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Big Brother Watching MY Prescription

Started this discussion. Last reply by YogaO Apr 24, 2014. 11 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, 2014. 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 Sue 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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beechbeard replied to jeffri kay's discussion 'How does having diabetes mix with your career?'
"For many years (40+)it did not really have an impact on career choice or performance. During that time I wasn't a very well controlled T1. However I just got my 5th straight quarterly A1c in the 6.0 to 6.5 range. Lately the job (consultant) has…"
Aug 14, 2014
beechbeard replied to Richard157's discussion 'Seizures'
"I have been T1 43 years and have had a few seizures related to low BG (20-30 range). My symptoms included muscle spasms where opposing muscles both contract at the same time leaving me on the floor twisted into a pretzel. One time the seizure…"
Aug 14, 2014
beechbeard replied to Meghan's discussion 'puzzled...'
"Not trying to be funny but you might need to practice (drinking) enough to develop a routine compensation strategy. Mine is to avoid distilled spirits and I stick to dry wines usually reds and I only drink at dinner or afterwards. I don't do…"
Jun 16, 2014
beechbeard replied to Kokos's discussion 'What do you drink?'
"I used to be a caffeine free diet Pepsi addict but switched to Pellegrino and like it better."
Jun 16, 2014
beechbeard replied to David (dns)'s discussion 'Has TuDiabetes Changed Your Life?'
"I work as a contractor for the marketing group of a large diabetes pharma company. As such I have access to huge amounts of medical information. Without the context and texture provided by the TuD community I would not have had a clue how to put…"
Jun 9, 2014
beechbeard replied to Jackie's discussion 'How to deal with my sons father?'
"Everyone here knows that there is also tremendous stress on you. I strongly suggest you take a look at Admiral McRaven's commencement speech at the University of Texas. Life has just dealt you one of the "sugar cookies" he describes…"
May 29, 2014
beechbeard replied to Jackie's discussion 'How to deal with my sons father?'
"I hesitate to add my two cents to all the support you have received. Kids with T1 have to grow up faster than most and that can be stressful in any circumstances. Getting him into an experience with others like himself might provide perspective.…"
May 29, 2014
beechbeard replied to JonD54's discussion 'Regrets'
"Jon, Good control is not a contract with fate. Some of the potential comorbidities can also be caused by other factors including heredity. With your current mindset, you will blame yourself if anything does happen. You ARE going to die of something.…"
May 29, 2014
beechbeard replied to EBW77's discussion 'Is there added benefit to getting A1c lower once it's already < 7%?'
"LOL! I actually took my data and what I call my Diabetes dashboard into a new doctor (cardiologist) and blew him and the office staff away. "You really do this?" Second surprise was an echocardiogram showing ZERO cardio disease. I asked…"
May 15, 2014
beechbeard replied to EBW77's discussion 'Is there added benefit to getting A1c lower once it's already < 7%?'
"Not suggesting I have an answer for you - just sharing. I am MDI 0 no CGM. It wan't until I started testing 10 times a day (alternate site)and charting the data in Excel that I was able to begin the experiments to get control. Found two things…"
May 15, 2014
beechbeard replied to EBW77's discussion 'Is there added benefit to getting A1c lower once it's already < 7%?'
"Excellent point!!! I am an MDI T1. Once I eliminated carbs my standard deviations plummeted. I can cruise at 60 (right time of day) for hours and subjectively feel a LOT better under 100."
May 15, 2014
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May 13, 2014
beechbeard replied to Stuart's discussion 'Yes or No: cured in your lifetime?'
"Duh! Gilead just cured Hep C."
May 6, 2014
wendy left a comment for beechbeard
May 1, 2014
beechbeard left a comment for rick (aka: #blankieboy)
"Thank you. This is also the 43rd anniversary of my diagnosis."
May 1, 2014
rick (aka: #blankieboy) left a comment for beechbeard
"Beechbeard, Happy Birthday!!! Every year is a true blessing; I hope you have an amazing year and a perfect birthday."
May 1, 2014

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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?
learn from other's experiences
Date diagnosed
May 1, 1971
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
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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 12:58pm on May 1, 2014, wendy said…
At 4:44am on May 1, 2014, rick (aka: #blankieboy) said…

Beechbeard, Happy Birthday!!! Every year is a true blessing; I hope you have an amazing year and a perfect birthday.

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.
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!

At 5:34am on May 1, 2013, rick (aka: #blankieboy) 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.
Hope you find the support and information you came looking for.
Here is a useful link to get you on your way:
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!
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.

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Four straight quarters with an A1c under 7

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 6:47am 0 Comments

In reverse order the values have been 6.0, 6.4, 6.0, 6.6. The first time in 43 years I was under 7 was that 6.6.

It makes me smile inside - never thought I would get here.

Patent that may lead to a cure for Diabetes

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 6:16am 0 Comments

Please save the flaming, I thought this information was worth sharing. The approach would mitigate the autoimmune quandary.

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…


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?




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