May 2012 Blog Posts (145)

Food - Friend or Foe for Diabetics

**This is solely my personal experience & opinion:)

This morning it was suggested to me, to write about food. As an emotional eater, this was a welcomed challenge. To a Diabetic, food is a life saver or killer. Most diabetic would agree, somewhere along the line you lose the joy in eating. I cant remember the last time I ate something while I was truly hungry, or was actually craving what I ate. Most healthy people classify their foods in usual food pyromid (now plate) manor,…


Added by Francie on May 31, 2012 at 8:29am — 11 Comments

Still around

I am still around ... just insanely busy! I am out of the house 10-12 hours a day between work and the commute. Then I am also working on my thesis and doing work as a research assistant. The remaining hours in the day are pretty much spent sleeping and eating and doing chores!

My diabetes has been pretty well-behaved lately. I even went to a conference and didn't see any high teens (300s) except for the last day when I forgot to bolus for lunch. A lot of it was due to making smart…


Added by Jen on May 31, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Doing ok

After several weeks... I find that even with a deep depression and anxiety, I seem to be doing ok. I have found out a great schedule as far as checking my blood, ect. I have sadly ended up in the A&E and had a hospital stay once due to a miscalculation or a time that I was just plain ole dumb. I've been to an Endocrinologist... but it was just a visit of confusion.... which I am still hoping to get cleared up.. who knows.

Added by Shanon on May 30, 2012 at 5:04pm — 5 Comments

Gold Plated Dance

For the past two weeks Sanspointe Dance has been touring all over Birmingham giving showings of "The Golden Record" While we dance on stage often, we decided to dance in libraries to help bring dance to the people. I had the pleasure of dancing with them. It was my first modern dance performance and I loved it. Here are some photos as well as a review from the Birmingham News. I did my usual tummitote belt hide my pump thing and besides ripping the crotch out of my paper hazmat suit there…


Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on May 30, 2012 at 4:45pm — 2 Comments

Sometimes Doing A Diabetes Test Run Helps! "A Diabetes Tidbit"

Nikki wants to go to cheer camp, I am weary, so we did a test run this weekend check it out!

Feel free to share our diabetes tidbits with your community.

Added by Julie on May 30, 2012 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Things Are Changing

Thanks to this site I am a different person to the one that whimpered on to this site.

I am so confident now with the state health workers (doctors & nurses!). I used to have a small comfort zone and outside that I needed one of my daughters to speak or translate for me. Now I have no limits. I know my rights because this site empowered me, and my friends here supported me. I demanded and got a copy of my rights to health treatment from the local hospital. It took an hour of…


Added by muleman on May 30, 2012 at 7:20am — 6 Comments

The Making of ‘The Girl’s Guide to Diabetes’

Have you met the girl behind ‘The Girl’s Guide to Diabetes’? Now you can! Follow along as we sit down with the author and chat about how the blog came to be, the unique way her sister contributes, and her plans for the future.

Check out the new post at …


Added by Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes on May 30, 2012 at 6:42am — No Comments

Bears, Bikes and Bug bites?

The bike shop in Anchorage called yesterday. It even sounded like it was 3000 miles away. UPS had successfully delivered my bicycle to Anchorage. The great folks at Chain Reaction Cycles had re-assembled it, and all was OK. Another worry to cross off the list.

We leave Friday at 6:00 AM, on a the tiny commuter plane out of our little valley in Western Colorado. Home base, Fruita, CO. I call it Red rider Outpost #7. We head to the great state of Alaska for 10 days of cycling and…


Added by Joe on May 30, 2012 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

Is it never too late?

I was just wondering while I am having a nightsift.

If I have been a bad diabedic and say... thinking about

1. I am going to quit smoking on the 2th of june

2. I am really from now on going to control what i eat

3. I promise to start training again

4. I am losing wight to improve my insulin intake..

Maybe I have done so much damage that it is too late? 18 years of this total crap that I have been doin' to my body.. and I am still healthy.. I even got an option…


Added by Maarja on May 29, 2012 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Gluten Free Baker


Added by Sheri Turner on May 29, 2012 at 5:11pm — No Comments

3rd Set Change!

