April 2008 Blog Posts (149)

Pregnancy

One question, has anyone else found it basically impossible to get pregnant?

Added by Merietta on April 30, 2008 at 11:49pm — 2 Comments

Recent Depressing Numbers

It amazes me how much of an impact an a1c can have. I was doing really well for a while. Had about a year of improving a1cs, and even got to 6.7, which was my best ever. My most recent one was a lot worse. I was not surprised, and could point to the reasons. But, even knowing the reasons, I still hoped that it would not be that bad.

I went through about 8 months where I was amazing with tracking everything -- measuring out all my food, counting my calories as though it were my raison… Continue

Added by Jonathan on April 30, 2008 at 8:02pm — 2 Comments

Comparing the Dexcom Open Choice with the Dexcom SEVEN

I've posted a comparison video between these two systems on my blog. It's also available on YouTube.

For me, this small change is a big benefit. Follow the link to see Dexcom Open Choice video and commentary.

Added by Bernard on April 30, 2008 at 7:27pm — No Comments

CGMS Flatliner

I was fortunate to have an insurance provider (United) that is pretty liberal toward CGMS. I have been indifferent toward getting started with it, but after my package arrived, my enthusiasm increased. I've seen a lot of posts about fears of the needle associated with the Medtronic CGMS Sof-Sensor, but it honestly hurt no more or no less than my pump needle, or the thousands of BD syringes that I have stuck myself with over the years. At this point, I think I could shoot myself up with one of… Continue

Added by Shawn-ATL on April 30, 2008 at 6:52pm — 3 Comments

Machine Applique



Recently, I've been doing a lot of machine applique. In this technique, you must only focus on the fraction of an inch right in front of your needle, and not worry about what's coming up next or how complicated your applique is. I'm going to get a dental implant on May 20, and I'm terrified. Maybe I need to do some more machine…

Added by Marie B on April 30, 2008 at 11:49am — No Comments

Diabetes Meets Design, Part 2

TuDiabetes member and diabetes blogger Amy Tenderich is calling for entries to the 2nd Annual DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge, "a competition designed to foster innovation in diabetes design and encourage creative new tools that will improve life with diabetes."



Designers out there: pull out your tools and get busy. You have until Monday, May 26st, 2008.



Details… Continue

Added by Manny Hernandez on April 30, 2008 at 9:39am — No Comments

Eye opener

Apparently, I was in a melancholy diabetes mood when I said this to my 7 year old son at dinner the other night:



me: Honey, you know that mom would take away your diabetes and give it to me if I could.



Alex: (expression of disbelief and panic) WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT????? I like my diabetes. I like myself just like I am.



me: Really? Well that's great but I would still take it away if I could.



A couple of silent moments go by........



Alex:… Continue

Added by Beth on April 30, 2008 at 8:48am — 1 Comment

diabetics and beer

diabetic beer drinkers unite!! i have been so good lately... its hard. im off to sydney this weekend to visit my sister. we like to drink. i must be strong. maybe red wine is the answer. thats what jim allison says i should do, so help me ill just take his advice!

Added by Abe on April 30, 2008 at 7:31am — No Comments

Tava Zero Calorie Sparkling Beverage

Pepsi has a brand new product on the market. We let the three flavors of Tava battle it out to see who becomes the latest champion in glucoholic.com's "battle of" series. Pepsi's chosen to do a new media marketing campaign for Tava, complete with sample cases to Apple and Google offices. How hip is that? The target market is 35 to 49 year olds, and I would love to hear what any of you who've tried it have to say. Head… Continue

Added by Glucoholic on April 29, 2008 at 8:16pm — No Comments

New Insulin

I am now taking Lantus and Novolog. Lantus is supposed to be a slow release insulin that I take once a day at bedtime. I take 10 units. Novolog is a fast acting insulin. I take it 3 times a day 10 minutes before each meal. I take 7 units of this. I was told that I had to be real careful with the Novolog because it acts so quickly that my sugar will drop fast. The pharmacist said that it peaks 1-3 hours after the dose and will last for 3-5 hours. So, how far do I spread my meals out? Do I still… Continue

Added by Amanda on April 29, 2008 at 3:15pm — 2 Comments

15 years...

Well, today is the anniversary of being diagnosed. This time 15 years ago I was in the hospital, still not really sure what diabetes was. But I knew I had been feeling bad, and hooked up to an IV, I was on my way to feeling better, gaining weight (I weighed 45lbs when I checked into the hospital at age 8) and learning how my life was forever changed.



