February 2012 Blog Posts (141)

My First Anniversary...

Hi TuDiabetes Family,

I wanted to send a gigantic thanks for all of the responses and kind thoughts left after my first post. So much has happened over the last year, BUT the best of them all is that I now own my Diabetes. When Diagnosed in December 2010 my A1C was 15.4. By March 2010 it had dropped to 7.2 and 6.2 at my anniversary date in December. I've gone from not knowing what to finally sharing it with my family and being able to discuss it freely.

As I reflect back over…


Added by NewT1Brotha on February 29, 2012 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

If my meter didn't confirm it, I wouldn't have believed it

I'm not ready to join the Flatliners Club yet... I'm convinced this is just a pleasant fluke.

Added by Scott E on February 29, 2012 at 11:10am — 7 Comments

Stumped by strange, stubborn highs

Last night was one of those ??WTF?? nights. Here's how it went:

We were at Cub Scouts at 6:30, and as always, it was mayhem. Eric was running around with all the older boys having a ball, but as usual, his BG took a nose dive after only about 15 minutes. And as usual, I had come prepared, and gave him a juicebox as soon as I saw the double-down arrows on his CGM. Because there was still more running even after the juicebox, when snacktime rolled around (and his CGM was still showing a…


Added by Elizabeth on February 29, 2012 at 8:36am — 13 Comments

Help pls...been in tears for last couple of days. Cant control the anxiety that is soooo intense. I am type 2 , insulin dependent and take Novolin R in the Am and that works great. At night, I take L…

Help pls...been in tears for last couple of days.

Cant control the anxiety that is soooo intense. I am type 2 , insulin dependent and take Novolin R in the Am and that works great. At night, I take Lantus and have been for about 6 months (40 units). I read on the internet that Lantus can be a source for an allergy reaction of anxiety, but after 6 months?????? My sugars are between 90 and 124 and I feel extremely gittery at 124. Blood pressure (yep meds for that too) is on the medium…


Added by Janet Fanning on February 28, 2012 at 6:47pm — 4 Comments

A Fast Acting Sugar You May not have thought of "A Diabetes Tidbit"

Don't know about you but i am always trying to make sure that i know things to do if someone is experiencing a low blood sugar. What if we are out and we have nothing with us, or we use the last drink box etc. Check out this "diabetes tidbit" for a fast acting sugar you might have thought of!


Added by Julie on February 28, 2012 at 5:25pm — 3 Comments

So far not so good

Ok 1st off WHY did I fight lows all day yesterday (the highest I got was 75 the lowest I got was 32) and today I'm in a war with high bs readings. Now got that off my chest.

My husband's back surgery and his recovery are going pretty good although he had a bad fall 2 days ago. (I'm going to hurt him if he keeps whinning LOL) my scope on my shoulder is scheauled for the 30th of March. Can u see 2 middle aged ppl going around acting like their 90??? It may very well happen around here…


Added by Doris D on February 28, 2012 at 9:57am — 5 Comments

I'm back

I broke my ankle on Jan 23 because one of the bp meds I was on cause my heart rate to go down too low and I passed out. I went to the emergency room the next morning and had surgery on my ankle on Jan 26. So now I'm in one of those fracture boots and using a walker.

Added by Sarina on February 28, 2012 at 8:51am — 5 Comments

Number 3 on the Autoimmune Countdown: Vitiligo

Just got the official vitiligo diagnosis yesterday. Samantha has a few white patches on her upper arms. Thought it was probably vitiligo, just didn't know if there was anything to do about it. Starting off with a steroid cream twice a day.

Add that to insulin as needed, Synthroid for hypothyroidism and captopril to prevent kidney damage.

It seems unfair that all I can really say about this is it's INCREDIBLY UNFAIR.

Samantha wants to know when the autoimmune barrage will…


Added by samsmom on February 28, 2012 at 7:51am — 4 Comments


Can anybody tell me that is there any permanent cure for this diabetes in any part of the world...I have heard the terms 'pancreas transplant' and 'stem cell transplant' and 'artificial transplant'..what are all these terms

Added by manish thakur on February 28, 2012 at 4:46am — 2 Comments

Results Are........

I went to see my endo -- a new one, since mine had twins and decided to move on to a job where she could have a bit more freedom -- earlier this month and just got the results in the mail today.

The good news: My A1c is 5.8 -- I'm back in the 5 club! My thyroid levels, kidney function, liver function and protein levels in my urine were also "normal", though she did not specify what that means. So, diabetes-wise, that looks good!!

