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Two weeks in

I look back at how my diet has changed in the past four months and it has been truly incredible. On December 30th I decided that I was going to quit Diet Coke. I'd tried this several times before without success, but this time I succeeded. I craved it for two months, but now I haven't touched a drop of any pop or carbonated beverage (aside from sparkling water) for nearly four months, and I don't crave it anymore.

Then, at my doctor's advice I cut out all caffeine, even tea (although…


Added by Jen on April 20, 2014 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Medtronic Soft Sensors - My Experience Thus Far

So, I've been using a Medtronic Mini-Link CGM for the past week. My Dexcom G4 will be arriving tomorrow. I wanted to give both products a fair shot before deciding on one.

My experience so far with the Medtronic CGM has worked like this. I received the transmitter kit last Monday. For the most part, setting it up to communicate with the pump is easy. I pulled the sensor out of the package and got ready for insertion. I thought it would be similar to the pain of a pump set injection.… Continue

Added by PumpGirl on April 20, 2014 at 9:11pm — No Comments

Baby #2

Well I'm pregnant with baby #2. I found out back in February. I'm due September 23rd with a baby girl. We've had some issues with my blood glucose levels dropping too low including once my husband coming home to find me completely unconscious. He also stopped it from happening again. He's very good at checking my blood sugar especially in the morning.

Now the insulin resistance has set in really badly. I'm actually fighting with it right now. I may need to try an entire site change on…


Added by Cherise on April 20, 2014 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Insulin increased, site changed, doing great!!!

Last time I saw the doctor, my Levemir was changed to 18 units. After reading a recommendation to inject in the stomach, I changed from my thighs to my stomach. After about 3 days, I started seeing changes in my fasting BG. After waiting several more days to see if I would have a spike in the evening, I found that I was doing a lot better all day.

In order not to go too low, I have been injecting 1/2 in my stomach and 1/2 in my thigh. I am trying to get in the habit of testing before…


Added by Ila on April 20, 2014 at 8:03am — 1 Comment

NEED ADVICE!! changing insulin pump from animas to accu-chek

hi all, i was wondering how to change insulin pumps. animas pump seemed right at the time but now, 4 years later, i regret not choosing accu-chek combo. they say i can only change if i have a medical reason but i really want to change!! for practicality reasons, the accu-chek system really would work better for me. i chose animas at the time because i done alot of swimming but no longer do. its getting me down and i really regret not choosing the accu-chek system. its so much more discreet…


Added by Sara_Louise on April 18, 2014 at 3:04pm — 8 Comments

How I keep track. *Useful tools

Of all the things I have to do on a daily basis, now I have to add more things to the list; Checking my BG 8 times a day now, taking oral medications 3 times a day. Remembering to bolus before my meal, not right after. Remembering Dr. appointments etc.

On top of running a business and trying to keep sanity in my family, sometimes things get left out and keeping track is always a challenge. Fortunately I have a few tools that I like to use to keep me sane.

Number one;…


Added by Austin Pereira on April 18, 2014 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Tragic Tale

Tragic Tale

Last evening April 17, 2014, two officers were killed in a middle class neighborhood of Indianapolis. The two officers shared a particular life event that is common in the world. They were at one time married. I suppose the facts are really not necessary in a case like this. The police officers both veterans of the Indianapolis Police Department (IMPD) met on the…


Added by rick phillips on April 18, 2014 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

Excitement, Excitement, Diacrap, Sadness and Dr. Lips

Excitement #1: tomorrow I have an appointment to start up my CGM. Fingers crossed that it will help to give me some insight with when my afternoon lows start so I can figure out the correct basal. I live alone so night time lows can be really nerve racking and I hope it will help me to wake up before I get to looooooooooooooow.

Excitement #2: right after my cgm appointment I am driving down to Maryland with my mom and oldest niece to…


Added by bagpipegirl on April 17, 2014 at 5:25pm — 3 Comments

Good news for me

This is off topic, but good news I would like to share with friends. First, the background. In 1970 I injured my right shoulder. In 1980 I had Bristow surgery on it, where they shorten all the ligaments and do other things that restrict your motion, all with the purpose of keeping your shoulder from frequent dislocation.

That has been completely successful, but I now have osteoarthritis in that shoulder. I have been taking celebrex for years, and before that vioxx (now withdrawn from…


Added by Lloyd on April 17, 2014 at 11:54am — 7 Comments

New here! Thanks for all the welcomes!

Newly diagnosed diabetic. Scared, confused, but determined to beat this. My mother died from this horrible disease, but I am determined not to.
A bit about me, divorced mom of one grown daughter. I have three furbabies at home, my cats, Chaos, Jack and Sparta. They are fun and can be brats too. I live in AZ. I work in the medical insurance billing industry. Here to find friendsand learn together.

