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Oh, Blood Thinner, I Am Happy To Say Goodbye

*The following is my own personal experience and story. I do not claim professional knowledge of any drug listed below. For professional, scientific, and medical information, please seek out the companies that make the drugs, and/or your doctor.*

Let's start with some background for context. I am a type 1 diabetic and I never bothered to properly care for it. Fast forward 25 years. Yes, that's 25 years of out of control diabetes. 25 years of sky high blood sugars. Not surprising I…


Added by Tamra on April 16, 2015 at 9:00pm — 9 Comments

The Overlooked Treatment for Diabetes

One big thing I have encountered over and over this past year since I have made a huge effort to get in touch with the diabetes community is the fact that although there are tons of medical treatments, diet suggestions, exercise routines, medicine, tools, aids, etc., the fact that diabetes ravages our psychology and emotions is very rarely addressed, and there exists almost no professional help whatsoever.

The only emotional and psychological aid I have ever received has come from…


Added by Tamra on April 14, 2015 at 3:39pm — 9 Comments

Least Favorite Site

I have my pancreas on the back of my hip currently and I HATE it. Gosh.
It doesn't bother me when I sleep which is good, but dang I can't sit in a freaking chair comfortably! I've snagged it more on clothing than I do when its on my arm.
I'm so annoyed I want to throw it far far away, but what a waste of insulin that would be.
SO the struggle will continue until Wednesday.

Added by FaithKathryn on April 13, 2015 at 6:16pm — 3 Comments

victoza is the best glp 1 . It is better than byetta and the once a week one

This is the conclusion from the study. My personal experience confirms this. liraglutue is Victoza

The phase III studies that have compared GLP-1 RA agents head-to-head have demonstrated that all GLP-1 RA agents are effective therapeutic options at reducing A1C. However, differences clearly exist in terms of magnitude of effect on A1C and weight as well as frequency and severity of adverse effects. When selecting the most…


Added by Joel Steinberg on April 12, 2015 at 9:32am — 2 Comments

One Month of CGMing

It has been over one month now that I have been using a CGM (continuous glucose monitor). I am forever grateful for this technology; it is a most useful tool.

In one month I have made note of several pros and only one con.

Positive things I've noted having a CGM:

1. My blood sugars are…


Added by Tamra on April 11, 2015 at 10:43pm — 7 Comments

Yet Another Diagnosis

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). I have suspected that I have it ever since I learned about it on a television show. This was back in 2007 or so. A woman was discussing her symptoms and how doctor's couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. Many of the symptoms she described I had. I didn't have insurance at the time and the syndrome wasn't life threatening - just life frustrating- so I ignored it and went on with life as if I was just fine.

So, what is PCOS?

Basically it…


Added by Tamra on April 7, 2015 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Lowest A1c ever!!!

I just got my A1c done today and it was 6.1!!!!!

My A1c three months ago was 7.2. Just over two months ago I started the Dexcom. I have never had an A1c so low in over 23 years of Type 1. For the past four years I haven't been able to get lower than 7.2! I am so happy!!!! And still can't quite believe it!

Suddenly the 5s don't seem so impossibly out of reach...!?!?!

Added by Jen on April 4, 2015 at 4:00pm — 18 Comments


"Beam me up, Scottie!" TuDiabetes will teleport its Ning content on April 6th through April 20th. April marks a new beginning for TuDiabetes on its new platform.

This has been a long and chilling winter for me.

Mid-December, my husband, Hardy, and our three Golden Retrievers hiked along the Maumee River at Side Cut Metropark. It was a gorgeous day, the River and its water birds were stunning. I will always be grateful for that day. Our 14 1/2 year old Golden loved hiking from…


Added by Trudy on April 4, 2015 at 11:53am — 9 Comments

Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of

*The following is how I interpret the meaning of the song. Any actual meaning is, of course, up to U2.*

Sometimes we hear songs that hit a chord deep within ourselves. A song that just speaks to us because we see our own lives in it, we see ourselves. For me one such song is by, incidentally, my favorite band, U2. The song is called Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of and is from their album All That You Can't Leave Behind.

The album is full of amazing songs. The group has a…


Added by Tamra on April 2, 2015 at 9:17pm — 4 Comments

DexCom Supplies using CareFirst - HealthyBlue Platinum Plan


To no avail, I've attempted to find out who is the authorized distributor of DexCom sensors for my new insurance CareFirst Healthy Blue Platinum plan from the Affordable Health Care Washington, DC site. I’ve called DexCom and CareFirst. DexCom didn’t know which is surprising. After about 2 hours on the phone with CareFirst, they referred me to a site with 150 durable medical suppliers – all of which sell different unique pieces of durable medical equipment and none of which I can…


Added by LWright22 on April 2, 2015 at 7:13am — 4 Comments

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?


Added by Lloyd on March 30, 2015 at 4:00pm — 5 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?…


Added by Tamra on March 29, 2015 at 5:31pm — 2 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…


Added by Kathyann on March 28, 2015 at 9:09am — 18 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…


Added by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on March 27, 2015 at 12:00pm — 6 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.…


Added by Tamra on March 26, 2015 at 11:37am — 13 Comments


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…


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…


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…


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!

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

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