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Burnout Incognito: Silent but Deadly

A couple months ago (in my blog) I posted an entry about burnout. Well there is something that I didn't realize until today. Burnout can happen without you even knowing. It took a big smack in the face from fellow diabetics to wake me up from my daydream of sorts. You see, I made some choices that didn't set well with some of my diabuddies. I was upset at some things that were said & couldn't see it at the time. They were right. Over the past couple of months I was making poor choices…


Added by Taylor_B on December 18, 2014 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Best A1C Ever

Yesterday was C's quarterly endo appointment and it was the best one we've had so far. Usually C is very nervous when he gets his blood drawn. When he was younger his brother and sister would come with us and they would try to distract him by telling him jokes and reading him books. But since his appointment was during a school day they did not come with us this time. Of course I was a little apprehensive since this was the first time they wouldn't be here to distract him. He did great…


Added by Kelly on December 18, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

I Am Not Normal

A bit of a rant...the following is my own personal opinion.

My entire life I have been told by friends, family, and even doctors that I can "live a normal life". That is a very loose term if you look at it from the point of view of a diabetic. What the hell do you mean by a "normal" life?

I don't see "normal" people having to check their blood sugar a minimum of four times a day. I don't see "normal" people having to take six shots a day. I don't see "normal" people having to…


Added by Tamra on December 17, 2014 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Proof Low Carb Works (for me)

T2, 35 yrs since diagnosed, never in control, ADA suggestions followed, kidney doctor followed, internal med. doc. followed...NOT.....NOW I found a listening, loving and logical Endo. in A1c was 9.5 and killing me. He set me straight on the carb path, I followed it to the "t" and yesterday had a solid 5.1 A1c test...he nearly danced for me. Went through 2 surgeries and kept BG in control with a lotta testing, nurses were in dismay, dr. supported my efforts. I eat 15-45-30 carbs a…


Added by Sandy on December 17, 2014 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

New My First Entry

I have never done this before. I hope I;m in the right place. I have had diabetes for about 12 years. Totally out of control. I take Metformin,Novalog and Lantus. My sugar are all over the place. I'm just chasing them. In the last week my sugars have been 292, 327, 217, 463,68, 158, 195 ect.. This is better then they used to be. I have been in the low 30's several times and over 600 several times. My problem is I want to eat what I want when I want. I act like I don't have diabetes. I am…


Added by Christine on December 17, 2014 at 6:15am — 4 Comments

New Animas pumper!

I'm on my Animas Vibe pump for 5 days now. I really love the Animas color screen and the integrated Dexcom CGM ! After 10 years with a Medtronic pump (712-715-722) I was ready for a change!

Added by Mario on December 16, 2014 at 8:00am — 4 Comments



Yesterday morning I published a long version of my diagnosis story on the web site administered by my friend Scott Johnson. If you are so inclined you can view the site at the following address:

A bit about Scott, he is a long time blogger and he operates one of the premiere independent blog…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on December 16, 2014 at 3:00am — 9 Comments

A Room for Wonder and Awe

"I did not ask for success; I asked for wonder.

And You gave it to me"

"Khob gebetn vunder anshtot glik, un du host zey mir gegebn.

--Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Rabbi Heschel, some years ago made a significant difference in my life through his book The Sabbath I am not Jewish, and this blog is not intended to proselytize for any religion or belief system. However, as we all struggle, wrestle, and then…


Added by Lorraine on December 15, 2014 at 8:50am — 2 Comments


Lately I've gone a bit crazy adjusting pump settings trying to get my blood sugars to stay at SOME semblance of stable. I got my A1c the other day fully expecting it to be no better than my last one (which was 7.9) because I've been having so many crazy highs and lows. My blood sugar over the past month has ranged from 2.2 (40) to 26.3 (473).

What a happy surprise when my A1c came back at 7.2!!!

To put that in perspective: Over the past 3-4 years I have had ONE other A1c of…


Added by Jen on December 13, 2014 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

It Gets Kind of Depressing

I was officially diagnosed with Type II Diabetes on October 3rd. This revelation came on the heels of my husband losing his job (and therefore our health insurance). A week later we left on a two and a half week road trip/book tour (I'm a published author).

