Little Tubes- 19.1.17

Hey Guys! Ok so yesterday I got a nicer reminder about a facebook post of mine from two years ago. So you know when you go to those random links on facebook? Well this one day (2 years ago) I came across this. 

So that me on the left! When I first got diagnosed I was asked to be part of the promotion for Tallaght Children’s hospital and this is one of the photos from the shoot 😁 I have seen my face on many a booklet in the hospital since… some not even relating to anything I have so I knew my picture was still being used , but I couldn’t get over how random it was to find my own face while I was just surfing the web 😂 That’s all just thought it was funny ☺️
Thanks for reading! 

Aoife a.k.a Tubes x

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Exam oh Damn! – 10.01.17

Hey Guys! So as I am currently in the middle of sitting exams and studying for them (oh the joys of College life), I decided today I’m going to talk about how I deal with my diabetes during exams with the stress of it all.

 

Ok so first things first, exams…. They are a wreck in the head for everybody and can put your body under serious stress, and let’s not forget those endless nights filled with the joys of late night cramming and energy drinks (you know what I’m talking about, we’ve all been there). Now try remembering about your BG checks and all the other thing Diabetics have to do only a daily basis on top of all that, it can be a nightmare! However after sitting two major state exams, 4 sets (currently in my 5th at the moment) of college exams and so many different other exams, I’ve learned a few things that help me and take the stress off. There are two phases to this: preparation and on the Day.

 

Preparation: or as I like to put it Be Extra Set To Start

  1. BG levels =Blood Glucose levels :

Coming up to the exams it’s so important to try get your blood sugars on track! I got a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor… which I will put a picture of below) on my new Medtronic pump (also look below) last November and it has been a heaven sent for me. During my exam I can look down at my hip and see what my bloods are and if I need to eat a banana or sip some Lucozade.

Unfortunately I know many don’t have a CGM so my advice:

  1. Figure out roughly how long and when your exams are.
  2. AT LEAST Three months before start to try get your bloods good and at a stable level around those times. So if you know your exam is two hours between 1-3pm, make sure your body is used to eating around those times and not during. ROUTINE IS KEY!
  3. The last thing you want is to have a bad low during an exam and have to stay behind and finish it. Or just as bad getting a blinding headache and blurry vision because your bloods have gone high!
  4. Just because you should get into routine doesn’t mean give up exercising! In fact during exams I always make sure to go swimming! Apart from being a bit of a water baby, I find swimming helps me deal with the stress of it all and doesn’t have as big of an effect on my bloods as let’s say a gym workout would.

 

  1. Eat the right foods!

 

Coming up to your exams try to be as healthy as you can, make sure to eat enough food even when you’re nervous as it effects your BG if you don’t. Also eating heathy will help overall with getting your body prepared with enough of the right kind of nutrition before the exams. Fuel That Noggin!

 

  1. Sets & Medication.

Make sure before the exam, if you’ve a pump that you have battery and sufficient insulin. CGM, that there’s enough battery. If you’re on injections make sure you’ve enough needles, etc. Also have spares! So before the day of the exam, even the night before, I always had a separate little bag with all my spare meds, Lucozade and a snack left outside the Exam room (because you’re not allowed bring in most of your meds).

 

 

  1. Talk to your Principal of head Office.

It is sooooooo important that the officials know that you are Diabetic in case something happens during an exam. ALSO make sure you know what you are entitled to! For my Leaving Cert. (Genuinely can’t remember if I got this for my Junior Cert.) I was allowed (I think, not 100% on exact numbers) 30 minutes per hour of the exam extra in case I needed to step out and do my bloods. No I DID NOT get extra time, but if I stepped out to go to the bathroom or do my bloods it would be recorded and at the end of the exam I would be allowed stay for whatever amount of time I had taken.  It’s a similar process for my college exams as well. But if you don’t communicate with Head Office or your Principal they can never put these things in place. (These were my experiences in Ireland, I am not 100% aware of exact time allowance)

 

  1. Sleep!

This might seem a bit obvious but your brain won’t work as well if you don’t get enough sleep! Also I have found when I don’t get enough sleep it will affect my bloods a bit too!

So 8 hours sleep people!

 

ON THE DAY

  1. Have your checklist! So for myself my checklist is (and I say this every day before I leave my house): Lucozade, Blood Machine, Phone, Emergency Kit, Emergency Blood machine.
  2. Relax: I know it’s hard but the more you stress, the crazier your bloods are going to get, If I’m very tense I usually chew gum and jump up and down while taking in big breaths…. It’s a bit out there but so am I 😀
  3. BG: Check them two hours before the exam so you can get everything set in case you’ve to correct.
  4. Check them again! : five minutes before you go in check them again just to make sure you’re on track (which you will be because of all your Prep 😉 )
  5. Make yourself know: Go up to your supervisor or teacher and just make sure they know you’re Diabetic and that you may need to leave at any point during the exam to check your bloods.
  6. Don’t be Afraid: If something happens during the exam and you have to leave speak up (well don’t actually talk your peers may not be happy), well wave your hand like mad! It’s your health you know what needs to be done, you know how you feel so go with your gut!

I’ve had an instance with a teacher whereby I was bursting to go to the bathroom because I had drank a tonne of water because my bloods were high and he wouldn’t let me leave. In hind sight I was a little cheeky to him but I made my point. Basically I’m not saying be rude to a teacher or supervisor but make sure that you are heard.

