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November 2012 Blog Posts (125)

Blue Fridays: The IDF’s Lorenzo Piemonte Helps Turn the World Blue

It’s the last Blue Friday in November and Lorenzo Piemonte, World Diabetes Day Coordinator for the International Diabetes Federation, is giving us a look at how WDD was celebrated around the world.

Read more in our post at Discuss Diabetes.…


Added by Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes on November 30, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments


The title may lead you to believe you are going to read about some horrific tragedy. Sorry about that. Yep, it's a little misleading however that was not the intention.

This is about my journey into T-2 diabetes.

I felt I had experience with this insidious disease and lived with it nearly every day. You see, my mother-in-law was a T-1. I watched her struggles to maintain workable numbers. Her numbers were all over the chart and she could pop a high or drop extremely low at any…


Added by Carm on November 30, 2012 at 8:48am — 2 Comments

Are you ashamed of having diabetes? How do you get past the shame?

I've always been ashamed of the fact that I'm T1 diabetic. Why? Because it's caused so many problems in my life, I feel many people think I'm a "weak" person, and somewhat fragile. I've had to endure a ruptured appendix, a kidney transplant, and a couple of other surgeries over the past few years, and it's not something I'm proud of. Every time a friend or family member walks into the hospital to visit me, I've got a plethora of tubes and needles hooked up to every orface of my body. It's…


Added by Janice on November 30, 2012 at 8:33am — 6 Comments

Before G4

It saddens me that I waited so long to start on a CGM. My numbers these past 10 days have never been better. Never. I'm able to see trends, better prepare for food and catch highs and lows before they become problems.

It saddens me even more that this technology isn't readily available for everyone that needs it.

If you are on the fence about starting with a CGM I can't think of too many reasons not to do so.

Added by Black Llama on November 30, 2012 at 8:03am — 2 Comments

For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere

Summer is around the corner so here are my tips for managing yourself and your diabetes in the heat

Added by NiceDiabetes on November 29, 2012 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Garvan e-news, Artificial Pancreas

There is interesting news about how close researchers are to developing an artificial pancreas here:

And in the same link there is news about Diabetes 2 and obesity.

Added by Pastelpainter on November 29, 2012 at 10:53pm — No Comments

Sugar Suppresses our Immune System

My chemistry teacher made a quick comment about how when one consumes sugar, it paralyses the immune system for x amount of time. This was fascinating to hear, because diabetics are known to have a weak immune system - so I've done some reading and this is the best site that I've found for it at…


Added by PaulQuessy on November 29, 2012 at 4:36pm — 1 Comment

G4 quick update

Over a full week in and things are still going great. I decided on a sensor change this morning. 2 reasons why. 1, it had been 7 days and I'll have a surplus of sensors in a short time. 2. I REALLY wanted a long, hot shower. Like 40 minutes of near burning water :D So yeah, it was justified. New sensor is on and working perfectly, calibrated after 2 hours, and when I checked it 7 hours later it was spot on to my meter (not even a point off).

Monday is back to the endo and coach for…


Added by Black Llama on November 29, 2012 at 3:39pm — 1 Comment

Day 229 - Time, Pressure, Stress and Diabetes Part 6

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not realize that this system that we live in is really conducive to fears and stresses and essentially promotes the fears and stresses within the fight or flight response, and that this system within the constant need to get money in order to be…


Added by PaulQuessy on November 28, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Not a good year

This year 2012 has not been a good year for me health wise. I am 59 yrs oldb and have type one diabetes since 1956, now 56 and 3/4 yrs. last June I found out that I have blood cancer, and have been in treatment of chemo and blood transfusion once or twice a month. Been having chess pains since June and felt that it was the cancer. After the transfusions the pain would go away. So had a cath done into the heart, and now tomorrow I will have a triple by pass. I DO FEEL VERY MUCH ALONE, EVEN… Continue

Added by DENNIS C ADAIR on November 28, 2012 at 12:00pm — 15 Comments


I'm sitting here nauseous & sick as all get out! I go for surgery tomorrow. I was supposed to have it on the 8th but couldn't because of an open, infected wound. I was in the hospital for 3.5 days to get my blood sugar down. Now that I'm having my surgery, I'm going to make A LOT OF CHANGES. I'm going to be ok!!!!

