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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
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Support and common experiences
Date diagnosed
July 26, 1992
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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), recently returned to school full time for a degree in Health Care Administration.

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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


If you have a Twitter account and you are touched by diabetes, join this group.See More
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 replied to Brandie's discussion 'Problems with Animas Insets' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I never had that happen, but I would definitely call Animas if I were you. At the very least they need to make a note of what lot/batch the Inset was from. And they'll probably replace it for you :)"
Apr 7, 2012
Kari commented on Josh F's blog post 'Feeling loss'
"Josh, I understand the feelings you are going through. I went from no signs of retinopathy to severe proliferative in the blink of an eye (no pun intended) and then I freaked out, lowered my A1c, and made it worse for myself...and almost overnight I…"
Apr 7, 2012
Kari replied to Santiago Jimenez's discussion 'Type 1 Apps for Android'
"I also use this (the paid one)"
Apr 7, 2012
Kari liked Emily Coles's video
Apr 6, 2012
Kari left a comment for No-Sugar Added® Poetry
"My test strip haiku: Test strip confetti Used test strips everywhere now Look, they’re stuck to me!"
Apr 6, 2012
Kari replied to LiL MaMa's discussion 'Low Blood Sugar After Site Changes'
"This is what I was going to say too :)"
Apr 3, 2012
Kari replied to TheOneType's discussion 'expired test strips'
"They are usually fine - the expiration date is over-dramatized by the companies who produce the strips because they want you to buy more and more. To be safe, when using them, I'd check one with the control solution first to make sure you get…"
Mar 31, 2012
Kari replied to Chris's discussion 'Diet (carb) compliance and the diabetics you know IRL (in real life; a.k.a. not just online)'
"To pick out one part of what you said.....you think people who eat pizza or ice cream or whatever aren't in control, or aren't trying hard to control their diabetes? Hmmm. That's sort of jumping to conclusions about people, IMO. SOME…"
Mar 29, 2012
Kari replied to MyBustedPancreas's discussion 'What is Your Max Basal Rate?'
"Note: 26 year old woman with normal BMI. I have some insulin resistance (or so my CDE insists)"
Mar 28, 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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