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Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

This is purely my own experience and opinion.

There are arguments out there that claim taking vitamin and mineral supplements does nothing to help improve health. That they are a waste of money, and in some cases can be harmful. Some state that our bodies can't properly metabolize the supplements in pill form because our bodies are made to draw the nutrients from the source (food, etc.) and so just spill the nutrients from pills through the bodies urine.

I can't say if these…


Added by Tamra on October 23, 2014 at 7:26pm — 2 Comments

Reflecting...and celebrating, With a little guilt.

So, today was my 6 month endo appt. No big deal, right? Well today while talking to her, I was overwhelmed by so many emotions. Pride. Joy. Luck. Amazement. And guilt. Why guilt? Ill get to that.

I dont really blog much, but wanted to share this with my TuD fam.

Endo (after looking at my blood work): Well, your cholesterol is about 25 points too high, and you could probably stand to lose about 15 pounds.

Me (after all these things hit me): Uh, really? Thats…


Added by Dan P on October 23, 2014 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

Achy Breaky Chest

Achy Breaky Chest

Well it’s over. I mean it’s not completely over, but most of the way. The hard part at least is done; I am feeling better and yada-yada. Actually things went very well and while I would have liked some changes it was about an 85% good thing as far as surgery is concerned. I mean let’s face it surgery is pretty close to the bottom of things you look forward…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on October 23, 2014 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

My gallbladder related stuff is unfortunately not over

I thought it'd all be over when I got it removed and the stones removed from my bile ducts/stents put in

Unfortunately , I still have a biliary stricture, meaning my biliary ducts are narrowed. I had my 3rd ERCP today with HIGH HOPES that it was done and over with and the stents would come out and I'd be free from this, but that was not the case at all.  It's very likely from the gallstone that was in the duct that left scarring and the previous 2 ERCP procedures 



Added by Sensorium139 on October 22, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

A corner of my desk

People say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. It's probably actually a person's desk.

    This one corner describes several parts of me. Some things one would expect to see on a teenage girl's desk; nail polish, a bobby pin, and pencils. Other parts are more distinctly me, such as a dead lightbulb,…


Added by Olivia on October 21, 2014 at 11:32pm — 3 Comments

A bit to do about nothing

My blood sugars are high again 22.5 along way a way from the 7 and below I need since being prescribed metformin my sugars have been high not really helping the situation by noshing cadburys giant buttons Jimbobs back is healing had a severe attack of fleas, which caused irritation to her back took her to the local vets who gave her anti biotics something for the itching and I gave her flea treatment also did the flea treatment on Brian and Brieni all seem to getting better it cost us £100…


Added by twiddlemthumbs on October 21, 2014 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Feeling Blue ?!

November is Diabetes Awareness Month.


November 1st – is Type 1 Diabetes Day

November 14th – is World Diabetes Day





I’m sure there are MANY people in the community that would not even have a clue that there even IS a month for Diabetes…


Added by edenseffort on October 21, 2014 at 5:39pm — 1 Comment

Allison Caggia

Ten months later, my A1c is 6.5 and I’m still striving to get it lower. I always exercised but I’m even more proud of myself for my hard work because it’s more challenging as a diabetic. I have to know my numbers pre and post workout, bolus different, etc. While being diagnosed has been a game changer, I…


Added by TheDiabetesHero on October 21, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Is “gluten-free” another fad diet or is there something to it?

Lately I have heard a lot about a gluten free diet being referred to as the "next fad diet" (which kinda aggravates me). It may be a fad for some, but for many of us, it is a necessary way of life.

To start, the wheat we are eating nowadays is far different than it used to be.The strains have been crossbred over the years leading to a wheat that has 50% more gluten than its counterparts!

To top it off, for most of us, our bodies are not meant to be able to digest this much…


Added by jpulizzi on October 21, 2014 at 9:33am — No Comments

Telling who and when?

Telling Who and When?

Just a note to start, I am doing fine and I will write a blog about my surgery and other adventurers later in the week.

So yesterday there is a blog running that I wrote before my surgery, about my not telling the school nurse I was diabetic. It is both a bit funny and ironic. If you missed it on this site, fell free…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on October 21, 2014 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

Dia-Bad-Ass Eye Appointment

*As usual, the following is written from my memory of the events. Some things may be inaccurate due to faulty memories. In any case, this is how I remember it:

I had an eye appointment today. My retina specialist examined both eyes this time. A month ago I had mentioned that I had begun seeing flashes of light in my left eye, which is new, I have only ever experienced flashes in my right eye. So my doctor had planned an exam on both eyes for today.

