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Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of Medtrum products?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian (bsc) Dec 15, 2014. 1 Reply

While googling I came across a web site for a company called Medtrum:http://www.medtrum.com/That site has a few details of a couple of tubeless pumps (like the…Continue

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How many of us have health insurance and feel that cost issues get in the way of our diabetes management?

Started this discussion. Last reply by christy Sep 8, 2011. 17 Replies

On the tudiabetes front page today: "11% of TuAnalyze users have no health insurance, and of these 64% report that cost issues get in the way of ideal diabetes management." Ok, that's obviously a…Continue


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jbowler replied to alisasecaida's discussion 'Screw Obama-care!! Help!!'
"Yes. The price is being manipulated. I had assumed that Humalin was still at the, shall we say, "regular" price, but the price I have (about $18) was one from memory of about 2000. Apparently the cost in 2009 was about…"
jbowler replied to alisasecaida's discussion 'Screw Obama-care!! Help!!'
"Yep, getting it is apparently not part of what we signed up for ;-) On my plan humalog and novalog are both tier 1, this is because the Humalog (and, I assume Novalog) patents expired last year - May, this is when my copay went down from $30 for…"
jbowler replied to Adele's discussion 'Insulin syringes'
"Last time I had to do it was in CA; east short of Lake Tahoe some scumbag broke into the car and stole my insulin (etc) while I was hiking. No problem there, that was Humalin (which is GMO but not GM, so non-prescription), but my understanding was…"
jbowler replied to Adele's discussion 'Insulin syringes'
"I just use pens; I fill the pump from the pen and I carry pen needles as a back-up. It's minimal overhead, it covers most possibilities, though I did just get a Lantus refill for times when I don't use the pump. (;-) my prior supply of…"
jbowler replied to Adele's discussion 'Insulin syringes'
"Unless you are going to pack a vial of insulin as well I don't think there is any point; anywhere you can buy vials of insulin you can buy the syringes that go with them. I pack twice the number pens I need up to about +2, the main problem I…"
jbowler replied to alisasecaida's discussion 'Screw Obama-care!! Help!!'
"The title of the discussion isn't decorous; it's hardly false advertizing."
jbowler replied to alisasecaida's discussion 'Screw Obama-care!! Help!!'
"Phooey, this is all silly. Ask the insurer the question and you will get the answer, rant on about politics and you will just get high blood pressure. I telephoned my insurer today, the phone call cost me $0.0996 and 9:22 minutes of my time (most, I…"
jbowler replied to Sarah Pearl's discussion 'isolation tank + T1D'
"My experience comes from Scuba too. For me an extended disconnect is definitely not something I would ever do, but I'm talking about a disconnect here - no insulin at all. I don't see any problem with the Ping or, for that matter, the…"
Jan 20
jbowler replied to alisasecaida's discussion 'Screw Obama-care!! Help!!'
"I went to my doctor today, he wanted me to take off my shoes and socks and he touched my toes, he meant to do this. He touched a nerve, I'm happy to do so too; otherwise how do we really know we feel? I choose not to blame Medicare: it's a…"
Jan 20
jbowler replied to alisasecaida's discussion 'Screw Obama-care!! Help!!'
"High deductible plans (using the established definition of this phrase) are not permitted in the ACA marketplace. That's because the ACA requires an OOPMax ("Out Of Pocket Maximum" - total cost including everything except the…"
Jan 20
jbowler replied to alisasecaida's discussion 'Screw Obama-care!! Help!!'
"Some years ago I gave up using my insurer (BCBSO's) 'preferred' test strip. I discovered that a wide variety of test strips that were very much less expensive than the BS's copay were readily available. These days I use a…"
Jan 20
jbowler replied to alisasecaida's discussion 'Screw Obama-care!! Help!!'
"Well, there's a law in the US that MediCare won't pay more than 6% above the wholesale price. We live in a Capitalism, Germany is Social Democracy. Germany has laws that reflect that (employee representation is required on the board of a…"
Jan 20
jbowler replied to alisasecaida's discussion 'Screw Obama-care!! Help!!'
"In general insurers will treat insulin as a prescription item and will have a fixed prescription co-pay for prescription items. I don't know if this is an absolute requirement for a marketplace plan to meet the Obamacare requirements, but I…"
Jan 20
jbowler replied to Ali's discussion 'Infusion Question' in the group OmniPod Users
"With the sites I'm using and with the new pods I don't see a pod-change delay and I haven't ever perceived any adsorption differences. I.e. there may be some but I haven't noticed them. I did have post-change spikes with the old…"
Jan 18
jbowler replied to Ali's discussion 'Infusion Question' in the group OmniPod Users
"Scott; do you still enter the BG readings into the Omnipod when you bolus, or do you just enter carbs without letting the pod add/subtract insulin on board? It seems to me that the weakness in the Omnipod algorithm is the handling of insulin on…"
Jan 18
jbowler replied to Ali's discussion 'Infusion Question' in the group OmniPod Users
"The FreeStyle test strips were reading low, prior to the Omnipod-specific recall, at least in some cases. If you swapped from a different BG meter to the PDM you may have been getting consistently different readings and that alone would explain an…"
Jan 15

