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Nancy beneteai replied to Kelly's discussion 'How did you find out you had Type 2?'
"I went to the doctor for pain in my back right shoulder blade. She did a urine test for proteins and those were normal. My blood sugar however was 12.9mmo/l. She reviewed my previous tests and saw that the last 2 or 3 had been 10 or higher. So it…"
Apr 1
Diabetes to Go replied to Kelly's discussion 'How often has your dosage increased? Having severe symptoms of low thyroid but tests have been "perfect"' in the group Hypothyroid Diabetics
"Hi Kelly, You may have a thyroid converting issue like I did. For years my endo ignored my complaint of "extreme exhaustion". I finally found a doctor who believe my symptoms. She was able to do a total T3 to Reverse T3 ratio. Essentially,…"
Mar 31
Kelly replied to Yolanda Gordon's discussion 'Does any one know where I can find test strips for cheaper than Walmart?' in the group Diabetics without Medical Insurance
"Hi Yolanda! I live in Alberta, and I have found the best deals at Costco pharmacy. You don't have to be a member to use the pharmacy, at least not in my province. Low dispensing fees. If you are considering cross-border shopping, Lethbridge has…"
Jan 22
Kelly joined KimKat's group

Diabetics without Medical Insurance

Health care should be a right not a luxury.Don't have any insurance? Don't qualify for any? Mad about it? Frustrated? Worried? This is your group. You can rant or complain or talk about it.See More
Jan 22
Kelly replied to Neicey's discussion '27wks pregnant and have gestational diabetes' in the group Diabetes and Women
"Hi Neicy - I was diagnosed in my pregnancy with my son. It's definitely a shocking news when it happens, but as others have said, it's very manageable and there is a lot of extra support and monitoring for pregnant women with diabetes.…"
Jan 17
RHONDA replied to Kelly's discussion 'How did you find out you had Type 2?'
"I was diagnosed after I did my yearly routine blood draw. My glucose was high. Last year it was pre diabetes."
Dec 17, 2013
Eric replied to Kelly's discussion 'How did you find out you had Type 2?'
"I made breakfast for my sister and her two kids when they visited me that day (Sept 2011). Two hours after breakfast, my sister (the doctor) says lets check your blood sugar. The reading from the accu-check device read 275 mg/dl. After seeing the…"
Dec 15, 2013
Jorginsky replied to Kelly's discussion 'How did you find out you had Type 2?'
"It was my 26th birthday and the doctor gave the "estatistical news". Actually he said "welcome to the statistic, here's your medication and diet, be good to yourself". My mother died from diabetes 5 years earlier so it…"
Nov 28, 2013
GailD replied to Kelly's discussion 'How did you find out you had Type 2?'
"I had gestational diabetes last year. Started testing my blood sugar once in a while and got a reading of 245 after eating a bowl of whole grain cereal and almond milk. Got myself to my primary and I had an a1c of 5.9. Just got my lab result for the…"
Nov 27, 2013
Bob Brown replied to Kelly's discussion 'How did you find out you had Type 2?'
"I went in to doctor with a bad sinus infection, he decided I needed blood tests. I had tests performed, showed my thyroid was low. He sent me for a fasting blood test, this showed I had diabetes."
Nov 27, 2013
trauts replied to Kelly's discussion 'How did you find out you had Type 2?'
"I was 33 and had been working out pretty well for a few months. I had lost about 30 pounds, which I attributed to the working out. I had also started avoiding sodas, tea, etc., and was drinking a lot of water (intentionally, but I also was thirsty…"
Oct 9, 2013
Mike replied to Kelly's discussion 'How did you find out you had Type 2?'
"Being in the military I had routine bloodwork performed on at least an annual basis. I never actually saw the results but my FBG had been creeping up and was never told. This was probably due to where I was at the time (they don't like to…"
Oct 7, 2013
Angel replied to Kelly's discussion 'How did you find out you had Type 2?'
"I was feeling tired for some months, I was always told I was just tired, then I developed a Lung infection followed by Pneumonia, I was on Steroids for 6 months, my tiredness got worse after I was well, was very thirsty. started developing foot…"
Oct 6, 2013
Rosy replied to Kelly's discussion 'How did you find out you had Type 2?'
"I was not informed that I was heading towards being a diabetic. The first I knew was when they just came out with it. Quite a shock! I wish they had informed me I was in the 'grey' area as I felt ok and had no symptoms as far as I was…"
Sep 24, 2013
twinchick replied to Kelly's discussion 'How did you find out you had Type 2?'
"preop for cataract surgery. I was drinking a lot but I was also working outside in 90 degree weather. I doubt I had it very long. No issues with my 3 pregnancies. Nancy"
Sep 10, 2013
janetiscute replied to Kelly's discussion 'How did you find out you had Type 2?'
"Routine physical and after I told my D.O. that I have a brother that was recently diagnosed with Crohns and Colitis. They have found that those have common genetic traits. And, when I described my symptom flags started going up. we did the…"
Sep 8, 2013

