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January 2011 Blog Posts (240)

An update

I had the chemical stress test, and the girl said it was too easy for me. So I passed that with flying colors, nothing to show there! YAY I was really relieved! The Doc put me on simvastatin since my cholesterol was high, and an ace inhibitor to protect my kidneys, Levemir and Victoza. I got these on Thursday, and today is the first day I've had real nausea, and I'm just on the .6 still. I hope that's what it is, or I'm starting to get a bug or something.. My sugars are still high, I know I'll… Continue

Added by Nancy on January 31, 2011 at 5:05pm — 1 Comment


One year since diagnosis. I was doing well after the initial freaking but this summer was so chaotic, I fell off the diet and care wagons. I am trying to get back into a routine.

Added by PaulaO on January 31, 2011 at 1:14pm — 1 Comment

Diabetes In Your Community

What does your diabetes Associations do in your community?
What could they improve on?
And what would you like them to do?

It could be local suport groups, camps, education days ect.

Added by Brandi on January 31, 2011 at 12:32pm — 1 Comment

Pullin' up the big girl pants...

Diabetes sucks. There I said it and it about summarizes all emotions that have occurred in the last four days.

Friday I heard about the five, count them that is F-I-V-E young ones who died because of Type 1 Diabetes.  There was a young woman who went into DKA while her parents were on vacation.  The callous reaction was to say, well she should have caught that she was high and…


Added by Barb Wagstaff on January 31, 2011 at 11:40am — 3 Comments

From toe to the top of my head

Cold feet not the saying for having cold feet and not committing to something I mean cold feet the hypo's are bad enough but cold feet well they are another kettle of fish,two pairs of socks thick slippers mind you with not much feeling in my feet toes I usually knock my toes up and do not even know I have hurt myself so cold feet and pinkies as well as little or no feeling to go with it,if that is the case why are my feet feeling so cold,try walking about the house as much as I can but then I… Continue

Added by twiddlemthumbs on January 31, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments


Well after my doctors appointment I was relieved and worried at the same time. My doctor said my charts were amazing due to the fact I've only been dealing with T1 for about 4 months. She said that my readings were within target range 76% of the time which is really good. BUT...then the whole military discussion came up. I was told I have until March 2012 left in the Navy. It was a heartbreak at first but then I'm thankful for the 4 wonderful years that I've served so far. I'm thinking about… Continue

Added by Justin New on January 31, 2011 at 10:33am — 1 Comment

Winter Slipstream 2011

Please visit the original blog post at: (especially for links to info about all of the amazing people mentioned in this blog!)

Wow. What a challenge it is to try to put the last 72 hours into words.

From January 28-30, Connected in Motion hosted its… Continue

Added by Jen on January 31, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Pull the other leg it has bell's on it

It only takes a second for you to get hooked on a hobby it was the same for me,one day after trekking through the Amazon jungle well the woods near our hone I unearthed a cigarette tin the kind that holds loose tobacco not sure if they still do it in tins these days,on opening the tin which was rusty and took a big rock to prize it open out fell loads of postage stamp from all over the World,I was so excited I fell over the stone used to open the tin and cut my leg on a tree stump,I was 12 at… Continue

Added by twiddlemthumbs on January 31, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Diabetics and Surgery - How much sugar control do we want to institute in a post-surgical diabetic patient?

Check out my blog for the full text of a post by my co-blogger Neuron. Neuron is a 3rd year medical student and is planning on entering into surgery with a specialization to be determined. I learned a ton by reading this post and it may be something to think about the next time you go into… Continue

Added by SuFu, Ph.D. on January 31, 2011 at 8:56am — No Comments

No grandpa it is bad for you,if you eat it you will have to sit on the naughty chair

Great item the well meaning ignorance I will go even further we have grandchildren 6 and 4 every time they visit us and my Angel brings in cakes or biscuits they always and without fail come to me when the goodies are being handed out and say grandpa you cannot have any of these you are diabetic,mom and dad have instilled in them all sweet good things are banned for diabetics and if I take one they soon take it out of my hand and tell me it is not good for me,I try to explain to them difficult… Continue

Added by twiddlemthumbs on January 31, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Me and D: Perfect!

No perfect blood sugars here...

Added by jessicola on January 31, 2011 at 6:54am — No Comments

Life without Ed

I try to dream about living a life without Ed, but it's really hard. I also have thought about living a life without diabetes, but I know that this is ny past, present and future.

