We’ve Got Some Catching Up To Do!

It’s been 10 days since my last post and a lot has been going on for me in the meantime. Photos are backing up and I have that many new recipes to post about that I will have a hard time catching up, but I will do my best! But for the moment it is time for a bit of catching up – I have a lot to tell you all about.

University

I’m back at university for semester 2 of my Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. For those of you following my angst from last semesters exams I managed to get 2 High Distinctions (Understanding Health & Understanding Families and Health) and 2 Distinctions, and Chemistry wasn’t my worst subject!, Human Structure and Function (anatomy) was. But when my ‘worst’ mark is a Distinction I guess I can’t really complain.

sem 2 2007 textbooks

This semester is looking to be very interesting, I am formally starting the nutrition part of the degree with a subject aptly named Introduction to Food Science & Nutrition. The main assignment in this subject involves adapting a given recipe to be a healthier meal and actually cooking it, photographing it and writing about all the changes we have made – something right down my alley! Of course I have to continue doing Chemistry (and then biochemistry next year), which I am going to try and keep more on top of this semester. I’m delving into the world of psychology with a subject called Health Behaviour, which involves actively changing one of our own health behaviours (I’ve chosen physical activity) and keeping a journal about the process. I also have to do a completely online unit, Health Information & Data, which is fairly good as it cuts down on my hours at uni and means I only have to actually attend 3 short days of classes each week.

I can’t believe how interesting I am actually finding my studies, I have always enjoyed learning new things, but I have never enjoyed going to classes this much. The only one I don’t enjoy is the Chemistry because I can’t keep up with all the lectures (3 a week!) and I end up getting stressed because I don’t understand what they are talking about. Lucky I have some extra help ;)

Insulin Pump

I’m finally on my insulin pump, as of last Tuesday there are no more multiple daily insulin injections for me (unless something goes wrong with the pump, which of course I am hoping won’t happen – touch wood). So now it is just one needle every 3-4 days to change my set. My sugar levels have evened out a lot more than I expected them to so quickly and I love just pushing buttons to have extra insulin rather than having to get needles out, especially in public. People just think it is a pager or something, I am getting much less intrusive questions than I was when I was using needles. The only real troubles I have been having are overnight lows, when I used to go high overnight (lows become dangerous much quicker than highs do), but they have lowered my rates overnight twice now to try and stop this, it seems to be at a good level now. And the last couple of days I have had trouble with going high in the afternoon and not being able to get rid of them until well into the night, hopefully when I call up on Monday (I have to call in every weekday for 2 weeks) they will get me to increase my rates in the afternoon.

betty pump

I’ve named my pump Betty (yes that is actually her and I in the photo) and I can tell we are going to have a wonderful relationship. Already (in just 5 days) she has lowered the average sugar reading in my meter dramatically, I can’t wait to get my first HbA1c result. It is a little bit ironic, but I feel free as a bird at the moment. I am attached to this thing 24 hours a day, but I feel Free-er than when I was on injections, which I could pack up in my bag. It’s odd, I thought I would feel a bit weird being attached to it all the time – like it would remind me that I am different, but it doesn’t. In fact most of the time I forget it is there until it beeps to remind me to test, or I sit down to eat and need to program stuff into it.

Camera

I went shopping with Leanne last week to buy myself a camera. Until I started this blog I never really felt the need to own one, but using my brothers camera was getting the better of me. Orange photos just aren’t what I am looking for. I’m sure it is a great camera if you know how to use it, but it is also big and bulky and ugly, and did I say difficult to use?

This one on the other hand is just wonderful! It takes good photos really easily, I just point and shoot pretty much, but it also has the ability to be able to change all the settings manually, which I am hoping Leanne will teach me so I can know all the technical stuff. It came in well under budget (thanks to the salesman being a guy that Leanne went to uni with!) so I also bought some nice looking cutlery and crockery to help make the photos look better, a cute mini tripod to help me set up the shots… and then we went to the huge Myer lingerie sale just for good measure. Sorry, no photos of that!!

I also recieved my first Blogging By Mail parcel at the end of last week. So exciting! I will post more about that tomorrow, along with this month’s Daring Bakers Challenge. So much going on, so little time, and now it’s time for bed.

2 thoughts on “We’ve Got Some Catching Up To Do!

  1. Congratulations on your great uni results! Looks like another interesting semester coming up – will we get to see your healthified assignment recipes?

    Also great to know that you and Betty are getting along so well. :-)

  2. Cindy – Thank-you :)
    I will be posting about the whole process for my assignment – we have to make the unhealthy recipe as well as the healthified (good word by the way!)one and get people to rate them both.
    I’ll probably post about it after I get the results back (just in case people manage to find me and try to copy it!), so look out for that around the middle of September.
    I’ll also try to keep you guys up to date on my physical activity progress, the more people who I am accountable to about it the better!

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