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Type 1 Diabetics in the San Joaquin Valley

I have lived right smack in the middle of California since not long after my diagnosis of type 1 diabetes 27 years ago. In all the years I've lived here, I have rarely been able to find any real support, activities, groups, etc., just for type 1 diabetics. There have been a few, usually through an insurance company or medical facility, and sometimes through charity organizations or even a small local group run by parents of diabetics. But these things were few and far between, and sometimes…


Added by Tamra on February 28, 2015 at 10:24am — 1 Comment


Just starting to be more active on this website. Need ideas for when my mindset becomes foggy or when I am stressed and turn to my former EAT FOR COMFORT mode.

Today I am feeling like I have a mindset to go the distance. But, it has been a great morning. No snow. It is West of us in Dallas. getting some energy, following a new plan with supplements, and trying to see more clearly.l

Looking for a group to join. I am newly retired from 43 years in education. I have a wonderful…


Added by jrimmer on February 28, 2015 at 8:16am — 1 Comment

I'm in. the. hospital. again

This place is the worst when it comes to diabetes control. I've only had one low and they kept me on d5 and I'm constantly high. They won't give me insulin on an insulin to carb ratio and keep bringing me full plates of SUGAR for meals and i have to refuse it. No way in hell am i drinking 2 cups of juice and cream of wheat without properly dosed insulin when i woke up at 105 mgdl with tingly hands. This is the worst, i want this pancreatitis to heal so i can go home and control my diabetes.… Continue

Added by Sensorium139 on February 28, 2015 at 6:22am — 8 Comments

the feet that never hurt

I went on a little Diabetes vacation after my Second miscarriage where I stopped testing and didn't bolus I just ran on basil it wasn't Diabulimia and the Dr thought it was Depression but none of the Depression Medications worked well I put my train back on the rails and then found out I was pregnant with my son (this years new years baby) anyways that's not the point the point I am trying to get to is could my vacation be causing this what I think is random foot pain I get out of no where…


Added by Stephanietype1 on February 27, 2015 at 9:29am — 2 Comments

It is all about information and doing it youself.

I am a do it yourself kind of person. I am probably a doctors worse nightmare. I like to try new things and I want things to be explained to me so that I know how to do it myself if needed. I often believe I know more than my doctors and sometimes I do. Do I really need a doctor to tell me what my pump was doing the last 3 months? Don't I have that software at home? Can't you tell me how to read it and adjust it?

The Internet is an amazing place. How do I determine my basal rate? Ask…


Added by runner2002 on February 26, 2015 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

I Needed Help – Letting Others Help with Diabetes Self-Care

Awaken by the horrible sound of the alarm clock. I reach over for my glucometer. As I squeeze my recently poked ring finger my own blood splatters all over my face and the wall in what looked like a scene from some B-rated horror movie. “What a way to start the day” I say to myself under my breath. Careful to not wake up my fiance next to me or the pups below my feet. 56 mg/dl the small lighted screen answers back in a matter-of-factly manner. I let out a loud audible sigh and I hear a voice…


Added by Rachel Scott on February 26, 2015 at 1:55pm — 2 Comments

Just when you think you have it all figured out....

Having type one diabetes is like being in a science class sometimes. WE might have a hypothesis as to why our blood sugars are high or low and then sometimes the hypothesis does not pan out.

Just the other day, I had my usual oatmeal with chia seeds, skim milk, and almonds. I am sort of boring most days with my breakfast foods - because I love oatmeal in all its many forms. Most times, with the injected Victoza I use and my insulin dose, I can prevent my morning blood sugars from…


Added by Susan Van Abs on February 26, 2015 at 11:33am — 5 Comments

Frustration at the Pharmacy

So I moved to this town back in may of 2014 and I don't know if anyone else goes through this if your on a pump but I had the Pharmacy asking me how much Insulin I use and such because my Rx looked odd to them I ALWAYS have my Doctor write Use as directed with insulin pump on the script so I gave them my numbers not thinking well I stopped by after work to pick up my insulin and I only got 2 vials um no!!! so the lady at the cash asks if something is wrong I said well yes you see I always…


Added by Stephanietype1 on February 26, 2015 at 10:19am — 5 Comments

The Eyes, Burritos, and CGMs Have It

This morning I had my second round of laser surgery to get rid of scar tissue that had formed on my artificial lens in my right eye. The original treatment was supposed to be the only one needed but the scar tissue proved to be quite dense and so I was required to have a second round.

