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Started this discussion. Last reply by Randy Sep 28, 2012. 3 Replies

So... In the last few weeks I have learned that my youngest daughter is hypoglycemic. I've been trying to explain to her what she is up against and to take it very seriously. Then a week ago my…Continue

Okay, so where is it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emily Coles Apr 27, 2012. 5 Replies

I'm sure it's right min front of me, but I have looked all over and can't find it. There is a friend request showing in the upper right area of my page. When I click it I go to my friends list, but I…Continue

Fat can be healthy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Zoe Apr 6, 2012. 1 Reply

Interesting article. Funny how sometimes the demon turns out to not be so bad after all.…Continue

Statins anyone?

Started this discussion. Last reply by palomino Apr 4, 2012. 7 Replies

Looking for a little schooling here. My doctor wants me to get my LDL down to 70 from 100. It has been at 100 at every lab. I really don't have a good understanding of the numbers or the med. I have…Continue


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Randy replied to static192's discussion 'Diabetic eye screening'
"BINGO! This is the correct answer, the ONLY correct answer. Well, as well as your control. Having spent the last 4 years and over $100,000 treating my retinopathy I can tell you with some certainty that this is the same as being a little pregnant.…"
Sep 23
Randy replied to Atish's discussion 'Pain In leg'
"Not sure that drinking water helps, but it won't hurt. But, I have been where you are and ignored it. First of all, how controlled is your BG? If your A1c is over about 5.4 then you are running above normal BG most of the time. There are all…"
Sep 19
Randy replied to jeanettephx's discussion 'Diabetic retinopathy laser surgery'
"Yes, much better. The cataracts were almost completely opaque. I had the right one removed on July 28 and just had the left one done on August 25.. In many ways I am seeing beter than II have for several years. I can now see the improvements from…"
Sep 2
Randy replied to jeanettephx's discussion 'Diabetic retinopathy laser surgery'
"Hii Jeanette, I have had more laser treatmments than I can recall. I have had some discomfoort for a period after from time to time, buut not like you describe. But then I rarely have a headache either. I have also had three vitrectomies and several…"
Sep 1
Randy commented on Abe's group 'Diabetes And Beer'
"The best gluen free beers I have found are from Harvest brewing iin Oregon. Thier IPA #2 is a gd IPA at 90 IBA. All of thier beers I have tried are quite good and have minimal impact on my BG. I have found other tasty beverages that are gluten free…"
Aug 31
Randy commented on Abe's group 'Diabetes And Beer'
Aug 31
Randy replied to ToeKnee's discussion '2-hour post-meal over 220, but non-diabetic?'
"Comstant thirst, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss and abnormal BG readings. You are NOT normaal. There is most defiitely a problem. That point is NOT debatable, at all.. Unfortunately too many doctors take the same dangerous view of these…"
Jun 16
rubyred2002 and Randy are now friends
May 5
Randy replied to Marypat's discussion 'Does the medical team at your local ER know how to care for Type 1 patients?'
"II still have ALL of the symptoms today that I had in the beginning. My hope is that one day they will go away completely, but I;m not holding my breath. They are much better than they used to be, but gone they are not. My highest A1c for the last…"
May 5
Randy replied to Marypat's discussion 'Does the medical team at your local ER know how to care for Type 1 patients?'
"The hip was the easy part. All the pulled muscles and ligaments were the worst. All good now. I found it all quite incredible myself. This is not some little out of the way hospital either. I'm a very blunt person and do not suffer fools well.…"
May 5
Randy replied to Marypat's discussion 'Does the medical team at your local ER know how to care for Type 1 patients?'
"I spent 5 days in the hospital for a broken hip and made one trip to the ER last year.In all my interactions with All the staff I found that exactly none of them had a good understanding of D. Zero. That's a lott of professional inadequecy in…"
May 3
Randy replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Improving TuDiabetes; we need your feedback!!!'
"II lovve this community and owe a great deal of thanks to TuD for where I aam today. BUT, one thing has both frustrated and baffled me about it's design. I know that I am not alone as a diabetic with vision problems and find low contrast text…"
May 2
Randy replied to RLangley's discussion 'Can't look at myself in the mirror'
"Melita is right, get those tests. I also lost far too much weight. I am 6 ft plus and dropped from 180 to 140. This all can vary from person to person, but it only took a few weeks of proper treatment for me to gain most all of it back. Since then I…"
Apr 10
Randy replied to Lilli D's discussion 'Blood Sugar Fluctuations and Frustrations'
"Everyone has given you solid feedback. All true with my own experience (well, except the time of month thing). I woulld only add one thing that I have found to be true for me. I eat low carb (about 100 per day) and the carbs I do eat are all low…"
Mar 30
Randy commented on Tasha's blog post 'No Title'
"If you have a regular Dr they should be able to provide an emergency supply from thier samples. My Dr has done this twice when I had similar issues."
Mar 19
Randy replied to Jess's discussion 'Addicted to High Blood Sugar'
"Ruth is riight on. Find some help with your eating issues first and foremost. It sounds like you know how and want to control your D, but are sabotaging your best efforts with old bad habits. I did much the same, but can't claim addiction.…"
Mar 13

