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Ice Cream for PWD

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sam Iam on Friday. 3 Replies

I stumbled upon this video, recently:'ve started using the same method, except I use heavy cream…Continue

Tags: low, carb, Brian, recipe, cream

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


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Sam Iam replied to Sam Iam's discussion 'Ice Cream for PWD'
"Thanks for the recipe, Brian. I'll try it when I am feeling ambitious. The only thing I've found at all lacking in my recipe, above, is that it is far more icy than creamy."
Marie B replied to Sam Iam's discussion 'Ice Cream for PWD'
"Here's the discussion that has Brian's recipe"
Brian (bsc) replied to Sam Iam's discussion 'Ice Cream for PWD'
"I have an ice cream maker. I use a custard base with heavy cream. It is very low carb. Search the site for my recipe. It is very good, but sadly does not refreeze all that well so it is best eaten completely when made."
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Ice Cream for PWD

I stumbled upon this video, recently:'ve started using the same method, except I use heavy cream instead of half and half. I skip the sugar and chocolate syrup. I add ~2 tsp of sugar free Da Vinci Syrup, and <1 tsp agave nectar. I've found the recipe doesn't need to be precise, and the result does not raise my BG much, and is as good as most ice cream from the store.See More
Sam Iam replied to Robin's discussion 'quick set'
"I would have had to quit pumping if Quick Sets were the only option."
May 25
Sam Iam replied to Kiwikrystie's discussion 'Thoughts on Dr Berstein's book?'
"You are correct. There is always a tendency to replace one set of dogma with another."
May 21
Sam Iam replied to Kiwikrystie's discussion 'Thoughts on Dr Berstein's book?'
"According to his book, Dr. Bernstein reached this "normal" A1c by testing pump salesman in his office all in their 30s, healthy, fit guys, probably fasting, and found an avg BG of 83, I believe. Even for non-D's, A1c tends to rise…"
May 21
Sam Iam replied to Kiwikrystie's discussion 'Thoughts on Dr Berstein's book?'
"I'm not ashamed to admit that Dr. Bernstein is my hero. Anyone managing T1 for 60+ years is my hero. Not to mention becoming an MD in middle age, and dedicating his life to helping others. Holding someone to the impossible standard of being…"
May 20
Sam Iam replied to KCCO's discussion 'DKA - 15 years post diagnosis'
"I experienced DKA for the first time, after about 25 years of D. I had a cannula clog when I fell asleep. It was terrible. The next day, I was throwing up for hours. My BG was 230."
May 20
Sam Iam replied to sugarmama's discussion 'Non-Compliant T1D child'
"Hi sugarmama, This is a tough one. Already some great advice from others here. I was diagnosed at 8, had struggled with control a great deal, and want to bring up a couple of things: My control seemed to worsen a great deal as I got older. I believe…"
May 19
Sam Iam replied to Kiwikrystie's discussion 'Thoughts on Dr Berstein's book?'
"I am 35, T1 for 28 years. I've been following Bernstein's dietary recommendations for aobut 3 1/2 years, and have found them very helpful. My BG is stable, and A1c around 6. Not perfect, but much better than I've ever done. I have not…"
May 12
Sam Iam replied to Taylor_B's discussion 'Bled like a stuffed pig' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"It happened to me a couple times. In my case, I believe it was some sort of allergic reaction to the teflon cannulae."
May 11
Sam Iam replied to ☆★ BabyGirl ☆★'s discussion 'How Old?'
"I was 8."
May 7
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

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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
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compare notes
Date diagnosed
April 1, 1986
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
8.0, 6.8, 7.1, 6.5
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Pump, Diet and Exercise
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medtronic paradigm
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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 the "Blogabetic" 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 the "Blogabetic" 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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