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Rebecca replied to Dondi's discussion 'Omnipod (New Version) Failures' in the group OmniPod Users
"I have certainly noticed many more failures with the new pods. The old ones would either fail when I was priming them or not at all. These new ones have had several failures a couple of days into the pod which may well end up leaving me short of…"
Oct 5, 2013
Rebecca joined Mathew's group

OmniPod Users

This group is dedicated to giving OmniPod users a place to discuss and share our experiences so that we may grow and help each other "make diabetes a smaller part of our lives."Please note: the exchange, sale or giveaway of items between members that require a prescription from a licensed practitioner, including insulin pumps and pump supplies, is not allowed on TuDiabetes.We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles…See More
Oct 5, 2013
Kathy replied to Rebecca's discussion 'Queston About Eye Damage due to sudden/rapid changes in blood sugar averages'
"I have read that if you have existing retinopathy, you should try to bring your bg average down slowly. I think one of the crucial points is to stay in close contact with your retinal specialist. Demand extra appointments if you feel you need them."
Apr 3, 2013
Rebecca replied to Rebecca's discussion 'Queston About Eye Damage due to sudden/rapid changes in blood sugar averages'
"I have wondered about that! It seems that when I am high, it takes a couple of different tries with the insulin pump to get me back down where I need to be. Whereas these days, my bg goes lower much more easily with less insulin. I have been playing…"
Apr 3, 2013
PedsRN replied to Rebecca's discussion 'Queston About Eye Damage due to sudden/rapid changes in blood sugar averages'
"My retina specialist said that the sudden development of "cotton wool spots" in addition to my "stable" retinopathy, was probably due to my rapid changes in glucose control. Which she highly suggested laser treatment of, and…"
Apr 3, 2013
Cosumne Jan replied to Rebecca's discussion 'Queston About Eye Damage due to sudden/rapid changes in blood sugar averages'
"I got my blood sugar under control about 5 years ago. My prescription had been the same for 20 years, very nearsighted with astigmatism. For the past five years I've had to get my prescription changed at least once a year because my eyes keep…"
Apr 2, 2013
FHS replied to Rebecca's discussion 'Queston About Eye Damage due to sudden/rapid changes in blood sugar averages'
"The feeling is that diabetic retinopathy will get nominally worse as a result of tightening control too rapidly after an extended period of relatively bad control. This is only temporary though and in the long run tightening control will lead to…"
Apr 2, 2013
Rebecca posted a discussion

Queston About Eye Damage due to sudden/rapid changes in blood sugar averages

I recently started up a very low carb diet. I am feeling great, and my insulin use has dropped dramatically (from about 50 units a day to about 15)and my blood sugars are all really nice looking! But I was thinking that I had read somewhere that your eyes can suffer from such a drastic change. I just had an eye exam and everything looked great, but I am having a harder time than usual with my vision. I realize it fluctuates, and it has been awhile since I have been able to keep BGs this low.…See More
Apr 2, 2013

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Date diagnosed
July 30, 2006
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Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, Diet and Exercise
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At 10:50am on April 24, 2009, dennis Bricker said…
My wife and I live in Olathe KS.
At 9:35pm on March 28, 2009, Mignonne said…
Hi. Thanks for your email. How come you are no longer a WW leader? I see your A1C is a 9.6. OUCH!!!!! That is really high. But, who am I to talk, I keep avoiding the A1C. I am not sure why I have started gaining weight. The ironic part is, my blood sugars were normal, and I lost. When they got high this past month, I gained. That is not typical when you are high because you usually spill calories in your urine. Nonetheless, I have been very upset. I am still very small, but I do not want to get out of control. I was below my bottom end of the WW goail range for my 5 7 height. I am at the low end now. I guess I just get upset because I feel like people watch my weight all of the time because of what I do for a living. The pump is a great thing. I do know people who have gained. But, I think it was because they became a little freer with what they ate. My Dr told me that 5 pounds would be a typical gain for a new pump user because the ketoacidosis scenario no longer exist. Let me know how everything works for you. Want pump have you decided on. I like the paradigm link. I think it is the best.
At 8:26am on March 13, 2009, Betty said…
they are 2 different companies, but will be combining an "in one" system in 2010. We have had 1 pod that we think was bad in 7 months and it was promptly replaced. Both omnipod and dexcom are wireless and you are able to carry them in your purse it has been a great setup for us. Now that we are using it we cannot imagine using anything tubed. we got it for the remote and the ease of use, and have never regretted it. the other thing we loved was that you can get a brand new back up pump for 400 bucks !!! we store it in the closet and if something were to happen and we needed a back up pump we would always have it there so while we waited the 24 hours for a new one to be shipped by the pump co. we would not have to go back on lantus. just pull out the back up and stick a pod on and you are good to go. we trialed a tubed pump (animas) and if we had been forced to would have used it, but the pod is leaps and bounds better for us, on so many levels, yes we could have made any pump work, but for us the pod was the BEST pumping decision we could have made. the ease in set up is amazing, and the simple fact that we have used over 70 pods, and only had 1 suspected "bad" pod speaks volumes... techinically it may not have been a bad pod, but we changed it because the BG was high. so even though it might have been fine they replaced it at no cost to us, it helped show us that we are in good hands.
so yes the pod and dexcom are 2 different companies, but we like having the reciever that is NOT attached to the body on a tubed pump. We put the dexcom on the desk at night It is amazing. The pump is amazing. My son who has type 1 lOVES both of them and even he can run both of them they are that user friendly. I want to wish you the best of luck in your pump search!
At 7:23am on March 13, 2009, Betty said…
If you get an Omnipod and Dexcom (this is what we use) you should be able to get BOTH of them for UNDER the 5 grand this year. We love the pod because of the great pump that it is, and the added bonus that it does NOT have a 6 grand start up price ! we have been happily pumping with omnipod and have had a great experience. Dexcom is a great cgm we use that too, and you would be able to do BOTH for under 5000. check with your insurace about the cost of the monthy supply of pods and see if you can get the #'s to match up. for sure the omnipod purchance and pods will be in the 5000 cap!
At 3:22pm on March 5, 2009, Cara said…
KU grad, 1990! I married a Mizzou grad, its fun during basketball season. I miss Lawrence.
At 1:29pm on March 2, 2009, Leo2 said…
It'll work out. You can do it! Of course the pump can be even better, but while you're without it, this is a bit of research you're doing for yourself.
At 8:49am on March 2, 2009, David said…
Rebecca: I exercise almost an hour a day. I'm currently training for a 1/2 marathon, but then I'm always training for some race. The running is tricky to work into the daily insulin routine but basically, i suspend the pump during and for 1 hour after I train. I've always run so I don't know what would happen to my BGs if i didn't.
At 11:10am on February 11, 2009, Linzie Wohletz said…
My endo is Lisa Hayes at Shawnee Mission Medical on about 75th and Antioch, I'm glad your having a good day, I've been doing well too. Keep in touch.
At 11:22am on January 20, 2009, Shelly said…
I will be interested to hear what your test results are. I, too, didn't want to wear out my beta cells if I didn't need to. Looking forward to talking to you again soon!
At 11:31am on January 17, 2009, Shelly said…
Sorry, forgot to mention who my endo is. Started with my family dr. who is amazing but do believe a specialist is important. I am on my second endo and she is amazing! She is Dr. Maria Mercado and she is at St. Luke's South.



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