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Clare's Discussions

This might prove to be useful

Started this discussion. Last reply by meee Apr 27, 2014. 1 Reply


Are pump algorithms really designed to achieve your target BG?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clare Mar 17, 2014. 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, 2014. 22 Replies those using an Omnipod Insulin Pump system, Abbott has…Continue


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Clare commented on rick the "Blogabetic"'s blog post 'Who Do You See When We Go To The Doctor'
"If I make an appointment with my endo, I see my endo. If I make an appointment with my CDE I see her. If I have an emergent problem and call my primary care doc, I'm perfectly happy to see the NP or my Doc. I usually find the NP spends more…"
Clare replied to Todd's discussion 'Omnipod and Dexcom software'
"Glad you like it David, you'll be even more amazed at the ability to see your Dex and Omnipod graphs on the same page. Good luck Friday, I'm sure you'll do fine."
Clare replied to ame e.'s discussion 'please list breakfasts you like that don't cause dramatic spikes in blood sugar'
"I hope they come out well. I'm having one for breakfast this morning. Psyllium husks are part of the seed of the plantago plant not wheat."
Jan 25
Clare replied to Todd's discussion 'Omnipod and Dexcom software'
"I have Harvard Pilgrim and they cover both Omnipod and Dexcom 100% without any co-pays. All I did was fill out the paperwork and have my PCP fax the forms to Dexcom they did all the rest of the work. Some insurance requires you to be hypoglycemic…"
Jan 24
Clare replied to ame e.'s discussion 'please list breakfasts you like that don't cause dramatic spikes in blood sugar'
"I made a batch last night and used bananas, walnuts, dried cranberries, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The fruit added come carbs making it 12 net grams instead of 4 but I had one as a snack last night and it was delicious toasted with some butter.…"
Jan 24
Clare replied to joey's discussion 'help I need a few spare sensor sites' in the group Dexcom Users
"Opsite flexifix is waterproof. Once it is applied you do not have to take it off until you are going to change your sensor."
Jan 23
Clare replied to Todd's discussion 'Omnipod and Dexcom software'
"Congratulations David, I have had T1 for 40 years and got the Dex first in Nov. 2012 and once Dex showed me how poorly I was managing on MDI I got an Omnipod in May 2013 (38 years after dx). Two of the best decisions I have made to control my D. I…"
Jan 22
Clare replied to Todd's discussion 'Omnipod and Dexcom software'
"David, the only cables needed are the ones that came with your Dex and Omnipod systems. There is nothing special to set up. You enter your own personal information and the serial numbers of your receiver and PDM and the program will take care of the…"
Jan 22
Clare replied to Todd's discussion 'Omnipod and Dexcom software'
"There is now a program available called Diasend which includes a downloader for just about every piece of D gear except for Medtronic. I routinely download both my Omnipod PDM and the Dexcom G4. It has some great reports that compile the data from…"
Jan 22
Clare replied to ame e.'s discussion 'please list breakfasts you like that don't cause dramatic spikes in blood sugar'
"The recipe is so malleable I don't think it matters much if you use psyllium husk powder or some other form of fiber - or use more flax. You may have to experiment to get the consistency you like but the basic recipe comes out tasting good…"
Jan 22
Clare replied to ame e.'s discussion 'please list breakfasts you like that don't cause dramatic spikes in blood sugar'
"Psyllium husk powder is completely gluten free. Hubby has not reacted to it at all and he is really sensitive. It's such a simple recipe and the net carb count is ~ 5 per roll…"
Jan 21
Clare replied to ame e.'s discussion 'please list breakfasts you like that don't cause dramatic spikes in blood sugar'
"Bagels are seriously my D kryptonite. It doesn't matter how I bolus for them, they always send me sky rocketing. So now I just avoid them entirely unless I am going on a very long bike ride. Here is a recipe I found recently that is completely…"
Jan 21
Clare replied to Annabella's discussion 'How big a difference between DEX and BG Meter' in the group Dexcom Users
"I calibrate Dex if it is more than 20% off from my fingerstick reading. It is rarely that far off but that is the recommendation of Dexcom so I follow it. I try to calibrate during periods of no change so when I first wake up in the morning or 3-4…"
Jan 20
Clare commented on Rob's group 'Dexcom Users'
"They'll replace it but it will cost you $199 ? I believe that is their one time deal if yours is lost, stolen or damaged. Sorry it looks a mess."
Jan 19
Clare replied to amwasmund's discussion 'Newly Pregnant and Terrified of high sugars'
"Congratulations ! My A1C when I got pregnant with my son in 1990 was 15. I was hospitalized for the first few days after finding out so the nurse educators could re-teach me all the stuff I had ignored when I was diagnosed 15 years prior. I got on…"
Jan 14
Clare commented on Rob's group 'Dexcom Users'
"I find Dex is most accurate first thing in the morning before I even get out of bed. That is why I test when I wake up and enter the calibration. It's usually within a few points. I always bring my PDM, Dex, and extra meter with me to my endo…"
Jan 6

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)
5.8 (12/14)
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM, Diet and Exercise
What pump model do you use, if any?

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Clinical Trials and swag

Posted on November 16, 2014 at 11:24am 2 Comments

I reported a year ago I had been accepted to participate in the ACT1VE clinical trial of a replacement C peptide hormone as a potential treatment for peripheral diabetic neuropathy. Every Monday morning for a year I injected myself with 0.3 ml of drug. Since I do not have any symptoms or pain from diabetic neuropathy, I still have no idea whether or not I got the drug or placebo. But I finished the trial a couple of weeks ago and will find out once all the data has been tabulated. There were…


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…


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At 4:28pm on November 19, 2014, Harmeet C said…

Thanks Clare! The site is addictive!!

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.




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