With all the trouble I've had getting started with pumping, if it had not been for my friends here, I probably would have stopped pumping and not solved any of the problems I was having.

The support from tudiabetes.com is incredible. even if you don't post very often, just knowing that other diabetics are out there and could be reading what is going on is heartening to me. There is a lot of knowledge here that everyone is so willing to share, it really humbles me to say I am associated with you all.

Please, lets all keep this up, there are so many people, like me, who need a safe place


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Good Morning Scott,
I know part of what I learned about my pump was from my CDE. Everything else I learned here. The pump certainly has its pros and cons, but I think the positives far out-weigh the negatives. At least I wouldn't go back. I also purchased the book, "Pumping Insulin" by Walsh and Roberts, and it contains a wealth of information. Well worth what ever it was I paid for it.
And I know what you mean by already "leant" on everyone. In four years as a Diabetic, I have been discouraged, disconnected, and depressed for most of that time. No one to talk to, or share with that really understood my plight. Then just when I was preparing to go on the pump, I met Penny at the Dr.'s office who told me about TuDiabetes. Now I can't say I'm glad I'm Diabetic, but I have been more positive about this disease since coming here than ever before--and that's half the battle. If our attitude is right, then we've got half the battle won.
Keep up the good work, Scott.
=) Scott, I have in the same day, wanted to kiss my pump, and then wanted to pitch it out a window.

It took me almost a year before I could predict what was going to happen at and in between meals. And I have had a1c's down to 6.4 this week my beloved endo offered an opinion: "you are front loading" (she believes I am bolusing too much for meals and my basals are wrong ie too low). I can argue, but then again I can't because even tho I am a stubborn person, I think she's right.

So now I am starting over. (recalculating basals and new bolus ratios. I have frustration, anger, depression, and even a lil bit of "why me" you know "why can't I catch a break". sucks.

I heard someone say that an illness is not a punishmient - that gives me a little comfort. I also believe that I am having troubles for a reason, maybe she is right, maybe my numbers are wrong and this will lead to something better, better control and a longer healthier life.

Either way I have my friends here and they never seem to get tired of me. I sometimes feel that I am not worth all of this help. I wonder if that's just my ego. I think it's more faith than anything else, like a trust that when things get s***** for me there will be people here and support whenever I need it, and that's a really nice feeling.
I agree with you.. although it has only been a short time I have been involved with this group and the tudiabetes group I feel like you all are best friends. The information is incredible. You not only get good advice or resources but you get ones actual and personal experience with the situation, meds etc. I thank you all eternally. Which brings me to new situation. tomorrow I have a doc appt. where I have to give an answer about going on insulin. I was diag. 12/08 and have been on several meds. One made me very sick and was throwing up all the time and the other is not reducing BG. This past week BG was in the 350 range most time. I am rigid right now with my diet but nothing seems to be working. I really was hoping I wouldn't have to do insulin. My doc spoke of giving me a long acting insulin once a day and glibizide or something other than metformin. I've been reading up on it and in most cases it says that the insulin causes and increase in weight. (YUK) Has anyone found this to be a true statement? Help!!! don't know what to do or ask doc. thanks for any advice in advance.
Glipizide (which is the same as glyburide) acts to stimulate your pancreas to make more insulin. If you are Type 2, the problem is that you have tons of insulin running around your body, but insulin resistance makes it hard to get it into your cells (so it lays down fat instead, friendly stuff, eh?), creating that telltale "apple shape." That would be the second thing I'd try (and I do take a small amount now, after 9 years of type 2 I seem to need a little more insulin in my body).

The first thing to try would be metformin (brand name, glucophage), which is the very first line of defense against type 2 as it acts to get more insulin into the cells, where it belongs. Have you tried that? It is cheap, has been around a long time, and works well for most people as long as they are still producing insulin, which Type 2s usually do for several years at least. (Our problem is that we have too much insulin running around not able to do its job.) Those 2 drugs should be the first ones prescribed: metformin, and then glyburide, not the new, expensive, heavily advertised to doctors, dangerous ones.

How are you? Haven't heard from you for a little while. I think I'm going through "Scott funnies" withdrawal!!

Hope you're doing fine. I am coming up for air from my last pity party. :-)

Lois La Rose




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