My Diabetes Kit, Rob Brown, Diabetic Dad Runs, Marathon des Sables,

LIVINGLIVING

what I wanted to do for a job, I discovered

that I like telling stories. Not standing up and

speaking, but using my aptitude for writing.

Having got good grades in the necessary

subjects I ended up going to university in

Bournemouth studying journalism. I met

my wife-to-be on the course. I enjoyed

uni - I partied with the rest of them, but

I think it was part of my rebellion against

the diagnosis. I hated having to tell people

about my diabetes, but I did, as it seemed

only fair to my friends.

"Having worked as a journalist since

graduating I can only say that the pay is

rubbish but it's interesting and can be fun.

"By that point, blood test meters had

gotten much smaller and less bulky. I

did hate seeing high numbers though. I

must've been high during my teens and

I felt I needed to atone, so started to get

more hypos due to trying to achieve tight

control and sometimes over correcting

myself. Some of the hypos were pretty

bad - my eyes would go funny. I thought I

was dying once when I was in the first flat

I have a moved into when I was working

at the Woking News and Mail. My wife

called the paramedics.

"I felt overwhelmed at various times.

Everyone thought that I'd taken it in my

stride, but looking back I think it had a big

psychological impact on me. There had

only ever one other diabetic in the school,

but I didn't like them. I didn't want to be

known as 'diabetic Rob.'

Running man

"Getting on a pump was an uphill

struggle. At the age of 30, I was a little bit

overweight, although I was taking more

care of my diabetes control. I decided

to start running, speaking to the other

runners and learnt about long-distance

running and how to manage the diabetes

while I did this. At that time I was writing

for The Grocer magazine based in

Crawley, but we were living in Chertsey so

the commute wasn't good. However, my

employers were absolutely great about it

allowing time off for diabetes education,

such as a carb counting course - I finally

one in 2017 and absolutely loved it. I even

did an article on what employees need to

know about diabetes.

"Eventually we had an opportunity

to move into a flat in Hove, so we went

for it. It was at that point I became more

interested in fitness, mainly as I was

about to become a father for the second

time - I now have three kids. In the past

I'd been told I could not do sports and I

just thought, 'No, I want to do this.' So I

started to lobby to go on a pump.

"I was now running long distances

although at the start of 2018 I was still

on multiple daily injections (MDI) and

it was hard. In April 2018 I went on

Abbott's FreeStyle Libre system, which

was a big help. I had Abbott's FreeStyle

Libre system on the NHS and it changed

my perspective. Now I resent having

to do a blood test, when even a year

ago I would have be testing 15 times a

day. It is a revolution in diabetes living,

I was so pleased to get it. It felt like a

new beginning, though initially I did feel

anxious as I suddenly saw so much

data. I felt distressed when my glucose

readings were going up and down. But

you get used to seeing that, and can start

handling it the info better, use it better.

"By September 2018 I'd gone on an

Omnipod tubeless patch pump, which

I would say has transformed my life. It

has made managing my diabetes when

running long distances so much easier. I

love it. I also started to use insulin Fiasp,

which is a faster-acting insulin which

seems to suit some people and some

pumps. Then I went on to the Dexcom

G6 in February 2019, which I can see via

my Applewatch and iphone. One of the

great upsides that you don't hear often

about CGM is that there is simply less

continued over

I went out to Africa for two months and

didn't even take a blood test meter with me;

I must have scared my parents to death!

"

Index

  1. Desang diabetes magazine, diabetes information, Sue Marshall
  2. Title: Medtronic Minimed 670G hybrid closed loop insulin pump
  3. Desang diabetes, magazine diabetes information, Sue Marshall diabetes
  4. Desang diabetes magazine, diabetes news
  5. Medtronic Guardian Connect, Medtronic Enlite CGM
  6. Desang diabetes magazine, diabetes news
  7. JDRF One Walk diabetes charity
  8. Desang diabetes magazine, diabetes news
  9. UrgoStart diabetic wound healing
  10. BHR Pharmaceuticals Ramesh Patel, AC1 Now, Type 1 diabetes
  11. HbA1c home test, A1C now
  12. BHR Pharmaceuticals Ramesh Patel, AC1 Now, Type 1 diabetes
  13. Desang diabetes magazine, Desang Diabetes Diaries, Desang Kitbags
  14. Diabetes kit, Uwe Diegel, Olaf Diegel, LifeinaBox
  15. Diabetes kit, Uwe Diegel, Olaf Diegel, LifeinaBox
  16. My Diabetes Kit, Rob Brown, Diabetic Dad Runs, Marathon des Sables
  17. My Diabetes Kit, Rob Brown, Diabetic Dad Runs, Marathon des Sables,
  18. My Diabetes Kit, Rob Brown, Diabetic Dad Runs, Marathon des Sables,
  19. Omnipod Insulet insulin pump with insulin pods, podders
  20. My Diabetes Kit, Rob Brown, Diabetic Dad Runs, Marathon des Sables,
  21. Page 0021
  22. My Diabetes Kit, Rob Brown, Diabetic Dad Runs, Marathon des Sables
  23. Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  24. Desang diabetes magazine, diabetes news, free diabetes magazine
  25. Desang diabetes magazine, diabetes news, free diabetes magazine
  26. blood glucose monitoring, Abbott Optium Neo, Sue Marshall diabetes
  27. blood glucose monitoring, Accu-Chek Proforma Nano, Accu-Chek Aviva Expert, Accu-Chek Mobile, mySugr,
  28. blood glucose monitoring, Ascensia Diabetes Care, Ascensia Contour Next One
  29. blood glucose monitoring, Ascensia Diabetes Care, Ascensia Contour Next One
  30. UrgoStart diabetic wound healing
  31. UrgoStart diabetic wound healing
  32. Desang Diabetes Magazine, Making Carbs Count, carbohydrate counting for diabetes, carb content of fr
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  34. Desang Diabetes Magazine, Making Carbs Count, carbohydrate counting for diabetes, carb content of fr
  35. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump for Animas users
  36. free diabetes magazine, desang diabetes magazine

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