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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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Latest Activity

Clare replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Try DOCTO' in the group TuDiabetes Beta-Tester Team
"I sent an email to them but have not heard back."
5 hours ago
Clare commented on Mike Campana's group 'Cycling Diabetics'
"I agree Kevin, I use RoadID as well. Very responsive company and good quality product. I have a couple of them now with different colored bands to match my bike or mood."
19 hours ago
Clare replied to Adele's discussion 'Insulin and periods' in the group Diabetes and Women
"Hi Adele, when I was diagnosed I lost a lot of weight and missed 2 or 3 cycles. I was 14 and had been very regular up to that point. The endo said as soon as I gained some weight and got my blood sugar in line it would come back and she was…"
Clare commented on MelissaBL's blog post 'Comparing ALL the Insulin Pumps!'
"It is a nice compilation of the various pros and cons of the vast array of pumps available. There were a few things that bothered me about it. When you write "a number of users report" there is no indication of how many users actually…"
Clare replied to Suzan's discussion 'silly to decorate sensor' in the group Dexcom Users
"Some people I know use nail decals to decorate their sensors. I haven't tried that myself but I have seen some really pretty pics."
Dec 10
Clare updated their profile
Dec 9
Clare replied to joey's discussion 'help I need a few spare sensor sites' in the group Dexcom Users
"My very first sensor lasted 17 days and the single sensor I had last less than 7 days was replaced happily by Dexcom. I have been using Dex since Nov. 2012 and every sensor has been on anywhere from 10-29 days. I don't like the insertion…"
Dec 9
Clare replied to Linny's discussion 'DEXCOM and A1C' in the group Dexcom Users
"Congratulations that is amazing. Take some credit yourself - dex is a great tool but you are the one putting in the work. Pat yourself on the back and I hope you can get the Omnipod approved the combination has really helped me."
Dec 9
Clare replied to niccolo's discussion 'why don't we inject insulin intravenously?'
"The only time I have ever had IV insulin was when I was in labor with my son in 1990. The OB had instructed the nurses to do blood sugar checks every hour and start IV insulin to keep me under 100 throughout labor. I labored for 17 hours and they…"
Dec 5
Clare commented on Danny's group 'FLATLINERS CLUB'
"Wow Terry I'm glad I'm not the only one :) Do you always trust Dex for lows ? As a general rule I check and make sure Dex is accurate. Your treatment initially should have been adequate especially the almond butter for the slow burn. I…"
Dec 5
Clare replied to Sarah's discussion 'Bolus after meals'
"I didn't even know they still made 12 mm needles ouch ! Managing this is too complicated to begin with, start adding in IM shots and glucosurfing and I would have no time to actually work for a living and pay for all my expensive gadgets.…"
Dec 4
Clare commented on Rob's group 'Dexcom Users'
"He has a FB page called The Power Within. Every day there are useful posts about D. And he is the guru of getting the most out of Dex."
Dec 2
Clare replied to laura's discussion 'Cussing at your receiver!' in the group Dexcom Users
"You're welcome Ruthe, it's one of those annoying things I wish my Dexcom trainer had told me to begin with - I taught my CDE this feature as well. Sleep well :)."
Nov 25
Clare replied to laura's discussion 'Cussing at your receiver!' in the group Dexcom Users
"Glad I could help. I still find Dex is slow to recover from lows even with the newer software update. If I have treated a low and Dex is still yelling at me I usually just shut it down for 15-20 minutes so I don't over treat the low."
Nov 25
Clare replied to laura's discussion 'Cussing at your receiver!' in the group Dexcom Users
"If you would like to extend the time between warnings on your receiver go to: Alerts,Advanced, high snooze or low snooze. You can set the snooze to zero or as high as 300 minutes. This is the amount of time you would like between alarms. I have both…"
Nov 25
Clare commented on Danny's group 'FLATLINERS CLUB'
"Thanks Terry and yes, I have tried all sorts of pre-bolus tactics and in general I always walk a couple of miles after breakfast and lunch. Today I had tennis before a late afternoon snack.It's too cold to cycle in the winter but I am on the…"
Nov 22

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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