December 2009 Blog Posts (161)


Decide to be happy today, to live with what

is yours - your family, your business, your job.

If you can't have what you like,

maybe you can like what you have.

J ust for today. . .

be kind, cheerful, agreeable,

responsive, caring, and understanding.

be your best, dress your best, talk softly, look

for the bright side of things. Praise people for

what they do and don't criticize them for what

they cannot do.

Wishing YOU A HAPPY… Continue

Added by Qayoom on December 31, 2009 at 10:15pm — 1 Comment

New year, new challenges (going somewhat sorta lowish carb)

I've decided this is the year I am going to get healthy physically. Mostly meaning this is the year I'm going to lose the 50+ pounds I need to lose to get within my idea weight range. I've been overweight since high school and over the years it's just gradually crept up. Over the past few years I've developed hypertension (which I'm on a lowish dose of Atacand for) and now my cholesterol is too high for someone with diabetes and my endocrinologist is threatening medication. I already hate being… Continue

Added by Jen on December 31, 2009 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Will it always be like this!

When I was younger diabetes made me feel special yet fragile, unique yet ordinary this was due to the people around me, meeting other diabetics on our days out that the hospital had organised and other times having to take a day off school because I was not well or not being able to do something because my sugar levels where low, having to go outside of the class to have my snack so I don’t go hypo or letting the team down because of having a hypo during sports.

Now as a young…

Added by Osob on December 31, 2009 at 11:41am — 2 Comments

New Year

2009 has been a year where I’ve been rather dominated by diabetes. I’ve been heavily involved in a diabetes support forum, writing diabetes-related poetry and articles here and elsewhere, and of course, dealing with the condition itself day-by-day. I wouldn’t say it has been controlling me, but I think that, in the coming year I need to find a better balance and look for more non-diabetes related activities and interests. I think it has been fairly inevitable that my first full year with the… Continue

Added by Alan Eastwood on December 31, 2009 at 7:51am — No Comments


H ours of happy times with friends and family
A bundant time for relaxation
P rosperity and new opportunity
P lenty of love when you need it the most
Y outhful excitement at life's simple pleasures

N ights of restful slumber
E verything you need and deserve
W ishing you love and happiness

Y ears and years of good health
E njoyment and mirth
A ngels to watch over you
R embrances of a happy year!


Added by Qayoom on December 30, 2009 at 10:25pm — 2 Comments

Perfect Score on Pre and Post Exercise Glucose test

Tonight was a good night ....Initially I didn't want to go to workout at all being tired... but decided to just go for a "little bit" and as always tested. Coming out with the perfect :

I ate 1 glucose tab to ward off any lows as I hadn't had dinner yet. I ended up doing 3 miles and at a decent pace too....better than anticipated...which just makes the night better...and then when I got back I retested and :…


Added by Xanthasun on December 30, 2009 at 6:05pm — 3 Comments

Poem The Night before High Blood Sugars

The Night Before High Blood Sugars

God knocked upon my door, I was scared to let him in,

Is he here to test me, my patience is wearing thin.

I’ve been up all night as you can see,

With my blood sugars higher than should be.

But then I looked into his direction and my eyes could not refrain,

For when I looked at God all I saw was light,

And a voice beckoned me to come and join his side.

He then told me a story, that I really… Continue

Added by Beth (Craven) Wesselman on December 30, 2009 at 3:01pm — 2 Comments

obligatory end of the year summary report

not a great year in the diabetes front My A1C creeped up from around 6.6 to 7.0 I will be attacking this w/ great vigor in 2010

the family has been great and really enjoying the kids more now they are older and wiping their own butts. and was very lucky to have two -count'em two- grown up trips alone w/ my lovely wife

work is work I like it a lot but nothing new

tri training was great I pushed myself hard this year and did things I thought were impossible (or at… Continue

Added by Joe_h on December 30, 2009 at 10:58am — No Comments

Dropped from Insurance - 6 weeks before baby

Have you guys ever heard of being required to re-submit proof of marriage (or proof of children's birth) mid-way into an insurance policy when you haven't had a "new" qualifying life event?

My husband started with a company at the beginning of August 2009 and we both began insurance coverage without any hiccups (it was almost TOO easy). We'd been married nearly two years, so we didn't need to send any documentation on that, our effective date of coverage was immediate (his first day… Continue

Added by Melissa Lee on December 29, 2009 at 11:00pm — 36 Comments

New Year, New Endo

My husband and I moved from Kansas to Chicago about 2 months ago, and that means I had to get a whole new set of doctors. I found an endocrinologist associated with the local health network and I have an appointment tomorrow at 9. I'm crossing my fingers so Dr. Benjamin will be as cool as Dr. Mercado. I haven't asked for any references or looked for any reviews, but I hope the outcome will be good. I really don't like being like a bouncing ball from doctor to doctor.

