Time to chill…a big relief!

It’s hard to believe I’m at this point in my PULSE journey. It seems like an age ago since I was completing my application form, wondering if I’d get through to the next round. Now I am trying to get my head round being in the Philippines in less than a week….

A question I was asked during my PULSE interview regarding an international assignment was “is there any where in the world you would not want to go to”. I replied “no…as long as I have access to a fridge”. This is not for my 6 pack :). My requirement for a fridge is for insulin as it can become less effective at high temperatures, so I had slight anxieties about this.

Insulin is available in the Philippines, but not what I use – I’m on a pump and love it – therefore it’s not staying at home.  I decided to take the whole lot with me – enough for 7 months, plus spares, plus insulin pens as a backup, plus spares….to be on the safe side.

If I have no fridge, then I have to keep all this….



in this……


...’even smaller when it’s cooler’ cool pouch
…an ’even smaller when it’s cooler’ cool pouch

I needn’t have worried. Photos of our apartment arrived in my inbox and one (in the blog photo) particularly caught my eye…a fridge beyond my wildest dreams!

A big relief! My insulin will be chilled and so will I… but it got me thinking how very lucky I am. I’ve always appreciated the fabulous care and support I’ve received over the years from the NHS and my healthcare team. They have helped me keep my diabetes in check so I am able to live a normal life. I am fit and healthy and able to contribute to society.

I wonder what my life would be like if I didn’t have that care, support, accessible medicine and supplies that I need to keep going. It doesn’t bear thinking about, but that’s the story for so many people across the globe. I would love to help change that. A massive task, but every little helps….

Before I embark on the next stage of my journey,  a huge, bear hugging thanks to my family, friends and colleagues for their support and encouragement…and belief in me, for my upcoming challenge – I am very touched…and a tad emotional….

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Next stop….the Philippines! Speak soon, Alli 🙂


  1. Yes that refrigerator is amazing. The spacious kitchen and living room are just a few of the reasons I picked our place. I’m so anxious to meet you and share our Pulse journey. Now relax before the big flight. I’ve got everything taken of on this end. You just need to get here:)

    1. Yes, you’ve done a great job out there Maryanne…a huge bear hugging thanks winging it’s way to you now! See you very soon 🙂

  2. Good luck with everything Alli, I hope you don’t run out of your supplies.I also hope the climat agrees with you.I am sure you will do wonderful work whilst out there,so excited for you!! 🙂

  3. Yep, too often we overlook how lucky we are and that’s why programmes like PULSE are amazing, helping us put things into perspective and wanting to help others. Well done Ally, safe trip, speak soon 🙂

  4. you will be fine Alli…great to read a very expressive writing..keep posting..it definitely helps us going forward…all the best.. Take care..

    p.s. dont mention at airport that you are there to sell insulin…one day you will become giant insulin supplier in philli:-)

  5. Yes, it seems like a long time ago now that we were first talking about the application and process. It’s almost here and I’m very excited for you! Looking forward to hearing updates from the Philippines! x

  6. Don’t worry if you run out we can send some over first class, that way you keep room in fridge for some tinnies!

  7. Wow cant believe the time has come and you are off with your backpack of insulin !! Hilarious amount – good luck getting through customs …. You have lived in hackney so pretty good at looking anonymous and ignoring dodgy looking people in uniforms …. Good luck with your first few days keep us posted darling xxxx

  8. In the words of the renowned Scottish philosopher, Sean Connery……….

    “There’s always a new challenge to keep you motivated.”

    Wise words indeed, which it’s clear have been taken to heart in your preparations. Just make sure you leave some room in the fridge for a beer or two. Have a fantastic time and looking forward to the first “in country” blog!

  9. I’m looking forward to the customs related story next week! Good luck Alli, you rock!

  10. Ola chick – the time has come…..
    Any problems just get them to skip to the end! Good luck in your newest adventure mate – keep us posted you blogging blagger xxxx Fi

    1. Thanks Sue…I’m standing in front of it right now trying to keep cool! Really looking forward to Monday – will keep you all posted 🙂

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