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Please answer me quickly......a little nervous

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stemwinder (Gary) Aug 23. 7 Replies

Need a quick answer.....I'm just learning to inject Lantus....and tonight as the needle went in I moved and the needle I have a red line where the needle went, I am thinking, and it's…Continue

Tags: injection, burning, burn, lantus

Fasting readings, when and how soon?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Roy Aug 13. 12 Replies

I suppose I should know the answer to this question, but I'm unsure, so I"ll ask the experts .... you. I was told when I started Lantus a week ago to increase it 1 unit each morning that my FBS was…Continue

Tags: the, day, of, readings, first

In public or Not?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dmitry 14 hours ago. 62 Replies

I shared on another post about watching a man, empty his man-bag of his testing supplies and there infront of a restaurant filled with people test his sugars before he ate. I know this man uses a pen…Continue

Tags: shots, inject, bg, testing, public

Obtaining help for medications-- orals and insulin

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathy Jul 27. 1 Reply

For whatever the reason about two months ago, I found myself without my Medicaid and income. Since I was on disability, just turned 62, in South Dakota, you are done. I was told I was too young for…Continue

Tags: help, medication, finances


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Dmitry replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"Every diabetic bag I saw didn't fit my taste, so I figured that I do not need something extremely special, just a bag, not too small and not too big, with a decent amount of inner pockets for the sake of organization."
14 hours ago
Trudy replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"I like Adorn diabetes bags; I do find those made for diabetes to be handy."
15 hours ago
sdkate replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"You mean to tell me we don't have to have a SPECIAL bag? I'd better tell my old CDE that, she said it had to have about 10 different requirements to be a certified diabetic bag.....and cost $100....but she sold them off the hospital campus…"
15 hours ago
Dmitry replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"Try ebay. Look with words "bag" or "purse", plus, the name of whatever bag type you can come up with. There are thousands of them. They are not made strictly for diabetics, but I do not think it is a necessary requirement for us…"
15 hours ago
twinchick replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"I have no problem testing at the table,injecting if the meal is appropriate. I don't inject at long as I am polite about it ,I am fine doing it. Nancy"
sdkate replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"Didn't understand that, but I should have thought about the possibilities. I saw a guy a couple of weeks ago, didn't know him, but he had the coolest bag, and I've been looking for one like it ever since.....any ideas of where? It had…"
brboyer replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"Actually many of using pumps carry more than we did when on MDI. We still test - actually I test more often now than when I did on MDI. Plus I carry an extra insulin pen...just in case of a pump/Infusion set problem, an extra infusion set and extra…"
sdkate replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"I am often times "jealous" of people who have a pump, because being out in public seems to be so much easier to take care of your diabetic needs (If I am wrong, please excuse my ignorance) For example, because I now have to do testing…"
Brad replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"As a matter of courtesy I do my best to be discreet, including stepping away from the table to inject. Not a question of hiding or shame, but before I was T1, I had friends who were and I know for a fact many (including me) were squeamish at the…"
Nettie replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"I test and take insulin from a syringe in public if I need to. Why should I care what anyone thinks? I have noticed that some co-workers will treat me differently after they see me take insulin. It's as if they think I'm taking illegal…"
Aug 26
Michael O replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"Having been in the closet with my D for a very long time...including to myself, it was so freeing to start testing myself and injecting in public. It's about being responsible and no longer hiding from myself OR from anybody else. I'm out…"
Aug 24
1DebY replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"I guess I am more comfortable not being exposed to those who judge what is on my plate with my condition. Exposing that, exposes the judgement of others and those know it all types that would scream if I ate an apple (lol)."
Aug 23
Stemwinder (Gary) replied to sdkate's discussion 'Please answer me quickly......a little nervous'
"There is no average unit amount, It can be very small with some type 1's and can be extremely high with some t2s. Or it can be anywhere in between. You really don't want to leave your insulin in the car summer or winter. Insulin does not…"
Aug 23
sdkate replied to sdkate's discussion 'Please answer me quickly......a little nervous'
"Thanks so much folks, I do appreciate your support. Had a nurse friend look at it this AM and she said it looked okay, but to make sure that when I put the needle in to sit up straight (or stand) and no bending or moving. Haven't looked to…"
Aug 23
Christopher replied to sdkate's discussion 'Please answer me quickly......a little nervous'
"No big deal. Happened to me once."
Aug 23
Kathyann replied to sdkate's discussion 'Please answer me quickly......a little nervous'
"I think you're fine. Try not to worry."
Aug 23

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It will be all right soon --- ***spoiler***

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 5:59pm 0 Comments

Someone please define the word "soon" for me.I guess I don't know what it means, except not just now. To be very honest, this is not going to be an upper for anyone, but a way for me, hopefully to put my massive feelings down, and send them off into space...but then I don't hold out much hope for that happening either.

Life is sucky right now. Being 61, on disability and medicaid is for this…


Just a thought

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 8:24am 1 Comment

I just picked up my new diabetes alert bracelet. I got lucky and got a 2 for 1 special, so now my husband has one too. :) Then I got to thinking, this one is like a watch band with a two inch ID like band on the front, It opens up and has two stickers for me "This person is a diabetic, check card wallet for info" and "This person has severe allergies check wallet for info". On these cards is all the important info…


My friends are driving me nuts

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 6:30pm 6 Comments

.When I was diagnosed 13 years ago, I did NOTHING about it for two years. Don't ask why changed my mind, I just did. I've had several friends who have ignored their diagnosis, recently, and it drives me crazy. I have given them the name of the BEST CDE we have in the area, they have either made appts and then done nothing, or skipped out, wasting his time. I see their health even this early going down…


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At 7:52am on March 6, 2014, Lloyd said…

Hello SDKate,
I'm Lloyd, your almost neighbor. I live in Twin Brooks, just outside of Milbank, I'm T2 for 20 years, pumping for 7 years.


At 7:09pm on September 27, 2013, rick the "Blogabetic" said…
It is always cool to have the coolest friends. Thanks for being my new cool friend
At 2:36pm on August 14, 2013, Linda G said…


At 5:47am on August 13, 2013, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Kate, I also have severe depression. I have found that something my therapist told me does work. She said, keep in the back of your mind, it will go away. I have found that so comforting. Yeah, the fog will lift. It is just a matter of time, so I have learned to laugh, because, in the end I will win. That seems to help me, because every time I have overcome its devastating effects. So my motto, hah try you might depression, I will win.

At 6:37pm on August 12, 2013, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

SDKate congratulations on being named a featured member of the week.

At 7:10pm on December 27, 2012, Jim Roach said…

Welcome to TuDiabets Sdkate!

At 7:08pm on December 26, 2012, 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.

At 10:10am on December 26, 2012, SEAGATOR said…

WELCOME to our wonderful family. We are a very caring and supportive group. Questions? Please feel free to ask us. Please read the BLOGS the FORUMS and check out the many GROUPS for much valuable advice and information. WELCOME!!!




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