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David (dns)'s Discussions

The Hall of Fame

Started this discussion. Last reply by David (dns) Aug 20. 17 Replies

This is meant to be a roll of individuals each of whom has made a major contribution to the understanding and/or treatment of diabetes mellitus, and whose work has stood the test of time. In other…Continue

Has TuDiabetes Changed Your Life?

Started this discussion. Last reply by beechbeard Jun 9. 13 Replies

Simple question, but I suspect there will be as many answers as there are responders. Are your numbers better? Are your relationships different? Your mental equilibrium? How would you be different if…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Zoe Jun 6. 12 Replies

Often, someone with diabetes will choose to conceal the fact from friends and even some family members. There are reasons why people do that, but that’s not the subject here. My question is, rather,…Continue

Tags: family, TuDiabetes, community

Not A Big, Earth-shaking Question, But I'm Curious What Others Do

Started this discussion. Last reply by Linda Apr 28. 44 Replies

Do you have a preferred brand of alcohol swabs? Or do you not care and just grab the least expensive ones available?Continue


Certe, Toto, sentio nos in Kansate no iam adesse.

Latest Activity

David (dns) commented on rick the "Blogabetic"'s blog post 'How are the holes in your boat?'
"Someone told me to read this because (she said) "it's a home run." She was mistaken. It's a grand slam."
3 hours ago
David (dns) replied to Matti's discussion 'Blood sugar and insulin discussions from non-diabetics'
"In my experience most (nearly all) restaurants will substitute veggies for a starch, and seldom even ask why. My wife requests it all the time, and she isn't even PWD."
David (dns) commented on rick the "Blogabetic"'s blog post 'Yelling Fire in a crowded Theater'
"Agree totally. There is nothing -- nothing -- constructive about the internecine bickering that goes on. Until the diabetes community learns to speak with a single voice, we will never have the recognition, the support, or the clout that other…"
David (dns) replied to Matti's discussion 'Blood sugar and insulin discussions from non-diabetics'
"When someone makes a remark like that potato comment to me, I ask them, as sincerely and un-sarcastically as I can, to remind me once again where they went to medical school?"
David (dns) commented on jesikabeth's blog post 'Bloodwork Came Back'
"Well, you are definitely beta-cell-challenged. Sounds like you have a good doc, though -- one who's willing to go to bat for you. Good luck navigating the bureaucratic minefield!"
David (dns) replied to lh378's discussion 'pros and cons of Omni Pod or conventional insulin pump'
"One of my bosses had a sign on his office wall: "Don't be afraid to ask dumb questions, they're much easier to handle than dumb mistakes." The truth is, there are no dumb questions (except the ones that don't get asked.)…"
David (dns) replied to Lil~Bit's discussion 'New to diabetes and frustrated'
"Just piling on . . . it is vital to get a correct diagnosis. Many doctors were taught in school that only kids get T1 and only adults get T2. Nowadays we know this is utter nonsense, but thousands of doctors continue to apply the rule automatically,…"
David (dns) commented on Cody Turner's blog post 'gastroparesis'
"YDMV. "Your Diabetes May Vary". Actually, it should read YDWV (will vary). First, it's true that tight control does not mean no complications. For most people, it means a lot fewer complications, and slower developing. That's not…"
David (dns) replied to jnick303's discussion 'Just started Humalog and...'
"The so-called "sliding scale" is obsolete nonsense. Think about it. To take a set amount of insulin based on what your blood sugar was before eating is to assume that a salad will have the same effect as a chocolate cake. How absurd. As…"
David (dns) replied to lh378's discussion 'food scale'
"There are several such scales on the market. The one I use is the EatSmart. It works as Amy describes above -- you enter the code for the food item and it gives you a readout showing weight, protein, carbs, etc. I don't take it with me when I…"
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David (dns) replied to dishers's discussion 'Doctor still in the dark ages' in the group OmniPod Users
"Sorry you're having to deal with this. The medical system has enough hoops they make you jump through without having to pile on this kind of nonsense. Good luck navigating the minefield! We're pulling for you. :)"
Aug 26
David (dns) replied to dishers's discussion 'Doctor still in the dark ages' in the group OmniPod Users
"Misdiagnosis is widespread and unconscionable. I have inveighed against it at length elsewhere so I won't repeat it here. The "only children get T1 and only adults get T2" belief is deeply entrenched and skates very close to the…"
Aug 26
David (dns) commented on swebery's blog post 'soo.'
"Buckley, So the answer to being low is not to adjust your insulin dosage, but instead to eat gargantuan amounts of carbohydrate every day??? You might find the following interesting: http://www.tudiabetes.org/forum/topics/top-10-reasons-why-diabetics"
Aug 26
David (dns) commented on Tiki's blog post 'My Eyes, Your Hands'
"Wow is the word, all right. :)"
Aug 26
David (dns) commented on swebery's blog post 'soo.'
"The part of your post that resonates most powerfully for me is "i dont actually have any diabetic friends in real life" That, more than any other single thing, is why this community exists. We hear that comment -- or one like it -- daily.…"
Aug 26