I finished readying Life Without Ed this weekend. It's an amazing book by Jenni Schaffer. If you or someone you know has an eating disorder, it really is a good book to read.

Update: I am hanging in there...struggling, but trying my best to do what I need to do. I am taking my insulin again, but… Continue

Added by Michelle on January 31, 2011 at 3:39am — 3 Comments

Here it comes -- the well-meaning ignorance

Just this afternoon, I had my sons Eric & Nate at a birthday party. Typical sort of thing -- presents, pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey (only with stickers, as apparently using pins is now deemed "too risky"), cake and ice cream, and little candy-filled gift bags. All was fine, until... you guessed it... cake time. The mother hosting the party seated all of the kids at the table for cake and ice cream, except Eric. I didn't realize, at first, that this omission was deliberate, because I wasn't… Continue

Added by Elizabeth on January 30, 2011 at 5:12pm — 7 Comments

My " friend "

For 2 weeks I have been wakeing up in the 20s, 30s and 40s. Well my " friend " wanted me to spend the night last week and so i asked my mom. My mom had said no because of the lows i was haveing at night, and i understood. I txted my friend and told her i could not. Well she got mad at me, Then yesterday she wanted me to come over so i asked my mom. My mom said no because that night they were going to come over to my house and eat dinner. I texted her saying that and she got mad..... again, if… Continue

Added by Anna Banana on January 30, 2011 at 7:38am — 5 Comments

'Coming out' as a Diabetic

Recently, I've had to 'break' the news to several friends about my diagnosis. At times it has felt like I've been keeping a secret for them. In many ways, it's a relief once I've revealed it. It also explains alot. My lack of contact, stand-off-ishness, and generally being a crap friend.

But I also sometimes wish that I had a great big bumper sticker on my forehead reading, 'I'M A DIABETIC. YES, I HAVE TO INJECT. PLEASE, NO PITY.'

I feel that in many ways, I have come to… Continue

Added by Emma on January 30, 2011 at 3:00am — 15 Comments

Feeling a bit overwhelmed ...

I really need to snap out of it and start really putting 110% effort into diabetes again. Seeing numbers in the WAY too high range on a fairly regular basis due to sloppiness on my part is not good. :/ Today I forgot my meter at home and thus went ten-and-a-half hours without testing and came home with truly sky-high blood sugar. Considering I had corrected a high before leaving (and how thirsty I felt) I was probably high the entire day.

It's not just diabetes, but my entire life… Continue

Added by Jen on January 29, 2011 at 8:19pm — 3 Comments

Now that I have my ping I can now write that long vent I have had in my mind for quite a while.

My journey in wanting a pump started at the end of August of '10. When I went to my CDE (this was after I went to the CGM class) I was told I had to go to the "Is the pump for me" class. I already knew it was going to be for me and already knew which pump I wanted as well. So I went back to her and I was told I had to wait till I saw my dr and he may wanted to wait 6-8 months as they want to keep me safe, etc. I'm like well my sugar levels are erratic and I need to get them to calm… Continue

Added by Amy on January 29, 2011 at 2:11pm — 2 Comments

Someone tell me something about the MIO infusion set from MM!

OK Folks I've been on a pump for 23 years now but last night I (finally) figured out that the Sure T's were making my body talk back to me. I was getting an infection from the needle that was on the end of it. The steele needle I'm talking about. sooooooooo the guy I talked to last night overnighted me some (what I call new anyway) new MIO sets with a plastic needle at the end of them. They had me LOST about even so much as how to open them (remember I come from the old school here) Called MM… Continue

Added by Doris D on January 29, 2011 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

How do you deal with diabetes?

Having Type2 Diabetes is not the end of the world, I thought that having this disease would be the end of the world but it isn't, I have the support of my friends and family. I am healthy otherwise Thanks to my doctor and my prayers I can deal with this disease

Added by Bridget on January 29, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Bluebells up to my knees

I can remember walking through a field of blue belles with the Sun warming every part of my body not a care in the World I had found paradise I would be around 10 what a great time of life skipping along singing,lying down and looking towards Heaven should have been back at home but sneaked out of the house mom in another mood always best to keep out of her way but I will probably be in for it when I get home,where have you been you little so and so a whack on the head to greet me cannot ever… Continue

Added by twiddlemthumbs on January 29, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

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