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Continuing on from yesterday’s blog…

This is my husband Allun before his fund raising hair dying began.

Let the bleaching commence.

Let the bleaching commence.

Our very camera shy friend Sian arrived and at 1.15pm the bleaching of Allun’s hair began.

On it goes.

On it goes.

              Now to wait...

Now to wait…

Time for a cuppa and a hot cross bun. Every now and again Sian checked to make sure everything was going to plan.

Looks like its taken good enough. Time to wash it off.

Looks like its taken good enough. Time to wash it off.

It's done its job!

It’s done its job!

Now for the blue, eek!

It looks more purple to me at the moment.

It looks more purple to me at the moment.

Yep, definitely looking blue.

Yep, definitely looking blue.



...I think this is going to work.

…I think this is going to work.

It's a waiting game again.

It’s a waiting game again.

The time has come to see after washing the dye off.

I think we can safely say that it has worked. I only have to be seen in public with him for 4 weeks now!!

I think we can safely say that it has worked. I only have to be seen in public with him for 4 weeks now!!

As soon as it was done his ‘Tomodachi Life “Mii”‘ was changed by our daughter on her game.

Tomodachi Life Mii

Tomodachi Life Mii.

It you would like to sponsor this mad act please visit his Just Giving page.  All funds raised will go to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Or please see previous blog for the reason behind this. Again thanks to everyone who has donated and a very special thank you to Sian for getting her hands blue.

The dye didn’t take so well to the sides or “goatee” so they were shaved off.  This is how he looks now, ready to face the world.



So it’s the day before my husband Allun has his hair dyed blue and keeps it like it for 4 weeks!!

You may be wondering why he is dying his hair blue.  We have been to a couple of JDRF discovery days where we’ve learned about research into the cause of diabetes, treatment and tech past, present and for the future.  People have also talked about things they have done or are planning to do to raised awareness of diabetes and to raise funds to help JDRF continue their research.  Nearly all of the sponsored things people have done personally or as part of an event usually include some physical activity.  Allun wanted to “do his part” to help raise some funds but due to a damaged knee my hubby isn’t able to take part in these type of things.  So he thought about what he could do. He eventually came up with this ridiculous idea of dying his hair blue.

So last week we went and bought the blue dyes from Blue Banana.  Whilst we were in one of our eldest daughter’s favourite shops, looking slightly out of place, a shop assistant asked if she could help, while Allun was looking a bright hair colours.  This,at least, gave him his first opportunity to explain to a stranger why he, a 47 year old man, was looking at blue hair dyes. She listened intently and then suggest a few colours.

This is the colour that he chose, no particular reason for this choice other than the colour.


Tomorrow our friend Sian is coming to first bleach his hair then add the blue dye to it. The dye is semi-permanent, so he should have enough in the two pack (& not a large amount of hair) to keep it going for 4 weeks. I shall post a blog, including photos, with the process.

I’m off work at the moment as it’s half term. Allun suggested a shopping trip to a large Swedish store (Ikea :D) this week. It was then that I realised that I was going to have to be seen with him in public and that I should have started up my own Just Giving page to cover it :D. It will certainly be a talking point.

If you would like to sponsor him please visit his Just Giving Page. At this moment in time he has raised 56% of his target of £150.00.  Thank you to everyone who has sponsored him so far.

Keep an eye out for the blog & pics.

Saturday!!!! Conference day!!

Where we were staying didn’t have its own restaurant. We stayed in a Travelodge just off the M1. So breakfast was a bacon roll from Greggs, or if I’m talking about our son it was a roll with sausages.

IMG_7705We left in plenty of time to travel to and find where the conference was being held.  We were really unsure of where it was being held, we’d “Google Earthed’ it and could only see to the main road as it seemed to be in some huge factory type area, passed a set of security gates. At least we knew what sort of area to look out for.

We found the area easily enough and were let in through the security gates, but we found that that was the easy bit, for a very short time we got a little lost. If we had entered through a different set of security gates we would have been fine as the building was then right in front of you. Instead of helping to look out for the building I decided to Tweet about it 😀 .  Then all of a sudden, after driving passed it twice, we spotted the banner on the front steps.

