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Celiac and Diabetes

Well, since Celiac Disease (Gluten Allergy) is such a prevelant disease with diabetes, I figured we needed to have a group for it. Let this be a group for questions and suggestions.See More
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Celiac and Diabetes

Well, since Celiac Disease (Gluten Allergy) is such a prevelant disease with diabetes, I figured we needed to have a group for it. Let this be a group for questions and suggestions.See More
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Jun 30
Trudy commented on Michelle Curtis's group 'Celiac and Diabetes'
"My understanding is that casein is the protein(s) in dairy, so a sensitivity to casein is different from a sensitivity to lactose. If you can't eat hard cheese, I would wonder about a problem with casein rather than a problem with lactose.…"
Jun 18
Lilli D commented on Michelle Curtis's group 'Celiac and Diabetes'
"I don't know Trudy, I thought casein and dairy were the same things?"
Jun 18
Trudy commented on Michelle Curtis's group 'Celiac and Diabetes'
"I don't see much difference in the brands, but I make sure that they are the refrigerated types and that they contain at least Acidophilus and Bifidus. The Aidophilus and Bifudus are also in Greek yogurt, but I ate Greek yogurt during that two…"
Jun 18
Lilli D commented on Michelle Curtis's group 'Celiac and Diabetes'
"Do you like a particular probiotic brand Trudy? I've taken them on and off but will defiantly try them again and watch the lactose reaction. Having to count carbs now I'd like to eat more cheese for a protein snack but usually pay a price…"
Jun 18
Trudy commented on Michelle Curtis's group 'Celiac and Diabetes'
"Hi Lilli. I like a good beer; two gf beers that are brewed with barley and then supposedly have all the gluten removed (Daura and Prairie Path) are pretty good, but gave me Celiac symptoms. Maybe with that pill I could drink one of them! Maybe next…"
Jun 18

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January 31, 2000
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MM722 with CGMS
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My name is Michelle. I am 31 and live in Michigan. In 2000 our son, Westin, was 2 and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. At 4 we put him on a pump. About that same time, our endo office started testing for celiac antibodies. Of course, Westin was one of three kids to come back positive in the entire clinic. His numbers were low and it wasn't until 2 years ago that we had an endoscopy and got the diagnosis as Celiac. He has no signs of celiac and doesn't really react to gluten. On the few occasions where he has cheated, he gets a little intestinal problems, but nothing too major. Still, it is enough to keep him honest! This last May we started using the Real Time Glucose Monitor from Minimed with our 722 pump. We love it. Or I love it! He could care less. He is 10 now and I think he enjoys the extra freedom it give him, but he might not have really put the two together. I know I feel much more at ease and I sleep lots better. Now we are just anxiously waiting for a parent monitor so I could really sleep soundly! :)

On a personal note, I have been a stay at home mom since Westin was born. We are a self employed family. We also homeschool. For a hobby, I do adult toy parties and sell online. :)

My youngest son is 2. He use to beg for his sugar to be checked, but I have noticed that is changing. He recently received an empty pump shell from MM, so no more using the pedometer as a pump!

Almost 3 years ago we started homeschooling Westin. We had lots of trouble with the school not dealing with his diabetes properly. When I say properly, I mean not harrassing us about our care. His parapro (teacher's aid) that took care of his pump needs and such was D herself and on a pump. Surprisingly she was awful to work with! I will say that we were having a lot of site issues (meaning lots of correction by injection), but she was unbareable. It got to the point that she said, "I am just not into the shot thing!" So I pulled him out of school. I surprisingly have enjoyed homeschooling and though I originally planning to only homeschool for 1 year until he changed schools, I am continuing. How knows what the future holds!

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HelpCureChildhoodDiabetes.org launches to the excitement of parents of children with diabetes

Posted on November 14, 2009 at 6:13pm 2 Comments

Help Cure Childhood Diabetes

Ten years ago this January 31st, my son, Westin, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes. He was two years old and we have zero type 1 diabetes in our families. I remember, after being admitted into the hospital that Monday night, all the doctors and interns coming in to ask us the same questions over and over again. (Eventually, that is what they do in a… Continue

Are insulin pumps dangerous?

