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October 2011 Blog Posts (178)

Day 2 Great Day thus far

Today has been a really good day for me. It mostly has to do with how well that I did my presentation. I'm not a huge fan of presentations & I was nervous but took a deep breath, and all my jitters left and I was confident the remainder of the time.

"He" also contacted me, so I'm not sure what to think about that, but need to keep to relying on God for strength and that's what I'll do. I hung out with some funny friends at the library last night that also put me in a good mood although… Continue

Added by Brea on October 25, 2011 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment


I am 32 as of yesterday! The day was great and my sugar was great. I cheated a little but it was worth it. I enjoyed my day with my wonderful family and today I finally did it. I ordered my first insulin pump. I am excited and scared at the same time. I am just tired of the 4 shots.

Added by Jennifer on October 25, 2011 at 11:03am — 4 Comments

Get Ready for Diabetes Awareness Month!

Are you ready for Diabetes Awareness Month? Learn about the different ways you can show your support and participate this year in our Discuss Diabetes blog post!

Read the full post on Discuss Diabete here

Laura K.

Added by Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes on October 25, 2011 at 10:59am — No Comments

insulin dependent dating...oxymoronic???

i wasnt diagnosed with anyone special in my family is all i have had and i honestly feel like they get very sick of my b*******!

moodswings,hypoglycemia..passing out an hour after dinner and sweating through the couch cushions,severe depression,terrible additude...i could go on and on and on...i'm a complete f****** wreck!

i dont think my family is actually sick of my s***...i dont think they fully understand my condition and are therefore AFRAID.

afraid… Continue

Added by Tee Juan Dee on October 24, 2011 at 9:42pm — 6 Comments

The faces of the 2011 Big Blue Test video and their stories

Fatima (Massachusetts)

Fatima is a quick-witted fun loving Bostonian with a passion for blogging and Dunkin Donuts coffee. When she is not leading massive life changing walks around NY Central Park she is working hard to let people with diabetes know about the Big Blue Test.


Ben (Northern California)…


Added by Manny Hernandez on October 24, 2011 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

I Just Can't Kick You

So the disease I thought I could kick is now back with a vengeance. I had hoped it was a transient pain in the ass, but, alas, I am not that lucky. I now have another life-long, chronic, just-another-thing-to-add-to-my-resume disease. I tried eighteen months of drugs that I knew only gave me a thirty-seventy shot at a permanent fix. Looks like I got the thirty side. So I am headed back into the depths of illness in hopes of turning an overactive thyroid into an underactive one or possibly being… Continue

Added by Erin on October 24, 2011 at 7:34pm — 1 Comment

Victoza - 1st increase

Sorry I missed yesterday's blog! There wasn't much new to report. I continued to not have any reduction in insulin EXCEPT overnight when I could get away with 15% less insulin. I didn't spike quite as high after meals and ended up dropping suddenly about 2 - 3 hours after I ate. That's pretty much it. I did also have like 3 pod issues yesterday so some of the lack of reduced basal may just be because my insulin pods weren't delivering properly. I called Insulet and reported 5 pods that had… Continue

Added by Rebecca on October 24, 2011 at 6:55pm — 1 Comment


This is my first blog post. i started using a Accu-check aviva combo on AUG.02/2001 all was great for a month, then all hell broke loose. The pump stopped recording but still worked. I called the center and got a new pump the same day. This was great.All was will for 2 weeks, then the trouble E-4 occlusion alarm started? I had the alarm going off at 3am,2pm 4pm, this went on for 3 days. I called the centerand was told to change the infusion kits. So I did and the same thing the next I… Continue

Added by teddybare on October 24, 2011 at 6:53pm — 2 Comments

First Blog Post-My day thus far

Today has been kind of a lonely day thus far, had a dream about someone that i'll call "him" that didn't start my day off the best as this person deserted me. I'm going to find ways to move on from the problem of relying on another person for my happiness. God should be the only one that I am completely reliant on because the life of another person is never promised. I should also work on my attitude toward other people so that others won't always mistake my reserved, quiet nature and… Continue

