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Traveling advice

Started this discussion. Last reply by kathimcb Nov 14. 5 Replies

I am a type II; using Lantus, Humalog, Janumet, diet and exercise to control my diabetes. I have been using insulin for about two months now....and have never left home that I needed to think about…Continue

Tags: hints, travel, Winter

Are there ROGUE diabetics here?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stuart 20 hours ago. 55 Replies

I don't know why this came to mind recently, but it has been in my brain for about a week, and now I have the courage to ask. First, I believe that this diabetes is MY disease, you have yours and I…Continue

Tags: self-management, treatment, compliance, behavior, Rogue

Adjusting Lantus

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Sep 9. 2 Replies

This is my first month on Lantus. I started with 10 units each night, and slowly moved up to 20. My blood sugars in the AM have been over 120 each day since I started Lantus. This AM they were 165,…Continue

Tags: BS, lowering, Lantus

Weight and BS control; carb amounts and the nutritionist,

Started this discussion. Last reply by sdkate Sep 4. 28 Replies

I will admit I am a stubborn person when it comes to what I think I need and want. For Over 20 years I weight over 250 lbs. Even before my diagnosis, I started eating low carb meals, 30,15,30, 15 and…Continue

Tags: exercise, carbs, health, weight


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sdkate replied to AlexaBug's discussion 'Anyone have success on Weight Watchers?'
"As I have said before, I had been on WW for most of my lifetime....join, rejoin, join, rejoin. However, that said, and just because I didn't reach goal is no reason not to try it for LOSING WEIGHT PURPOSES. However, I wouldn't advise it…"
2 hours ago
Stuart replied to sdkate's discussion 'Are there ROGUE diabetics here?'
"Fair enough... chuckling."
20 hours ago
sdkate replied to MarinaTheBetes's discussion 'diabetes and emotional trauma'
"I have a thought. I think being diagnosed with "D" is like a roller coaster. The initial "chat" with the docs, CDE's, nurses, etc is like climbing up this great big ladder, and then the rush of you taking care of yourself…"
sdkate replied to barbraann's discussion 'Affordable Healthcare coverage anyone?'
"In May, 2014 we found out I would no longer be eligible for Medicaid in the state of SD. OUr governor had decided not to participate in the plan the the US gov recommends for persons my age, I was 62 in June. We spent the months of June and July…"
sdkate replied to MarinaTheBetes's discussion 'diabetes and emotional trauma'
"What a great idea, Fiona! That alone, might help us walk through the first days, weeks, months of this disease not being afraid or alarmed; and then keep us on track"
Nov 18
sdkate replied to MarinaTheBetes's discussion 'diabetes and emotional trauma'
"I would have loved not to feel like I had to keep it a secret from my family for fear of being overwhelmed with their "caretaking". I would have loved to have a person who was in my corner to calm the fears, and walk with me for awhile,…"
Nov 18
sdkate replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'What are YOU doing for World Diabetes Day?!'
"I can do blue....I am going to write my friends and family and ask them to be tested if they haven't already. My big feat for the day will be to have a perfect diabetic day for hubbie and me, eat right, exercise, test, if for no other reason…"
Nov 17
Dave replied to sdkate's discussion 'Are there ROGUE diabetics here?'
"And assuming you're competent and doing a good job at it, that sort of situation should never be what any of us face. Rather, we should be strongly supported and encouraged by our care team. I believe that "should" is slowly -- at the…"
Nov 14
sdkate replied to sdkate's discussion 'Are there ROGUE diabetics here?'
"In some areas there is a shortage of docs, pa's, CDE's and endo's who will WORK WITH you. Some of us, including me, have to depend on ourselves, and then beg forgiveness if we treat ourselves. It's not asking a doc or other…"
Nov 14
sdkate replied to sdkate's discussion 'Are there ROGUE diabetics here?'
Nov 14
kathimcb replied to sdkate's discussion 'Traveling advice'
"Hi sdkate, If you are concerned about keeping unopened insulin pens cold, you may want to check out the FRIO wallets at The wallet's cooling properties come from the evaporation of water. When I took…"
Nov 14
Dave replied to sdkate's discussion 'Are there ROGUE diabetics here?'
"I agree completely, Zoe. While it's unreasonable to expect doctors and CDEs to invest the time necessary to make someone truly effective managing D, it is also true that what they should be encouraging, and supporting, is a lot more…"
Nov 14
Zoe replied to sdkate's discussion 'Are there ROGUE diabetics here?'
"Your points are totally insightful and on the money, Dave. (as usual!). I think what many of us get angry about isn't when the white coats fail to walk us step by step through our 24/7 journey (because very few of us expect it!). I think our…"
Nov 13
Dave replied to sdkate's discussion 'Are there ROGUE diabetics here?'
"I think an important reality to keep in mind is this: How many dozens and dozens of hours, over months and years, have we all spent learning everything we have to manage this condition well? It simply can't be done without a lot of…"
Nov 13
sdkate replied to sdkate's discussion 'Are there ROGUE diabetics here?'
"Generally I will trust a nurse, but basically, they work for the doc, not for me. So on an individual basis, I determine their trustworthliness. otherwise, they stand up there with docs in my books. You must have met some truly wonderful ones. I can…"
Nov 13
sdkate replied to MarinaTheBetes's discussion 'diabetes and emotional trauma'
"I have a feeling I have answered this previously, but in light of the days past I have come to a new place with my "D". I have come to know that this is mine, no matter how BIG my team gets,or how many people I know that have…"
Nov 13

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I am married to a newly diagnosed II diabetic, also. We have two adult sons, and a dil. I love beagles, so we have two, one of whom is diabetic. I swim, knit, do papercrafts, read and write, I love to share and learn information to share with others.

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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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