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First steps...

I e-mailed an EMS instructor from a local college with my question (about whether a type 1 diabetic could be a paramedic) and he actually got back to me very quickly. I'm going to post his response here, just in case anyone else might be wondering.

"To my knowledge there are no state regulatory rules against or limiting a person to become an EMT or paramedic if they have any type of illness. As long as you have a driver's license and can pass the courses and exams, you can work in…


Added by Cara on August 21, 2014 at 5:11pm — 4 Comments

A Moment Frozen

You know those moments in life that freeze, and it seems like everyone in the room is frozen but you. Time just shuts down, and you are stuck in slow motion. I have had that experience a couple of times. Most of them involve a traumatic injury. But this did not, and frankly shocked me.

My husband really does not say much about me being diabetic. In fact, I thought he really didn't even seem to understand much about it all. Which was fine by me.  But this has all started to change when…


Added by Stoner on August 21, 2014 at 4:08pm — 4 Comments

Protect Yourself at the Hospital!

Next time you're in the hospital, make sure you do your own insulin injections and that you keep your pen in your room, and label the body of the pen, NOT the cap.

Thousands of hospital patients were exposed to HIV, Hep and other blood bourne diseases by nursing staff switching the CAPS of the pens, and using the pen on more than one patient.…


Added by Emmy on August 21, 2014 at 3:03pm — 1 Comment

Bad news at the opthalmologist

I missed my appointment last year while I was fighting thyroid cancer. I had noticed in the past few months my left eye was blurry but thought I just needed new glasses. Apparently my left eye has a lot of edema near the retina. The three possible reasons they gave me were: diabetic retinopathy (and that was the best diagnosis), macular pucker (scarring) , and choroidal hemangioma (benign tumor). Now I have to wait to see the retina specialist but the opthalmologist said I will be having…


Added by Kathyann on August 21, 2014 at 12:54pm — 2 Comments

I'm home now

After a frustrating night at the hospital I'm home. 

Hopefully I can inject insulin into my tummy when I actually need it, right now I really don't as I'm hardly eating. I"m covered in iodine and bruises and I'm still in a ton of pain. 

I've went through way too much for a 23 year old since Saturday. 

Added by Sensorium139 on August 21, 2014 at 11:14am — No Comments

Why does Mo’ Ne Davis matter

Why does Mo’ Ne Davis matter

And why she matters to diabetics

So have you heard about the girl named Mo’ Ne Davis who is a 13 year old pitching phenomenon playing in the Little League World Series? She is the first Little Leaguer (boy or girl) to appear on the…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on August 21, 2014 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

What's the Point?

August 20th is always a difficult day to get through. This day is my dad's birthday, he would have been 75 this year. My dad's death had a hugely negative impact on me, not just because I lost my father whom I love so much, but also because he died from complications of a disease we both shared.

To be eleven years old and watch your dad die from a stroke right before your eyes is bad enough. To know that it was his type I diabetes, a disease you have as well, that lead to it...well…


Added by Tiki on August 21, 2014 at 3:06am — 2 Comments

Diabetes and The Body Politic…What does it mean?....

Okay. The hard ones, the immediate ones first:

What does it mean here in the USA that a day arrived where I could honestly sigh in relief that—"whew, whatever else that has occurred that is horrible, at least none of our law enforcement officers beheaded anyone today." ?....

As a child of the 60s with emotional wounds from losses on both sides of those barricades (med-evac pilot lover lost in 'Nam/brain damaged protestor from a police billy club at the Dem…


Added by Judith in Portland on August 20, 2014 at 10:23pm — 1 Comment

Had. my. surgery

So far, not too bad recovery wise. I thought i couldn't breathe after anesthesia, but fine now. I had to fight for lantus as my current nurse refused based on lows in the morning, despite easy correction and great numbers all day. Had to beg a doctor for 5 units, won then. They also refused to do an insulin to carb ratio, only sliding scale. Hospitals are the worst.

Added by Sensorium139 on August 20, 2014 at 9:39pm — 2 Comments

ADA 2014: Scientific Study Shows Support Groups Are Good For You!

