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Muragaki's Discussions

Which insuror is "better"? United? or CIGNA?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wanderingbookworm Aug 8, 2014. 6 Replies

My employer will soon change its carrier from United to CIGNA, no doubt because it costs considerably less for the employer. Seems as if most of what I've heard about CIGNA tends toward the lukewarm…Continue

End of Life decisions -- please share if you've contemplated the topic

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sue Apr 22, 2014. 19 Replies

Shortly after LADA diagnosis at age 49, but particularly since my father's passing in July 2013, I have occasionally contemplated end of life issues. Primary among those is long term care, as in "to…Continue

Do your Nano needles leak, more so than Shorts or Minis?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Muragaki Oct 22, 2013. 2 Replies

Finally (!) exhausted the supply of Short and Mini needles I was stuck (heh heh) with for the first four years after diagnosis, and was More Than Happy to begin using Nanos because I am of thin…Continue

A general question about Glucogen and Glucagon

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jen Apr 7, 2013. 1 Reply

Hoping folks here can help with a question about glucogen versus glucagon, brought up by an experience today when I went to get prescriptions. Is there a significant difference between glucogen and…Continue


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Muragaki replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Group content we're taking with us to the new site'
"Hi Emily, Jeff's question is one I'd asked many moons ago; now, having the answer, a new question arises: Will we be able to download discussions from the new platform? If so, AWESOME."
Muragaki commented on Emily Coles's event 'Virtual discussion between the diabetes community and FDA'
"Echoing Linda G's question as to later availability... Bummed because I can't the discussion to come up; but hoping the difficulty means it was a well-attended session!"
Nov 3, 2014
Muragaki replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Tell the FDA What's Important When it Comes to Living with Diabetes'
"Judith, I am wondering whether it might be worth your time (and anyone else who feels it useful) to pen your relevant concerns under separate cover to FDA, also stating that the survey didn't quite cover your concerns."
Oct 19, 2014
Muragaki replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Tell the FDA What's Important When it Comes to Living with Diabetes'
"Thanks, Emily, for making this available. While I applaud the FDA for taking on the community's responses, the more meaningful gesture will be knowing the outcome of their considerations. Will there be some way for us to track FDA's…"
Oct 19, 2014
Muragaki commented on Judith in Portland's blog post 'Weepy Old Women'
"Judith, your writings are so rich with humanity. Thank you -- again -- for sharing."
Sep 27, 2014
Muragaki replied to artwoman's discussion 'Ads for Diabetes products and meds'
"Every pharmaceutical advertisement is insulting to some degree, as for any product. Just a few examples: depression/anxiety, always women; toothpaste, always shiny white and perfectly aligned teeth; incontinence, almost always women; shaving cream,…"
Sep 13, 2014
Muragaki replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
Aug 10, 2014
Wanderingbookworm replied to Muragaki's discussion 'Which insuror is "better"? United? or CIGNA?'
"I feel the same way. I could probably make more elsewhere, but I don't even pay the premiums where I am. For the benefits that I use, we're probably talking almost $20,000/year that I'm compensated in medical benefits, just for me. I…"
Aug 8, 2014
Tim replied to Muragaki's discussion 'Which insuror is "better"? United? or CIGNA?'
"For a while when it was just me, I never would've dreamed of anything except the cheapskate plans. But with a family of 5 I think it's easy for me to justify the economics of a cadillac plan. A huge factor in me not switching employers to…"
Aug 8, 2014
Muragaki replied to Muragaki's discussion 'Which insuror is "better"? United? or CIGNA?'
Aug 8, 2014
Wanderingbookworm replied to Muragaki's discussion 'Which insuror is "better"? United? or CIGNA?'
"I think you have one step better than mine. I have Open Access In-Network. Mine doesn't need referrals either, but it's $20 for a GP, $40 for a specialist, and there are different copays for prescriptions based on what tier they fall on.…"
Aug 8, 2014
Tim replied to Muragaki's discussion 'Which insuror is "better"? United? or CIGNA?'
"There's a lot of different plans available from each insurance company. Some are bare bones and others are more expensive and more comprehensive. I have the most expensive my employer offers, it is CIGNA "Open Access Plus". I have…"
Aug 8, 2014
Wanderingbookworm replied to Muragaki's discussion 'Which insuror is "better"? United? or CIGNA?'
"My insurer changed from Coventry to Cigna and I've been much happier with Cigna. There are a lot fewer mistakes and the coverage is overall "better" but that would probably depend on the coverage that your employer sets. And stuff…"
Aug 8, 2014
Muragaki commented on edenseffort's blog post 'Unless you live it ...'
"A riveting, powerful write. May I say also, as much as I identify with the sentiments of living with T1D, I was diagnosed late so had both an easier AND harder time with it -- and LADA stories are another ball of wax altogether. But I cannot imagine…"
Aug 7, 2014
LBREP left a comment for Muragaki
"If you can send me your email I can forward the original email that I received. Thanks. LBREP dave00256@gmail,com"
Aug 2, 2014
Muragaki commented on LBREP's blog post 'CGM News and Medicare'
"LBREP, no clickable links appear, whether underlined or embedded in linkable text... Could anyone else corroborate? Thanks in advance."
Aug 2, 2014