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Good Kind Bad Kind: a different perspective

Posted on March 6, 2012 at 8:52am 5 Comments

As I was going to sleep last night a random memory passed through my mind. I do this often. Kind of like counting sheep. This memory was of a friend who I have not seen in years. Jim was an Olympic hopeful from my home town. An exceptional skier a few years older than me. He went to Vietnam and returned minus his legs, from just above the knees. He eventually put things back together and became a successful athlete again. He won the Boston Marathon in a wheelchair of his own design. This…


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At 9:58am on March 12, 2014, cdredbaron10 said…

Dear Randy, How is it going with you.

I am not doing to well as my neurooathy has progressed for no reason with new symptoms on my lower back, hips and on the sides of my stomach. Its like the stabilized r-alpha lipic acid is helping in some areas but none in other areas. I have 14 qeustions for you and I am doing my best to follow what you are doing since you have been able to reverse your neuropathy. i have started walking about 1 mile twice a day to help out with the circulation but i am more worried about the weight loss as well. the more i eat then the more pain i endure.

1-did you have any stiffness in your ankles and your wrist?

2-do you still have any burning sensations around your body?

3-did you loose any weight while taking the r-ala?

4-did your arms and legs get stiff and weak?

5-do you still have small fiber neuropathy?

6-how long did you have neuropathy before going to the doctor?

7-how long did you have diabetes before going to the doctor?

8-do you have kidney disease, (i have stage 1)?

9-has your walking returned to normal?

10-did you neuropathy on your thoat or your chest?

11-as you got your diabetes under control, did the burning sensations from neuropathy spread more throughout your body?

12-what brand r-ala are you using?

13-did you smoke cigarettes?

14-what kinds of starches did you eat for the first 12 months after you gained control, all starches just kill me, (sweet potatoes do me the best)?

a little about me. i have had an a1c of about 5.0 for the last 2 years but for the first 1.5 years of those 2 years i did not no that 140 or more is when nerve damage starts and i went over that number plenty of times with a 5.0 a1c by taking out white potatoes, cereal and bread out of my diet but for slightly over the past 6 months the highest i have been is 121. i went to my doctor the other day for my latest a1c with a 5.2 a1c. i quit drinking 3.5 years ago after drinking a 12 pack of beer every day for about 20 years and i quit smoking ultra light cigarettes about 13 months ago as i smoked about 30 cigs per day for 27 years. i mainly need to know which starches agreed with you the best since they highly aggravate my neuropathy and i need to mix starches with protein so that i can put some weight on as i am under weight. if posible can you be more specific about what foods has helped you with your neuropathy possibly what foods can help me gain weight but will not agravate the neuropathy. i know albcore white tuna and omega 3 eggs have helped me. i know you said you saw inmprovements at your 12 month of lowering your a1c and taking r-ala. all your help is greatly appreciated, thank you.
Channing Drew

At 7:27am on March 2, 2014, cdredbaron10 said…

I forget to tell you about also having spiders like syptoms of crawling on my face and i wake up every morning 2-3 am with a very dry mouth

At 7:09am on March 2, 2014, cdredbaron10 said…

Hey Randy, I will be more than happy to share my experience with you and to here more of yours as well. I have read about 17 pages of your comments in yiur profile so i have a very good idea what you have gone through and when I read you could not tie your shoes, well i was pretty close to that here lately until I switched from the cheap version of alpha lipoic acid to the r-ala and now I am on the stabilized alpha lipoic acid by drs. best and there is a very big difference between this and the r-ala. About me, I am 43 male, was 122.5# a few weeks ago and 5-10 tall. I am underweight because of the pain that I have endured from eating just non starchy veggies and fruit. It did not take much and I was in pain but If I did not eat then I was in very little pain. Even a lyrica and neurotin combo was not good enough. A few weeks ago while taking the r-ala 1800mg per day, I had too try something else and found the stabilized alpha lipioc acid by drs. best. It has helped a lot with the circulation and the burning pain to where I can eat starchy sweet potatoes with protein and I weighed 126.5# this morning. I am taking 800mg per day and still feel the stiffness in my ankles, legs and wrist as well as the throat and neck . I only feel bad in the early morning hours and the burning comes on late in the afternoon. I have improved some but still painfull. I have not gone back to try coffee yet, the caffeine about killed me so I have not drank coffee in about 2 years. Even kidney beans or any kind of beans caused pain, i assume it was the starch in the beans as well as homeade microwave popcorn with olive oil about killed me. natures own whole grain wheat bread as well, For some reason the starch from bread and fiber one wheat cereal conctricted the blood vessels in my nose and would cause my nose to run in the morning after rising. So Since the first of september I have been on a veggie and fruit diet and not many symptoms improved but only got worse. Here is a list of all my symptoms from head to toe.

