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  1. Really not sure what's happened here, because I've had 6 of them before with no rise in blood sugar. I had 5 of them today, and just shy of 2 hours later, got this. There's only 30g of carbs there, so it doesn't even make sense.

    I had been driving, and that normally raises my levels. Unfortunately, I didn't have Stabby with me to verify the reading. Interesting how the datapoint sits above the line on the graph, too. Not sure how that's possible.

    (Upload a file feature current not working. I will post and see if I can edit. Nope. Still not working. )
  2. So it is pronounced like the star sign, Libra? Or is it pronounced as though there's an acute accent over the 'e', like 'café'? I notice most online seem to be going for the latter, but Abbott's helpline does the former.

    Anyhow, I've got my new sensor on today (sent by them, after I reported issues with the old one.) I was a 6.8 on a blood test, and I'm a 9.3 on the new sensor after eating some Hi-Low toast (yes, I finally grabbed 4 loaves on a trip to London.) They're prone to overreading for the first couple of days anyway, so I'm taking that one with a pinch of salt. The moment of truth will be 2 hours after the toast, when I'll do another finger prick. But I'm too keen to get blogging to wait.

    It strikes me though that, unless you maintain two separate accounts on two separate devices, there's a 1 hour window where you can't take readings, while the new sensor activates. As soon as you pair the new one to the app, it deactivates the old. And then the 60 minute countdown starts before you can take a reading.

    I was reading high 3's, an hour previously, on the old sensor. Colour me cynical, but is that perhaps to deliberately prevent you from comparing two sensors that might be giving very different readings? It would be an interesting experiment to have two of these on at once, and to compare figures between them.
  3. I've been treating my introductory thread as a kind of blog, but seeing as there's a blog feature here too, I thought I'd give it a spin. If the forum thread turns out to be more interactive, this might be a short experiment.

    Anyhoo... shortly after switching to low carb, the weight started falling off me. I must have lost half a stone in a matter of a few days. I actually posted, concerned that my weight loss was too rapid.

    I need not have troubled myself.

    I bought some Bluetooth scales, and they seem to have turned out to be a curse. From the day I bought them, my weight has fluctuated between 210 and 216lbs, This morning, I am 1lb lighter than the same date 2 months ago. So much for rapid weight loss.

    For many years, I've held a theory that people's bodies have a natural weight. Some are lucky enough for it to be close to their medically ideal weight. For others of us, it's significantly heavier or significantly lighter. It seems I'm destined to just tip the scales into obesity (literally 2lb lower than my lowest reading over the last couple of months would make me 'overweight' rather than 'obese' based on my BMI.) I've been this basic body shape since I was 5 years old.

    The diabetes nurse is supposed to have referred me to a dietician. Maybe they'll be able to help. But given the tons of chocolate and other stuff I've cut out, and that I haven't gone nuts on fatty junk food, if I wasn't diabetic, I'd happily go back to stuffing whatever I wanted into my face and being a whole 6lbs heavier. If I cut out beer completely and switched to spirits with diet mixers, I might achieve something. Perhaps I won't restock once the fridge is empty.
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