I remember alot from that day. I remember going to a family doctor, who didn't want to diagnose me so he wasn't going to, and my… Continue

Added by Anna on April 29, 2008 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

Sense of Humor

I hope my sense of humor doesn't offend non-diabetic friends, family, and coworkers. For me, that is how I operate in live. If I can't make a joke out of something, then it's not worth looking at. My goal for my blog is to write about the "humorous" things that happen to me, as a diabetic.



Since I was diagnosed in October I've been lucky. I've only had a few high blood sugars. I think I may watch it too closely. There are times where I think I watch the Carbs too much and I get too… Continue

Added by Jody on April 29, 2008 at 11:29am — 2 Comments

Putting one's finger on a T2 Generation Gap

I'm T2. Mom's T2. The Other Half is T2. My former office mate is T2. My former supervisor is T2.



I test regularly, if not always religiously. The Other Half's insurance sent him a meter and told him to test years ago, when he was still "borderline" (after a "you're safe" gap, he still does). My former office mate tests. My former supervisor does not. My mother has never been offered (other than by me) the opportunity to test, and does not test.



Other than our… Continue

Added by tmana on April 28, 2008 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Wow!

Just got my A1C results back (on my 50th birthday no less) and it's 6.4! Down from 7.2. Nice birthday present.

Must be the elevation. I just bought a house that sits at the lofty height of 8650' Not only is the view spectacular but the mountain air must be good for my blood sugar.

Added by Rob Martin on April 28, 2008 at 8:08pm — 1 Comment

The Perils of Healthcare - Part 1

We've all seen the growing and frightening statistics regarding diabetes here in America. No matter what age, race, gender, or orientation we are, diabetes is affecting all of us in form or another. For what seems like the millionth time in my life I have to face a new doctor and describe ad nauseum my history, my symptoms, and my FEARS. Yet IMHO (in my humble opinion in net speak) we also face a challenge of having to find quality healthcare, particularly here in the area I… Continue

Added by Anthony on April 28, 2008 at 12:46pm — No Comments

This Just In - 6.0

I have had this Dexcom for 9 months now...and he sure does like me. Since getting him my A1C's have been 6.0, 6.1 and 6.0---- prior to Dex I ran btw 7.0 and 7.3 very consistently.



I am convinced that never staying high for more than an hour or 2 (of course there is the occasional all night long at 200), and my ability to target 100 durning the night without suffering severe lows has contributed to my success.



I also know that i have changed my habits greatly since Dex… Continue

Added by Mollie on April 28, 2008 at 12:12pm — 4 Comments

Hey Everyone!

I just joined this community and it's a blast. I got to meet Manny in Boston last week, and we had lots of fun. I hope you all have special things you can do to help people with diabetes and help out the community.

Added by Noah B. on April 28, 2008 at 7:40am — No Comments

My entry to Oprah

I have had Type 1 diabetes since October 2000. I was 16 years old when I was diagnosed. Throughout my time with diabetes I have went into a complication called diabetic ketoacidosis which is when the sugar in your blood stream turns into acid. Each time I have spent at least 12 hours in ICU. The last two times that I have had this happen (April 2007 and July 2007) I did not have insurance and am stilling paying for them. I have assistance for my insulins but they do not have assistance for… Continue

Added by Cherise on April 27, 2008 at 8:27pm — No Comments

first entry!

well just joined TU diabetes!
thanks to jimsspew from utube for reccomending this site.
I am completely blown away by how cool this site is. i have been here for about three hours, checking it all out. just learnt that you can have dogs that look after you during hypos and hypers. cool!!
well ive never needed wanted cared could be bothered about blogging before, but ill try keep this one going.
it may not always be about diabetes either... watch this space!

Added by Abe on April 27, 2008 at 6:09am — No Comments

Hello, my name is Merietta... and I'm a diabetic

Do you ever feel that when you tell people that you are a diabetic, it is like telling them that you are a recovering alcoholic or drug addict? Every time I go to my parent's home my mom is sure to diabetes-proof the home, removing all sugar based foods and drinks within her home and all family member's and friend's homes as well. In fact, when my mom and sister felt that I should eat raisins and orange juice instead of coke or candy bars to bring my blood sugar up on those rare low occasions,… Continue

Added by Merietta on April 26, 2008 at 11:50pm — 5 Comments

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