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Started this discussion. Last reply by Cosumne Jan Sep 22, 2013. 50 Replies

The clinic I go to is pressuring me to have a colonoscopy simply because I am over 50 and "everyone does it". I'm worried not just about going low, but about the prep damaging my kidneys. 6 years ago…Continue

Tags: gastroenterologist, gastrointestinal, GI, colitis, colonoscopy

Liability issues with The Big Blue Test

Started this discussion. Last reply by acidrock23 Jul 10, 2013. 5 Replies

Just curious. What liability issues have others encountered in doing the Big Blue Test as a group in a public place and how were they resolved?Continue

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mary replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Humana project: third question!'
"Being told I must have been eating too much and not exercising enough. Then, a month later, when I was correctly diagnosed with LADA, being told there was nothing I could have done to prevent it. Throwing a fit during one of those T2 educational…"
Mar 15
mary is attending Emily Coles's event
Feb 24
mary is attending Emily Coles's event

"Diabetes and Eating Disorders" with Asha Brown, Founder of We Are Diabetes at TuDiabetes homepage

February 24, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
This event already occurred.  Enjoy the recording!We Are Diabetes is an organization primarily devoted to promoting support and awareness for type 1 diabetics who suffer from eating disorders (ED-DMT1). WAD is dedicated to providing guidance, hope and resources to those who may be struggling, as well as to…See More
Feb 24
mary replied to MKSSS's discussion 'Thinking of adding sensor' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"To view data, I plug my CGM receiver into my Inspiron laptop computer using the same cord I use to charge it. (Batteries on both the receiver and transmitter actually last longer than 6 months; with both it's more of a warranty issue and if…"
Feb 8
mary replied to MKSSS's discussion 'Thinking of adding sensor' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"Dexcom's customer service has been great. I've been wearing the G4 going on 3 years now. However, I rarely have needed them to troubleshoot problems, because I have had very few problems. I did call to ask why I wasn't getting the…"
Feb 6
mary replied to MKSSS's discussion 'Thinking of adding sensor' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"What I especially like about my Dexcom is that I have fewer ways to screw it up. I stick it in, in two hours I do two fingersticks to calibrate, and I'm good for one to two weeks. With the Medtronic, I might not insert it at exactly the right…"
Feb 5
mary replied to MKSSS's discussion 'Thinking of adding sensor' in the group Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users
"Having used both the Medtronic (while pumping) and the Dexcom G4, I would have to recommend the G4. Medtronic's CGM was a joke, more often wrong than right. My Dexcom is easy to insert, easy to calibrate, and, for the 14 days it's on,…"
Feb 5
mary might attend Emily Coles's event

Physical Activity and Diabetes Management; presented by the American Diabetes Association and the National Diabetes Education Program at TuDiabetes homepage

November 13, 2014 from 10am to 11am
This event already occurred.  Enjoy the recording!This event was organized in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association and the National Diabetes Education Program.  Dr. Ronny A. Bell, PhD is Professor of Public Health Sciences (Department of Epidemiology and Prevention) at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, and Director of the Maya Angelou Center…See More
Nov 13, 2014
mary posted a status
"Logged my first Big Blue Test of the season. One hour and 48 minutes of ballet."
Nov 10, 2014
mary is attending Emily Coles's event

Master Chats: Sick Day Plan, Metabolism at TuDiabetes homepage

October 29, 2014 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
This event already occurred.  Enjoy the recordings!Sick Day PlanMetabolism3:30 PT Heather Kanastab presents Sick Day PlanHeather studied Nutrition and Dietetics at Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Diabetes Education…See More
Oct 29, 2014
mary replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Humana project: third question!'
"The most confusing part of being diagnosed with diabetes was the initial misdiagnosis. Because I was in my late-40s and had gone through a brief period of weight gain, my Primary assumed I must be Type 2. I was told to cut down on sugar and it was…"
Oct 9, 2014
mary and dgzee are now friends
Oct 5, 2014
mary replied to AngelaC's discussion 'Research on Fat Shaming'
"In the game, Boal says that the oppressor who was once oppressed soon learns that his role as oppressor is temporary; at any moment, he may become one of the oppressed once again. What I hear is the fear: fear of being victimized, of being lumped…"
Oct 5, 2014
mary replied to AngelaC's discussion 'Research on Fat Shaming'
"For one of the classes I'm taking, I've been reading a book by Augusto Boal, Games for Actors and Non-Actors. In his description of "the vampire of Strasbourg" he notes that when the oppressed becomes the oppressor "he…"
Oct 5, 2014
mary commented on Amy's group 'LADA Diabetics'
"Metformin helps with insulin resistance. Some who are 1.5 have insulin resistance, so it may help. Others with LADA are extremely sensitive to insulin (half a unit or a whole unit in the wrong direction can be the difference between being hypo- or…"
Aug 6, 2014
mary replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Consensus Conference on glucose monitoring, patient input needed!'
"In the debate over cost vs care (Issue #3), several factors need to be considered in the calculation of total cost, beyond the cost of test strips and CGMs: cost of hospitalizations due to DKA and severe hypoglycemia cost of specialist care…"
Aug 3, 2014

