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KariC replied to Marisa English's discussion 'Pump problem: "NO DELIVERY"' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"I know how you feel! I HATED being told it is my fault when i've done everything they asked and more countless times, with no results. One time a girl told me that maybe my needle was too long in my "Sure-T" set-- so she sent me…"
Jan 2
KariC joined Brian's group
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Nov 23, 2013
KariC replied to Ali's discussion 'Pump Vacation???'
"I'm glad I found this. I have only been on the pump for 7 years (diabetic for 16 years), but am asking my doctor about a pump vacation on Monday. I'm just so sick of the technical errors, and the "No delivery" buzzes in the…"
Nov 23, 2013
KariC replied to Marisa English's discussion 'Pump problem: "NO DELIVERY"' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"I know this is an old thread-- but maybe someone is still reading this? I can vent and get some insight, hopefully? So, I get this problem ALL the time, and I go through countless supplies. I even go as far as using a new bottle of insulin. I called…"
Nov 19, 2013
KariC replied to Lori Veliquette's discussion 'Skin Rash from Infusion Sets' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"I know this chain was awhile ago--- but I get the same problem. I used Sof-set for 2-3 years then developed an allergy. Right now, the best thing for me is using Sure-T on my leg. It is a pain having to try so many different ways. I just am afraid…"
Sep 30, 2013
KariC joined Manny Hernandez's group
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Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users

For users of any model of the Medtronic Minimed Paradigm 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…See More
Sep 30, 2013
KariC and andrea are now friends
Sep 30, 2013
Type1Mel replied to KariC's discussion 'First Pregnancy-- TWINS!' in the group Oh! BABY!!!
"Hi Kari, First of all congrats! That is so exciting I am now 3 months pregnant and was unplanned and in the beginning it will be hard to control your sugars. I am still in the 200s atleast once daily. Just keep checking and correcting and eat the…"
Aug 13, 2013
KariC replied to KariC's discussion 'C-Section Tips??' in the group Oh! BABY!!!
"Oh yeah! I was in it a diagnosis too. I had no back pain that particular time. But when i was 19 I went into it again-- I thought I was going to die. Weird though, at diagnosis my BS was 750 (yikes!!) -- and the DKA when I was 19 my sugar was 490ish…"
Jan 28, 2013
Kristin replied to KariC's discussion 'C-Section Tips??' in the group Oh! BABY!!!
"I was in ketoacidosis at diagnosis, but didn't have any back pain!"
Jan 28, 2013
KariC replied to KariC's discussion 'C-Section Tips??' in the group Oh! BABY!!!
"Thanks everyone! I was happy to have stories to read-- and I am at peace now! haha. At least the C-Section will be planned. Random question-- not really related-- but any of you ever have ketoacidosis? When I did my back was KILLING me, seriously,…"
Jan 28, 2013
Heather replied to KariC's discussion 'C-Section Tips??' in the group Oh! BABY!!!
"I've had two c-sections. The first time after a long labor and my baby wouldn't engage so I ended up with my first c. The second time was scheduled. I did wear my pump the second c-section but I had to sign a release form the endo gave me…"
Jan 24, 2013
SS replied to KariC's discussion 'C-Section Tips??' in the group Oh! BABY!!!
"Hi, I had an unplanned Csection after many of hours of labor, and recently a planned Csection. The planned one was a LOT more 'pleasant' than the unplanned one because with the unplanned, I wound up having the shakes during surgery and for…"
Jan 24, 2013
vSPROUTv liked KariC's discussion C-Section Tips??
Jan 24, 2013
lizzistardust replied to KariC's discussion 'C-Section Tips??' in the group Oh! BABY!!!
"I had an unplanned C-section. (And now, I'll be having a planned one. I could go to a different OB and hospital to try for a VBAC, but my chances aren't good so I don't see a point in switching away from a hospital and doctor that…"
Jan 24, 2013
Kristin replied to KariC's discussion 'C-Section Tips??' in the group Oh! BABY!!!
"Hi Kari, I had a c-section with my son just after completing the 38th week. Click here for a post I wrote about it then. Let me know if you have any questions. Many people say that women with c-sections have a harder time breastfeeding. I read a…"
Jan 24, 2013

