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Clare's Discussions

Are pump algorithms really designed to achieve your target BG?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clare Mar 17. 23 Replies

When I started using an Omnipod pump last May my initial blood glucose target was 100. After a couple of months using the system my average blood sugar (according to Dex) was 113 SD 35 and 5% hypos…Continue

Urgent product recall

Started this discussion. Last reply by indolent Feb 24. 22 Replies those using an Omnipod Insulin Pump system, Abbott has…Continue

My take on the I-Port Advance Injection Port

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Apr 30, 2013. 1 Reply

The first discussion I ever posted here on TuD was about switching to a pump after 37 years of MDI. I received a lot of great advice and eventually decided that MDI was still the right thing for me.…Continue

Tags: pump, vs, I-port

Dietary Fat Can Affect Glucose and Insulin Needs of Type 1s

Started this discussion. Last reply by FHS Apr 9, 2013. 15 Replies

Just when you thought all you needed to worry about were carbs and proteins when figuring your insulin doses, the Joslin does a study looking at fat. Granted the study is very small only involving 7…Continue


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Clare replied to PumpGirl's discussion 'Insurance Company Grievance - Advice please!'
"This whole thread makes me extremely grateful my pump supplies come directly from Insulet and my CGM supplies come directly from Dexcom. All these "middle men" just drive up prices and complicate the whole process."
Clare replied to bort269's discussion 'Results from same sensor & transmitter, but 2 different receivers (with different revision numbers)' in the group Dexcom Users
"Hey Nevada, I have 2 receivers because insurance covered the second receiver after a year. They're only warrantied for 1 year. I plugged my receiver in to my computer one day and got a message about the USB failing to connect properly and the…"
Clare replied to Joe's discussion 'Dexcom transmitter life.'
"I'm very glad it is working well for you JohnG. I think for some select people (you and acidrock) the Medtronic CGM is accurate and works well. My colleague at work just recently got the 530G after years with the paradigm revel. The CGM part…"
Clare replied to bort269's discussion 'Results from same sensor & transmitter, but 2 different receivers (with different revision numbers)' in the group Dexcom Users
"You can find out exactly when the dexcom receiver gets the reading on the xml report. Go to the studio software. Under the patients tab click on your name, then export data. It will ask you for the date range you want to export. It exports it to…"
Clare replied to Dave's discussion 'Sensor placement' in the group Dexcom Users
"That's great to hear it worked well for you SiggyB. Are you using any kind of auxilliary tape ? I wear the sensor on my arms and my current one is on day 21 the one just before lasted 26 days before I got the ???. I play tennis and golf and I…"
Clare replied to Sharif Munshi's discussion 'Dexcom Accuracy not as good as it used to be' in the group Dexcom Users
"My most recent batch of sensors from Dexcom received 1/30/14 has for me been more accurate - and more long lived than previous batches. So far I've only used 2 of the 12 sensors. The first was on for 26 days and was consistently within 10-15%…"
Clare commented on rick phillips's blog post 'What is Next? (Blog 200 of 200)'
"You did it ! Congratulations to you rick."
Clare replied to Joe's discussion 'Dexcom transmitter life.'
"I agree completely with DianaS. I knew the warranty on all the components of the Dexcom G4 system and was lucky enough to get 13 months out of my first transmitter. I am getting at least 2 weeks and often better than 3 weeks from a sensor which in…"
Clare replied to artwoman's discussion 'Well I tried it - infusion site in left boob'
"I have the sensor vertically more towards the back of my arm I don't have a lot of meat there either. If you think about the sensor being like a ski boot and binding I place it so the "toe" part of the boot is facing up. This prevents…"
Clare replied to Shark's discussion 'Can you get thin without having to eat low carb?'
"Because we're all very different I can only say what has worked for me. In the last year and 1/2 I learned how to count carbs and match my insulin dose to what I was eating. I try to keep my blood sugar steady without big highs or lows and eat…"
Clare commented on rick phillips's blog post 'What I have learned (Blog number 199 of 200)'
"Rick - I really liked this piece. I have read each of your previous blogs and like your style. My favorite so far is the Diabetic Game Show but every one has a nugget that makes it worthwhile reading. Thanks for your 199 blogs and I look forward to…"
Clare replied to PumpGirl's discussion 'Medtronic CGM - Anyone have experience?'
"I think AR is the only one who actually reports good results with both the old "harpoon" medtronic CGM and the newer Enlites. I personally used the Ipro system and from the insertion to the eventual falling off of the sensor at the end of…"
Clare replied to artwoman's discussion 'Well I tried it - infusion site in left boob'
"I do exactly what Shelby does - in fact I might have directed her where to put it in the first place :). It's vertical in both arms and thighs. For arms though it really does ache the first day or two. But after that it settles down and I…"
Clare replied to artwoman's discussion 'Well I tried it - infusion site in left boob'
"I wore the dex on my thighs switching back on forth for the better part of last year. I had really good luck with it as a site and great accuracy and longevity. But I decided to give them a rest and tried dex on the back of my arms and it is equally…"
Apr 14
Clare replied to artwoman's discussion 'Well I tried it - infusion site in left boob'
"Awesome to hear. I have been using my arms for the dexcom but I have been really happy with the Omnipod on the girls. The OP cannula is 6.5 mm 60 degrees so it's very short and very comfortable. I played golf today and didn't notice it was…"
Apr 13
Clare replied to dishers's discussion '? About ???' in the group Dexcom Users
"Thanks, yes I do use alcohol pads to do the chore, but only if I have one handy. To be honest I haven't gotten the ??? in a very long time. My current sensor is on day 16 and the one before that was on day 26 when it finally started with the…"
Apr 12