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As we pulled into the area we were going to park in I saw a familiar face from Twitter. It was Jules or better know as @Jules1315 on Twitter with her husband and son.  As soon as Allun had parked I jumped out of the car and made myself  known to Jules. There were hello’s and greeting’s passed between both families. It was fab, these Twitter PWD’s (People With Diabetes) were actually real people!!

As we made our way towards the building more people crossed the road (I recognised a few faces from Twitter) and they obviously knew Jules too. We all stopped outside the building whilst chit chat & greetings went on. Then someone suggested we all move into the actual venue 😀 . As we walked up the steps someone with a video camera filmed us arriving.

We arrived into the conference room that already had people, who had arrived, chatting and having a cuppa.

As I walked in I was greeted by Adrian & his wife. Again it was fab to put real life people to Twitter profiles.  We went and grabbed a cuppa and there was also a fab hypo table with all sort of goodies on including the homemade cakes. Our son went & made himself comfy with the iPad, where he stayed for most of the day!! We didn’t here a peep out of him. not one complaint that he was bored!  Just as I’d finished getting my cup of tea I saw someone making their way to me with a big beaming smile, it was Lavina (who used to be on Twitter). She had already been chatting to Alan,  Philippa   (@t1pippop) and her hubby and introduced me to them (again Alan & Philippa I already follow on Twitter but I wouldn’t have recognised Philippa from her profile pic). Next I was stood near the room entrance as another Philippa came in.  Philippa recognised me, it wasn’t so easy the other way around again as her profile pic is a Lego figure, it was great to put a face to the name (have I said before that it’s fab putting real life faces to Twitter names?). Liz Warren arrived with Philippa (@flipper1) & they introduced me to Matt, “who doesn’t tweet much” (so I’m not really sure if I follow Matt or not, if I do please say hi so I know who you are 😀 ). I also met and chatted with RachelLindsey and Sam. If I have missed anyone out, first I’m sorry and second please let me know and I’ll add you to this blog


Once we had all found seats BGBingo was explained.  For those who don’t know what #BGBingo is, at   the end of the weekly Tweetchat you find out our BGL (Blood Glucose Level) after a random number is given, you then post a pic of your monitor/CGM showing the result and the person with the closest number wins! I’m presuming that overtime the #naughtystep was introduced by someone when their BG was “out of range” and it’s become a bit of a fun way of sharing a number that you’d rather not see. So during the day at the conference, at a given time, a random number would be chosen, we would then find out what our BGL was, write in on a sticky note and stick it to one of the glass panels.  Yes there was a “naughty panel” too, which unfortunately I spent all day on due to a cold. My fist reading was 16.2mmol (Also it wasn’t too long after a bacon roll breakfast either, they are my excuses and I’m sticking to it 😀 ).  There were quite a lot of us making our way to the #naughtystep .


As this was a conference for PWD (People with diabetes) by PWD we were the ones deciding what would happen throughout the day.  We were then given a moment to decided what we would all like to talk about, find out about, have support about etc.  Each person that would like to came up and explained what they would like a workshop to include. There were going to be 3 workshops during each of the 4 sessions for us to chose from.  Below is Liz Warren explaining what she would like and it was added to the day’s agenda.


When all the slots were filled the day look like this :


For the first session I went into the Tech workshop whilst my husband Allun went into the “Partners moan” workshop.  I arrived a little late and the room was already crammed with people so I squeezed in on the end. During the Tech workshop the discussions were all about insulin pumps, CGM’s (Continuous Glucose Monitor’s), Abbott’s Freestyle Libre and combinations of these.  People explained about how these different items have impacted their lives and their diabetes (their lives with or without them).  Some people talked about their reluctance to go on to pump therapy when offered it, how they wouldn’t like tech attached to them.  Others said that they had felt the same but would never go back now. Whilst others spoke about their desperation to go onto pump therapy and how they have been fighting for it for a long time without success and all the talk that usually surrounds problems faced when wanting an insulin pump. There was also a lot of head nodding in support.  Lesley from Input was in the session and was able to give advice to people.  I also noticed that she was very busy during the day with lots of people catching up and asking for advice.

