

#WeAreNotWaiting thanks to #xDrip - Components RequiredNOTE: xDrip used to be called DexDrip so you might find some references to the old name in this article.   If you don't know what a xDrip device is take a look at this page. Since the release of my first comment about xDrip on Sunday morning my Facebook and Twitter notifications have gone crazy: 'like's everywhere, comments [more]

#WeAreNotWaiting thanks to #xDrip - Introduction

#WeAreNotWaiting thanks to #xDrip - IntroductionxDrip logo on left, Nightscout logo on rightAs you can see xDrip loves Nightscout NOTE: xDrip used to be called DexDrip so you might find some references to the old name in this article.   Okay, I'll own up, I know I shouldn't be so excited about this but I am. This is a game changer, for us and many, many more. It proved [more]

Diaversary #4 - meh!

Diaversary #4 - meh!Was it really four years ago that Jane took Amy to the Doctors to find out what was wrong? Four years since the Doctor took that simple blood test and called us within minutes to tell us to go to hospital? Four years since my daughter found her childhood all gone? We all try to be quite positive about life with diabetes in general but [more]

Helping out our future Pharmacists

Helping out our future PharmacistsA few months ago a local parent of a child with Type 1 posted a request for help from Portsmouth University's Pharmacy department for people to be interviewed by their students. It didn't sound like my cup of tea to start with but then it dawned on me: I'd get two hours to talk about life with Diabetes to people who actually wanted to [more]

Blogaversary 2 on World Diabetes Day 2014

Blogaversary 2 on World Diabetes Day 2014It's hard to believe yet another year has gone by in the Diabetes world, here's a little bit about what's been going on. But first, it's my blog's birthday; 2 years old today (well actually yesterday but let's not worry about that minor fib). Its visits have doubled since the first year's statistics: I'm pretty darn amazed with that. [more]

"Bringing up Children with Diabetes" #GBDOC Tweetchat - Questions

I've taken part in many of the weekly (Wednesday night at 9pm) #GBDOC tweet chats since they started a couple of years ago, I enjoy them and generally get a lot out of them. A couple of weeks ago I got a message from Paul (@t1hba1c) who hosts the #GBDOC tweetchats who asked whether I'd like to host a tweetchat about bring up children [more]

Freestyle Libre - hypos, hypers, hype and hope

Freestyle Libre - hypos, hypers, hype and hopeHype With Abbott's Freestyle Libre launch at the EASD conference on Monday the excitement in the diabetes online community is hotting up, with some getting their hands on the device already. (If you've not heard of Libre before perhaps read this: Abbott Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring: no more fingerpricks?.) The full facts [more]

Abbott Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring: no more fingerpricks?

Abbott Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring: no more fingerpricks?The information about Abbott's Flash Glucose Monitoring seems to be getting stronger by the week with little snippets being released every now and then. In summary From what I've read and watched (and hopefully understood correctly) I take it that: - Abbott's Flash Glucose Monitoring will require a sensor to be worn for 14 [more]

A great start to using CGM to get the bigger picture

A great start to using CGM to get the bigger pictureA few weeks ago on the 18th June Amy inserted her first CGM sensor. On the 12th July she took it off. It lasted 25 days. Initially it was very exciting seeing how accurate Dexcom was in comparison to Amy's normal finger-stick checks, seeing those graphs, flipping between 1 hour graphs, 3 hours, 6, 12, 24. Then it felt scary: how [more]

Portsmouth's second SweetMeet - another privileged invite

Portsmouth's second SweetMeet - another privileged inviteAmy shows off the carb counting scales she won at the SweetMeetIn the middle of a busy weekend - clinic yesterday, TeamBloodGlucose cycle ride tomorrow - Amy and I had an invite to the second SweetMeet organised by the team at Portsmouth's QA hospital. For us it was another privileged invite being personally invited by Dr Partha Kar for [more]

Diabetes UK are Making the Grade

Diabetes UK are Making the GradeI saw Diabetes UK's 'Hands Up for Good Diabetes Care in Schools' a while ago, after seeing a tweet from a rather proud Andy, proud of the video 10 year old Lewis starred in. If you've not seen it take a look by playing the video below. A great campaign Make the Grade is yet another great campaign from Diabetes UK and I'm really [more]

DRWF Wellness Day - 21st June 2014

DRWF Wellness Day - 21st June 2014I joined many other friends and local people with diabetes at the 6th Annual Diabetes Wellness Day South, held by the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation in Southampton. Last year's event was a good one so I had high hopes that this one would be as good; it was. The Wellness Days are whole day events which cost £5, starting at 9am [more]

We’ve covered the day of diagnosis from all angles: the general story, a Father’s viewpoint, a Mother’s viewpoint and more importantly the view from Amy who was 10 at the time. We hope that these posts and the other diagnosis related posts will help newly diagnosed families understand each other a bit more.

 

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