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I Cannot Do The Big Blue Test

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Seven Dwarves Of Diabetes

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Richard157 commented on Emily Coles's video
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karen replied to Richard157's discussion 'I Cannot Do The Big Blue Test'
"I just got that same error that Richard reported in the OP. I entered a new test on the website at the Take The Test section, it happened after I hit Submit. "fail You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your…"
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Terry replied to Richard157's discussion 'I Cannot Do The Big Blue Test'
"I find the website easier and quicker to use than the app on my phone."
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Jenn Mama Bear replied to Richard157's discussion 'I Cannot Do The Big Blue Test'
"I tried loading the app on my new phone, and it said it wasn't compatible. However, I've still been able to log my activity using the website."
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Pastelpainter replied to Richard157's discussion 'I Cannot Do The Big Blue Test'
"I am having the same problems as Richard."
karen replied to Richard157's discussion 'I Cannot Do The Big Blue Test'
"I noticed that today after I entered mine. The BBT probably has to do some kind of algorithmic shenanigan to add our tests to the tally."
Richard157 replied to Richard157's discussion 'I Cannot Do The Big Blue Test'
"I just entered tests for three days and the number was 839 before, and is still 839 after the three."
Richard157 replied to Richard157's discussion 'I Cannot Do The Big Blue Test'
"This is weird. it accepts my email address and password, welcomes me by name, but the number does not increase after I enter all the info."

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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
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What pump model do you use, if any?
MM 523
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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…


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

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


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


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


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


Some of my friends on 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 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.

At 12:04pm on October 18, 2013, Clare said…

Hey Richard, I wanted to let you know I have been accepted in to the C peptide replacement therapy trial at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. It is a double blind study so I could be injecting myself with saline solution once a week for the next year, but I do hope this turns out to be a useful neuroprotective hormone. It's a shame the new analog insulins didn't take C peptide in to account when they were being formulated. here is a link to the trial. Hope this finds you felling well.

At 4:05am on September 30, 2013, Terrie said…

Hello Richard!! :)

Thank you so much for telling me about Jeff. I hadn’t heard of him. I had been to the Children With Diabetes site many times years ago but I didn’t know about him nor did I ask who created the site. I used to enjoy reading what the parents had to say concerning their children. They reminded me of many issues my Mom had to deal with when we were Kids. That is interesting that Jeff started the FFL conferences also.

I know of a few other Fathers, Husbands or other Family members who have done similar, as you do know too. That is so wonderful of them to create organizations, companies, therapies, etc due to a loved one having Diabetes or other disease. Thank you for explaining to me about Jeff.

3500??? Wow! I didn’t realize that many people were at the FFL Conference. No wonder you had so much Fun. Yes, I’m sure that you are excited about going to the FFL in 2015. I’m excited for you. :D

Thank you Richard. I'm happy that they live near us also. I can understand how hard it would be for Anita to just up and move. That is a huge and tiresome job at any age. Not to mention missig the area and Friends, etc. But I can also see how it makes you feel not being able to see your Kids as often as you like to. That’s too bad. Maybe sometime there will be a change and you’s will be able to connect more often. I’m sure that your GrandKids would enjoy talking to you on Skpe, if you still use it. Yes, I realize it’s not the same as being with them though.

I’ve always enjoyed talking to you too Richard.

Another beautiful week coming up. I better enjoy the sunshine while I can get it.

Have a Good one Richard. :)





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