Donna
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  • Coralville, IA
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Islet transplantation

Started this discussion. Last reply by rachel Dec 23, 2010. 61 Replies

I was one of 36 people selected to participate in the Canadian Edmonton Protocol at the University of Minnesota. I received two sets of islet (beta cell) transplants. I was insulin free for one year…Continue

 

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Donna replied to Anthea pena's discussion 'Bikram yoga & CGM'
"It looks like we might have covered the issue of practicing Bikram yoga and using a pump and CGM. We can. I hope you don't mind if I ask a related question. I would like to go swimming more often but found trying to wear the pump and the CGM…"
Apr 13
Donna replied to KellBell's discussion 'Medtronic 530g my first hand account'
"I,too, was told by my trainer (and Medtronic folk) that I only had to charge for 20 minutes! What goes here? I have started night time insertions, but do not start the pump connections that night. I set the appropriate pump connections when I…"
Apr 5
Donna replied to KellBell's discussion 'Medtronic 530g my first hand account'
"I am updating my experience with the Enlite CGM over the past four weeks. As a result of other users' suggestion, I placed the CGM in my uppper thighs rather than the gut area, and I am receiving better accuracy. The sensor still fails, at…"
Mar 25
Donna replied to KellBell's discussion 'Medtronic 530g my first hand account'
Mar 25
Donna replied to Kokoro's discussion 'Enlite Sensor woes...'
"I am curious about your choice of body sites. I have to ask a personal question, first. Are you slender? I ask because I do not have much body fat anywhere except my abdomen where there is more tissue available. I would like to try the thighs and…"
Feb 26
Donna replied to Kokoro's discussion 'Enlite Sensor woes...'
"You are not doing something wrong. It is the sensor that is not working right. Can you get one of the Medtronic nurses in your area to come to your house and work with you. If not, do you have a diabetes nurse. They often have insights about the…"
Feb 26
Donna replied to KellBell's discussion 'Medtronic 530g my first hand account'
"I, too, am having similar difficulties that you describe and I AM NOT PREGNANT! Some days the sensor readings are accurate and other days they are way off. I, too, have been in constant contact with Medtronic and each time, the rep tells me…"
Feb 26
Donna replied to Anthea pena's discussion 'Bikram yoga & CGM'
"Hi fellow Bikram yogi. I always use my upper hip area to attach the pump. I, too, found it difficult to keep the infusion site connected during Bikram yoga. Do you have poor control when you use that area? My physician actually recommended that site…"
Feb 4
Donna replied to Bella's discussion 'What was your last A1c reading?'
"THose A1c's are excellent. Keep up the good effort. It will make a difference with time. My doc is happy if I can keep mine 6.3 or lower, but that is difficult with my repeated hypoglycemic unawareness episodes."
Feb 4
Donna replied to Bella's discussion 'What was your last A1c reading?'
Feb 4
Donna replied to Spock's discussion 'Weak Signal Questions/ Minimed CGM'
"I am late getting a reply to you and you may already have an answer. My CGM had the same problem and it was only through good fortune that I learned from a nurse educator, who also has diabetes and uses a CGM, that the monitor was SHOT! It was not…"
Jan 21
Donna replied to Spock's discussion 'Weak Signal Questions/ Minimed CGM'
Jan 21
Donna replied to Spock's discussion 'Weak Signal Questions/ Minimed CGM'
Jan 21
Donna replied to Bella's discussion 'What was your last A1c reading?'
"I try to achieve an A1c of 6.0, but feel satisfied if it is 6.5 or so. If you experience repeated and significant low blood sugar events, as I do, it may be unrealistic to attempt a lower A1c. After having Type 1 for 50 years, I can say that I wish…"
Jan 21
Donna replied to kiddo8888's discussion 'MANY occurances of severe insulin shock = Disability??'
"I, too, suspect that experiencing years of hypoglycemic unawareness coupled with numerous low glucose events, have resulted in my having problems with my short-term memory, difficulty with concentrating, and just a general sense of "not being…"
Jan 21
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Jan 21

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How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
Not sure. Would like to share with others who deal with Type I diabetes. I feel alone with this disease most of the time because I do not know any one who has Type I DM
Date diagnosed
May 10, 1964
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
7
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump
What pump model do you use, if any?
Medtronic 522

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At 12:29am on January 10, 2014, rick phillips said…

Donna, Happy Birthday!!! Here is wishing you a wonderful and happy birthday. I hope the coming year will be full of blessings, joy and the wonderful love of family and friends.

At 5:07pm on June 20, 2013, Sam I am said…
Thank you so much! So great to find other diabetics that have had it as long as or longer tan me. I've never had tight control and any A1c under 9 is good for me. I thought it would get better after I got back on the insulin pump, but I still swing from high to low quite a bit. The CGM has helped a little. But even after being diabetic for over 30 years, I STILL forget to take insulin when I eat. You'd think it would be a no brainier but well....there you go.
Thanks for the note. I haven't really connected with anyone here and don't come by much unless I'm trying to research something I have heard or read about. --Sam
At 4:05pm on June 20, 2013, Stephaniebeth said…

Hi Donna! Thanks for adding me as a friend. It is wonderful to be able to connect with other people who have Type 1 diabetes,especially those like us who have had diabetes for 50 or more years. Have you ever been to Boston? You would probably enjoy seeing the world known Joslin Clinic here. And yes..we are "Boston Strong!" Keep in touch. Sincerely, Stephaniebeth

At 6:45pm on January 10, 2013, Linda G said…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DONNA!!
Best Wishes NOW....and for the rest of the year!
Have a GREAT "ME" DAY :)
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Hey, why don't you come join us in the TuD chat room?
You'll see us at the bottom of the home page.
We have a great time getting to know each other, sharing info and lots of laughs :)
It's on right now!
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At 3:50am on January 10, 2013, SEAGATOR said…

Happy,Happy Birthday,Donna. I wish for you a most wonderful day. Come back and see us, ENJOY!!!

At 4:25am on January 10, 2012, SEAGATOR said…

Happy,Happy Birthday,Donna. I wish for you a most wonderful day. ENJOY!!!

At 8:34pm on January 13, 2011, Lois said…
Donna:

Glad your plans to go to Guatemala caved in. You were where God wanted you to be ... both for your hubby and your daughter. Glad to hear all of you are doing fine now. Wanna waft some of those good vibes my way?

Anyway, thanks for giving me an update on your adventures.

Lois
At 3:18pm on January 10, 2011, Linda G said…
Greetings Donna....
Best Wishes on your Special Day....and on the next 364 days!
How's it all going? Do you have any questions or comments?
At 2:08pm on January 11, 2010, Lois said…
Donna:

Just curious .... what is taking you to Guatamala for that long? Mission work?

Lois
At 9:37pm on January 9, 2010, Lois said…
Donna:
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I'm a little early [in some time zones] and right on time in others. Well, my timing has not always been exactly perfect!!! Hope you have a wonderful birthday and a really happy, healthy and prospeous New Year!

Lois La Rose
Milwaukee, WI
 
 
 

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