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Richard157 replied to earthling's discussion 'Perplexing symptoms - Autonomic Neuropathy or Addison's?' in the group Type1 for 30 Plus Years
"Hi Annabella, most of my tweaking is caused by scar tissue, and my having different levels of absorption every time I change my infusion sets for my pump. Do you have scar tissue problems?"
1 hour ago
Richard157 replied to earthling's discussion 'Perplexing symptoms - Autonomic Neuropathy or Addison's?' in the group Type1 for 30 Plus Years
"I had to start tweaking on the first appearance of a high or low, it usually works better that way. I have twelve basal rates for the 24 hour period. Some of them, and some insulin:carb ratios need to be changed when I see the pattern after changing…"
3 hours ago
angivan replied to Richard157's discussion 'You Did Not Take Good Care Of Yourself???' in the group Type1 for 30 Plus Years
"I wish we could eradicate this phrase, simply beacause it's so pointless. I'm sure there are those among us who would say they have been excellent with their diabetes. I wasn't good at it during high school or college, but finally got…"
14 hours ago
Richard157 replied to earthling's discussion 'Perplexing symptoms - Autonomic Neuropathy or Addison's?' in the group Type1 for 30 Plus Years
"I do have variability in basal rates, but it seems to be due to my scar tissue. After 69 years of T1 there is a lot of that. Every time I change my infusion set I have a different level of absorption, depending on the site I am using. That requires…"
18 hours ago
Richard157 replied to earthling's discussion 'Perplexing symptoms - Autonomic Neuropathy or Addison's?' in the group Type1 for 30 Plus Years
"Hello earthling, this is a good post with good links. I'm sorry to hear that you are having all these problems. I was diagnosed with AN in Dec, 2010, but I do not have any serious symptoms at this stage. It is progressing very slowly. It…"
23 hours ago
Terry replied to Richard157's discussion 'Dexcom and the Artificial Pancreas'
"D-tech is maturing rapidly. The Dexcom 505 firmware update brings the G4 within 9% mean absolute relative difference or MARD. Current fingerstick meters are rated in the mid-5% MARD range. The 505 update dropped the MARD from 13% to 9%, quite a…"
Thursday
Richard157 replied to Richard157's discussion 'Dexcom and the Artificial Pancreas'
"Kevin, I admire you for participating in an AP trial. I have read reports from two Facebook friends who have done so, and they were very closely supervised. It sounds like a very safe procedure. Good luck with it!"
Thursday
Kevin H replied to Richard157's discussion 'Dexcom and the Artificial Pancreas'
"Thanks Richard! On a side note, Oregon Health Sciences University is currently recruiting patients for another AP study. This one is to test out the use of their system to stabilize BG's during and after strenuous exercise. Alas, I was too old…"
Thursday

Profile Information

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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