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something_exotic replied to jjm335's discussion '"Pump Not Primed" Error' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I have that problem quite often actually to this day and find that it's most likely my tubing being "occluded" aka the tubing is being cut off by me jeans or being pinned in an inefficient way in my pocket. Still need to do the…"
Aug 13, 2014
something_exotic joined Manny Hernandez's group

Animas Insulin Pump Users

For users of any model of Animas insulin pumps.Please note: the exchange, sale or giveaway of items between members that require a prescription from a licensed practitioner, including insulin pumps and pump supplies, is not allowed on TuDiabetes.We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association and Insulin for Life, which…See More
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something_exotic liked KrabbyKelly's discussion Apidra in a pump
Dec 10, 2013
something_exotic liked George's discussion Report Analysis Medtronic Enlite vs Dexcom G4
Dec 1, 2013
something_exotic commented on something_exotic's blog post 'The Hardest Thing'
"Brian & Rick - Thanks for the heads up and the adjustment. Didn't even realize it had happened. I'll try to be more vigilant in the future! Don - I wish more people had the opportunity to try both. Or even test drive them. Apparently…"
Nov 24, 2013
Don commented on something_exotic's blog post 'The Hardest Thing'
"You certainly gave the system a thorough chance. The LGS is only as good as the sensor accuracy which apparently really varies from person to person. It is too bad that CGM/insurance coverage are too expensive to allow people to easily compare…"
Nov 22, 2013
rick (aka: #blankieboy) commented on something_exotic's blog post 'The Hardest Thing'
"Thank you so much Brian, I guess as I write in this area, I get more protective of the space. Thanks again and I am sure it was a simple mistake, easily forgotten about."
Nov 22, 2013
Brian (bsc) commented on something_exotic's blog post 'The Hardest Thing'
"The duplicates have been removed. As Rick said, under the options tab at the top of your post you can edit or even delete blog or forum posts that you create. And if you ever make a comment to a blog of forum discussion that later have second…"
Nov 22, 2013
rick (aka: #blankieboy) commented on something_exotic's blog post 'The Hardest Thing'
"Hello, you posted three of the very same discussion, this space is extremely limited and by doing that you bumped out two other discussions. Would you consider deleting this and one other discussions so two others might appear on the home page? You…"
Nov 22, 2013
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The Hardest Thing

One of the hardest diabetes related things I've ever had to do is break up with my insulin pump company. In case you've missed it, I've been rocking the brand new Medtronic 530g system for exactly 30 days. Unfortunately, the new Enlite sensors aren't working for me especially since I've already experienced the amazing accuracy of the Dexcom G4 sensors.The brief recap:Pros :-)Ease of sensor insertionAdhesion of the sensorOne deviceLow glucose suspendMehs :-|Transmitter chargingBattery…See More
Nov 21, 2013
Manny Hernandez liked something_exotic's profile
Nov 14, 2013
Terry replied to something_exotic's discussion 'Lost G4 Reciever' in the group Dexcom Users
"Sorry to read this. I hope you find it soon. I find the Dex information so valuable that I would pay the replacement fee. Easy for me to say, I know! When I had the 7+ model, I replaced one each year for three years. That gave me some viable backup…"
Sep 19, 2013
something_exotic replied to something_exotic's discussion 'Lost G4 Reciever' in the group Dexcom Users
"Luckily, I have pretty awesome insurance so it would cost less. Never thought I would want to be out of warranty..."
Sep 19, 2013
Scott K. Johnson replied to something_exotic's discussion 'Lost G4 Reciever' in the group Dexcom Users
"Oh no! I sure hope it turns up! Please keep us posted..."
Sep 18, 2013
Ellie replied to something_exotic's discussion 'Lost G4 Reciever' in the group Dexcom Users
"Sad. Would it cost less if out of warranty? Hope you find it."
Sep 18, 2013
something_exotic added a discussion to the group Dexcom Users

Lost G4 Reciever

After talking to Dexcom, this is the only time I wished I wasn't in warranty. The cost of a new receiver is $199 for anyone who was wondering. My transmitter's still in and I feel silly for hoping to find the receiver laying around somewhere.See More
Sep 18, 2013

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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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Data, Friendships, Knowing I'm not alone
Date diagnosed
May 17, 1997
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Minimed Paradigm
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The Hardest Thing

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 10:16pm 5 Comments

One of the hardest diabetes related things I've ever had to do is break up with my insulin pump company. In case you've missed it, I've been rocking the brand new Medtronic 530g system for exactly 30 days. Unfortunately, the new Enlite sensors aren't working for me especially since I've already experienced the amazing accuracy of the Dexcom G4 sensors.

