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Entry Number 14: Stupid Cold

Published by Charles Robin in the blog Charles Robin's blog. Views: 530

As the title suggests, my cold is still here. I think it's starting to lose, but I'm still not enjoying it! My sense of smell is starting to return ( I have been seeing if I can smell the contents of my coffee jar for the last few days, this morning was the first success all week). Now, however, I have a headache. Boo! I have too much to do to be ill right now.

My blood sugars have been more erratic during this cold, but not as bad as I had feared. I have seen a couple of 8s and 9s, but have been careful not to up my insulin too much. I don't want to overshoot and have a massive hypo, so I'm just testing more, and keeping myself informed. More often than not I'm running in the 6s and low 7s, rather than the comfortable 4s and 5s, but I have decided to accept that for the time being. Particularly as my wife has just gone to visit her parents for a few days, so I'm home alone! I would have liked to go with her, but my work schedule won't allow it right now. She's given me strict instructions not to worry if I'm drifting a bit higher than usual, particularly as my Lantus is still playing up. News on that in the next paragraph.

I mentioned before that Lantus seems to be a poor fit for me these days. Sometimes I need insulin to stop a high through the night, sometimes dextrose to avoid a hypo. This is after similar days and meals. Having this cold is making things more unpredictable, so I'm focussing on getting better first, and then I'll look more at readjusting my insulin levels. I have my next diabetic clinic with the consultant on the 13th of March, and then I'll be seeing the diabetic specialist nurse on the 18th. I'm going to discuss my insulin with them, and hopefully put forward the case to be moved onto Tresiba. It's more expensive than Lantus, but it gets good press on its results. If I can't persuade them, I'll give Levemir a go!

While I'm on the subject of health appointments, I have my next retinal screening on the 17th of March. I will admit to being apprehensive about this. For the past couple, I have showed the early stages of retinopathy. I feel I have taken all the appropriate steps to avoid further problems, but I can't help worrying nonetheless. My sight is fine, but I'm quite the hyperchondriac. This is what I love about diabetes; the free health checkups! In all honesty I'm expecting no change from before, but it will be good to get through the appointment anyway. I'll definitely remember to bring sunglasses this time. Last time it was a sunny day, and I had to look at my feet the whole walk home, it was so bright.

In other news, I have plenty other than diabetes to keep me occupied. The conductor of the choirs I accompany is on a drive to do new music, so that means lots of time at the piano for me. Thankfully, I'm in the process of obsessively loving a lot of the new music. Are you in a bad mood? Go to YouTube and look up 'The Sky And The Dawn And The Sun' by Celtic Woman. Amazing singers, a brilliant (if slightly manic) violinist, and other amazing talent. I'm still working away on my novel, slowly but surely. I have been looking at City building recently! After writing my first draft, I realised I would get lost if I ended up in the fictional city most of my book is set in. So I'm working at making it a bit more set in stone (literally and figuratively).

That's it for today! You have my thanks for reading, as always. Please imagine that I signed off with something splendiferously witty and insightful.
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