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Life's Little Surprises

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trudy Jan 11. 10 Replies

First off, I need to apologize to the staff of Diabetes Hands Foundation, who so graciously and generously gave me a scholarship to attend the AADE meeting last August -- I am very sorry for not…Continue

Evaluating studies from a patient perspective

Started this discussion. Last reply by Yvonne Aug 30, 2014. 6 Replies

I just read a report about a study which said that major weight loss had no effect on cardiovascular disease in T2s, but of course, they should lose weight anyway. That kind of qualifier seems to be…Continue

THE Club

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Quick Feb 11, 2013. 9 Replies

Today, 12-11-12, I have officially joined the Drop Your Expensive Medical Device in the Toilet (AFTER You Peed) Club. :-( But it seems to have suffered little damage -- I can see some wetness on the…Continue

Not World Diabetes Day!

Started this discussion. Last reply by jrtpup Dec 1, 2012. 6 Replies

I made this shirt for ALL YEAR ROUND!! I'm a lousy photographer (especially with a dumb phone) and so it read backwards. But it says DIABETES All day, every day! That's reality, folks! :-)…Continue


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Natalie ._c- commented on Rob's group 'Dexcom Users'
"CC: ADORABLE dachsie!! I have 2. :-) Janet-G: good to know that Medtronic will sell supplies even if you don't use their products. There's a tape I want that covers my infusion set, that no one else sells, and this means maybe I can get it…"
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This a group for non-judgmental attitudes, active listening, honest communication, and finding ways to support each other, whether it's good news or bad.See More
Natalie ._c- commented on Rob's group 'Dexcom Users'
"Hey, Kim S. (onesaint), nice to know what you really look like. Somehow, I didn't think that pipe was authetic!! :-)"
Natalie ._c- commented on Rob's group 'Dexcom Users'
"I just got a new transmitter, because mine had been telling me it was dying for 8 days, and it took longer than that to get through the paperwork. So I was without a transmitter from Saturday morning until Monday morning. Eeeek! But the good news…"
Jan 19
Natalie ._c- commented on Michael Barker's group 'Thin Type 2 diabetics'
"Sounds like this whole thing is very frustrating, KimKat! One thing to remember, I think, is that Type 2 is NOT monolithic -- it's not one disease, with one treatment. Different people have different things going on in their bodies, and…"
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Jan 11
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Trudy replied to Natalie ._c-'s discussion 'Life's Little Surprises'
"Hi Natalie. Your little surprises are certainly unpleasant ones. I wish you well, and have to add to the voices that are suggesting changing your diet little by little, starting right away. I know it's a pain to change your diet; I had to do…"
Jan 11
Brian (bsc) replied to Natalie ._c-'s discussion 'Life's Little Surprises'
"Thanks for sharing this. I attended AADE in 2013 and it was a bit of an eye opener. I found the discussions interesting as I talked with many of the educators. The members of AADE are an aging crowd and disturbingly many of them are themselves have…"
Jan 11
acidrock23 replied to Natalie ._c-'s discussion 'Life's Little Surprises'
"Wow!! Thanks for sharing both your report on the AADE and your story about your travails! There's a dialysis place that opened near my house and they are booming. I had no idea that kidney disease was so common but apparently there's lots…"
Jan 11
Judith in Portland replied to Natalie ._c-'s discussion 'Life's Little Surprises'
"Oh my. A "stiff heart"...Whoa. Not any words I care to hear from a doc. What does it even mean?!... But the kidney problems I get. My mom died of kidney failure in 2010, but guess what?: she was 89 and had kidney problems off and on since…"
Jan 11
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jack replied to Natalie ._c-'s discussion 'Life's Little Surprises'
"This costs nothing and may or may not help, but I would try it with Kidney CKD Dr. Bernstein (diabetes solutions) is well know and recommends 30g carbs, which is ketogenic and he said with normal BG he reversed his CKD like they do in mice Lots of…"
Jan 11
Mari replied to Natalie ._c-'s discussion 'Life's Little Surprises'
"Hi Nathalie, So sorry to hear of your problems! It's good that you don't have to follow any diet for the moment! I hope that it stays stable for a long time! Take care and keep connected!"
Jan 10
Jen replied to Natalie ._c-'s discussion 'Life's Little Surprises'
"Wow. I don't think I have anything to say that's of help. I hope that you are able to keep your kidneys as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Good luck, and hopefully those here who are living with kidney disease will have some…"
Jan 10
Terry replied to Natalie ._c-'s discussion 'Life's Little Surprises'
"Natalie - Sorry to read this. We all hope that with effort and a good attitude that we might be lucky enough to avoid diabetes complications. But luck is just that, something unpredictable. One of my healthy responses to set-backs like this is to…"
Jan 10