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
I don't know what type of diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
I've never had an antibody test, but my body certainly produces no insulin.
Date diagnosed
January 1, 0197
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
Type of treatment/devices you use
Shots, Pump, Diet and Exercise
What pump model do you use, if any?
Tell us more about you (optional)
I scuba dive and swap back to MDI when diving.

About me

I developed diabetes (juvenile onset) around the age of 12; I think it was 1972 or maybe 1973. It took maybe a month to develop fully, at the end I had to p*** pretty much every 40 minutes; something I remember very well because I could barely last a single lesson at school.

Since then I've taken bovine, pig and now human insulin. Initially mixed regular and protamine-zinc (PZI). Yes, mixed! Don't laugh, it wasn't funny. Of course that resulted in overnight low blood sugars throughout my youth.  Anyway that, and the sensitivity to non-human insulin in the form of very rapid lows, is in the past.

More recently I took Ultratard (or the Novo equivlent) for my basal supply then, when that was discontinued, Lantus. (Lantus is a ridiculously overpriced bad imitation of Ultratard so far as I'm concerned.)

I've used regular then Humalog during the day. These days I take 4 units of Humalog before any significant meal, 2 or 3 for high blood sugar and small amounts of food.

My diet ended up being basically starch free (Bernstein with fruit ;-). I and my wife had been trying to get reduced A1C levels and that led to the abandonment of the starch diet.

With the availability of a tubeless insulin pump (Omnipod) I swapped to that. That allowed me to relax the starch free diet and be much more proactive in my control - I could inject less than 2 units of insulin at a time!

Today I'm still on the Omnipod and still trying to get the balance right between the basal dose and the per-meal (or per-correction) doses. I'm also scuba diving on a regular basis and, as a result, going back to temporary MDI (Lantus+Humalog) on a regular basis.

My contact information is jbowler@acm.org - I use lots of spam filters, but simple text email normally gets through fine.

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At 4:36pm on October 20, 2013, artwoman said…

I (think I did it corRectly) sent a request to be a friend. I am in Portland, fairly recetly moved here. It will be two years next week. I am looking to connect with other adults with type 1 who are very proactive. Thanks

At 6:18pm on April 8, 2012, Linda G said…

Hello! How Do You Do, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you jbowler...
Best Wishes NOW....and for the rest of the year!
Have a GREAT "ME" DAY :)

At 9:10am on April 8, 2012, SEAGATOR said…

Happy,Happy Birthday,jbowler. I wish for you a most wonderful day. ENJOY!!!

At 5:47am on April 8, 2012, brokenpole said…

Happy Birthday, jbowler!! Hope you have a wonderful day and get to have some fun. Enjoy your special day.

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Welcome to TuDiabetes! Check out some of the groups -- it's a great way to get to know the community.
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At 12:13pm on July 27, 2011, Marie B said…
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I love you, my husband.
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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.

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The emporer's new PDM

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 6:00pm 5 Comments

So here I sit in my castle with my high blood sugar: 249.

I've also just eaten a sweety, a chocolate covered biscuit; 7g my wife says.

So I use my magnificent new golden PDM to enter a bolus and it says I need zero (0) units:

Suggested bolus: 0.00u

Meal (7/12) = 0.55u


(249-100)/64 = 2.30u

Meal IOB:

(3.60u) = -2.30u

Correction IOB:

(0.55u) = -0.55u


Total = 0.00u

? on my magnificent…




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