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melindalaw commented on Robert Yancey's group 'Type1 for 30 Plus Years'
"I was dxed in 1960. Clinitest was the test. Five drops of urine, mixed with ten drops of water in a big test tube and voila. The four colors, blue, green, brown and mustard told you how much sugar you had in your urine, but I later was told that the…"
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melindalaw commented on Dan F's blog post 'Diabetes, Depression and Chasing Away the Dybbuk'
"Boy did this speak to me. I have been a PWD Type 1 for 53 years. Alot of nights in the darkness, feeling that most things were my fault. Depressed but not ever calling it that. I guess I too thought of dybbuk. I probably heard about that through my…"
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melindalaw commented on Janine's blog post 'Traveling to Paris'
"I loved it.There is so much to see,the food is amazing and everything is so different.I had no trouble at the airport. The cheese and the chocolate are out of this world. I have no idea how I calibrated what went into my mouth. The food is so good…"
May 23, 2013
melindalaw replied to Oakville27's discussion 'Rapid change in BG "behavior"' in the group Type 1 Runners
"All sounds good to me. I always relish hearing about PWD's like us that go out there and just do it. I think if regular people had to think about all the stuff we do, there might be a new appreciation of how far the big D impacts one's…"
Apr 26, 2013
melindalaw replied to Oakville27's discussion 'Rapid change in BG "behavior"' in the group Type 1 Runners
"Hmmmm. I have had the same thing happen. My numbers are now going up 2-4 hours after a run and they never have before. My rule of thumb is to follow my protocol for my number reading right before I go out. If I am 80 to 110 I eat something prior…"
Apr 26, 2013
melindalaw commented on Robert Yancey's group 'Type1 for 30 Plus Years'
"Try some other type of exercise if you are not getting the results you want.I don't know if you can , but run bike swim anything that you like and set goals.The more you work out the better your insulin sensitivity will go."
Apr 19, 2013
melindalaw commented on Robert Yancey's group 'Type1 for 30 Plus Years'
"Without knowing your particulars what worked for me was exercise,exercise exercise. The sticky wicket ,of course for us is to figure out how to calibrate insulin dosage so one does not go low. A ton of trial and error for that."
Apr 19, 2013
melindalaw commented on Diabeticglasses's group 'Attorneys with Diabetes'
"Stress. Hmm. The best way to figure that out is if the stress might last awhile, like if I am in trial. I think I have set my basal a little higher, for the time in question, starting an hour an a half before. The trick is to not set it too high…"
Apr 15, 2013
Marie B left a comment for melindalaw
"hi melinda, I just wanted to stop by to see if you've done your Big Blue Test Today. Dont' forget that every time you log a Big Blue Test $5 is donated to diabetes charities that are providing life-saving supplies and services. If you…"
Oct 24, 2012
melindalaw commented on karebear1966's blog post 'FROZEN SHOULDER?????'
"I too had frozen shoulder about 20 years ago. After a few months of physical therapy which did nothing, I underwent "Manipulation Under Anesthesia" The orthopod moves the shoulder while you are under. Worked like a dream. Have not had…"
Aug 20, 2012
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May 28, 2012
melindalaw commented on Robert Yancey's group 'Type1 for 30 Plus Years'
"I know the feeling. I am 56. 51 years ago I was diagnosed. I was told I would not live really past 25.. I celebrate every birthday with relish. People who do not have the Big D cannot understand my feeling about celebrating a birthday. When you are…"
Apr 2, 2012
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melindalaw commented on packers24's blog post 'Lows at School'
"If you are talking about really mild lows, like 70 or 80 I use what a nutritionist told me NOT to use, so I am letting you know they have a longer acting base, that is 2 Clif shot blocks. They are not as instant at all, so I don't know if that…"
Feb 19, 2012
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Feb 19, 2012
melindalaw commented on LauraE's blog post 'Reactions'
"Another short and sweet. Everything you are going through is normal for the big D. People's reactions are a reflection of where they are with themselves, not you, with them imaganing what it would be like if they had it. I have witnessed…"
Feb 16, 2012

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Flexibility and Agility. Something I used to have and took for granted. Diabetes has affected both.

Posted on December 6, 2010 at 4:08pm 3 Comments

I have had Type 1 for 50 years. I always did everything I could physically partly because I was brought up that way and partly because I knew it was good for my disease. I was always taught that the key to diabetes was the triangle of food, insulin, and exercise. When my flexibility and agility changed at first I did not connect that it had anything to do with diabetes, but now it seems to be true. Any thoughts would be appreciated as to what people do to counteract the symptoms.

I hate the word diabetic. Why is it that my disease also is used to describe me? A person with cancer is not called cancerous.

Posted on November 26, 2010 at 4:40am 17 Comments

I know that there is a movement for PWD or People With Diabetes. It has been my mission since I first read the phrase. Every time I hear the word diabetic I ask the person to use People With Diabetes instead and explain my reasoning. Even with doctors. It is hard to explain to other people how the word has an inference, of disease to describe a person with a label, rather than to just use the name of the disease to describe the disease.

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At 9:30am on October 24, 2012, Marie B said…

hi melinda, I just wanted to stop by to see if you've done your Big Blue Test Today. Dont' forget that every time you log a Big Blue Test $5 is donated to diabetes charities that are providing life-saving supplies and services.

If you haven't yet, go log a Big Blue Test at If you have, do another!

At 7:47am on August 31, 2011, Mel B. said…
Nice to meet you too!! :) yes, we do live very close to eachother! I got diagnosed right before my 18th birthday and now Iam 24.. I stuggle at times with it- especially when I get low.. no fun.. Im just happy I have people to talk to that understand EVERYTHING!
At 9:51pm on August 23, 2011, Fabiana Couto said…
Hey my dear!!! so glad you found me, and it is just great to know how well you are doing. Wild Camp also transformed me in a way I could not have imagined before... I am exercising on a regular basis (5x week) but the past weeks have been awful for me i terms of BG, it was a roller coaster I did not live in a little while, SO overwhelming.... But I always keep with me your image and determination when you had a 300 BG and kept running and going forward. I admire you so much! I am glad you have been talking to Carrie, she is really awesome... Is she coaching you? I ask because I feel like I need to keep up with the motivation :) Pls, keep me posted!!! Love, Love, Love, Fabi
At 7:21pm on May 4, 2011, samsmom said…
Thanks for being there :) That book you recommended for us (Diabetic Athlete) was really a big help. Sam is out of softball now, due to injury, but she'll be back! And someday I will stop going to the dugout to check on her, right??
At 1:46pm on March 7, 2011, Marie B said…
hi melinda, did you notice this new Group?
At 7:27am on January 25, 2011, Joe_h said…
I need that motivation of $ out there to get me going. yeah my bike is out in the garage - it's cold out there too
At 6:28am on January 25, 2011, Joe_h said…
cause it's cold and miserable. signed up a 5 miler near me and little tri in june. soooo looking forward to warmer weather
At 1:47pm on January 24, 2011, samsmom said…
Hi -- I'm going through Diabetic Athlete's Handbook with a hi-lighter. It has tons of information! Thanks.
At 12:17pm on January 24, 2011, Joe_h said…
you pull the trigger yet on the tri?
At 4:05pm on January 22, 2011, DC Reporter said…
Greetings; thanks for the friend request. I was born in Red Bank and lived in NJ for years ... in Flemington, Princeton. So we have that in common. And ... you have a great attitude.



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