Posted on May 5, 2008 at 6:10pm 1 Comment

So this fabulous article was published saying the insulin pumps can be dangerous. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-nat-insulin-pumpsmay05,0,5969969.story Of course EVERY news media in the country has picked it up. So I just got my first call from a relative to "let me know"...THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP! Being type 1 diabetic is dangerous!!! Where is the news about that? Insulin is life support. I happen to think that an insulin pump is still the best form of delivery. Sure, if it… Continue

Using the Arm for Sensors Update

Posted on November 28, 2007 at 1:11pm 0 Comments

The arm works great! We lasted 8 days, just like before we had our problems with the sensors in his buttocks. YEAH~!!!!

MM Sensors

Posted on November 20, 2007 at 8:00am 1 Comment

We have been battling a no win battle with our MM sensors for the last few months. They have gone from lasting at least 6 days, usually a few more days, to getting almost 4 days, sometimes a few hours more. In a moment of shear frustration, I emailed MM with my disappointment. They emailed back saying I would have to call technical support for troubleshooting.

Since that email we have moved to the arm to see if it makes a difference. We are only on day 2, so I can't say…


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At 6:19pm on October 29, 2010, Linda G said…
Greetings Michelle!
Best Wishes on your Special Day....and on the next 364 days!
How's it all going? Do you have any questions or comments?

At 8:27am on February 14, 2010, noor said…

At 5:58pm on November 14, 2009, Michelle Curtis said…
At 6:12pm on October 29, 2009, Linda G said…

Best Wishes on your Special Day Michelle!!
At 1:26pm on February 3, 2009, noor said…
Hello Michelle,
i'm happy to be your friend.
i'd like to tell you to join my group to tell us about your experience with diabetes.
thank you.
At 6:13am on May 4, 2008, Jan said…
I find the stubborn insistence of the Type 2 adults and the Type 1 adults who want to include every form of diabetes THEN moving on to children with Type 1 infuriating. Particularly, since you created the video and have made your feelings about the show being about Type 1 ONLY crystal clear. People seem to care about themselves first and foremost. They do not mind letting the children's plight get pushed into the background like it has been for so many years if they can just put the spotlight back on their own troubles with diabetes, which are MINOR, MINOR, compared to what these children endure. In fact, it is a piece of cake, a walk in the park. She would be in no danger of having complications if she were Type 2 because we could control Type 2. I know I could. Type 2's, listen up: Oprah did yet another show on Type 2 diabetes just one or two months ago. She will definitely not do another show on Type 2 when she just DID one. Apparently, it is not her first show on Type 2 Diabetes either. Confusing Oprah with more requests for another show on Type 2 will not get you your show, but it WILL prevent the parents of children with diabetes from getting heard ONCE, just ONCE by the media. I'm all for changing the name of Type 1 Diabetes to something else, because it is a different disease entirely. I find very little in common with those who have Type 2, although I feel we can learn greatly from them regarding the way food is used to control blood sugar. Please put the children first. And to those adults who do not like the term "Juvenile Diabetes" because it has been renamed Type 1 for the relatively few adults who contract it, I use that term deliberately. Because I want to the world to focus on children who have the disease. Any show focusing on Type 1 or Juvenile Diabetes will benefit both the children and adults who have it.
At 8:39am on March 31, 2008, Bernard said…

I superbolus based on how high my BG is. For something between 220 and 260, I'll just move forward 1 hours worth of basal. For 260 to 300, I'll use 90 minutes of basal. Over 300 (not much, thank God) I'll use 2 hours worth of basal.

I don't believe I've ever gone over 2 hours. That's usually 1.4 units for me. It's amazing how that little can make such a big difference.

If you don't have a CGM, you should be more cautious. Even 30 minutes of basal insulin moved forward will have an impact.
At 10:40am on January 26, 2008, Manny Hernandez said…
BIG HUG TO GUYS TOO!! Thanks for your comment about Santiago. We feel a bit more calm now.
At 3:52am on July 23, 2007, Manny Hernandez said…
Thanks for your comment, Michelle. :)
At 3:22pm on July 12, 2007, Kevin McMahon said…
Hey - thanks for the celiac connection. It's my daughter actually - we borrowed an old Irish name usually used for boys. I look forward to getting to know you better.



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