The doctor did his work which was fast and painless. I sat leaned forward at the desk with my head and chin resting on the head contraption. The doctor sat on the other side of the desk with his eyes…


Added by Tamra on February 25, 2015 at 4:57pm — 3 Comments

Farxiga for Type 1

My doctor wants me to try a new drug that was made for Type II diabetics because she has had good results with Type I patients. I wanted to share what happens.

I am a Type I diabetic, diagnosed at the age of 9 in 1993. My control is good, but my A1C is now 7.2. I use a Medtronic insulin pump, but I don't use glucose sensors.

2/19/2015 I went to see my endocrinologist, and she told me about a new drug: Farxiga (dapagliflozin) is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood…


Added by bDrew on February 25, 2015 at 10:39am — 6 Comments

An Interview With A Type 1

The following are actual questions and comments I have been asked/given over the years, and the replies I have given.

Q1. Are you going to die?

A1. Everyone dies. Diabetes is no longer a terminal disease. If you don't take proper care of yourself, then, yes, diabetes will kill you; usually slowly and painfully. But since the discovery of insulin and all the knowledge gained about diabetes, medical advances, and technological advances, diabetes no longer has to be terminal. It…


Added by Tamra on February 24, 2015 at 1:54pm — 4 Comments

Helping Someone with T1D and Eating Disorders

“I can do this,” I thought as I listened to the doctor explain how our daughter, Erin, had just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. My mother had T1D. Yes, there had been a lot of advances in technology since her passing 15 years before, but the basics were still the same. It was all about numbers – measuring food, counting carbohydrates, blood glucose levels, insulin dosages, body weight, hours of activity, hours of sleep, etc. What I didn’t understand at the time was the mental and…


Added by MamaDawn on February 24, 2015 at 12:45am — 4 Comments

Changing my status

I got a pump today in the mail! I couldn't wait to get on to change my status. I'm excited and educated. Excited to get off the shots. Educated because of the stylish people on Thank you all for your bits of knowledge!

Added by bufbuffalo on February 23, 2015 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

Let's Play With Numbers

I hate math. But life is all about numbers; especially a diabetic life. I guess my hatred for math could be one reason why I have such a difficult time getting through life and controlling my diabetes. I'm not bad at math, it actually isn't all that difficult in a day-to-day perspective. I just hate doing it, especially all day, everyday, over and over again. Ugh!…


Added by Tamra on February 23, 2015 at 9:54am — 5 Comments

FitBit health applications

A friend sold me her fitbit flex health tracker.


I love the fact that tracks so many different vial stats and is very flexible. I was wondering if anybody has tried to track or monitor their glucose results and or insulin injections with it. Do you know of an application that will sync the fitbit with your glucose monitor. I want something that will specifically…


Added by Christalyn on February 22, 2015 at 9:10am — 4 Comments

The Truth

One of my fellow bloggers had this line in a recent blog: We can’t do this alone, but we are alone. How true. Our culture orbits around food (remember Superbowl pre-game ads?), and how parties around food are much relied upon for good times involving fellowship with friends and/or family. We…


Added by Diabetic Dad on February 21, 2015 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment


This whole“being an adult” thing is not all it’s cracked up to be. I mean really? Do I really have to pay bills and do laundry, go grocery shopping and deal with my own health insurance.. Yes.

Actually it hasn't been all that bad. I jumped on to my own insurance for the first time this year after…


Added by Rachel Scott on February 19, 2015 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

She Should ...

The last few weeks have been kinda crazy around here…

Basketball season is well and truly in full swing – meaning that pretty much every single afternoon / evening / weekend is filled with basketball of some sort.. 

What does that mean..?

Well in Type 1 Diabetes land it means unpredictable and increasingly HARD to manage blood sugars.

more worry and less sleep for us D-parents


You should all know by now that …


Added by edenseffort on February 18, 2015 at 9:17am — 4 Comments

The Difficult Thing Is...

Diabetes is hard game. No joke. There are very few type one diabetics that will say, "It's easy." . To these diabetics I say, you are either the most awesome super hero in the world or you live the most strict and boring life, ever. This post is all about why being type one diabetic is so difficult for me. This is strictly my point of view based solely on my life with diabetes. In doing all my thinking and research I have found the sole reason I have such a hard time being…


Added by Tamra on February 16, 2015 at 6:39pm — 4 Comments

Stronger Than T1D

When I was a junior last year, we were given the English assignment to write about a struggle we have experienced and to talk about how we overcame that struggle. I chose to talk about diabetes. I figured I would share my essay with all of you.

The Realities of a Chronic Illness

Everybody at some point in their life has gone through a traumatic time or struggled with something. Struggles can have a powerful impact on the person’s life. These struggles can… Continue

Added by Cayla on February 14, 2015 at 9:46pm — 2 Comments

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