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Richard157 commented on Robert Yancey's group 'Type1 for 30 Plus Years'
"Hello Rene, many type 1 people have said the same thing on this and other diabetes websites, and Facebook. It is a very common myth, and probably always will be. Buddy,thirty years without a doctor was not good, but the doctors in your and my…"
7 hours ago
Richard157 replied to Brunetta's discussion 'Grrr... Strips for Medtronic Paired Glucose Meter no Longer covered by my insurance'
"Brunetta, I have the same problem with Liberty, my supplier. I had been using the FreeStyle meter since 2006, and they called several months ago and said I had to start using One Touch meters and strips. I do NOT like that meter! My endo gave me a…"
Richard157 posted a discussion

I Thought I Was Cured!! HaHa!

On Saturday I forgot to bolus at breakfast. Two hours later I discovered my mistake, and thought I would have a high. I had a meal of 31 carbs, and should have bolused 3 units. My test before breakfast was 94, and two hours later it was 89, so I still did not bolus. My pump showed that I had not bolused, and there was no insulin on board. Seeing my BG drop without a bolus was very strange, and it has never happened before. I did not need insulin, and I thought I might do the Snoopy dance, climb…See More
Aug 18
Doris D replied to Richard157's discussion 'Seizures'
"yes many of them they involved low b/s (below 20) uncontrolled involunteery movements biting the toung even the paramedics and the ER drs called them seizures"
Aug 15
Jeff replied to Richard157's discussion 'Seizures'
"That sucks. BIg jerking motions - legs too - ditto. Were you testing your sugar when it started and stopped? Didn't the shakes stop a few seconds after you got your sugar raised to normal?"
Aug 15
Sarah replied to Richard157's discussion 'Seizures'
"I had two of these really bad episodes last week; sudden drops, too much insulin mixed with too much activity and I was uncontrollably shaking, every part of my body for close to 1/2 an hour. My friend was with me, she said it seemed like a…"
Aug 14
Annabella replied to Richard157's discussion 'Seizures'
"Funnily enough I had similar eye symptoms when recovering from Ketoacidosus, after I was rushed to hospital, the next day my mother came to visit & she said I seemed drunk with my eyes rolling around, I remember that however hard I tried I could…"
Aug 14
Jen replied to Richard157's discussion 'Seizures'
"I have eye muscle issues to begin with (strabismus, nystagmus) so for all I know mine were facing different directions, too. I just remember trying to look at pictures in a book and it was impossible. Pretty sure my entire body felt numb for that…"
Aug 14

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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)
Type of treatment/devices you use
What pump model do you use, if any?
MM 523
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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…


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 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. :)


At 11:30pm on September 21, 2013, Terrie said…

Looks like you had an important reason to start flying Richard or you wouldn’t have been able to see your Dear Kids and Grandkids, too often. One of our Kids lives closeby and the other lives in centre town here about 15 minutes away. We’re so Happy that they are near us.

Yes, I could see your point about flying being more routine through time. I am amazed that Anita was willing to go but understandably you and your Kids are her Life now. I know that she missed them too much. The trip would be much cheaper for you than us since you live way closer to Florida than we do. I am Happy that you were able to go. I’m sure you and Anita will enjoy the conference in 2015.

I’m surprised that you were the only long-termer there. Well, of course you are their Hero and inspiration. Ha! You know that you are my Hero too and Good Friend. That sounds Fantastic that your flight may be paid for you. You are well worth the cost to them and then some. Here’s hoping that they pay for Anita also.

Does Jeff Hitchcock have Diabetes also? Is that why he started the FFL Conferences?

Phil and I were hoping to meet you and Anita also when we thought you were coming to Ottawa. But alas we were both disappointed. Oh well, we can only do what we can do, eh Richard? Maybe we’ll win a million someday and they could roll us up in comforters and put us in the luggage area, so that we wouldn’t know that we were flying. Hmmm! Plan B! Take a Limo to New York and Florida! :D

Your Welcome Richard. I always enjoy talking to you, my Friend. Thank you!!

Have a Fine Day Richard,





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