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‘I won’t be giving things
up this January...
but I will be making a few
personal resolutions’
Nicola considers the year ahead, which will
model of Buckingham Palace from a London
souvenir shop was the same as buying a house
have some big changes, and vows to make
in London? I did get a new job, fair and square,
and I also knitted an item of clothing from a
some small changes, and remember to pat
pattern – a wristband is an item of clothing,
right? I think it’s good to set yourself challenges
herself on the back a bit more.
and goals like this, no matter how big or small.
Taking control
I don’t know about you, but I have found mornings at their darkest, the tin of Quality One of my biggest challenges when it comes
myself wondering where the last year went. I Street is empty and work beckons – what is to my diabetes this year will be improving my
can’t believe it’s now 10 years since I danced there to look forward to? That’s why I don’t control and getting fully to grips with my insulin
around till 4am in the morning celebrating the really do those resolutions based upon the pump. I have been on the pump for several
new millennium. So as another new year and a excesses of Christmas. I couldn’t imagine months now and although my control hasn’t
new decade approaches, it’s certainly destined vowing not to have a glass of wine for the whole improved as much as I would have liked, my
to be a significant one for me. In a few months of January – any other month might just be team at the hospital assure me I am doing really
time I will be Mrs Nicola Catton (although I’ll bearable, but not January! Why not just cut well, as most people’s control deteriorates
be sticking to Duffy’s Diary here, of course) and down a little? That’s my belief, everything in when they first switch to a pump.
later in the year I will also turn 30! And they are moderation, that way you can’t beat yourself Personally, my motivation to try harder with
only the things I have planned – who knows up that you aren’t allowed to eat things if you my diabetes doesn’t materialise as I turn over
what other delights I could face in 2010? have diabetes. I have mentioned this before, but the calendar on 1 January, but instead comes
A new year is generally the time when I once gave up chocolate for a whole year. I’m after such hospital visits, when I’m encouraged
everyone tries to start afresh, making resolutions pretty amazed when I think of that now. I’m that I am doing well and all my test results show
that in some cases don’t even last into February. not quite sure how I managed it; I think my self- I’m healthy.
It can be a good incentive to try to kick a control may be diminishing as I get older! I find the regular contact with my healthcare
bad habit or set yourself a challenge, but I team can keep me on track and although I can
think if you want to try to change something Do or dare! sometimes lapse a little in between visits, the
you can do it any time of the year. I find the Every New Year’s Eve I meet up with a group of thought that I may turn up to an appointment
start of the week is a good time to resolve friends. The year before last we came up with with an empty log book and no idea of what
that this week will be different. I could name the idea of setting ourselves three challenges my blood glucose has been up to for the last
numerous Mondays when I have got out of bed to complete in the year ahead; if they weren’t few weeks spurs me on. When I switched to
determined that today will be the day I get back fulfilled by the following New Year’s Eve, you the pump I was on the phone to my nurse
into filling out my pump log book, only to find would face a dare. Mine were as follows: get a every couple of days and if I wasn’t speaking
it’s suddenly Thursday and the few numbers new job; buy a house in London; knit an item of to her I was emailing her for advice and
I did write in it on Monday mean nothing as I clothing from a pattern. encouragement. This close contact may not
have forgotten what I ate and when! I am pleased to say I achieved them all. Well, work for everyone but for me I think it does: it
I find January quite depressing, to be with a little tiny bit of what some people may keeps me focused on my diabetes and reminds
honest. The weather is at its coldest, the call ‘cheating’. Surely buying a miniature replica me I can’t just forget about it, I need to work at it. NELLIE RYAN
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