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Clare's Discussions

This might prove to be useful

Started this discussion. Last reply by meee Apr 27. 1 Reply


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


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Clare commented on Rob's group 'Dexcom Users'
"I wouldn't waste my time trying the only other CGM available in the US which is a Medtronic device. The G4 beats it in every category hands down."
22 hours ago
Clare replied to A. Barney's discussion 'T1 Livabetik T2 Diabetic'
"formerly known as Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus or IDDM"
Clare commented on Clare's blog post 'Things I have learned about the G4 after 3 months'
"I don't have anything for the glare, but here is my set up for the Dexcom receiver on my handlebars, it's a Shapeways Brixometer case which is zip tied to the handlebars. The receiver fits in perfectly and stays put during a ride and I can…"
Aug 25
piggy commented on Clare's blog post 'Things I have learned about the G4 after 3 months'
"Does anyone know if there is some type of anti glare item to use on the dexcom receiver so it can be seen better in the sunlight? Also if there is something to fix it to the handle bar of a bicycle? Thanks"
Aug 25
Clare commented on Rob's group 'Dexcom Users'
"Your Dexcom rep or CDE will probably insert the sensor horizontally on your abdomen. Personally I hated it on my stomach and now wear my sensor on the back of my arms and on my thighs. When first starting don't expect your sensor to perfectly…"
Aug 25
Clare replied to lh378's discussion 'alcohol swabs - glucometer,injection, vials, pens'
"If there is nothing else, then just wipe your hands on your clothes and hope for the best. Keep in mind that anything you have eaten or touched with your fingers could affect your readings."
Aug 15
Clare replied to lh378's discussion 'alcohol swabs - glucometer,injection, vials, pens'
"In 39 years I have never had an infection of any kind from injecting, pricking, poking, or filling syringes without the benefit of an alcohol prep.I wash my hands before I check my blood sugar. I do use an alcohol prep before I apply a new pod or a…"
Aug 15
Clare replied to Trev's discussion 'Pumping vs MDI - A Case for Both'
"I am now pumping after 38 years of MDI. The main reason I started pumping is my blood sugar was plummeting during exercise and I needed a way to turn the basal insulin off while playing racquetball or tennis or going for a bike ride. I chose an…"
Aug 15
Clare replied to nevada's discussion 'CGM in the cloud, nightscout, Pebble watch, #WeAreNotWaiting, oh my.....' in the group Dexcom Users
"This is an open source software. It entails hooking your Dexcom receiver via the USB port to an android phone which acts as an "uploader" to the cloud. From there your BG can be seen on any internet able device, including a pebble…"
Aug 15
Clare commented on Rob's group 'Dexcom Users'
"Yeah they're a very dedicated group of parents who are not waiting. This makes such a huge difference for when the kids go to school, camp, sleep overs, Grandmas house etc. Just having the peace of mind must be amazing."
Aug 3
Clare replied to A. Barney's discussion 'Long time pumper.... going back to injections?'
"That is what my endo suggested. But it is dictated by patient response. Some people can get away with one shot of levemir a day but others cannot."
Jul 31
Clare replied to A. Barney's discussion 'Long time pumper.... going back to injections?'
"Yes it comes in pens, however it does not come in 1/2 unit pens as far as I know."
Jul 31
Clare replied to A. Barney's discussion 'Long time pumper.... going back to injections?'
"Is there any way to get some kind of payment plan with your pump supplier ? If you have had the same pump for 12 years then you're obviously happy with the device, maybe if you talked to them they could make it easier to afford ? Or at least…"
Jul 30
Clare replied to A. Barney's discussion 'Long time pumper.... going back to injections?'
"I used both lantus and levemir - after using Lente for a couple of decades. I liked levemir better because it seemed to be a lot more even and although it required 2 injections a day, I didn't have dramatic lows which I did have with lantus.…"
Jul 30
cbaer replied to Clare's discussion 'Anyone willing to trade in their Dexcom G4 ?'
"MM would do themselves a great favor to get out of the CGM field and start a collaboration with Dexcom to transmit to the MM pump. I have been a MM pump user for the past 10 years and I am considering giving up on the MM pump and switch to Animus…"
Jul 30
Clare commented on Ioana's group 'Diving and Scuba Diving'
"Congrats on your certification. That is no small achievement. Enjoy your dives - and yes to the drysuit :)."
Jul 29

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, 6.1 5/14
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM, Diet and Exercise
What pump model do you use, if any?

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My Diaversary

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 9:14am 5 Comments

39 years ago today I was diagnosed 250.9 which in 1975 was the ICD (International Classification of Diseases) code for Diabetes with Unspecified Complications. I have tried desperately through the years not to allow D to define me, but the reality is though D does not define me, it has helped shape me and the person I have become. Without D would I be the same independent, confident, competitive woman I am ? Would I have made the same career choice, chosen the same mate ? As I mull these…


My first ride

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 3:48pm 13 Comments

I took my new bike out for its' first ride today. Some friends and I rode 23 miles through historic Lexington/Concord/Bedford and finished at Bertucci's for a lunch of salad and pasta. With the pump I was able to set a temp basal and managed to maintain my blood sugar between 100-150 throughout the ride. I can't even begin to say how happy this makes me. I fashioned a pretty good bike mount for my dexcom receiver so it was easy to see where my blood sugar was and where it was heading at any…


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.…


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At 6:36pm on July 7, 2014, Gail said…
Claire, you are definitely invited to my party! I picture huge chocolate fountains, great drinks, etc. It sure will be fun ... for at least one night. :-)
At 9:00am on July 3, 2014, Carol said…

Clare: Thank you so much for your message. We have such similar stories and experiences. Although, for me, I love my doctor and medical team and have been very lucky to part of the Gonda Diabetes Center at UCLA. They are fantastic!,but I too struggle with A1c's in the low 8's. I'm hoping the t:slim will help. Unfortunately, OmniPod did not work for me. My goal this month is to start a regular exercise program and I will definitely be looking to the community for some advice. I have always been active but now it is time to get serious.
What a wonderful welcome, -thank you all!!

At 2:29pm on June 29, 2014, Nicole said…

Thank you very much! I just did 5 miles today and started with a BG 156 once i was done i was 90- however i didnt stop half way through and eat/hydrate- my blood sugar at half point was 128 so i left it at that. I did cut my basal in half- since this morning after my run I have had 2 low BG's one was 42 and i came up to 187 the last was 58- so i feel i need some tweeking done before i go that far again.. I will look into Dicks Sporting goods also! Thank you for suggesting the other people- its very nice to have something like this website to rely on!

At 11:33am on June 29, 2014, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Clare: I left your name with a blogger Nicole:

For advice about the dexcom / Omnipod combination and marathons.


At 11:37am on June 23, 2014, MrSilver said…

Thanks Clare :)
If I relocate to a warmer climate I think I'm in for a huge adventure in the near future. Time will only tell if a blog is in the works or perhaps a work soft, play soft, less hectic life with my art work involved will be my new focus once I am resettled.

At 10:17pm on May 11, 2014, piggy said…

OK,I will check into it and get one.


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

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

At 6:15pm on March 21, 2014, Linda G said…

BRAVA on being a FEATURED MEMBER Clare!!

At 6:22pm on March 20, 2014, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

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

At 5:37am on March 20, 2014, SEAGATOR said…





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