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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 Stress's discussion 'Ever see LOW on your PDM?' in the group OmniPod Users
"Abbott recalled all the FreeStyle test strips with a date prior to 8/2015 - well, they actually said don't use *any* of the current test strips and started manufacturing ones that work reliably with the Omnipod. Supposedly the issue is fixed,…"
jbowler replied to Brad's discussion 'Seeking Advice - What's in Your Kit?' in the group OmniPod Users
"I asked my doctor to write the original Humalog prescription for pens when it had to be modified for the pods. The insurance company didn't make any comment. Filling from pens has got a little more tricky with the new pods because the needle is…"
jbowler replied to Brad's discussion 'Seeking Advice - What's in Your Kit?' in the group OmniPod Users
"The minimal backup is the same; pen and needles. Since the pen doesn't get used and because the pod is supposed to be filled with insulin at room temperature I just keep the pen for two pods then get a new spare and use the old for the next…"
jbowler replied to Stress's discussion 'Ever see LOW on your PDM?' in the group OmniPod Users
"In cases like this I always retest. My blood sugar is currently high, but as an experiment I went to the bathroom, put a strip in my PDM, washed my hands and tested my blood sugar. I got 30. Then I *dried* my hands, actually poked my finger and did…"
jbowler replied to Rich's discussion 'Preventative shots so kids don't develop type 1.'
"That's correct for both trials. Both drugs have previously been tested on newly diagnosed T1D's and, as a result of the tests not showing the hoped for degree of success, the trials are being moved earlier, to at-risk individuals. You were…"
Jul 15
jbowler replied to Rich's discussion 'Preventative shots so kids don't develop type 1.'
"I don't think that's true - both (I think both) of the 'prevention' trials they are recruiting for came out of partial success in 'cure' trials. Both chemicals were originally trialed on people who were already showing…"
Jul 14
jbowler replied to Brad's discussion 'the Omnipod PDM' in the group OmniPod Users
"If you mislay the PDM you can't bolus until you find it again. Having a spare doesn't help; after activation of each pod it becomes irrevocably tied to that PDM. It's better to carry an insulin pen and needles; if necessary you can…"
Jul 14
jbowler replied to Rich's discussion 'Preventative shots so kids don't develop type 1.'
"These are the studies they are running at the moment: https://www.diabetestrialnet.org/studies/index.htm Two of them are looking at supplements; oral insulin in one case, "omega-3" fatty acids in the other. Two of them are immune system…"
Jul 14
jbowler replied to Rich's discussion 'Preventative shots so kids don't develop type 1.'
"I think it's generally accepted these days that T1D is an auto-immune response; our immune system gets stimulated by an external pathogen and mistakenly identifies the Islets of Langahans (beta) cells in our own pancreas as the same pathogen.…"
Jul 13
jbowler replied to rgcainmd's discussion 'Insulin Action Setting' in the group OmniPod Users
"I use 2. The package insert supplied with Humalog suggests [Figure 2] that the answer is somewhere around 3.5 hours. Unfortunately the PDM assumes it starts working as soon as it is injected and that effects decrease linearly then stop after the…"
Jul 13
jbowler replied to Allie Beatty's discussion 'Omnipod + Dexcom App?' in the group OmniPod Users
"The 'carbohydrate' value permitted by the FDA on a food label only needs to be within 20% and for products where less that 90% of all the carbs comes from sugar the FDA only requires that the product contain *more* carbs than the lower…"
Jul 11
jbowler replied to Allie Beatty's discussion 'Omnipod + Dexcom App?' in the group OmniPod Users
"To add to the link I just posted with the caveat that this is all my own hypothesis. The issue is not on the BG meter side but on the side of actually *controlling* delivery of insulin. Take a look at what happened recently with Insulet and Abbott.…"
Jul 10
jbowler replied to Allie Beatty's discussion 'Omnipod + Dexcom App?' in the group OmniPod Users
Jul 10
jbowler replied to Dave's discussion 'Another annoyances, improvements for next generation thread' in the group OmniPod Users
"A very definite second on the non-pod insulin counting issue. I scuba dive and I have to remove the pod then (pretty much all scuba exceeds 25ft). Managing the switch is a PITA. One algorithmic issue is that if the pod isn't attached the basal…"
Jul 7
jbowler commented on Mathew's group 'OmniPod Users'
"Waterproof Omnipod PDM: I just got a "drypak" DP-46 from Big 5 for $15, Walmart, Amazon also sell them. The PDM fits great, it floats. Haven't done any further testing yet."
Jul 6
jbowler replied to joey's discussion 'summer time pod tape peel' in the group OmniPod Users
"I suspect this is a personal thing, but I just use large amounts of 70% or 90% alcohol when I clean my skin before application of the pod and I've yet to have problems with the water. I spend most of the day this time of year in 90F+ and at…"
Jul 5

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How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
Date diagnosed
January 1, 0197
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
7.1 (July 26, 2011)
Type of treatment/devices you use
Shots, Diet and Exercise

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.

Recently I've taken 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 is basically starch free (Bernstein with fruit ;-). I and my wife have been trying to get reduced A1C levels and that led to the abandonment of the starch diet.

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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