Since my diagnosis nearly 6 months ago, life has settled down into some sort of normality. I have had pretty good control over my diabetes (hypos have been relatively rare, and double figure blood sugars have occurred rarely enough for me to be able to know where I went wrong)

Since getting my flu jab on the 29th September, the week that has followed has been a massive shock due to the above.

From Wednesday (3rd October) through to Saturday (6th) I had a hypo 3 out of the 4 days. Not like me at all.

Saturday was particularly humbling. I tested myself and got a reading of 4.4 (pre lunch reading below). Now, I was planning to drive so I had some fruit pastels, fed my son and tested again…


Bugger. I took another hit of fruit pastels, and rang my parents asking them to come round mine and make sure I was ok, as I was alone with my son

‘Sorry I can’t drive right now, my fruit pastels haven’t worked’ is a phrase I’d never thought I’d have to utter before this year

Anyway, in my post-hypo state 15 minutes later, I decided 2 meat and potato pies would be a good idea.


Anyway, you can probably guess what happens next… I test 2 hours later and have a reading of 17.1….


Anyway my ketone test was fine, and a couple of corrections later it all worked out ok.

Now, I’m sure the above is pretty tame compared to most people who’ve lived with type 1 for a lot longer than I have; but its amazing how these things seem terrifying at the time; especially when you look back at your log book and see nothing but numbers and a few terribly scrawled notes.

I’m staying positive though (as part of my mission to be kind to myself). Despite a crappy week, I’ve kept my goal in mind and stayed some what on course. And you know what? If this is my worst week so far, then I must be doing ok. Looking at my readings in the top image, the evening readings aren’t great, but other than that, a lot are ok. Its important to remember you can handle this.

Disclaimer – It is essential that you do not take on board any advice given on this website without first seeking the advice of a medical professional. Any descriptions of different ways in which I manage my type 1 diabetes on this website, including in the comments, are given in good faith, and are shared merely as suggestions which should be ran past a doctor or diabetes specialist nurse. 


Published by Marcus Pezzaioli

I started in September 2018 to document my attempts to get fit after a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes in April the same year. I believe sharing my story can help anyone who is afraid to exercise with type 1 diabetes, and show that it is not as complicated as it may appear from other sources of information out there. If I can do it, with no CGM and on MDI, starting out as somebody who does not fit the athletic profile whatseover; then anybody can.

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