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Kinda Snakebitten

My MM723 had a pump failure last night. I went to bed with a glucose of 123 (corrected to 81) and woke up with a glucose of 197. I corrected and got it down to 166, then it just kept going up to a peak of 231. No basal delivery it seems. By then I had switched to my backup pump. This is my second failure of my 723 this month, and the third replacement in 15 months.

Maybe I am just unlucky?

-Lloyd

Added by Lloyd on March 30, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

You Will Feel Like A Failure, But You Aren't



Diabetes is a wry one, a wily one, conniving, and, at times, confusing. You can do the same thing day in and day out, eat the same foods at the same times, do the same activities, and take the same medication doses. Yet one day your blood sugar will be normal, and the next it's running high or low. Why?…

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Added by Tamra on March 29, 2015 at 5:31pm — No Comments

You don't need two insulins to control type 1 diabetes

I was at Walgreens Pharmacy. It was day 17 of listening to the pharmacy tech tell me the doctor hadn't authorized my refills for Lantus pens. I had called my doctor's office again that morning and they said they had sent the order twice to the pharmacy. I relayed that information to the pharmacist. He informed me that I already had Humalog and probably didn't need Lantus too. "People usually don't need two insulins" he said. So there you have it, folks.I no longer need a long acting insulin…

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Added by Kathyann on March 28, 2015 at 9:09am — 16 Comments

Life is what happens

Life Is What Happens



'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans"  John Lennon, "Beautiful Boy"



Do you ever think back about those things you were planning to do when you were diagnosed with diabetes? I know many of us can recite where and when we were diagnosed from…

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Added by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on March 27, 2015 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Ignore The Pushers

I try to keep up with all the studies, research, advancements in treatments and technologies in treating diabetes and the search for a cure. There is a lot going on, but there needs to be more.

In my roaming of the internet, news, magazines, papers, books, people, and all resources of information, I am forever bombarded with ads and even blatant lying articles, videos, etc.. trying to nab any ignorant, vulnerable, suckers who'll fall for the lies.…

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Added by Tamra on March 26, 2015 at 11:37am — 12 Comments

Structure

So one thing I have found in this experience is that structure and keeping my mind on tasks is helping with making sure that I don't get too stressed out about what is going on. Work has been really helpful I have a great job and great co-workers who have been extremely supportive. With that being said I've decided to put more structure in place in my life to keep it from getting out of control... I am going to try to blog once a week about things I've got going on. So this week its this…

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Added by Kate07 on March 26, 2015 at 6:15am — No Comments

Sorry I've been away so long!!

Happy Spring regardless of how much snow you do or do not have!! Here in Boston it’s S-L-O-W-L-Y melting away!! I’m tired of winter as many Bostonians are. (Except for Briley who is one Badass chick on skis!!! She writes the blog, InDpendance. Check it out if you get a minute! She’s AWESOME!!!!)

I’ve been away from my blog for way too long. I’ve had a rough couple of months healthwise, including watching my blood sugars go crazily out of control in response to being “regular” sick. I…

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Added by Sandy on March 24, 2015 at 1:45pm — 1 Comment

Are we spoiled?

Are we spoiled?

An interesting question has been poised this week, not really in that way, but that is the essence of the question. The real topic being explored is what has been accomplished? Like I said it is really a being posed as a dual edge discussion what has been accomplished and given all that has been accomplished are we spoiled?



So let’s look at the first part…

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Added by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on March 24, 2015 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Where has all the time gone?!

I am hoping to be able to be on here more in the next few weeks. With the end of nursing school coming up and applying for classes to become a nurse practitioner, life has been very busy. Kind of catching myself coming and going. I hope everyone is doing good, and I hope to catch up with yall soon!
-Mekenzie

Added by Mekenzie D on March 23, 2015 at 9:52am — 3 Comments

Air Bubbles Oh My!

Hi everyone, I would love to get some input here on experiences with air bubbles in the pump tubing. This has become an ongoing issue. I don't use the insulin when it's cold or past expiration, I fill the tube up as directed and Ive even tried wearing the pump upside down as rumor has it that helps! ( This was until I slept that night and the pump ended up all over the bed as usual) haha. The problem I now can't seem to conquer is air filling up right at the connector needle where you clip the… Continue

Added by Elyssia on March 22, 2015 at 2:34pm — 17 Comments

My take on the Diabetes unConference in Sin City

Since discovering the #DOC back in 2008 (my first #dblog was at Diabetes1.org) when I was trying to figure out how to use an insulin pump after 41 years of being a human dart board ... life has changed so much for the better.