Profile Information

The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
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?
To learn and to teach what I can about how to live a full and happy life with D.
Date diagnosed
May 12, 1975
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
6.4 12/12, 5.8 3/13, 5.7 6/13, 6.0 8/13
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM
What pump model do you use, if any?

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Clare's Blog

A letter to Insulet

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 4:42pm 1 Comment

I wanted to start this with a comment about how incredibly happy I have been with my most recent batch of pods. Since my last pod alarm on 2/22 – 7 pods have all completed 80 hours of service without any hiccoughs which is what I expected when I switched from MDI last year. So that is the good news, now the bad news. While I understand Omnipod wanting to stay as far away as possible from the debacle of the Abbott Freestyle test strip recall there is a groundswell of frustration from your…


The DCCT and the Biggest Loser a parallel

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 8:49am 8 Comments

As hubby and I sit on the couch watching "The Biggest Loser" on the tube, he always says "Oh it's easy to lose weight if your only responsibility for 6 months is to stay at the ranch, exercise with a personal trainer, and eat the food that is provided without having to pay for it or actually work for a living." The truth is he is right. And while I applaud those people who struggle with their weight on the show, I fear for their continued success once they leave the "safety net" of the show.…


Take the Average ?

Posted on January 19, 2014 at 11:52am 3 Comments

To put this photo in perspective. I was at my computer this morning and started to feel a little weird. I checked the Dexcom and it said 97 with an angled down arrow. Thinking maybe I was getting low I washed and dried my hands and grabbed the meter that was next to the computer - the Freestyle Freedom. Seeing 161 was a bit of a shock and something I would ordinarily bolus for. So I grabbed the PDM and something made me stop before entering the number. I didn't feel 161 so I checked using…


Static Electricity ?

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 12:37pm 9 Comments

So I have noticed an upturn in reports of Dexcom and Omnipod device failures lately. Sensors giving the dreaded ??? and _ _ _ and pod errors galore. I now have a safety pin in my underwear with the hope it will dissipate the static electricity. It's funny until I had 3 screaming pods last week, I never even considered static electricity as a potential hazard. No one at Insulet or Dexcom even mentions it as a possibility they just take the information and send out a replacement pod or sensor.…


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At 10:49am on March 25, 2014, Ronda said…

Congratulations on being a featured member!!! You rock!

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BRAVA on being a FEATURED MEMBER Clare!!

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Clare congratulations on being named a featured member of the week.

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At 1:39pm on March 2, 2014, Bar/Bruno said…

Happy birthday Clare!

At 9:43am on March 2, 2014, Dan P said…

Happy birthday Clare! Have a big margarita and a cinnabon!

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At 9:34am on March 2, 2014, swisschocolate said…

Happy happy birthday, Clare!!!
Enjoy your day :)

Hugs, SC

At 9:20am on March 2, 2014, Trudy said…

Happy Birthday, Clare! and Happy Spring...

At 9:02am on March 2, 2014, Marie B said…

Hey Clare, Happy Birthday!! have a good one!




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