Fasting blood tests again

Recently I had to do the regular blood-test thing of fasting from the night before, then in the morning heading off to a collection site to have blood drawn, allowing me to have breakfast when I got home. I was reminded of the “Fasting glucose tests” article I wrote last year. Incidentally my endocrinologist did eventually …

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Gentoo calling

A new low: a good one!

Living should be about having a fulfilling life. Living with diabetes does add a lot of things to life including dealing with a lot of numbers. Visualising those numbers in graphs does help make sense of them rather than just seeing a sea of digits. And now it’s time for a little celebration! As well …

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Revisiting Fiasp

Fiasp insulin became available on the Australian PBS in June this year. Based on feedback from users overseas, I was prepared to encounter issues with trying to use it. I last wrote about my use of it in “Fiaspro” which seemed to be going fairly well. This article is a followup to that. Fiaspro I ended …

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Faults in some BG meters

Recently Roche Diabetes Care (Accu-Chek) and the TGA issued a “product defect correction” notice for two Accu-Chek BG meters. The guts of the notice says: Accu-Chek Guide blood glucose meters with serial numbers lower than 92911000001 and Accu-Chek Performa blood glucose meters with serial numbers between 68920000000 and 68925525056 may: Display E-9 Errors (indicating that …

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Australian Insulin Pump choices – November 2019 update

There have of course been more changes in the Australian pump landscape since my April update. So here’s a new run-down. There are currently 6 pumps that can be purchased new through private health insurance: Medtronic 670G Accu-Chek Combo Accu-Chek Solo Tandem t:slim X2 YpsoPump DANA RS There are also some older pumps still in …

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Another role

Who is the Bionic Wookiee? Hopefully that’s been made clear in the About the Wook page. It’s me: David Burren, writing and speaking from my own experiences as a person living with Type 1 Diabetes. As well as being the Bionic Wookiee, for years I’ve overlapped working in several industries including: my own freelance photography, …

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