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  • Birthday 12/05/1972

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  1. Fenris

    Diabetes

    Its been a while since I checked this thread out, thanks to all for the input. My son (Huxley aka Huck, or Hux) turned 5 in December last year and we have been dealing with T1D for 3 years now. Huck has a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) for the last 18 months or so and it has been invaluable. We were recommended to go on an insulin pump, however with all the issues users have had, we prefer to give him multiple injections a day depending on how he is tracking and just follow the CGM (his phone talks to ours so I can check his glucose levels while I am at work, on my phone). Huck gets morning and night long lasting insulin, and short acting insulin with every meal. It is a constant juggling act to get right, thankfully we have been doing fairly well as his HbA1c has been getting better and better with every check, I think his last one was 5.9 which is pretty good for someone who isn't low carbing. I did look into a number of natural remedies that help lower blood glucose, however I'm not keen on loading up a 5 yr old with capsules, so we decided to just add cinnamon to his breakfast and leave it at that until he can make informed decisions for himself. The depth and breadth of plants that reduce blood glucose is quite impressive and hopefully as he gets older I can encourage him to try some herbal teas or home prepared caps to reduce his insulin load. It seems that as you get older & bigger, the insulin requirements increase a fair bit, so I'm keen to work on keeping Huck's dependence as low as possible. At one point I was trying out the herbal remedies on myself and measuring the outcome, and sure enough, the bitter gourd caps I had made, lowered my BGL to lower than the normal range. From memory I was around 3.8 mmol/l. Anyway, he is happy and healthy and a little bundle of chaos. He is 110% awesome and throws himself into everything with so much exuberance, it can be exhausting. What goes mostly unmentioned though is the that my wife and I can never relax, ever. Our life continuously revolves around Hucks blood sugar levels. Its not unusual to get up 2 or 3 times a night to readjust his insulin, or have to give him some glucose to prevent him crashing. (Some nights are fine, thankfully) Fortunately he hasn't experienced a diabetic coma thus far, but often I wake up , not having been woken by a blood glucose alarm, and wonder if his sensor failed in the night, its always a relief to see his chest rising and falling in sound sleep. There is a constant nagging feeling that I might wake up one morning and my 5 yr old son might have passed away in the room next to me while I was sleeping. Unfortunately it can and does happen. The progress of technology in diabetes has been pretty impressive of late and we remain hopeful that by the time Hux is a young man that he wont have to burden himself too much with his T1D management. After treating his illness for a couple of years, Huck got gastro and had a hospital admission. We were horrified a the level of knowledge and treatment in the childrens T1D ward, to the point where we discharged ourselves against advice so we could better manage the BGL of our son. They take your insulin off you during a hospital admission. I won't go on about that as the post would double in length.
  2. Too good to refuse, 66. Awesome work.
  3. Fenris

    Jim Carey

    I watched "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond" on Netflix last week, The film follows Jim Carrey as he remains in character as Andy Kaufman during the production of the 1999 film Man on the Moon. I really enjoyed watching it and a lot of my previous wonderings at why Jim had gone off the Hollywood script are fairly obvious to see, or at least there to decrypt. It does seem that an existential crisis has been brewing in him for a very long time.
  4. Fenris

    Mass Scopolamine Overdose in Perth

    A special kind of stupid, and so concentrated in one place, the mind boggles. Bit of a worry though, who was the "scoop" meant for and what was its intended use?
  5. Fenris

    Post your track of the day

    Been smashing The Orb over the weekend. So good.
  6. Fenris

    Photobucket now charging

    Photobucket appear to be requiring $400 a year to post images now. All photo's uploaded via photobucket are now broken links unless you are willing to fork over the $$$. What other free platforms are people using? All my pics on this forum have been linked through photobucket, this sucks in a big way.
  7. Fenris

    Wait a minute, I didn't agree to this...

    Once cash has been removed from society then negative interest rate policy can be administered to the people. I must admit I use the ATM card for almost everything but would hate to see cashless become mandated for the fact that it is all about control. I like the idea of paying for things off grid with silver and gold, silver especially. If peeps aren't aware of bail in legislation, Google what happened to Cyprus, we already have the legislation in place to enact it in Australia.
  8. Fenris

    Avoiding hangovers

    I hadn't noticed that when I first read through it. But I found this in reference to diabetics : https://www.diabeteshealth.com/diabetes-and-alcohol-what-you-need-to-know/ Moderate and excessive alcohol consumption affects blood glucose levels causing hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Hyperglycemia usually occurs with moderate consumption of alcohol. Of greater concern is hypoglycemia, which occurs with excessive alcohol intake without food. Hypoglycemia can occur immediately or up to eight to 12 hours after drinking alcohol, leading to sleepiness, light-headedness, and confusion. Furthermore if you drink too much, you may fail to recognize the symptoms of hypoglycemia. Therefore, monitoring your blood glucose is critical to detect falling glucose levels before severe hypoglycemia occurs.
  9. Fenris

