March 2008 Blog Posts (142)

Today was a good day

A1C was 5.7!

Added by Glucoholic on March 31, 2008 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Eye Appointment today

I'm going to my first eye appointment today. actually in just an hour or so. This will be my first eye appointment since i was diagnosed in November and haven't even had my eyes checked since 2000 and that's because i had a bought with pink eye. (yuck).

Needless to say, I'm a little apprehensive, not knowing what they will actually be doing and/or checking for. You can only read so much, it's just time to get there and get it done.

I'll let you know how it… Continue

Added by Veronica on March 31, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

Your Chance to Ask Dr. Denise Faustman Questions

Do you have questions about Dr. Denise Faustman's human trial for a potential diabetes cure? If you aren't familiar with the study, you can learn more here. (Expectations suggestion: it is a big leap from animal studies to human trials and many treatments fail this transition.)

This May, Elizabeth and I will be interviewing Dr. Faustman for our Interviews with the Experts… Continue

Added by David and Elizabeth Edelman on March 31, 2008 at 7:25am — No Comments

Starting in the middle...

That's what I feel I'm starting in the middle right now. I've been on oral meds for T2 since November 2006. Still struggling with High A1c/daily bg and weight loss. Started 2006 as a full figured woman - 180 lbs at 5' 0".

Today - still 5' 0". Weighing in at 88 lbs. March 2008.

Dr I was seeing was keeping me alive and reminding me every few months that I would need to go on insulin. That was about the size of things. When I had to change insurance, I decided I needed… Continue

Added by Carla on March 30, 2008 at 9:24pm — 4 Comments

Revenge of the p***ed off pancreas

Back when I was in high school (standard 7th or 8th, i think), I studied about various systems in human body - nervous system, digestive system, excretory system etc. The biology teacher made us draw all sorts of diagrams explaining these systems in detail. My favorite one was the digestive system. I liked drawing the esophagus and the large intestine. They looked like a couple of crumpled pipes lying around inside my tummy! And then, there was the stomach, the liver, the small intestine and so… Continue

Added by Ashish Virmani on March 30, 2008 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

62 Years Of Type 1 Diabetes: Richard's Story

Read this excellent series of posts by Richard Vaughn, one of our members, on his life story with diabetes. All of the chapters in one place!

Added by TuDiabetes Administration on March 29, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Hard Cover, Soft Skills

One of the emphasis points of phone behavior in a call center is soft skills; i.e., words, phrases, and vocal turns to put an agitated or irate customer at ease and receptive to assistance. Address the customer by name (either given name or title/surname, as appropriate); show immediate empathy; listen to the customer; do not use negative words (or if you do, follow them up immediately with positives); use "normal" words instead of "technobabble"... the list goes on and on (which is why… Continue

Added by tmana on March 29, 2008 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

a brand new week!

Today's Saturday, and I've decided to make a change for next week and to start preparing myself now.

So, here's my plan: from Monday to Friday I'll go totally off sugar, stick to a carb limit of 210g or less every day (right now I have no clue what I'm doing-a lot more than that), keep track of my bg's every day, and exercise at least 30 min. a day.

Whew! It makes me tired just thinkin about all that :) No, actually I'm hoping this gives me a lot more energy. Right now I just feel… Continue

Added by amy on March 29, 2008 at 3:06pm — 1 Comment

A Day In The Life Of Me

I was recently asked if I would write a mini book about myself on how I stay positive and healthy with Type 1 Diabetes. I've never written anything like a mini book before, but i thought I'd give it a shot in hopes that maybe this might help someone with this disease or any disease for that matter. I thought I'd post what I wrote here as well in case someone has any interest in reading about my daily life as a type 1 diabetic. Thank you for your time. Have a gorgeous day. Jen… Continue

Added by Jen Mangum on March 29, 2008 at 2:33pm — 1 Comment


are usually good for me. i don't stress out and over-treat my sugars. i typically see low 100s. thats my goal again this weekend.

i need support from everyone out there.

"sarah, don't panic because you're dropping, it's a good thing!"

Added by Sagwabetes on March 29, 2008 at 7:53am — 2 Comments

Good needing the bad and vice versa.

"You live with dignity. You don't die with it."

A skeptic's way of looking at life optimistically and trying to persuade someone else of their backwards argument.

