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Scott E
  • 41, Male
  • Morris County, NJ
  • United States
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Doris D Jan 29, 2012. 1 Reply

Are we getting closer to a cure, or....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peetie Aug 10, 2012. 21 Replies


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Who Am I?

Yay!  New TuD format, time for a new bio!  An off-the-cuff rambling of thoughts off the top of my head.


I joined TuD (or is it just Tu?) in 2008 -- about a year and a half after starting on my first insulin pump.   After much reluctance, I decided to use a pump when I learned my first child was about to be born.  I now had to stay healthy not only for myself, but also for a child who depended on me.  (My wife, who is amazing with my diabetes and with everything else, depends on me in a sense, but she can do fine without me, as she did before we met).  Joshua was born in February 2007.  He and his brother Zachary, born in November 2011, are some of the biggest prides in my life.


I’ve had Type 1 diabetes since April of 1981, a month after I turned seven years old.  I was just getting over the chicken pox at the time, and all of my first-grade classmates thought I was in the hospital for that.  I’m amazed and thankful for all the advances in treatment since then.


Outside of D-related stuff, I’m a big hockey fan, and also used to play (before my pumping days).  I’d love to get back into it, but I just can’t find the time, and I’ll need to experiment with where to put my pump.


I like to help out and educate people on D-related issues.  While my professional career has nothing to do with diabetes whatsoever, I wish that it did.  It would be much more fulfilling for my analytical, engineering mind to help people than to help machines.


I also host a diabetes-focused blog, Rolling in the D at

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?
Being part of a group, rather than the only Type-1 diabetic I know
Date diagnosed
April 1, 1981
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
7.3 (January 2012... next time will be better I PROMISE!!)
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM
What pump model do you use, if any?
Minimed Paradigm Revel 523
Enter your website, if any (blog, Facebook, Twitter)

Scott E's Blog

Staying motivated

Posted on March 5, 2012 at 9:54am 9 Comments

There've been a lot of discussions here on Tu lately about being being motivated to take care of diabetes, finding the positives amid the struggles, and not giving up. It inspired me to write today's post on my blog, Rolling in the D. You can read it here:

(as an added temptation, there's also a picture there of me as a…


If my meter didn't confirm it, I wouldn't have believed it

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 11:10am 7 Comments

I'm not ready to join the Flatliners Club yet... I'm convinced this is just a pleasant fluke.

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At 8:51am on August 29, 2013, Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes said…

Thank you for taking the time to share your Hurricane Sandy story, Scott. It’s live on Discuss Diabetes now. My best, Laura K.

At 6:07am on November 8, 2012, jrtpup said…

Our Annual Campaign is coming!

Would you consider helping by writing a short comment/testimonial about your
experiences at TuD? The main message for the campaign this year is that no
one with diabetes should ever feel alone. Messages from our community give
people a real-life, personal sense of how valuable TuDiabetes is to each of
us, how it's changed our lives, etc.

If you can, please include a photo of you doing something diabetic (if that
makes sense LOL). Please post to this group
(, or message to me from my page.

Thanks my friends!

At 3:48pm on October 31, 2012, Trudy said…

Hi Scott. I was happy to read on your blog that you and your family are OK despite the lack of power. Best luck to all of you.

At 4:04am on July 12, 2012, jrtpup said…

It's sooooooo hot here. Hope you're staying cool!

At 9:05pm on July 4, 2012, Linda G said…

At 3:35am on May 30, 2012, Marie B said…

hi Scott, I just was wondering how you are doing, I'm sure the kids are keeping you busy.

At 4:44pm on May 20, 2012, jrtpup said…

Spring has sprung here, what a beautiful weekend yet again! Hope yours was too :)

At 7:55am on May 7, 2012, Trudy said…

Hi Scott, I just read your blog on Sure-Ts. One nice thing about that metal needle is that you can move it without replacing the whole set. You need to tape it down when you move it, though; cloth tape works just fine. I always use a little cloth tape on the adhesive anyway, double insurance that it's not going to pull out. I use Apidra, whose instructions say to use it 2 days only in the pump, as does the instructions of the Sure-T. I can sometimes get a little longer by moving the needle. I think other people have found ways to use it longer yet; 2 1/2 to 3 days is the max for mine to work. Quick sets are not bad, not as good as Sure-Ts for me.

At 8:25am on March 30, 2012, Trudy said…

Hi Scott. I just read your blog, "Uh oh". My comment: I don't use the butter compartment for my insulin, I use a vegetable bin. I also keep a good thermometer in there with my precious hoard. I've never dropped a bottle of insulin -- yet, but a pen or two have survived an accident. Have a good weekend!

At 3:20pm on March 24, 2012, Linda G said…

Fear not Scott...and enjoy your hectic life. Before you know it, the kids have sadly flown away!!