Some of the comments I noted down about tech use are as follows:

  • “It gives me more options to deal with it (diabetes). I have less high highs and less low lows!”
  • “I’ve got my life back”
  • “Flexibility”
  • “It’s empowering”
  • “It’s quicker”
  • “My expectations have changed hugely”
  • “Life has been made easier”
  • “Ability to alter dose throughout the day”
  • “I haven’t had one single hypo since I’ve been using a CGM”

As you can imagine there were also a lot of questions asked and people who are actually living it were able to share their experiences, good and bad.

We were told that there will be new NICE guidance out later this year.

Next was luuuuunch and a chance to have a chat with others.


Before the next session was #BGBingo again! “What????” I thought, “we’ve not long finished lunch.” It was going to be the “naughty step” for me again, along with quite a few others. 😦

Session 2 – Allun and I went to the food/diet/excercise workshop. There were so many of us that we relocated ourselves to a rather larger corner in the main room.  There was a lot of discussion about Low Carb High Fat (LCHF), Reduced carb diet, Paleo diet, Low GI (Glycemic Index), bolusing for protein. Most people were just wanting to avoid the after meal spikes and keep their BGL’s as steady as possible. There was discussion about treating hypos, what and how much people use. Also people chatted about exercise and how it affects their BGL’s. Again lots of questions were asked and people shared their experiences.

Session 3 – We went into the what was suppose to be #GBDOC & T2 (Type 2 diabetes) about getting more T2 people involved in social media.  There were only a handful of us and none of the T2 people, so after a short time we went rouge and just discussed a few things.

  • Auto-immune conditions – there were 3 of us with T1 (Type 1 diabetes) who had a parent with hypothyroidism, another auto-immune condition.
  • Our diagnosis stories. Two had been diagnosed as adults and 1 as a child.
  • Carb counting and diabetes education or lack of both in some cases.

There’s something I’ve forgotten to mention. During the day the cameras kept on rolling. Not only doing individual interviews with some people but during workshops etc.  The camera came into our rouge session just as I was talking about something. If it ever makes the final cut I hope I’m making sense and not getting all tongue tied because a camera is in the room!!

Next was #BGBingo again and yes you’ve guessed it I was on the “naughty step” again.

I’m not sure what happened to Session 4?! I seem to have missed that one.

At the end of the day we all came back to the main area.  The evenings “Social” details were explained. Everyone thanked for attending and a few other details.  Then it was #BGBingo prize time.  It wasn’t quite as everyone was expecting.  The prize was carried out and explained what it was. There was a lot of of excitement in the room, it was a Dexcom G4 (donated very generously by Team BG) and it was going to someone from the “naughty step”, unheard of!!!! Woohoo, I was definitely in with a chance.  Unfortunately my name wasn’t called out but everyone one was thrilled for the lucky winner and rather envious.  Then they carried out another one! This time everyone who’d made it to the “in range” wall was in with a chance.  Again everyone was thrilled for the very happy winner.

I’ve pinched this from the conference webpage.

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At the conference there was also a Swop Shop table where people brought items that they no longer needed and others could freely help themselves to items they needed.  There wasn’t a lot left on the table at the end of the day.  Our son had had his eye on a backpack on the table but had been told no by me.  As we were leaving he saw it was still there and asked again. I relented this time as most of the others had already left.  He was very happy and informed me that he is going to use it on his upcoming school camping trip.  Just before leaving we were all asked to help empty the goodies table so again my son did as he was told and helped himself to some cookies.  Here he is with is stash.


Before leaving I caught up again with Lavina, she pointed out a few other Twitter people to me and we swopped mobile numbers and agreed to catch up sometime, somewhere in the evening. That was the end of the conference, but not the end of the day as there was the social that evening in Nottingham. I really enjoyed the conference and, if able, we will most definitely be attending next year. Looking forward to #PWDC16.

