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A TIGHT Squeeze

Last night I was reminded of a behavior that my husband and I instilled in our children. When our children were much, much younger, we had taught them that when mom or dad were talking to another adult, and they needed our attention, to simply come hold our hand. If we did not respond with a squeeze, they should squeeze our hand until we squeezed back. That squeeze meant that we knew they needed us, and we would interrupt our conversation shortly to attend their needs. It was a great way for…


Added by Stoner on February 1, 2015 at 12:07pm — 2 Comments

Don't let the fear of the highs and lows, keep you from trying.

In the end of the day, you have a choice.. You have to choose what is important and what is worth fighting for.. Although I didn't choose diabetes, it chose me. There are some things I have chose, but I have to decide what is worth it and what just isn't worth the fight. My health is my top priority and keeping my diabetes in control is something I will continue to fight for. I remember a quote I lived by during my softball years, "Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the…


Added by Mekenzie D on January 31, 2015 at 8:48pm — 1 Comment

The Wall

Have you hit a wall? Is there someone thinking or telling you there is no wall, “it’s all in your head,” “you can beat it,”etc., etc.?

There’s a wall. Maybe you haven’t hit it. Maybe, you’ve found a way through it, around it, or over it. But it’s there. The old saying “what doesn’t kill you just makes you stronger,” leaves out an important point: eventually something kill us. All of us. On that journey, we often have obstacles to overcome; everyone has something. As diabetics often…


Added by Diabetic Dad on January 31, 2015 at 5:54pm — 3 Comments

It has been one year

It has been one year

On January 28, 2015 many of us marked the one year anniversary of the passing of our beloved friend JRTPUP (Barbara). Much has happened in that year and as difficult as it is to remember, I am drawn to write this blog so our broader community will know of Barbara’s contributions but also so we might take a collective breath and…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on January 30, 2015 at 2:00pm — 14 Comments

Shooting Lasers

*The following is a recounting from memory. Certain details may be inaccurate due to faulty memory or misunderstanding of medical lingo, etc.*

Several months ago I had lens replacement surgery for a cataract that had already existed but was burst into growth due to several eye surgeries for diabetic retinopathy. As a complication after this lens replacement the artificial lens became encapsulated (developed scar tissue). Today I went in to have laser surgery to relieve my…


Added by Tamra on January 28, 2015 at 6:32pm — 4 Comments

Short and Sweet

New A1c today, 5.9. Under 6 for eight years.
T2 for 21 years, no complications.


Added by Lloyd on January 28, 2015 at 12:51pm — 6 Comments

Who Do You See When We Go To The Doctor

Who Do You See When We Go To The Doctor

Wow, I am so darn busy all of a sudden. Does anyone else get this creep effect? It seems like January is the new December for health care in the US or maybe it is just me. As a manager of a health plan I always counted on two things. First plan costs would escalate to almost twice the monthly average in December and…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on January 28, 2015 at 3:30am — 10 Comments

David Allen Russu

David Allen Russu was my father. He was also a type 1 diabetic, pastor, teacher, lifeguard, realtor, and so much more. He was a downright superhero. He managed to have a successful marriage that never lost it's love but only managed to grow stronger over time. At the same time he raised seven children, taught full time, pastored a church, and was involved in many other activities and family functions. He spent his life giving to others. I don't recall him ever being disliked by…


Added by Tamra on January 26, 2015 at 7:14pm — 6 Comments

Moving my blog posts

Because of the upcoming changes to TuDiabetes, I am in the process of moving all my blog posts to my blog at

See you there!

Added by Emmy on January 26, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Good News!

So I'm kinda bad at keeping up with this! (sigh) life just gets in the way sometimes. Anyways, good news...I FINALLY got a dexcom cgm!!!!! yay! :)

I was talking to my CDE about how I have a lot of trouble with affording a cgm and one of her other patients had a receiver/transmitter and a box of sensors that she was willing to give to me! :) I have had "Dexie" as my daughter calls her..(receiver is pink (bonus!!) :) for about a week now. I really really really love it! I had a little…


Added by Shayla on January 25, 2015 at 9:14pm — 2 Comments

Nexplanon and Type 1 Diabetes

Hi I was just curious if this had happened to anyone!So two weeks ago I got the nexplanon birth control in my arm, ever since then my blood sugars have been out of control. Like 300-400. I will go to bed at 190 and when I wake up it's in the 300. Or I will be high before bed like 250 and I'll correct the dose and wake up higher! I'm really thinkin it's the nexplanon and was wonderig if anyone experienced the as well.

