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Offline himtoo

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winter break in italy
« on: 30 December 2015, 12:26:12 PM »
Hi All
we are taking a 2 week winter break to tuscany - leaving on the 6th january.
quite excited by the prospect of visiting out of season when there will be virtually no crowds.


i feel settled on the pump ( exception of christmas) and bloods are behaving most all of the time.


I have sent away for a spare pump PDM which arrived today ( they only charge you for it if you use it and your own is not broken)
so it is more as a back up in case.


we will be staying in a spare house in the centre of the village that some italian friends own so I will be cooking normally which will be nice too.


I will try to peek into the forum as much as I can


happy new year to everyone !!
T1 Dia Aug 1972 -pumping omnipod since 29/09/15  Losartan 100mg , simvastatin 40mg,Furosemide 40mg, Omeprazole 80mg , Doxazosin 8mg
Hba1c - 06/2013 6.1 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6)
cholesterol --nov 2011 4.3 june 2012 4.4 June 2013 4.1 Feb 2014 4.1 dec 14 4.5 oct 15 4.4
Dafne grad. necrobiosis lipoidica on legs
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Re: winter break in italy
« Reply #1 on: 30 December 2015, 04:17:56 PM »
How is it that friends can have spare houses and we don't? 

I mean yes, we have friends who have got more than one house, but none of them is spare - they all have an intentional purpose either as eg holiday homes, their parents or childrens homes, or were bought to let out - maybe using money that happened for whatever reason, to be spare at the time - but the houses themselves aren't spare !   LOL
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Re: winter break in italy
« Reply #2 on: 30 December 2015, 04:22:24 PM »
PS - I hope you have a lovely time!  I've no idea what the weather's like in Tuscany now - but flippin well hope its warmer than it is round our house today.  heating's on full blast - radiators are almost too hot to touch - and I'm still absolutely perished.  Went out this morning - wind was strong and obviously cold - but not what I'd call icy blasts.  Odd really - maybe its the effect of the damp ?  (in the air - not the actual structure of the house!)
Jenny

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HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

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Re: winter break in italy
« Reply #3 on: 30 December 2015, 05:01:28 PM »
I do hope you have a lovely time Paul and if you are able to self-cater you should be OK.

We once holidayed in Tuscany in January, we stayed in a self-catering apartment at Castello Vicchiomaggio
It looks quite posh now, though it was very basic when we went about 25 years ago and the catering facilities were er.... minimal.  I had to keep things hot by putting a plate on top of the huge old fashioned radiator with another plate on top covering the food whilst I used the one cooking plate to cook the next thing.  It was blimmin cold and rained a lot.  It was also almost deathly quiet everywhere but Florence and hardly any restaurants were open except on Saturday.  It kind of put us off that area, but I know you know the area well and I'm sure you will have a wonderful break.
Patti


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Re: winter break in italy
« Reply #4 on: 30 December 2015, 05:45:11 PM »
How is it that friends can have spare houses and we don't? 

I mean yes, we have friends who have got more than one house, but none of them is spare - they all have an intentional purpose either as eg holiday homes, their parents or childrens homes, or were bought to let out - maybe using money that happened for whatever reason, to be spare at the time - but the houses themselves aren't spare !   LOL
this house was left to our friend by her grandmother who has passed away  and she is saving it for her son ( who is 19 an at university)
she and her cousin own the local trattoria that is out most favourite place to eat in all of italy and will be open for a couple of days when we first arrive but shut for most of the visit.
( we are hoping we get an invite to a sunday lunch too)
fairly famous in italy for being all afternoon pork outs ;D
T1 Dia Aug 1972 -pumping omnipod since 29/09/15  Losartan 100mg , simvastatin 40mg,Furosemide 40mg, Omeprazole 80mg , Doxazosin 8mg
Hba1c - 06/2013 6.1 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6)
cholesterol --nov 2011 4.3 june 2012 4.4 June 2013 4.1 Feb 2014 4.1 dec 14 4.5 oct 15 4.4
Dafne grad. necrobiosis lipoidica on legs
laser treatment on both eyes 2002 and 2012, injections left eye 3 , wearing Noctura mask since oct 2014

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Re: winter break in italy
« Reply #5 on: 30 December 2015, 08:04:29 PM »
Sounds lovely, quite the escape! Have a fab time.

No spare houses here either lol
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Re: winter break in italy
« Reply #6 on: 31 December 2015, 09:56:53 AM »
Enjoy your trip to Italy, Paul.  I hope the weather is good whilst you are there.  Have a safe journey.
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Re: winter break in italy
« Reply #7 on: 31 December 2015, 10:43:59 AM »
That sounds perfectly sensible!  LOL
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Re: winter break in italy
« Reply #8 on: 22 January 2016, 09:08:27 AM »
arrived back home wednesday afternoon

we have had a proper fab time -- 7 out of the 14 days we had meals with local italian family and whoa!!!! do they eat
some meals had 2 pasta courses -- not just 1   -- antipasti at every meal and always grilled meats too

my pump has been given a proper workout and i did not manage to keep bloods as controlled as I would like but I learned a lot as well.

i might need a separate basal routine for holiday too as numbers seemed to stay elevated for longer -- but that will be for next time to think about.

