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APRIL 2017 HYPOACTIVE NEWSLETTER

WORDS FROM HYPOACTIVE RIDER GAVIN WRIGHT

 

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to everyone for the positive response to last month's newsletter intro. I was talking about different experiences of public type 1 management and had some great feedback. Thanks to HypoActive rider John Stevens for some well put reasoning. He pointed out that years ago the equipment available was rather different: 'When I was first diagnosed, much like you I expect, we had to carry syringes and vials of insulin everywhere, and some form of glucose.  Toilets were the only refuge for injecting.  I hid away, felt like I was doing something bad, thought everyone would think I was a drug addict (and on more than one occasion was correct in that thought).'

MARCH 2017 HYPOACTIVE NEWSLETTER

WORDS FROM HYPOACTIVE RIDER GAVIN WRIGHT

 

Hi Everyone,

Firstly, thanks to those who responded to last month's call for input for my talk on type 1 diabetes to the med student cohort at Bond University. The clear message I got was that these doctors in training should understand that they do not - and cannot - know what it's like to live with type 1 diabetes and that the very best efforts to manage blood glucose levels can sometimes be entirely thwarted by this irrational condition. I will certainly devise a good way of putting this to them and I hope that if I get them to think differently at all they might reflect on how people cope with other chronic conditions too.

FEBRUARY 2017 HYPOACTIVE NEWSLETTER

 

WORDS FROM HYPOACTIVE RIDER GAVIN WRIGHT

 

Hi Everyone,

Hope you're all having a truly 5.5 day, even if your blood sugar levels are choosing to be idiosyncratic, even eccentric. Because I know they do that. I've had quite a rollercoaster ride with my type 1 management since I emerged from my immobilisation a few months ago and when I saw my endo this week I was expecting my HbA1c to be frightful. In fact, it was the best I've ever had and although I had to share concern with my good doctor that this actually meant I was getting hypo too much, I still went down to the beach after the consultation and yelled the number out to the ocean.

'Blah point blah' I shouted. The waves got it.

JANUARY 2017 HYPOACTIVE NEWSLETTER

 

WORDS FROM HYPOACTIVE RIDER GAVIN WRIGHT

 

Hi Everyone,

Middle of summer and everyone's sweltering. It does seem hard to get out and keep fit in this weather. Never mind: they do say exercising in high temperatures is great training for exerting yourself in hot places. I do find it plays havoc with my blood sugar levels, but then so does everything else.

Thanks for the feedback on last month's blurb. Nice to know you're appreciated, great to raise a smile. We've got the 2017 HypoActive calendar compiled and ready to study (see below and thanks John). It's looking like a very full and active year. We don't often get to host an AcT1vate, so we're all very excited that there will be one towards the end of the year.

DECEMBER 2016 HYPOACTIVE NEWSLETTER

 

WORDS FROM HYPOACTIVE RIDER GAVIN WRIGHT

 

Hi Everyone,

I hope everybody got a break and had a chance to enjoy themselves over Christmas. This is just a short issue this month, as there's not a lot going on over the festive time with us. And as Christmas Day is my birthday, I hope you'll indulge me a little with my yuletide story.

NOVEMBER 2016 HYPOACTIVE NEWSLETTER

 

WORDS FROM HYPOACTIVE RIDER GAVIN WRIGHT

 

Hi Everyone,

We're getting towards the end of the year and I'm sure everyone's struggling to fit in all the extra shopping and keep on top of bgl's at the same time. There's thankfully one event this weekend at which everyone with type 1 diabetes - and their family and friends - can put up their feet and relax for a while. It's the HypoActive Christmas Brunch in Burnley (see below for details). Why not come along and grab a free snag?

OCTOBER 2016 HYPOACTIVE NEWSLETTER

 

WORDS FROM HYPOACTIVE RIDER GAVIN WRIGHT

 

Hi Everyone,

I was brought up in England and always thought that late October and November were a natural time for reflection. It was the brief period before the world took the short dark step into winter with its short days and biting cold. Here in Australia, my home for decades now, we have an elemental pause before confronting the harsh southern summer: perhaps just as natural a time for reflection. Especially if you have type 1 diabetes.

SEPTEMBER 2016 HYPOACTIVE NEWSLETTER

 

WORDS FROM HYPOACTIVE RIDER GAVIN WRIGHT

 

Hi Everyone,

Good news this month, as promised. Firstly, I am now free of both my hard neck brace and my beard. Being without the great weight of these burdens has been immensely uplifting and my blood glucose control has improved immediately. Could there be a link between unfettered facial hair and your blood glucose level? Maybe, there are so many things that affect it after all.

AUGUST 2016 HYPOACTIVE NEWSLETTER

HypoActive is supported by Diabetes Victoria and sponsored by Jayco, Abbott (FreeStyle Optium Neo) and Detector Inspector. We thank them for their support.

 

 

WORDS FROM HYPOACTIVE RIDER GAVIN WRIGHT

 

Hi Everyone,

Firstly, many thanks to all those who have been in touch - right from the start - with messages of support after my rather bad accident in May. I am still not in the clear, but am feeling a bit more on top of things this month. I just can't wait to get the hard brace off so that I can shave, then get back on my bicycle. Right now it's pouring with rain here - perfect weather for a long ride.

JULY 2016 HYPOACTIVE NEWSLETTER

HypoActive is supported by Diabetes Victoria and sponsored by Jayco, Abbott (FreeStyle Optium Neo) and Detector Inspector. We thank them for their support.

 

 

WORDS FROM HYPOACTIVE RIDER GAVIN WRIGHT

 

Hi Everyone,