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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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Date diagnosed
October 15, 2009
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Type of treatment/devices you use
Oral, Shots, Diet and Exercise

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TuD member and Denver artist featured!

Posted on August 4, 2011 at 12:28pm 2 Comments

An article appeared this week in one of Denver's premier alternative newspapers (Westword) featuring TuD's Frank Kwiatkowski! Read and enjoy at

Rock on, Frank, and see you soon! (Could I have your autograph?)

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At 6:47pm on August 2, 2014, LBREP said…
If you can send me your email I can forward the original email that I received. Thanks.
At 11:53am on September 11, 2011, Acquafortis said…
Thank you for the Birthday wishes! If I am not mistaken you are a fellow Virgo as well no? When was/is yours?
At 11:21pm on May 19, 2011, twiddlemthumbs said…
Hello from the Shire the Sun is shinning although there are some dark clouds about birds are chirping away in the apple tree and our cat smudge is eating her breakfast then she will clean herself and go and find a comfy place to sleep all day,I hope you are keeping well best wishes twiddlemthumbs
At 8:07am on May 5, 2011, The Queen of Light and Joy said…
I'm baaaaaaack!! hee hee I've missed this place. How have you been?
At 1:27am on April 19, 2011, Miss Miss said…
Hi Muragaki! I am sorry for your loss, three funerals in three months is a lot. I am trying to wreak havoc where ever I can. I have been okay. Just trying to deal with the loss of my grandmum. Keep doing damage. Live life to its fullest. Be well my friend.
At 11:48pm on March 5, 2011, Miss Miss said…
Muragaki, hi. Came over to see how you were doing?
At 5:07am on February 11, 2011, Brian (bsc) said…
Thanks for your comments. We are a diverse community with diverse opinions. People should speak their mind, I like that. I don't care about being called wrong. I have been wrong. People should weigh in on matters. What is good about have a large community, is that our discussions can reveal the truth even when individual opinions differ greatly. It is the "wisdom of crowds." I never take things personally, and I always try to remind myself that someone who disagrees with something I say may turn out to be a good friend in the future.
At 11:02am on January 25, 2011, gingercat said…
Hi, thanks 4 the poll. I found it quite reassuring, especially as I suffer with mental health probs and feel down post of the time. I am glad I am not the only one. My mental health problems extends to an almost complete denial of my T2 diabetes. I no longer take my medication and my blood glucose is permanently in the 20s - reading taken now 22.4. I have 4 young kids with special needs: aspergers, ADHD, behavioural problems and autism!!
I took the poll and answered yes. In reality, would I do it, probably not. I am so glad there is a forum like this here.x
At 2:01pm on January 21, 2011, kenx said…
Hi Muragaki, thanks for add too! And she isn't from China, but her mother is! It's funny that most of the Asian people i meet while out with her automatically know she's 1/2 Chinese without seeing her mother too, but it does earn me some suspicious looks from time to time. Even had a lady grab her by the arm to try to "find her parents" when i was standing right there. Oy! I think Sky learned a few choice words that day, heh.
At 4:29pm on January 20, 2011, The Diabetic Welfare Queen said…
Thanks for the friend request. I haven't consciously dropped anyone, but one person, that I can think of... so I know you must not have been on my friend's list yet. No problem on me answering. This is a horrible situation that warps and bogs down the mind... and affects families in terribly scarring ways... And it leads people to want to make judgments and lay blame. You see it even now in the Arizona killings tragedy -- people wanting to lay blame everywhere... To everyone and anyone who might have remotely contributed... It's the nature of human beings, especially when it is something soooo poorly understood.



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