August 2009 Blog Posts (209)

Whole Blood vs Plasma?

[Time for a rant]



Who the heck decided that measuring whole blood was a good thing?!? Especially without a reference chart! I'm not sure if they think you're actually supposed to treat these the same as plasma numbers, but they're not! I don't even know the brand of meter I've been using, but it's the medtronic sponsored one that communicates with my pump. When I first tested the meter, I noticed that my sugars were always about 2 mmol over ALL my other meters (3 of the 4 were super… Continue

Added by Michael Park on August 31, 2009 at 10:09pm — 3 Comments

Silence is a Death Sentence

I hate to admit it but I have been a fan of Army Wives since my wife got me watching it early in the first season. Well, last week, my interest grew due to the fact that the writers of the show have introduced Diabetes into the storyline. One thing that I was very happy about was the accuracy of the information about Diabetes on the show compared to other shows that have tried to address this. I would have to say they were pretty spot on last week in their portrayal of Diabetes.



You… Continue

Added by Chris Bishop on August 31, 2009 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Aneurysm procedure was a success!!

First and formost I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for thier concern, prayers and encouragement. Last Tuesday under general anesthesia my doctors went through the main artery in my groin and placed a coil made of platinum into the aneureysm in my brain. According to the doctors it was a success with 98% of the aneurysm filled thus considered a cure as far as they are concerned. Side effects were pretty severe as I had excrutiating headaches for about 3 days afterwards.… Continue

Added by Kathy on August 31, 2009 at 10:38am — 9 Comments

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If you do not see us on your list please use the "Don't see your charity?… Continue

Added by Lahle Wolfe on August 30, 2009 at 8:30pm — 12 Comments

The Great Zu-dini!

Sometimes I think I should take my show on the road as a Substitution Magician. After 4 years of eating to manage my weight and then adding blood glucose management to that a year ago, it feels as if I have found a substitute for nearly all of my favorite foods. Some did not require much effort like substituting low carb flour tortillas for regular flour tortillas or egg beaters for real eggs. Other favorites, such as spaghetti and mashed potatoes proposed a much larger challenge for my… Continue

Added by The Dishing Diabetic on August 30, 2009 at 8:23pm — 3 Comments

THE SPOILED UNDER 30 CROWD

THE SPOILED UNDER-30 CROWD!!!

If you are 30 or older you will think this is hilarious!!!!





When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking Twenty-five miles to school every morning....



Uphill...... barefoot...



BOTH ways



Yadda, yadda, yadda





And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in the world I… Continue

Added by Craig on August 30, 2009 at 4:49pm — 59 Comments

Sliding scale or Insulin to Carbs Ratio-Which is better for you?

Hello everyone:



I am wondering how many of you out there are on a sliding scale? I was just placed on Novolog insulin along with my basal insulin Levemir. Or how many of you just do the insulin to carbs ratio? I am very interested to find out.



The sliding scale is not always best since my blood sugar isn't always high before the meals I eat, but spikes afterwards. I have found out that by adding up my total carbohydrates per meal and injecting one unit of Novolog for every… Continue

Added by Jennifer on August 30, 2009 at 4:26pm — 13 Comments

Saturdays training ride

Yesterday I went out for a 3 hour ride with the group from bike shop. The weather was threatening but the rain held off. It was cloudy and the temps were in the low 80's. My house is 5 miles from the bike shop where the ride starts so I had a bowl of cerial and hopped on the bike and headed to the bike shop. Before I ate my cerial my blood sugar was 101 before the ride started it was 193. Not bad a good place to be before a long ride. The route was not flat. There were some sections where I was… Continue

Added by Anthony DiPalma on August 30, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Site Newbie

Hello to all my new friends that I hope to make on this site. I just signed up, and need to work on getting more on my profile, but I thought perhaps a blog about me would be a good start. Diabetes has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My older sister was diagnosed at 6 mos of age, she is now 43, my older brother was diagnosed at 7, he is now 45. I can remember thinking they got all the attention when I was younger, so mom used to measure my food on the gram scale and try to… Continue

Added by Laurie L'Heureux on August 30, 2009 at 7:04am — 6 Comments

Step One...more to go !

Okay I met with the CDE last week and had a very good meeting. First she re-classed me as a type 1.5 diabetic. Still not sure if that was for real or something in passing. Will ask about that later. We chatted and she looked over my log book with all the blue and yellow stripes. Needless to say she wasn't happy. First she told me I've lost plenty of weight and to stop and then we were going on a short roller coaster ride while we readjust my insulin. Wheeeeeeeee. According t her even though my… Continue

Added by Don Kelly on August 29, 2009 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Teach me! Basal / bolus ?

