Choosing a blood test meter, choosing a blood glucose meter

LIVINGLIVING

Abbott and A violinist by

trade, Olivia Holland

was diagnosed with

Type 1 diabetes at the

age of 17, ten years

ago. At the time, she was studying for

her A-levels whilst also auditioning for

entrance to music college. She'd been

getting very thirsty and, during her mock

exams, was drinking a 2L bottle of

water per paper. She recalls it all being

very disruptive and commenting to her

mother, 'I don't think I am well and with

my symptoms could this be Type 1

diabetes?'

She says, "I had a recital to attend on a

specific Tuesday afternoon but had made

a doctor's appointment for the morning.

He did blood stick test and told me to go

straight to hospital. I spent a few days

there and, although the diagnosis was

unexpected, it was actually great not to

be so thirsty anymore. I left hospital with a

couple of insulin pens, some Levemir and

Novo Rapid insulin, having been shown

basic carb counting. And then I went back

a week later for a follow-up appointment."

Along with the insulin and pens, she

was also given an Accu-Chek Aviva Expert

blood glucose monitor. "I remember it well.

If you inputted your blood test and your

carbs it gave a bonus recommendation

which is very helpful and avoided me

having to do all the maths myself. Later

I moved on to the Freestyle Optium Mio,

which was a bit smaller, and which I still

use now."

MY DIABETES KIT

OLIVIA HOLLANDUnfortunately, Holland was one of us

who had trouble getting the blood test

strips she used from her HCP. She says,

"I'd had a bit of an issue with the local

diabetes nurse when I lived in Peckham.

She said I couldn't have the test strips

for that meter, instead I was given a

more basic machine and my prescription

was changed. However, shortly after

that I was referred up to King's College

Hospital where I was told I was entitled

to have the machine that I preferred and,

after a little bit of a fight, I was able to

change my prescription back. I did find

it quite distressing, and I consider myself

somebody quite able to defend myself."

At Lewisham Hospital, Holland had

the opportunity to do the DAFNE* course

which teaches 'dose adjustment for

normal eating', which she says was "A

really useful tool in aiding my diabetes

management. I use the advice given to

this day. I'd thoroughly recommend the

course to anyone who is looking to further

their knowledge of carb counting and

adjusting insulin doses in order to improve

their blood glucose control."

Gifted

Also like many of us, getting a new bit

of diabetes kit is sometimes down to

the generosity of people who can afford

to buy it for them. Says Holland, "One

Christmas I was given a starter pack of

FreeStyle Libre sensors. From that point

on I had irregular use of these, due to

them being given as gifts for birthdays and

Olivia Holland performing

in concert.

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