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David Barbuto replied to Scott E's discussion 'Ice hockey + Insulin Pump. Any suggestions?'
"Scott just found your post - no luck with the ice hockey it seems. I am trying to solve the same problem going from MDI to pump+CGM but as a firefighter - using 3-4 inch hoses under massive pressure in rugged rural terrain and a search and rescue…"
Apr 22, 2014
Scott E replied to Manny Hernandez's discussion 'RIP Barbara @jrtpup: share your memories of Barbara'
"Oh no..... this is truly upsetting news indeed. What can I say? Pup had an enormous love for people and love for life. We'll all miss her."
Jan 29, 2014
Scott E replied to MKSSS's discussion 'Questions to Ask Endo' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"I'd suggest you contact your insulin pump representative and ask for his or her opinion on the three doctors -- they will be better able to tell you how much the docs know about the pump and how much of the functionality they utilize. The docs…"
Dec 24, 2013
Scott E replied to Matthew Myers's discussion 'Sensor keeps coming out' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"You could try the non-waterproof medical tape. Of course, you'll need to change it after showers, but that's ok. You could also order IV3000 thru it's about 30% cheaper than thru Medtronic."
Oct 14, 2013
Scott E replied to Siri's discussion 'How many days do you wear an infusion set with steel cannula?' in the group Pumping Our Insulin
"I've gone three, three and a half... occasionally reached four... with no real problems. I've also removed and reinserted those sets when I suspected something may be wrong with the site. Does that count as restarting the clock? I'm…"
Sep 4, 2013
Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes left a comment for Scott E
"Thank you for taking the time to share your Hurricane Sandy story, Scott. It’s live on Discuss Diabetes now. My best, Laura K."
Aug 29, 2013
Scott E replied to sweeterthanhoney's discussion 'increasing the life of a medtronic cgm' in the group Continuous Glucose Monitor Users
"I don't know if it's true, but I heard somewhere that the sensors have a built-in "function" to harass you with Weak Signal messages if you extend them beyond the three-day mark. I've noticed that, at times, I'll get…"
Aug 22, 2013
Scott E replied to Kelly's discussion 'MM 723 - pros and cons for a potential user.' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"The only pumps (not mentioned) where you can remote-bolus from the meter are the OneTouch/Animas Ping and the Omnipod (you have no other choice with the Omnipod). I use the MM523, which is the smaller-reservoir version of the 723. Yes, I have had my…"
Aug 9, 2013
Scott E replied to Donna's discussion 'Sure T' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"I switched from the Sil to the Sure-T about 2 years ago and, in general, I like it better. The insertion of the Sil is so much easier (think pen-needle gauge) and less traumatic to the skin; therefore less scarring than the Sil. Also, because it has…"
Jul 30, 2013
Scott E replied to Graeme's discussion 'No Delivery Warnings' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"In 7 years of pumping, I've probably only gotten 3 No Delivery errors (Motor Errors is another story... I believe it's a problem with the Revel). It pretty much always comes from pinched tubing. Make sure your tubing is connected properly…"
Jul 23, 2013
Scott E commented on Bernard's group 'Continuous Glucose Monitor Users'
"See if you can get a hold of, and read, the book "Beyond Fingersticks: The Art of Continuous Glucose Monitoring" by William Lee DuBois. Wil is a huge advocate of CGMs, but he can help you better understand what a CGM can and cannot do…"
Jun 15, 2013
Scott E commented on Regge's group 'Pumping Our Insulin'
"Re: Button errors. They say perspiration can cause it. If you keep the pump snug against the body, the button-side should be away from the skin. Sorry I can't offer you any more info. Never had that problem myself, but I know someone who did,…"
May 27, 2013
Scott E replied to Sara's discussion 'Issues w/ pumps after going through security' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"What is the nature of the malfunction? Button error? Motor error? Low battery? I've had my share of motor errors, but they're not showstoppers; just disconnect, rewind/prime, reconnect. Call MedT when convenient. I can't correlate it…"
May 22, 2013
Scott E replied to Geoffrey Steinman's discussion 'Contour NEXT USB (Link Meter) pouch' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"Finally got my new case! They told me it would take seven to ten days by US Mail, and it took the full ten. It's a little awkward how they flipped the whole orientation around, but I suppose that will take some getting used to. The meter has…"
May 22, 2013
Scott E replied to Don's discussion 'Sometimes it's the little things (snark alert)...' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"Is this something new? My Medtronic alerts to a Temp Basal only once per hour, on the hour. Personally, I wish it would alert when the Temp Basal is OVER, that way I can decide if my labor-intensive work is running longer than expected (as usual)…"
May 15, 2013
Scott E replied to Lukas's discussion 'Problems after resetting a low.' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"If she's treating a low (verified with meter, not just with CGM) with the proper amount of food (typically about 15 carbs) she should not need to bolus (take insulin) for the food, So you are correct in not "telling" the pump that…"
May 10, 2013
Scott E replied to Geoffrey Steinman's discussion 'Contour NEXT USB (Link Meter) pouch' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"How long did it take to receive your replacement? I called on April 25th (they took my model/serial number) and now, almost two weeks later, nothing has come. They told me it would be a couple of days. Maybe I'll try the email route..."
May 8, 2013
Scott E replied to Kiminee's discussion 'CGM Settings' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"My high alarm is set for 170 during the day and 140 overnight. My theory is that I shouldn't have any postprandial spikes overnight so my BG should stay below 140. My low alarm is set for 80 all the time. High repeat is set to 1 hour, low…"
May 7, 2013
Scott E replied to Geoffrey Steinman's discussion 'Contour NEXT USB (Link Meter) pouch' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"I did call, and the rep said they do not have the case (he called it a "meter wallet") for the NextLink, but they do have one for the Contour USB. He offered to send that one, but couldn't guarantee that it will fit -- I'm quite…"
Apr 25, 2013
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