Feet, burning, tingling, numbess, deformd toes with deformd toe nails, toe nails grow slow, electric stabbing pain, cramps, lots of stiffness, loss of hair

ankles, loss of hair, burning, numbness, lots of stiffness

Upper legs and thighs, burning, weakness, cramps, stiffness

hands and fingers, burning, weakness, cramps, tingling and etc, my handwriting is horrible

upper and lower arms, burning, loss of hair, stifness and cramps, change of skin with a lot of wrinkles.

chest, neck and throat, burning and stiffness

Face and head, tingling, pins and needles in the eyes and around them, trouble talking with slurred speech, sometimes trouble chewing,drooling and slobbering. running nose from starches. hearing fades in and out, etc.

since taking the stabilzed alpha lipoic acid, my fingernails have grown normal like they used too and my skin is a little bit smoother on my hands. some things have improved but i do believe that if I was not trying to gain weight then i would be a whole lot better. I do not know if i have autonomic neuropathy, i do not have diareha nor am i constipated nor do i have gastroparesis since i can take the flushing niacin and my body will be flushing all over in 15 minutes. I do not have retinopathy as of september of 2013 with an eye exam thanks to me taking benfotiamine and good blood sugars.

2008 I had a 9.4 a1c. i then went to a 6.2 a1c for a few years. 2 years ago i went to a 5.0 a1c only to find out 6 months ago that 140 is when nerve damage starts, thats when i cut out the grains and rarely go over 105-110. even with a 5.0 a1c i was going over and up to 160. so since september has been 6 months for very well controlled and tight blood sugar. I only drink water by the way and I am sure that has helped for the past 2 years. Do you think I have a chance of reversing my symptoms and how much longer, please let me know, thanks Randy

Channing Drew

At 6:38pm on September 28, 2013, Ali said…

Yeah - I'm just going to come out with - I Love You, Randy.
Now - can you do this for me every day?
I'll be checking...
(OMGOSH - did that come off as stalk-ish?)

At 2:03am on May 11, 2012, LaGuitariste said…

Hi, thanks Randy. Things have been more than a little rough lately, but I'm hanging in there.

At 2:12pm on April 16, 2012, Maleri said…

Thanks Randy. =) I truly appreciate it. I am so thankful for all the support and concern. Hope you are doing well. =)

At 5:40pm on March 19, 2012, JaninaWalker said…

Is a well put together 46 minutes.... to save to give the link to others as well...it's amusing too. But still, the part we all do is our own experiments on ourselves and if we get repeatable results and draw conclusions, even if we may not know what the real cause is, we might as well continue doing what works.

At 11:29am on February 27, 2012, FHS said…

Thank you Randy. It's contribution from people like yourself that make this community what it is.

Love the Seattle area and it's been a long time since I've visited.

Take care.

At 6:37am on February 14, 2012, Jacob's mom said…

Hi Randy, thanks for sharing, everyone's story is different just hadn't heard one like yours! This site has been really benificial in helping me cope with Jacob's diabetes, I find the non D community just does not understand what is involved emotionally and physically for type 1's and their families, I work for a cardiology group and still do not feel heard or understood. One of the docs I work with thought the pump regulated bs's on its own, a physician!! So being heard, listening to others, offering support has helped me on my path with diabetes. My saving grace is that my son is such a good sport with all of this, he is responsible and resilient. I don't think he realizes behind the facade of me being in control how much concern I have for him. But he is my inspiration and so are all of you walking the walk day in and day out, wishing you all the best amy

At 3:32pm on February 13, 2012, Jacob's mom said…

hi randy i just read one of your other posts, and i am confused you said you were diag. with type 1 and had complications right off the bat, my understanding is that type 1 escalates to DKA and death before complications could set it? just wondering, sorry if this comes off as asking for to much information, we are all here to learn, in any case so glad you turned things around and are living a healthier lifestyle, keep up the good fight! amy




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