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8 Years of Shots, Now 11 Years of Pumping, 1 college degree, 1 husband, 2 kids, and still going STRONG!

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Melinda replied to AustinMom's discussion 'Pump & Amusement Parks'
"I have a season pass to Six Flags Great America and ride all the rides there while wearing my pump, including free falls and coasters, on a weekly basis. I always make sure to attach my pump via the belt clip to the waist band of my underpants when…"
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Diabetic Mom In the Wild

Posted on February 17, 2010 at 11:01pm 7 Comments

I love Carey Potash's discussion on his blog of "Diabetic Sightings in the Wild." I don't know why, but I always get excited when I see other Type 1s out in the real world - it makes me feel not quite so alone, I guess...

Today was a truly rare sighting - the Diabetic Mom in the Wild.

The kiddos and I had opted to eat in at McDonalds for lunch so we could enjoy the playland (also known as the germiest playground on earth). My almost 5 year old buddied up immediately with… Continue

Introducing Me!

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 10:35am 5 Comments


I am so happy to have found this group! I'm Melinda, I'm a mom, Navy wife, daughter, friend, photographer, beach bum, shopaholic, world traveler, computer geek, baton twirler, scrapbooker and Type 1 pumper! I have had diabetes for 16 years, diagnosed at 11 in 1992 (when meters were HUGE, test strips had to be wiped off with a cotton ball to test, and it took forever) and did my first 8 years with shots before switching to pumping before my senior year of college. I am so… Continue

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At 5:46am on May 6, 2011, Type 1 Diabetes Lounge said…
That's great Melinda! If you provide your email address (can do it from the website if you wish) I will add your name to the monthly contact list. This will inform you of upcoming meetings. Merle
At 10:17am on October 10, 2009, stacey said…
thank you
At 9:33pm on September 7, 2009, Maden said…
Hey! I just got on here and got your message. We moved on June 27th... BOOO! I wish we could of gotten together! Hope you're doing okay! I was wondering if you've even had problems wityh your thyroid?
At 12:34pm on June 13, 2009, Linda G said…

Happy Birthday Melinda! By the way....your photos are beautiful. What a lovely family you have.
At 3:20am on May 6, 2009, Maden said…
Hey! I'm doing good. We'll be here for about another 2 months and we should get together. The kids have gotten so big and I didn't even get to meet your daughter. I'm so glad that I found you on here!
At 6:03am on May 4, 2009, Maden said…
GIRL! Is this really you? Do you remember me?? I'm from Forest City... How are you?
At 4:43pm on March 27, 2009, Manny Hernandez said…
Hi Melinda,
I thought you may be interested in either one of these events in Hawaii:
At 4:44pm on November 12, 2008, Katie I. said…
Melinda, thanks so much for the info on your experience with pre-e. I've been trying to learn as much as possible about it since I'm at risk, given the length of time I've had T1. I can't believe they didn't deliver your daughter before 37 weeks! Thank goodness you are ok. I know that pre-e can be really dangerous so I am glad you're healthy now.
I'm going to add you as a friend so we can keep up with each other!! If you can think of any other pregnancy advice/info that you wish someone had told you, I would love to hear it!
Katie :)
At 6:31pm on November 9, 2008, Katie I. said…
Hey Melinda, thanks for the details about your experience laser treatment, etc., during pregnancy. I guess you just never know when eye issues will creep up on you, but I have definitely heard that pregnancy can aggravate it all. I've gotten my eyes checked once per trimester so far, and go in for my next check next week, for the third trimester. I am thinking I should also go in at about 6 mos after the baby comes (or maybe even less, depending on what my endo recommends) for another check. That's interesting that you didn't see any changes until well after your first pregnancy-- I will definitely keep that in mind.
If you don't mind me asking, could you let me know if you happened to have any experience with preeclampsia/high blood pressure during your pregnancies? My docs are keeping a really close eye on me for that, since I have had T1 for so long.
Anyway, thanks again for the info. It is so nice to be able to ask another T1 for pregnancy info, since you've been through it all already!! :)
At 7:55am on November 8, 2008, Kirsten Welter said…
I used to live in Micronesia and would absolutely love to move back to the pacific!! you're very lucky =)



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