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First Pump Vacation Ever, since 2008!

Started this discussion. Last reply by acidrock23 Jul 27. 35 Replies

Ok, I had a few "repair jobs", when pumps blew up but last weekend and this week and, well, we'll see, maybe another week-10 day of it. We're going on vacation (ok, Maui...) and I want to go surfing,…Continue

Tags: shots, mdi, vacation, pump

Is anybody else going to the JDRF Chicago Gala this weekend?

Started this discussion. Last reply by acidrock23 Dec 14, 2013. 2 Replies

Mrs. got an invite through a coworker so I thought I'd see if anyone else is going?Continue

Local TV Interview for ***Inaugural*** Naperville Marathon!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Whirlygig Dec 5, 2013. 33 Replies

Ordinarily, I try to shrink videos but I just can't!Continue

Today's Wacky Experiment

Started this discussion. Last reply by meee Oct 2, 2013. 14 Replies

I've felt that I was stuck between two basals for a while. .8U seems to be too hot and .775 isn't quite enough juice. In the spirit of compromise (*cough cough*, are you listening Washington DC? I…Continue


"For he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition..." Henry V

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acidrock23 commented on Danny's group 'FLATLINERS CLUB'
"Let us know how it's going yeagen!! I thought I posted that earlier but seem to have "whiffed". I had sort of an interesting day, I'd prefer to have avoided the AM turbulence but oh well, I got it smoothed out overnight: "
23 hours ago
acidrock23 replied to Timbeak48's discussion 'Visually figuring out how much insulin is left in the vial.'
"I am getting it via mail order and end up with a few bottles at a time so I don't run into this too much. For a while, I was close to a vial/ month and BCBS was rounding down so I'd get very, very close to running out. Eventually, I had…"
acidrock23 replied to Lil~Bit's discussion 'New to diabetes and frustrated'
"It sounds like you are doing the best things possible in that peculiar situation, seeing some menacing handwriting on the wall but not quite being there: keeping an eye on BG, discovering and practicing feuding with insurance…"
acidrock23 left a comment for Marie B
"Any morning, any evening, any day...! ;-) I've read several Jerry bios and would love to get a copy his medical records as I totally suspect T2 was more dangerous than chasing the dragon, etc."

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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
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
Date diagnosed
March 23, 1984
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
5.1 040814
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM, Diet and Exercise
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Dx 1984, junior year of high school, lost 30 lbs (out of 150 @5'10").  Went to hospital and felt *much* better.  Went of to college, had an interesting time, intense liberal arts education, was in rock bands, strobe lights, fireworks, booze, girls, the whole 9 yards.  Survived.  Did ok diabetes wise by taking lots of insulin and eating a lot.  I continued that trend for the next 17 years then woke up at 37 and 275 lbs.  I realized that was not where I wanted to be and started taking Tae Kwon Do classes a friend of mine (who later ended up w/ type G diabetes…) taught and recommended.  This helped flexibility and strength and provided motivation to change. 

I started taking less R/N and worked out more, signing up for what amounted to a boot camp type of program through our academy which really got me in shape but my A1C suffered, going from 5s/ 6s to 7s as my BG was up and down too much.   At that point, I’d gone down to about 230 lbs and felt better but also felt I needed to change my insulin regimen to be able to keep up the pace of constant workouts.  This was Spring 2008 and a friend’s wife had a pump and told me about her pump experiences and I said ‘what the hell’ and tried it out and it worked GREAT!  TKD kept up through 2009 and I earned a black belt but, unfortunately, right as I hit my stride with that, my job closed and I moved. 

I switched to running both for the sort of hypnotic tranquility and to keep in shape.  I signed up for a ½ marathon w/ some friends in my old town in May of 2010 and set out to run all winter.  Later, my aunt also posted a ½ marathon to support her therapy horse barn and I wanted to do that but they were two weeks apart.  I’d continued running all winter but felt like a CGM would help.  Since pumping, I’d been at 5.8 but still seemed to have some mysteries about working out that would benefit from more data.

I got it the week before the first race.  Shaking it down went great but it tore out 3 miles in to race number one and got blood all over my Norwegian curling team shirt.  Still, the race went ok (2:06) and I felt great at having finished.  The next race was two weeks later and I was nervous I’d still be a mess.  The martial arts and several books helped me gauge my recovery and I had a nice time at the second race, albeit 5 minutes slower, I think because of the thicker traffic? 