My doctor just had me check more and change my basal, but I am out…


Added by tori112392 on January 25, 2015 at 5:07pm — 1 Comment

"Dear Abby" and Diabetes Etiquette

A writer to "Dear Abby" is squeamish and uncomfortable when a co-worker with diabetes tests their blood glucose.

I'm squeamish and uncomfortable going to the bathroom to test and inject insulin so that innocent bystanders in public won't feel squeamish and uncomfortable.

Diabetes etiquette should be a…


Added by Tom Goffe on January 25, 2015 at 4:06pm — 7 Comments

Small Introduction about me [MikFly]: "Mike" Type1 Diabetic diagnosed "summer of being nine"

Hello fellow Diabetics,

and parents, siblings, family of all types

My History

Diabetic Type1 since 9yrs old. When I got sick of the doctors/nurses injecting me Iinsisted on doing it myself. I'm sure my mom/dad appreciated that they wouldn't have that burden to worry about, I'm sure they had enough to worry about me staying in good health & control and getting all the prescriptions filled/refilled.

I Enjoy teaching people about diabetes when they ask about it… Continue

Added by MikFly on January 25, 2015 at 1:54pm — 3 Comments

Secret Identity

As a fan of comic books and spy thriller novels, I must admit at times I feel as if I have a “secret identity,” or I have another life.

My secret identity: I can go from an independent, self-sufficient individual to a solely and thoroughly dependent individual.

Dependent upon my wife, family, co-workers, even strangers depending upon thee time and place of my transformation. In seconds, I can become an unconscious blob, a semi-conscious, but irrational, human, or a…


Added by Diabetic Dad on January 25, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

What The Kids Think?

We are often told what thoughts and feelings our parents with children who are diabetics think and feel, but I wonder what the children of diabetic parents think, or thought as they grew up?

A complete role reversal where the children often feel like they are responsible for the parents, or a loss of the feelings of safety and security that a parent often provides? As much as we would like to hope it never happens, the frequent news stories of children “saving” diabetic parents is…


Added by Diabetic Dad on January 24, 2015 at 4:51pm — 3 Comments

Juicing and calculating carbs

I'm toying with the idea of buying a Nutribullet RX to start juicing but am hesitant to do so due to all the sugar in the fruits. Has anyone had any experience in calculating carbs/insulin for any recipes? Even w/ 'green smoothies' I'm very inexperienced.

Added by Emily on January 24, 2015 at 8:43am — 1 Comment


How about a little trip down memory lane from an old-timer at TuD? I know I'm not the only one, so please chime in with your own memories from Ye Olde Days!

I had never belonged to any social networking site, though I had lurked at one (the ubiquitous facebook came much later when I finally admitted it might be the only way to keep track of my busy daughter and nieces!). My D had been diagnosed a few months earlier and the focus it took to try for control had sapped my creative…


Added by Judith in Portland on January 23, 2015 at 10:00pm — 13 Comments

Diabuddies a second take

Diabuddies a second take

This past week I read a blog that touched me. Often the blogs that are so compelling to me are found here on TUDiabetes. There is a reason for that. Aside from two efforts I seldom read other blogs. I write enough blogsI am afraid of copying something I have read (inadvertently of course) without providing proper attribution to the author. I figure if I do…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on January 23, 2015 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments


There is sure a lot of talk about “change” here on TuD, and I would like to put my two cents on the topic.

“Nobody likes change.” At least that is what I am told. I like change. I find it weird places. Sometimes if you save that change, you end up with a nice little stockpile for something nice. On occasions change in my car, becomes a treat. are not talking about that change...

My daughter likes to change. She puts on a different outfit several times a day…


Added by Stoner on January 23, 2015 at 3:45pm — 3 Comments

3 Months of Diabetes

Wednesday marked 3 months of Brennan having diabetes. These 3 months have been very difficult adjusting to the fact that I now have 2 kids with diabetes. Brennan is doing a lot better handling his diabetes. He has taken an interest in checking his own blood sugar. He throws a fit if I try to check it for him. I have seen a bigger bond between Griffin and Brennan since now they both have diabetes. They were always close but now they seem so much closer. Griffin is always there to help his…


Added by Jennifer on January 23, 2015 at 7:56am — 2 Comments

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