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costco samples and miss information

Started this discussion. Last reply by barbraann Sep 12, 2013. 11 Replies

Here's a question for you all. Was just at Costco and a worker there was sampling the Bevita breakfast biscuits. She proceeded to tell me that {and this is important] after converting it BACK TO…Continue

Michigan Expo

Started this discussion. Last reply by barbraann Feb 22, 2013. 1 Reply

Is anyone here planning on attending the Mini Health Expo at the Southfield Pavilion on april 13?Continue

Tags: expo, diabetes, Michigan

Adult Diabetes Camp

Started this discussion. Last reply by Zoe Apr 30, 2012. 2 Replies

Thought I would pass on some early information on a Diabetes Camp for adults. There's no date yet but will take place in Ann Arbor, MI. Here's the site if interested.…Continue

Tags: education, confrence, michigan, camp, adult

Calling all Detroit/Metro Diabetics! MARCH GET TOGETHER

Started Feb 22, 2012 0 Replies

OK all you Detroit/Metro Diabetics. We're looking to expand our "D GET TOGETHER's" We've had some small gatherings but want to expand and get some more people. So let me know what day in March is…Continue

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barbraann replied to Dave's discussion 'ARRRRGGGHHH! Now I'm stuck with that site!' in the group OmniPod Users
"Been there! I have sights where I can't remember where it is, usually my stomach. I find my arms to be the worse for absorption and annoyance. I've also discovered that my left side stomach is so hyper sensitive I have to shut my insulin…"
Jun 23
barbraann joined Michelle Reinhardt's group


For those who has gastroparesis. Needing more information or just here for support.See More
May 6
barbraann replied to Michael Hoskins's discussion 'Anyone attending Today & Tomorrow Conf in Belleville on May 10?' in the group Michigan Diabetics
"Thinking about it. Would definately come if there's a meet up! Also not on twitter, I'll check back."
May 2
barbraann replied to Max Thames's discussion 'OmniPod System'
"You can let the pod run up to 8 hours past the change time if that helps."
Apr 30
barbraann replied to Chas's discussion 'Omni Pod with iMAC and VMWare' in the group OmniPod Users
"I can get both working through parallels. Try contacting their customer support. They may know exactly the fix."
Apr 6
barbraann replied to Cocheze's discussion 'High blood sugars - what is it?' in the group OmniPod Users
"If you find the answer let me know!:) Mine will be fine and then suddenly skyrocket and like someone said "just stick there" It takes a shock of insulin, sometimes 3 times the normal to un stick it. Most of the time, if it's running…"
Apr 6
barbraann replied to Chas's discussion 'Omni Pod with iMAC and VMWare' in the group OmniPod Users
"I use parallels and it works fine."
Mar 21
barbraann replied to Joan's discussion 'Best Medicare supplement plans for diabetic on pump and cgm'
"I thought CGM's simply were not covered; T1, T2, insulin dependent or not...didn't matter. We won't have any retirement benefits when my husband retires (General Motors no less!!) I would also love to know what supplement covers a…"
Mar 14
barbraann commented on Rob's group 'Dexcom Users'
"dishers - I never or very very rarely bolus without actually testing. I've never found the Dex to be reliable enough.Think I'm going to start logging comparisons just out of curiosity I asked a Dex rep just how often you should calibrate…"
Mar 14
barbraann commented on Rob's group 'Dexcom Users'
"It will keep prompting (shows a little blood drop)if you're outside the 12 hour calibrate."
Mar 14
barbraann commented on Rob's group 'Dexcom Users'
"I calibrate at least twice a day, more often 3 or 4 or more and I still am not confident enough in the Dex's readings to bolus based on it alone. It can be 20 or 30 pts off! I also test 10 times a day."
Mar 14
barbraann replied to Joan's discussion 'Best Medicare supplement plans for diabetic on pump and cgm'
"Contacted my representatives and hope everyone else does. Just saw that medicare spent $172 million dollars on penis pumps but wont' cover our CGM's or my Omnipod pump! Disgraceful. Here's the link.…"
Mar 13
barbraann replied to walkingonthemoon's discussion 'Omnipod Settings: Different bolus settings for each meal'
"Maybe I'm different but trust my Doctor. We discuss my readings and then he "advises" me on how to adjust my ratios, boluses and basal rates. I guess I can always just do what I want. Creating different ratios for every meal is a big…"
Mar 11
barbraann replied to Joan's discussion 'Best Medicare supplement plans for diabetic on pump and cgm'
"Think I posted this on another discussion but here is the link for the H.R. bill 3710 which is asking that Medicare cover CGM's. Contact your Congress person and ask that they support this and show how it will save lives and money in the long…"
Mar 11
barbraann replied to daydreamer630's discussion 'What happens when people notice your pod?' in the group OmniPod Users
"Never. I never wear it where it's seen!"
Mar 10
barbraann replied to Elizabeth's discussion 'Anyone not able to get their sensor to last more than 7-10 days?' in the group Dexcom Users
"I agree, all this information floating around the internet. They've done some fooling with this new G4 so it doesn't last as long."
Mar 10