I’ll probably write another blog on our evening in Nottingham.

Thank for reading this rather long blog.

ADDITION (16-03-15) – I forgot to say that I met Emma and Rita at the conference.  I hadn’t connected with these two ladies before the conference. We are now connected on social media. In fact I think Emma was introduced to the #doc on Twitter whilst at the conference.  Hi ladies 😀

I was really looking forward to the first ever GBDoc    PWDC15    (sponsored by    TeamBG) in Nottingham.  You can find them on Twitter as @theGBDOC    and    @TheTeamBG.

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As the weekend got closer I realised that my daughter would also be away the same weekend with school, she was going to Disneyland Paris for the Welsh Festival, so it would also be a very timely distraction from worrying about her being in another country. Especially when she was completely fine and having an amazing time. 


This is us just before she left.

So for the conference we had decided to make a weekend of it.  Drive up on the Friday evening and then travel home on the Sunday. So we left at approximately 4.40pm, 30 secs later we returned as I hadn’t checked my Levemir & looking at it I couldn’t be sure it would last the weekend (it didn’t so it was just as well we went back). Next we had to go to the pharmacy  to collect a box of ketone strips as, not for the first time, the surgery had got it wrong & prescribed the test strips instead. I explained to receptionist the mistake & that I was away for the weekend & I didn’t have any left, thankfully they faxed the correct prescription through to pharmacy. Then we needed to refuel & after that we were finally on our way. Thirty minutes up the road & our son complained that he was feeling sick, he was as white as a ghost. He doesn’t always travel well, more so when younger but he had seemed to be better lately.  A stop at the services for fresh air, toilet stop & a purchase of a few carrier bags (just incase) and we were on our way again.

Most of my journey was taken up with quite a few conversations with other PWD’s over FB & Twitter about #PWDC15 whilst my hubby drove.  Some tweets were pictures of cakes people were making and taking to keep us all fuelled during the following day. If my own personal baker wasn’t away in Disneyland with her school I’d have got her to make us some cakes too.

Yay we actually made it!!!  We arrived in Nottingham at 7.50pm (2hrs 47mins travelling).

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Testing out his bed.

By now we were all more than ready for some food. Ethan couldn’t wait for food off the menu to arrive so he decided to choose from the “Chip Shop” Buffet.  Below is one very happy boy with a very full tum and we were still waiting for ours to arrive. 



And finally pudding. Pudding is always picture worthy.

I’m so glad that there was online Nutritional Information for it. I would not have estimated 100g though. But it was definitely worth it.

I think we got back to the Travelodge about 10pm ready for sleep.

Hoping to blog about the conference next. I’m not likely to get technical and offer loads of advice from the sessions.  It probably just about who I met, what sessions I attended, what I ate/drank (sorry 😀 ) and what I enjoyed about the conference.

Thanks for reading.

Due to the number of hypos I’ve been having my consultant decided it was necessary to have a CGM fitted to try and see what is going on. This was decided at my hospital appointment in June 2014. It couldn’t be done straight away as the CGM’s were being updated and the DSN’s needed to be trained first. So originally I was given a date for August, but unfortunately I was on holiday at that time and was told I’d be sent a new date.

In the meantime (4 months later rather than 6 months) I was sent another clinic appointment. When I went in the endo thought I’d have had the CGM fitted, the trial would have been done & she’d have some information to work with. When she realised it hadn’t been done she was on the phone to find out why. Well, apparently due to the NATO Summit (thanks Mr President etc lol) the hospital computers had had firewalls put on them and these had caused a problem that prevented any tech connecting to their computers and had to wait for it all to be sorted out before they could see me or anyone else.

