“Mum, can you please give me my needles?”

I haven’t written a blog for a while, years in fact. Plenty has been happening but nothing that had really compelled me to put pen to paper until this week. I was walking in to the kitchen when our T1D son Hamish said to me “Mum, can you please give me my needles?”. So polite, so natural, it may as well have been “Mum, can you please pass me the sauce?”. It stopped me in my tracks and made...

Category: 2019 Blogs


The meter read ‘HI’– the words Hamish’s Blood Glucose Monitor uses to tell us that his levels are so bad, it can no longer display how high they are. Not a good thing to see. What had happened? It was pretty simple. Hamish had come home from school and gone to his Nan’s for a visit. He decided he wanted a milkshake and when Nan asked him about testing himself and whether he needed to have a needle he said “No,...

“People with Type 1 Diabetes need insulin to survive”

Since Hamish was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 4 years we have struggled with how much we should tell him about the gravity of his disease..a life-long, life-threatening illness that will require constant attention and action. We had always let him know that we, as his parents, needed to ensure he was getting the right balance for his diabetes so that he stayed healthy but hadn’t really gone into any details on the consequences of things...


We had a package arrive last week and Lyla, our middle daughter, wanted to know what it was for. Fletcher – the youngest, 2 years old – is in a research trial to find out what triggers Type 1 Diabetes. He has been in it since he was in the womb and will continue to be in it for the next few years. The package was the latest round of sample jars, collection swabs and surveys that we need...

Category: July 2016 Blogs

We could have lost him

One night last week, we did the usual 11pm BGL test to check that Hamish’s levels were OK. 10.2 was the reading. Slightly on the high side and according to our insulin chart, we needed to give him half a unit of insulin. For some reason (who knows why, maybe parent’s intuition?) we decided not to give him any and thought that based on his levels, how he had been trending the last few nights and the type of...

Category: June 2016 Blogs

Was he just tired or was it the Diabetes?

Last night we let Hamish stay up a bit so he could keep reading – he had just started Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on the weekend and couldn’t put it down. As it got a little bit too far past his bed time and we called ‘book down’ things went a bit pear shaped.  A missing bookmark elicited a slight tone of panic, a “c’mon, hurry up” bought on tears and a stern “Hamish” a complete emotional...

Category: June 2016 Blogs

242 needles in a jar

This was the number of needles we delivered to our local chemist today in our monthly ritual of ‘sharps disposal’. It probably was a similar amount last month and will probably be a similar amount next month. An average of around 8 needles a day, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the type of day we are having or the insulin we are using. We don’t use a sharps bin for our needles – those ugly yellow safety tubs –...

Category: May 2016 Blogs

#diabeteswontstopme The Colour Run!

Hamish ran the 'Colour Run' on Sunday and proved that even a hypo mid way wasn't going to stop him enjoying the happiest 5kms on the planet!!‪  #diabeteswontstopme   https://www.oneand2.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/diabeteswontstopmecolourrun2016.mp4

Category: May 2016 Blogs

The complications of a complicated disease

Hamish’s grandfather (or as he calls him, ‘Bampy’) has had Diabetes for almost 30 years. He was originally diagnosed as having Type 2 Diabetes but we more recently found out that it is actually LADA or Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood – a form of  Type 1 that occurs in adults, often with a slower onset and commonly mistaken for Type 2. That aside, diabetes has taken a toll on his body. Around a year and a half ago Bampy suffered kidney failure, bought on...

Category: May 2016 Blogs