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Off topic / Re: Back on board
« Last post by Pattidevans on Yesterday at 12:07:19 PM »
Crikey Alan, no wonder you're worn out!
We have planned a trip touring round Southern Spain starting in Seville (where we've stayed before, but it's the most convenient airport to fly into) onto Jerez de la Frontera, Arcos de la Frontera and Cadiz.  But spending 3/4/5 nights in each place and the distance between to travel is only around 2 hours max.  It's meant to be a holiday after all!
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Research / Re: Diabetes online survey - Type 1 and Type 2
« Last post by sedge on Yesterday at 11:08:37 AM »
Maybe that's why I'm not particularly afraid of dying?  It's the only way I'll ever get to stroke Binky!
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Research / Re: Diabetes online survey - Type 1 and Type 2
« Last post by Liam on Yesterday at 12:59:55 AM »
I technically have retinopathy so can't fill it in. I almost would class myself as not really having it as it is tiny and has been stable for years now.

Totally on a side note about type Is that don't seem to care about it. I was one of them not because of lack of knowledge but more like of self-care / active self harm too myself. True when I finally decided I needed to look after myself I was knowledge poor. I then lurked on a few forums before picking this one as the one I thought best suited me. A mix of the interesting ideas this forum promoted and Terry Pratchett quotes 😂
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General discussion / Re: DSF meet in 14 July 18
« Last post by Pattidevans on 18 July 2018, 11:38:09 PM »
We had a wonderful weekend thank you!  Due to you and John's amazing hospitality!  Loved it!
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Research / Re: Diabetes online survey - Type 1 and Type 2
« Last post by Alan on 18 July 2018, 11:34:49 PM »
Completed. Nice to find one of these surveys not excluding non-British.
I agree with the earlier comments. I also fail to see the relevance of the questions on income and most recent job title. The income question needs an additional choice: "Prefer not to say".
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Off topic / Re: Back on board
« Last post by Alan on 18 July 2018, 11:18:52 PM »
Thanks to everyone for the welcome back.

The trip was a little exhausting. I have not had problems with this type of rapid itinerary in the past but this time wore me out (numbers in brackets are nights in the city):
    • Gold Coast > Singapore (2), Air 8 hours
    • Singapore > London (1) via Jeddah, Air 18 hours
    • London > Helsinki Finland (3), Air 3 hours
    • Helsinki > Tallin Estonia (3), Ferry, 2 1/2 hours
    • Tallinn > Riga Latvia (3), Bus, 4 hours
    • Riga > Vilnius Lithuania (3), Bus, 4 hours
    • Vilnius > Kaunas Lithuania (3), Train, 2 hours
    • Kaunas > Bialystok Poland (1), Train, 5 hours
    • Bialystok > Warsaw Poland (3), Train, 2 hours
    • Warsaw > Berlin (2), Train, 6 1/2 hours
    • Berlin > Paris (2) via Cologne (2 hours sightseeing) 2 trains totalling 9 hours.
    • Paris > Singapore (1) via Jeddah, Air 16 hours
    • Singapore > Gold Coast, Air 8 hours.

Did I mention I like trains? :)

Apparently my body has decided I am a septuagenarian even if my mind has not really accepted that yet. I bruised my heel in the first week and it is still recovering. For that reason I am re-thinking some of my future plans and have post-poned my planned August-September trip to Uzbekistan, Turkey and the Balkans.

I was in Singapore at the same time as a couple of megalomaniacs. I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to use the public transit system easily and security was not overbearing. I must admit I was disappointed; I awaited the phone call but the invitation to offer advice to save the world never came. I must have forgotten to switch on roaming...

I will write some trip reports for my travel blog over the next few months. One day which stood out was celebration of the midsummer festival in Riga, Latvia. The maximum temperature for midsummer's eve was 12 degrees C = 54F.  On the same day it was 20C(68F) back home in midwinter :).
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Research / Re: Diabetes online survey - Type 1 and Type 2
« Last post by Quantum Learning on 18 July 2018, 09:12:30 PM »
I haven't given up the fight yet but it is frustrating and potentially quite dangerous.
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General discussion / Re: DSF meet in 14 July 18
« Last post by Paulines7 on 18 July 2018, 06:24:53 PM »
It was good to see you all again and a good time, I think, was had by everyone; I certainly enjoyed it.  The wine flowed very freely too especially on the Friday and Saturday evenings. John took a few photos on his phone when we were at the Boot but hasn't downloaded them yet.  I can't remember you taking any Patti so I look forward to seeing them.

Could I please thank you all for the lovely flowers that came today.  They are beautiful so thank you all very much. 


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Off topic / Re: Back on board
« Last post by GrammaBear on 18 July 2018, 02:38:30 PM »
Glad to have you on board again.
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Research / Re: Diabetes online survey - Type 1 and Type 2
« Last post by Pattidevans on 18 July 2018, 01:10:33 PM »
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Socioeconomic status (SES) is an important factor in a lot of things, even in a country where basic healthcare is free - like access to private health care or non-subsidized care (physio, psych, optometry), supplies, ability to self-fund supplies not on prescription, ability to afford time off work for doctor's appointments, etc. In non-diabetes-related studies, it even has been shown to affect how much vocabulary young children acquire before starting school, which in turn is a predictor of their future success in school. Household income is a good way of getting a rough idea of someone's SES - no one measure is going to tell you everything about a person, of course, but simplicity in a survey is key (people will click through a 10-15 minute survey, not so much a 45-60 minute one) and income is a more reliable measure than, say, asking about someone's field of work.
Ah OK I see the point (to a degree).  When we were both working we had an income much higher than now, but we also had a house which was very expensive to run.  Now we have no debts and a home which is incredibly cheap to run, so we draw down from our pensions just what we need, which even given several holidays a year is not very much.
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I agree, I know a number of T2s who do little to control it and mainly ignore it.  I've met one or two T1s who don't actually do a lot, but that's mainly because somehow they have missed out on the education regarding T1 which they should have had.
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hat the hell is the difference between a T2 on insulin and a T1 in terms of the quality of meter they need? They're both dosing a potentially lethal drug! I'm angry for you.
Me too... angry that is!
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