Things Are Changing!

The migration of TuDiabetes has begun

Content created between now and the launch of our new site on April 20th will NOT be moved to that new home, but our community values and Terms of Service still apply during this time.We are not accepting new members during this transition period. If you want to join the TuDiabetes community please send an e-mail to We will send you an invitation to join after the migration is completed.

Read about the migration and see images of the new site!

October 2012 Blog Posts (144)

Alignment to Effective Care

This is a continuation from the Previous 2 blogs that I wrote - if you have not read them I suggest to read them to get context for this one …


Added by PaulQuessy on October 31, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Trick or Treating with Diabetes

Halloween tips for parents with kids with diabetes

Added by Dkinsey on October 31, 2012 at 7:24am — 1 Comment

Routine Halloween

This is the obligatory post where I tell you that my son can go trick or treating. He can eat any sort of candy and please don't give him the sugar free stuff.

But this will be our sixth(!) Halloween since Benny's diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and we're so used to the routine it's hardly worth talking about anymore. But... it's always worth talking about. Because there are always new families with newly diagnosed kids.

Just this week I got an email from a mom with a child…


Added by Stacey Simms on October 31, 2012 at 5:18am — No Comments

Featured Member! And it's my anniversary!

I was recently lucky enough to be a featured member on TuD - I'm not entirely sure how one goes about being a featured member but I think it's great that these things exist to keep people involved in this website :)

So, thank you for the shout out Tu Diabetes!


Something else significant for me is that today (31st of October in NZ) is my diagnosis anniversary :)

I'm finally learning to accept that having Diabetes is my greatest strength not weakness…


Added by Shonelle on October 30, 2012 at 9:50pm — 5 Comments

My Omnipod came in the mail today!

Here I go. I meet with my DE on Thursday at 8:00 AM to do my training for my first ever pump. I opened the box with excitement and trepidation. Pulled out each and every box, covered the PDM with with silicone sleeve, looked through the little book that comes with. I am like a kid at Christmas. I have to wait a little more than a day before I can finally dive in. So what questions do I need to ask the day of the training? For starters, I don't really know how much I need to bolus for meals.…


Added by CS on October 30, 2012 at 9:14pm — No Comments

Fooducate: The Award Winning iPhone Nutrition App now has a Diabetes Version

Fooducate and Sanofi US recently partnered to create a diabetes version of iPhone’s award winning nutrition app, “Diabetes Nutrition” by Fooducate. Founder of Fooducate, Hemi Weingarten, shares details about the app that helps users make smarter decisions when choosing foods at the grocery store.

Read more on…


Added by Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes on October 30, 2012 at 3:50pm — 3 Comments

So Frustrated............

I am just so fed up with following my doctors guidelines for exercising and failing!I need to lose it is affecting my mental I dont want to have to eat extra to avoid hypos during exercise....My doctor told me to put on a temporary basal rate of -50% for 1 hour pre exercise....that didn't work and I tried this for 4 days..I went hypo every time and there was no bolus insulin on board as I don't eat carbs.So I decided I would do -50% temp basal for 2 hours pre…


Added by roisinoconnor on October 30, 2012 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Day 200 - Don't Tell Me Who I am

This is a continuation from my previous post - Doctors Appointment - and here I am apply self forgiveness on the reaction of being told information about `who I am` and simply not listening because I believe that I know myself such as within the point of hormones at night and the excessive lows



Added by PaulQuessy on October 30, 2012 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Proud :)

So I just wanted to share that I finally put my set in my leg the other day :) I was soo scared (don't know why!) I guess I'm always afraid of hitting a vein or something...stupid I know! lol So yeah I finally did it and it didn't hurt at all... I have had to be careful though there were a couple times I almost ripped it out b/c I forgot it was there lol well maybe next time I'll try for my arms!

Added by Shayla on October 30, 2012 at 6:49am — 2 Comments

Day 199 - Doctors Appointment

Hey Guys, I visited and Endocrinologist today in the first time in a year and this is what I went though upon meeting with her.

Ok this is going to basically be a ranting and raving blog post for me to write out my reactions upon visiting a endocrinologist today, and the points that I am walking through…


Added by PaulQuessy on October 29, 2012 at 6:20pm — 2 Comments

I have Type 2 Diabetes, but it does not define me. Thoughts on turning 50 soon.

In May of 2000, I heard about the symptoms of a bad thyroid, so I called my doc and asked for a checkup. A few days later I received a voicemail on Saturday, and was told, "You don't have anything wrong with your thyroid, but you are diabetic. Call the office on Tuesday if you would like to discuss this."

