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I’m Ryan & I’ve Got Diabetes

I’m Ryan, I’ve got diabetes and I’ve started this blog for a few reasons. You can find out more about them here.

I was diagnosed on the 5/11/16. This is already an infamous night in the UK, Bonfire Night, and a date that was readily stuck in my head due to a legendary rhyme about Guy Fawkes and his failed plot to bring down the Houses Of Parliament.

Remember, remember, the 5th of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot…

Well, it suddenly became unforgettable for a number of other reasons…

It was:

  • The first time I had my finger pricked and watched as the ruby red drop of blood spread on the receiver of a glucometer, while I waited with bated breath for it to beep and show me how much my blood was damaging me (or not, hopefully)
  • The first time I smelt the sweet, surgical and, actually kind of nice, smell of insulin.
  • The first time I had to do some quick maths and think about what my blood sugar was, how many carbs I’d eaten and therefore how much of that weird smelling liquid I had to inject into my stomach.
  • The first time I had to jab a tiny little needle into myself, wince as I pushed the end of the Flexpen down and felt the icy cool insulin spread out inside me.

Since then I’ve had a lot more diabetic firsts. Highs, lows, ups & downs. I’m very thankful to be able to say that, at the moment, I’ve got my diabetes exactly where I want it but it wasn’t always this way and I’m not sure it always will be.

So, why have I started this blog:

  • There are quite a few diabetic blogs around but they’re either written by ladies and/or from a highly medical viewpoint. Neither of these are bad things but I’m hoping to provide a slightly different perspective on the matter.
  • There’s SO MUCH information out there about diabetes best practice. What to do, what not to do, how to handle it when it’s all going wrong and how to make sure it goes well for as long as possible. A lot of it seems to be written from a hypothetical/theoretical standpoint though. I want to share what I know has helped/not helped me in the hope it will be useful to someone else.
  • I want to connect with other diabetics and learn from them too. I understand that my diabetic journey is still a relatively new one and I’m sure I have plenty to learn from others around me. So, whether you’re reading this post a couple of weeks, a couple of years or a couple of decades from now, come and say hi!

I wish I could tell you more about exactly what to expect from this blog but right now I’m not even sure what I’m going to talk about so you’ll just have to hang around and find out if it turns out to be any good…

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