Time Flies – By The Grumpy Pumper


All I can hear as I write this blog is the song from the children’s TV show (of a very long time ago when I was young, and still Grumpy) Chigley “Time flies by when you’re a driver of a train”. Google it kids, its what proper TV was all about when we had 3 channels and programs didn’t start until lunchtime. Yes, we did have insulin, although I wasn’t diagnosed then.

Why is this tune repeating in my head? Well. I was supposed to be writing my first blog of the year for this site back in January (thanks to DUK for being so patient. However I stared a new Job and time has flow by. Not sure if is like being a driver of a train (no, that’s not what my new job is) as I have never driven a train. Well. There was that one incident, but we’d best not mention that…..

So here I am already into the 2nd quarter of the year. This year sees my 20th year of having Type1 Diabetes, with my Diaverasry on 26th August. That time has flown by to. It really doesn’t bother me that I’ve had it for 20 years. After all I will be cured in 10 years’ time. Right? However the speed at which those 20 years have passed does bother me. One of the things that sticks in my mind from my stay at Hotel NHS back in August 1994 is being told that Complications can start after 20 or 30 years of having Type1. For the first time in my life I am an early achiever! Yay for Grumps!! I developed some damage to my left eye a few years ago. Nothing that needs treatment and it’s not progressing. Also I have little feeling in my feet (I will save the drawing pin story for another time). Again, none of this really worries me, it’s a fact of life and nothing I can change, but it does focus me on the management of my diabetes because the time will continue to fly and I need to keep things in check as much as possible.

So in an attempt to motivate myself to keep things in check, I set myself a goal of having my first ever sub 7% HbA1c by the end of the year (yes, it is measured in %, I refuse to change (please see Grumpy frown to back this up)). For the second time in my life I again aver achieve! The first A1c of 2014 comes in at 6.9%. Good news but I fear I’ve peaked to early (unless I don’t have any more tests this year……. Would I?….). The challenge now is to keep it there or if I can drop it a bit more. Never easy. Diabetes of any Type has never read the “rule book” and we live busy and complicated lives. Something I will always remind my Health Care Team (forcefully if I have to). I manage my diabetes the way I want to so that I can live my life the way I want. It’s about my quality of life, not their statistics.

Anyway. Enough of my Grumpy Grumbles. Here’s to the next 20 years of beating Type1!

I wonder if I ever will drive a train again?…..



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