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Bek's Discussions

discrimination or just mean?

Started this discussion. Last reply by rjm Apr 17, 2010. 5 Replies

Non Diabetics and insulin

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Dennis Apr 4, 2009. 6 Replies

pumping in a formal dress?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kristin Aug 14, 2008. 8 Replies


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Anime Diabetics

for fans of anime and all japanese culture living with diabetes. share how you deal with diabetes at cons or while trying to eat pocky >_<</body>See More
Jun 27, 2014
shoshana27 left a comment for Bek
"welcome back to tud why don't you join us on chat where we all help each other & also have lots of fun hugs"
Apr 30, 2014
shoshana27 commented on Bek's blog post 'denied CGMs by insurance'
"you said everything so perfectly hugs"
Apr 30, 2014
Sekhmet commented on Bek's blog post 'discrimination of the big D?'
"You seem to have run into very kind airport security. I've been approached by a drug dealer while having a low, who thought I was 'dope sick'. I really don't want to talk about diabetes anymore after all of the negative…"
Jan 22, 2014
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for fans of anime and all japanese culture living with diabetes. share how you deal with diabetes at cons or while trying to eat pocky >_<</body>See More
Jun 12, 2013
Bek and Buckley83 are now friends
Mar 21, 2012
Bek replied to awg0681's discussion 'Carrying Supplies - What do you use?'
"It is sort of a cruel joke. And it always seems that when you are told you can't have something, you want it even more. I'm lucky I don't have too much of a sweet tooth or it would be awful. I just get those once in a blue moon…"
Mar 20, 2012

Profile Information

The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
a great community for sharing the knowledge and experiences of living with diabetes
Date diagnosed
June 15, 1990
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
8.1 and hopefully declining (Feb '10)
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, Diet and Exercise
What pump model do you use, if any?
medtronic minimed paradigm 722
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Bek's Blog

I Think I Need a 'Betes Buddy....

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 11:41am 2 Comments

I haven't logged on in quite a while. Truth be told, I'm a busy lady who's way too busy taking care of everyone and everything around me to take the time to focus on myself. I think that's a problem most people have, but diabetics need to be a little selfish sometimes. Being a nurturing person by nature, I let myself get lost in the shuffle and I need to stop.

I think the problem is that I need someone to help hold me accountable to myself, someone who understands the struggles I deal…


Work and Diabetes

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 11:22am 9 Comments

So, it seems like working in pastry arts...not so great for diabetes. My doctor has asked me to consider leaving my job. Given that I just got my lab results back, I think I should. Apparently inhaling powdered sugar 6 days a week hasn't been doing me any favors. But now I'm in a tricky position. I love my co-workers and I'm great at my job but I need to find something that won't screw up my health. So now I wonder if investing my future in the culinary arts was a poor life… Continue

the joys of a broken immune system

Posted on November 4, 2010 at 10:15am 1 Comment

Hello there, Body. I know you love to fight. You love it so much, in fact, that you keep attacking the poor little cells in our pancreas so I can't make insulin anymore. I'm not really happy about it, but after 20 years, I've pretty much come to terms with it. But now you're just being difficult. I found those funny white patches you left on the crook of my arm. Really, Body? You're on the warpath against our melanin content now? Big Spoon put you up to this, didn't he? He's jealous of my dark… Continue

Wash Your Hands!

Posted on February 13, 2010 at 7:39pm 1 Comment

I know the importance of sanitation. I wash my hands about a hundred times a day, especially when I'm in the kitchen. I wash them to clean them before I start working with food, I wash them upon returning from a break, I wash them when I go from prepping one item to another, and I wash them when I end up with goopy dough hands. Yeah, I've got this hand washing thing down. But it seems that I've forgotten a step.

My blood sugars had been beautiful all day. Then I check them…

trying to figure out temporary basal rates and exercise

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 3:19pm 2 Comments

I hate to exercise because i can't seem to keep my blood sugar from plummeting. It's illogical for me to change my basal rate completely because i know i'm not going to exercise every single day at the same time each day. But i haven't managed to figure out the right temporary rate yet. This moring i set it to 75% my normal basal rate and set it to last for twice as long as i was going to exercise for. it went low after. I think it might work if i go for 50% of my normal rate for the same… Continue

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At 4:04pm on April 30, 2014, shoshana27 said…

welcome back to tud
why don't you join us on chat where we all help each other & also have lots of fun

At 8:53am on February 17, 2009, dino said…
love the hair
At 6:21pm on September 24, 2008, Cassie said…
Hi Bek. I just wanted to stop by and send a howdy your way! I hope all is well in your world. :)
At 10:38pm on September 4, 2008, Brian said…
neko ninja is pretty cool. went to japan last summer and didn't meet one ninja?! so it's nice to meet one here.
At 9:56pm on September 4, 2008, Brian said…
Freaky cat people unite! Hey Bek hope you are doing well.
At 4:29am on August 25, 2008, Sohair Abdel-Rahman said…
Hi Bek,
Hope you are fine.You write in a very artistic way,hope you join poetry club one day
At 6:30pm on August 15, 2008, Kevin said…
My problem is the exact opposite. My sugar wants to run low all day and jump up at night. I've had to bolus as much as 8+ units just to get my sugar down in the morning. I'm now trying to wake up every 2 hours and identify when it's happening. Last night at midnight my sugar was 120..... when I got up it was
At 6:22pm on August 15, 2008, Kevin said…
You have a cute cat! I have 3 of them myself: Killer, Daisy, & Madison.
At 3:48pm on August 13, 2008, Dan Tobin said…
Oops. meant to post the below as a reply to your question on my own page....
At 3:46pm on August 13, 2008, Dan Tobin said…
You can see I haven't been logging into this site that much. Well, my endo says that I shouldn't leave the sensor in for six days and my pump infusion site in for 3.5 or so days because they could get infected (they're definitely red by the time I take them out). I had previously only used my stomach for the infusion site for about 1.5 years, and early this year was getting pain and significant bleeding, so I've turned to other areas. I'm worried one can "use and area up" but talked w/ a surgeon friend who is himself a type 1 diabetic and uses solely his rear end for both sensor and pump infusion sites and is not worried about it.



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