Are we really ripping off the NHS?

Why I’m not sorry for sending insulin to a stranger in the US (again)

A while back I was accused of ripping off the NHS. I also got it in the neck for involving my youngest daughter in the ‘technically illegal’ act of sending insulin my doctor had advised me to stop taking to a stranger who needed it in the US. There were other criticisms: because the US ‘foams at the mouth’ at…

Do what you can’t: Running the Marathon des Sables with type 1 diabetes

The days before the Marathon des Sables [MdS] 2019 were a bit like a Craig David song for me. But with no chilling. I developed chest pains on Monday, stuck a thermometer twice up my arse on Tuesday, had a fever on Wednesday and flew to Morocco with dodgy guts on Thursday. On Sunday, I began the run of my…

great life juice scandal

The great life juice scandal: Why I paid to ship insulin across the world to a stranger

The illicit trade in insulin and other diabetic supplies is roaring online. On Facebook, US diabetics are trading in groups because they can’t afford the drugs they need to live. US insulin prices nearly doubled between 2012 and 2016. Trading prescription drugs online is illegal, so members talk in code to avoid the groups getting shut down. ‘Life juice’ is…

injured before MdS

No ifs no butts: How to cope if injured before the MdS

No, I’ve not had butt implants. And I’m not pleased to see you. That’s a bag of ice down my pants. Sanity, the first casualty of my injury: icing the offending buttock, I began to think I was channelling Kim K herself I’d been building up to the Marathon des Sables (a 150-mile footrace in the Sahara Desert) for three…

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes stuff they didnt tell you

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes: Stuff they didn’t tell you

A bombshell has landed in your lap: you’ve been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It’s a lot to take in. The doctors say you need to inject insulin every day to stay alive from now on in. You need to prick your fingers regularly to keep tabs on how much glucose is in your blood. You need to carry something sugary…

Insulin pumps and exercise: Can Omnipod cope with Crossfit?

It’s three years since I first applied to be considered for insulin pump therapy on the NHS. In the next few months I should finally get one. I’ve chosen the Insulet Omnipod. It’s the only cannula-free pump available here in the UK, meaning there’s no risk of snagging the tube that attaches the pump to the insulin source and pulling it out; it’s relatively small, sticks directly to your skin and is controlled by a separate NFC handset. But will it stay put with all the exercise I do? I put it to the test at my local Crossfit box…