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January 2008 Blog Posts (108)

T1 diagnoses on the rise in U.S.

I came across this article today in the Colorado Springs Gazette: The article states that T2 isn't the only type of diabetes diagnosis that's currently on the rise; T1's are on the rise, too. I also recently read that kids with T1 are getting diagnosed at younger…


Added by Katie I. on January 21, 2008 at 1:52pm — 6 Comments


So I was doing a little research on this whole CGM business after three separate friends of mine and about 5 people on here told me that Deltec and Animas's units were close to production. I refused to believe that a company who had no trials and no interest in doing a CGM would tell their people to tell customers that it was within four months from public market.

Well, someone I know who is also a Minimed-er like me passed this info along to me after I told him how crazy I…


Added by Adam on January 21, 2008 at 1:27pm — 8 Comments

Why I don't want a CGM

My pump manufacturer, Animas, announced recently that they are joining up with Dexcom to incorporate CGM technology into their 2020 pumps - - and it got me thinking about how that's not a road I'm too keen to walk down.

I've been doing this diabetes thing myself for about 1.5 years now. I've lived with my mom's own brittle T1 diabetes for the 22.5 years that preceeded my own diagnosis. I know all about fluctuating sugars and…


Added by Lizzie on January 21, 2008 at 12:55pm — 3 Comments

Starting insulin

Well, I guess life is going to get a bit more interesting now. I'm going to pick up scripts for everything in just a few minutes. I'm nervous about counting carbs and doing the right thing with the shots. I guess it will become second hand soon enough.

Added by MeadowLark on January 21, 2008 at 12:31pm — No Comments

A D's Worst Nightmare

periodically, I like to browse the Diabetes Health the news, watch the interesting videos, and laugh at all the cartoons..This is what we all fear!
(on review for the millions of uninformed YouTube users) Lows aren't funny, and severe lows, well they tend to be the type you just want to forget, but when its all said and done you can be grateful that it wasn't videotaped.


Added by Heidi98 on January 20, 2008 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Cant always be a crusader...but you can try!

Well, I have come to a harsh reality over the last few days: It is very tough to be a crusader for the best things in the diabetes world. I have found out through my experiences on message boards and even on Yahoo answers (haha!), that information is a luxury.

For instance, not everyone knows that the new gold standard in Diabetes care has nothing to do with insulin shots. Even though coverage has almost become universal, not many people are familiar with the GINORMOUS…


Added by Adam on January 20, 2008 at 1:23pm — 13 Comments


My cataract surgeries were a success!!! It has been a life changing experience for me. I don’t think I have ever seen the earth as I see it now!! The colors of this world are so bright and extra special. The smile on my face has not left me since the moment I could really see this earth about 3 weeks ago.

I finally restarted my exercise program!!! I am walking on average 40 minutes a day about 4 days a week. Where I do my walking might not be a typical spot for exercising. I…


Added by J. Helmuth Lohoff on January 19, 2008 at 10:33am — 1 Comment

Labs Labs Labs Labs

My latest A1c was 6.2. Not bad. It's higher then I'd like it but given the holidays and having been sick for the three weeks prior to my last blood draw I'll take it.

My cholesterol however is another story 269. Good lord! it went up 100 points since October. They've upped my Lipitor dose and maybe that will help. High cholesterol has been a constant battle for me since high school when it was first diagnosed. Heart disease runs in both sides of my family so time to nip…

Added by YayIslets on January 19, 2008 at 9:58am — 1 Comment


Today was the first day on Olivia's new insulin. I guess I was hoping for great numbers, but got the opposite! Her numbers today started out fine, but continued to climb after her afternoon snack. Bedtime was a 340!!!

Holy Moly

Maybe her body is adjusting, maybe we calcuated carbs wrong, maybe ...maybe... maybe. I just checked her at midnight and she was 169 (now I can be…


Added by Ronda Darling on January 18, 2008 at 9:42pm — 2 Comments

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Added by Yami on January 18, 2008 at 6:15pm — No Comments

New here and willing to help.

If anyone needs help on figuring out how to get a pump through their insurance, or even better - the pump and continuous glucose monitor, I am more than happy to offer my expertise. I am involved in both the pump and insurance world through my Job, and I have many years of experience in helping people.

