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Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of Medtrum products?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian (bsc) on Monday. 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 added a discussion to the group OmniPod Users

Omnipod FreeStyle test strip horror story

Like everyone else I got the Abbott mailing about an "urgent product recall" of the BG testing system built in to the Omnipod:https://www.abbottdiabetescare.com/press-room/2014/2014-b.html https://www.abbottdiabetescare.com/press-room/2014/2014-c.htmlI talked to Abbott about this and verified that Wal-Mart was able to supply the right strips,…See More
jbowler replied to PumpGirl's discussion 'Replacement Battery Cap and Replacement Cartridge Cover - Animas Pump'
"I would guess they should cover it, at the same rate as DME supplies; cannulas, adhesive, tubing. However my own experience is that my insurance company "can't be sure" until they receive a bill from the supplier with the appropriate…"
jbowler replied to annecy's discussion 'Omnipod's Freestyle test strips & Medicare'
"This page gives helpful advice: http://www.medicare.gov/what-medicare-covers/part-b/dme-diabetes-national-mail-order-program.html The web page seems to cover all the possibilities. You can go to a local pharmacy if you want; they can order supplies…"
jbowler replied to annecy's discussion 'Omnipod's Freestyle test strips & Medicare'
"Who is the supplier? A number of things are going on, one, of course, is the attempts by CMS to reduce Medicare fraud and part of that is "competitive bidding", which means that if your supplier can't supply at the best price Medicare…"
jbowler replied to Laura's discussion 'Snorkeling and Insulin Pumps'
"The Xcaret Mayan theme park in Playa del Carmen has an underground river ride which involves floating down the river between the cenotes. You can leave your non-waterproof belongings in lockers at the start but it takes 30-40 minutes then you have…"
Brian (bsc) replied to jbowler's discussion 'Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of Medtrum products?'
"It doesn't appear that they have even applied for any FDA approvals and there is no information on the company of any kind. Your suspicion may well be correct."
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Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of Medtrum products?

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 Insulet Omnipod) which also incorporate a CGM (like the Animas Vibe). However there is very little information on the web site. Googling for 'medtrum' and searching on tudiabetes doesn't show up anything more.The site is professionally produced but sparse, the contact information refers to two…See More
jbowler replied to Laura's discussion 'Snorkeling and Insulin Pumps'
"Several waterproof pumps are available these days and there are many happy water-loving users of those pumps. The different pump forums on tudiabetes are a great way to find out what works and what doesn't. This is particularly important for…"
jbowler replied to Laura's discussion 'Snorkeling and Insulin Pumps'
"I'm going to rant once then go back to my standard analytical approach. I disagree. All the evidence is that technology improvements in other areas will bleed into diabetes technology just as they are currently bleeding into the antiquated…"
jbowler replied to Laura's discussion 'Snorkeling and Insulin Pumps'
"Medtronic make (or maybe used to make) the "minimed sportguard"; currently about $80 on amazon.com The case is claimed to be "waterproof". I couldn't find what that meant, but while searching I did discover that Medtronic…"
jbowler replied to kristina16's discussion 'Pump Supply Deductible'
"You are a very important part of our history, along with everyone on dialysis and, therefore, currently on Medicare. Dialysis was the death blow to the pre-ACA US health care system, as the history in this article explains in much more…"
jbowler replied to kristina16's discussion 'Pump Supply Deductible'
"I believe most insurance companies will start to follow the rules established by the Federal government for Medicare. I don't think the ACA requires this, but it doesn't make sense for insurers to implement two sets of rules; sure some of…"
jbowler replied to kristina16's discussion 'Pump Supply Deductible'
"I'm going to assume you buy your own insurance through the marketplace and are in the US, because if this is the case you will really benefit from doing something today. As an Omnipod pump user I have quite a high per-year expense for supplies…"
jbowler replied to Timothy's discussion 'Affordable Care Act and Pump supplies.'
"Pump supplies are definitely durable medical equipment under the Medicare rules, but those don't necessarily apply to ACA conformant plans. My supplies (Omnipods) are being treated as DME under my moda "Oregon Standard Gold" plan and…"
Dec 11
jbowler replied to Laura's discussion 'Snorkeling and Insulin Pumps'
"The 2005 workshop, which, so far as I am aware, is the latest consensus on diabetes and diving: http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/files/UHMS_DAN_Diabetes_Diving_2005_Workshop_Proceedings.pdf It has little to say about pumps. At the time the…"
Dec 11
jbowler replied to Laura's discussion 'Snorkeling and Insulin Pumps'
"The scuba group tends to be very quiet and not necessarily very helpful; somewhat cliquey. I've snorkeled as well as dived and I've never had any problems snorkeling with the Omnipod, however it *is* rated to depths beyond the depth I can…"
Dec 11

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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.

At 7:03am on July 30, 2011, Donna H said…
Welcome to TuDiabetes! Check out some of the groups -- it's a great way to get to know the community.
At 3:46pm on July 27, 2011, Doris D said…
WELCOME TO OUR REALLY BIG (WORLD WIDE) LOVING, CARING AND UNDERSTANDING FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you need anything just ask.

Here's a link to help our newbies get to know us better: http://www.tudiabetes.org/notes
At 12:13pm on July 27, 2011, Marie B said…
hello and welcome! You might want to take a look at this Group

At 11:13am on July 27, 2011, andy chen said…
I love you, my husband.
At 9:35am on July 27, 2011, SEAGATOR said…
Welcome to our wonderful family. We are a very caring and supportive group. Questions? Please feel free to ask us. WELCOME!!!
At 8:12am on July 27, 2011, 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.

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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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