I was then given a date for 5th November 2104. I went into the appointment, accompanied by my dad as parking is usually a big problem & at least he could drive my car around for me if I couldn’t find a place. I didn’t need the stress of being late. Thankfully we found one pretty quickly so he came in with me. I went in with my DSN with a little trepidation. Concerned if the fitting of the sensor would hurt. No need to worry, all I felt was the “click” from the inserter. I was given an extra monitor that their computers were compatible with. I had to test my BG level an hour later, then 2 hours later to calibrate the CGM sensor. I was also asked to check my BG at least 4 times a day (breakfast, lunch, tea & before bed). The DSN have me a food/insulin/BG diary and asked me to record everything I ate & drank including their carbohydrate content, blood glucose levels and any insulin I injected. All this with the time it was done. I was told the sensor would read for 6 days and given an appointment for 11th November (dad would be needed again as hubby would be in work).

During the six days I had quite a lot of hypos that I was aware of. Sunday, after our late lunch, I was rather high for a while which took some time to come down. So I was a little nervous of other scrutinising my data.

The DSN & dietician were fab though.

This is the site where it was. I’m not giving anyone a wider shot of my belly, you’d need wide screen, and you wouldn’t want to see that!!!


Whilst the DSN (& student DSN) were downloading the data from the iPro2 the dietician was looking through my diary. She asked what I used to calculate carbs. I told her I use the Carbs & Cals app, packaging & I have a set of nutritional scales. She asked a few question about different parts of the data. She said I’d calculated the carbs very well and she was impressed (I heaved a sigh of relief). She asked about the hypos & we chatted about Sunday’s high. But no blame/finger point at all, just a discussion about why it may have happened and what I could try to prevent it in the future, e.g. Splitting my dose to before & after I’ve eaten. She was very helpful.

Unfortunately the BG monitor wouldn’t download to the computer so my DSN had to input the readings manually with the help of the student.

Once it was all done we were all (dad included) invited over to the computer to have a look at the graphs. On the computer it was all in colour and I could tell straight away that Sunday’s graph was the red one, the one with the big high that lasted hours.

She then showed us day by day graphs. I was really pleased to see that a good majority of the time my levels were either within the “target” range or just above for a short while. Some were even stable within the rage for a time which I was hugely surprised at. I was expecting it to be much more up and down.

It was noticed that I was spiking mainly after my breakfast. Having hypos through the busiest part of the day when I was in work and also at night. One night I slept through a hypo for about 2 hours before waking and then treating it. Saturday’s trace was fabulous I was pretty much within range all day apart from 1 hypo after pizza in the evening, this was another time that myself and the dietician had discussed splitting my insulin dose already.


My DSN said that my trace was probably the best one she’d seen for sometime. Excuse me here as at the moment I can’t fit my head through the door. To be honest it was such a huge relief to hear that praise. I thought I was doing so much worse especially with the hypos.

After a discussion it was decided to lower my evening basal from 14u of Levemir to 12u to try and prevent the night time hypos. Unfortunately that means some basal testing, so I’ll be seeing 3 am a bit more than I would like.

My breakfast ratio has been 1:10. I’ve been asked to try 1:9 to see if that prevents the bigger spike after my breakfast. If not then try 1:8.

I then mentioned my interest in a pump. DSN said I would need to hit certain criteria, that I would need to go on the Daffyd course (Welsh version, I’m presuming, of the Dafne course). I said that attending wouldn’t be that easy for me with working in a school but the dietician did say that as I was already doing so well with my carb counting that I could probably just attend a one day “refresher”. The DSN agreed. DSN said that as my Endo was retiring in the new year I could probably be transferred to the pump Endo or my current Endo could refer me. The DSN was very positive about the pump and said that my interest would be passed on. So watch this space.

On the whole a very positive experience.

Thank you for having the patience to read to the end of this blog. I know it’s a bit long.

Some editing done whilst copying the blog over…

On Saturday, 14th June 2014, at the end of diabetes week (8th-14th June 2014) I posted a photograph on Twitter of all the rubbish that had accumulated since the Wednesday evening before. I was posting during this time with the hashtag #LifeWithMyD.


As I was late joining this and my photo didn’t actually show the rubbish during a whole week, I decided to keep collecting till today (Wednesday 18th June) so I could see actually how much rubbish there is over a week.

