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Thin Skinned Diabetics…Literally…Diabetes and Eczema

It's funny, really. Growing up, I was the "sensitive" one with tender feelings, "thin-skinned." I had a perfectly average amount of adolescent acne. I was subject to outbreaks of hives before big tests—though interestingly, never, ever before a performance, even the ones in a 5000-seat opera house. Then, about 2 years before my daughter was born, I had a nasty outbreak of eczema. It was my first year at an important new job, so I thought nerves. As it went on for awhile, I thought hormones.…


Added by Judith in Portland on October 14, 2014 at 10:21pm — 13 Comments

First time I've had DKA - don't want it again!

Well, first time for everything and all that. But DKA finally paid me a visit in all 34 years of dealing with this. And frankly still annoyed over it.

The day started pretty well. Early rise, all kitted up and prepped for the event today (62 mile cyclocross with 8824ft of climbs). Bloods were pretty perfect for it, 6.2 (111 in US money) had breakfast on a 60% bolus as usually and off rode to the start of the event. Was a little slow getting away so by about 8 miles into the event…


Added by Nyadach on October 14, 2014 at 4:00pm — 11 Comments

Joe Levdansky

I’ve never been involved in the diabetic community before because I was focused more on my own wellness with this disease. I want to change that. I feel we all have the responsibility to share our story and the challenges we face, so that we can make it that much easier for people recently diagnosed. We all…


Added by TheDiabetesHero on October 14, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments


Having seen the advert of New York and that Orange Drink and someone eating eggs benedict I promised myself if we went to America again I would make my first order of food eggs benedict had them over here but come on nothing like the real thing Ben and Jerries tried Weather spoons tried but both failed miserably for me, so when our daughter and son in law took us to a place called Family Affair in Freeport I asked for that from an amazing looking woman serving our table and when she said…


Added by twiddlemthumbs on October 13, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Adding to those Scars …

SO much has been going on the past few days – I just honestly haven’t had the energy to sit and write..


  • We have had ridiculous, frustrating HIGH blood sugars
  • We have had a XCountry finals meet
  • We have had a Fall Dance and Carnival
  • A housewarming party
  • A basketball tournament
  • A sleepover
  • Scary LOW blood sugar
  • A birthday party
  • A fundraising pizza party


All of this stuff going on…


Added by edenseffort on October 13, 2014 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Medicare and the CGM system


Roy Taylor

For twenty years the Medtronic / MiniMed Insulin Pumps have been a great help to me in achieving the best glucose control possible. My 20 years of insulin pump history began in 1994 with the MM 504 then the 508 and 715, 722, and now the 723 Revel. Twenty years and five pumps all in upgrades and now we have the Medtronic 530 G wth Enlite,the CGM system technology.

All of this is fantastic for those of us who are dibetic and experience sudden hypo and or hyper…


Added by Roy on October 13, 2014 at 2:12pm — 2 Comments

Rough night, hypoglycemia and over treating a low.

Had a somewhat scary night last night.

Tested (98bg) took my bolus for dinner and waited 15 minutes to eat. Ate dinner and in the space of an hour my sugar was down to 43. 15 minutes later it was 42 after a 12oz glass of orange juice. 15 minutes after that it was 40 so I had a few cookies. (20g carb)

Problem was that I still had 8.53 units active insulin in my system still.

I had some more carbs and a hard candy to try and level things out. barely topped 92 and then 128 after…


Added by Mario on October 13, 2014 at 10:14am — 6 Comments


I'm a T2. On August 25, 2014, I started insulin (Lantus and Novolog). My A1c at that time was 10.3. Today, it is 7.3. I'm so happy and grateful that I'm writing this blog as a way of shouting out my glee.  On top of that, my doctor wrote "controlled diabetes" in my medical record.  I do not remember the last time that was applicable.

One step at a time, but right now my steps are happy steps.

Added by kathimcb on October 13, 2014 at 9:32am — 8 Comments

An englishman in the USA part 1

Like coming home felt right at home staying with our daughter in Freeport USA middle America bible country and more, not a mountain in sight surrounded by corn fields more space than a space hopper clean fresh air shop assistants that really want to serve you with a your welcome on every persons lips we met bought down to earth when we arrived back went into Sainsburys resturant for breakfast and found they had no bread hot chocolate and 20 minute wait for anything else with only two…


Added by twiddlemthumbs on October 13, 2014 at 8:19am — 3 Comments

CGM? I don't think so....


The last weekend in October will be my first overnight camping trip with diabetes.

I’ve been working with my endocrinologist who wants me to get on a insulin pump and CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitoring) System. I tried out the Dexcom 4 Platinum and found out that I can’t base my dosing of insulin off the CGM. The Medtronic CGM (which is integrated into their pump) bases dosage off the CGM readings.

