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Ruth replied to Susan Van Abs's discussion 'How many infusion sets do you order for 3 months?' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"My endo recently changed my prescription for changing every two days so I can really change every 3 days. I'd been making the ones I didn't have issues with last 4 to 4 1/2 days so I wouldn't run out. My source ships in increments of…"
Jan 31
Ruth replied to Susan Van Abs's discussion 'How many infusion sets do you order for 3 months?' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"When I first got my pump I got 4 boxes (10 per box) for 3 months, which was enough. Then our insurance made some changes and would only give, me 3 boxes, which meant I was wearing a set for 4 days to accomodate "real life" but by the 4th…"
Dec 26, 2014
Ruth replied to Laura S.'s discussion 'Here's what many of you have been waiting for!!!!!' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I doubt I will switch to the vibe because I often have my pump tucked where it isn't easy to get out. I don't have CGM yet, but I'm really thinking about it. For me I think it would make more sense for me to have them separate so I…"
Dec 1, 2014
Ruth replied to Joe Dennis's discussion 'have to hang up my shoes !' in the group LADA Diabetics
"Ive know people with knee replacements who have returned to running, with the understanding the the replacements may wear out sooner, necessitating annother replacement. I've never been a runner, but I have been able to resume hiking and skiing."
Oct 14, 2014
Ruth replied to jesikabeth's discussion 'New Pumper, LOVE my ping' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I was 3 years ago. I'm so glad my endocrinologist pushed me to consider it."
Sep 15, 2014
Ruth replied to Badlands's discussion 'Animas Customer Service' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"My experience with Animas customer service has been limited, but all positive. I wish I could say the same about my insurance."
Sep 13, 2014
Ruth replied to Hummingbird's discussion 'Tired of water' in the group LADA Diabetics
"I drink lots of different kinds of teas. I even grow my own chamomile and peppermint."
Aug 21, 2014
Ruth commented on Amy's group 'LADA Diabetics'
"Exogenous insulin is insulin from outside your body, not what your own body produces. Yes, everyone is dependent on insulin, but Type 1, and LADA will be dependent on insulin not produced by their bodies as what their bodies make decreases."
Aug 7, 2014
Ruth commented on Amy's group 'LADA Diabetics'
"When they figured out, after four years, that I was type 1, I was so relieved not to have to take metformin again. All it did for me was make me sick and give me never ending totally liquid diarrhea."
Aug 6, 2014
Ruth replied to sdkate's discussion 'What's in your bag?'
"I don't know how to post a photo here. It is a backpack style purse that I got from JCPenney a couple of years or so ago. It helps that I am fairly tall (about 5' 8.5") with a large frame and I'm used to carrying a lot of stuff."
Aug 4, 2014
Ruth replied to sdkate's discussion 'What's in your bag?'
"Test kit, backup test kit, extra test strips, glucagon, a variety of fast acting sugars, wallet, 2 cameras, mini photo album, 2 fold-up shopping bags, small flashlight, mini tool kit, several pens, kleenax, lip balm, several packets of crystal…"
Aug 4, 2014
Ruth replied to Flem07's discussion 'Carb counting app' in the group LADA Diabetics
"For counting carbs at home I rely on the Calorie King book, as well as package labels, measuring cups and spoons, and a good kitchen scale. For chain restaurants my favorite is the 'Restaurant Nutrition' app."
Jun 16, 2014
Ruth replied to les's discussion 'Newbie' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"My experience is that while my control while on MDIs was very good, with a pump it is even better, and it is much easier to keep that good control, especially since it is pretty much impossible for me to have anything resembling a…"
Apr 15, 2014
Ruth replied to laurie23662's discussion 'Help to decide on a pump' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"The only pump I have used is the Animas Ping, so I can only render an opinion on it. I chose it primarily for two reasons: it is waterproof (I'm outside in all weather, plus I enjoy such activities as swimmimg and rafting.) and for the…"
Jan 28, 2014
Ruth replied to Courtney's discussion 't:slim user considering switching to Ping - Does the remote bolus ever get old?' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I initially chose the Ping because it is waterproof since I swim and I have been known to be out in all kinds of weather and I don't want to have to worry about keeping my pump dry. I wasn't thinking about the remote meter. However, that…"
Jan 10, 2014
Ruth replied to KrabbyKelly's discussion 'Test strips allowed by insurance?' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"My doctor writes a prescription for 10 times/day. If I take it to a local pharmacy I only get 200 strips for a month (<7/day). If I go through a mail order pharmacy I get 300 strips (10/day). And my copay is less for the mail order pharmacy."
Oct 20, 2013

Profile Information

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?
I'm wanting to find others who understand living with diabetes, especially type 1.
Date diagnosed
May 5, 2007
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, Diet and Exercise
What pump model do you use, if any?
Animas Ping
Tell us more about you (optional)
I was misdiagnosed as type 2 based on my age at the time (48). After 4 years of increasing difficult struggle to control my blood sugar, and repeatedly being told by several different endocrinologists that I "really need to be more careful about what I eat" (I was down to usually 80-90 grams of carbs/day) and/or "you really ought to get some exercise" (I was exercising 3+ hours most days), despite showing them my copius notes. I finally found an endocrinologist that actually listened to me and therefore tested me, then promptly put me on insulin. I feel much better and less stressed out now, I just wish it hadn't taken so long to find someone who would really listen to me.

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At 11:51am on July 25, 2012, catlover said…

Hi Ruth- Welcome to TuD. We hope you like it here. We hear your story frequently when new members join. Glad you found out your answer.

At 7:01am on July 25, 2012, Marie B said…

hi Ruth, welcome here, so glad you got the correct dx finally. same thing happened to our founder Manny.

At 1:11pm on July 24, 2012, Linda G said…

We're so happy that you're finally here!
Welcome home Ruth....
This is a great place to share, to learn, and to grow...all the while meeting new people world wide, and making friends.
Take a peek at some the groups when you get a chance. Just go to the top of your page, and click on "Groups".
Once in, you can either peruse the wide array of available groups....or simply type a specific interest in the space provided.
Take in some of the blogs/discussions as well.
The resource boxes at the top of the home "Home" page, and
"About us" at the very bottom of your page and every page (the footer), offer you more information still.
Hope you find the support and information you came looking for.
Here is a useful link to get you on your way:
AND....groups for folks with more than diabetes to contend with,
such as
..."Diabetes Plus".
Take care....and keep in touch!

At 9:00am on July 24, 2012, Doris D said…

WELCOME TO OUR LOVING, CARING, AND UNDERSTANDING FAMILY MY FRIEND!!! Great to have you here with us!!!!Please feel free to check out our Forum, Blogs and Groups here!!! If u have any questions please feel free to ask any of us or put it on our forum. To answer any of us back just hit the "comment back "bar under our comments and you will go to our page where you can leave a comment to us and also read abit about us.
Here's a link to help you get to know more about us: http://www.tudiabetes.org/notes

At 8:47am on July 24, 2012, SEAGATOR said…

Welcome to our wonderful family. We are a very caring and supportive group. Questions? Please feel free to ask us. Please read the BLOGS, the FORUMS, and check out the many GROUPS for much valuable advice and information. WELCOME!!!




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