Nurse Elaine Knows Best

Recently moving meant I’ve had to change GP and consequently a new-patient check-up with the practice nurse, a very pleasant woman called, Debbie.  She decided that it would be a good idea to send me for a blood test to get an overall picture of my health, especially as I had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last year.  My previous GP had said I was a borderline diabetic and had put me on Metaformin.  However, I was unhappy at this, thinking that as I was borderline I could perhaps keep it under control by diet changes and so for more than a month I haven’t taken it, and for thirteen weeks I haven’t eaten anything with more than 4% sugar per 100grams as I was telling you in my last blog post.

So, I had the blood tests and went back to see Debbie on Thursday to be told that my blood glucose levels are absolutely normal!  Hooray!  Hooray!  ‘Normal’ preprandial is, apparently, between 4 and 7 mmol/l and mine was 5.  “What does that mean?” I asked Debbie.  “It means you’re not a diabetic,” she replied.  She will monitor me, though, but if I continue what I’m doing – mild exercise and low sugar diet – there’s no reason to think I shouldn’t be able to keep it under control for the foreseeable future. 🙂

It’s the London Marathon today and like millions of others I watch and say “Right!  I’m entering next year!”  More chance of Hell freezing over, methinks.  But I do take my hat off to all those who compete.  Watching is always very nostalgic, bringing back wonderful memories of watching my Dad take part and one special year when he competed alongside the Brother, who is now a triathlete himself.  Dad would place his supporters outside various pubs all along the route with specific instructions to have a pint ready for him, which he would down in one before carrying on.  Impossible to think that at over sixty he could complete the course in just over four hours having drunk four or five pints of beer on the way round.  Good luck and congratulations to all those competing today!

I’m delighted to say that the fabulous author Nicola May ( will be taking part in this Tuesday’s Hot Holidays!  I can’t wait for you to read all her holiday heavens, hells and tips.

And my Retailer’s Raspberry today goes to the Car Park at Mercury Mall, Romford.  Yesterday, the Saturday before Easter, possibly one of the busiest Saturdays of the year, only ONE of their three entry barriers was open.  A second didn’t seem to be working and a third is, for reasons best-known to themselves, always coned off.  Consequently the queue was back past the roundabout causing hold-ups and jams.  I know that things happen and barriers breakdown, but what’s with the coned-off barrier?  I know they’re not technically a retailer, but Retailer’s Raspberry to them!

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