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October 2011 Blog Posts (178)

An Interesting Experiment

I essentially just challenged my med school class to doing this. Since so many of them know about the blog, we'll see if anyone comes up to me and steps up for the challenge. 100:1 noone does. The link to the article I'm referring to from is on the blog. The title of the article is "A medical student… Continue

Added by SuFu, Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 at 8:21pm — 5 Comments

Wish me luck with my speech on diabetes.

This friday I will be giving an informative speech for my communications class. Its the first speech I have ever given so I'm kinda nervous but it helps that i chose a topic I know alot about. DIABETES :) More specificly it is on How Type 1 and Type 2 are different. Right now I'm in my room practicing it as well as working at my outline and the written version. I'm kinda tired cause I had a math test this morning and spent the afternoon doing Psychology but the time is ticking on closer to… Continue

Added by Leanna on October 31, 2011 at 4:26pm — 5 Comments

I lost my job today... will be uninsured in a month

Having written the title to that post, I'm not sure what else there is to say. I feel pretty much the same way I felt the day Eric was diagnosed: in shock, numb, going through the motions without really knowing what to do next, little hamster wheel of terror whirring in the back of my brain. I've never left a job involuntarily, you see. I've never been "downsized" before. I wasn't honestly expecting it when my CEO called me into his office to play the role of the Grim Reaper. And I don't know… Continue

Added by Elizabeth on October 31, 2011 at 3:31pm — 10 Comments

i'm low most of the time

all tho i do not have diabetes. i do have low blood sugar or hypoglycemia most of the time. as in if i were to average my readings i average out to be really low as in 3.0 mml/l or 54 mg/dl or less 99% of the time. when i am high or normal it usealy only lasts 2 to 3 hours then i drop back down to 3.0 mml/l or 54 mg/dl or less agian. i usealy stay around 2.0 mml/l or 36 mg/dl this morning when i woke up i was at 1.0 mml/l or 18 mg/dl witch is low even for me that is the lowist i've gone. the… Continue

Added by Diane Dolan on October 31, 2011 at 1:14pm — 10 Comments

A bit about me

Alright soo the big question is why am I here? Well lets see i was diagnosed in 2009 originally with type 2 diabetes..i was upset and managed it quite well for awhile, and then,... i just stopped. So fast forward to Sept 27 of this year 2011. I go into the ICU diagnosed with DKA. Scary stuff huh? Was in the hospital for about 4 days, mostly because my potassium was still very low. But that friday They decided to let me go, along with potassium meds to take at home.. Well i've been managing and… Continue

Added by PhoenixPoet on October 31, 2011 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Insurance Rates up almost 50%

In January, my insurance rates are going up almost 50%. I realize that every year healthcare costs go up but this is absurd. My insurance company has no documentation to justify this high increase. There is no way medical costs have gone up that much. However, as I question my insurance company, I'm getting bills from my doctor for services that were never performed. "Extreme Study Comp" $640 "Prolonged Office Visit" $400 for an hour long visit. The healthcare industry in our country is so far… Continue

Added by Brian on October 31, 2011 at 11:01am — 2 Comments

Did you know that diabetes has a superhero team? Read our interview with Captain Glucose and Meter Boy!

Hi everyone!

Halloween seems to be the perfect time to share another really interesting interview I got to do recently - with diabetes' very own superhero team, Captain Glucose and Meter Boy.

You might have heard of them and seen their comics and their animates before, but if not, you should definitely check them out at their Web site:… Continue

Added by Stoyan on October 31, 2011 at 9:27am — No Comments

Poor Control

I just had to blog and get this off my chest.Since I have been working in a motel as a Housekeeper my diabetes has been in poor control lately.Yesterday I had my breakfast as normal and did a temp basal of -50 at 830am.Normally this works for me but this time I went high to about 15.7mmol.So I did a correction at 1030 of what my pump sugested and as it turns out I crashed to 3.1 at lunch.I reduced my bolus at lunch and did a temp basal of -40 and I was 15.7 at supper.Oh BROTHER!!!! I know I… Continue

Added by Dee Meloche on October 31, 2011 at 7:28am — 1 Comment

What I have learned from Halloweens past

Its a rainy, windy Halloween morning. One of my son's is curled up in his bed waiting for the power to return to his home and my youngest son is off to scare little children during Halloween events at school. Such is the life of family with teen aged boys.

At this point in our lives, Halloween is no longer about treats and goodies. We have begun to enjoy a few Halloween decorations and waiting to see what little ghosts and ghouls will arrive on our doorstep.

What to do… Continue

Added by Barb Wagstaff on October 31, 2011 at 4:58am — No Comments


Ok Im going to start taking control of this TODAY! well, i started ok, but i cheated already so im going to start the day over already... ill get back to you later and let you know how i do! this is an attempt to be accountable to myself!

