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eye exam

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sam Iam Aug 23, 2013. 11 Replies

So, I haven't had my eyes checked for about 3 years. I'd been putting it off, since I haven't had insurance. The last couple of times, I'd gotten it checked at an optometrist who never noticed any…Continue

T2 friend / Bell's Palsy?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sam Iam Jul 25, 2013. 8 Replies

One of my best friends is T2. I love him to death, but he can be a really frustrating, stubborn guy. He was diagnosed at around 20, and over the past 15 years, I believe he has rarely been below 200.…Continue

DKA w/o very high BG?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David (dns) Jun 14, 2013. 6 Replies

During 20+ years of MDI, I had several readings 400+. Probably over 500 at some point. I felt sluggish, thirsty and had to use the bathroom, but besides that, not so bad.After I started pumping, I…Continue

permanent honeymoon?

Started Jun 4, 2013 0 Replies

I've read claims that if BG is kept at normal levels through diet and careful management, the honeymoon period can be extended indefinitely. It's way too late for me, but I'm very curious about why…Continue


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Sam Iam liked renka's blog post A new way for me!
Mar 17
Sam Iam replied to Manny Hernandez's discussion 'What if you could get insulin without needles?'
"I participated in the original study about 7 years ago. My control was not great at the time, and I took a lot of insulin. I did marginally better with the inhaler, but I went through tons of cartridges. I was in the test group for 2 years. I…"
Mar 17
Sam Iam replied to Cocheze's discussion 'Setting Basal Rates' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"Basically, that's how I did it. I did sleep during the night, but woke up every hour to test. A CGM may be helpful if you have one. I'm sure there are easier ways to do it. I was trying to be as scientific as possible. I learned that my…"
Mar 17
Sam Iam replied to Cocheze's discussion 'Setting Basal Rates' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"I'm not so sure. The key is that the boluses I took were very small ~0.5u. Also, the test went on long enough, so there were many points when I was completely fasting.I was trying not to let my stomach empty completely, to avoid a liver dump. I…"
Mar 16
Sam Iam replied to Cocheze's discussion 'Setting Basal Rates' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"I tested my basal rate over about 30 hours. I tested every hour, using an egg timer. I ate only lettuce, cheese, and wasa crackers, which required very little bolus. It turned out I needed a less insulin, very late at night, when I'd normally…"
Mar 16
Sam Iam replied to Spock's discussion 'VERY Mundane and Terrifiying Topic: Dry, Cracked and Bleeding Feet.'
"I've read some horror stories of PWD getting infections after having their callouses reduced by podiatrists. My podiatrist said that he was aware of the risk, and was very careful with mine. He used something like an electric buffer. I've…"
Mar 16
Sam Iam replied to Spock's discussion 'VERY Mundane and Terrifiying Topic: Dry, Cracked and Bleeding Feet.'
"Go to a podiatrist. Maybe find warm socks not made from cotton. I hope they get better soon."
Mar 15
Sam Iam liked Dave's discussion About that T1/T2 division...
Feb 23
Sam Iam replied to Manny Hernandez's discussion 'RIP Barbara @jrtpup: share your memories of Barbara'
"She was a great member. I'm glad I got the chance to talk to her. So sorry to hear of her passing. My condolences to her family."
Jan 30
Sam Iam commented on Manny Hernandez's group 'Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users'
"Cindy: I assume this is because you are right-handed. When Quicksets hit muscle tissue, the tend to clog or kink below the skin. They gave me a very high failure rate. I'm much happier with Sure-T's."
Jan 24
Annette and Sam Iam are now friends
Sep 30, 2013
Sam Iam updated their profile
Aug 29, 2013
Sam Iam liked Jen's discussion Infusion set allergy update - SO much better!!! (with pictures)
Aug 29, 2013
Sam Iam replied to Sam Iam's discussion 'eye exam'
"Thanks, Rick. Good to know.I'm not panicked. Just yet another thing to think about. If anything, I'm glad I caught this early."
Aug 23, 2013
rick phillips replied to Sam Iam's discussion 'eye exam'
"I saw the same opthamologist for many years and she spotted two cataracts one corrected now and some background retinopathy. The retinopathy comes and goes some visits it is there others it is not. My suggestion is don't panic, go back in a…"
Aug 22, 2013
Sam Iam replied to Sam Iam's discussion 'eye exam'
"Sorry to hear that. I've tended to hover around 8, but in the mid - high 6's lately. My blood pressure also went up with my tighter control. Never paid that much thought to my eyes until now. I've always had floaters, but never made…"
Aug 22, 2013

Profile Information

The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
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?
compare notes
Date diagnosed
April 1, 1986
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
8.0, 6.8, 7.1, 6.5
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, Diet and Exercise
What pump model do you use, if any?
medtronic paradigm
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Tell us more about you (optional)
Type 1 25+ years. Switched from MDI to the pump 2 years ago. Also a father and children's book illustrator/author.

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first 3d print

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 7:12pm 2 Comments

medtronic pump clip

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 6:25pm 8 Comments

I just broke my last pump clip. It got caught on something when I sat down at a restaurant.

Medtronic has been cool about sending me replacements so far. I've been through about a half dozen, including one that broke in the mail.This is what I'm using in the mean time. Pretty sad.

