Hi everyone, Sorry I've been so absent recently. The past year has been incredibly difficult, due to mental health problems that I'm not totally comfortable discussing in depth on a public forum where I am so recognisable. I'm more than happy to talk about them by PM, though, so feel free to shoot one my way if you're curious or have any questions about MH problems alongside diabetes. I've been very closely monitored this year due to posing a serious risk to myself, and a lot of questions come up regarding diabetes management during periods of serious illness - in particular when self-management requires handling something which is potentially really harmful - and at which point in illness and particularly hospitalisation a person's self-management should be stopped. I imagine having the perspective of someone who has 'been there' would be helpful for someone with a child/teenager in a similar situation, so just wanted to put myself forward as a possible contact. There is a lot of awareness around diabetes and mild/moderate depression, but far less about people with life-threatening MH problems just because illness of the severity that I have experienced is really unusual, and in conjunction with diabetes is even more so. So yeah, just putting myself out there. The fact that I'm even remotely ok enough to write a post here is a sign that I've come a long way, so I'm hoping at the moment that further recovery is possible and that things are on the up from here. Bizarrely, given that the support staff at my university were telling me all year that I was too unwell to continue studying, I came out of the year with a first. I'm not sure it was deserved given how little work happened, and I did just scrape it, but I'm still really pleased. I have also switched from philosophy to a science degree - next year (the final year of my degree) I will be studying psychology and neuroscience. I did half philosophy and half psych/neuro this year and enjoyed the science side more, so I'm hoping that the switch is right for me and that I can get involved with some good research when my degree is over. Diabetes-wise things are so-so - my last a1c was 8.9%, but I have been mostly suicidal and not rational so expecting good diabetes management would be unrealistic to say the least. I'm hoping that now I'm less ill and thinking more clearly I should be able to get down to below 8% by my Christmas appointment. Hope all of my friends are doing well, and welcome to anybody who has joined since I was last here regularly. I hope to be posting more often!