    Avoiding hangovers

    Discovered something interesting yesterday regarding alcohol, this is specifically relevant to people with type 1 diabetes but I'm sure goes some way to contributing to a hangover. From https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/22039/nadh-inhibits-gluconeogenesis Alcohol inhibits gluconeogenesis because 'NADH produced from ethanol catabolism leads to product inhibition'. This is the effect of metabolizing ethanol and also the reason why excess amount of ethanol can lead to hypoglycemia. Ethanol is oxidized by the alcohol dehydrogenase to acete aldehyde. This reaction needs consumes one molecule of NAD+ per molecule ethanol oxidized: Ethanol + NAD+ <=> Acetaldehyde + NADH + H+ Acetaldehyde is oxidized by the acetaldehyde dehydrogenase in a second reaction in the mitochondria to Acetyl-CoA, which produces another molecule of NADH: Acetaldehyde + NAD+ # CoA <=> Acetyl-CoA + NADH + H+ If you now take a look on the Gluconeogenesis, there is one critical step which need NAD+: The oxidation of lactate to pyruvate by the lactate dehydogenase which then cannot be processed into oxalacetate, phosphorenolpyruvate and so on. Adding excess NADH shifts the reaction equilibrium completely to the side of lactate and also leads to the producion of additional lactate, leading to hyperglycemia and lactic acidosis. Acess NADH from the ethanol oxidation inhibits the oxidation of fatty acids in the liver - this process also generates NADH for the production of ATP. NADH signals this process that enough energy is available in the cell. And finally excess NADH also inhibits the malate dehydrogenase reducing the amount of oxalacetate for gluconeogenesis further.
  10. Fenris

    Sailing round the world

    Many thumbs up. A steel hull with a supercharged v8, the ocean going drug runners transport of choice, nice work.
  11. Fenris

    Sailing round the world

    What is the hull made of? I have heard that steel hull yachts are good as an offensive weapon and resist gunshot fairly well, & would be an easy repair from a gunshot wound. I actually heard a story of a yacht convoy that got hit by pirates and they used the steel hull to charge the pirates, it left the pirates boat in 2 pieces sinking in the ocean. This was after the coastguard declined to get involved. If I didn't have a young family to take care of I would be totally down for some more ocean adventures.
  12. Fenris

    Sailing round the world

    What an incredible adventure. Watch out for pirates, seriously, and pack plenty of thermals & something to barter.
  13. I couldn't comment on chacruna specifically but the spirit of Aya showed herself to me when I was in Peru as the character of Pilar from For Whom The Bell Tolls. From http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/belltolls/canalysis.html Pilar Arguably the most colorful and likable character in For Whom the Bell Tolls, Pilar embodies the earthiness, strength, and wisdom of the Spanish peasantry. A large, robust, part-gypsy woman, Pilar exercises great influence over the band of guerrilleros—in fact, we quickly become aware that Pablo leads the band in name only. The strong and stable Pilar provides the motivating force behind many of the novel’s events. She pushes Robert Jordan and Maria’s romance, commands the allegiance of the guerrilla fighters, and organizes the guerrilleros’ brief alliance with El Sordo. She acts as the support structure for the camp as she unites the band of guerrilla fighters into a family, cooks for all, and sews Robert Jordan’s packs. In short, Pilar manipulates the most important characters in For Whom the Bell Tolls and sets in place many of the encounters that drive the plot. Pilar, though practical, often relies on intuitive, mystical, gypsy folk wisdom. Shrewd and worldly-wise, she claims a deep connection to the primitive forces of fate. She claims to be able to smell death, and she describes the smell in repulsively naturalistic detail. She reads palms and interprets sexual experiences. Despite Robert Jordan’s cynicism, Pilar’s predictions do come true. Pilar exhibits the inevitable sadness that comes with knowledge: “Neither bull force nor bull courage lasted, she knew now, and what did last? I last. . . . But for what?” In the end, the only aspect of Pilar’s personality that seems not to show wisdom is her unswerving commitment to and belief in the Republican side, which ultimately loses the war.
  14. Fenris

    This section needs a "show wild finds" thread

    I was in Darlington hills (WA) last weekend taking a walk with the family & found some almost invisible, well camouflaged mushrooms growing out of the red pea gravel dirt . with the compaction Im surprised they were able to grow out of the path. Don't know what they are, but pretty cool none the less.
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