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Dexcom and the Artificial Pancreas

I keep reading on the Facebook Dexcom group page about the Dexcom sensors failing, or equipment needing replacement. Can you imagine what would happen if, a few years from now, you were wearing an Artificial Pancreas (AP) and a false reading from the Dexcom component in the AP occurred? You could get insulin from the AP when you were not actually high, or glucagon when you were not actually low. The AP is going to depend on the Dexcom numbers to know when to give you insulin or glucagon. All it…See More
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Richard157 replied to Richard157's discussion 'Man Uses Insulin From Animals for Type 1 Wife'
"Hi Tim, Canada sold animal insulin after the US stopped. Now I believe Canada has stopped too. Some people in the US order it from Europe."
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Tim replied to Richard157's discussion 'Man Uses Insulin From Animals for Type 1 Wife'
"If you recall Richard, you and me used insulin made from animals for the first chunks of our lives, at least until recombinant insulin became available in the 1980's. I myself used the animal-source insulins until the late 90's, and I…"
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HisNinja replied to Richard157's discussion 'Man Uses Insulin From Animals for Type 1 Wife'
"This is a neat story"
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Sey replied to Richard157's discussion 'Man Uses Insulin From Animals for Type 1 Wife'
"This is really inspiring. Gives us hope that we Type 1 or 2 that we can live a long and healthy life with Diabetes as long as we control it."
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Lorraine replied to Richard157's discussion 'Man Uses Insulin From Animals for Type 1 Wife'
"Thank you Brian...very well-done video. She seemed to stay so healthy all her life...nice encouragement for a newly dx'd."
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Lorraine replied to Richard157's discussion 'Man Uses Insulin From Animals for Type 1 Wife'
"Thank you Richard, wonderful story."
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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
1 or more of my friends
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?
Friendly discussions on diabetes issues and a sense of humor.
Date diagnosed
September 15, 1945
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
6.0
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump
What pump model do you use, if any?
MM 523
Enter your website, if any (blog, Facebook, Twitter)
http://none
Tell us more about you (optional)
Type 1 for 68 years, have Joslin 50 year medal, will get 75 year medal in 2020, no complications except some mild nerve damage.
Retired math professor, living in the Catskills region, NY.
I like to help parents online who have T1 kids. They appreciate my letting them know that their kids can have long healthy lives, and can do anything they want, if they have good control.

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I Am A Prisoner In My Own Home

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 5:14pm 30 Comments

Anita and I have been married for 46 years. I was a diabetic for 19 years before we were married in 1964. She was only 20 then, and knew nothing about diabetes. I rarely had insulin reactions back then. There was very little known about diabetes care. The monitors for measuring blood sugar levels were not available until the mid 1980s, and there was almost no useful advise given by my doctors. When I became more educated about diabetes, and had a doctor who knew a lot about diabetes, I started… Continue

My Sad, but Funny, History With Carbs

Posted on July 29, 2010 at 6:21pm 8 Comments



In one chapter of my book (published in March, 2010) I recalled several things from the history of diabetes. One paragraph from that chapter is given here:

"There were two schools of thought in the 17'th century. One theory proposed replacing the sugar lost in the urine by following a diet high in carbohydrates. The…

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62 Years Of Type 1......CHAPTER 3

Posted on March 28, 2008 at 6:17pm 0 Comments

CHAPTER 3



Before I was diabetic Daddy drove a milk truck and delivered milk to people's homes. Mother was always a stay at home Mom and there was barely enough income to pay the rent on the house and put food on the table. A few years later Daddy applied for a job at the Roanoke Post Office and was accepted. The salary was substantially larger and that was when we made a down payment on the 10 acres that became our farm.



The house across the street from ours was huge and… Continue

CHAPTER 2

Posted on March 27, 2008 at 7:30am 0 Comments

CHAPTER 2



Prior to the discovery of insulin there were several treatments for diabetes. Those treatments included bleeding, opium, starvation, exercise and diets. A diet low in carbs and high in fat and protein was sometimes used. Without the availability of insulin these treatments extended the lives of diabetics by approximately one year.



Insulin was discovered in 1921 and became available to the general public in 1923. The first insulin was taken from pigs and cows by a… Continue

62 Years Of Type 1 Diabetes, My Story

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 6:00pm 22 Comments

INTRODUCTION



Some of my friends on diabetesdaily.com asked me to write about my 62 years as a Type 1 diabetic. I have done so and my story has been presented on that site in a 21 chapter format. I have included many autobiographical parts of my life as well.



I have spoken to Manny and he wants me to post my story here on this wonderful site.



The fact that I am alive and well today, after 62 years of diabetes, is due in large part to my Mother and my precious… Continue

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

Happy Thanksgiving, Richard.

At 9:00pm on November 9, 2014, Linda G said…

BRAVO on being a FEATURED MEMBER Richard!!

At 1:55pm on August 30, 2014, Marie B said…

Richard, so sorry about that, it was a mistake, just ignore

At 6:35pm on July 25, 2014, Carol said…

Thanks for the suggestion of the photo museum group. I have such a poor memory of my beginning days with Type 1, -not an easy time back then, as you well know. The photos are difficult to see, but they tell our story and represent how far we have advanced.

I'm holding my new T:slim in my hand and remembering how I, as well as others, learned to give ourselves injections by practicing on an orange. I was 12 years old. I'm so excited to get started on the pump, what a gift:)

At 6:35am on May 29, 2014, Glucose Gal said…

Richard I appreciate all the diabetic friends I can find. How are you this fine morning?

At 10:12am on April 23, 2014, _Danny_ said…

Hello Richard. Hope all is well in your life? :)

At 9:11am on December 4, 2013, Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes said…

Thank you for taking the time to share your story, Richard. It’s on Discuss Diabetes now. Best, Laura K.

At 4:38am on November 7, 2013, Linda G said…

You're a FEATURED MEMBER!! BRAVO Richard!!

At 6:30pm on November 4, 2013, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Richard, congratulations on being named a featured member of the week.

At 4:49pm on October 18, 2013, Clare said…

I never even thought of that but that makes perfect sense. It's probably why this C peptide replacement will be a separate injection, but at least it is only once a week. I can live with that.

 
 
 

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