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At 5:28pm on May 24, 2014, Scott K. Johnson said…

Thanks so much, David! I'm glad you enjoyed the diabetes hope conference! Always open for feedback on making it better for next year. Wishing you all the best!

At 5:33am on April 14, 2014, Lloyd said…

Marshall was built in the 1920's as a jr-sr high school. It was on the edge of dinkytown, which borders the U of Minn campus. My class, the class of '68, was the smallest and last class. The school merged with University HS, a much smaller non-secular HS about 6 blocks away in an attempt to keep a viable school. That lasted 15 years, then it became an office building for about 20 years. Steam heat, huge windows, no ac, it must have taken a lot of remodeling to be used for business.

At 10:03pm on April 13, 2014, Lloyd said…

The picture is my high school (John Marshall) in Minneapolis. It was demolished last year, It came up in chat.


At 3:59pm on March 7, 2014, Corinna said…

Congratulations David. Welcome to the admin team and thanks for officially taking on the task of helping folks out.

At 2:11pm on March 5, 2014, Lilli D said…
You will make a wonderful member of the admin team, congrats David!
At 11:02pm on March 4, 2014, swisschocolate said…

So glad you joined the admin team, you are gonna do a fabulous job!!!

At 9:55pm on March 4, 2014, Judith in Portland said…

Oh my---So glad you will "have our backs" as part of our great Admin team!.....Blessings...Judith in Portland

At 5:47am on March 4, 2014, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Hey congrats on being named administrator David. Tear em up Dude.


At 11:49pm on March 3, 2014, Melitta said…

Congrats, David, on becoming a member of the admin team! Our beloved Barbara is thanking you from on high. We'll thank you down here.

At 10:23pm on March 3, 2014, Mari said…

Thank you for volunteering David! You'll be a great administer!

Profile Information

The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 2 diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
Ideas, feedback, motivation, emotional support, shared experience, comic relief.
Date diagnosed
June 1, 1995
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
5.6 -- April 2014
Type of treatment/devices you use
Oral, Shots, Diet and Exercise
Tell us more about you (optional)
Lifelong bookworm. Avid student of history. Love to cook [and diabetic -- isn't that ironic? Like Beethoven going deaf]. Deeply involved in my community -- Rotary, Urban Renewal committee, Planning Commission, etc. We live in the midst of some of the richest farm land anywhere. An hour from the coast, an hour from the city, and smack in the middle of wine country. Superb quality food sources right on the doorstep.

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David (dns)'s Blog

A Non-PWD Who's Sick of Hearing About Someone Else's Diet

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 12:28pm 3 Comments

The link below


Isn't exactly your typical blog. In fact, it isn't a blog at all. It's the online version of an advice column that is also syndicated in real old-fashioned print newspapers. But the situation being described is one that is eerily familiar . . . .

Yet Another Mainstream Media Polemic on the Diabetes Epidemic

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 11:44am 1 Comment

USA today ran a story today (Monday, May 5) concerning the diabetes epidemic among the young. It's the same old same old: the growth rates of both T1 and T2 are through the roof, and obesity causes T2.

Too bad it doesn't cause T1, also; how convenient that would be for all the soi-disant "experts".

See the USA Today story here.

The Known Facts About Diabetes

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:00am 15 Comments

WARNING: This blog is rated "S" for heavy use of sarcasm and irony. This material may offend some readers. Parental discretion is strongly advised.

Here are the principal established facts about diabetes.

1. Diabetes is not the major public health issue that zealots would have us believe it is. Heart disease, kidney disease, and blindness are far more serious problems.



This Is Getting Old!

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 9:29am 4 Comments

For the second time in less than a week, I must say goodbye to a friend.

Bob Dornhecker passed away suddenly Friday night. Bob was a husband, a parent, a respected member of the community, and a genuinely good man. And oh yes, one other thing: a Type 1 diabetic who lived a full, rich life and had a 75 year Joslin medal to prove it.

I met Bob through my wife, who volunteers several days a week at the local retirement village. (I wrote a blog about at the time. You can read it…




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