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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 Patti Veal's discussion 'Pod adhesive allergic reactions' in the group OmniPod Users
"I think you can probably confirm that this is the problem with the help of a dermatologist. Other people have reported some sensitivity in the past but this is the first I've heard of something this bad. If it is the pod then you might like to…"
jbowler replied to Linny's discussion 'Finger Food and dessert party and extended bolus' in the group OmniPod Users
"Well, that's not so bad; for me 250 is about 4 units of insulin which corresponds to 50g of carbs, but some food can go in fast and, as SherryAnn observes, it's very difficult to estimate carbs in those small carby things you find people…"
jbowler replied to Linny's discussion 'Finger Food and dessert party and extended bolus' in the group OmniPod Users
"I only use extended boluses either to cover slow adsorbing carbs and protein or to avoid bolusing more than 5IU at once (where I just do a half our delay on part of the bolus.) For unpredictable food intake, not just grazing, but restaurants too, I…"
jbowler replied to _niksmith's discussion 'Continuous Problems with Omnipod' in the group OmniPod Users
"I find travelling results in tricky problems with blood sugar; we don't get much opportunity to move around! US airplane food is also invariably ultra-high carb, particularly the "diabetic" meals, which are designed that way. These…"
Mar 26
jbowler replied to _niksmith's discussion 'Continuous Problems with Omnipod' in the group OmniPod Users
"I had a run of pod failures when the new ones came out a year or so back; I'd been fine on the old but when the change happened the new ones started failing. There were theories about bad pod lots that were never proved or disproved. There are…"
Mar 25
jbowler replied to Linny's discussion 'Omnipod batteries' in the group OmniPod Users
"For sure Insulet say do not use anything other than regular AAA alkalines; hence when I was talking about my own use of Lithium metal AAAs I wasn't recommending it. However I suspect they would honour the warranty unless the battery obviously…"
Mar 25
jbowler replied to SherryAnn's discussion 'Florida Medicare Insurance?' in the group OmniPod Users
"The best of luck to you and the best of judges too; it really shouldn't be a matter of luck. You are working for the benefit of all the T1Ds in the country; we all hope to get to that age when we will be on Medicare. John Bowler"
Mar 20
jbowler replied to Linny's discussion 'Omnipod batteries' in the group OmniPod Users
"IRC (I'll explain why I say that below) there are three blobs on the PDM battery display. Alkaline batteries go to 2 blobs almost immediately, that's a feature; it doesn't mean they are 50% spent, it just means they are alkaline. At…"
Mar 19
jbowler replied to SherryAnn's discussion 'Florida Medicare Insurance?' in the group OmniPod Users
"I stand corrected. I couldn't find that code when I searched for it and I had naively assumed that the coding would be covered; somehow I had found it before and interpreted it as a "supply" code. You are right; the code suggests that…"
Mar 19
jbowler replied to mikep's discussion 'I started on Afrezza last night . . .'
"I sometimes do pre-boluses, but only on the 10-15 minute basis. I'd never considered the idea of doing a basal-stealing pre-bolus, but it's a brilliant idea. It avoids some of the problems of non-stealing pre-boluses with regard to timing.…"
Mar 8
jbowler replied to MarlboroNick's discussion 'loss of insurance' in the group OmniPod Users
"Try getting the Omnipods through Byram; they definitely supply them. I originally got mine through Insulet, then Insulet told me they couldn't supply me any more because my insurer had dropped them; I had to get them from an "approved…"
Mar 1
jbowler replied to sweetmom's discussion 'personal questionnaire about omnipod' in the group OmniPod Users
"You must be able to see the Omnipod (the pod) for the remote (the PDM) to connect to it. Range is 6ft max and, if you don't have clear air/just clothes between the pod and the PDM it can drop to as little as 3ft. Uploading the Omnipod data is…"
Feb 26
jbowler replied to nlabarbs's discussion 'Uploading for doctors (mac users)' in the group OmniPod Users
"That was quick ;-) I can't even register for an account on diasend - their "registration" page doesn't work from Chrome! (I enter all the information and there is no "continue" button or anything; I did enter a…"
Feb 24
jbowler replied to nlabarbs's discussion 'Uploading for doctors (mac users)' in the group OmniPod Users
"The PDM works fine with Android; I have a Sony Xperia Z and I plugged the PDM in (using a USB OTG cable; the Z doesn't have a female USB, just a micro-USB). Using File Commander I can see the data file. There's no reason why this…"
Feb 24
jbowler replied to nlabarbs's discussion 'Uploading for doctors (mac users)' in the group OmniPod Users
"You don't need the software to *download* the data. Just plug the PDM into something (e.g. your cellphone, or an iPad) with a standard USB 'micro' cable and wait until the PDM says the data is ready. At this point it is acting as a…"
Feb 23
jbowler replied to Linny's discussion 'Omnipod and Dexcom' in the group OmniPod Users
"The pod seems to work everywhere I can find that doesn't have too much muscle movement (some places on my upper arms) and doesn't get ripped off (thighs, pretty much everywhere, guess I sit down too much.) It's just squirting insulin…"
Feb 19

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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!!!

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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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I love you, my husband.
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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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