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
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February 25, 2009
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Form letter to ask employer for insulin pump coverage

Posted on October 29, 2010 at 1:16pm 2 Comments

I wrote this letter to my HR department because my employer doesn't provide coverage for insulin pumps or supplies. They responded by saying they will make an exception for me and look into adding coverage for all employees when they re-negotiate the plan with our insurer next year.…


I could be pumping by Christmas!!!

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:27am 1 Comment

Had a great visit with my doc yesterday. She signed my Canada Disability Tax Credit forms no problem!!! She said she's had other patients apply as well and only one was not approved. She was on a pump so they re-applied and got it. My doc said if I get rejected we'll just keep applying until I get it!!!

Second part of the great news is that she recognized the fact that I used insulin since 2009, so when I apply,…


My Diabetes Story - Part Three: Redemption and Recovery

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Over the next year and a half after my son's birth, I was sick all the time. I tried to get back in to shape but I'd work out for a few days and then get a head cold or the flu again and again. Infections persisted. Vision changes persisted. Through a lucky break I got a family doctor in the winter of 2008. Fabe and I wanted two children and I thought it was better to have the second sooner and get over all the misery that was pregnancy and move on with my…


My Diabetes Story - Part Two: Three Midwives and a Sumo Wrestler

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 10:30am 1 Comment

Part Two: Three Midwives and a Sumo Wrestler

Now, in these parts, family doctors are nearly impossible to get and obstetricians are scarce. If you don't have a family doctor -- and mine went out of practice while I was away -- you have to go to walk-in clinics if you're ill. I understand that now there is a pool of obstetricians you can go see in the later months of your pregnancy if…


My Diabetes Story: A Comedy of Errors in Three Parts

Posted on February 25, 2010 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Part One: Out of Focus

It's been 6 years since I caught the first sign of a problem with my health. Since then, I've had two children, countless visits to doctor's offices and walk-in clinics. I've even had two hospital stays. I've probably crossed paths with over 20 health professionals, yet it was a small-town optician who got it right in 2004. If only someone had listened to him....…


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At 1:17pm on October 3, 2011, nel said…
Glad you are back ...and so is your discussion on misdiagnosis seem to happen across the big pond as well Dutch Girl told her story .
At 8:42pm on September 25, 2011, nel said…
Missing you some more ...!!
N from the Shuswap !
At 8:30pm on August 23, 2011, nel said…
Missing you :(
At 9:21pm on July 3, 2011, nel said…
How are you girl ??
At 9:24pm on April 25, 2011, nel said…
Kelly ..a happy Birthday wish from not too far away ...did we beat you by having hail twice today ??
At 8:31pm on April 25, 2011, Lois said…
So sorry for the lateness of this missive. I hope you had a very wonderful day and will see many more wonderful days.

At 11:31am on April 25, 2011, Robyn said…
Happy Birthday!
At 1:37am on April 25, 2011, SEAGATOR said…
Happy,Happy Birthday,Kelly. I wish for you a most wonderful day. ENJOY!!!
At 3:36pm on March 23, 2011, Corrie said…
Thanks Kelly. I've actually never seen the show, but wanted to make an avatar, so there it is hehe!

I hope things settle down soon. In addition to all that has happened over the past year, I'm now scheduled for minor surgery next month, which will just add to all the craziness in my life.

I'm so glad that I heard about this community in general, and that so many have already sent such welcoming messages!
At 9:34pm on December 27, 2010, nel said…
All the Best and Good Health for you and your family for 2011 ....your future looks bright , pump and all ...hope you get the life insurance settled too.



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