The brief recap:

Pros :-)

Ease of sensor…


Sweatbetes Week!

Posted on October 1, 2011 at 9:53am 0 Comments

So it's the first week since I've moved to this new-old place (moving back to the state when I grew up but an hour away from the actually city I grew up in) that I've managed to do something awesome and outdoorsy. The awesome part of this week is that I got to do both things that made me so happy as an undergraduate after not experiencing either in a while (2-3 years and 2-3 months). Mind you that sweatbetes and I (while on fairly good terms) haven't hung out in a while...

Ultimate… Continue

Technology: Benifits and Drawbacks

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 9:17pm 1 Comment

This is an excerpt from my blog Climbing Diabetes. To read the entire post, please see

So I'm a biomedical engineer (BME). When I started college, I really wanted to be playing with stem cells, but I picked the school who's BME program was all biomechanics, aka movement analysis and prosthetics, because they gave me lots of money to go there. As I took more and more classes, I realized I really enjoyed bioinstrumentation, aka fancy medical… Continue

Diabetes Art!

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 9:00pm 0 Comments


So I was wandering around online (aka not apart from my laptop for hours) and I noticed that lot of the cool blogs out there have diabetes artwork (d-art from now on) as part of their website templates and designs.
I was a little bored and kind of sick of the layout of my site so I decided to try out my skillz (yes, the z is necessary). Here's a preview of my diabetes supplies climber. I really want to come up with a name for him, other than Prick (because…

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At 7:41pm on November 7, 2012, jrtpup said…

Hey lady,

Our Annual Campaign is coming!

Would you consider helping by writing a short comment/testimonial about your
experiences at TuD? The main message for the campaign this year is that no
one with diabetes should ever feel alone. Messages from our community give
people a real-life, personal sense of how valuable TuDiabetes is to each of
us, how it's changed our lives, etc.

If you can, please include a photo of you doing something diabetic (if that
makes sense LOL). Please post to this group
(, or
message to me from my page.

Thanks my friends!

At 7:32pm on October 24, 2012, jrtpup said…

Pssst.... pass it on!

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 5:41pm on June 11, 2012, Khürt Williams said…

What are you doing online now? Shouldn't you be preparing for that PhD?

At 8:01am on June 11, 2012, catlover said…

Hi Maria-Thanks for the friend add. It was great to meet you yesterday in Philly. Stay in touch, I am on TuD all the time. Cat ( Susan)

At 7:20pm on September 21, 2011, Linda G said…
Hey, something_exotic.....bravo on being a featured member ♥
At 3:12pm on August 4, 2011, samsmom said…
So good to hear from someone who's active & athletic! You set a great example for us newbies. Field hockey season is starting now & that will give us different challenges, but we're going to get a system going & hopefully it will work most of the time. I just have to keep Sam up & going. It's ok to cry sometimes though.
At 8:29pm on April 22, 2011, Donna H said…
Welcome to TuDiabetes! Check out some of the groups -- it's a great way to get to know the community.
At 11:48am on April 22, 2011, Marie B said…
hello and welcome! Here's our Twitter Group

we use the hashtags #bgnow and #bgwed a lot also #dsma is used on Wednesday nights

@TuDiabetes and our founder @askmanny - pls follow!
At 10:30am on April 22, 2011, Linda G said…
Welcome home Exotic :)
Take a peek at some the other groups when you get a chance. Take in some of the blogs/discussions as well.
Hope you find the support and information you came looking for. Here is a useful link to get you on your way:
Take care....and keep in touch!
At 8:09pm on April 21, 2011, Doris D said…
WELCOME TO OUR GREAT BIG (WORLD WIDE) LOVING, CARING, & UNDERSTANDING FAMILY MY FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We are here to help just ask any of us or put your question on the Forum and we will try to help you out.
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