On Monday I put the sensor and CGM system to work in the…


Added by halford on October 12, 2014 at 9:53am — 10 Comments

Three Years In

Hello all,

I was diagnosed three years ago this month. The original dx was T2 but fortunately my GP ordered anti-body tests resulting in a dx of T1, GAD >250.

The lab results were, A1c 5.9%, fasting BG 130, triglycerides 160, HDL 35, LDL 180, weight 220 height 5'7 age 52 male.

Within a couple weeks I had done extensive research and discovered the Dr. Bernstein book. Following his dietary advise I lost 40 lbs in 6 months and my BG levels normalized without insulin. My…


Added by Lab Mouse on October 11, 2014 at 12:29pm — 21 Comments

How to Survive Without

Living with type I diabetes is hard enough; finding yourself with no health insurance and living on minimum wage can be downright deadly. I've been asked before how I ended up that way and how I survived. Here's a rundown of the seven years I spent in diabetic perdition.

How did I end up with no health care and no money? As for the money, my husband changed jobs and the one he ended up in didn't offer insurance. The original idea was that he would only stay in that job until a better…


Added by Tamra on October 10, 2014 at 8:42pm — 5 Comments

My Public Apology

To all my Tud family and friends,

Let me start off by saying this Gabriella doesn't exist. Everything about Gabriella is a lie. I originally made her up for safety reasons and in the process I took it all too far and here's where I stand today. I was wrong to continue with all these lies and take it as far as I did. I should have ended it all awhile ago.

I take 100% responsibility for my actions. What I did was wrong and I should have been honest with everyone from the… Continue

Added by Cayla on October 10, 2014 at 1:08pm — 21 Comments

What does it feel like to be a diabetic?

What does it feel like to be a diabetic?

I've been asked this question, and many questions like it, many times in my life and it is not an easy question to answer. For every diabetic, it is different. For me, the question is multileveled. What does it physically feel like? What does it emotionally feel like? What does it feel like when I'm high? Or low? What do the many complications I suffer with feel like?...etc...

Imagine being a traveler and no matter what, you always have…


Added by Tamra on October 9, 2014 at 12:18pm — 8 Comments

Adventures with Invokana

I had my endo appointment in September and we again discussed Invokana. Invokana is a relatively new drug (along with Farxiga) which is also a new class of drugs called SGLT-2 inhibitors. They act by making you excrete more glucose in your urine. I had brought this up before at a previous appointment and she initially took the position that it wouldn't help me. She still waffles about…


Added by Brian (bsc) on October 8, 2014 at 9:30am — 10 Comments

SO much more...

The Free Diabetics Movement is introducing one person a day – Today it is Eden.…


Added by edenseffort on October 7, 2014 at 2:04pm — 1 Comment

5 Things

Thanks for the idea, Manny. :D

Five things I wish people had told me when I was first diagnosed with diabetes.

Some of these... maybe they did, but I just didn't listen.

1. "You will feel like a failure, but you aren't.". Diabetes is very difficult to control, You will have difficulty getting your BG under control and you will feel out of control, and maybe, sometimes, you will be out of control. It's OK, bad things happen. Life happens. Don't give up!



Added by Tamra on October 7, 2014 at 11:28am — 4 Comments

A milestone

Today is the sixth anniversary of Eric's diagnosis. And you know what? I didn't remember that until I had to run to the nurse's office to give her a new meter (the 5-year-old OneTouch Ultralink meter we'd gotten with Eric's pump gave up the ghost, not unexpectedly). When I signed into the school, I put the date down, and realized... oh.

What's funny is that October 6 and 7 represent a 2-day anniversary of what remains, and hopefully will always remain, the worst 48-hour period I've…


Added by Elizabeth on October 7, 2014 at 10:38am — 3 Comments


I started my blog, Cinnamon, on October 26, 2012. "Getting Off My Ass" was my first blog post, ever. The post was to set up my blog and let people know what I intended the blog to be about. Originally it was supposed to be simply a tool to help me practice and improve my writing skills. I had no idea what…


Added by Tamra on October 5, 2014 at 11:03am — 2 Comments

A Note To Doctors

Being a person who lives with an incurable disease, I have spent my life, save for the several years spent without insurance, sitting in the doctor's office. I have been the patient of many a doctor and have experienced the many different personalities of doctors. They are all human, and therefore they act human, faults and all.

What advice can I offer doctors? What advice can a patient with an incurable, life-galling, and often heartbreaking disease offer to doctors? A lot:



Added by Tamra on October 4, 2014 at 7:29pm — 2 Comments

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