T1 Dia Aug 1972 -pumping omnipod since 29/09/15  Losartan 100mg , simvastatin 40mg,Furosemide 40mg, Omeprazole 80mg , Doxazosin 8mg
Hba1c - 06/2013 6.1 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6)
cholesterol --nov 2011 4.3 june 2012 4.4 June 2013 4.1 Feb 2014 4.1 dec 14 4.5 oct 15 4.4
Dafne grad. necrobiosis lipoidica on legs
laser treatment on both eyes 2002 and 2012, injections left eye 3 , wearing Noctura mask since oct 2014

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Re: winter break in italy
« Reply #9 on: 22 January 2016, 07:14:51 PM »
2 pasta courses sounds like a ready made disaster for anyone with D... but come on... what did you DO other than eat?
Patti


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Re: winter break in italy
« Reply #10 on: 22 January 2016, 11:04:14 PM »
we walked a lot -- for starters there was the walk up to the first floor of the house from street level  -- 36 steps - :o
we averaged about 3 kilometres a day over the 2 weeks in total walking

T1 Dia Aug 1972 -pumping omnipod since 29/09/15  Losartan 100mg , simvastatin 40mg,Furosemide 40mg, Omeprazole 80mg , Doxazosin 8mg
Hba1c - 06/2013 6.1 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6)
cholesterol --nov 2011 4.3 june 2012 4.4 June 2013 4.1 Feb 2014 4.1 dec 14 4.5 oct 15 4.4
Dafne grad. necrobiosis lipoidica on legs
laser treatment on both eyes 2002 and 2012, injections left eye 3 , wearing Noctura mask since oct 2014

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Re: winter break in italy
« Reply #11 on: 23 January 2016, 06:59:54 PM »
Oh you would love our house then.  It's got 33 steps from the ground floor to the 2nd floor.  The kitchen is on the ground floor (as well as a sitting room, dining room, huge hall where we sometimes eat, and utility), our family room where the TV and our computers live is on the 2nd floor so we more or less live up here if we have no visitors.  Consequently I am up and down the stairs constantly, multiple times a day.

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we averaged about 3 kilometres a day over the 2 weeks in total walking
Mmm.. what I really meant was what did you DO e.g. did you visit Florence, Sienna, Montepulciano etc.  Or did you just sit about reading when you weren't doing short walks?
Patti


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Re: winter break in italy
« Reply #12 on: 24 January 2016, 09:58:54 AM »
aahh !! sorry -- as for what we got up to it was a mixture

the day we arrived was a bank holiday and we were invited to a family meal ( 18 of us ) in the closed trattoria

the next day we just unpacked and went and did some food shopping , had a cappuccino in the local bar , checked emails with the free wifi , a 2 mile walk and then went to our hosts house for a 6 course fish supper ( pesce fritti misti , uovo and anchovy canapes , spaghetti con vongole , tonno carpaccio , formaggi and insalata , fresh fruit salad )

we visited siena , florence , poggibonsi , radda on the days out

the weather was fresh and sunny most days

we did spend a couple of days just sitting and reading , doing crosswords etc -- no television for 2 weeks was nice too
lots of music ( took my ipod and portable speaker)
 
T1 Dia Aug 1972 -pumping omnipod since 29/09/15  Losartan 100mg , simvastatin 40mg,Furosemide 40mg, Omeprazole 80mg , Doxazosin 8mg
Hba1c - 06/2013 6.1 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6)
cholesterol --nov 2011 4.3 june 2012 4.4 June 2013 4.1 Feb 2014 4.1 dec 14 4.5 oct 15 4.4
Dafne grad. necrobiosis lipoidica on legs
laser treatment on both eyes 2002 and 2012, injections left eye 3 , wearing Noctura mask since oct 2014

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Re: winter break in italy
« Reply #13 on: 24 January 2016, 03:18:20 PM »
The nights with the family sound great... and I'm glad you did some sightseeing.  I have only seen Florence in January on a couple of very dull days when it rained intermittently but it is a beautiful city.  I particularly liked the bridge with the shops.  Are the Nigerians still there selling fake watches and cheap leather bags?

We visited Sienna in the bitter cold and I bought a leather coat there with a fur collar which I still wear occasionally if we're going out very dressed up.  I would love to see the square when the horse racing is on, but I expect it's very crowded and you are probably lucky if you can get in and see anything at all!
Patti


Type 1.  Mis-diagnosed T2 May 2003, finally had CPeptide test 15/7/11 and proper diagnosis 1/9/11.  Now pumping Apidra with Roche Spirit Combo pump. Hba1c 6.1 April 2016.


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Re: winter break in italy
« Reply #14 on: 24 January 2016, 06:10:48 PM »
A friend got married at the Town Hall in Florence, and her photos were lovely - amongst them a smashing one of the two of them leaning on the parapet of one of the bridges, with the jolly ole Arno flowing in the background.  We all said 'Oooh, Flo looks lovely doesn't it! - Must go there!' - and I still haven't set foot in Italy at al - let alone Flo - since September 1971 !!
Jenny

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HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4