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
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August 19, 1992
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Short Diabetes Biography

Thought I'd give you a short diabetes biography. I was formally diagnosed in 1993, but there were clues that it was going to happen for a year or two before that. Because I also had hypothyroidism (which turned out to be Hashimoto's) my PCP referred me to an endo. Assuming that I was Type 2, although I was not obese, he started me on Glucotrol (a sulfonylurea, all that was available at the time), which didn't do a thing for me. After enduring unacceptable BGs (180-200 fasting, over 250 PP) for 5 months, I asked for insulin, although HE didn't think I was doing badly. HE wasn't symptomatic, you know? So I endured the whole protocol of NPH at night, which fixed my fasting, but did nothing for my PP's, then 70/30, a nightmare of highs and lows, then mixing N + R, then Humalog + N, and finally, in 1999, a pump. The pump has given me the freedom that I so missed during the whole saga of shot therapy!Last year, I suffered a major depression (have had Major Depressive Disorder since I was in the 5th grade), and my diabetes control went to h*ll. I didn't stop insulin completely, but didn't take enough, so I ended up in a hyperglycemic, hyperosmolar coma, which is what happens when you DO have enough insulin in you to keep you alive, but not enough to keep your BGs down. It has a 50% mortality rate, but when I didn't show up for a picnic, my friends came looking for me, and got me to the ER, and the rest was luck. Although I have never been tested for antibodies, my CDE told me that in the hospital, I did not respond to Type 2 protocols, and that I needed to consider myself Type 1 for medical treatment reasons.After that experience, I found the resolve to get serious about diabetes control, and found TuDiabetes, which has been a godsend! (Thanks, Manny!)Since I am retired, and need to do something useful with my time, I have become interested in advocacy for ALL PWDs, all types, all ages. Being a former teacher, I am particularly interested in diabetes education and support for the newly diagnosed, and emotional and social support for the badly-discriminated-against obese diabetics (not always Type 2!). While I think the CDEs and dietitians are doing the best they know how, they don't always understand OUR point of view, unless they have diabetes themselves. It amused me that last week at AADE, when I talked to the CDE's about Type 1, they assumed I was Type 1, and when I talked to them about Type 2, they assumed I was Type 2. As if you could tell by eyeballing someone, especially us older folks! LOL!

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A lovely day with Zoe

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 9:17pm 9 Comments

I just got back from Sacramento (I live in Reno) after spending a lovely day with Zoe. For starters, the weather was pleasant -- warm, but not unbearably hot. We recognized each other immediately, and sat for a while in a nice little coffee house, and fell to talking immediately. It turns out that we have a lot in common, as well as some complementary differences. Of course, we did talk about diabetes, but that was not all of it by a long shot. We took a walk through the Sacramento History…


Having a bad low

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 4:38am 18 Comments

I got up to go to the bathroom, and as always when I get up in the middle of the night, I checked my CGM, and it said 58 and dropping. OK. The bad part was the arrow pointed southeast. So not dropping fast. And then I looked at my pump, and somehow, in my sleep, I had programmed 298 carbs, and a square-wave bolus of 7.5 units at 1 AM. And I had told it my BG was 79.

