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Kathy joined Caoilte Pickle's group

Inked Diabetics

If you have tattoos, or simply admire others' ink, this is your home! If you've ever had people say, "Tattoos? But you're diabetic!", come on in! Share artists, responsible studios, locales...A place to share your ink (keep it tasteful, kiddies!)See More
Mar 7
Kathy replied to Desi59's discussion 'Priming but saying it does not prime' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"Have you called tech support? That would be my first step. I have never had this with any of my pumps, but if it were a common issue, they would know how to troubleshoot & if not they will get a replacement out immediately."
Jan 19, 2013
Kathy replied to Dee Meloche's discussion 'Disappointed in the Ping' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I agree! Give me my old 2020 back! I was very disappointed to find the food database no longer stored in the pump, that is my #1 advantage to using the Animas pump. I do not use One Touch for the same reason as you, I cant get enough blood to test…"
Jan 11, 2013
Kathy replied to Gerhart Friedel's discussion 'Time for a new pump...' in the group Pumping Our Insulin
"Ditto for Animas. I have been on Animas for 6yrs now since being on MM for 5yrs to start. Animas service & reliability has been far above what I ever experienced with MM. As to technology, Animas has a food database that for the Ping is stored…"
Sep 30, 2012
Kathy replied to Graeme's discussion 'Am I crazy?' in the group Pumping Our Insulin
"Completely a personal decision. Personally after being on MM for 5yrs, but Animas the past 6yrs, I dont have much faith in MM Corp. I left due to poor customer service. I had to have my pump replaced every year I had it with MM, never had to replace…"
Sep 30, 2012
Kathy replied to A. Kelsey Metcalf's discussion 'Leaving Medtronic' in the group Pumping Our Insulin
"I gave up on MiniMed 6yrs ago for Animas, & hadnt regretted it. Tech support doesnt treat me like an idiot the few times Ive had problems (& they were user error!), Have not had to repeatedly replace my pump due to malfunction, & none of…"
Sep 30, 2012
Kathy replied to Dee Meloche's discussion 'One Touch Ping Glucometer' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I have never liked the One Touch system, & am not going back to it now that I have the Ping. I just started carrying the OT meter along with my Freestyle meter so I can have the food database. Inconvenient! I am actually not happy at all with…"
Sep 26, 2012
Kathy replied to Kitabparast's discussion 'Beep = really enough?' in the group FreeStyle Users
"I see this is an active group! Yes, when it beeps it is processing the results & does nothing with any other blood it may wick up."
Sep 26, 2012
Kathy joined Manny Hernandez's group

FreeStyle Users

For users of FreeStyle Lite, FreeStyle Freedom Lite and Precision Xtra glucose meters.
Sep 26, 2012
Kathy replied to MJ's discussion 'Getting ready to be a pumper.' in the group SASSY PUMPERS
"I have had the Minimed Paradigm, the Animas 2020, & now on the Animas Ping. Ive never attempted to hide my pump, but I use universal cell cases to clip on my waist. I also cant use the bra trick, so when in a dress I have an elastic thigh strap…"
Sep 26, 2012
Kathy replied to badgerpapa's discussion 'Questions before I commit to Animas' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I just got the Ping, but can attest to animas through my experience with the 2020. You can use the pump withtout the remote, BUT inly the remote has the food database. This is the main feature I am disappointed with, as my 2020 held the database in…"
Sep 24, 2012
Chris Miller replied to Kathy's discussion 'Customer service issues' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I have my Animas pump supplies sent to my pharmacy, and I pick them up there. It's slightly less convenient than having my stuff sent right to my front door, but I have to go to my pharmacy to pick up insulin anyway. For now I don't have…"
Sep 4, 2012
Kathy replied to dejahthoris's discussion 'HC law and pre-existing conditions.'
"No experience as a parent, but as a student that was diagnosed in college (living on my own, paying my own medical bills!). Your protection would be to know the existing laws of your state. As I found out, all of my student insurance would cover me,…"
Sep 3, 2012
Kathy joined Dede's group


Do you put it in your bra?? Do you use a girdle??? Are you fierce and fun but walking around with a "remote control" all the time. Let talk about ingenious ways to stay FAB with the pump onSee More
Sep 3, 2012
Kathy replied to Dkinsey's discussion 'Where do you hide your insulin pump?'
"I almost always wear clothing with a waist band, so I keep my pump in a cell phone case attached to the wasteband. I do have a thigh strap for when I have to wear a dress. I know many women that keep it in their bra, but that doesnt work for me."
Aug 27, 2012
Kathy replied to Melitta's discussion 'Wall Street Journal on the problem of Misdiagnosing Adult-Onset Type 1 as Type 2 diabetes'
"I was one of those that was misdiagnosed by my PCP & was in full blown DKA at the time (I was 26yo). I consider it divine intervention that I got to a Dr that knew better before I actually died. But I was very close. This is such a problem in…"
Aug 27, 2012

Profile Information

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?
help others, learn about new developments
Date diagnosed
August 1, 2001
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
Type of treatment/devices you use
What pump model do you use, if any?
Animas 2020

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At 7:00am on October 4, 2011, Jeffrey said…
At 3:59am on October 4, 2011, Linda G said…
Greetings, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kathy....
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 3:40am on October 4, 2011, SEAGATOR said…
Happy,Happy Birthday,Kathy. I wish for you a most wonderful day. ENJOY!!!
At 1:29pm on October 4, 2010, Doris D said…
At 11:32am on July 4, 2010, Linda G said…
Thanks, and.....

At 11:29am on July 4, 2010, Linda G said…
Good...another cat lover!!!
At 8:56pm on July 3, 2010, Doris D said…
Your welcome! Pull up a chair and get up here with us and learn about all kinds of things! You've found a great site here!
At 8:31pm on July 3, 2010, Jim Roach said…
Welcome to Tudiabetes Kathy!
At 6:37pm on July 3, 2010, Doris D said…
WELCOME TO OUR REALLY BIG FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At 4:37pm on July 2, 2010, Linda G said…
Welcome to where your new friends are Kathy!!

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.
Hope you find the support and information you came looking for. Here are a few useful links to get you on your way:
and I also wanted to invite you to enter your A1c through the TuAnalyze application:
so we can light up Colorado on the TuAnalyze map:
Take care....and keep in touch!



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