Dont hesitate to contact me here or via email at…


Added by Adam on January 18, 2008 at 4:13pm — 2 Comments

Medical Procedure

So Wednesday I had a minor medical procedure. Before the procedure on Tuesday I had to be on a liquid diet and take some medicine. The medicine was horrible and made me throw up. I really hate to throw up because I always think about the insulin that I have taken for that food that is no longer in my system. Therefore, I mentioned to my doctor on Wednesday that there should be a warning that it might make you throw up. The doctor then turned and looked at me and said that is normal to throw up.… Continue

Added by Erin on January 18, 2008 at 12:41pm — 1 Comment

I hate being sick.

i went to see my doctor today because i am still sick, almost two weeks already. She said it has been going around and that it has been lasting longer than usual for some people. Oh great. So lots of liquids and rest.

How am i supposed to rest with the Chargers in the freakin AFC Championship game on Sunday. (last week, major spike in my blood sugar after their win against the colts) :D

One good thing about the appointment. She told me the results of my blood work from early in…


Added by Veronica on January 18, 2008 at 10:48am — No Comments

About me

In March 2006 I got a severe case of Pancreatitus and was in the hospital for 81 days, most of that time was spent in the ICU. Five months later I was finally starting to recover enough to get back to work and life.

My doctors had been holding out hope that my pancreas might recover and that my diabetes would be a temporary condition. Tests last August confirmed that my pancreas is not going to recover so I am now facing the reality of being a diabetic for the rest of my life. I've… Continue

Added by Rob Martin on January 18, 2008 at 8:25am — 4 Comments

My Dietician Recommended Diet Plan

The following is the diet plan my diabetes dietitian recommended to me.

Bear in mind that this is based on my being morbidly obese and BG levels very high.


Each serving/exchange of carbohydrate is equivalent to 15g.
(Carbohydrates are foods which contain sugars and starches)

I must not have more than 12 serves (180g) of carbs per day.

Aim to have at least one…

Added by Loren on January 18, 2008 at 4:37am — 2 Comments


On January 16th, Olivia had her endo appt. at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital. Traveling approx. 3 hours to and from Pittsburgh was not very fun, but the appt. overall went well. Olivia was so well behaved and she just brightened the diabetes wing with her smile. Everyone stated how big she has grown since the last time she visited there and I see it too. She will be three on Febuary 8th and she already wears a 4T! When it came to drawing blood for her… Continue

Added by Ronda Darling on January 17, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Trip is over!

Hello world

Well i just got back from my first business trip since i was diagnosed. Things went well.

Peanut butter is defintely the ultimate food. And the packaged heat and eat LaBriute stuff isnt that bad either. It was easy to stay in control and I didnt have any lows which scares me much more then anything else.

Going to the MD tuesday of next week to get my results from the blood I gave for my evaluation after the first three months. I am…


Added by Arthur on January 17, 2008 at 1:56pm — No Comments

Blizzard Diet!

Last night I came upon the next fad diet....the DQ Blizzard Diet! This is the first time I have had one since being on the cgm, so I was very curious as to what my overnight numbers would be. I ate the blizzard around 9:00 pm, and did a 40/60 bolus over 1.5 hours. Would you believe I had the best night on my cgm that I've had since I began wearing it last month?! I had no peaks, nothing over 120, and woke up at 82. Hmmm, I think I'm on too something!

*disclaimer: Although the above… Continue

Added by Toni Crebbin on January 17, 2008 at 6:31am — 8 Comments

Diabetes and Depression

For a while now, as i have already written in some of my other entries, since I have been on insulin my weight and all the other health problems, personal problems and life in general, have been really getting me down and on my last visit to my Endocrinologist I started crying and explained a little of how I felt so he spoke to my Doctor and together they suggested I go on anti-depressants.

I saw my Doctor about 3 weeks ago and he prescribed Efexor XR 75mg. I wasn't really keen to… Continue

Added by Loren on January 17, 2008 at 3:06am — 2 Comments

Possible Good News

I decided to do some more research into getting an insulin pump and being on medicare. I figured there was some way to fight Medicare to get it without meeting the lab work guidelines. I was right. I called Medtronic, talked to a great Rep named Jake. He told me that since I am on so many shots a day, check my sugar so many times a day, and have complications related to diabetes there is a chance Medicare will approve me for the pump. So they are working on submitting the paperwork for me right… Continue

Added by Cody Turner on January 16, 2008 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

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