May 2008 Blog Posts (147)

Holy Fingers!

Alex getting out of the bathtub last night: Mom, what are all those black spots on my fingers? One look at my face and he said, "oh, from all the finger pricks!"

Added by Beth on May 30, 2008 at 4:26pm — 2 Comments

New Column in First Impressions about Google health

Today I got my first article published in > Diabetes. The column will be called "Diabetes Hacker" and will look at web-based technologies and how they can be used to help us in the management of our diabetes.

I am super-excited about this opportunity!!! The first article was about Google Health. Check it out:…


Added by Manny Hernandez on May 30, 2008 at 3:15pm — 7 Comments

a1c of 6.1

Well, I just got my very first post-diagnosis a1c back today. They sent me an email with a link to my test results, and I felt sick to the stomach as I waited for the screen to load. I was so worried it would be something really high and that would mean that what I'm doing right now isn't enough, and I don't know how I could possibly work any harder to keep my diabetes in check! But then I told myself, ok Laura, this a1c includes that period when you were first diagnosed and had no clue what… Continue

Added by Laura Strudwick on May 30, 2008 at 7:46am — 1 Comment

HMO has possibly reversed their decision :o)

Great news! I have heard that a doctor in Atlanta, GA (Dr. Bruce Bode) has done some research on the effectiveness of the CGMS pump that has helped convince Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare to cover this system again! I have not tracked down any proof of this online yet, but the news is so promising!!!

Added by itsnotabeeper on May 30, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

High Expectations . . . .

not perfect
So, yesterday was my second follow-up visit with my endo after going on the pump in mid-April. It was also time for my next A1C test. For once, I was excited about this. When last tested, in February, I was at 6.8. I couldn't wait to see what the lab had to say this time. Maybe I would finally have fallen below 6.5!!!

Well, I was quite disappointed when the doctor told me my A1C came back at . . . . 6.7. I only went… Continue

Added by Karen Graffeo on May 30, 2008 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Fighting off the lows

Since we've started on the pump, a number of people have asked if I can breathe a little easier now. The short answer is, "Kinda."

The long answer is, "No, not really, because I'm not confident that all of the pump settings are correct yet, so I have to watch him like a hawk to make sure things aren't going awry." I have to keep reminding myself, it's going to take some time and some patience before things are fine-tuned. I just have to keep logging his numbers faithfully, and… Continue

Added by Katie B on May 29, 2008 at 9:10pm — No Comments

The Skinny - What you should know


I am Neil Greathouse, husband to Gina and father to 3 amazing little kids. I have Type 1 diabetes, I'm on a 722 pump and eating really low carb. Reeeeeaaalllllyyyyy low carb.

I got kicked in the nuts by the betes when I was in the military during flight training and pressure chamber training. It was too much stress for my body and it just shut down. There's a small piece of coal where my pancreas used… Continue

Added by Neil C. Greathouse on May 29, 2008 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

To My Foremothers

Often, something as odd as a date will bring back memories... as may a post by someone remembering similar times, similar people... DiabeticizMe's blog post on remembering her grandmother reminded me again that Tuesday was my maternal grandmother's birthday. Grandma's been gone just over sixteen years, and I won't say our relationship was without its rough spots. I will say, though, that I was fortunate to grow… Continue

Added by tmana on May 29, 2008 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

To Eat or not to Eat....?

Last night , Scott (husband) and I was watching the Celtic's and Spur's game, he decided he wanted to go to get a Strawberry Short Cake from Albertson's. 8:30 last night, Niya (dtr) came to me and said, "I want Strawberry Short Cake mom". We packed the truck up and went to the store. Scott sent me in the store to get the Strawberry Short Cake and Vanilla Ice send a diabetic in to pick up sweets; that's suicide. I couldn't believe it one of my favorite childhood desserts, it's going… Continue

Added by Sweeter Cherise on May 29, 2008 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Insurance Questions

My boss just gave me a heads up that we will likely be switching from Harvard Pilgrim insurance to Blue Cross Blue Shield in a few months. I've been very happy with HP- they have never denied anything and gave me a specific case manager if I ever had any problems with coverage. I'm starting the process of going on the pump officially next week. When I was at the Diabetes Expo a few months ago, some of the pump demonstrators asked about insurance and when someone said they had BCBS, the… Continue

Added by Jackie on May 29, 2008 at 2:06pm — 2 Comments

Help!!! Exercise Fanatics Inquire within

I need advice. What do you all do to prevent a low at the gym. I know I keep harping on this subject but I seem to really be struggling.

Last night I turned my pump to a 50% basal an hour before working out. I checked my blood it was at 115 before going into the class, so I took some sips of Gatorade and turned my pump to a basal of 0% for the remainder of the time I would be working out just like the diabetes team told me to do.

