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Lizzie's Discussions

Symlin NOT working?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Strumello Sep 8, 2008. 2 Replies

Today Show comment makes me snap, angry email ensues

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharon Quinlan May 11, 2008. 4 Replies

Overseas Travel, Airport Security and a Pump

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jessi <3 Sep 15, 2009. 29 Replies


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Lizzie commented on Megan S's blog post 'Go for Lasik!'
"My eye doctor and the surgeon had no problem with my getting LASIK with type 1. The only concerns were that my a1c was stable at below 7.5% for at least a year, that I didn't experience wild blood sugar-related variations in my vision, and that…"
Mar 16, 2014
Lizzie commented on Megan S's blog post 'Go for Lasik!'
"Hi there - I tell everyone that the money I spent on lasik was the best investment I ever made. My eyes were at a -8/-9, and now I have 20/20 vision (though I do have very very low prescription glasses for driving that I occasionally use at night or…"
Mar 6, 2014
Holly_W replied to Lizzie's discussion 'How I beat the bubbles' in the group Tandem T:Slim Users
"Hi - new here -- just want to offer my 2 cents. I never seem to have probs with bubbles. Prime your need with air a few times - then plunge a full needle of air into your vial. I was taught when drawing the insulin from the vial, draw a bit more…"
Feb 9, 2014
Lizzie commented on Laura's blog post 'Triglyceride test'
"If it were just for your doctor, I'd say no - a false result would just mean doing it again. But this is for your insurance company, who could use any kind of seemingly negative result to deny you coverage. I wouldn't take a chance."
Jan 28, 2014
ScottD replied to Lizzie's discussion 'How I beat the bubbles' in the group Tandem T:Slim Users
"Thank you Lizzie for the information. I did come up with another way that also uses your idea of tapping the reservoir and wanted to share it. Again, I would like to thank Lizzie for the tapping idea, it got me thinking to want to understand more…"
Jan 19, 2014
Terry Keelan replied to Lizzie's discussion 'How I beat the bubbles' in the group Tandem T:Slim Users
"How do you manually prime the tubing?"
Dec 29, 2013
ScottD replied to Lizzie's discussion 'How I beat the bubbles' in the group Tandem T:Slim Users
"The calculation on the resivore change is just the software not hitting %100, the piston rod senses the pressure when pulling the air out, and sometimes this happens before the bar hit 100. It's like the download time that Your web browser…"
Dec 28, 2013
Paul replied to Lizzie's discussion 'How I beat the bubbles' in the group Tandem T:Slim Users
"I too have a lot of bubbles in the the pump and have done the same standard remedies with room temperature insulin and flicking and all. The pigtail will have a bubble that I can get out but still another bubble will form at some point. I am curious…"
Dec 28, 2013

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August 15, 2006
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Pump, Diet and Exercise
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Animas 2020
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First Post-Pump A1C Is In -

Posted on April 8, 2008 at 8:05pm 2 Comments


I got a bum leg (site)

Posted on January 28, 2008 at 2:51pm 0 Comments

On Saturday I decided to give my abdomen a rest and try doing a site on the front of me thigh. Everything seemed ok, it didn't even hurt going in. Sure, my insulin intake was higher than normal and I bumped up my basal a lot, but I had just gotten my period and it was the weekend, so I was carb heavier than during the week. No problem, leg site is working out great.

Until I woke up this morning at 177. WHAT?!? I went to bed at 175 with 1.7 until of IOB. What's up with that? Well, I…


Another Installment of the Exercise Experiment

Posted on January 24, 2008 at 4:55am 0 Comments

The facts:

Turn basal off at 5 pm, BG is 139

At 7 pm, BG is 86, eat whole wheat bread and peanut butter - 20g carbs

At 7:15 pm, do 35 minutes of VERY HIGH hills on the treadmill at brisk walk

At 7:55, BG is 118

At 8:00 pm, decide to do yoga class, drink 5 sips of Powerade - 10g carbs?

At 9:00 pm, end awful yoga class, BG is 149

At 9:05 pm, go home feeling like I missed the mark again.

The theories:

For just the 35…


Insulin needs exercise and exercise needs insulin

Posted on January 22, 2008 at 6:43pm 1 Comment

I've had a pretty good week, I've gotta say. I started doing the Couch to 5k running program last Tuesday, which has gotten me into the gym for at least 30 minutes of good cardio every day for the past week, and the results have been FABULOUS for my blood sugar. I've dropped my basal .05 units/hour, and I turn my pump off for at least two hours a day before exercise. My total daily dose is coming in around 17 - 23 units. I'm very happy with these results.

I'm still having…


Why I don't want a CGM

Posted on January 21, 2008 at 12:55pm 3 Comments

My pump manufacturer, Animas, announced recently that they are joining up with Dexcom to incorporate CGM technology into their 2020 pumps - - and it got me thinking about how that's not a road I'm too keen to walk down.

I've been doing this diabetes thing myself for about 1.5 years now. I've lived with my mom's own brittle T1 diabetes for the 22.5 years that preceeded my own diagnosis. I know all about fluctuating sugars and…


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At 10:41am on April 9, 2008, MIGUEL said…
At 11:40am on March 9, 2008, Gina Capone said…
It seems to be working for me.

she has suggested a seperate basal for the night. If i am lower than 150. I have to go down to .10 for 7 hrs to prevent hypo. she said it will be some trial and error the first couple of times but to just keep going down a tenth each time.

Also they added another basal rate and took one out so now my pump runs like this:
12am 1.15
230am 1.2
730am 1.0
12pm 1.1
9pm .85

seems to work well for me this past week. my blood sugars have been amazing. Like im cured hahaha
At 11:27am on March 8, 2008, Gina Capone said…
latest basal help from doc to prevent lows at gym.

put pump to temp basal
50% one hour before gym
0% during gym
50% as soon as i finish workout for 2 hours
At 7:44pm on March 3, 2008, Gina Capone said…
Lizzie, i changed my diet. i am now eating 6 small meals a day. tonite i pupt a temp basal of 50% at 4pm. at 815 i was 156 so i put another temp basal of 0% for two hours. I checked and i was 117 after workout. so it seems to be working so far. i will keep you posted! you can find me on my website as well. i check tud and mine as well.
At 7:27am on February 1, 2008, Gina Capone said…
Hey lizzie thanks for the comment. it seems that we have the exact same problem, i think i am going to try the powerade during as well. Stay tuned!!!
At 5:55pm on November 22, 2007, Allie Beatty said…
Hey Lizzie, I put a response into your discussio about "the cure" today. I actually went way too deep into it. But I did come to grips with the fact that I may never see "a cure" -- but I don't think it's because somebody is keeping it from us. I don't think there is anything to "cure" but the complications of diabetes. I'm sorry if my response is lame :( but your question was awesome! Thanks for putting it out there for everybody!
At 10:06am on November 10, 2007, landileigh said…
i've been loving reading your journey with acquiring your pump!
At 8:28pm on July 16, 2007, Manny Hernandez said…
Welcome aboard, Captain Lizzie!!! :)

If you find the community useful, I'd be honored if you could link to us on your blog and/or share news about it with family, friends, colleagues, readers and anyone whom you feel may benefit from it.
At 5:36pm on July 15, 2007, Luis E said…
Lizzie, welcome aboard!

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