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Kari's Discussions

How do kids react to your insulin pump?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott E Sep 7, 2011. 6 Replies

This is my third year teaching. The past two years I've taught first grade, and haven't explained my insulin pump to my students. When asked what it was I just said something like 'don't worry about…Continue

Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

Started this discussion. Last reply by acidrock23 Jun 27, 2011. 4 Replies

Is anyone else watching the episode tonight about LaRhonda and getting more and more peeved every time Chris says 'I don't want you to think of your mother as diabetic' or 'I don't want you to think…Continue

Gluten Free...I need help!

Started this discussion. Last reply by s6954118 Jul 15, 2011. 11 Replies

I need help in understanding what is and isn't ok to eat in a gluten free diet. Reading articles online isn't helping a lot....some list ingredients that none of the other articles mention. If I go…Continue


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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?
Support and common experiences
Date diagnosed
July 23, 1992
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM
What pump model do you use, if any?
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Type 1 diabetic since July of 1992. I work and play in the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin. (I also live there with my husband and our bunny.)

I'm an ex-teacher (1st grade for two years, kindergarten for one year), back in school full time for a degree in Health Care Administration.

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Kari replied to Jake's discussion 'Found at my local Target. Up and Up BG meter powered by Wavesense' in the group WaveSense Users
"They now also carry a rebranded Jazz at Target, which Target calls their 'premium' meter. It too is a bright red. They actually have a fantastic patient assistance program on the strips for the premium/Jazz meter (but not, as far as I…"
Sep 20
Kari joined Manny Hernandez's group

WaveSense Users

For users of WaveSense Keynote, Presto and Jazz glucose meters.
Sep 20
Kari replied to mtulchin's discussion 'Survey - Is insurance covering your Dexcom device?' in the group Dexcom Users
"I have BCBS of Kentucky (though I live in WI) and my Dexcom is treated like any other DME....covered at 80% through in-network providers, after I've met my family deductible. I was pleasantly surprised that it was approved immediately - I did…"
Sep 20
Kari replied to mtulchin's discussion 'Survey - Is insurance covering your Dexcom device?' in the group Dexcom Users
"This is likely a problem with Edgepark (is that who you use? I see them mentioned above) - they FAR overcharge/mark up and they are bad at getting insurance info correct. I will NEVER use them again, as long as I live. I can never understand why…"
Sep 20
Kari joined Rob's group

Dexcom Users

For users of a Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring ("CGM") deviceJust as a reminder with the recent release of the new Dexcom G4 to the US market--it is NOT okay to post about previous models or older sensors as being 'for sale' on this site.It is a violation of the Terms of Use because it is a prescription device, and any such efforts will unfortunately be removed.We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association (…See More
Sep 20
Kari replied to frostynurse's discussion 'G4 receiver dead'
"The transmitter (little gray piece) is warrantied for 6 months - at that point the battery may start to go. The receiver (piece you are talking about) is warrantied for 12 months - at that point the rechargeable battery in it may start to lose…"
Sep 20
Kari replied to mlcarey's discussion 'New to Pumping'
"The fact that you are rising (and then rising, and rising some more) through the night definitely sounds like your basal is wrong. Continue to make small adjustments as needed. Keep in mind that if you start seeing a rise at 10pm you want to start…"
Sep 20
Kari replied to Sam Iam's discussion 'Why can't you buy pump supplies at pharmacies?'
"Yeah, but to be fair.......DME suppliers like Edgepark mark things up like 300-400% over cost of supplies directly from manufacturer. And insurance companies contract with THEM....."
Sep 19
Kari replied to Alyssa's discussion 'Dexcom adhesion issues'
"I also use skin tac, but it often isn't enough. Lately I use Opsite Flexifix on each sensor as well, and I can get 2 weeks out of each sensor (I could probably go longer, but I pull them because I tend to get itchy rashes if I go much beyond 2…"
Sep 19
Kari replied to meee's discussion 'Urine Testing Question'
"I only get it done once a year. How is your control/what is your A1c? My A1c (between 5.5 and 6.1 for the past 3+ years) and no former indication of any kidney issues at all are the reasons my dr. only checks this annually. If you have a high A1c…"
Mar 6
Kari replied to Suzanne's discussion 'Supplies and best place to order from'
"I do not recommend Edgepark - I absolutely hate them. I blogged about it, and received many comments from others who had similar experiences http://delightfullydiabetic.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/why-i-think-edgepark-medical-supplies-sucks/"
Mar 5
Sai left a comment for Kari
"Hi there, how are you doing? Just wanted to say hi to all my friends on TUD. Logging in after a long time :)"
Jul 18, 2013
Kari replied to Jenna470's discussion 'Seeking Advice wuth Diabetes and Personal Relationship!'
"First off, can I ask why children are now out of the question? I put myself through something similar from the ages of 18-21, I had A1c between 10 and 14 all that time. I was diagnosed with retinopathy and got scared....as I began my laser…"
Mar 14, 2013
Kari replied to Gary Z's discussion 'What is your twitter account?' in the group Twitterbetics
"Twitter account: thatdiabeticgrl"
Mar 8, 2013
Kari joined Manny Hernandez's group