After a vision exam, pressure…


Added by Tamra on October 20, 2014 at 7:48pm — 2 Comments

Blow gently in my ear

He blew and blew and blew remind you of any fairy tale well it has been like that here in the Shire today the wind would blow your socks off if it could trees bending leaves swirling like mini tornadoes cats securely hunkered down on the settees and chairs only coming out to eat clean themselves guess they can read the weather signs far better than we humans, Brieni and Jimbob stuck there noses out of the open patio door looked at each other a yes decided to stay in Brian being the male…


Added by twiddlemthumbs on October 19, 2014 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

School Days: A Guest Post by Lawrence 'Rick' Phillips, Ed.D.

I originally posted this to my blog,

The following is a guest post written by my friend, Rick. Rick and I met via the social media site TuDiabetes. We have much in common including Type I Diabetes. The following is a story Rick has written about his experience with diabetes, low blood-sugar, and the school nurse. Read and enjoy; I know I did!…


Added by Tamra on October 19, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Word to the Wise Diabetic

I’m relaxing today and can happily report that things went well during the cardiac Catheterization procedure at the hospital yesterday. Not as well as hoped (finding no problem), but I guess after battling T1 diabetes for over 64 years, finally developing complications should be expected. I'm disappointed they did find major blockage in one artery, but fortunately I didn’t ignore the symptoms so they could discover the problem and put a stent in to correct it. I’ll be recovering for a week…


Added by Bionic Referee on October 18, 2014 at 4:46pm — 5 Comments


Today, October 18, 2014 marks exactly one year since my triple bypass heart surgery. This year sure has flown by. It has also been full of changes, challenges, and so much more.

(One day after surgery.)

Last year I spent Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year in a healing state. This didn't…


Added by Tamra on October 18, 2014 at 11:21am — 7 Comments

Lakeland Monster Miles 2014 pictures

Well, here's the pic's as promised from this years Lakeland Monster Miles...before I ended up in hospital with DKA which I didn't get pics of :P

Must admit I did enjoy going through that ford. Bike even looked clean at that point. Didn't last long though!…


Added by Nyadach on October 18, 2014 at 4:30am — 4 Comments

Cats whiskers

You do not have to be rich to be happy we went to the seaside in 1966 that was me and Sheila we were courting we took sheils mom along to chaperone us have to bear with me my spelling is not good nearly said something else while we were there we visited an astrologer not sure if that is right she had a glass globe and it skinned us out paying but here is what she said, you will have 5 children never be rich but you will have an everlasting love for each other I guess 2 out of three will…


Added by twiddlemthumbs on October 18, 2014 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

I'm amazing. But don't take my word for it.

At swimming lessons last week, I had an interesting encounter with another mom.

When we arrived at the pool, I did what we usually do: I sent the boys in to change into their bathing suits, then Eric came out to give me his pump and get a blood sugar drawn. He was lower than I wanted him before an hour-long swimming lesson (84), so I gave him some juice and a couple of lifesaver candies to bring his blood glucose up enough to get through the class without a low. I barely noticed the…


Added by Elizabeth on October 17, 2014 at 2:30am — 12 Comments

Burned Out, Distressed, Depressed or Crazy?

Warning - Rambling post to follow

I am in the depths of a burnout right now. I was initially diagnosed T2 5 years ago but after about 6 months could never gain control. I lost 70 pounds and thought I should be able to reduce my meds or even reverse T2, but my numbers stayed high. In May I saw a different doctor who did more blood work and changed my diagnosis to T1 (really LADA T1.5). I got on a CGM and was initially successful, but now there are days where I just don't care. I have…


Added by StephenP on October 16, 2014 at 7:04pm — 7 Comments

Three Unsuccessful Trials

This blog posting summarizes several clinical trials aimed at curing type-1 diabetes which have failed.  These are never fun, happy blog postings, but they are important.  One of the big problems with trying to understand research based on mass media reporting is that failures are rarely covered at all.  The soundtrack for this posting is "Down" by Melissa Lambert:…


Added by joshualevy on October 16, 2014 at 7:02am — No Comments

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