January 2012 Blog Posts (159)

Dear Diabetes...

For more more videos and pictures of diabetes and ballet and pink sparkly things check out my blog at A Diabetic Ballerina

Dear Diabetes...

There are some things that I would like to tell my diabetes. So I decided to write it a letter. Well actually, record a video letter. So, in a way I'm skyping with my diabetes.

I wish my diabetes would listen to my letter but alas, it has no ears...but you do! What…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on January 31, 2012 at 9:21pm — 1 Comment

MEDICARE PART B

i hope I'm doing this right it's been such a long time since I've posted. Anyway here I go regarding Medicare Part B. I recently started ordering my insulin from Prescription Solution because they accept Part B Medicare to pay for insulin because it's considered Durable Equipment when used with a pump. For those of us on Medicare know how fast insulin can eat up our allotment of Part D for prescriptions. I was wondering if anyone knew of other companies that accept Part B Medicare to pay for…

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Added by Betty J on January 31, 2012 at 6:48pm — 9 Comments

Diabetes is a baby we can never put down -- with claws!

UPDATE: Here's what it looks like to have a baby otter on your chest -- cuteness on parade but a bit smothery:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/fieldnotes/2017383249_sea_otter_pup_milestones_first_swim_grooming_clams.html

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I was at the Seattle Aquarium the other day, watching something amazing. There is a…

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Added by LaGuitariste on January 31, 2012 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

Just received my One Touch Ping

I just got my Ping and I was reading the manual and I was wondering.How do I get the Calorie King database uploaded to my meter?I won't be able to use my pump til the 8th of feb.

Added by Dee Meloche on January 31, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Enough is Enough

I have sat here and read the recurring diatribe that has been going on here at Tu since this whole Paula Deen story broke. Now I may be sticking my neck out here and if I am Manny and Emily have the rights to remove this post and if they do so be it. I am a grownup and have learned that there are always folks out there who will not like my opinions. I have learned to get over it. I think there are some others who need to learn this lesson.

Like I said, I know I am going to ruffle a…

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Added by brokenpole on January 31, 2012 at 3:10pm — 17 Comments

Lost & Found

After dinner, I usually wait until right before bedtime to check Benny's blood sugar . But around 7pm last night, he said he was really thirsty. With a BG of 458 I could see why! That's way too high and not a number we see very often.

I started to give a bolus (deliver insulin), but the remote meter kept telling me it couldn't find the pump. "Oh yeah," Benny says. "That's because I don't have it on!" I'd changed the cartridge right before dinner - did I forget to put the pump back on…

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Added by Stacey Simms on January 31, 2012 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Motivation

Aaaahhh, I am having serious trouble staying motivated eating this ~50g of carbs per day! It's not that it's hard but it's not resulting in what I was hoping which is:

a) weight loss

b) better blood sugars (secondary)

I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I am not losing weight at all! In fact, I was losing weight faster before than I am at this point.

And, the past few days my blood sugars have gotten kind of crappy. Which just reaffirms my thinking that food is…

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Added by Jen on January 31, 2012 at 9:56am — 12 Comments

The Best Kept Secret "A Diabetes Tidbit"

If you have a child with diabetes and you visit amusement parks you must watch "The Best Kept Secret" A Diabetes Tidbit. My kids don't want me to tell but I am sure many of you will really love this tidbit.

http://www.pumpwearinc.com/index.php?page_id=487

Added by Julie on January 31, 2012 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

Convince me to switch to the pump

Today I could use some convincing from my other betes friends about switching to the pump. My biggest issue is that I will have to carry this huge thing on my hip at all times. I am active and play basketball up to 4 times in a week (alternative instead of the treadmill, I get easily bored and distracted)and am scared the pump will get in way of me playing physical sports. If any other people here play basketball or other physical sports please discuss this topic with me. Others discuss as…

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Added by Rotti on January 31, 2012 at 9:07am — 15 Comments

We can rebuild him but not as we know it Jimd

Apart from the aches pains cramps pain in the chest throbing toes taking ages to relieve myself (prostrate)feeling low blurred vision,sweating day and night arthritus in my joints I am as fit as a fiddle I wonder where that saying came from,our bodies have so much to put up with some of us treat it like a dustbin shoving fast…

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Added by twiddlemthumbs on January 31, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Long live VICTOZA here comes BYDUREON(exenatide)

