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Irritation around CMG site

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary Jo Jan 28, 2013. 6 Replies

I have been pumping a little over a year now. I love the improvements in control and the alerts and info provided by the CGM. I have no trouble with the skin around the infusion site, but have had…Continue

Social Security disability hearing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Betty J Oct 7, 2012. 8 Replies

I am looking for others who have undergone an Administrative Law Judge hearing in conjunction with a Social Security disability claim related to legal blindness as a complication of Type 1 diabetes.…Continue

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Mary Jo is attending Emily Coles's event

Live interview with Gary Scheiner about his new book "Until There Is a Cure: The Latest and Greatest in Diabetes Self-Care" at TuDiabetes homepage

May 30, 2013 from 1pm to 2pm
This event has already occurred, but you can still watch it here! Gary is a certified diabetes educator, insulin-pump and continuous glucose monitor user and trainer, and Masters-level exercise physiologist.  He serves on the advisory boards of several diabetes device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies; volunteers for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Diabetes…See More
May 30, 2013
Mary Jo and Rosemary Ekeng are now friends
Feb 12, 2013
Mary Jo replied to Ayomideji's discussion 'Your Reaction to Inexperience Doctors.'
"I am a type 1 close to 60 who has had diabetes since I was 7. Over the years I have had experiences with several specialists who have really shown their lack of knowledge. One was a dermatologist who suggested that maybe if I lost 20 pounds I…"
Jan 31, 2013
Mary Jo replied to Jen's discussion 'What percent?'
"88%. I'm almost 60 and was diagnosed at 7. And I must have been low during the days at school when they taught how to do percentages because I still can't figure them easily,"
Jan 31, 2013
Mary Jo replied to Mary Jo's discussion 'Irritation around CMG site'
"Thanks. My problem isn't around the sensor itself, it is strictly with the film used to cover it. I will, however, talk about the inhaler when I see my endo in March."
Jan 28, 2013
Mary Jo replied to Mary Jo's discussion 'Irritation around CMG site'
"My internist, my endo and my CDE (my endo's wife, both Type 1s themselves) all agree that it is probably an allergy. I can take a Benedryl and knock myself out, I can take a hydroxyz and the same thing happens, or I can take half a pill, which…"
Jan 28, 2013
Mary Jo replied to Mary Jo's discussion 'Irritation around CMG site'
"Thanks for the suggestion about no barrier wipes. Those were the first thing my team added when the itching started last year. And I must admit I have given some thought to only using the film when showering (and then being very careful that I…"
Jan 28, 2013
Red_T1 replied to Mary Jo's discussion 'Irritation around CMG site'
"Kerri over at SixUntilMe .com had this issue. She ended up with a creative answer... here is her article: CGM Rash"
Jan 28, 2013
Capin101 replied to Mary Jo's discussion 'Irritation around CMG site'
"The rash sounds like it is likely an allergic reaction? I have a few suggestions that may or may not help. I use Opsite Flexfix and have no problems with it. A different product on your skin may not cause this adverse reaction. I also remember a…"
Jan 28, 2013
Spock replied to Mary Jo's discussion 'Irritation around CMG site'
"I use the film, but not the barrier wipes. I use those wipes for the pump, but alcohol pads only for the CGM. Also, you can use anything to keep the transmitter in place--tape, band aids, etc. Try not using the barrier wipes; I never have had any…"
Jan 28, 2013
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Irritation around CMG site

I have been pumping a little over a year now. I love the improvements in control and the alerts and info provided by the CGM. I have no trouble with the skin around the infusion site, but have had severe itching and a rash involving tiny blisters (that eventually scab when the film is removed and take a long time to heal) under the CGM film since the very beginning. I've tried every different film and barrier wipe I can find, but am somewhat limited by the fact that vision problems and…See More
Jan 27, 2013
Betty J replied to Mary Jo's discussion 'Social Security disability hearing'
"I did forget to mention that my appeal took 2 years but it was worth the wait."
Oct 7, 2012
Elizabeth replied to Mary Jo's discussion 'Social Security disability hearing'
"That pretty much sums it up, I think. "I can't see" is very cut and tried; folks can absolutely empathize with that. Most cannot empathize with the day-in, day-out rollercoaster that is type 1 diabetes. Unless they live it, they…"
Oct 7, 2012
Mary Jo replied to Mary Jo's discussion 'Social Security disability hearing'
"Understood and agreed."
Oct 7, 2012
christy replied to Mary Jo's discussion 'Social Security disability hearing'
"I tend to agree with the lawyer, its the blindness that is causing the disability, Yes they are related, BUT diabetes at least in my opinion in and of itself does not make you disabled Its the complications caused by diabetes that can cause the…"
Oct 7, 2012

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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
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
My CDE mentioned the site on Facebook (and a poetry contest) and I joined the check the site out.
Date diagnosed
January 20, 1960
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
6.2 on Medtronic charts in early April; 7.9 in December 2011
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM
What pump model do you use, if any?
Medtronic 730G
Tell us more about you (optional)
I'm a recent widow who went on the pump/CGM in January of 2012. I was worried about "old dogs" and "new tricks" (you know how that saying goes), but I've really caught on now. Have recently switched from Medtronic 723 to Medtronic 730G and absolutely love the new threshold suspend.

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At 10:29am on April 21, 2012, catlover said…

HI Mary Jo- Welcome to TuD. We hope you like it here.

At 9:22am on April 21, 2012, Linda G said…

Welcome home Mary Jo....
This is a great place to share, to learn, and to grow...all the while meeting new people world wide, and making friends Black heart (cards)
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.
Hope you find the support and information you came looking for.
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Take care....and keep in touch!

At 12:20pm on April 20, 2012, Marie B said…

oh I meant to tell you, if you'd like, you can enter the poetry contest again, next week after Monday, we are having winners every week.

At 8:57am on April 20, 2012, Doris D said…

WELCOME TO OUR LOVING, CARING, AND UNDERSTANDING FAMILY MY FRIEND!!! Great to have you here with us!!!!Please feel free to check out our Forum, Blogs and Groups here!!! If u have any questions please feel free to ask any of us or put it on our forum. To answer any of us back just hit the "comment back "bar under our comments and you will go to our page where you can leave a comment to us and also read abit about us.

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At 8:50am on April 20, 2012, Marie B said…

hi Mary Jo, welcome! glad you're enjoying the site. I've been a member over 4 years. let me know if you have any questions about the community.

At 6:02am on April 20, 2012, SEAGATOR said…

Welcome to our wonderful family. I am 85 and doing new tricks all the time. 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!!!

At 4:45am on April 20, 2012, brokenpole said…

Welcome to the family! On this forum you will learn so much. Most of all you will learn that you are not alone. Everyone here is supportive and will provide answers to your questions. Search the site for answers. Read the discussions and blogs for information. There are videos to help you understand diabetes and its treatment. Most of all there is family to talk to and even to vent to, if needed. Welcome home.

At 6:33pm on April 19, 2012, shoshana27 said…

welcome to this wonderful group of us




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