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
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Help raise awareness. Support.
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March 4, 2004
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Shots, CGM
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I have a blog on called Sweetest Lowdown. The play I am writing with Matt DeFour, The Sweet Lowdown, opens October 25 and runs through November 16 at Broom Street Theater in Madison, Wisconsin. He wrote the first one-act; I wrote the second. The Sweet Lowdown is funded in part by a grant from DHF Seeds.

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A Healthy Dose of Hedonism

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 9:59pm 0 Comments

First of all, I'm not talking about self-destruction: Short-term pleasure paid for by a lifetime of pain. This is hedonism as an antidote for nihilist Nietzscheism. Instead of "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger ( I always envision the speaker stepping over bodies)," this brand of hedonism preaches that pleasure makes life better while pain makes it worse. Makes sense. The following are my rules for a more hedonistic lifestyle:

Eat only tasty food. Don't eat the yucky…


Mantras and More

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 7:33pm 0 Comments

Caring for our mental health is now on the list of other care we diabetics receive. At each visit, I am asked how I'm coping. Most of the time I give the prescribed answer: "Just fine." I made the mistake of telling the truth once and was sent to a group meeting of other struggling diabetics. Perched on an easel near the large conference table was one of those giant tablets on which were written two columns of coping strategies: what we should use and what to avoid. Sort of like the "Do be a…


Acting the Part: Emotions and Diabetes

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 9:26am 2 Comments

Emotions and Diabetes. Not my favorite topic. Even before being diagnosed with diabetes, I was accused of being overly sensitive, overly emotional, chewing the scenery, being over the top.

Actors are a strange breed. We train ourselves to be hypersensitive to every nuance. What did you mean by that? What is really going on? We observe others, noticing slight variations in vocal inflection, stance, gesture. We observe ourselves. Where is my wrist, my foot, my shoulder? On this word,…


Blood Tango

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 4:42pm 1 Comment

Blood Tango


Mary Fairweather Dexter

A daring dance we do

A dance of blood and death

Sharp steel piercing flesh

Red blossoms from fingertips

The hollow of my arm

The curve of my thigh

"You're not so sweet tonight."

Death beckons


And with memories

Of iron lace balconies

Pulsating jazz

Throbbing tango

I drink

Sweetness running down my throat

To live once…


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At 4:59pm on May 13, 2014, shoshana27 said…

nice to meet you Mary

At 12:37pm on March 2, 2014, rick (aka: #blankieboy) said…

Mary, I loved the play, thank you for writing it.


At 6:15pm on March 11, 2011, Schmutz said…
Hey Mary...saw your post in the Cheeseheads room! You ask about anyone doing the Tour de Cure in Madison. You may want to check with Erin Ball, she's a member on TUD and is I believe on the Team Type I for cycling. You should be able to search her under members and you ask if she's doing it. She's somewhere in WI..Good Luck!
At 3:22pm on January 17, 2011, CaKats said…
Good luck on the audition!!! Let me know how it turns out.... :)
At 11:32pm on October 27, 2010, Kristin said…
Welcome to TuDiabetes Mary! Glad that you found our community!

Check out this discussion and add your years :)
At 5:09pm on October 26, 2010, catlover said…
Hi mary - Welcome to TuD. We hope you like it here.
At 3:49pm on October 25, 2010, Donna H said…
Welcome to TuDiabetes! Check out some of the groups on the site. It is a great way to get to know the community.
At 2:16pm on October 25, 2010, Marie B said…
hi Mary, welcome! let me know if I can answer any questions about the community. congrats on getting featured!
At 11:56am on October 25, 2010, Doris D said…
Here's a link to help our new member's get to know more "About Us"
Also please put up a picture of you (or somethimg relaied to you) for our Forum.



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