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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?
Insight with other diabetics
Date diagnosed
March 11, 1998
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
7.0
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM, Diet and Exercise
What pump model do you use, if any?
Paradigm
Enter your website, if any (blog, Facebook, Twitter)
http://www.facebook.com/karicichoski
Tell us more about you (optional)
My story started in 5th grade, and just like any other kid, I loved to play outside, run around, and had a wild imagination. Things slowly started changing and these strange symptoms were starting to worry my family and teachers. I started drinking water excessively, which led to frequent bathroom trips. My skin was so dry and dehydrated that I started getting rashes and bleeding from my knuckles. The weeks before my diagnosis, I would take afternoon naps, which was not normal for me. One afternoon while napping in my parent’s room, I wet the bed. Ten years old is too old to wet the bed, and my mom decided to take me to the doctor. It was March 11, 1998. My mom took me in and out of school 3 times that day to get various tests done. I first went to get my urine tested, then pulled out again to get my blood tested, then pulled out once more when the blood results came back. She picked me up from school, and while wiping her tears, said, "It is official, you have Type 1 Diabetes." I might have cried myself if I really understood what it was. In the car I remember asking my mom, "So what happens today? I just have to go home and look for sugar free things in the cabinet?" I thought diabetes was simply a disease where you will be fine if you don’t eat sugar. I did not know how complex it would be.
I was in the hospital for one week. I remember my first insulin shot the nurse gave. The needle was much bigger than the ones I would use at home, and it was in the stomach, which is my least favorite spot to inject. After the shot, I looked at my mom and simply said, “I don’t want to.” We both cried.
My mom and dad were so sincere during this time, and often said if they could take this disease from me they would. I would ask why this happened to me, and they said, “Because you are strong enough to live this life”. I took that as a compliment, and remember that being the first smile related with diabetes.
The first few months of diabetes, was almost fun. It was my “honeymoon stage”, and in a weird way it was new and kind of exciting. That didn’t last too long. I wasn’t bad the next few years, but I was growing, and often found that at times when you do everything you are directed to do, you might still get a high and low sugar reading. I had two low blood sugars at school, which required attention from an ambulance within a few weeks. I was later told that one teacher made ignorant comments about how she wasn’t surprised it happened twice, because I do not take care of myself. That comment made me livid, because those were the days I was trying really hard, and I think that was the start to my rebellious days.
Most diabetics go through a stage where they are too cool for diabetes. I had the theory that if I felt fine, I was fine, so why would I test? It lasted several years, and I had several episodes because of it. I didn’t listen to people trying to help me, because I didn’t feel that anyone understood. I often thought to myself, “Well, let’s see you deal with diabetes, and see how you would do.” My left eye today has a blind spot, which I will never get back, even after having Lasik eye surgery. Ironically, I think losing some sight in my eye is what made me wake up and see how poorly I was treating myself. I just hope that is the worst result from my rebellious days.
Today, I work full time in the administrative field, for a company who offers amazing health benefits. I am active, and often go to the gym. I was married last year, and my doctor gave me the clearance to try for children. My husband and I will be hoping for a baby in the next few years.

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At 11:54am on April 4, 2012, Marie B said…

hi Kari, welcome to the community! let me know if you have any questions about us
http://www.tudiabetes.org/profiles/blogs/the-values-of-tudiabetes

please join the Group called "Oh Baby" - for those contemplating a pregnancy.

At 4:03pm on April 3, 2012, Linda G said…

Welcome home Kari...
This is a great place to share, to learn, and to grow...all the while meeting new people world wide, and making friends ♥
Take a peek at some the groups when you get a chance. Just go to the top of your page, and click on "Groups".
Once in, you can either peruse the wide array of available groups....or simply type a specific interest in the space provided.
Take in some of the blogs/discussions as well.
The resource boxes at the top of the home "Home" page, and
"About us" at the very bottom of your page and every page (the footer), offer you more information still.
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Hope you find the support and information you came looking for.
Here is a useful link to get you on your way:
http://www.tudiabetes.org/notes
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Take care....and keep in touch!

At 11:36am on April 3, 2012, SEAGATOR said…

Welcome to our wonderful family. We are a very caring and supportive group/ Questions? Please feel free to ask us. Please read the BLOGS the FORUMS and check out the many GROUPS for much valuable advice and information. WELCOME!!!

 
 
 

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