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Can a bad dream increase BG?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Ratrie May 11. 11 Replies

Just curious if anyone has ever noticed an elevation in BG after a "bad" dream? Some Type 1s, me for one, are prone to bad dreams. Last night, by chance, I awoke at 3:15 am and noticed my cgm was…Continue

Bedtime Snack?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tabacblond Apr 24. 5 Replies

I have seen many discussions about breakfast foods (helpful) but I need some snack suggestions. Yes, I know that I should not eat a bedtime snack. However, I have a lifetime habit that I prefer not…Continue

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Socks w Ankle stretch

Started this discussion. Last reply by meee Jan 2. 4 Replies

I have read several posts/threads on socks but.... I do not see any information about which brands have real stretch in the ankle area. All "normal" socks in department stores seem made for 5 inch…Continue

Statins again, Pravastatin?

Started this discussion. Last reply by meee Nov 17, 2013. 5 Replies

In the context of the new, but ambivalent, recommendations that almost everyone should take statins:I was on Simvastatin for years and then stopped it on my own, thinking my memory loss issues could…Continue


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Nell commented on Tiki's blog post 'Treadmills and Poopshivers'
"I meant 'workers' will hold."
Nell commented on Tiki's blog post 'Treadmills and Poopshivers'
"Sorry for your experience but this was an unbelievably funny story that should become a family favorite. Actually, did you know that drivers will "hold" for long times at work and then speed home frantically to do #2 at home instead of at…"
Nell replied to xerox2k2's discussion 'predicting failure date of medtronic cgms sof sensors'
"xerox, you have shown a correlation between your created number (best fit #) and the point at which it crosses the y line. But you still don't know what factor(s) cause inconsistency of the failure my opinion of course. What causes…"
Aug 14
Nell left a comment for Angela
"Welcome to the Living Alone group. We look forward to any comments or questions about the challenges of living alone with diabetes. How you manage your daily self management and any problems is always welcome also."
Aug 8
Angela joined Nell's group

Living Alone with Diabetes

Individuals with diabetes who live alone face the usual complex self-management challenges that all PWDs face. Living alone, however, brings additional challenges. Only a few are noted here. Some "aloners" (new term?) face personal and medical safety issues with hypo unawareness, acute illnesses (who makes the chicken soup for flu?), and injuries, to name a few. Some may run higher than desired BGs during sleep to avoid a hypo reaction. There are unique challenges with planning, prepping, and…See More
Aug 8
Nell replied to Cara's discussion 'Diabetic and an EMT or paramedic?'
"I worked as an RN for many, many years as a T1D. I had hypos but was very careful at work and don't recall ever going so low I could not handle it. My endo is a T1D on a pump and I am sure there was a time when he did not wear a pump and still…"
Aug 7
Nell commented on Zenobia's status
"Somehow I can't find your emailed comment on Living Alone (I still have trouble navigating tuD) but will answer here. I know exactly how you feel, and in this instance, I really do re not having many folks to check on you during a health need.…"
Aug 3
Nell replied to Paul's discussion 'Good endo in Richmond or Fredericksburg (VA)?'
"Paul, according to your profile, you have a pod pump. When I moved to my current location, I called the Medtronic rep for my area (since I use MM) and asked him for endo names who are especially good for pump patients. He gave me a top name and I…"
Jul 28
Nell replied to Deborah's discussion 'blood work BEFORE the check-up'
"I am concerned that Zander and Zoe have medical people who do not understand HIPPA. Please review this page (or just look up "HIPPA access to medical records":…"
Jul 28
Nell replied to Dee's discussion 'Difficulty with protein?'
"One more sardine sites with lots of other ways to eat them. Oh, and the fats in them are good. Lots of people add hot sauce....I definitely will, however I fix mine. Once I get up the nerve."
Jul 28
Nell replied to Dee's discussion 'Difficulty with protein?'
"I don't know if I can do it but I bought a can of sardines to try for the first time in my 70++ years. Hate the thought. But, take a look at these two sites and others. Both of these sites have a good-sounding recipe.…"
Jul 28
Nell replied to Deborah's discussion 'blood work BEFORE the check-up'
"Zander, if you are in the U.S. you do not need a dr order to get a copy of your test reports. I just ask the receptionist or tech for it and they give me as many copies as I want (for self + other docs). If my tests have to do with another test (cat…"
Jul 27
Nell added a discussion to the group Dexcom Users

