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The Boy in The Bubble

There’s been some talk this week on diabetes-themed social media about diabetes-themed social media. That might sound rather like navel-gazing, but in fact the conversation I saw was all about the limitations of social media in supporting people with diabetes, and the risk that those of us who use it a lot fall into the trap of over-estimating the size and scope of the SocMed bubble.
So are Facebook and Twitter here to stay? Are they essentials of patient care and peer support or are those of us who use them just a self-serving clique? Am I, a massive fan of Twitter and the #GBDOC, part of a genuinely valuable and valued group which helps people with diabetes to live well with their condition? Or am I  just an overgown teenager - The Boy in the Bubble?
It’s all about the bubble. I’ve had cause to question whether I’m in a bubble more than once over the past year. The Brexit vote and the Trump victory both seemed so at odds with what virtually everybody to whom I ever speak in the rea…

Ch-Ch-Changes: Thoughts for New Year

Turn and the face the change: a very apt title from the wonderful back catalogue left by David Bowie, one of the many unexpected and premature deaths that seem to have characterised 2016.
Many have branded 2016 as the “worst year ever”, citing in particular the Brexit vote and its aftermath, the election of Donald Trump to the US Presidency, multiple terrorist atrocities and the aforementioned celebrity deaths.
It is very easy to join in with this chorus of negativity, but two points come to my mind: firstly, I think that many of those who talk doom and gloom should perhaps consider swapping their lives in our comfortable Western democracies in 2016 with those of people in many other parts of our contemporary world, or indeed with those of British people in, say 1940 or 1916, before declaring their lives to be quite so shitty. However bad things seem, there are far worse places to live and far worse eras to live in. Secondly, I think we should be very careful about seeing everything …