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Big Brother Watching MY Prescription

Started this discussion. Last reply by Terry 1 hour ago. 8 Replies

I went to my quarterly endo visit yesterday. When George came into the room he said "Big brother is watching." I did not know what he was talking about until he showed me a form and inquiry from the…Continue

Tags: prescriptions, medications, T1, government

Albuterol & Type 1

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richmatik Feb 17. 3 Replies

I am a generally well-controlled T1 on MDI. One of my medical hobbies is severe asthma. I have been battling a head and chest cold for more than 4 weeks. I visited my pulmonologist twice last week…Continue

Can a severe hypo affect your ISF?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Spock Nov 19, 2013. 5 Replies

I am having an episode similar to one I had in September. I tested a 35 at 1:00 am the night before last (not sure why). I drank 23 g worth of apple juice and waited 20 minutes to retest. The retest…Continue

Tags: hypo, factor, sensitivity, ISF

Life Insurance & Diabetes

Started this discussion. Last reply by beechbeard Nov 8, 2013. 6 Replies

I dropped life insurance many years ago because of the policies expense. I had both whole life and term at various times. Does anyone have success and/or recommendations?Continue

Tags: insurance, Diabetes

 

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Terry replied to beechbeard's discussion 'Big Brother Watching MY Prescription'
"I haven't read the entire Affordable Care Act so I have no comment. I'm happy that more people with diabetes in the US can now access the kind of care that I've enjoyed my entire 30 years with D but even this sentiment strays from the…"
1 hour ago
Dave replied to beechbeard's discussion 'Big Brother Watching MY Prescription'
"+2 To be clear, my reference to Obamacare above is not political -- it's my understanding that the ability of Uncle Sam to demand this sort of information was in the bill."
1 hour ago
David (dns) replied to beechbeard's discussion 'Big Brother Watching MY Prescription'
"+1"
2 hours ago
Terry replied to beechbeard's discussion 'Big Brother Watching MY Prescription'
"I am sympathetic with your "Big Brother" sentiment. Unfortunately my real feelings will quickly spill into the political realm and I'd rather not provoke that discussion on this board. I often find it hard to separate things like…"
4 hours ago
beechbeard replied to beechbeard's discussion 'Big Brother Watching MY Prescription'
"I have no controlled meds rather the typical profile for someone who has been a T1 for 44 years - basal/bolus, test strips, needles, cholesterol, thyroid, etc. I do have an endocrinologist, pulmonologist, retina specialist, orthopedist, etc. I get…"
10 hours ago
Joe Lenegan replied to beechbeard's discussion 'Big Brother Watching MY Prescription'
"Are you on any controlled meds?"
22 hours ago
Tim replied to beechbeard's discussion 'Big Brother Watching MY Prescription'
"They are looking for abuse of prescription drugs and attendant "Doctor Shopping". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_shopping http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/Poisoning/laws/dr_shopping.html I counted and I'm only up to 7…"
23 hours ago
Dave replied to beechbeard's discussion 'Big Brother Watching MY Prescription'
"Obamacare."
23 hours ago
beechbeard posted a discussion

Big Brother Watching MY Prescription

I went to my quarterly endo visit yesterday. When George came into the room he said "Big brother is watching." I did not know what he was talking about until he showed me a form and inquiry from the Feds listing all of my prescriptions and where I buy them. I was gobsmacked and did not really pay close attention. Why do the Feds need to know my medications? The form had my name on it. I am on private insurance. I am a taxpayer so I receive no benefits from the government. He said that the cover…See More
yesterday
beechbeard replied to Troy's discussion 'What Blood Glucose App do you use?'
"I use BlueLoop from MyCareConnect. Interface is friendly but the major benefit to me is that it automatically alerts my wife that I have tested and what the value was. Does the alert by both text and email and is configurable. Gives both of us peace…"
Tuesday
beechbeard replied to Dani's discussion 'splitting long acting dose'
"I began splitting my Lantus into 2 equal doses when I got really serious about improving my control. I began testing 6-8 times a day and with the extra data it seemed that 22 hours into the 24 hour cycle i was seeing a mild change. Since splitting,…"
Monday
beechbeard replied to jriccardi's discussion 'T1 & Hashimoto's Question'
"My T1 came first, then about 10 years later was diagnosed with Hashimoto's. Now I have developed a severe asthma which the doctors say is also autoimmune related."
Mar 24
beechbeard replied to Stuart's discussion 'Yes or No: cured in your lifetime?'
"Actually, the frantic research in T2 is good to see. Not only have genetic markers been identified but one was published this week that actually codes a protein that seems to protect people who would otherwise be T2. Ther research into metabolic…"
Mar 4
Jess commented on beechbeard's blog post 'A diabetic marriage'
"Having a supportive spouse makes the burden easier to live with. Don't waste your energy with "she deserves better" type thinking. If your wife does "deserve better", make the effort and commit yourself to improving your…"
Mar 3
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Feb 26
dawn commented on beechbeard's blog post 'A diabetic marriage'
"How beautiful, thank you for sharing your love story. My husband and I have been married for 30 years and I feel the same way about him."
Feb 26

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
me
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?
learn from other's experiences
Date diagnosed
May 1, 1971
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
6.6
Type of treatment/devices you use
Shots
Tell us more about you (optional)
for transparency - I am a contractor in Sanofi's diabetes franchise. The membership is for me - not work related. Met with Laura K and Manny yesterday - decided it was time to join rather than lurk.