The other good news: My vitamin D levels are up!…


Added by AngelaC on February 27, 2012 at 2:57pm — 1 Comment

Diabetic Mastopathy

I've had 3 breast biopsies over the last 20 years. The first one was in 1991. I started noticing a hard lump for months and finally decided that rather than leave it to chance, I would talk to a doc. I was immediately referred to a surgeon who took it out and assured me it was just fibrous tissue. It was until 2003, that I had the second and 18 months ago, the third. Last week, I went in for my biannual mammogram and once again they said, "The margins are just so hard to read" and I was…


Added by Ann Bartlett on February 27, 2012 at 10:36am — 1 Comment

Really, Sarah? REALLY?

  • Hey Sarah?

    Yes, self?

    Let's have a delicious sugary alcoholic beverage concoction tonight instead of our normal vodka and seltzer water.

    Wow, self, that was delicious!

    Hey Sarah, should we take lots and lots of rage boluses to get this pesky 350 bloodsugar down that won't seem to go away?

    Yes, Self, let's do that instead of just bolusing a little and waiting!

    Hey Sarah! Remember how you were just 350 and now you're 65 less than an hour later??? Doesn't…

Added by Sagwabetes on February 27, 2012 at 6:40am — 6 Comments

A1C Champions: Healthy Living Finally Clicks and Inspires JoAnn

Today we share the story of JoAnn, an A1C Champion. Even though she had a family history of diabetes, it took her several years after being diagnosed with type 2 to make healthy changes. Now she travels the country helping to inspire others like her! Read the post at Discuss Diabetes here.


Laura K.

Added by Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes on February 27, 2012 at 6:19am — 2 Comments

Pen Needles Anyone?

Hi...my daughter, Sandie, age 10, was diagnosed 6 months ago..up until last week, she was on only one shot of Levimir a day...She was in her honeymoon period...Now she needs to cover two meals with .5 unit of Novolog. I was thinking it would be easier to use a pen needle because they seem like they would be easier to travel with and I hear the needle is smaller. However, my doctor is reluctant because he says they leak..Can any of you share your experiences? thanks, Marnie

Added by marnie on February 26, 2012 at 8:52pm — 8 Comments


I'd like to start a new tradition of sharing a weekly poem. I'm in a poetry workshop at Brandeis University and I figure, what's the point of writing poetry if I don't share it. Lately I've been on a diabetes poetry kick and my theme this week is Reflection. These are first drafts so please don't judge them too harshly but I don't mind constructive criticism in the comments.…


Added by Leanne on February 26, 2012 at 6:34pm — 1 Comment

Guessing game

Sometimes I wonder how much I should trust my meter, versus just going on "diabetes instinct" based on how I feel. I've had times where I've done something completely illogical like eating without bolusing or not corrected a low because I "felt" like I was going up and it's turned out okay. On the other hand, I've had times where it didn't work out well at all, which is obviously why I keep testing!

I woke up this morning at 5.3 mmol/L (95 mg/dl) which is good. Ate the breakfast I eat…


Added by Jen on February 26, 2012 at 2:01pm — 6 Comments

good neww

i have been stedaly loseing weight since decmber of last year since that time to date i have lost with to days weigh in 23 pounds.
i have desided that i will get a tattoo as a reward when i have lost 35 pounds

Added by Diane Dolan on February 26, 2012 at 1:04pm — 3 Comments

A Diabetic Ballerina Dances

I've had numerous requests to post videos of my dancing but I was hesitant as I don't have any videos since my surgery in August. Having said that I have several videos of my pre-surgical self in various ballet, modern, class and choreography works. So, here is the old me. The quality of the video and the dancing isn't top notch but believe me, now that I'm healed from my surgery things are going quite well. Once I've built up some new videos from this season I'll share them with…


Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on February 26, 2012 at 10:19am — 2 Comments

why why why

I haven't written a lot, but I really think I should get more active here.
Lately, I have been having crazy lows-
All since Thursday!!!!
I've been doing better, my diabetes has been more controlled now than ever in my life but sometimes I just get frustrated. I'm home sick from work today because I just dont have any energy left. Does having frequent lows make anyone else extremely tired?? Just wondering...

Added by Liz on February 26, 2012 at 7:34am — 6 Comments

Living with Diabetes is better than suffering with diabetes !


Just to share the pictures of Manoel after his first Surf Class at Serrambi Beach. Manoel is using a Omnipod and his basal during that day was set to -50% (No Low's and no Hi's). Surfing is better than suffering with diabetes. :) :) …


Added by glcmd1 on February 25, 2012 at 12:13pm — 5 Comments

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