Well, I better check it on my meter, and I'm looking at 48 with a significant amount of insulin on board, although I…


The Odd Duck Out

Posted on September 15, 2012 at 4:30pm 2 Comments

New blog entry on body image.

When I'm 64!

Posted on March 7, 2012 at 3:47pm 19 Comments

If you're old enough to remember the Beatles, you'll remember this song. One line went "Will ya still need me, will ya still feed me, when I'm 64?" So today being my 64th birthday, yesterday night, some friends took me out to dinner. Well, it was my birthday, right? So I had some Italian tomato cheese soup, a lovely filet mignon, a whole, big, baked potato, and some chocolate cake with ice cream for dessert. And enjoyed every bite of it. And paid the price, too!

First off, I do have…


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At 7:18am on November 25, 2014, Kathy said…

Happy Thanksgiving, Natalie.

At 8:18pm on October 23, 2014, JaninaWalker said…

When you were undergoing all those tests were any tests done where iodinated contrast medium was injected? That can cause kidney damage. So it may not be your fault that your kidneys suddenly deteriorated and the doctors aren't likely to tell you that. They are way more likely to tell you that you have had diabetes for years. That is very unfair, but is based on the logic of the medical community. Given there are protocols in place for everything, when standard tests are done, the odds are in their favour and not the patient’s favour. It’s a good thing you are a smart person able to do lengthy online researching for answers.

At 1:54pm on August 30, 2014, Marie B said…

I'm sorry, it was a mistake, just ignore

At 7:11pm on July 22, 2014, Judith in Portland said…

Oh my yes---we were friends for many years and I always follow your posts. I went thru a period of very severe depression and metaphorically "crawled under a bush" like my kitties. Withdrew from everything---including deleting my whole presence here. One of the dumbest moves ever; Sigh.

That lasted about 2 weeks because I missed everybody too much. Rejoined under my middle name, Elizabeth, but just Lurked for awhile. Finally reached out to Emily to help me rejoin and rebuild as myself. And so I gradually "refriend" all my TuD Beloveds!...Love you back!...xx000

At 7:12pm on May 22, 2014, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Natalie_c congratulations on being named a featured member of the week.

At 9:36pm on May 19, 2014, Linda G said…

You're a FEATURED MEMBER Natalie!!! BRAVA!!

At 8:12pm on May 16, 2014, _Danny_ said…

"Tomorrow is a brand spanking new day of Diabetes!" Haha...

Hope all is well in your life.

At 12:22am on March 28, 2014, GinaY said…

Sorry I missed your Birthday! Love you!

At 1:58pm on March 14, 2014, rosecoach said…

Hi Natalie,
I'd love to talk to you about running PODS meetings. I have 2 coleaders and we share the work… and have become really good friends. They have t2 and I have t1. I am also a health coach for people with diabetes… so I love doing this kind of support group. I get so much out of it!

My cell is 609-273-0862 and my email is or my DS email is They both will get to me!

I'm in Princeton, NJ… so east coast time.

We meet every month not eh second Wednesday night at a local library… the room seats about 12-15. we typically have 6 to 10 people attend… the trick is to find people. I am in another support group plus my health coaching… so have multiple ways of reaching out… doctors would be great but most endocrinologists seem to be threatened by us… hospital groups too… since we are not RNs, CDEs, or RDs. Everyone loves our meetings.

WE have been following the list of topics from the leaders PODS guide that Anna has given us. I find that the structure of having a topic and activity helps the discussion along… and motivates people to come out to the meetings.

Let's get in touch and talk!


At 6:22pm on March 13, 2014, EBW77 said…

Read your comments earlier in chat but couldn't respond at the time. There's this book called "Diabetes Burnout: What to do when you can't take it anymore", you might like it. It has such a corny name! But I actually really liked the book.




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