I have a very easy time of it. Being a type 1 diabetic that is. Compared with the difficulties other T1Ds experience, I’m almost embarrassed.

I don’t prick my fingers 6-10 times a day, the Libre takes care of that. I inject only twice a day, 3 units of long acting Levemir at breakfast, 2 units at the evening meal. I don’t bolus or correct with rapid acting insulin injections. I don’t count carbs. I don’t get serious hypos. Any spikes exceed 15mmol (270mg/dl) on sick days only. My HbA1c is 5.6%. Other than Levemir I take no medications, no statins, no blood pressure meds, no nexium etc. The only supplement I take is a B12 tablet twice a week. BMI is 20, blood pressure 115/60, resting heart rate high 40s, and total cholesterol 2.4 mmol/l (93 mg/dl).

How? Read More

First cut

“Is the deepest”, the minstrel sang.

Yesterday I started the construction of ‘RotKat’ Mk2, an ECOnomy 6 sailing catamaran designed by Bernd Kohler. She is a larger sister of ‘RotKat’ Mk1, which I started building not long ago.

I came to the realisation this week that I need not behave like a Virgo any longer, that I was ready to be born under the Leo zodiac sign, that it’s not my fault Ma wanted to cook me for an extra five weeks, so heck, I can make decisions befitting a Leo!🦁😉 Read More

Gospel according to Pilate

They fished all night. Nothing. Countless times they set and recovered the heavy nets. Nada. Zilch. Heading to shore for a much needed rest, a voice rang out over the water:

“D’ya do orright?”

“Nah, just got here!” The standard fisherman lie reply to yet another wannabe know-it-all ashore.

“Look over there, the bait are chopping, try there, heaps of fish a bit further out to the left.”

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Back from been

I’m back.

This morning’s fasting blood glucose: 5.2 mmol/L. Fantastic!

Today’s total insulin dosage: 1 injection of 4 units Levemir. Just wonderful!

Flu and type 1 diabetes are a frightful combination. Two weeks ago I was injecting 30-40 units of insulin a day in a vain attempt to get my blood sugars below 10 mmol.

The body has it’s own inscrutable strategy for fighting an infection.

In the end one can do only two things: rest and keep the faith. Read More

Sick Days

Beware of visitors bearing gifts! Gifts in the form of a virus. Which made our poor visitor himself very sick.

For a type 1 diabetic, even the simple flu can be a life-threatening condition. I pride myself on good blood sugar management through diet, exercise and a total daily insulin dosage of 4 units.

When the flu comes, this all becomes irrelevant. Read More

Hi Carb No Bolus Diabetic

Nine months ago I switched from LCHF to Dr. McDougall’s high carb no fat diet (plant based, starchivore)  to manage my type 1 diabetes. Since then I have not needed to inject rapid insulin at meal times. Before that, I needed about 10 units of bolus a day (plus 16 of basal), even though my carbs intake was less than 30 grams a day. Dietary fat had made me so insulin resistant, that my body needed exogenous insulin to metabolise it’s very own carbs my poor liver was grinding out all day, every day.

So how do the blood sugars of a high carb no bolus diabetic look? Read More


It is four in the morning. The Jetstar A330 from Osaka touches down at nearby Cairns Airport. I hear the long braking run. No reverse thrust is used, thoughtful pilots.

I wake from a weird dream. Low sugar?

Yep, I’m still a diabetic.

With heavy heart I start the daily diabetes grind: check blood, correct, eat, exercise, inject, check, correct, etc., etc.

Some days are like that. Read More

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