Added by Brea on October 24, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

C8 MediSensors Answers My Questions about Their Noninvasive CGM

After learning about C8 MediSensors noninvasive continuous glucose monitor, I contacted the company to get as much information as I could about the forthcoming device. I also learned more about a potential time frame for its release. Continue Reading

Added by MevsDiabetes on October 23, 2011 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Abdominal pain is tiresome

Dull lower back and abdominal pain, after more than a month I am really tired of it. Thought it was constipation at first, but it's really not. Or kidney pain ... no other symptoms though. This is not a place where I can just go to a doctor and get checked. Well, I can, in a dark little clinic, struggling to explain myself to a doctor who has 'some' English and lots of pre-conceived ideas affecting any possible diagnosis. And in the end knowing that I will get handed a card of whatever pills… Continue

Added by wickhamster on October 23, 2011 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Diabetes Sisters Meetup Support Group - San Francisco/NorthBay Area

PODS (Part oDiabetesSisters) Meetups are a nationwide signature program of DiabetesSisters.…


Added by Lori Veliquette on October 23, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Can I get a "SENSOR END in 1:00" Alarm?

The Medtronic Pump/CGM has a whole bunch of alarms: High Predicted. Meter BG in 1 hour. Low Predicted, Low BG, Low Patience.... They all require me to manually clear them or they keep on going. (I know I'm high! My meter just told me (and you) that I'm 248!!). But there's one alarm/alert missing.

About 15 minutes before breakfast, I was alerted to re-calibrate my CGM via a fingerstick. Fine... I did that, and soon after, I took my bolus and began breakfast. Halfway… Continue

Added by Scott E on October 23, 2011 at 8:17am — 5 Comments


Okay people, i found the greatest noodles in the world!
They are called Miracle Noodles! They have no carbs at all!!
Check it out!
I love pasta so i thought you would be happy to see this 2, only thing is its expensive :(

-Ariel <3

Added by Ariel Stephani Schielke on October 22, 2011 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Here hoping!

I put in an order at the pharmacy for Contact-Detach sets (same as the Sure-T's for Minimed pumpers). They need to call and find out where to order them from on Monday, but when they find out they said they should be able to order them without a problem. I also ordered a box of Tegaderm in case my problem is with site adhesive. I am so hoping this solves my problems, at least some of them!

I've been using my legs the past few days and changing sites almost daily because that way I… Continue

Added by Jen on October 22, 2011 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Victoza - 48 hours

It's been over two days since my first Victoza shot. See my previous blog posts for how it was in the beginning.

After lunch yesterday my blood sugar remained high (about 210) despite corrections. It was not until I started giving myself my normal basal insulin that it finally came down. I was a little more hungry after lunch yesterday. I've got to start storing some healthy snacks in the Teen Center. Without them I ended up with M&Ms to munch on throughout the afternoon. This… Continue

Added by Rebecca on October 22, 2011 at 9:52am — No Comments

Facebook, Family, and the Dragon

I signed on to my Facebook page yesterday (it's now early Friday morning as I type this) and saw much of the usual nonsense you find on Facebook -- Farmville requests, nonsensical status updates from friends, feeds from know the drill. Buried in my Facebook feed was one update I wish I had seen. No, it wasn't an update about the movie with my adorable cousin, Theo, in it. It was an update from my cousin, Debbie, and this one was a memorial to her grandfather, Walter, who died on… Continue

Added by AngelaC on October 21, 2011 at 11:51pm — 6 Comments

JDCA report on Idealized vs Practical Cure concepts - Why the diabetes foundations need to get some concrete objectives

We posted a new report over at the JDCA: about the differences between a Practical Cure for type 1 diabetes, or something with real, achievable goals that we can aim for, and an Idealized cure, which is pretty much the vague, undefined cause the major foundations use funding for.

Our full report is here:… Continue

Added by Stoyan on October 21, 2011 at 1:41pm — 6 Comments

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