Well, first of all, this was unprofessional and hurtful and so inappropriate. I was at a Memorial Weekend rodeo with my kids, and had no idea what to do. Until I could see a doctor, I…


Added by CS on October 29, 2012 at 10:59am — 3 Comments

Arden's Big Blue Test

We decided to do the Big Blue Test during Arden's 7th Jdrf Walk. Arden woke up in the morning after being a little low overnight, she ate a banana as we were packing for the walk and then bolused appropriately. Normally I wouldn't treat a morning low with…


Added by Scott on October 29, 2012 at 10:32am — No Comments

Halloween: A Mother Shares how her Girls with Type 1 Diabetes Celebrate

Amy Ohmer of Naturally Sweet Sisters shares how family Halloween celebrations have evolved since her two daughters were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Find out more on Discuss…


Added by Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes on October 29, 2012 at 9:54am — 1 Comment

Bayer Contour USB

Check out the Bayer Contour USB.

Added by Dkinsey on October 29, 2012 at 7:16am — No Comments

Freestyle Lite Test Strips

I've been using a Freestyle Lite meter and test strips for years. I recently received a box of test strips that just says "Freestyle", without the word "lite". Does anyone know if I can use these in my meter? Are Freestyle & Freestyle Lite test strips interchangeable. Thanks for any indo.

Added by Cal Cahill on October 28, 2012 at 11:48am — 2 Comments

ASHA's UPDATE Oct. 28/2012

We are almost finished our basic training(obedience) and she has been living with me full time for over a month now.

I will be starting her scent training in the next week or two.

So the other night, her and I and the cat were snuggling on the couch watching TV. All of the sudden, she started pawing at me,first with one paw, then when I pushed her away she went all out with both paws. I thought ok, maybe she must have to go to the bathroom so I got up and thats when it hit me... low…


Added by karebear1966 on October 28, 2012 at 9:34am — 7 Comments

A mile in your shoes..

Okay Diabetic Momma's I have a new found respect for you! I have had my nephews over all weekend. It has been a blast, but a major learning curve. Managing my blood sugars and two energetic kids was challenging. I managed to keep us all alive :0) Cheers to all the The D mom's and Dad's out there! (hopefully my turn will come soon).

Added by KML on October 27, 2012 at 8:32pm — 2 Comments

If you had told me 5 months ago .........

If you had told me 5 months ago I would be enjoying fried goat cheese over oven roasted beets for dinner I would have told you you're insane. If you had told me 5 months ago I would have had a productive meeting with a CDE where I did most of the educating I would have said you're nuts. If you had told me 5 months ago I would care about the Big Blue Test and enter results at every opportunity, I would have said what is the Big Blue Test ? If you had told me 5 months ago I would be getting…


Added by Clare on October 27, 2012 at 4:31pm — 10 Comments

First Blog Post

I've never written in a blog before... I'm sure that's how a lot of people start off their first blog post. To share a little bit about myself. I'm a graphic designer... I live in Iowa with my dog and my boyfriend... I discovered that I have Type 1 Diabetes 5 years ago. I came home from my sophomore year of college in May and had some weird things going on. I went to see my family doctor at the time and my blood sugar was at 580. I was not hospitalized because my mom is a nurse and my family…


Added by Kate07 on October 27, 2012 at 8:36am — 2 Comments

L.I. Specialist seek to heighten diabetes awareness in local schools

New York Daily News
October 22, 2012

Added by Diabetes Hlth and Wellness Acdmy on October 26, 2012 at 6:47pm — No Comments

Blog Topics by Tags

Monthly Archives













From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

DHF Joins Diabetes Advocacy Alliance

Diabetes Hands Foundation is incredibly honored to join the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, an organization with the drive and potential to affect a powerful, positive impact on diabetes and healthcare policy. Diabetes Advocacy Alliance is a 20-member coalition of leading professional Read on! →

Helmsley Charitable Trust Renews Support for DHF

HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST GRANTS SUPPORT TO DIABETES HANDS FOUNDATION FOR FOURTH YEAR  Funding in 2015 to support major transitions in programs and leadership at Diabetes Hands Foundation BERKELEY, CA: February 18, 2015 – The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team


Melissa Lee
(Interim Executive Director, Editor, has type 1)

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, has LADA)

Emily Coles (Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Director of Operations and Development, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


Lead Administrator

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)


Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)


LIKE us on Facebook

Spread the word


This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2015   A community of people touched by diabetes, run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Badges  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Service