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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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The First CGMS

"Like the lancet."
Apr 6
jbowler replied to Kate's discussion 'Test Strip Recall' in the group OmniPod Users
"Yep, everyone gets 400. 1 hour 20 minutes on hold, total call time 1 hour 40 minutes. I was told that none of the lots are ok - I have four lot numbers on my current supply but the lady from Abbott only wanted one - however I was also told that if,…"
Feb 25
jbowler replied to mcfc1987's discussion 'Omnipod Hot Bath uh-oh!' in the group OmniPod Users
"Like everyone else I've not seen problems with insulin breakdown. Insulin has to be fairly stable at 100F because that's the temperature (approx.) of our bodies and in non-diabetics insulin has to get from our gut (where it's first…"
Feb 25
jbowler commented on Mathew's group 'OmniPod Users'
"Sorry; you can get *all* the information on the Abbott site. There's just two pages in there and they just say the same thing over and over again: 1) Ring Abbott (877)584-5159 2) Don't use the test strips in the PDM (or FreeStyle BGM or…"
Feb 25
jbowler commented on Mathew's group 'OmniPod Users'
"Melanie E.: it's the Omnipod/Abbott recall notice for the Abbott FreeStyle test strips. You can get the information on the Abbott web site, but it probably won't help much at this point, I'm still on hold (1 hour 2 minutes and…"
Feb 25
jbowler replied to Clare's discussion 'PDM Consistently low' in the group OmniPod Users
"Thanks Clare for the original post; since I swapped over to the PDM meter from my Bayer meter (earlier this month) I have duplicated *every* test I've done; one reading in the PDM, one in the Contour USB, same blood. For me I've seen high…"
Feb 25
jbowler replied to Manny Hernandez's discussion 'Abbott discontinues FreeStyle Navigator CGM in the U.S.'
"I'm in the US (Oregon); I can dial 'toll-free' numbers. I went to the UK guys because the Navigator II is available in the UK. I got the Insulix recall too, but it doesn't recognize my utterance of the word "no" so I…"
Feb 13
jbowler replied to Manny Hernandez's discussion 'Abbott discontinues FreeStyle Navigator CGM in the U.S.'
"Abbott UK has this to say: "Unfortunately FreeStyle Navigator II is not available in USA at the moment. If you would like to know if and eventually when it will be introduced in USA please contact our helpline in USA on (888)…"
Feb 13
jbowler replied to Manny Hernandez's discussion 'Abbott discontinues FreeStyle Navigator CGM in the U.S.'
"It's close on 2 1/2 years since this was announced and us USians find ourselves left with a choice of Medtronic CGMs (which are effectively tied to Medtronic pumps) or Dexcom CGMs. That's not a lot of choice. At the time Abbott blamed…"
Feb 12
jbowler replied to S Lew's discussion 'Omni Pad and Dex Com' in the group OmniPod Users
"The CGMs are getting better all the time. When I tried the then current Dexcom in 2011 it didn't work at all for me, but two and a half years later the latest versons might."
Feb 12
jbowler replied to ajbaum's discussion 'Couple Questions as I'm considering OmniPod' in the group OmniPod Users
"I've never noticed any changes in onset with any location. The only thing I've noticed is the pod-change delay, and that went away with the new pods. I don't use any location where I can't pinch 1/2" (12mm) because the…"
Feb 11
jbowler replied to Dave's discussion 'Some praise for Insulet' in the group OmniPod Users
"I agree, I've always had really good customer service from them. Yes, there were periods on hold last year but they're nothing compared to the invariable one hour plus on hold from Oregon's exchange provider (CoverOregon) and…"
Feb 10
jbowler replied to ajbaum's discussion 'Couple Questions as I'm considering OmniPod' in the group OmniPod Users
"DextrosePLZ: in addition to the arm placement I've started using the front my chest, above the nipple with the cannula down so it inserts in the skin above the fatty tissue about 1-2" above the nipple. That's a way of dealing with the…"
Feb 10
jbowler replied to ajbaum's discussion 'Couple Questions as I'm considering OmniPod' in the group OmniPod Users
"See 34second's photo; that's exactly where I was putting mine when it was failing. I know nothing about anatomy, so the names I gave may all be wrong - I just got them off the diagram on Wikipedia. The position I use now is still almost…"
Feb 10

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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.

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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.
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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!!!
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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