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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
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
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
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
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
Ruth replied to jeffgillis's discussion 'Ping Refills Dilemma/911' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I'm also facing the possibility of running out of supplies for my Ping. Because of changes in our insurance I'm about 2 months into trying to get my pump supplies under the new insurance. It looks like things are finally on the right track…"
Oct 11, 2013
Ruth commented on Manny Hernandez's group 'Animas Insulin Pump Users'
"Right now I have no interest in the Vibe either. I wouldn't mind a CGM, but not enough to incur the additional cost of those supplies and even more I don't want to give up the remote."
Aug 22, 2013
Ruth replied to Amy's discussion 'Pump and aqua therapy' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"As I understand it IV prep is like Skin prep except that it also has alcohol in it. I've always just used skin prep since I'm already opening an alcohol swab to clean the top of my insulin vial."
Aug 22, 2013
Ruth replied to Amy's discussion 'Pump and aqua therapy' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I always wear my pump when I swim. I lower my basal rate since I normally swim hard for an hour to an hour and a half. I the one thing special i do is to use skin prep when inserting my infusion set so it will stick tighter. I've never had it…"
Aug 20, 2013
Ruth replied to Gerri's discussion 'Pizza Experiment #7--Recipe'
"I'm a little disappointed. I have a gluten sensitivity so when I saw 'no wheat flour' and 'lots of fiber' I got excited as most gluten free breads tend to be higher in carbs and very low in fiber. Then I saw 'wheat…"
Jun 9, 2013
Ruth replied to Chris's discussion 'Animas Ping at high elevations' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I live at 7000 ft and am fairly regularly at 9000-10,000 ft. I find that when I go to nearer sea level I need slightly more insulin, but not enough that I need to change my pump setting when I'm there for just a few days."
Jun 1, 2013
Ruth replied to LivinWiththeBeetus's discussion 'Animas ping?' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I have been using the Animas Ping for about a year and a half. Every once in a while I catch the tubing on something, usually when I'm at home in the evening and I've been lazy about making sure its tucked in or covered. On the whole,…"
May 18, 2013
Ruth replied to Andrew's discussion 'Butt Sites' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I find a mirror helps me with the harder to reach/view locations, then I don't have to contort as much."
Apr 1, 2013
Ruth replied to jrtpup's discussion 'The D food graveyard - what's in yours?'
"I make my own pizza from scratch so I can control exactly what goes into it. I do much better with it than with restaurant/takeout/frozen pizza."
Feb 14, 2013
Ruth replied to Dee Meloche's discussion 'Disappointed in the Ping' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"The meter I was using before I got my Ping required quite a bit more blood than the Ping's meter, so I was delighted with it. I've been pumping less than a year and a half and have only used the Ping, so I don't have anything else to…"
Feb 2, 2013
Ruth replied to Jen's discussion 'What percent?'
"In the less than two years since I was correctly diagnosed I've met several others that were erroniously diagnosed as type 2 and were later (after varying lengths of frustration and doctors that wouldn't belive that they really were taking…"
Feb 2, 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.
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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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