ill, cake and halfterm

Oh, lucky me. Firstly, I was (and still am) ill. And secondly, it was during the holidays. Such fun. Or maybe not…

To start with I spent a whole day of my precious 9 days off in bed and the rest of them with a temperature and a throbbing headache, add in a sore throat and a cough.Viola! One very high and rather grumpy teenager with a workshy pancreas. Oh the joys never stop!

Ill also means, yes you guessed it, high, high levels. I had just got an amazing (if I may say so myself) pie chart of mostly green levels annnnnnnd now it is gone. From all the high levels from being ill. I did add illness and took corrections but no, those levels weren’t budging at all.

Yesterday I had the worst nights sleep ever and now I am sitting here coughing away typing this, contemplating the joys of tomorrow at school. Yay! No, I’m being harsh – school really isn’t that bad. I was hoping to feel energised and refreshed after this holiday but as enjoyable as it has been I feel more like a slug than when I started it.

Nonetheless I did have fun and with a couple of painkillers I made the most of this holiday! I got up at 5 am to do a boot fair – we had lots to sell. Part of the reason behind going was a free Mr Whippy from my mum. Needless to say I was more than horrified when I queued for ages only to be told that the machine to create the lovely white stuff was broken. I had even allowed and given a shot for it. I had a nice lolly and a banana though! 🙂 What else did I do? My grandparents came for the day and I went shopping and out to dinner with my mum. We went to Cote brassiere. Mmmm that food was amazing! I also had quite a few nerf fights with my brother and went to see “Me before You.” It was probably the most amazing and inspiring film ever. I loved it! Cringe…  Last but not least I ate a massive slice of cake with my dad and bought a new PE kit for school.

So, I found i week, that even being ill and having roller-coaster levels shouldn’t stop me from doing anything. I also realised that I didn’t need to feel 100% to have a great time. I made the most of it and on the whole I think I had an amazing week! I know, this is contrary to my first paragraph but hey ho, looking back makes me realise that I really have had a fun half term!

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Emily 🙂

Oh and I had a BBQ today! And a low of 3.6 – treated with a magnum. As you do!




Hello! Long time no Blog post… so, here I am typing away on my laptop while listening to Coldplay’s Hymn for the Weekend. Wait… no. Spotifys changed, I’m on 7 years by Lukas Graham now.

So, I am currently on an OmniPod trial. I am on the second pod and so far it is proving fantastic. Mine are only filled with saline water to get a feel for the PDM and wearing the Pod itself. I think that I might be in love.

No, honestly. I really do love it…so far, I hasten to add.

On the second day of wearing the Pod I decided to explore the PDM. It was so simple to use. Single handedly with no tutorials I managed to put in all of my corrections and carb ratios. I also worked my way to the home and id screen to add my name to eat. I must say, it is a very polite PDM welcoming me by my nickname “Emsy” every time I go to I wander over to him for some bolus advice! The PDM that I am currently using is on loan and I will get a brand new one in a couple of weeks when I finally become a pumper!!!!

I also thought that I would test the OmniPod’s aquatic abilities. Needless to say it far exceeded my expectations and stayed attached for the hour and a half that I was in the water. (I wore a black, blue and green patterned costume and the OmniPod was on my stomach and it was barely noticeable.) Tip: If you want you OmniPod to by less obvious wear a patterned costume. My only criticism would be that the edges of the tape did start to peel away but then I suppose nothing is perfect. In future I will add some extra tape.

The OmniPod that I am currently wearing is on my arm and I am don’t really know that it is there. I feel it a lot less than when it was on my stomach.

At school today I proudly showed it off to all my friends. They were very supportive and surprisingly curious and interested. I only made other people jump once. In Design Technology I unexpectedly beeped and even scared myself. We also had an assembly and I sat there praying that it wouldn’t start screaming, that would be so humiliating, yet absolutely hilarious at the same time!

My next step is to contact my lovely and amazing nurse to arrange a carb counting assessment to check that I won’t go and give myself some disastrous overdose!

Overall review of OmniPod so far: when can I ditch the jabs? I want to start OmnPod now… Please… Thank you!

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White jeans…Good or bad choice?

Summer’s here yay! Which means BBQs, icecream and lots of yummy carb filled treats. Or not. This is England we are talking about. The place where summer consists of an afternoon of sun and a whole load of rain and rain and guess what? More rain.

Recently, I went shopping with wonderful (possibly far fetched) ideas of bright sunny days at the beach and decided to buy a pair of white jeans. Sounds lovely, or not. After purchasing them it suddenly dawned on me. Blood tests! What if I get blood on them? Then I would end up with white and red jeans. Delightful and fashionable, I’m sure but not what I wanted. And then I thought about my impending transition to a pump… and I suddenly thought about the whole thing falling of and staining a nice red patch of them red.

Summer appears to have bought a whole host of new challenges. Keeping insulin cool, keeping insulin in pumps cool, keeping test strips out of the sun and careful planning as to where to place a pump. And last but not least the jolly event called flying. I often found packing in the past was hard enough but now it is a completely new minefield of letters and bags.

After trawling the internet to find a suitable cool pouch to place my insulin in ready for a very exciting trip to Iceland I came across Frio. A very clever set of bags that can be submerged in water which then keep insulin at room temperature. I don’t have a Frio bag yet but as soon as I do I will write a review all about it. Of course there are also a whole melange of other products out there to choose from.

Lastly, I would like to mention PumpPeelz. An American company that produces and sells a whole range of stickers to jazz up meters and pumps. They are a great adittion to a pump to make it match your summer swimwear or outfits. And just generally make have a workshy pancreas much more fun! Also, seeing as I am yet to become a pumper, I haven’t tried these wonderful inventions although I have heard an amazing reviews about them. Once I get my hands on some PumpPeelz I will review them and let you know what I thought of them.

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Emily 🙂

And… let me know in the comments if you have tried any of the products below or have had experience with the OmniPod and what you thought about it!