So I did my third set change (second one doing it all by myself no help) and I'm doing a lot better then when I did it the first time :) I'm finally getting the hang of it. Not having as many problems with the air bubbles. The only thing that really messes me up is when I'm about to push the buttons to insert the set. I really don't like needles as it is so I tend to hesitate a bit..I guess I just don't have the push both buttons at the same time talent lol So yeah...things are going good…


Added by Shayla on May 29, 2012 at 1:40pm — 2 Comments

Getting ready for work is fun....Not

Blahhh getting ready for work checklist:

glucose meter-check
CGM- check
heavy bag full of crap supplies-Check!!

sooooooo annoying, can't I just be carefree???

Added by NoSugarAdded on May 29, 2012 at 7:46am — 3 Comments

It's a new week!!

First blog post on this site :-)

so its the beginning of a new week and I've set a new goal for it...

I usually like to keep my sugars a little on the high side like 180+ because I am so nervous of having a hypo situation(which has yet to happen) but I'm just such a nervous freak about EVERYThiNg now!!

I definitely want to get my levels down to a nice normal 110+ and I will be a happy girl!!! the devil on my left shoulder wants me to eat everything I shouldn't tho…


Added by NoSugarAdded on May 29, 2012 at 6:24am — 8 Comments


I was working in the yard this weekend and was sweating to the point where my pod on my abdomin came very loose and I had to replace it. I had just put it on that morning. I guess it's just another thing to be aware of using the Omnipod!!

Added by Stress on May 29, 2012 at 5:53am — 3 Comments

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Added by Closet-betic on May 28, 2012 at 11:55pm — 3 Comments

Infusion sets

Hi everyone!

I am having problems with my quick set infusions (6mm). It's been a day that i have it on and this morning for no reason( Not food or anything) my BS went trought the roof...I came back home to change the set AGAIN and there was blood in the canula and on the end of the tube?? I guess no insulin given for that reason...Last week, after two days, I had to change the site again for no visible reason...

Should I use the 9 mm sets?

Or should I change them every 2 days…


Added by LysianneAudet on May 28, 2012 at 12:46pm — 3 Comments

Some progress I think

So, I've been making a concerted effort to eat less carbs and not under-bolus in fear anymore.

For the last several months, my blood sugars have run under 200 pretty consistently.

I am trying new ways to take/split up boluses so they don't hit me so hard, and really trying to listen to my body on when I am dropping fast or stuck in a holding pattern (My insurance won't cover a CGM so I have to guess)

I now usually wake up in my target range 110-130 and try not to eat things…


Added by Sagwabetes on May 28, 2012 at 9:10am — 4 Comments

Cruise ship/Flight attendant

Well i have been thinking about my future career.. I really like the sounds of working on a cruise ship! I think it would be an amazing job.. That or a flight attendant I really want to see the world!
But can I still choose these career paths if I have diabetes??
I've read things saying you need a medical examination... Does anyone know any requirements for these jobs?
Or if you can still apply even if you have diabetes?

Added by TooSweet on May 28, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments


Life stinks! You do everything you can to stay healthy. Use all your energy to stay in range each and every day. What for? What's the use of doing all this work? Oh, I know what's the use, it is for life to say oh you are doing ok with all this let's give you something else to deal with. Getting tired of fighting. Why isn't the cure here yet?

Life stinks...

Added by Micah on May 27, 2012 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

New JDCA Video: Donor Action

Hi all,

Hoping everyone gets a chance to take a look at our brand new video, Donor Action, which is focused on the reasons why people should stipulate their intentions when giving money to the major diabetes non profits.

It's a very important topic, so we very much appreciate any feedback.

Have a good weekend!

Added by Stoyan on May 25, 2012 at 1:49pm — No Comments

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