Lauriëtte

Lauriette
Hi, I’m Lauriëtte

I’m a Product Owner, writer, type 1 diabetes advocate and a busy bee from Rotterdam. On this blog I write about my life adventures, but also about having a chronic illness and how to live with it.

Flying back to the Netherlands for my diabetes supplies

A boyfriend in Spain, a pandemic and having a chronic illness can lead to very interesting situations. When I was with my boyfriend in January, I noticed that I had reached a point where I was done with it. Not with him or our relationship, but with all the stress and difficulties of being in a long-distance relationship in times of corona. The trip to Spain hadn’t been too easy and I noticed that I wasn’t really looking forward to the return trip either. I would have preferred to stay a while, without flying back to the Netherlands. And if I could have, I would have. But I had to go back to get my diabetes supplies…

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Why I decided to stay 29 for a little longer

Last year, I did not celebrate my birthday. Or rather, I was not able to celebrate it. Shortly after corona turned from a simple flu virus into a serious pandemic, celebrating your birthday with family and friends was anything but a wise thing to do. This year is no different. Another lost birthday. This time not made impossible by a move or another major life event, but again by the coronavirus.

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How I as a person with diabetes deal with the coronavirus

Over a year ago, it became clear that the coronavirus is more than just a simple flu. News headlines such as ‘mysterious lung disease’ and ‘deadly pneumonia’ frightened me. As the virus slowly began to take over the world and seemed to get more serious by the day, I found myself becoming more anxious. What does this mean for me, as a person in my late twenties who at the time was still smoking and had type 1 diabetes? This was not the best combination anyway, I know. But what if I also get the coronavirus in a condition like that?

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Hello from my studio in Ibiza

When my father drives me home in the evening, just before the curfew starts, we pass an information board on the highway. “Stay in the Netherlands. Together against Corona.” It sounds so obvious. When I let the words sink in, I realise that I wish it were that easy: to stay in the Netherlands. In my own little house, in the city that I can call home, close to my family and friends. And yet, although that is all very important to me, I am now writing this from my studio in Ibiza.

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My favourite vegetarian low carb go-to pasta

There are days when I like to cook a nice dinner in good company. And there are days when I’m alone and just want something to eat without too much effort. On such days, I often choose to have one of my go-to meals: a meal that is ready in a flash and that I can prepare with my eyes closed. The repertoire of my go-to meals regularly changes. First it was yellow rice with chicken, or wok noodles with vegetables, and now it is a vegetarian pasta, which is also low in carbs!

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Three things about diabetes that I discovered quite late

At some moment in time, you expect to know all there is to know. Especially after several years of living with type 1 diabetes. In the end, you live with it 24/7, so you tend to think you know everything about it. But it turns out there’s always something new to learn. Even when you’ re chronically ill. There are a number of things about diabetes that I didn’t discover until quite late. It could have helped me if I had realised those things earlier. But better late than never, I suppose. Maybe it could help you too.

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A long-distance relationship in times of corona

It is early when I am walking to the train station. It is still a little dark outside and behind the windows I see how breakfast is quickly being eaten and the laptop on the kitchen table is being switched on again. We live in a strange world… My train leaves in nine minutes. I accelerate a little bit to make sure I don’t miss my train. My first destination of the day is Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Remember? The place you usually visit when you go on a holiday. For me, no holiday. I will hop on a plane to be together with my love again. Also in times of the coronavirus.

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A few more words about 2020…

The year 2020 was one of the darkest years, but also a year in which I learned a lot about myself. ‘Everything that could go wrong, went wrong’. That is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of 2020. I lost my job at KLM before I even started, I had to go through a lot in terms of love, I had to say goodbye to my little hamster girl Roo, who got a nice spot in the garden, and most of all I have lived in a lot of fear, uncertainty and loneliness. All thanks to the arrival of the coronavirus.

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Renewing your driver’s license when having diabetes

Applying for or renewing your driver’s license can be more difficult if you have diabetes. I deliberately say ‘can’, because it doesn’t always have to be that way. For example, I renewed my driver’s license without any problems and it wasn’t too bad. I was even a bit disappointed afterwards because I had wasted four months of validity by doing it so early.

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How to quit smoking; my experience with Champix

Today it is exactly four months since I quit smoking. And I can hear you thinking. Huh? Smoking? You? Mm-hm. “I would have never expected that from you.” It is the most common response I get when I am seen with a cigarette. Four months ago, after many years, I decided that it was enough. I had never been so convinced. Partly because this time I really felt the motivation to quit, but also because during this attempt I got help in the form of a little pill: Champix.

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