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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 replied to ANTONIA RETMAN's discussion '1st day and not sure what to think' in the group Dexcom Users
"112 to 133 is not really "way off". In fact it falls within the 20% rule of most meters and Dex. The first 24 hours of a sensor are in my experience the least accurate but as the sensor "marinates" and you calibrate it does get…"
11 hours ago
Clare replied to KevinS's discussion 'How long do you where your sensor?' in the group Dexcom Users
"I wear my sensor until it is no longer accurate or it starts to drop readings or goes to ??? . Usually I get at least 3 weeks from a sensor, my record so far is 29 days. I use Opsite Flexifix from the first day to help keep it secure. I agree with…"
11 hours ago
Clare commented on A. McIntosh's blog post 'DEXCOM G4 PLATINUM sensor (CGM)'
"I swap it out once I see either a lot more ??? or missed readings or those that are way off from my meter. My last couple have been accurate right on day 26 and then just stopped giving any readings."
Clare commented on A. McIntosh's blog post 'DEXCOM G4 PLATINUM sensor (CGM)'
"I use Opsite Flexifix as well. I bought a roll of 4 inch wide tape in November 2012 when I got the Dexcom and I still have some left so a little goes a long way. My sensors last 3-4 weeks on average and I am a gym rat. I don't wear them on my…"
Clare commented on rick the "Blogabetic"'s blog post 'Driving in Reverse'
"Great blog rick, I really enjoyed reading it. I too moved in reverse or stood still for a very long time. Joining here and continuing to constantly learn new things has helped me keep my "car", my life, and now my bike moving forward."
Clare commented on Rob's group 'Dexcom Users'
"They were the Borg Collective. Maybe we could come up with our own Diborg Collective ? Or maybe the Diborg Collection - featuring pimped pods and decorated transmitters. I've seen some incredibly artistic work making these pieces of technology…"
Sep 11
Clare replied to Nik's discussion 'Blood Donations'
"That is exactly what happens. Your A1C is "artificially" lowered. Since an A1C is a measure of glycosylation over months once 10% of your total blood volume is removed your body has to replace it with new "un-glycosylated" blood."
Sep 10
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Sep 9
jimi liked Clare's blog post Thank you Omnipod, Dexcom, tuD
Sep 9
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Thank you Omnipod, Dexcom, tuD

I went for a visit with my nurse educator at the Joslin today. After teaching her everything I have learned over the last 6 months and giving her some Opsite Flexifix for her patients' sensors I got my A1C done. Drum roll please it was 5.5 ! Nice to see the hard work paying off not only from the number but also from how I feel and having the energy to ride in the Harbor to the Bay (Boston Harbor to Provincetown)charity bike ride in a couple of weeks. Wish me luckSee More
Sep 9
Clare is attending Emily Coles's event

Live interview with Gary Scheiner, CDE at TuDiabetes homepage

September 9, 2014 from 1pm to 2pm
This event already happened.  Enjoy the recording!Gary is a certified diabetes educator, insulin-pump and continuous glucose monitor user and trainer, and Masters-level exercise physiologist.  He serves on the advisory boards of several diabetes device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies; volunteers for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Diabetes Exercise & Sports…See More
Sep 9
Clare replied to John11's discussion 'New a1C number 5.6 !!!!!!!!'
"Congratulations that is an awesome drop from 15.3 especially so quickly. I found the Dexcom/Omnipod combo helped me dramatically lower my A1C but I was dxed in 1975 so I am long past my honeymoon phase if I ever actually had one. Keep up the good…"
Sep 9
Clare replied to Nik's discussion 'Blood Donations'
"Yes I have donated blood. In Massachusetts a PWD who has not ever used beef insulin and who is in good control can donate blood. I am currently participating in a clinical drug trial which precludes me from donating, but I will as soon as the trial…"
Sep 7
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."
Aug 31
Clare replied to A. Barney's discussion 'T1 Livabetik T2 Diabetic'
"formerly known as Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus or IDDM"
Aug 26
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

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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, 5.5 9/14
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM, Diet and Exercise
What pump model do you use, if any?

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Thank you Omnipod, Dexcom, tuD

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 12:46pm 1 Comment

I went for a visit with my nurse educator at the Joslin today. After teaching her everything I have learned over the last 6 months and giving her some Opsite Flexifix for her patients' sensors I got my A1C done. Drum roll please it was 5.5 ! Nice to see the hard work paying off not only from the number but also from how I feel and having the energy to ride in the Harbor to the Bay (Boston Harbor to Provincetown)charity bike ride in a couple of weeks. Wish me luck

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…


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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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