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At 10:06pm on May 1, 2013, Linda G said…

Smiles and laughter. Joy and cheer.
New happiness that stays throughout the year...
Hope your birthday brings all these and more.
BEST WISHES BEECHBEARD!!
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Hey, why don't you come join us in the TuD chat room?
You'll see us at the bottom of the home page.
We have a great time getting to know each other, sharing info and lots of laughs :)
It's on every day!
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At 5:34am on May 1, 2013, rick phillips said…

Beachbeard, Happy Birthday !! Here is hoping your day is full of joy and happiness.

At 7:12am on September 19, 2012, Clare said…

Welcome to the club, glad you are no longer lurking. Having joined just a few months ago, I am amazed at how much I have learned here. Not sure what a contractor for Sanofi's diabetes franchise is. Not even sure what a diabetes franchise is but in any case lantus is a good product, and we're all happy you're here. I'm not as talented as Linda with the frogs but welcome.

At 5:45am on September 19, 2012, Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes said…

I am thrilled you decided to join! You will get so much out of being a TuDiabetes member...

At 3:39am on September 19, 2012, Marie B said…

Oh, I guess you put your birthdate for your date diagnosed. if you want to change that, click on "settings". yes I know where Flemington is. occasionally I go to Pennington, there's a really nice quilt shop there. I'm in Sussex county. hope you enjoyed meeting Manny, I always do!

At 5:41pm on September 18, 2012, Linda G said…

We're so happy that you're finally here!
Welcome home beechbeard....1950! WOW!!
This is a great place to share, to learn, and to grow...all the while meeting new people world wide, and making friends.
Take a peek at some the groups when you get a chance. Just go to the top of your page, and click on "Groups".
Once in, you can either peruse the wide array of available groups....or simply type a specific interest in the space provided.
Take in some of the blogs/discussions as well.
The resource boxes at the top of the home "Home" page, and
"About us" at the very bottom of your page and every page (the footer), offer you more information still.
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Hope you find the support and information you came looking for.
Here is a useful link to get you on your way:
http://www.tudiabetes.org/notes
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Hey, why don't you come join us in the TuD chat room?
You'll see us at the bottom of the home page.
We have a great time getting to know each other, sharing info and lots of laughs :)
It's on right now!
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Take care....and keep in touch!

At 2:08pm on September 18, 2012, brokenpole said…

Welcome to the family! On this forum you will learn so much. Most of all you will learn that you are not alone. Everyone here is supportive and will provide answers to your questions. Search the site for answers. Read the discussions and blogs for information. There are videos to help you understand diabetes and its treatment. Most of all there is family to talk to and even to vent to, if needed. Welcome home.

At 1:44pm on September 18, 2012, Marie B said…

hello beechbeard, welcome! were you really dx in 1950? lots of old timers here like myself. I met Manny and Laura too, recently in Philly. let me know if you have any questions here, and join us in the chat if you feel like it. I'm in NW NJ.

At 12:49pm on September 18, 2012, SEAGATOR said…

We;come to our wonderful family. We are a very caring and supportive group. Questions? Please feel free to ask us. Please read the BLOGS the FORUMS and check out the many GROUPS for much valuable advice and information. I am 85 a naval veteran of WW2 and active here. Manny came to my house to meet me Sat. What a great guy. It was a thrill for me to meet him in person. WELCOME!!!

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A diabetic marriage

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 12:39pm 4 Comments

This is primarily a love note to my wife. Linda will never read it because she does not belong to TuD. My reasons for writing are twofold; 1) she deserves it and 2) I have learned a lot about what’s possible from people sharing on TuD and sharing this is sharing what is possible in a diabetic marriage.

Last Thursday I was sitting in a new doctor’s office filling out forms. One question asked me to rate my general health. Of course I picked “healthy.” On the other hand, I have been a…

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A full year under 7.0 A1c

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 6:58am 11 Comments

Just got my latest A1c = 6.4%. That makes 4 quarters under 7 (6.4, 6.6, 6.0, 6.5). In 43 years as a T1 these are the only time I had a value in the "sixes." TuD was a big part of this, pointed me in the direction of ultra low carb diet. I hope nobody reads this because I am not really bragging just happy, happy, happy! Maybe I'll shoot for a 5?

The recent science of fat

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Very cool article - a little geeky, but informative.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0092867413015468

Is it possible???

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 5:44am 1 Comment

For the last several months I had been very fortunate with my control. A1c was 6.0, following a ketogenic diet, losing weight, lots of energy, feeling like I finally had my T1 dialed in. My ISF and ICF were stable.

On 9/1 I had a 38 mg/dl hypo at 10:27 PM.I over-corrected and was high all the following day until I pulled a 31 mg/dl at 1:11 am.For the next 10 days I could not regain my control. Initially, I though my Apidra was defective so I threw away the pen and started a new one.…

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