Before that time, I didn't know many diabetics that I could chat with, especially on insulin pumps, In… Continue

Added by FatCatAnna on March 22, 2015 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

If And When I Go Blind

Do you remember as a child, or maybe even as an adult, being involved in little games where you had to choose between terrible things? The game may have been called "Would you rather...", or "Which would you choose if you had to...", or something of the like. They actually made a card game out of it now.

For instance, would you rather:

A. Go deaf

B. Become a paraplegic

C. Lose your sense of smell/taste

D. Go blind…

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Added by Tamra on March 20, 2015 at 11:40pm — 5 Comments

Mom suffered a dangerous low and now she is slowly recovering from a diabetic coma

Hi all -

I have been lurking but not posting much. 2015 has not been kind to my family to date. Rheumatoid arthritis is kicking my butt and adversely affecting my diabetes.

However, Mom has suffered the most this winter with her osteoarthritic hips. February 27th she told me she not stand or walk when I woke her up to drive her to dialysis. I called EMS and she was promptly taken to the hospital for evaluation. Every test under the sun (especially stroke) was done. Finally, the…

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Added by Kate on March 20, 2015 at 4:08pm — 10 Comments

The report of an UnAttendee at the UnConference

The report of an UnAttendee at the UnConference

 

Wow the UnConference is over and it looks like everyone had a great time, and learned a bunch. I did not attend,…

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Added by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on March 20, 2015 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

More things I have learned.

The first time I ever posted here was a discussion on June 12, 2012 where I asked for opinions about the Animas and Omnipod pumps. I got some great information and eventually first got a Dexcom CGM in November 2012 and then an Omnipod pump in May 2013. Lately with the help of an amazing program from Diasend I am finally able to see a compilation of both my Dexcom and Omnipod PDM data. Using this program I have managed to set my basals exactly right and yesterday my A1C result was 5.8 which…

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Added by Clare on March 19, 2015 at 4:01pm — 6 Comments

The High Cost Of Living

The High Cost Of Living

A few evenings ago on a twitter chat, the moderator asked a group of people who blog about diabetes, what is their annual cost of treatment for Diabetes. There were a variety of answers ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. The question had great ambiguity. For instance did the moderator mean the total cost, (the cost paid by the third party insurer Plus the cost…

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Added by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on March 19, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments

Please explain the logic, Oh Bureaucrats

Eric's healthcare is paid for by MaineCare's S-CHIP program, which (perhaps counterintuitively) is generally pretty high quality. They cover most of what I need covered, and the few things they don't cover, aside from CGM — which is another rant for another day — are inexpensive enough that I can foot the bill. Zofran, ketone strips, stuff like that. The company they contracted with to supply Eric's insulin pump supplies, Bedard Medical, is very conscientious, and I have absolutely no…

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Added by Elizabeth on March 18, 2015 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

Update on "Mom has Cancer"

My previous post shared the stress I have been experiencing that my mom has cancer somewhere in her abdomen. It turns out that it is stage 4 colon cancer and she has a short amount of time left with us and the chemo is the only thing buying her that time.

We went to Denver to visit family shortly after finding this out and it was very bittersweet knowing that it may be the last time they all see each other. With that thought in mind I would not change the fact that we went and…

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Added by Kate07 on March 17, 2015 at 8:13pm — 10 Comments

Frustration on using the Dexcom CG Monitor

My daughter, age 24, just started wearing the Dexcom CG Monitor 3 days ago and she is frustrated over the numbers (she understands how the sensory unit operates; she is a nutritional science major) and is flummox when it's time to eat and take Humalog. She is to take Humalog if her #'s are at 90 or above. Her readings varies so she feels uncertain when and how much of insulin she should take. I think the word that best describes her state of mind is extreme frustration and wanting to quit…

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Added by Mom on March 17, 2015 at 7:29pm — 16 Comments

Here's to a Healthy Tummy

Today I saw my GI (gastroenterology) specialist for the first time since September 2013. It has been so long for two reasons:

1. I got caught up with heart surgery and then immediately after that I had a year-long adventure with four eye surgeries. And on top of all that I have been seeing a cardiologist, primary doctor, and now an endocrinologist. So I guess I just was overwhelmed with doctor visits, surgeries, and labs, etc..

2. All of my tummy troubles completely disappeared…

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Added by Tamra on March 17, 2015 at 7:27pm — 2 Comments

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