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Oct 15, 1953 (Age: 65)
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Well-Known Member, Male, 65, from Adelaide, South Australia

Type 1 - kite crazy man Jul 10, 2018

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Viewing thread Novorapid dose?!?!, Jan 24, 2019 at 4:50 AM
      Type 1 - kite crazy man
      Dear kitedoc,
      Many thanks for your message about my hypos when the clocks change
      I will try injecting insulin later, after my evening meal and see if that helps. By the way, have you heard about the Abbott Freestyle Libre BM monitoring system? it is a real breakthrough and does away with all these finger pricks, Good luck with your diabetes, it is a never ending treadmill.
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    Oct 15, 1953 (Age: 65)
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Type of diabetes:
    Type 1
    Treatment type:
    walking to shops, library carrying back pack and arms and leg weights, house work, gardening kite flying on the beach
    Kite making and flying, kayaking, healthcare advocacy
    black jelly beans
    51 years on insulin from age 13 (1966 - the year decimal currency was introduced into Oz). Initially on soluble and NPH insulin once daily, thence twice daily. Urine testing, glucose testing only available from about 1980.
    Met the first maker of dextrometers in Sydney in 1980 ( Stan Clarke, an expat. Brit). Exercise was in walking, swimming, canoeing, bush walking and sailing.( including 7 to 8 day canoe trips through wilderness regions). Queens Scout and Duke of Edinburgh awards earned.
    University of Sydney medical school started in 1972 to 1979. Hospital work in Sydney and Dubbo thence in Canberra. General practice work in Canberra, Wagga, Canberra, Newcastle (NSW). Also worked in Government medicine, private hospital , Hospice and Private General practice. On Canberra Medical Board for 6 years.
    I attended many of the ACT Diabetes Association camps for children during my time in Canberra and was on the Association's Committee for a number of years.
    I have 5 children: daughter, now 37, son 35, daughter 30 and twins aged 17 (each!).Moved to Adelaide 2009 and retired from General practice in 2014 for family reasons.
    Lucky to only have cataracts (i-o lens replacements), L and R carpal tunnel releases and release of some trigger fingers (and happy I do not live in the USA). I started on Animas insulin pump in 2012 as intensive basal-bolus regime ( up to 8 inj daily) was not providing enough control. It is currently too expensive for me to afford regular use of CGM. HBA1Cs have been around 6.5 % (old units) for past 2 years.
    I think it is important to note that despite being of normal weight I suffer with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea which if untreated can cause increased problems in hypoglycaemia ( at least my experience). I have also suffered from Depression and restless legs syndrome ( at least according to my long suffering but much applauded heroine, wife).
    I believe that having interests and hobbies is health giving and inundate myself often in kite flying and kite making. Inclement weather is spent untangling kite lines ( and any other tangles in my life).
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