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Basal or Bolus?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David (dns) Nov 1, 2014. 20 Replies

I've been Type 1 for 21+ years and am on MDI. My insulin to carb ratio is a very simple l:10 (Apidra); correction factor an easy 100; and my Levemir basal 3 units in the morning and 5 at bedtime. So…Continue

Tags: bolus, basal

Also Sobering...

Started this discussion. Last reply by acidrock23 Oct 12, 2014. 28 Replies

This is a companion piece to Maurie's discussion on his Low, called "Sobering...". Last night I was well and truly Sobered by Highs. When I was about to get ready for bed, I monitored and was 508!…Continue

Tags: DKA, Highs

Bees Detect Diabetes!

Started this discussion. Last reply by meee Aug 18, 2014. 3 Replies

Here is one of the oddest stories I have ever read:…Continue

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Medicare Changes in Mail Order Testing Supplies

Started this discussion. Last reply by jims Jul 29, 2013. 3 Replies

If you are a senior on Medicare, be sure to check out this article:…Continue

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Trudy replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Migration update: forum categories and subcategories'
"Thanks, Emily. I'm really pleased that thought is being given to making the site useful for our members and readers who are visually impaired. Also, the way that TuD has handled blogs and poetry over the years has been special and unique, and…"
Trudy replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Migration update: forum categories and subcategories'
"Hi Emily. I note on the categories that under Community is Arts and Crafts. Could we have something like Arts, Crafts and Poetry? And this is important: I'm hoping that the new TuD will be easy for the visually-impaired to use. I'm told by…"
Trudy replied to Christalyn's discussion 'the new levemir pen'
"Hi Christalyn. Once a pen is behaving too badly, the easiest thing to do is to remove the insulin from it with a syringe. In fact, that's the only way I remove insulin from my 2 pens, Levemir and Apidra. It's always accurate."
Trudy replied to Sam F's discussion 'Least Toxic Insulin'
"The symptoms you mentioned are sometimes caused by Celiac Disease, another autoimmune disease. After having had Celiac for 20+ years, the main symptoms I have when I've been accidentally "glutenized" are brain fog and a belly ache."
Trudy commented on lotsofshots's blog post 'Why I am Glad I Have Diabetes. Really!'
"Hi Ellen. This is an interesting post. Let's see, I also have several chronic conditions (all autoimmune). I've also had a brush with death now and again. Diabetes--well, Diabetes is 24/7 and while I'd be happy to get rid of it,…"
Feb 13
Trudy replied to Shari's discussion 'Anyone with T1 and Celiac have MORE trouble with control?'
"Shari, when I became GF, my digestion improved and my blood sugars became more stable. As for pizza crust--once in a while I buy UDI's or Amy's frozen pizzas, and give a bit of my crust to our Golden Retrievers! Certainly many of the…"
Feb 9
Trudy replied to Shari's discussion 'Anyone with T1 and Celiac have MORE trouble with control?'
"Hi Shari. I have had Type 1 and Celiac Disease for 20 years plus. So I'd answer your question with more questions: 1) are you eating fewer carbs, more veggies for instance, or 2) buying gluten-free baked goods that have more carbs than their…"
Feb 9
Trudy replied to rahul_boston's discussion 'Digestion and Type 1'
"Hi rahul_boston. I can only tell you about my experiences, maybe something in them could help you. First, I have 5 autoimmune conditions. I was 25 y.o. when I got Pernicious Anemia. PA destroys the gastric juice and acid in your stomach (along with…"
Feb 9
lotsofshots left a comment for Trudy
"Hi Trudy, Our weather is acting very strange. Day before yesterday it was 60 and sunny, what a special day! I did errands and didn't even wear a coat. It was fantastic. Our spring is short and sweet so this day was well appreciated. The next…"
Feb 6
Trudy commented on Trudy's blog post 'My Friend With Diabetes'
"Thanks, Buckley."
Feb 5
Buckley83 commented on Trudy's blog post 'My Friend With Diabetes'
"Top post!"
Feb 5
Trudy replied to mrdavenportcpa's discussion 'What Supplements do you take?'
"I also take a few supplements, although not herbal: a daily vitamin pill, vitamin D3, calcium, glucosamine & chondroitin, bilberry & lutein, cranberry capsules, folic acid, B12 shots (for pernicious anemia), Hcl & enzymes (for damage…"
Feb 3
Trudy replied to mrdavenportcpa's discussion 'What Supplements do you take?'
"Just a word of caution on herbal supplements: Since many of us with Diabetes also have Celiac, the info that wheat can be hidden in these supplements…"
Feb 3
Trudy left a comment for lotsofshots
"Hi Ellen. A people shirt would very likely work well for Ammi. Our double-coated dogs finally figured out that it's fun to roll around and wrestle in the snow. We have about a foot of snow accumulation right now, making our long driveway…"
Feb 3
Trudy replied to SGrieco's discussion '"should not live alone" recommendations for T1Ds'
"Hi SGrieco. Here is a TuD Group that might have some info for you:"
Feb 3
Betts commented on Trudy's blog post 'My Friend With Diabetes'
"Hi Trudy, Glad your toes will be getting better. I've never had a problem with my feet.PTL! I go to a great podiatrist who trims my toe nails & a small callus on the bottom of my foot. Not really bad, just feels like I'm walking on a…"
Feb 1
lotsofshots left a comment for Trudy
"Hi Trudy, Ammi has really super short hair. His belly is freckled pink skin. I worry about him in the cold but since it has not been cold here I may only need to throw a people shirt on him this year. We have had nothing, only rain. I am so jealous…"
Feb 1
Trudy commented on Trudy's blog post 'My Friend With Diabetes'
"Hi Betts, thanks for your kind remarks. I'm so glad we have the technology to treat our diabetes effectively, and to get diagnosed as well; and yes, this is a good era for our medical problems. Sorry I'm late in responding to you, but…"
Feb 1
Trudy left a comment for lotsofshots
"Hi Ellen. "Bare on the belly", huh. A bare belly wouldn't work in our yard today! We've had a steady snowfall for hours now, just a little coming down, but will no doubt give us a real accumulation. At least not a blizzard like…"
Feb 1
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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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Date diagnosed
November 22, 1993
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(2/11 -- 6.0) (6/11 -- 6.2) (11/11 -- 6.3) (4/12 -- 6.3) (9/12 -- 5.8) (2/13 -- 5.8) (7/13 -- 6.5) (12 /13 -- 6.3) (3/14 -- 6.4) (12/14 -- 6.1)
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MDI using Levemir and Apidra pens, One Touch Ultra 2 and One Touch Mini meters.