Added by Wanda on November 28, 2012 at 11:29am — 6 Comments

Things are pretty good...

So things have been going pretty good for the most part. Started my job last week and my sugars have actually been low lately! Although last week I was really sick and my blood sugars kept going in the 300' was bad I couldn't keep food or water down and I thought I might have to go to the hospital if it keeps going on past a day! But I did manage to get better so yeah like I said at work my numbers have been pretty good..I have been getting some lows in the 50's though and that kind of…


Added by Shayla on November 28, 2012 at 10:22am — No Comments

Ever have one of those days?

Where your numbers are so steady you just don't want to eat anything :D I know it's against the point, but let's see if I can't keep up today's streak. G4 is still going strong, and have been withing 5 points on every calibration. Never thought I would be as impressed as I am with it. For those keeping score, I have my "red line" set to 65 and most of the dips below last night were in the mid 50's. Nothing 6oz of OJ didn't cure. Breakfast here was at 9:30 am, right around 40 carbs (multi…


Added by Black Llama on November 28, 2012 at 10:08am — No Comments

Monkey adjusting: diabetes explained to a jealous sibling

I had a very odd conversation with Eric's brother Nate last night. It seems Nate, who's nearly 8, has become a bit jealous of the "attention" his brother gets from me. Even pointing out that a lot of this attention involved me poking Eric with sharp objects, or not letting him eat until I was sure his blood sugar was going down, it was clear that Nate felt that "Mama likes Eric" better than she "likes Nate."

"What makes you think that?" I asked finally.

"Well," he said, a bit…


Added by Elizabeth on November 28, 2012 at 7:33am — 26 Comments

Life Is Short: Book Blog

I'll be blogging periodically about what it was like to write my book. I hope that you'll find the story interesting and even motivating. It's a story of luck, hard work, a little right place/right time and a whole lot of "look what we can all do together". I'll be titling these posts Life Is Short: Then the blog title so that you can easily tell these posts from the ones about type I. I want…


Added by Scott on November 28, 2012 at 7:18am — No Comments


I am sorry i haven not been very active here. I have benen going through hell for over a year. Things have reallywent down hill. The complications have really hit me hard. I have other health issues and disabilities too. I have been miserable. Sometimes i just want to give up.

Added by wolfcrane aka Jamie Todd on November 28, 2012 at 7:04am — 5 Comments

A letter to wifey

I haven't been around much anymore. Here is the reason why...

My life is rapidly falling apart, and it is all my own fault. I wish I could have been a better person.

I love you and I always will.

Added by SuFu, Ph.D. on November 28, 2012 at 6:23am — 5 Comments

Good Times. . . sorta . . .

It's hard to write about the sucky aspects of diabetes when things are going good:) I can proudly say, that the last 3 months are going well, bs control is in check, new tools to control both T1 and T2 are still working (knowing damn well that can all change in a heart beat.) Craig made a comment to me the other day that I have been very "feisty" these last couple weeks, and I must agree him, but why? So I started pondering on that statement. When a T1 gets glimpses of feeling good, and…


Added by Francie on November 27, 2012 at 7:05pm — No Comments

G4 Week 2

It hardly seems real that I've had this little thing stuck on me for a week now. I wouldn't trade it for anything though. Barring yesterdays horribleness I could not be happier with the results I've had. It has helped my diabetes related panic attacks tremendously and I've had some of the tightest control that I've see since my DX. Today (back on MDI) was another banner one. I was able to keep between 65 and 120 all day.

Monday I see my endo and coach along with a new person from…


Added by Black Llama on November 27, 2012 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Time, Pressure, Stress and Diabetes Part 5

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not realize that when we are stressed we will access the flight or fight response which has been hardwired into our brains from the primitive days to either fight off predators or to run away from predators or ensuing danger, wherein all that we…


Added by PaulQuessy on November 27, 2012 at 5:22pm — No Comments

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