Added by kamap on April 16, 2014 at 6:51pm — 2 Comments

My Dawn Phenomenon

Its not everyday that I wake up high, but its most days. I was at 101 today, which is about as perfect as anyone could get. But my meter is right there telling me that my 2 week before breakfast average is 242. I felt pretty good today though! It usually takes me until noon to get out of a funk.

I've tried cutting out carbs before bed, which is pretty hard at dinner time. With my hectic schedule sometimes I don't eat dinner until close to 8pm. I also have Celiac disease, and what that…


Added by Austin Pereira on April 16, 2014 at 6:30pm — 9 Comments

The Ultimate Passover Seder

My husband and I were invited to my friend Sid’s home for the first Passover seder this year. I know Sid from standup comedy. Actually we are the only two jews that I know of doing standup in our area. Sid always wears a keepah (yarmulkah), so it’s not a secret that he’s Orthodox.

The seder began around 8:30 p.m.– after Sid attended services. There were 22 people sitting at a very long table. There were 7 children under 18 and the rest older. Sid has five children. They were all very…


Added by diabeticmaven on April 16, 2014 at 1:34pm — 4 Comments

What is Next? (Blog 200 of 200)

What is Next?

(Blog Number 200 of 200)

I told Sheryl last week I was a little tired of writing my blog and was looking forward to a break. That is true. It is not that I am tired of writing it as much as I am fresh out of ideas for my next one. I recall when I started I had maybe 10 good ideas…


Added by rick phillips on April 16, 2014 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

Diabetic Unity

I think of us as diabetic brothers and sisters, we share a bond that many married couples of ten years have yet to reach. Of course we don’t deserve each other, but I’m proud to be of your acquaintance.

Sharing a coffee in any café I see the lady before me play the ritual of prick-bleed-strip-test: we nod in accordance and smile a tip of the hat to the other man’s cake.

Testing for a hypo and I know this sleepy head pales in comparison to the parent of the child still too young…


Added by Paul Cathcart on April 16, 2014 at 8:58am — 3 Comments

FDA approves once a week diabetes injection: Could you take the drug?

This story is originally published at EmaxHealth and written by Kathleen Blanchard.

The FDA has announced approval of the type 2 diabetes drug Tanzeum that can helps millions of people with the disease. The injection is a once a week treatment manufactured by the drug company GlaxoSmithKline,…


Added by nc929 on April 15, 2014 at 7:33pm — 1 Comment

What I have learned (Blog number 199 of 200)

What I have learned (Blog number 199 of 200)

Last year about this time, I was contemplating what could I do that was big, might be meaningful and could be useful? I decided to write 200 Blogs in one calendar year and place them on the TUDiabetes site. So on April 29, 2013 I posted a blog titled “Introducing Rick”. Its first line went like this

“I doubt anyone will want to read this or any other post I put here. I mean…


Added by rick phillips on April 15, 2014 at 6:00am — 8 Comments

Are Chromium Supplements Beneficial If You Have Type 2 Diabetes?

The results of two reviews of the effect of chromium supplements in people with type 2 diabetes have provided strikingly different results. Since this mineral has been viewed as a natural treatment option for diabetes for many years, it’s time to take stock of the conflicting information.

Chromium is a mineral that has been shown to boost the activity of insulin, according to the National…


Added by nc929 on April 14, 2014 at 7:35pm — No Comments

May be allergic to insulin

Hi. I have been reading with interest your blogs about being allergic to insulin. I am a type 1 diabetic...diagnosed at 35. I have been on a pump (most recently MiniMed REvel) for close to 10 years. I first started having problems with the CGM...getting irritation and the occasional boil at the insertion site. My endo would relentlessly urge me to use the CGM so that I could better control my overnight GB's. I told him that I would often get irritation at the site and that I was not willing…


Added by MyTime56 on April 14, 2014 at 5:52pm — 1 Comment

I've fallen off the damn wagon, again!

Ouch! I know I'm not the only one this happens to & I know this is the place for sharing & support. I don't even feel like mentioning my reasons why as they should be irrelevant. It just happens, we all know that. When it happens, it starts a vicious circle of negativity that seems impossible to escape. I can talk myself into doing what I'm supposed to & that lasts a few days at best but that depression factor rears its ugly face & I fall off again for weeks. I was on the… Continue

Added by Courty1 on April 14, 2014 at 8:53am — 3 Comments

Another Ode to Lily

I am, I think, the luckiest man on the planet. I am married to a woman whom I love and have loved for some 33 years now. I treasure the opportunity to be by her side every day. And almost every day we share the life, the love and the affection of the most wonderful child I have ever known, my beloved little Lily, my granddaughter, my tiny love.

This small, kind, gentle little soul brings light and laughter, confusion and chaos and endless delight into our lives. Last night I sat with…


Added by Steamfan on April 14, 2014 at 5:27am — 4 Comments

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