Trudy's Blog

My Friend With Diabetes

Posted on January 7, 2015 at 1:30pm 21 Comments

During the late 1930s and '40s, we lived across the street from a "mom and pop" grocery store. As my dad would say, the "fly in the ointment" was that during those depression years, we didn't have much money to spend there. I was eleven years old when the owner, Mr. Lowe, allowed me to visit with his wife in the little kitchen/living room in the back of his store. They appeared to be in their sixties. Every morning Mr. Lowe carried his tiny, underweight wife downstairs from their upstairs…


A Walk in the Park, II

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 7:00am 4 Comments

I posted the following blog on November 22, 2010 -- for Thanksgiving Day. Since then I have found other reasons to be thankful -- for one, I have stayed alive long enough to celebrate my 21st Diaversary! I had a real medical scare this last January, which could have ended differently. Our son and daughter and their offspring are thriving, and thankfully, I'm here to appreciate that. And oh yes, I'm thankful that my husband and I will soon celebrate the anniversary of our marriage in the…


Gluten Free

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 9:00am 2 Comments

If you have Celiac Disease, you have probably already read that the new FDA rule goes into effect today:

I made this comment on another site:

"The AP article in my newspaper says, "The standard will ensure that companies can't label products 'gluten-free' if they are cross-contaminated from other products made in the same manufacturing facility".



My Favorite Things, Fifth Annual #DBlog Week

Posted on May 18, 2014 at 4:30am 0 Comments

As we wrap up another Diabetes DBlog Week, let’s share a few of our favorite things from the week. This can be anything from a #DBlogWeek post you loved, a fantastic new-to-you blog you found, a picture someone included in a post that spoke to you, or comment left on your blog that made you smile. Anything you liked is worth sharing!