 

Majority of people don’t understand what it’s like to have Diabetes. Even if they know someone who does or have read about it, they still will never fully understand, and that’s OK! However as Diabetics it is both myself and your responsibility to help them understand and also in exam circumstance make sure we don’t get penalized because of it! Don’t be afraid saying you’re diabetic its part of who you are, and take pride in yourself.

 

So I hope these help I know suuuuper long but I couldn’t find a way to cut it down!

As always if you’ve ANY Questions just pop me a message either via the comment tab or by my email account.

(That’s a CGM on the left hand side of the picture with the new medtronic pump on the right)

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Thanks for reading

Aoife a.k.a Tubes x

What is Diabetes? – 3.01.17

Hey Guys! First of all, I just want to say a Big Happy New Year to everyone! With a New Year comes new adventures, hopefully one of mine is to be more consistent with writing my Blog! Today is also a Tuesday which nicely ties in with my Blog because it’s Tuesday with Tubes ( this sounded a lot funnier in my own head)

So today I thought it would be a good idea to talk about Diabetes and what it is. I know a lot of people who read this know me personally and thus I know most are not Diabetic and may not be sure what it is. If I do have any fellow Diabetics reading this, I hope you can relate cause although we are many, finding other Diabetics, your own age or who openly speak about every aspect of Diabetic life (I think) can be hard to find, well this has been my experience anyway.

Right let’s get to it!

There are Two MAIN types of Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2. Another Type which not everyone is aware of is Gestation Diabetes, which can happen to women during pregnancy, whereby they cannot produce enough insulin for themselves and their baby. Below are the definition for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy. … Despite active research, type 1 diabetes has no cure” -http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-1-diabetes/basics/definition/con-20019573

Type 2 diabetes, once known as adult-onset or non insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose)…. With type 2 diabetes, your body either resists the effects of insulin…. There’s no cure for type 2 diabetes, but you may be able to manage the condition by eating well, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight. If diet and exercise aren’t enough to manage your blood sugar well, you also may need diabetes medications or insulin therapy.”- http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/home/ovc-20169860

One of the main points when differentiating between the two is

  1. Type 1 = cannot produce insulin at ALL!/ Type 2 = Insulin resistant
  2. Type 1 Diabetes has nothing to do with lifestyle habits, now in some cases neither does type 2, however mostly what you will hear in the media about Diabetes (which most of the time they decide not to say which specifically) is in relation to Type 2 Diabetes which has been caused by a person’s lifestyle choices.

 

Below you can find some videos about Diabetes as I could go on about this all day but I don’t want this turning into a college essay J Basically although Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes effect the same part of the body, they effect it differently and for different reasons (for most cases). I hope this has been helpful, and any questions just drop me a comment/email, Id be more than happy to chat!

 

Thanks

Aoife a.k.a Tubes x

My Bad! 

Hey Guys, so in my original post I had said I was going to write a post every weekend, as you’ve guessed I didn’t stick to that. So My Bad! 

Life has been a tad busier and more hectic than I thought. So in my New Years resolution I will post minimum once every two weeks, because realistically College is busy especially final year! 

Thanks for reading! 

Aoife, a.k.a Tubes ☺️

Today with Tubes- 4.12.16

Hi, Guys! So not much happened today only one interesting think to report I suppose. So I changed my sensor last night, far later than I should of because I had to wake up to calibrate after it warmed up…. you can imagine I wasn’t happy how and ever it was my own fault. Anyway, I kept waking up throughout the night cause I had to keep Calibrating, I thought nothing of it cause I was like a zombie!  When I woke up though my pump kept telling me that my sensor wasn’t working and to calibrate. Once again I did that and then it told me my sensor wasn’t working at all. So I changed it and now it’s working with no bother.Whoop Whoop!

 

Now I realize some reading this will be like, what is she on about? what is a sensor? Calibration? Why does it warm up, why does it need to be warm? However do not fret, In the next few weeks, I plan on putting up posts explaining a more technical side to diabetes, So our equipment  and also what exactly Type 1 Diabetes.

 

Finally, Rather than just being another person behind a computer screen, I want you to know who I am so…….tubes 2.PNG

So there’s my face, Now you know the face behind the words. p.s. This was me this morning before work, I’m a face-painter so being festive is a must, also who doesn’t love rocking a Santa hat?

Thanks for Reading!

Aoife, a.k.a Tubes x

Welcome!

Hi, Guys! So my name is Aoife Fennell. First and foremost here’s a little about myself.  I’m 21 years young, an Irish cailín and a Type 1 Diabetic. I’m in my final year in Maynooth University in the Bachelor of Music Degree.

I’ve always been very open about my diabetes and what it’s like to live with it. For a long time I’ve wanted to try my hand at Blogging/Vlogging and after a recent fundraising project, I did with a group in college called Dare4Diabetes, I’ve decided to give it a go!

So in all this blog will be about my life with Diabetes. The everyday struggles of college life and well life in general. I’m hoping it will be relatable for my fellow type 1 Diabadass gals and guys and for those reading who maybe know someone with diabetes , or maybe you don’t know anyone, hopefully, you can learn a bit and about what it’s like to live with Diabetes.

 

I’m going to try to do a blog every weekend, If not more!

Thanks for Reading!

Aoife , a.k.a Tubes x

 

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