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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 clau 1 hour ago. 50 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

What's in your bag?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Zoe Aug 9. 50 Replies

This may seem silly, and guys you can bow out if you want, or answer if you will. I have a bad neck and degenerative disc disease in my upper back and purses and bags are a problem for…Continue

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clau replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"Hi! I test in public, when used to need injections I went to the bathroom, only when I had the pens I did it in public, mostly in my waist, now I have the pump so no problems, just some questions from people that with pleasure I answer (what is…"
1 hour ago
rick the "Blogabetic" replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"I test, inject and pump in public. Hey its only blood for goodness sakes. OK well some folks might be bothered. I do it discretely as possible, but really it is not like I do ahh well never mind. I just am not embarrassed. I test, inject and pump…"
2 hours ago
Hummingbird replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"I test and inject in public . No way do I want to use a bathroom full of germs. I put everything on my lap or in my bag and work from there. I try to pick my spot at the table so I can be as discreet as possible. Everyone I usually go out with is…"
sdkate replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
cbaer replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"I test and inject whenever and wherever I am. I have never been ashamed or worried what others think. I am early 40's and was diagnosed when I was 1. I hear stories of my mom dropping my pants bend me over her knee and inject in resturants and…"
sdkate replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"I've talked with several young people, ages 9 - 17 mostly, about their diabetes and how they feel about checking etc. Some had pumps, which they tell me other kids think are cool (some thought they were for music :) ) and others do have pens or…"
Kary Noguerat replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"Hello to all, well my situation was that at a younger age I felt embarrassed and somehow I disliked the fact that people ot even (ignorant) people (no offense) would ask questions like does it hurt? Or is contagious? Or how long have you had it? And…"
sdkate replied to Robyn's discussion 'How many Test Strips do you use in 1 month? Just Curious.'
"Let's see 4 normally, and about double if my sugars are off, or I experience lows....or I'd say I could easily use 320 a month.....pretty tough when insurance doesn't cover them. My clinic has agreements with drug companies…"
Aug 14
sdkate replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"From what you said, I would agree it's your friend who was skittish about testing in public... Let's hope she never finds herself in our situation. As for "southern modesty" we up north do have some of that also. I know that you…"
Aug 14
Brunetta replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"I test in public anywhere, everywhere. I only had one friend to privately ask me not to test at the table when we were with a group at an upscale restaurant. It did not bother her, but she claimed that one of her "friends" at the table( I…"
Aug 14
zzyzx replied to sdkate's discussion 'In public or Not?'
"I test in public, so far including restaurants, a park bench, a farmers market, during lectures, at intermission at plays, and during the break at outdoor rock'n'roll concerts (needed some lighting help there to find the blood drop). I…"
Aug 13
Rob Roy replied to sdkate's discussion 'Fasting readings, when and how soon?'
"I take mine almost immediately because then my sugars are already rising rapidly. I have to check the plumbing first! Then I take a preemptive bolus because I don't eat for at least another hour. I factor in a correction if I am much over 4.7…"
Aug 13
sdkate replied to sdkate's discussion 'Fasting readings, when and how soon?'
"This is all very interesting to me, I've been doing some experimenting this week after reading all the posts...and consulting my I put a meter by the bed and started testing before getting out of bed. WElLLL, for the last four days, my…"
Aug 13
Dee replied to sdkate's discussion 'Fasting readings, when and how soon?'
"I test first thing when I wake up before getting out of bed. For me, even if I just lay in bed for 45 minutes, it will be higher at the second testing."
Aug 13
acidrock23 replied to sdkate's discussion 'Fasting readings, when and how soon?'
"I have a CGM so I sort of cheat but I usually turn coffee water on, heat up leftover cup of coffee (we have a French press, so it's not totally gross and it has caffeine in it...) and then test. If you are trying to get a handle on dosing, I…"
Aug 13
meee replied to sdkate's discussion 'Fasting readings, when and how soon?'
"Most of the time I will go up from that first reading when I wake up even if I stay in bed and read etc.! So if I want my true fasting, I test before getting up or right after washing my hands. I have a my testing stuff, insulins, candy/glucose tabs…"
Aug 12

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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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