Needless to say, the past two months have been stressful. I've been having to learn all I can about living with diabetes through magazine articles, books, and websites. I had been given the offer of diabetes education but it's…


Added by Kristinemac777 on December 13, 2014 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Words of Wisdom from Spongebob

I am sorry that I disappeared without warning, but I developed more health issues than I could handle so I stopped the computer and tried to get better. Nothing is worse than complaining, and especially about a bunch of other chronic illnesses when this site…


Added by lotsofshots on December 12, 2014 at 2:19pm — 13 Comments

Your Type 2 May Vary.

"Your diabetes may vary" is a phrase often repeated on this site. For my title I chose to substitute "Type 2" for the word "Diabetes. I did this because type 2 is extremely variable. It has many forms requiring different levels of treatment.

I write this because someone complained to me that my last blog A type 2 Blog was depressing. He went on to explain that he controlled his D with diet and…


Added by Stemwinder (Gary) on December 10, 2014 at 6:30pm — 12 Comments

Comparing ALL the Insulin Pumps!

I've used almost all of the insulin pumps on the market (that's a long and winding story itself) over the last 14 years of pumping, so when people want my opinion on a pump, I ask them to pull up a chair and grab a cup of coffee. I'll drop some knowledge.

As Tech Editor for, I recently published the most massive pump comparison analysis you've ever had the…


Added by MelissaBL on December 9, 2014 at 2:06pm — 6 Comments

Its that time of year again..

If you think this is going to be a post about Christmas and diabetes then you came to the wrong blog. This is all about self promotion! haha.

Around this time last year I posted this blog

Well, I was feeling musical again so I decided to clone myself and play Carol of the Bells!…


Added by TimmyMac on December 9, 2014 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Have you ever believed you were cured?

Have you ever believed you were cured?

A few days ago I ran across two incidences of people who at some time after diagnosis felt they had been cured. One gentleman simply went off his medication after he had been using insulin. He reported that he was willing to take insulin but when the doctor moved him to metformin, he felt he was cured and stopped using diabetes medication. He…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on December 9, 2014 at 6:00am — 13 Comments

Dear All Please guide me as I am really confused My 10 years old son was diagonosed for Type 1 in March 2014 7 his c-pepetide was 0.25 recently i got it teted & it was 1.1 which is normal Now 1 docto…

Dear All

Please guide me as I am really confused

My 10 years old son was diagonosed for Type 1 in March 2014 7 his c-pepetide was 0.25

recently i got it teted & it was 1.1 which is normal

Now 1 doctor says it is type 1 and asks us to take Insulin 7 the other doctor tells us that it is type-2 and has prescribed tablets

Amaryl 1mg half tablet daily

pioz mf 7.5mg 1 tablet daily

Also please guide me whether my son is type 1 or type 2 as he is very…


Added by shahpuri on December 8, 2014 at 12:01am — 6 Comments

Need A litte Help

target range ,waking up, before meals, bedtime.
and i need blood glucose guide for fasting and non-fasting.
My DR will not tell this. this is way i am asking you.
Kathleen Gregory.

Added by Kathy on December 7, 2014 at 5:26pm — 5 Comments

Pump set sites.....

I have been pumping now for about 6 months and always use my tummy for the site. I rotate the areas though. But I'm thinking of trying the top of the thigh...does anyone use this area? Does it hurt? Any suggestions on different areas or using thigh is much appreciated. Thanks! Take care!

Added by Lovin_life on December 7, 2014 at 4:40am — 9 Comments

72 Years T1D

Today (12/7) is my anniversary. Exactly one year after Pearl Harbor was the first day I was sick with T1D Type 1 Diabetes. I was 10 years old. Two days later Dr. Wright made a house call and decided I needed to be in the hospital. Since my mother didn’t know how to drive, Dr. Wright drove me and my mother to the hospital in his car. Shortly after arriving at the hospital I lapsed into a coma. Of course, insulin saved my life. I don’t have any records or recollections by my parents, but I…


Added by tom b on December 7, 2014 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

What Goes Up...

I've been raving about how good things have been going for me lately. After many years of nothing but bad things happening, I finally had hit a good patch and everything was coming up roses. Well, of course as soon as I let my guard down and give in to the goodness and let myself feel good and happy, it all comes crashing down around me.…


Added by Tamra on December 6, 2014 at 10:47am — 3 Comments

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