I just received this good news from the District Manager for Tandem.
1. Medicare CGM Access Act of 2014 introduced in the Senate - Today, Co-chairs of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), introduced the Medicare CGM Access Act of 2014 (S. 2689) – this is a big win. Though the bill is not yet posted online, it would create a Medicare benefit category for CGM and establish a payment and coding structure to go along with it. Notably, the bill has…Continue
Added by LBREP on July 31, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments
Words Can Hurt
Have you seen this Geico advertisement about words can hurt? Geico is associated with interesting and innovative advertisement, but this one really hit home with me this week. I suppose it hit home for a variety of reasons. Diabetes is one of them but it is really more than that. …Continue
I heard back from both Tandem (Tslim Pump) and Animas (Ping Pump), and they are requiring a c-peptide and fasting blood glucose. I do have a meeting with the Animas rep on Friday, for the demo.
I am feeling a bit discouraged, I am a type 2 (as far as I know) and heard that many times (especially with Medicare replacement policies) T2's are not covered for the pump.
I am angry that insurance companies can have so much control over something that a doctor deems a good…Continue
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Five things I want to tell my younger self
There is an awesome project being featured in various venues around the world by the Maine photography artist Trent Bell. Mr. Bell primarily known as an architectural photographer artist had a friend who was sentenced to 36 years in prison. It got Mr. Bell to thinking about what if anything long time prisoners might write to their…Continue
This has not been a banner year for me so far. It started in January with a trip to my PCP for bad neck and shoulder pain. It wasn't long before I ended up in surgery for a rupture cervical disc and soon after that shoulder surgery for a damaged rotator cuff, damaged cartridge and a case of frozen shoulder. I was just released by the shoulder doctor last Wednesday. During this time I was also diagnosed with Meniere's Disease.
Like I said I was released by the orthopedic doctor on…Continue
From the Integrated Diabetes services Blog
The results are in. Apparently, there is universal interest in the topic, because we received hundreds of entries in our carb counting contest from people as far away as Eastern Europe and Australia. We all think we’re “experts” after years of label reading and WAG counting, but our three winners really showed their expertise and scored high…Continue
Had another post-op appointment to follow up on my third eye surgery. I knew it was bad news by the look on the doctor's face after he examined me. He looked so heartbroken, as if it was he who was being told he'll never see again.
OK, well, it wasn't THAT bad...
As usual, when he first walked in and we had our greetings, he asked if my vision had improved since two weeks ago. I told him it hadn't, that it was like trying to look through frosted glass, just all gray. He…Continue
I originally posted this to my blog (TamraGarcia.blogspot.com) on Feb 25, 2014.
February 25, 2014 was round two of operation: Save Tiki's Eyesight. The week before, I had surgery on my right eye to clean up the mess made by years of damage from Diabetic Retinopathy. Today I went in for a check-up and laser surgery.
The original idea was to come in, check-up, and if all was well, go ahead and do laser surgery on both eyes. However, as soon as the doctor walked in and saw my…Continue
Added by Tiki on July 28, 2014 at 1:09pm — No Comments
So, today I am dropping off the insulin pump paperwork with my diabetes doc, and they are going to give the paperwork to their rep to get insurance coverage with different companies. So we'll see where it goes. I'm leaning towards the Ping, hoping it will be covered *fingers crossed*
I began using the pods when they first came out and went through the typical issues wen a pod alarmed.
When the smaller ones came out, I was also fearful of more alarms after reading how many of the users suffered with those issues. I was fortunate, until now, not to have suffered a string of alarms. Suddenly, in the past 2 weeks, I have had 5 fail from one box and still have 3 left.
I tried a new shipment and the first pod alarmed during priming.
Different times- middle of…
Added by richard meltzer on July 27, 2014 at 5:23pm — No Comments
Just couple of days ago I started with 1 unit of Humalog.
What I have observed is headaches and extreme thirst throughout the day after about 3-4 hours of taking insulin.
Does it go away after using homolog for certain time ( week, month)?
Should I ask my endo to switch to Novolog?
Highly appreciate any response on this.
I was transfered to the hospital in cairo, it was alot better to be honest i liked it there to be honest, there was a garden the food there was good , i was given the flexpens i use now and we had something like group therapy where we were educated how to deal with diabetes type 1, i didn't get any more needles i stayed there for about 3 weeks and headed home all my family members visited me and bought me presents, presents was the best part, my classmates and teachers were all sweet and…Continue
Added by merna1999ms on July 26, 2014 at 1:59pm — No Comments
So after half an hour from when i got home, the teacher rang my mom, i started to panic after the call was ended i asked my mum what the teacher wanted and she said nothing and i told mum what happened so both my parents are pharmacists so it was easy for my mum to put a two and a two and she figured that i had diabetes, the next night i felt a bit sick and when dad came home he said he wanted to test my blood sugar at the time i didn't know what was diabetes or blood sugar so i ran in the…Continue
Added by merna1999ms on July 26, 2014 at 1:51pm — No Comments
Hey to everyone who is currently reading this blog, this is my type 1 diagnose story.
I was 10 years old in the beginning of fifth grade so propably in the month of october when I was diagnosed, I was considered to be a chubby kid, i used to eat a lot of sweets I could eat a whole pack of sweets and chocolates alone, which lead to the exhaustion of my pancreas and eventually it to stop and i had a flu or something a short time before i was diagnosed which maybe was the virus to attack…
Added by merna1999ms on July 25, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
I had been diagnosed with insulin resistance since 2005, I was 25 years old. I was in recovery from a long battle with Anorexia and Bulimia, and my mother who is a nurse realized my breath was smelling 'sweet'. I went to an endo, who did a 2 hour blood glucose test on me, and voila insulin resistance. I was put on 500mg of metformin a day and sent away with instructions to come back every 3 months for something called an A1c. And, of course, to eat right (yea, thanks for that... everyone at…Continue
My blood sugars were amazing while I was away at a week-long workshop! I brought all my own food due to allergies; the only thing I ate from the cafeteria was some fruit and some plain salad. Despite that I still had two days where I felt awful. I'm not sure what the cause of that was, but my blood sugars were great. The highest I went was, I think, 11.4 or something and I had no lows aside from a handful of readings in the high 3s.
The weird part is that the minute I got home the…Continue
Had another follow-up appointment for the infected abscess on my leg. I really am getting fed up with my doctor's office. I rarely get to see my actual doctor and every time I go in, I am seeing a new doctor and have to reexplain everything that's going on.
So, after explaining to this doctor about what's been going on with this abscess over the past three weeks, she examined it and agreed that it probably started from a bug bite. "I've seen this exact thing before, it started from a…Continue
Consensus Conference on glucose monitoring, patient input needed!
Emily Coles has this discussion running and I think it will be a hot topic (or I hope it is). The link to her post is:…
Blood sugars have stablized with the Bydurion. It has taken about two monthes. Appetite is now more controled than during the first few weeks and b sugars are more consistently 95-120 for the mornings compared to 125-143 of the beginning.