I think the…


saying goodbye

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 11:57pm 11 Comments

My dad passed away from lung cancer on Friday morning, not long after his 70th birthday. He had quit smoking about 30 years earlier, so the cancer's cause is somewhat mysterious.

He was born and grew up under very difficult circumstances. The type of guy to always pull for the underdog, and believed in try to do the best with the hand you're dealt.

I think my D made us closer in some ways. When I was a kid, he was very involved, and took it upon himself to keep track of my…


first A1C since low carb / reduced insulin

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 10:00pm 6 Comments

It has been almost 3 months since I lowered my carb intake to ~40g / day. Once I got my basal and carb ratios figured out, I was very careful and kept tight control. For the last month, though, I have been working very long hours, not sleeping, and testing my BG usually only 1-3 times/day. I have stuck to my diet, though. My pump clogged a couple times, but I caught it, so nothing serious.

I just tested on the Bayer home A1C kit. BG at time of test was 81. My result was 6.8. I would…


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At 7:22pm on July 19, 2013, Stemwinder (Gary) said…

Thank you for the friend request Sam. Let me tell you something about me. My name is Gary and I am a mid-fifties Type 2. For years I neglected my diabetes until finally I was unable to ignore it any more.
These days I have my diabetes controlled, well, at least if it’s actually possible to control diabetes. I keep my weight in check with diet and exercise and I am totally insulin dependent. I use an insulin pump, a Medtronic Revel 723 to be precise.
I am a father to two grown men and a grandfather to two boys ages 2 and 5. I have been married for over thirty years to my beautiful wife.
They say you are known by the friends you keep, I feel pretty good about my friends here at TuDiabetes.

At 3:12pm on July 19, 2013, Linda G said…

Hello! Thank you for having me as a friend Sam:)
That little sweetie sleeping on your shoulder is adorable ♥
I'm in the southwestern part of the province of Ontario...a city named Kitchener-Waterloo (2 cities joined together). I'm a wife of 34 years (hubby is also diabetic), mom to two grown children (one 29, the other 27), a grandma to 4 lovable little boys, a teacher, and before that an illustrator (still do some) and graphic designer....I speak French fluently, I read, history fascinates me, I paint, sing, walk, garden, ski, ride my bike....did I mention "read"? I love having friends over, I bake/cook, am an eclectic music lover, an animal lover...the ocean...ah the speaks to me! Oh...and I have diabetes (and a few other things).
Nice to have you as a friend!!! Tell me a bit about yourself and keep in touch, ok?

At 5:41am on July 19, 2013, rick phillips said…

Hey Sam, it is always great to get friend requests from the coolest people, thank you for being my new cool friend.

At 4:49pm on July 18, 2013, Stemwinder (Gary) said…

Congrats on making the Featured Members List Sam. Please click on this VIDEO LINK. I realize that the song doesn’t quite fit but you will get the idea. .

At 6:35pm on July 17, 2013, Linda G said…

Hey Sam Iam....BRAVO on being a FEATURED MEMBER!!

At 5:43pm on July 17, 2013, rick phillips said…

Sam Iam, congratulations on being named a featured member of the week.

At 4:54pm on June 24, 2013, David (dns) said…


Thank you once again for your donation to Raise Your Hand, the first-ever online auction for Diabetes Hands Foundation!

The auction has been rescheduled for February 2014. Once it closes we will let you know who the highest bidder was for the item(s) you contributed. It would be a great help to us if you can send the item(s) to the winner directly.

Please send a photo, description and approximate value of the item(s) you would like to contribute to The more detail, the better, as we want to do full justice to every donation on the auction site.

Please let your friends and family know about your contribution(s) to this fundraiser so they have the opportunity to participate as well. Again, thanks so much for your support, and for being part of our wonderful community!

At 3:26pm on December 8, 2012, CherylLuck said…

Hi Sam! Just wanted to say that it is not perhaps our blood is thicker, but rather, is really is thicker. The dietitian called it "sticky blood". I think that happens if dehydration sets in.

At 9:32pm on November 9, 2012, nel said…

Sam , your response received .Your Dad's age tooo close to mine !! ...
No , you will not skew results ...the purpose is to record as many tests as you can , so closer to the 20,000 and more $$ to those who are in need ...thanks for going for it :)

At 5:47pm on November 9, 2012, nel said…

Hi Sam , from across the Line .How are you ? I read about your Dad's passing .May he rest in peace . He was too young !
Hope you are up to playing the Big Blue Test from present till November 14 , World Diabetes Day.
Only 6 more days to go - we can do this!!
We have people participating with injuries, people who can only do 5 minutes of exercise due to their health, and people doing heavy, strenuous exercise. This year there is no set time that you have to exercise to log your results.
Please encourage your families, friends, co-workers, etc. to log their exercise as well No fingerstick needed.My Hubby joins me during my daily walks .
Where else can you donate $5 to needy D organizations without taking a penny out of pocket?
I really want to see it happen. Let's get there soon!

Thanks for your participation and post the times you RUN ;)
Here a bit more information ,if you don't know what the Big BLue Test is...: If 20,000 tests are logged before November 14th, $100,000 will be donated to diabetes-related nonprofits. Last number I noticed is over 13000 .Up to Go .I hope I made it clear !The website helpful ??? Thank you again and be well !Keep on being well...all the best , N




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