I am a type 2 with Humalog and Lantus at my finger tips:) (I'm on one vial and have one to use of Humalog then have to switch to Novalog due to Military Ins and what is available on base.)

So, I'm sitting here trying to figure meals... and basically come to the conclusion that I will stick with what works for me:) As long as my doc is willing to work with me to get this night time mess under control. Of course, we both have our limitations. His limitations being : My nasty night/early… Continue

Added by MeadowLark on August 29, 2009 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Insurance Companies?

I think I must be a tad slow today cause I just DO NOT get my insurance company. I go to the Dr yesterday(which is a whole other discussion) and had him write me a script for a new meter. After seeing a lot of people talk about replacing them after a year, I figured since mine was over a year and half old, should get another one. Now my thought process was..If I have no copay for the strips,lancets, syringes when they run the meds first...meter's should be covered...oh but no..not my insurance.… Continue

Added by Carol Hunter on August 29, 2009 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

I had my lowest low and I almost passed out

Tuesday morning was the first day since being at college that I had to change my site (I pump).

So my pump wasn't working right. It kept "spitting" insulin out. And I mean the whole entire resevoir. I had to do it a couple of times before I was able to get my site on.

So I decided that I had to call minimed and talk with someone. So I'm on the phone with someone from minimed and all of a sudden I got really dizzy, and light headed. I decided to check my sugars and what do I… Continue

Added by Kiersten on August 29, 2009 at 11:19am — 12 Comments

I want to be the Ralph Nader of Diabetics!

The story about Steven Krueger who died 3 years ago due to malfunction of his Medtronic pump (MMT-511) - has disturbed me greatly. To the point that my mind is in overdrive trying to figure things out (darn frustrating I'll tell you - can't hold a normal conversation with my sweetie pie). Very shocking statement from a friend of Steven's came to my attention yesterday - that left me reeling in disbelief - to the point that I skipped a visit to Ottawa today - in order to do more… Continue

Added by FatCatAnna on August 29, 2009 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

It is not always because you are Diabetic!

Back in February, I had open heart surgery. I was making the usual recovery, but ended up having a couple of spots in the incision that were not healing. I used a wound vacuum (which was great) and the largest area healed. A small 'Hole" would not. The doc that did the surgery said it was because I was diabetic, and it would take some time, so he had me continue dressing changes, etc. I started cardiac rehab, but continued to have pain, and just not feeling well. Again, I was told because I was… Continue

Added by Anna Kingsbury on August 29, 2009 at 7:04am — 2 Comments

CGM

Does anyone out there use a continuous glucose monitor? If so what kind and what do you think of it. While at the Diabetes Training Camp I used a mini med by Medtronics.

Added by Anthony DiPalma on August 28, 2009 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Please visit!

I have started a blog that I will try to update daily. The blog is diabetes based and called ravenssimplewins. The address is… Continue

Added by Raven Swisher on August 28, 2009 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Hello everyone I am 47 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2008 after a bad tooth infection almost took my life. When I came to in ICU they told me I had type 1 diabetes, that …

Hello everyone I am 47 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2008 after a bad tooth infection almost took my life. When I came to in ICU they told me I had type 1 diabetes, that was the begining of a whole new life for me. After getting out of the hospital 6 weeks after going in I started reading all I could read about diabetes. One day while WAITING and WAITING at the Endo's office I picked up a copy of Diabetes Forecast magazine. In the back of the the magazine was an… Continue

Added by Anthony DiPalma on August 28, 2009 at 10:49am — 2 Comments

My new endo's score card: 6.75

My last post asked you if you like your endo. I was frankly surprised I got so many positive responses. I wouldn't go so far as to say I now think more people are happy with their endo than not, but I am happy to know there seem to be a fair share who are. All you who don't like your endo are probably too busy shopping for a new one to write in ;)



I went to a new endocrinologist yesterday. After I couldn’t get my last test results from my previous endo (after a high potassium level… Continue

Added by Riva Greenberg on August 28, 2009 at 7:42am — 9 Comments

Leigh's Story

I am finally coming out of my shell here on tudiabetes. The real reason I joined a long time ago, but held back from telling my story. I'm shy. Here goes:



I've been throwing up a lot and it's put me in the hospital quite a bit over the last 2 years. No doctor wanted to diagnose anything. They did minimal tests and ignored figuring it out, and only wanted to get me to stop throwing up and get me out of there. So for years I've had these unexplained bouts of vomiting that seem to be… Continue

Added by Leigh on August 28, 2009 at 6:57am — 3 Comments

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