TweetShare Back in the 1980s, there was a generic stand-up routine that a number of comedians used, based on the idea that characters in horror movies must be stupid for not perceiving the peril they were in. Referencing the Freddy Krueger Nightmare series, one line went, ‘I ‘m surprised that anybody lives in Elm Street…

Tweet Share It’s October 2014, and I hear the news that a team at Harvard, led by Dr Doug Melton, has managed to make working, insulin-producing islets from stem cells. If you’re somebody whose life is affected by type 1 diabetes, this is the sort of revelation that makes your heart beat of bit faster.…

Tweet Share There’s a tinny rumble, and the Harry Potter theme obnoxiously blares out from the smartphone lying by my side of the bed. It’s 2am, and believe it or not, I have deliberately set the alarm to go off at this time. Joe has a virus, and his blood sugars have been running unpleasantly…

Tweet Share Last Tuesday, Tom had his last appointment at the children’s diabetes clinic. His older brother Joe moved on to the transition clinic a while ago and now Tom’s following him. This is a significant moment, because the children’s clinic has been a big thing for all of us. Joe and Tom have been…

Tweet Share I make no secret of the fact that Jacqui is better at dealing with type 1 diabetes than I am. Way back in 2000, when our younger son Tom was first diagnosed, she learned how to do insulin injections at the earliest possible opportunity so that we could discharge him from hospital and…