The photo below is that weeks worth of rubbish, minus apple juice pouches which I use as fast acting glucose when low/hypo (I didn’t get through the whole bag of sweets either, I just came to the end of the bag).


After I’d taken the photo I thought that as it’s piled on top of itself it didn’t really show how much is used. So I spread it out.


Obviously the needles, test strips & lancets go into my sharps box. The plastic needle caps, the little plastic “container” that the insulin vile comes in, test strip pots and the blue Levemir pen cap I can now recycle, as my council has just started collecting all types of plastic. The paper bits you pull off the needle caps go into my paper recycle, boxes into the cardboard recycle. The insulin vile, disposable pen, JB packet & apple juice pouches, unfortunately, go into the general rubbish. 

All sorted and ready to recycle & dispose of.


I don’t think I’ll keep it all again, much easier to dispose of as you go along.

Originally posted June 2014 (a few parts have been edited/corrected).

By the Tuesday of Diabetes week, after seeing some tweets with the hashtag #LifeWithMyD I decided to jump on the “band wagon” & start tweeting about living with my D (Diabetes). I wanted to add this part of my life with my D to the tweets but 1 tweet just wouldn’t have been enough. So here goes…

On Wednesday I realised that I had better put my repeat prescription into my doctors surgery, as it is 2 days before I can collect my prescription again. I asked my husband (Allun) to drop it off for me as I’d be in work & I didn’t want to risk forgetting to take it after work.

I had one Levemir Flexpen (background/long lasting insulin) left & I had just started my last but one tub of BG test strips. As the weekend was coming up I didn’t want to be coming to the end of my test strips before a new prescription would be ready, next Wednesday (obviously with the weekend I wouldn’t be able to put in a repeat until next Monday). My D always has me thinking & planning ahead, it’s no wonder that sometimes it forget about other things.


I took this as the perfect opportunity to add the new strips for my new Freestyle Optium Neo. I had the form that came in the box to request the BG & Ketone test strips from my surgery but I didn’t want to use it, just to hand it in without speaking to someone about it. The form has the PIP Code on it so I added this to the prescription as I knew it would make it easier for the prescriptions clerk to identify exactly what I needed. If I handed in the form seperately then I’d probably loose my usual test strips from my prescription. I thought I’d chance adding the new items to the bottom of my prescription as I don’t have an appointment with the doctor for another month. I have done this before and they’ve added the new items, but it didn’t matter before if my current strips were removed as I was changing my strips.  If they didn’t add them & told me I needed to see a doctor first I wouldn’t be any worse off.


Before I left the house this morning (Friday 13th June) I reminded Allun that my prescription needed collecting. I really didn’t want to risk forgetting to collect it.  You could guarantee that something would happen to distract me. I explained to him what I had done, adding new items, and what I was expecting on the prescription, I had circled the Levemir & Freestyle Lite Biosensor strips on the repeat. I told him of my concerns also. He assured me that he wouldn’t forget.

When I got home I did remember but I asked him if he had remembered. He told me he had remembered but we needed to go through it. Here we go I thought.

He had gone and collected the prescription(s).  This normally fits on one. Looks like there’s been a change to the way they print prescriptions. A new system update by the look of it.


It contained the new items…only!!  He said to the receptionist that considering I had made sure I got a new prescription by Friday, before they were closed for the weekend, that I must have requested more than just new items. He did remember that there were more, just not all of it. He said that I had requested Levemir. He spotted that the BG test strips quantity was only for 50 and that I usually have 300. He asked why was it different?  The person that had arrived with a pile of prescriptions during the conversation took notice and asked, “300! Why does she need 300?”

The conversation then went like this :

Allun – She tests 8 to 10 times a day.
Reply – She only needs to test once or twice a day.
Allun (coming to my defense seeing where this was going) – Are you diabetic?
Reply – No!
Allun – Well what do you know about it then (politely)? Each day she drives to and from work so that is at least two times a day. She tests when shes gets up, she tests when she eats/drinks, she tests before she drives, which is a legal requirement. 

