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Wednesday, 31 January 2007

getting back to normal

Things have been completely crazy this month. I am glad all the craziness can now come to an end, and I can get on with life.

I wrote my last exam on Monday, and it did not go that well. We have been having extremely hot weather, the weekend was real bad, and I could not concentrate on studying - though I cannot blame the weather alone, as I have had more than enough time for this... I am glad the weather seems to have past - I do not like the heat that much, and temperatures of 40 degrees celsius is unbearable to say the least. Opening windows and doors did not help. One of the days there was absolutely now wind either! But things seems to have cooled down now...

On Saturday we are attending a wedding. His best friend is getting married... (I hope for their sake the weather stays as it is now!)

I have been reading up more on the pump. Thanks Bettercell and Megan for your comments. I would never actually have thought about allergies - which I seem to be prone to sometimes. I have decided to maybe try the pump for a couple of days - but with saline or something, to see if I have any allergic reactions. this must sound real weird, having diabetes, but wanting to test it without insulin. My reasons are that in a few days of testing I will probably not be able to get perfect, or good for that matter, control. before making my final decision I want to be sure that I can actually wear it. Then I will go onto the next steps. Thinking about this is quite exciting, but I am nervous about it to! People without diabetes would probably think I am weird...

Also now that things are not that crazy anymore I can get my gym routine back into shape. I went this morning, and managed to do some running. I had a toning session yesterday, and can still feel it in my legs when I walk after sitting for a period of time!

I cannot believe that it will be one year soon! I was thinking about it recently, and realised that this time last year I already had it, but it was not yet official. Even though I new the symptoms, while I had them I never realised...

This time last year I was visiting my best friend in the UK. It was terribly sad time for us, as her son had past away from congenital heart defects after having surgery. I cannot believe it has been a year already.

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Thursday, 25 January 2007


the pump.

A few months ago this was the last thing I thought I wanted. I just could not imagine having something attached 24/7. But I am now....

So I made a call. They are damn expensive, and I am not sure if my medical scheme will pay for it. I called them to find out what their policy is regarding insulin pumps, and was told that it is decided on a case-to-case basis and that you doctor needs to motivate for it. I spoke to a rep and got the price. I am still thinking... but the more I think the more I think I want to. Maybe I should find out if I can try one for a week or so. anyway... still thinking

The one I am looking at getting is the Paradigm 722 - trying to find out about it and people's experiences with it.


Thursday, 18 January 2007


So this past week has gone by quick!

I studies real hard for my exam. Most of the weekend was spent in front of my books. I took Friday off also, and studied most of the day. Got through Monday and lived! It went okay - I don;t generally talk much about my exams once written. Rather wait for the results. With this one - all I can say is that I wrote a shit load - I have never written this much for an exam before! the next one is on Monday 29th - so just over a week to go...

I have not yet been able to study for this one, because since finishing my exam on Monday I have been sick. Today is my first day back at work. Still feeling a bit under the weather, but hopefully this will pass real soon.

This weekend is going to be spent studying again. Not looking forward to that. I should really start tonight with something, but that depends on how I feel when I get home. We are going to be experiencing some power cuts this week in some areas. They will be "load shedding" as one of the turbines at the nuclear plant tripped in the morning hours. Something similar happened a while back and it sucked big time. Though that one was much worse and lasted a long time.

I saw his uncle this weekend - he is the one suggesting a new Endo for me. He said that the doctor has agreed to see me. I am now just waiting for a call to meet said new doctor - I think it is a woman.

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Tuesday, 9 January 2007

pros and cons

I keep thinking about it. I am not sure if that is a good thing or not. I have been trying to work, but every hour or so I search the net...

The Pros and Cons:

Pro: New challenges! I think I need new challenges in my life at the moment, both work-wise and personal. and taking the plunge and starting afresh somewhere else will provide just this.

Pro: More experience in my field. Which could create better opportunities for the future.

Con: All the admin and stuff I would need to do - both before leaving, and also in order to apply for all relevant stuff...

Con: The flat - I have given this con some thought. Rent it out. Pay the difference..