Added by renka on October 30, 2011 at 11:52am — 9 Comments

Finally, good news

I’ve waited for this for a long time. Several years ago (I believe it was 2004), I was a facilitator at an education program for families of kids with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes. I will never forget listening to a physician give a talk on kidney disease. She presented horrifying statistics about how many kids with diabetes would grow up to be adults with kidney disease. Someone asked if those stats weren’t decreasing since intensive diabetes management had become the norm and she said NO.… Continue

Added by Jane K on October 30, 2011 at 7:44am — 1 Comment

What Heaven Looks Like in a Nor’Easter

I was lucky and our power only went out for about 6 ½ hours. I know other people are still waiting for theirs to come back on. It went out about 12:30 yesterday afternoon and about 5:30, I saw several Penelec trucks pull up. These guys look like Angels when you are sitting without power, the sun is going down and it is getting colder than you already are. They were working at an electric pole near where I live for about a half hour. It was about 7:05 when the lights finally came back on.… Continue

Added by Kelly WPA on October 30, 2011 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

Another day...

Ah well, it seems like I'm making this blog into sort of a logbook! Hopefully it will a) keep me accountable (even though I've been really good about that either way) and b) help me get to a point where I can actually STAY in the range I would like to stay in (4.0-10.0, 70-180) for a whole 12 or 24 hours!

Today I had 80g of carbs.

9:44 - 10.1 (182) - Breakfast (15g), correction

11:39 - 7.7 (139)

1:01 - 8.1 (146) - Lunch (25g), correction

2:25 - 7.0… Continue

Added by Jen on October 29, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

A blog? For me

I think it is important to keep posting stuff. Its amazing how much better I feel when I get people that feel the same way about my words!

So, My last post I talked about not being able to work because of diabetes. Well, I am going to expand on this.

"You sure travel alot, you are so lucky!!!"

Sure I do travel, for work, which I admit I love. It has actually taken a job/industry that I had gotten bored with and made it always new, exciting, and interesting.…


Added by Don Crawford on October 29, 2011 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

Donation of Syringes and Pen Needles

I have an assortment of 3 items that I will donate to anyone in Diabetes that has a real need for the cost of Postage to my Paypal Account.

95 ea Novafine Pen Needles 30Gx8mm

25 ea BD Ultrafine III Short 31Gx8mm

45 ea 31 Guage 8mm 30 Unit Syringes - Individual Sealed Package

Quantities are estimated but close.

Would like to ship all as 1 shipment . First come First Get

Send me your email for communications to… Continue

Added by wallskev on October 29, 2011 at 6:54am — 1 Comment

At least I'm in good hands


To start off, if anyone has been reading my other blogs. I finally got out of that other job and found a new one in fast food! It's less pay, but there will be no more injuries that will scar me for life! (I hope...) However, these people seem to know even LESS about diabetes than the people at my old job.

Today, I went into the restaurant for my first day of computer training. Gone are the days of a manager actually giving someone a tour of the place you will… Continue

Added by TimmyMac on October 28, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Today's blood sugars

Maybe my solution is to just never eat. Maybe then my blood sugars would be better. *sigh*

So far today I've had 75g carbs and crappy blood sugars!

Hopefully tomorrow will be better ......

10:16 AM - 6.5 (117)

11:24 AM - 5.8 (104) - Breakfast (15g)

1:05 PM - 10.7 (193) - Correction, site change

3:14 PM - 8.0 (144) - Lunch (25g)

4:57 PM - 13.2 (238) - Correction (via shot)

6:21 PM - 10.2 (184) - Dinner (10g)

8:41 PM - 5.8… Continue

Added by Jen on October 28, 2011 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Becoming familier with Type 2 diabetes

I had no idea how serious diabetes could become. Back in March 2011, I was fine one day, and near

death the next. I woke up in the middle of the night unable to breathe. My husband called an ambulance

and whisk me off to the hospital and that was the last I remember for 15 days. During my "down" time

doctors and nurses and lab techs were working feverishly trying to figure out what my problem was.

Finally one doctor came out and asked my husband had I ever had symptoms of… Continue

Added by Punkin on October 28, 2011 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Just new to a few questions.

Hello, Im a 40 year old who has had type 1 for 35 years. I have a 12 year old type 1 daughter who's had it for 10 years.

We both pump. She's on the Medtronic and I went with the Animas Ping. Im relatively new to pumping (since this past July) so far so good.

Just started the referral process to do IVF with my husband.

I had a great pregnancy with my daughter, but Im not 28 any more...nervous but excited about this next step in life.

Anyone been through a 40+… Continue

Added by trinsmum on October 28, 2011 at 10:07am — 2 Comments

Another decent day

Today I had 105g of carbs, mostly because I ate out at lunch and because 12g of that was Skittles for treating lows. Today was a bit of a roller coaster day but not too bad. Still would like to hit a place where I can consistently stay in the 4-10 (70-180) range, but I'm not there yet ... As usual, open to any suggestions!

1:28 AM - 5.1 (92)

7:00 AM - 3.3 (59) - Skittles (8g), breakfast (15g)

8:59 AM - 12.8 (230) - Correction

11:09 AM - 6.3 (113) - Lunch… Continue

Added by Jen on October 27, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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