I found irony in the saying. Especially when it came from an individual that was an extreme pessimist. But when it came to someone else’s life - they saw the richness in it and looked passed all the troubling situations. And saw it as their responsibility to not let them just roll over and give up. The irony wasn’t… Continue

Added by Jessica on March 28, 2008 at 10:11pm — No Comments

<a href="">TuDiabetes member featured in TEEN VOGUE!</a>

Mollie Singer ( member) was recently featured with her sister Jackie Singer in an advertisement for Mudd Girls Move the World Campaign in the April issue of TEEN VOGUE. You can read about in CureMoll.

Added by TuDiabetes Administration on March 28, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

I am now on insulin . . . now what?

The doctor put me on insulin today. After taking it I have a slight headache. Could be from the stress today or just from the insulin, right? He also kept me on Metformin. I now take 15cc of insulin twice a day and 1000mg of metformin twice a day. I also take a depression pill before bed. I am upset about having to take the insulin. I have always been told that once I did take insulin that I always would. I so bad wanted to do this on my own, but I just couldn't. Sometime I still think I am in… Continue

Added by Amanda on March 28, 2008 at 7:51pm — 2 Comments

Louise Update!

I wanted to update everyone since my last post, losing Louise (my cgm). Well I didn't lose all of her, just the transmitter. I didn't actually lose her either; she was thrown away by my three year old! Anyway, I called Dexcom today, assuming I had to buy a new one (says $250 on their webpage), and was thrilled to learn that they would be sending me a new one! I was honest with what happened, and that was okay with them. Said you're allowed one replacement within a certain time frame. I can't… Continue

Added by Toni Crebbin on March 28, 2008 at 6:18pm — 1 Comment

62 Years Of Type 1......CHAPTER 3


Before I was diabetic Daddy drove a milk truck and delivered milk to people's homes. Mother was always a stay at home Mom and there was barely enough income to pay the rent on the house and put food on the table. A few years later Daddy applied for a job at the Roanoke Post Office and was accepted. The salary was substantially larger and that was when we made a down payment on the 10 acres that became our farm.

The house across the street from ours was huge and… Continue

Added by Richard157 on March 28, 2008 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Insulin Pump 2

Well, yesterday was the day I got my very own pump. Nothing different but now it is mine. This one I am actually using th remote control with, which I find a bit easier. The only problem I do have is, for the software, I run Vista with Firefox - not IE. The software does not work with this........

I do find this a bit strange - never mind. I will think of something............

I do like using Sugar stats though - and so does my educator. I can give her access so I do not… Continue

Added by Suzanne on March 27, 2008 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Follow the nutating glucometer readings... is there such a thing as "BG Wobble"?

Five years, and I'm still trying to figure this out. Empirically, it looks like I go through two- or three-month cycles, where one month all my numbers will be high regardless of what I do, the next month they'll be low, and the third month they'll be normal, and then the cycle will start again.

Unfortunately, it's not an exact cycle and it's not an exact science. Sometimes it's two months, sometimes it's four. Any relation to my monthly cycle is purely coincidental: one month, I'll… Continue

Added by tmana on March 27, 2008 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

A Literal Pay-for-View

Tonight, my husband and I went out to see a movie with friends. Because they all have young kids, the movie we saw was "Horton hears a Who." Very cute, and interesting for a kids movie.

Afterwords, we went out for dinner and I ordered a blue cheese salad dish. At least, that's what was advertised. One bite, and I knew it was a was very heavily drenched in blue cheese and blue cheese chunks. Yuck. I wade my way through about 1/6 of the dish, and my mouth starts to tingle,… Continue

Added by Heidi98 on March 27, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

HMO may take my CGMS...

I received a call today informing me that my HMO (Harvard Pilgrim Health Care) has decided to discontinue coverage of the CGMS. I am so sad. My A1c at the start of my CGMS use was 7.4%. Within 90 days of CGMS use, I dropped to a 6.7%. I am so sad that they will not cover it anymore as I cannot afford to be on it without their assistance. At $30 per sensor I will be paying just under $90 per week to continue using this. I cannot keep the sensor on the 6-7 days that some users are able to due to… Continue

Added by itsnotabeeper on March 27, 2008 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Are you running through life

With school I belong to a mentor program. I emailed him last week and informed him about what is going on with me and the issues surrounding diabetes and school right now. He asked me to think on a question in preparation for this week's meeting. What do I need to do to feel like I am doing what needs to be done for me. This is a question that everyone could benefit from answering. To many people, focus on loved ones and helping them and ignoring what you need to do for you. If there is anyone… Continue

Added by Cody Turner on March 27, 2008 at 9:35am — 4 Comments

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