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Maureen Giannone
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  • Mountainside, NJ
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Maureen Giannone commented on Lara's blog post 'Can T1’s have a truly normal life?'
"T1 for 38 years . it was annoying to constantly take urine samples (no bs testing in 1973). I was hospitalized at 18 w/bs @ 1100...had an unknown urinary tract infection. Spent 12 days in the hospital. Came out and said I am NEVER going back!…"
Nov 20, 2011
Maureen Giannone commented on Kayla's group 'I've Had Diabetes for Over 20yrs!'
"When I was 10 the doctor told me I would have about 40 years to live....who wanted to be 50 I remember thinking! WELL that is only 2 short years away and I can honestly say his words have never left me so I will think turning 50 will be a milestone…"
Apr 13, 2011
Maureen Giannone commented on Kayla's group 'I've Had Diabetes for Over 20yrs!'
"I also will be "celebrating 38 years" in September ('73) I had the chicken pox the month before. Although I also had the mumps 3 years before that ....who really doesn't matter. Luckily the workout craze began when i…"
Apr 11, 2011
Maureen Giannone commented on veterandiabetic's blog post 'Where do I go from here?'
"I have had diabetes for 37 !/2 years ((yes 3 1/2 decades). I have exercised for the past 28 years on a regular basis. Exercise eliminated at least one shot a day. 5 years ago I began a pump. Since then I have worked with an expert on management.…"
Mar 19, 2011
Maureen Giannone commented on Kayla's group 'I've Had Diabetes for Over 20yrs!'
"Oh good you found it I guess the upper case I doesn't work Gary works with all over the country. Refers himself as a "diabetic coach" he is a diabetic which is a huge plus!"
Dec 2, 2010
Maureen Giannone commented on Kayla's group 'I've Had Diabetes for Over 20yrs!'
"Not sure what 7 teachings is but any further education on increasing your diabetic knowledge is a plus I use When I first began pump therapy I went to conference on diabetes and exercise. Gary Scheiner is an…"
Dec 2, 2010
Maureen Giannone commented on Kayla's group 'I've Had Diabetes for Over 20yrs!'
"I never knew neuropathy nor retinopathy could be cured.....when did that come to be?"
Dec 1, 2010
Maureen Giannone replied to Kayla's discussion 'How long have you had diabetes?' in the group I've Had Diabetes for Over 20yrs!
"I have been a healthy diabetic for 37 years! When I was 10 I was told there is a 40 year life span for diabetics..well to a 10 year old Doc might as well have said 500 years...who wanted to be 50? When I was 18..Jane Fonda started the exercise…"
Oct 27, 2010
Maureen Giannone commented on Kayla's group 'I've Had Diabetes for Over 20yrs!'
"Mike Ooops forgot proper term! As long as we all know what it means! Why do have to test every morning at 3am? Once you do basal testing over time isn't it set? Maureen"
Jun 14, 2010
Maureen Giannone replied to Cheri's discussion 'Omnipod - Two Questions'
"My favorite spots are stomach area and high area of butt. Tried the back but was uncomfortable The IV-Preps swabs are the best! There is also UNI-SOLVE adhesive remover, which I use on the rare occasion the pump needs to be…"
Jun 14, 2010
Maureen Giannone commented on Kayla's group 'I've Had Diabetes for Over 20yrs!'
"Yes dawning is the term Sounds like you need to adjust your insulin levels for overnight? Bolus increments? IC ratios? Have you done a basal testing for that time period?"
Jun 14, 2010
Maureen Giannone commented on Kayla's group 'I've Had Diabetes for Over 20yrs!'
"I share your frustration with weight...for I exercise and eat as healthy as possible. I am very conscious of what I eat and how it affects my blood sugar. Most recent AIC was a 7.9 of which I was upset and now on a mission to really figure all of…"
Jun 1, 2010
Maureen Giannone replied to Vicki's discussion 'Gastroparesis and a low carb diet.' in the group Type1 for 30 Plus Years
"Do you NEED to eat low carb?low fiber? A banana that is just going from green to yellow is great. Perfect am food (for me) Original Fiber one cereal...I never need insulin and it has 13 gms of fiber in 1/2 cup I eat dry seems to be a little better…"
Mar 31, 2010
Maureen Giannone replied to priscilla's discussion 'I find being a mom with diabetes is such a tough job!' in the group I've Had Diabetes for Over 20yrs!
"Keep in mind that everyone is nervous before getting pregnant. Hopefully your diabetes is in good shape. You should definitely discuss with your doctor before getting pregnant and hear what he/she has to say. Being pregnant as a diabetic can have…"
Feb 8, 2010
Maureen Giannone replied to Doris D's discussion 'Weighing Out Your Servings' in the group Type1 for 30 Plus Years
"Aren't we still asked to measure/weigh our food accordingly?"
Jan 13, 2010
Maureen Giannone replied to Doris D's discussion 'Weighing Out Your Servings' in the group Type1 for 30 Plus Years
"Yes! That would make sense. Weight Watchers originally based their diet on the "Diabetic diet""
Jan 13, 2010