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Mar 8, 2013
Kari joined Jigga's group

Tandem T:Slim Users

New insulin pump from Tandem, the T:Slim touch screen insulin pump. Please note: the exchange, sale or giveaway of items between members that require a prescription from a licensed practitioner, including insulin pumps and pump supplies, is not allowed on TuDiabetes.We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association and Insulin for…See More
Mar 8, 2013
Kari replied to earthling's discussion 'DMV disclosure, yes or no?'
"In WI the question is something like 'Have you lost consciousness due to one of the following conditions in the past 6 months?' with a list of things, including diabetes. I can safely say no. There are no other health questions, so at this…"
Jun 16, 2012
VikkiToria left a comment for Kari
May 30, 2012
Kari replied to Santiago Jimenez's discussion 'Type 1 Apps for Android'
"The paid version of Glucool has a calculator for that :)"
Apr 9, 2012
Josh F commented on Kari's blog post 'Doctors and their assistants who make assumptions....'
"I love this post. Even at Beetham eye institute I am amazed how weird their questions are for someone who has been going there since the 80's."
Apr 8, 2012

Kari's Blog

Total Career Change

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 9:58am 3 Comments

Well, many of you know that I'm a teacher. In Wisconsin. Yeah, enough said :) (I'm sure you've all heard about the political stuff affecting teachers in WI, on the news...)

For many reasons, some of them political, but many of them centered around philosophy and my own stress levels....I've decided to make a total career change. After this school year (my third teaching), I will be leaving the field and going back to school full-time to earn a B.S. in Healthcare Administration w/ a…


If Anyone Wants to Do the ADA Step Out Walk in Milwaukee....

Posted on October 9, 2011 at 10:03am 0 Comments

I started a "Team Red' for Milwaukee, because there wasn't one yet. This means anyone with diabetes, or someone who cares about a person with diabetes, can join the team. (It's sort of the 'team for people without a team', or for those who don't want to start their own.) If you live in the area and want to do the walk (this coming Saturday at 9am on the Milwaukee Riverwalk) and don't yet have a team, feel free to register yourself and any loved ones as members of Team Red.…



Posted on May 29, 2011 at 4:00pm 4 Comments

Sometimes I wonder if there are other PWD out there who have an intense fear of food poisoning, like I have.


delightfullydiabetic: Excellent

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 8:03pm 3 Comments

...today I experienced hands-down the BEST blood sugar day I’ve had in a month…


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At 6:12am on July 18, 2013, Sai said…

Hi there, how are you doing? Just wanted to say hi to all my friends on TUD. Logging in after a long time :)

At 6:49am on May 30, 2012, VikkiToria said…

At 10:29am on January 9, 2012, Robyn said…

Happy Birthday!!

At 5:28am on January 9, 2012, SEAGATOR said…

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

At 9:37am on December 10, 2011, Robyn said…

I think I am going to hole off on the Doc wanting to go in and "Clear" it for me. I will wait it out for another month. Thanks honey and have a good weekend. xo

At 7:58pm on December 9, 2011, Robyn said…

Hi Honey....? for you and I know you have already mentioned this but I cant read through the thread, How long after your vitrectomy until your eye even slightly became clear? Mine is still thick waxed paper like, no vision just images and color. I am getting a bit concerned. Thank you for all of your support by the wau, love to you. xo

At 7:58pm on November 4, 2011, Robyn said…
Thanks Doll.
At 7:21pm on October 14, 2011, Robyn said…
xo Thank You
At 7:32pm on July 12, 2011, Kain said…
I had no idea that angels posted on the TUD boards Kari (un ange de beauté).

I noticed your twitter mentions issues with retinopathy, that is an area in which i’ve also have trouble. My eyes are damn terrible these days, and yet any eye scans i’ve had return as positive, now i’m confused as to wheher the problem is inlaid with Diabetes at all whilst my mind says it is. How have you fared in this area ?

At 12:47pm on April 26, 2011, Bella Ash said…
hi kari thanks for accepting my request



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