QuikSet tape no longer holds

Has anyone else had recent trouble with the Quikset tape not staying stuck? Until a few weeks ago I had no trouble with the Q-set staying on 3-4 days. OK, I know it should be changed after 3. But now the tape curls up around the edges within 24 hours and by day 3 it is almost entirely loose. Note: Nothing has changed about my sites or prep. I have always cleaned with IV Prep and I still do it the same way I always have. Lately I have even had to add strips of Flexifix around the tape edges…See More
Jul 27
Nell replied to Deborah's discussion 'blood work BEFORE the check-up'
"One more note on Deborah's point. In your case, I would request at least the A1c early enough before the visit so that you can talk with your internist about it. I definitely think that you need at least the A1c for the visit. Of course, you…"
Jul 27
Nell replied to Deborah's discussion 'blood work BEFORE the check-up'
"I am a T1 also. My endo only deals with diabetes (+ thyroid in my case) so the only tests he runs are A1c and thyroid tests on a periodic basis. I get the same meter and cgm downloads at the visit as you and we go over all of that & the A1c at…"
Jul 27
Nell replied to Deborah's discussion 'blood work BEFORE the check-up'
"I wonder where all of you live who get pre-visit tests. I live in NC, have lived in VA and near DC for the past many, many years and I have never had an endo or internist get my tests run before the visit. How do they know what to order if you have…"
Jul 27

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
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?
Discussions about living with diabetes
Date diagnosed
April 1, 1982
Type of treatment/devices you use
Oral, Pump, CGM
What pump model do you use, if any?
Paradigm 723 (prev 508, 715)
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I am type 1. Started pumping 1/2000.
Retired. Like gardening, reading, walking.

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At 3:54pm on July 19, 2014, lotsofshots said…

At 3:30pm on July 12, 2014, Zenobia said…

Thanks for the welcome and for understanding. I had several doctor's appointments all at once last week where I was taught how to inject my insulin, given all kinds of magazines and flyers, and sent home. I looked at my big old bag of stuff and thought, "Wow, I began my week in one way and ended it this way" top it off, there is a glitch in my medicare so I spent a lot of time on the phone with them and my supplemental insurance folks. I was all talked out, unable to explain ( even to myself) how I was feeling and there was no one to talk with. My adult children have distanced themselves for reasons known only to them and they live right here in Minnesota! I do not mean to begin my time here with a lot of whining, but I have not had a good "whine" in a while. I am just happy to be here and be listened to as well as listening to others. I think I will just explore this site a bit today...again..thanks!

At 10:47pm on November 21, 2013, nel said…

Hi Nell , my almost namesake , congrats ...nice to read you are a featured member ...and I promise to get back to you upon my return from Toronto , CDA's NAGM ...Nel :)

At 6:27pm on November 20, 2013, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

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

At 3:32am on November 19, 2013, Linda G said…

Well well well!! Look at're a FEATURED MEMBER Nell!

At 8:29pm on July 13, 2012, Kathy said…

Hi sister. Thanks for the nice comment on my post.
I talked to the help line and they said it was an issue with, where I also post. I just cut and pasted the text over to my TD blog. And both were a solid mass.
Thanks for the advice. First MAC I've ever had and I love it. Wish I hadn't been so hesitant about spending the money years ago.
I just live 3 blocks from the Apple Store so the clerk got permission from his manager to carry it to my door. How absolute cool is that? I am very curious about the basic photo editing capabilities so have a lot to explore.
Have a good weekend.

At 7:42pm on November 11, 2011, Jay said…

Jason should know Megan D. After you get Megan, let her know you have FEP Blue and you have heard about their working with FEP Blue. The strange part of the Blue world is your claim will go through BS in Chino CA regardless of where you live. I am not sure about how DMS works but EP just over charged, had Dex drop ship and if there was a problem, it was call Dexcom anyway. Hope this helps.

At 7:54pm on January 1, 2011, Peggy Hall said…
Happy Birthday!!!!
At 9:10am on June 7, 2010, nel said…
We could call ourselves diabetes twins !?
I had a sense from reading your responses to discussions , that maybe you had been involved in the teachings of D....and you were able to diagnose yourself , probably avoiding a misdiagnosis ??
Walking the Rottweiler next ;-)
At 9:07pm on June 6, 2010, nel said…
Nell , your page shows diagnosed in spring 1982 were ahead of me, I think !
For me ...Jan 1983 and misdiagnosed ...we fixed this quickly March 1983 I started insulin shot daily



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