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OmniPod is a winner!

Posted on July 6, 2009 at 10:07am 3 Comments

A few months ago I began the process of looking for new pump (thanks to Cozmo going under) and with much research as well as comments from here I decided to give OmniPod a try.

Without a doubt it was a stressful situation.

As of last week I am an official OmniPod user! I cannot say enough good things about it! The entire concept of not having a wire hanging on me was the selling point and has proven to be just incredible. No more forgetting to plug back in. (eventhough it… Continue

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At 5:30pm on July 9, 2009, Amylia Grace said…
Hi Maureen, I got t1 after a bad case of the chicken pox, too! I got the pox at Xmas and diabetes over Easter. S***** holidays! ;) Amylia
At 5:43pm on July 8, 2009, Marcia said…
What is your insulin to carb ratio? Mine is 1unit covers 6g. of carb. My Target is 120, and my basal is 1.7 12am -12 am. I don't exercise a lot, just a walk now and then. I am trying to figure out what I did today...last test was HIGH and test for Ketones! I'm thinking it was lunch Curried chicken with vegetables and very small amount of rice. Shared with boss...she ate the egg roll and the fortune cookie! I am trying to find a great CDE to help me with counting carbs...any suggestions on books to read?
At 9:36pm on July 7, 2009, Marcia said…
I read your reply to Jim use less than 100 units of insulin over 3 days? How? What do you eat? Drink? Give me some guiidance, I wear the pod for 2 1/2 days and use up the 200 units.
At 7:41pm on May 15, 2009, Lois said…

Sorry to be late with this. I'm not looking forward to typing with a cast on my wrist for 4-6 weeks. But, anyway......


And many, many more!

Lois La Rose
Milwaukee, WI
At 10:22am on May 15, 2009, Stacey :0)~ said…
Happy Birthday!!! :0]
At 5:58am on May 7, 2009, Patricia Vachunek said…
You are hysterical! I like that! I like your age determinent. Tee hee! Your plans with the pump are good. There is a secretary at the school I teach at that chose the Omnipod as her first pump and she seems to like it. I just don't think I would like the gizmo on my abdomen. I have enough meat there. The Pod would be even more to get in my way. Oh well. But keep Medtronic in mind. It is simple and easy. It has a sensor also which you can look into which I tried for a few months. It tells you when your sugars are going too low so you can take care of it. It just got in the way of my teaching. The kids would say, "Senorita V, you are buzzing!"

Good luck and let me know if you need my help. I won't be able to go to Boston since I have grad courses I am taking and one of them will be on that Thursday. Are you going?

At 5:12am on May 7, 2009, Patricia Vachunek said…
Hi Maureen! I read your profile and we have so much in common! I am type one diagnosed in 1976 on the Medtronic pump. It is super! My A1C is 6.5 and this pump had a lot to do with it. Go to and see the info about it. I changed from Animas. I like this pump so much better and it is so easy to do the insertion! Write me if you would like to know more. I'd be more than happy to help you!!

Be well,
"PJ" Vachunek
At 6:49pm on May 3, 2009, Joe said…
howdy neighbor! waiiiiiit, that picture doesnt look like ANYWHERE in NJ =)

1973?! how cool! anoother T1 from the 70's welcome to TuD, and I hope you find this site as much fun as I do. Cheers!
At 2:50pm on May 3, 2009, Phil said…
Hi Maureen! I am very similar as I have had type 1 since like the exact same year as you! Wow!
At 12:19pm on May 3, 2009, Marie B said…
hi Maureen, welcome! I'm also a long time type 1 living in NJ. Click - here - for a link to the insulin pumper's forum, where you can search discussions about pumps and pumping. let me know if there's anything else I can do.



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