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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 Diane's discussion 'Blue Cross/ Blue Shield PPO & Animas Ping in Nevada'
"Call BC/BS - ask for all the names of all the DME companies they contract with. Call every company and ask if they sell Animas supplies. I would also call and ask to speak to a supervisor at Animas. Something isn't adding up here - I know…"
Feb 9
Kari replied to duckatect's discussion 'R insulin in t-slim' in the group Tandem T:Slim Users
"The pump was only trialed for FDA approval with Novolog and Humalog so by law they can only recommend those two insulins. There have been no trials using R insulin in the pump so they can't say 'yes it will work'...because if it…"
Jan 16
Kari replied to GrumpyChick's discussion 'Tslim prescription in other countries???' in the group Tandem T:Slim Users
"As for the RX, doctors in your country may not be able to prescribe medical devices not allowed by customs/gov't regulations. Again, it's all red tape that isn't necessarily fair to you...but that's sort of how it is everywhere.…"
Jan 16
Kari replied to GrumpyChick's discussion 'Tslim prescription in other countries???' in the group Tandem T:Slim Users
"Honestly, if they don't have a license to export medical devices into the country you are in, they likely CAN'T do it. Also, many countries have to approve medical devices and it costs a lot of money for a medical device company to file…"
Jan 16
Kari replied to Jacob's mom's discussion 'Questions about 16 year old son, job, college ....'
"Honestly, I would think that an employer who refuses to call 911 can be sued for THAT, not for workman's comp.... if someone needs 911, they need 911. Refusing to call could harm them further. And firing someone for taking an ambulance?…"
Jan 16
Kari replied to Alisha's discussion 'Lows and how to treat them'
"Have you ever been tested for gastroparesis? I was having the same symptoms (treat a low....nothing happens sometimes for even an hour or more, so I keep treating, then I am super high later...) and it ends up I have gastroparesis (essentially: slow…"
Jan 16
Kari replied to Robyn's discussion 'How many Test Strips do you use in 1 month? Just Curious.'
"I used to test 250 times a month. Now that I have a CGM it's more like 120 times a month."
Jan 16
Kari replied to mohe0001's discussion 'What do you think of this new 'Double Diabetic' classification for type 1s with insulin resistance?'
"I hate docs who say 'you take too much insulin'. There is no 'right dose'....the right amount is however much YOU need to control your blood sugar levels! Some people are insulin resistant, some aren't....so what? My…"
Jan 16
Kari replied to Sue's discussion 'Endo says that any A1C under 7 is ok'
"And this would be the point at which I would nicely nod along with the endo but go ahead and do my own thing and make my own adjustments and keep myself on track where I want to be. My endo was worried because I was having lows and my A1c was in the…"
Jan 16
Kari replied to Ryan H's discussion 'A terrifying rant, looking for similarities'
"I have been hospitalized for DKA a few times. Anywhere from one day to three days in the hospital and then I'd be weak and not feel too well for another day or two."
Jan 16
Kari replied to Jacob's mom's discussion 'Questions about 16 year old son, job, college ....'
"I have always disclosed my diabetes at a job-site, after being hired. I just say 'I want people to know in case I need assistance' and leave it at that unless they have questions. Where I am right now everyone is very supportive and want…"
Jan 16
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, 2014
Kari joined Manny Hernandez's group

WaveSense Users

For users of WaveSense Keynote, Presto and Jazz glucose meters.
Sep 20, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014

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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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