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Evaluating studies from a patient perspective

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unknown Diabetic Jul 3, 2013. 5 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

Suggestion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Natalie ._c- Apr 6, 2012. 4 Replies

The WEGO Health Activist writing challenge for today was to write a haiku for your condition. Well, I wrote a bunch, and I think other diabetes bloggers did too. And then I thought, we ought to…Continue

 

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Natalie ._c- replied to artwoman's discussion 'RE: coverage of CGM's'
"And what exactly does "watch your weight, make better food choices and get more active" mean, anyway? No more than vague platitudes that are NOT helpful. No specifics, no coaching on just what would be better choices, nor how to cook them…"
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"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…"
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Type 2

A place to discuss EVERYTHING related to Type 2 -- diet, exercise, meds, insulin, complications, emotional stress, family relationships, diabetes police -- everything!See More
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Natalie ._c- left a comment for Judith in Portland
"Weren't we friends before? I dunno, maybe you changed your name, or maybe my memory ain't what it used to be. But you know I love you! :-)"
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Natalie ._c- replied to artwoman's discussion 'RE: coverage of CGM's'
"Who, me kick butt? I'm just a little old lady who needs help crossing the street, LOL!!!!"
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Natalie ._c- commented on Anna Banana's blog post 'Ranting'
"You need to get your parents working on a 504 plan for school NOW. And you need your parents to advise camp counselors and teachers BEFORE you go about your diabetes needs. No one should have to suffer like that! :-("
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Natalie ._c- replied to Santiago Jimenez's discussion 'Dairy Milk, Soy Milk or Almond Milk ?'
"Next interesting info: I just read an article that was talking about different proteins in cow's milk. Most cows all over the world produce a protein they're calling A2, but Holsteins, which are the favored dairy cow in the US produces A1.…"
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Natalie ._c- replied to Santiago Jimenez's discussion 'Dairy Milk, Soy Milk or Almond Milk ?'
"I just read an article in Mother Jones (of all places!) that said that almond milk is not all it's cracked up to be. I can't remember the specifics, but first off, almonds are an EXTREMELY thirsty crop, and California, which is where they…"
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Natalie ._c- replied to artwoman's discussion 'RE: coverage of CGM's'
"Most of the complications occur in T2s, simply because they vastly outnumber T1s. And they get p***-poor treatment for the most part, and Medicare and insurance companies are even MORE reluctant to provide them with technology that might help them.…"
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Natalie ._c- commented on Rob's group 'Dexcom Users'
"Yes, I've had red marks where the sensor holder has dug into my skin. They haven't actually been sores, but have taken a while to go away, so they seem to just be injured blood vessels. I don't have any good solutions to that problem,…"
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Type 2

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ChinkyEyed commented on Natalie ._c-'s group 'Type 2'
"I take Metformin HCL ER 500MG Take 1 tablet twice a day. But I take it once a day. Usually my blood level is 135 or under. If its 108,or around that I dont take it at all. Is it okay to that? I feel like if my blood level is fine and I take the…"
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Profile Information

The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
me
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?
Tidbits of new information; community
Date diagnosed
August 19, 1992
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
6.9
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM
What pump model do you use, if any?
Tandem t:slim
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http://theoddduckout-natalie.blogspot.com/

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 7 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…

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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…

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The Odd Duck Out

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

New blog entry on body image.

http://theoddduckout-natalie.blogspot.com/

When I'm 64!

Posted on March 7, 2012 at 3:47pm 20 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 7:11pm 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 karen@rosehealthcoaching.com.. or my DS email is ktank@diabetessisters.org. 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!

Karen

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.

At 1:01pm on October 23, 2013, Mike said…

Thinking of you. <3

At 10:04pm on July 12, 2013, Manny Hernandez said…

Gracias, Natalie... working on the hair thing. ;)

At 3:23pm on June 5, 2013, Amy said…

:)...i like naming my toys :)....once my contract is up with animas i may try something else...i wished they had the t-slim when i started pumping....the touch screen looks a bit easier..im in the process of getting the dexcom G4 so im keeping my pc for that...once i get it, ill name that too :-D...a wee bit upset that they havent made a mac version for the dexcom.. a lot of ppl have a mac

 
 
 

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