As Dave Berry used to say "I'm not making this up!".  There was a study presented at ADA 2014 where the researchers offered college aged (18-25) people with type-1 diabetes a weekly "diabetes club" where they could interact with others who had type-1, ask questions, and hear 15 minute talks on topics of interest.   The people who attended these meetings lowered their A1c numbers by about 1.2, which was statistically significant compared to the people who did not attend.  As a general rule,…


Added by joshualevy on August 20, 2014 at 7:53pm — 1 Comment


It was that time again today… Time to change Eden's pump site and refill the insulin stored in her pump. (you can read more about it here)


2 days goes by SO QUICKLY….


Eden doesn't like it - she casually said, I don't like my pump then followed by I don't like shots either..


Sorry kid - it's one…


Added by edenseffort on August 19, 2014 at 5:57pm — 1 Comment

My First Colonoscopy

Well, today, I finally had my first colonoscopy and my first endoscopy type test after a horrific experience the last time I had one several years ago.

I'm so happy to say that it went very well and everything is ok with my colon etc. Everyone was so nice at the hospital and they addressed my concerns really well. I had several nurses attending to me and interviews with the attending anesthesiologist and nurse anesthesiologist. Some were interested in my IBG star meter. As the nurse…


Added by meee on August 19, 2014 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

gallbladder update

Had a second ercp after being transferred to another hospital, as the first failed. I got pancreatitis...i hate this organ. I might get the gallbladder out tomorrow or the next day. I'm in love with morphine because my pain is awful. My iv is still beeping i hate it. I'm only 23 i don't need all this

Added by Sensorium139 on August 19, 2014 at 2:41pm — 3 Comments

No Carb Challenge

Hello! My husband and I were talking last night about a way we would help raise money and awareness for diabetes as my 3 year old son was diagnosed a week ago. The topic came up as we were discussing the Ice Bucket Challenge which raises money and awareness for ALS. As we thought about different ideas we could challenge people to, the idea of challenge people to go without carbs for 3 days came up. Diabetics have to watch the carbs they eat and account for all of them so why not challenge…


Added by Jericho's Mom on August 19, 2014 at 1:33pm — 9 Comments

School Starts

School Starts

Well around my town school is underway in a big way. By and large parents rejected the idea of year round school, but do not mind earlier starts with more vacations. In other words they like year round school just not the name, year round school. Starting before Labor Day and getting out in mid-June with a 4-5 week summer vacation is fine and is precisely what…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on August 19, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Peripheral Neuropathy

I've recently been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy..I have a buzzing like sensation in my knee's, and the sides of my thighs are very tender to the touch..I'm up late tonight due to the sensation in my knees it's a really weird feeling, I have to prop my legs up in order to not feel the sensation so much...I'm very disgusted at the moment...Very tired of this Dam Diabetes! Anyone else out there feeling the same?

Added by Michelle on August 19, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Dexcom financial assistance

I got my Dexcom in Jan 2014, however when I went to re order my next set of supplies they told me it would be $400.00 (after insurance) to refill, which is not even possible. I really want to start wearing my Dexcom again because my blood sugars were much more controlled, just wondering if anyone knows of any financial assistance that will make this possible...

Added by Katie on August 18, 2014 at 6:53pm — 4 Comments

HbA1C back under control

It's been a long time since I've posted here. The last time was after a period of diabetes neglect, and my HbA1c was over 13.

Well, I'm back on the wagon and the good news is that the number is now 6.2! It's been back under control for over 6 months now.

When I last posted I had had a consultation for Lasik. The doctor approved that I could have it, but the machine was broken (and my numbers were up the spout). The machine has since been repaired, and I'm planning to contact…


Added by Megan S on August 18, 2014 at 12:20pm — 3 Comments

my gallbladder. failed me too

I'm currently hospitalized waiting for surgery to remove my gallbladder. It sucks. They don't understand my insulin to carb ratio. I'm also npo, can't eat anything and drinking is questionable. I hate this.

Added by Sensorium139 on August 17, 2014 at 5:07am — 6 Comments

Treadmills and Poopshivers

August 15, 2014 started out just fine. But then some portal from hell burst forth and grabbed me by the female balls and proceeded to torture me with the force and anger of a baby who's favorite binky has been stolen.

I rolled out of bed at 5:45 A.M. and walked out the door at 6:45ish. The ride to Fresno with my man and his brother was as it always is. Manly discussions of Magic the Gathering, Titanfall, and other geeky, nerdy, dorky things. We were accompanied by Bob and Tom on the…


Added by Tiki on August 16, 2014 at 11:06am — 3 Comments

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