Halfway through the class I am in, I am… Continue

Added by Gina Capone on May 29, 2008 at 9:23am — 6 Comments

New here.

Hi all, I am new to I found you through I keep a general blog on livejournal and I get overwhelmed by all the possible places to blog, so I am not sure how much I will update here, although for a while it might be a lot because I am thinking about diabetes a lot right now. :(

My diabetes story:

My parents are both Type 2 diabetics who use insulin. They've both had Type 2 I would say for about 20 years? I have one brother who is Type 2…


Added by Glassjules on May 29, 2008 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Hemoglobin A1Crap

I got my blood tests faxed to my work today.....A1C was at 9.3. I have only had 3 done since the diagnosis last year and the first was 12, second was 7.5 and now this one. I guess this just justifys my not feeling so well physically.'s a question is why can't they make it something that has A1C is a 65% and failing Angela....or well done Angela....your A1C is a 93%. I mean at least then we could either feel really good about being a… Continue

Added by Angela on May 29, 2008 at 7:36am — 1 Comment

Sugar Stats reading for last 30 days...

Ok, I have been a little inconsistant, but for the most part added my meds and my readings every day. Missed a couple days, but pretty happy with the results:

Let me know what you all think and any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated.

Added by Chris Haro on May 28, 2008 at 10:47am — 9 Comments

what a day!!!!

I woke up today with FBS 84... I had 1 cup cereal milk drink (19g carbohydrates), 4 pcs of crackers (16g carbohydrates, 2g sugar) and half a slice of hotdog for breakfast, then take my dose of metformin.... after 2 hours, I was feeling funny, I thought I was low... check my BG, BAM! 208... wondering what happen there... because this is not the first time that I had eaten the same food... usually after 2 hours, it will be 90 up to 134 only, it was written on my… Continue

Added by yda1027 on May 27, 2008 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Dreamfield Spaghetti, I tried it.

Ok, I read the forum about Dreamfield Pasta, I was curious. I went to Alberton's and purchased the spaghetti. Let me start by saying that my Scott (husband) makes some MEAN spaghetti!..ok, back on the topic...I watched Scott boil his Wheat Angel Hair Pasta; I wish I could indulge. I boiled some water, put a little salt and I can't Believe It's Not Butter in the pan. I took 25 dried Dreamfield pasta noodles, broke it in half and I cooked them to perfection; I cooked a half. I gave myself 2.90… Continue

Added by Sweeter Cherise on May 27, 2008 at 8:24pm — 5 Comments

When Diabetes Isn't the Only Issue

Diabetes has been a part of my life since I can remember. I've never known life without a chronic illness. That's simply the way things were.

For a long time, I didn't have other health issues. Diabetes was front and center. And it was easy, easy enough anyway. I knew what it was and I knew how to treat it.

But in the last two years, I've developed more symptoms than can fit on one page. At (I was then) 17 years old, life shouldn't be filled with pain, fatigue and… Continue

Added by Lindsey on May 27, 2008 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

I'M BACK!!!!!!!!

Hey guys!!!!!! Finally got a new computer and got my future son-in-law to set it up!!!!!!! GOODY!!!!! I've been gone since right after Christmas and oh boy at the stuff that's happened!!!!! I'M A GRANDMA AGAIN!!!!!! Savannah Nichole Benthal was born on April 21st at 7:57 A.M. weighing 9 pounds 8 oz and is already as big as a 3 month old!!!! My youngest joined up I don't know the last time I was here! So now I'm the grandma to a 19 month old girl and a 1 month old little girl. I really can't… Continue

Added by Doris D on May 27, 2008 at 6:21pm — 12 Comments

It's not safe to "do the right thing"

The issue keeps popping up in my mind, over and over again, in various disciplines and guises.

It might be called "Doing what is Right, instead of what is Safe."

More commonly, it's called "CYA" (Covering Your Anatomy).

We live in such a litigious society, that one error -- no matter how trifling -- could result in lawsuits and bad press that can bring a company to its knees. One misquote, one misunderstanding, one misapplication of product or service... and… Continue

Added by tmana on May 27, 2008 at 3:27pm — 4 Comments

A Little bit about me

Hi everyone, I'm from Melbourne Australia and have lived here all my life.

I have been happily married now for 7 years. I was diagnosed with Diabetes 27th Feb 2008 so I'm still a newbie at this.

My mum is also diabetic my many years now and my grand dad was also type2, guess it runs in the family..

I have worked in Childcare my many years now and still enjoy it (most times lol) My Hubby and I are in to flying RC planes and we both love it heaps. we fly here… Continue

Added by christina on May 27, 2008 at 3:20pm — 1 Comment

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