I have no idea where I’ve been for the last 8 months. Well, I do know but I also know that the older I get, the faster time flies, and the more I seem to do Groundhog Day. Somehow, this blog seems to have been my last priority lately. Or maybe my first priority has had to be work. My second priority is to think about going off on a few tangents in this blog, most notably, some posts about more healthy living. 

There’s really not much new in the world of my Type 1 Diabetes. Now and then I learn a new tidbit, which I will share with you in due course. What seems to have taken my interest is overall health, which goes a long way to helping the diabetes stay in better control. 

Today, I wanted to share with you one of my forays into the world of alternate, healthy things. It’s something little talked about but should be – deodorant.

Commercial deodorants generally have some very questionable ingredients. Many years ago, a doctor told me to stop using deodorants with aluminium. Who me? The deodorant-challenged sweat ball? I don’t think so. 

Fast forward 20 years, a bunch of research, a desire to live in a healthier environment and to keep eating real food.

The deodorant solution? Make your own! This is good stuff. It works. I’ve been using it for more than 8 months. It costs cents to make and you know exactly what’s in it. This is the recipe I use. I urge you to try it! 

Natural Deodorant
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A deodorant that is natural, no aluminium, easy and cheap to make, and works!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
12 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
12 min
  1. 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  2. 4 tablespoons baking soda
  3. 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder/tapioca starch
  4. 2 tablespoons cornflour/cornstarch (gluten free if possible)
  5. Several Drops of Essential Oil: Lavender or Lemon, or any other you like. Please make sure that any fragrance you use is food-grade, organic if possible and as natural as possible.
  1. If your coconut oil is solid, then in a small pot measure and melt on very low heat. Otherwise place a small glass bowl.
  2. Mix in rest of ingredients.
  3. Pour a small glass jar.
  1. Use a pea sized piece under both arms (more doesn't mean better).
  2. This recipe will melt in summer - depending on where you live. Keep a small spatula handy and remix when melted.
  3. When solid, scoop some into your palm and warm by rubbing between both hands.
  4. Some have said it's best not to use right after shaving (wait half an hour or so), but it's never bothered me.
  5. If you find that the baking soda doesn't agree with you then change the ratios between baking soda, arrowroot and cornflour/cornstarch.
  6. Remember, this isn't an antiperspirant, it's a deodorant. Let dry before you put clothing on. You can seal with a bit of cornflour/cornstarch.

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Crowd Funding for a New Dexcom G4 Platinum CGM

I loved my Dexcom G4 so much last year! Sadly, if you follow my blog, you’ll know the transmitter died in late December. I can’t tell you how much I miss it! Sadly, I can’t afford to buy a new one, plus a box of sensors at around $1000.

Someone gave me the idea of Crowd Funding, so that’s what I’ve decided to do! Hopefully, I can raise the money I need! Every dollar counts! Whatever I get from Crowd Funding via GoFundMe, I guarantee will to go to AMSL Australia for the purchase of a new G4 Transmitter, plus a box of sensors.

Please consider making a donation! I would be very grateful. Here is how to donate.

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Dexcom G4 Dead Transmitter

My Dexcom G4 transmitter died today, just one week short of a year. I still have one sensor left, so that’s $100 down the drain in itself.

g4_transHappy I got this long out of the transmitter. It’s been the most awesome thing I’ve ever had to manage diabetes!

Living alone for the last year, it’s been a life saver for me in so many ways. I’m pretty sad having to go back to sticking my fingers, and worrying at night about lows. There are now diabetes management changes I’ll have to make to ensure that I’m safe at night. And lots of re-thinking and obsessive attention to management during the day.

My poor fingers will again be subjected to 8-10+ tests a day, or more if there’s a problem. I can’t just have an afternoon at a shopping mall without testing lots. More planning has to go into extra activity, food… everything!

I’m going to miss being able to glance at the CGM blood glucose number on my Animas Vibe and see I’m either ok to keep walking or I have to grab some glucose. I already miss it since this morning!

It’ll be back to very strict, very low-carb because that’s what works best for me. No food after a certain time at night, no matter how hungry I am, so my blood glucose is stable at least 2 hours before bed. Gosh, I’ve almost forgotten how I used to do things a year ago! I was pretty strict, yet still didn’t have as good an A1C as I’ve had for the last year. What a huge change this is going to be! Going backwards, has zero appeal.

I’m pretty much hypo unaware. That can get dangerous! It’s also worse in lots of ways the longer you’re low. The only way around that is to run higher blood glucose and to test often. I’ll have to do that permanently because, as advised, running higher for only a few days brings back the hypo-aware state only for a few more days. Kind of pointless. Running higher is both a long term risk for complications and a short term risk for feeling sluggish and awful. I get that sometimes even at the high end of normal. So a normal range is a bit more narrow for me. I’m sometimes sensitive to higher numbers after all these years.

It’ll be a while before I can afford to buy another transmitter, unless I get one from the USA. Cost there is more reasonable, especially if you know who to buy from. I’ll still have to save my pennies. Struggling financially is a way of life for me at the moment.

Why oh why do we have to pay out of pocket for CGMs in Australia? Medicare where are you? NDSS where are you? Private health insurance, which I pay a fortune for, where are YOU?

Don’t you all get it that a CGM can help keep people alive, can save calling an ambulance for a severe low (and who’s going to call for me if I live alone?), and a CGM, when used properly, can stave off long-term complications that you’ll be paying for anyway. The logic of all these organisations not wanting to fund CGMs, even partially, completely evades me!

Health and peace of mind, in this case, is most definitely for those who can afford it. So is long term health. There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that my diabetes management was greatly improved and beautifully fine-tuned by having the Dexcom G4 Platinum for the last year.

Goodbye Dex. You’ve given me a fantastic year of nearly anxiety-free living with Type 1.

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Animas Insulin Pump

I've had an Animas Insulin Pump since June 2009. I absolutely love my pump and I love the wonderful people at Animas (AMSL Australia).

If you are even remotely thinking of getting an insulin pump, please feel free to contact me and ask me why I love mine and what a huge difference it's made to my life.

There are also lots of posts here to give you similar information.