I thought that because we’re all new to this, that I should introduce myself. I know that a lot of people will assume that Ninjabetic is a doctor or a nurse or someone within the healthcare profession. Obviously the pros are there, quietly lurking in the background with their expert knowledge, ready to pounce whenever a specialist subject crops up. However I am not one of them, thankfully! I have nothing against the pros, but if I had attended medical school I would be there until my dying days!
No, I’m a 26 year old type one diabetic who one day stumbled into Queen Alexandra A&E (not for the first time) waiting to hear those dreaded words, “DKA.” Whilst there I was fortunate enough to meet Dr Kar who was so massively enthusiastic and motivating about type one diabetes, I couldn’t help but get drawn in. If I’m honest his enthusiasm did scare me a little, as he bounced over to my hospital bed at silly o’clock in the morning, waking me up and shaking his shiny hair as he took off!
More about me…. I suppose I do what most 26 year olds do, and that’s anything and everything we shouldn’t. I used to have a lot more stamina than I do now. I would roll in at most mornings, get up for work at , drag myself through the day and then repeat it all over again. I can probably do that once a month now. Not only because of the expense, but as other type ones know, diabetes will give your energy levels a good old kicking if you don’t take care of yourself.
I also work quite a lot. I work 6-7 days a week, taking a few hours off here and there, when I can. I’m a video editor for a market research company which involves working shifts. Around that I blog for a TV channel. Now I can’t name names, but let’s just say I think ch4 and e4 are the best channels out there!! J (Have I said too much?!)
I love being on the beach on a summers night, wearing a big hoodie and being surrounded by friends. I love walking on grass in the morning, when it’s warm outside but the grass is still dewy. I love experimenting with food and making up strange concoctions. A few weeks ago I made a roast dinner pizza; yes it was just a roast on a pizza base (with gravy as a dipping sauce!), I love a good challenge and never ever back away from one, I love to shock people, to do the unexpected, to be different, and to stand up for what I believe in but most of all to stand up for those who can’t do it themselves.
When it comes to diabetes and the community that we’re trying to set up here, please don’t think that I’m gong to preach to you. I will openly admit that for the past 9 years I have been a terrible diabetic, but I’m trying to get on track with it.
I forget to take my insulin, I forget to eat, I skip meals, I under-correct, I over-correct, I take fast acting insulin instead of long acting (and vice versa), I run out of insulin and testing strips without realising, I go out and don’t take anything with me for when my sugars drop, I wear shoes that look good but are not feet friendly, I inject through my clothes which then bends the needle, I wait until I am feeling absolutely terrible before I drag myself to A&E, I cancel or ignore my appointments, I will do anything and everything I can to avoid having blood taken and until 34 days ago I smoked and had done for 9 years.
We all make silly mistakes when it comes to diabetes, however every mistake is a learning curve. Granted, mistakes can be costly to us, especially if they are repeated over and over again, but hopefully that’s something that we can avoid by helping each other.
That’s me in a nutshell I guess. I hope that this will be the start of a long and fruitful friendship with you all. Whether you’re a type one, a relative of one, a friend or a health care pro, we’re all in it together!
But for now I must vanish like smoke into the night. That minimum wage won’t earn itself!!!
Catch ya later