Con: Diabetes - I have access to great private care here. I can see an endo whenever I want really. I would need to find new doctors, arrange the meds etc. I am not sure how easy this is going to be for me. I guess I will have to ask some people about it... But I have even given this one some thought - in reality a once a year visit with an endo should be fine. So I could do a trip home annually - and during my visit here see all the specialists I need to see. Besides, I could keep my endo (I may be changing endo's soon...) here, and still have regular contact should I have any questions or concerns.

There is just so much else on my mind. I don't really know why, but for some reason I feel that this may be something I should do. I need to give this more thought...


Monday, 8 January 2007

Just a week to go before my first exam.... I am a bit nervous already. I really want to get it over and done with. These are the only 2 papers I still need to write!

I had a good weekend, though last night was not very good. My folks visited from Saturday and we had a lovely dinner on Saturday night. The restaurant we went to was great, excellent service, and the most delicious food! And my blood sugar levels played along. It was my birthday on Sunday, but I did not do much. Went shopping in the morning, and spent the afternoon at home. During the evening I was feeling very anxious, I am not really sure why, and then I became a bit sad for no reason at all. Was still feeling it this morning, and woke up with the blood sugar to go with it... I am feeling much better now, but still feeling a bit down. It is really odd, as there is not really anything in specific I can think of that is causing me to feel this way.

the rest of this week is going to be quite busy. I will be studying as much as possible in the evenings, and over the coming weekend. I am also taking Friday off to study at home. Work is good, with most people having returned today. traffic is still a breeze as the schools only go back next week. I like this time of year for that!

I have been giving this year a lot of thought lately. There is a part of me that wants to leave the company I am working for in the next few months. I don't hate my work or anything, but I feel in come ways that it is time to move on. And I have been considering looking for employment abroad... If I apply for a visa within the next year I would more likely get it than afterward. I don't want to move permanently, but think that I would enjoy doing it again. One thing holding me back is the fact that we (the guy and I) bought a flat last year, with lots of new appliances to go with it (this sounds so stupid while typing it....). I think I should really give this more thought. Maybe look at some opportunities and decide from there...

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Friday, 5 January 2007

So this is not really a new blog. I have just changed the address, for various reasons I am not going to go into...

This year has started well. I have been back at work for a couple of days now. It is still real quiet in the office, so I can really ease into the new year. Traffic is also practically non-existent. I am not looking forward to Monday when things are back to normal again!

I have two post graduate exams to write this month. It is real crap writing at this time of year - it is too hot, and most people are in a holiday mood. I only have these two left, so I really have to try hard!

Christmas 2006 was good, and so was New Years Eve. for the first time in years we actually had plans for the evening! We attended a concert in the botanical garden. It got a little cold later in the evening, but we had loads of fun anyway!

Well, it is Friday today, and I plan on leaving work a little early..


Wednesday, 3 January 2007

a new year

So I have started a new blog!

My 2007 resolutions:

Firstly I have to say that I have never really been the "resolution-making" type of person. I think in the past my the idea of quiting smoking often came across my mind - it never really lasted though! But this year I can proudly say that I cannot make that resolution! It has been months (I stopped counting) since my last cigarette!! (So I can now pretend that I made that resolution last year, and that it worked!!).

So for 2007... I have not really given it that much thought. But there are a few things I would like to accomplish this year.

Firstly - I would like to get the "bad" numbers I have had these past couple of months under control. I have decided that I might meet with a new Endo in about a month or two.

Secondly - I would like to continue going to gym regularly. I think I have slacked in the past couple of months, and especially over the festive season. I have considered buying a heart rate monitor to use for my jogging - but I am still two minded about it. I think it may be a motivator to improve my fitness, but am also a bit afraid that I may buy the damn thing and end up not using it, stop exercising, and then I would feel that it was a lot of money wasted....

Thirdly - I would like to shed a bit of kilos. Not much and not quick. I plan to improve my eating habits (which should help with my first resolution too!), continue the gym-thing, and hopefully then this one will also pay off. I have gained a bit of poundage since starting the insulin-regime...

And on the diabetes front again - I have contacted a company for prices of the CGMS. They have not gotten back to me yet. But i hope to start this. And my previous feelings regarding the pump is changing, I may well even consider that this year...

So here is to a great 2007, filled with lots of happiness, good health, and great friends!

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