Last Wednesday I went to see the diabetic specialist for my 6 monthly review blood test came back blood sugars 8.5 last time 7.5 so not good news victoza has given up the ghost with me when I first stated on victoza I lost 2 stone in 6 months and thought as you do great stuff keep it up and soon be down to 15 stone I was 19 and felt so ill and depressed I was expecting a right rocket from the doctor for if I am really honest I have not tried very hard in fact the past 6 months has been hell…

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Added by twiddlemthumbs on January 31, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

My aha moment

I saw an awards show last night with Mary Tyler Moore on it. It has finally dawned on me why I always stop what I am doing when I see her on tv:

As a child, (diagnosed at age 7) I always saw adult diabetics with a lot of health issues in our diabetes classes. Because of this, I think I have always believed that I would never get old. I told my mom as a young adult that quality of life was better than quantity. I felt at that time that taking care of my diabetes was a hassle, that doing… Continue

Added by Sam I am on January 30, 2012 at 7:06pm — 5 Comments

Rough time!

Medicare decided they weren't going to pay for my Levemir anymore and I had barely gotten started on it and was doing better. Bsl's were coming down very well as long as I behaved myself and I was/am trying very hard. Counting carbs and all. The letter said that my doctor could call Medicare and appeal their decision...but he never had anyone do it. He put me on Humalog Mix 75/25. I'm up to 45 units x 2 now and it is NOT working!! I'm hardly eating anything and certainly…

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Added by Pam on January 30, 2012 at 1:45pm — 10 Comments

Senior Bowl and my new bfs!

Well, I had a blast at Senior Bowl! I started with a practice on Wednesday and Kimberly(my sister) and I walked in with the Some of the Saints( who dat) Coaches. We did not even think about taking pics with them. We watched the south practice and got some good pics. We lined up so we could get autographs when they went to the bus. We was very disappointed the the players, About 10 players pasted us. They took a short-cut to the bus. I got a few autographs but I wanted the Bama boys! Friday…

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Added by Jennifer on January 30, 2012 at 8:02am — No Comments

Diabetic Fruit Drink

Although there are many diet drinks, still drinks can be a problem for the diabetics. Because many drinks contain soda inside. It can cause body fat and problems with stomach. So it is better to prepare your own drink at home. You can stock up fresh fruits in summer and use them in winter to prepare fruit drinks with a fresh taste.…

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Added by Panpan Ayca on January 30, 2012 at 7:23am — 10 Comments

Everything is better with Sparkles!

For more fun photos, videos and pretty pink diabetic and ballet things check out my blog at A Diabetic Ballerina

I was goofing around at Sephora yesterday and found a glorious package of "Boo Boo Bling". They're these plastic jewels that are supposed to be placed overtop of bandaids to make bandaids a little less...bandaid like. I'm not sure who would actually buy them. (Obviously me!) They remind me of the sparkly…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on January 29, 2012 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Feeling burnout

So, I got my A1c to a 6.9 this month and feel good about that, but at the same time...

My insurance won't cover a Revel, I have a 2500.00 DME cap. So I have been fighting this for months...and could have been on one for the past month if not for this issue.

My cotton wool spots have increased a lot. I have gone to two eye doctors who sympathise but can't do anything about them. So I have to just accept these I guess.

Anytime I get a high, they seem to happen, which is…

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Added by Josh F on January 29, 2012 at 8:33pm — 11 Comments

Don't Treat Me Like I'm Dumb!

I don't even feel like writing! Bad diabetes week. First, I took Samantha to her primary care doctor to get her school physical updated for softball. The doctor obviously didn't approve of my decision to switch Samantha from a pediatric endocrinologist group to a nurse practitioner specializing in diabetes care. "A nurse?" she said, "They have to be with a doctor!" Well, this is a practice of nurse practitioners on their own, I said. Strike one in her book. "She can't oversee that insulin…

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Added by samsmom on January 29, 2012 at 8:11pm — 13 Comments

The Most Valuable Lesson I’ve Learned about Managing Type 1 Diabetes

It began one year ago today, when my wife witnessed me go into seizures during an episode of severe hypoglycemia while I was sleeping... Continue Reading

Added by MevsDiabetes on January 29, 2012 at 8:01pm — 2 Comments

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