I like empathy,… Continue

Added by Beatriz D. on December 29, 2009 at 5:08pm — 5 Comments

My journey

I was diagnosed at age 30 (in Dec. 2005) as a type 2 after having excessive thirst and polyuria. I had the nurse at work stick my finger and I had a BG of 350. Having 3 type 2 grandparents and being overweight I can't say I was surprised that this was happening to me, but I was surprised that it was so soon. When I went to my doctor that afternoon he matter of factly told me that I was a type 2 diabetic, ordered some labs, and put me on metformin. He suggested I find a diabetes education class… Continue

Added by Scott Davis on December 29, 2009 at 4:08pm — 1 Comment

My Life...

My life…

Living with a disease

Every moment of every day…

Telling my heart not to dwell

For what in my future might be held

Often feeling alone with this constant never ending fight…

Trying to live a balancing act…

That which is my life

Poking myself with needles…

Everyday… just to keep myself alive

Drops of blood from my finger tips…

Sometimes brings… Continue

Added by Shannon Boden on December 29, 2009 at 8:22am — 11 Comments

New blog ...

I tried my hand at blogging once a few years ago and it basically flopped. I keep a private blog over at LiveJournal, and update this blog on occasion, but I found writing about what I often feel are private emotions surrounding diabetes (even though I know everyone has them) just didn't work for me.

Over the past few years, however, I've become increasingly interested in diabetes product design, especially surrounding accessibility for people with disabilities. I've become so… Continue

Added by Jen on December 28, 2009 at 7:46pm — 1 Comment

Fooling the CGM (and the neighbors)

I biked to work this morning, as usual, but about 1 mile into the ride I felt something tickling my right elbow. I knew right away that the Navigator CGM transmitter had slipped off the back of my arm. No idea why it slipped out then and there. It was still fairly dark out so I pulled off the road and onto the sidewalk in front of a house to retrieve the transmitter.

It was 38 degrees outside, and although I was warm enough in a base layer, wool jersey and windbreaker, I didn't want to… Continue

Added by Greg on December 28, 2009 at 6:14pm — 1 Comment

JDRF names Sr. Vice President for Strategic Alliance

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation names Sr. Vice President for Strategic Alliance. Story here:

Added by DiabetesXaminer on December 28, 2009 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Overcoming Diabetic Temptations

Food has always been my kryptonite and as a diabetic that is paramount to a death sentence, so my solution to the food problem is to avoid the temptations by removing it and staying as far away as possible. My biggest culprit is unhealthy snacks packed with carbs and sweets that give me highs just thinking about it.

I have managed to eliminate the simple carbs from my diet and have been proud of my self lately for being able to go into my refrigerator and grab an apple instead of the… Continue

Added by Ronnie Gregory M on December 28, 2009 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Best Seller

I have a cafe press store that helps to support The DiabeticDuo Blog. When I went to look at the year end sales, I was really surprised at which item sold the best. We went to great lengths to come up with some cool logos. The one that did well was a saying that my daughter came up with. I think it resonates with most diabetics.…


Added by Renata Pellino-Porter on December 28, 2009 at 12:22pm — 4 Comments

Visceral Adiposity!

‘Does my bum look big in this?’ In terms of your health, the right answer might be, ‘Well it looks bigger than your belly!’ It’s thought that body shape is a very potent indicator of susceptibility to diseases like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, and it’s better to be pear-shaped than apple-shaped. Pear shaped people put on weight around their hips, bottoms and thighs, whereas apple shaped people have bigger waists than hips – beer bellies and muffin tops are the things to watch out… Continue

Added by Alan Eastwood on December 28, 2009 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

What is being "different"?

Have you ever felt out of this world? Someone told me once, that standing up after falling was pointless cause you'll always fall again and standing up several times will hurt and more if you are "different".

The word "different" has been cataloged in many ways.

"A polite way of saying something is unpleasantly weird or unacceptable."

"Something everybody is scared to be, for the fear of being rejected by society. Those who are different are often labeled as:… Continue

Added by DSandCT on December 27, 2009 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Its 4am and i'm bored

its 4am in new jersey, and you'd think all the good little children would be snoozing in their beds waiting for the day, but no! Adriana is still awake and will remain awake until she crashed from the 2 cans of monster she had before. So she sits in her domicile in the quiet little town of Montvale and thinks to her self " I wonder whats going on outside? just outside that window there? a whole world of unseen treasures is right there a few feet from my grasp. Curious, she crawls out of her… Continue

Added by Adriana on December 27, 2009 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

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