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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: 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 Linny's discussion 'Making my own decisions' in the group OmniPod Users
"If you are seeing hypos then you are going below the target, which means that something in the PDM settings is wrong. There are a lot of couple of obvious possibilities which you have probably already checked; the correction factor (insulin/(mg/dl…"
11 hours ago
jbowler replied to Linny's discussion 'Making my own decisions' in the group OmniPod Users
"We all have to make our own adjustments because there is an enormous range of things the algorithms in the PDM can't handle; for example the PDM has no way of being told how fast or slow food will get adsorbed, it just assumes that all…"
jbowler replied to Patti Veal's discussion 'Pod adhesive allergic reactions' in the group OmniPod Users
"I think in principle you can use it either way; the catheter/tube isn't built in to the pump like it is on the Omnipod, and you can use standard infusion sets. The pump doesn't require the separate controller, so it can be used like a…"
jbowler replied to _niksmith's discussion 'Continuous Problems with Omnipod' in the group OmniPod Users
"Adrenaline promotes breakdown of glycogen: It's quite possible that cold does too, without causing release of adrenaline (I don't get a rush while diving any longer ;-) If it's temporary…"
Apr 13
jbowler replied to Sarah Pearl's discussion 'isolation tank + T1D'
Apr 7
jbowler replied to FaithKathryn's discussion 'Omnipod and Working Out/ Sweating Buckets' in the group OmniPod Users
"Yep; this is the one scenario which can float my pod off. I've used the 4" x 4 3/4" 3M Tegaderm patches (1626W) in the past and they seem to help, but if they float off then they're quite likely to take the pod too. Insulet…"
Apr 5
jbowler replied to Linny's discussion '200-250 BG no matter what' in the group OmniPod Users
"Ah, sticky highs. Here is my opinion about what happens: Our body continuously releases glucose into our blood stream; it has to do that because we need energy continuously. The body of a NonDiabetic continually releases insulin to allow the glucose…"
Apr 5
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…"
Mar 30
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…"
Mar 28
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…"
Mar 27
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

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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 - 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.

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I love you, my husband.
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Welcome to our wonderful family. We are a very caring and supportive group. Questions? Please feel free to ask us. WELCOME!!!
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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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