DBlog Week is my favorite week of the year on the DOC. The participation of Tudiabetes on Poetry day this year was an added bonus. I'll be…


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At 5:42am on February 6, 2015, lotsofshots said…

Hi Trudy, Our weather is acting very strange. Day before yesterday it was 60 and sunny, what a special day! I did errands and didn't even wear a coat. It was fantastic. Our spring is short and sweet so this day was well appreciated. The next day I was under the impression it would be warm again, and I was late so I just grabbed a leather jacket, no gloves, scarf or hat. Big mistake. It was so cold and windy that it felt like Chicago in the winter. Near the hospital is like a wind tunnel. Today is supposed to get into the teens, and Monday we are supposed to have our ever promised snow, I hope.
I am sorry that you are having trouble with your feet. Do your legs hurt too from lack of circulation? If I am not moving things hurt, but it is hard when you don't feel well, to move all day. I try and it helps. I went to a doctor who suggested deep massage in bringing back circulation. She said it helped someone from losing their foot.
I think you can even get a prescription for shoes. I know a lot of the vets that have problems with their feet wear these special shoes that have a really high and wide toe. The shoe doesn't rub on the toes or even touch them. They look funny, but so what. I have a friend that wears big socks and Nike Velrco rubber sandals. I am glad you ordered some. I hope that your toes heal soon. Sometimes doing what seems to make things worse actually helps. I have found walking half dead to be very rejuvenating. Circulation is so important. If you walk the blood will get down there more so than not even with the valves. Can you try a three point cane, or a walker? I go to the VA now and I see vets with terrible problems. They get state of the art canes, walkers and electric wheelchairs.
I have been having a terrible increase in my arthritis. If I sit in the car\ riding to DC I can hardly walk when I get out. I have trouble going up stairs. My knees just give out and I fall. Once day I was rushing to leave and I had my purse, keys coat and coffee in hand and I fell down the stairs near the bottom. I didn't even feel what happened until I was on my back. Coffee was everywhere, even on the wall! I had to just leave it to get to the hospital on time. The funny thing was nothing got on my clothes and I was still holding the cup!
Ammi is slimming down! He is behaving better now too. He is a little bit high strung but we have been working with him. You should see him at the vet. He is a terror on four legs.
I might need a cane in the morning. The more I more move the better, and during the day it is painful but not that restricting. I am going for PT and I have asked for a consult to the pool and gym. I think a lot can be said for exercise. I think the liver, gall bladder and hypothyroid plus the diabetes is taking a toll on my bones. The density is good. It is just inflammation.
So did you enjoy the Super Bowl with its strange ending?
I was supposed to see the Endo today but I couldn't make it. I started taking Zoloft yesterday and it really upset my stomach badly and gave me a headache. This is supposed to go away. Yikes, I wasn't depressed until the medication made me feel bad!
Take care. Ellen

At 3:20pm on February 1, 2015, lotsofshots said…

Hi Trudy, Ammi has really super short hair. His belly is freckled pink skin. I worry about him in the cold but since it has not been cold here I may only need to throw a people shirt on him this year. We have had nothing, only rain. I am so jealous of your snow.
Zach is really cute. He is rolling and showing his belly. He sneaks into the cat food bag looking for food when the bowl gets empty. Zen has been hissing and moaning up a storm and following him around. I am trying to let them make their own peace. She is on the bed he is under when they are not on the move.
Today I am starting to steam clean the carpet. I got this new steamer, a PETPRO and for a while I thought not only could you do the rug but wash your dog too! The box has a dog just like Ammi on it. I thought there was an extra attachment for the dog. Not, but good idea right? I finally got it put together after an hour and there were only four screws. It is pretty nice.
I hope your toes get better. Do they hurt or swollen? You could always get some exercise sandals and wear thick socks. Nike has Velcro ones. It might work for the time being and not hurt your toes. I am going to get a roast chicken going. Whew, it is late, won't eat until after eight. No Super Bowl for me. I ditched the TV service. I hope you enjoy the pizza, beer and game. Cheers!

At 8:33am on January 31, 2015, lotsofshots said…

Hi Trudy, I am so happy with what is going on with Zach. Little by little he coming out. He has started eating during the day. I put a cat house/scratching post in the bedroom and he has sat on it several times. He is hungry, sometimes he gets into the cat food bag because I have not figured out exactly what to put out for two cats yet. He is pretty. He coming along really well. He sometimes rolls around on the carpet. He likes being talked to. Zen is doing okay with things. Ammis is already looking better. Bath time soon. The good thing about him is his very short hair. He will need a coat in this cold weather. Bare on the belly.

At 9:24am on January 22, 2015, lotsofshots said…

I hope if I get pulled over it is someone like this guy. I love how he knows all the words and doesn't skip a beat while stopping every time he might be seen. Cute.

At 4:17pm on January 20, 2015, lotsofshots said…

Trudy, You have to check out the video on my page. It really is something.




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