Running; usually I enjoy it, occasionally I wonder why bother… but most of the times I can get myself off the couch and into the great wide open. Since before I had diabetes I already participated in track and field team, and ever since I’ve spent more years running than doing other sports. However the last two years before the insulin allergy treatment were tough. I would often want to go running yet often my sugars would be so inconsistent I either wouldn’t go or would need somebody to accompany me. My dad has been my coach for years and my mom my biggest fan. They were there when I would be soaked from the mud after a cross country run, would accompany me if my sugars were bad, cheer me on if I lacked motivation and picked me up if I couldn’t finish my run.
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14 November 2015: my one year anniversary being insulin-allergy free, World Diabetes Day and the day after the terrorist attacks in Paris. How then, to write a blog post?
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After six months my time in Groningen has almost come to an end. If it were not for the boyfriend I would love to stay here, if only for the great glutenfree food!
After six months of researching the gut microbiota, nutrition and the immune system, I am now 200% sure; I want to continue with this and am thus trying to get a PhD position. I simply cannot get enough!
Unfortunately I had the last lab day last week and I now have 3,5 weeks to write my report, with a defense the week after. And after that, then I finally have vacation! Come September I will work in a lab in Wageningen as a student assistant. Like I said, I simply cannot get enough of lab work 😀
I used to love writing, had no troubles with it, lay it on me! But now, now my enthusiasm is long gone. This is not only because I would much rather be doing lab-work than sitting behind a computer, but more so because of how it went the last two times…
Continue reading Present tense, Past and Future; Using thesis writing to look back on my life
It is 1 o’clock at night and I am walking through the city center of Groningen. I couldn’t possible have a bigger smile on my face. Who would’ve thought I would willingly be awake this late at night a year ago?
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Last week I had my last appointment with the insulin allergy department in Amsterdam. Because of some minor snowfall all transport in the Netherlands is de-railed and as it had snowed the day before we took off bright and early. It was the first time that I was actually happy to be going to the hospital; I could simply not wait to tell them how well everything was going!
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The first day of January always feels a little strange (and no, I don’t mean a hangover), it’s a similar feeling to the day after your birthday. A year has passed, thus it is the start of something new, and yet it still feels like an ordinary day.
However, this year it is different, this year January 1st is the beginning of the first year I won’t have trouble with my blood sugars due to my insulin allergy. It is the year where I already have more energy, better sugars and less stress / frustrations due to my diabetes. This morning I went running, alone ! For the first time in ages I felt confident about going on my own without telling my exact route to someone and being weighed down by all the hypo food. A sachet of fluid sugar, some sugar tabs, a water bottle and my keys was all that I had with me. My sensor also has a vacation so I even left my pump at home ! Due to my vacation I do have a separate basal rate due to all the sleeping in but other than that my sugars are doing fine without the sensor. A year ago, up to 3 months ago this was unimaginable!
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World diabetes day (November 14th) is the day that diabetes is the center of attention worldwide. It is also the first day of my ‘new’ life with diabetes. Do I feel different? To be honest, not really… yet I know that I will look back at this day for the rest of my life. I can remember the things I did the first couple of days after my diagnosis with diabetes. This day feels a little less drastic then after my diagnosis, but it is still the first day of the rest of my life.
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Today I was ready for my last vial as I had put in so much effort and time the last two days. However, usually something happens which changes everything again but I was still hoping on getting out today, or at least not to have dinner in the hospital!
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Today is my second day in the hospital. I haven’t slept very well, or long for that matter. The bed is not very comfortable, it squeaks, I had a bad hypo, and unfortunately I woke up from my roommate a couple of times because she was in so much pain.
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I ended up falling into a restless sleep. The boyfriends alarm went off at 06.00 and for some strange reason I couldn’t sleep anymore. I ended up watching some series in bed.
I wasn’t very nervous, there was still a chance I wouldn’t get to start the treatment. If my temperature would be too high I wouldn’t be allowed to start and there could always be an emergent situation causing my bed to be needed by someone else. The wing my bed was on doesn’t have specific beds for the desensitization so if anything would happen my bed would be given up. This is also the reason it takes so long before patients can be treated. The chance that I would get the treatment and it wouldn’t work is also an option. But then at least you can continue, you don’t have to wait on something which may or may not work. For now I am taking a step forward, regardless if it will work or not…
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