Oh yeah, diabetes.  After I got the pump I was back at 5.8 A1Cs every time until recently when I pushed it to 5.4 and, most recently, 5.2.  I am trying to watch it closely. When I was younger and partying a lot, I figured I wouldn't last to 40.  When I was in my 30s, reading the local paper, I'd notice obits for 35 year olds requesting donations in lieu of flowers to the ADA.  That and the pantsometer were big motivations.  I feel good at 44 but still realize that decent control is not a guarantee of remaining complication proof. 

Since then, I've kept running, generally at least 15-20 miles/ week, more like 30+ in the summer as I ran the 2011 Chicago Marathon. I finished. BG was *not* a problem but cramps and overheating from overconfidently starting out too fast were an issue. I'm at it again this summer, we'll see how it goes. BG has stayed pretty good. 5.6 is the highest A1C for the last two years. I'd had a couple of hair-raising hypos (summer 2010, May 2011...) and one suggestion of potential cardiac problems but nothing came of that.

In 2012, I ran Chicago again and was much more pleased with the results, finishing in 4:38, around what I wanted to run! During training, I experimented w/ no coffee the week of a 20 mile run and didn't get cramps so I repeated that for the race and, whether or not it helped, no cramps made for a much more pleasant experience. 2013 will have a new race, as we're having one locally which will be a new experience. I'm not sure how the training will work out but I will keep at it.

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Wild Weekend

Posted on May 10, 2011 at 4:46pm 43 Comments

Friday: Late duty= run in the AM, not my favorite time but Bulls on @ night and working 'til 530 but smoked a 5K and had a nice time b/c it was sunny for the first time in like a month. Chasing dog in house, wipe out in socks on clean floor, sprain wrist. Lots of snapping,crackling and popping so...

Saturday: Day off working out, run around, do grocery shopping and some other errands decide to get wrist xrayed and they come out negative doc says "do you want some painkillers?" well,… Continue

Blog vs Forum?

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 6:29pm 6 Comments

First I wanted to thank everyone for the blogs here. I stop in and check on them periodically but sometimes, when time is tight, I blow them off and stick to hanging out in the "forum". Is there a consensus as to a particular advantage between the "Blogs" section and the "Forum" section though? I check the Forum section a lot and it seems to get a lot more traffic and commentary on posts? Sometimes I find it odd that the persistent games take up 1/2 the posts on the first page of the "Forum"… Continue

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At 5:50am on August 28, 2014, Marie B said…

I could have sworn you had some Grateful Dead videos on your page, it must have been something you commented on. Curlysarah and I were chatting about how nice it is to hear anytime of day.

At 12:24pm on July 2, 2014, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

AR, I am so sorry I had no idea it was a directed chat. I was fooling around and it suddenly dawned on me what it was. I so apologize for the interruptions. I am so embarrassed.

At 1:30pm on June 19, 2014, Deannan said…

Oh we are always looking for pilots - lots of good stuff going down with artificial pancreas and smart insulin and always like the cyclers who know the best regulation is exercise - they are fun pilots. My bestie was on the all diabetic RAAM team a few years ago and they all wore pilot CGMs under those grueling rides. I have to admit my naivte, what is Beamon's?

At 7:52am on March 28, 2014, jjm335 said…


thanks for your message/invite. You are right, I used to post to the ADA website as ES335Dot.

I recently switched CGM to Dexcom and thought I would get onto TuDiabetes for info and comments. I recognized you from your posts.



At 7:40am on March 1, 2014, Linda G said…

CONGRATULATIONS on receiving the Active Lifestyle award, acidrock! Well done!

At 10:30pm on February 28, 2014, Mari said…

Thanks for your answer AR. I understand but what an act! The big balancing act. Almost a circus. I was was doing pretty well on balancing all the different factors for at least a couple of months than out of the blue: lows, lows and more lows. I've had to redo completely, practically from scratch all my calculations. And why? Can't figure it out!
And that's the balancing act you're talking about. Take everyday as a new day.

At 2:32pm on February 28, 2014, Emily Coles said…

Congratulations for receiving the 2014 TuDiabetes "Active Lifestyle Fan", Mike! Your marathoning is very inspiring :)

At 10:49pm on February 27, 2014, Mari said…

Congratulations on your election! I saw on Glustaff that you said "diabetes is all a matter of balance". What did you mean? Could you explain further? Thanks MariFrance

At 6:28am on February 23, 2014, Kimball said…
Ouch! But you are right, it's a win!
At 8:28am on December 18, 2013, Jen86 said…
You bet! :)



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