May I say here he does tend to get defensive of me & my health. He was respected by his colleagues as a very throrough paramedic (retired early due to a physical problem) and very patient care centred. The patients needs ALWAYS came first, no questions asked. #proudwife

Anyway, enough gushing, lets get back to it.

At this point I reminded him of the other times I test –

  • If I want a snack
  • If I suspect I’m hypoglycaemic (or ‘hypo’ – blood glucose too low).
  • If I suspect I’m hyperglycaemic (or ‘hyper’ – blood glucose too high).
  • To make sure that BG’s are rising after a hypo, REPEAT.
  • To make sure that BG’s are dropping after a hyper, REPEAT.
  • In the night, if I think it’s going to be necessary, to make sure that BG’s are not going too high or too low.
  • In the night when I’m woken by a hypo (thankfully I am woken…atm).
  • After a night hypo to make sure I can go back to sleep.
  • If I’m driving any distance I test every two hours.

Head down to the paperwork, mumbled something and carried on with what they were doing. Whilst this was happening the other person had eyebrows raised and was “grimacing” in agreement with Allun. To be honest I do feel sorry for anyone who comes up against him, he’s polite but on things like this he knows his “stuff” (I always used technical terms).

After this the original receptionist said that the prescription would be sorted and we could collect the prescription at 4.30pm.

So at 4.35pm ‘ish’ we set off down the hill to the surgery to collect the prescription. I was expecting to explain the whole thing again. ‘New meter, one lot were Ketone strips & ‘backup’ BG strips for my new monitor and that yes I still needed my usual test strips as these are the ones I use all day (and night), every day.’

When we arrived there was a long queue. The receptionist I recognised, and knew her to be very helpful. She was dealing with a lady who was asking questions and obviously needed something.  The receptionist was trawling through a heap of paper work, looking on the computer, and speaking to someone on the telephone trying to sort out the problem.  Eventually we got to the front of the queue.  I briefly explained why I was there, she remembered speaking to Allun earlier, found my prescription and handed it to me.  I noticed straight away that it was only for my Levemir. I pointed this out and she asked me to explain to her. I did, she then rang someone (I’m presuming the prescription clerk). The questions came again about the difference between the new machine, the day to day machine etc, etc.  I explained that it was a new machine, my main concern was my usual day to day test strips (the 300, that I hadn’t had, even though I had circled them on my repeat to say that I needed them) and that even though the new one that tests for ketones also test BG, and that most people with diabetes (PWD) sometimes need to make sure they have a back up incase of a broken monitor or for double checking a BG reading that they think is wrong on one machine, blah de blah de blah…

This information went between me, the receptionist, the prescription clerk via a second hand telephone conversation.

It was eventually sorted out and I was asked if I would mind waiting whilst it was printed and signed off by the doctor. No problem. We took a seat.

About 5 minutes later my name was called and my prescription was ready.  I thank the receptionist for all her help and was on my way.

When I got home I got all my prescriptions together, all 7 of them for 4 different items, again some just had dots on the front.


This time I noticed the review date – 15th May 2014 (my birthday actually), I was sure this was wrong. I dug out another repeat prescription request from my bag and the date said 17th Feb 2015. I was a little confused as to why the date had been put back.

Allun then remembered to tell me that he had noticed the expired date and had asked about it (he didn’t know about the 2015 one) and asked (the other person who he had conversed with earlier over my test strip usage) why I needed to go to the doctor for a review of my prescription as only the hospital doctor/endo ever altered my insulin. To be honest I wouldn’t have bothered and just had it altered the next time I saw the doctor. Apparently there was a conversation about this but I cant remember the details to be honest and I’m not really bothered as there’s never been a problem. It’s not as if I don’t suddenly have Type 1 Diabetes and I’m not going to need my items. My GP always does an “MOT” when I visit because of my D. I will though be asking next time I see the GP why the date has been put back. But it’s really not a biggie.


All items are now on repeat so hopefully there shouldn’t be any problems for the foreseeable future, until something changes! 😀

Thank you for reading my ramblings.

Lis Warren

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