It’s early evening and a light breeze is coming in through the open window in our study making the sheer curtain flap gently. The occasional car drives by, birds are chirping (plotting against me) and I can hear kids playing in the streets. And there goes the gelati van that does its round about this time each night.

Yep – it’s holidays. I still have a couple of weeks before I return to work. This has always been my favourite time of the year when I’m not working. The craziness of Christmas and New Year is over; the streets are pretty empty as a lot of people are still away. The weather is gorgeous and I have nothing – absolutely nothing – on my calendar. I can’t remember the last time I was spending early January like this. We are often overseas at this time and miss out on the January shutdown. Or I return to work as soon as the New Year’s fireworks are finished.

My holiday is going to get exciting tomorrow when I start on a new pump and CGMS system. I am taking part in a trial of the new-to-Australia Animas Vibe/Dexcom system. I’m more than a little excited because, as mentioned before, I love new gadgets. Also, I had a lot of opportunities to speak with people using this system when I was in Berlin at the European Diabetes Bloggers Summit. Many from the Italian contingent were using it and had very positive things to say.

Apparently, a change is as good as a holiday. Given that I am on holidays I guess this means the next two weeks will be extra holiday-y (totally not even close to a real word). Having the time to actually get to know how the new system works, its quirks and tricks is a real luxury and I’m looking forward to seeing how different it is to the terrific system I’m already using.  Also, it means another player on the Australian market, which means more choice for people with diabetes. This is a huge win for consumers as far as I’m concerned.

For those of you on holidays – enjoy and make the most of it. I know that I certainly am!


The trial is funded by AMSL – distributors of the Animas pump and the Dexcom CGMS in Australia. The pump and CGM are being loaned to me whist on the trial and I am being provided with some consumables for the pump and 2 months of consumables for the Dexcom. I am not receiving any payment for taking part in the trial. There is no arrangement for me to write about my experiences using this system, although I probably will. ‘Cause it’s how I roll.