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At 10:28am on January 22, 2011, FatCatAnna said…
So, when you put your Omnipod on your back - can you do it by yourself - or do you need to be assisted? I know when I MDI, I can do it one handed on my buttocks, but with an infusion set like I used with the Animas 2020, having 2 hands is a must!
At 3:33pm on January 21, 2011, FatCatAnna said…
Hey Barb - was great talking with you! I'm typing this out while we are all talking. Am hoping I get to ask you about the Omnipod - whether you've put it on your backside (upper back - lower back above below waistline).
At 6:41pm on January 3, 2011, Don said…
A read a post a long time ago saying to use certified mail with "city hall." A written paper trail forces them to be serious. I think the process ultimately gets to a doctor reviewing your request and putting his license on the line by agreeing with the insurance company to reject your claim. It seems to me that a doctor isn't going to want to dispute your doc's letter of medical necessity. CGM has been around long enough that the old "it's experimental and unproven" line doesn't work anymore. Logic or fairness doesn't enter into it. Until the doc's review, I think they will say whatever they can to confuse or put you off. (I'd be more balanced in my opinion if it weren't for the record-breaking profits made by insurance companies compared to other industries.) Whatever you do, you have my sympathy. T1 is hard enough without the games!
At 1:27pm on January 3, 2011, Don said…

Hi Barb, just wanted to commiserate with your recent insurance troubles.

A year or so ago, I had finally decided to take the plunge on Dexcom and had

figured out a (tight) budget for it and shortly thereafter BCBShit (aka Anthem

of CA) raised our premiums by enough to wipe out my budget, so no Dex and

no pump (yet).  ~~Sigh~~ 

Hang in there.

At 9:04am on December 30, 2010, John Carlton said…

Hey Barb, I see you are just a few days shy of your 35 year D-day anniversary, I was diagnosed a few days after you at the age of 13, but I was already a full fledged diabetic on January 1, 1976 on vacation in New Orleans, diagnosed when I returned with a blood glucose of 1080, Happy New Year 1976 for us both I guess.  Congratulations for reaching this milestone, its somehow comforting to know that others have successfully navigated a similar journey.  All the best to you.  And a happy new year!  John Carlton 

At 9:38pm on July 17, 2010, Magic said…

I just read your comment to to soda reply, I think that is hilarious, as I feel the same way, I have been through so much , eating so so healthy, so If one or two soda's a day is the end of me , then so be it, just for general knowledge , I found some naturally sweetened soft drinks made with purified water, and natural sugars , and the are delicious, I go to whole foods, and believe it is called steeaz and is made from stevia, ummm try it I get the blueberry flavored one, or the orange, and to top it off they are loaded with antioxidants...:)
At 7:27pm on February 16, 2010, barbraann said…
I suggest something in March. What days are best for everyone?
At 6:22pm on February 16, 2010, Sarah said…
hey barb! it was nice meeting you on sunday!
At 12:08pm on February 12, 2010, Scott said…
Hi Barb!
We don't seem to be getting much response for a meet up!
I reached out to another T1 that I know who is a member here and asked her to read the posts and reply, but so far she has not!
We can give it more time to see if others will join or just choose a date and see if we get anyone coming out of the wood work? Let me know what you think!
At 12:25pm on November 13, 2009, Kristin said…
Hello Barb!! Please join us tomorrow at 2PM local time for The Big Blue Test: click here. It's World Diabetes Day and we will all post our blood sugar!



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