Just got back from two lovely weeks in Florida. Two weeks away from the frigid Michigan weather, work pressures, bill paying, and the general responsibilities and stresses of daily life. It was a much needed breather for me and my husband. The highlight of the trip was a ride on The Sanibel Thriller, a boat that tours the islands and attracts dolphins who love to play in it's huge wake. Watching dolphins leap over the waves and…Continue
What do you estimate it costs you to be diabetic for a year? I saw a post that estimated $20,000. That seemed a little higher than I usually guess, but maybe with all the pump and CGM bells and whistles, thats accurate. Whats your best guess. I'm in Minnesota with a privatley purchased policy (thats great) and I estimate about $12,000...but thats really just a guess. Its variable.
The worst kind of Diabetes?
Yesterday at the doctor’s office while I was waiting, a couple was engaged in what I thought to be a very odd discussion. The gentleman a man in his 70’s had recently been diagnosed with diabetes. The couple was discussing his diet, and debating one thing or another, including what to purchase at the…Continue
A Silly Distractive Thought for a Bad Day
I have a long-running soft-spot for your basic kick-butt female detective/spy shows, etc. Goes all the way back to 1974's "Police Woman" with Angie Dickinson. She was the first actress to carry a 1 hour drama-of-any-kind as star. She won TV awards and laid the groundwork for everything from Charlie's Angels and Wonder Woman to Cagney and Lacey.
These days, I keep an eye on Detective Beckett in "Castle" and "Rizzoli…Continue
This is primarily a love note to my wife. Linda will never read it because she does not belong to TuD. My reasons for writing are twofold; 1) she deserves it and 2) I have learned a lot about what’s possible from people sharing on TuD and sharing this is sharing what is possible in a diabetic marriage.
Last Thursday I was sitting in a new doctor’s office filling out forms. One question asked me to rate my general health. Of course I picked “healthy.” On the other hand, I have been a…Continue
She is Non-compliant
She is non-compliant those were the words the nurse spoke of my mom’s new roommate to be. How is she non-compliant I asked? No answer of course, but this was 1979 and the nurses who knew mom well spoke in hushed tones about it and the young lady was candid when she talked (which was not often).
She was the…Continue
Even after following all the instructions i still cant manage to get my pump uploaded! its an Animas Vibe... any suggestions?
I know Diabetes Alert Dogs are all the rage right now however I am curious to know if anyone else out there has experienced their normal pet dog reacting to their diabetes. My boyfriend's parents have a dog who many years ago when I has experiencing a rather high blood sugar reacted and starting whining and wouldn't leave me alone. Now I have my own dog, an American Bulldog/Collie mix, who is 2 years old and has started showing signs of being anxious when my sugars aren't quite right. It…Continue
“My name is Casey Card. I am 26 years old. April 8, 2014 will be the 13th anniversary of my diagnosis with type 1 diabetes.
When the words “You have diabetes” fell from my doctor’s lips, I had no idea what that meant. There is no way to prepare for the injections, the testing, eating when I don’t…Continue
Added by TheDiabetesHero on February 24, 2014 at 2:25pm — No Comments
Meet Orca A27
We sometimes use animals that mimic human behavior to gain insights into human mental illness and yes human drug actions. One issue has been that autism has not been well identified in animal populations. That is until Marine Biologist Naomi Rose found Oraca A27. So here is the story.
Dr. Rose is a distinguished Marine Biologist most notable for highlighting issues of animal treatment at Sea World and…Continue
When your Type 1 Diabetic child begins to get older, being a parent that wants to help them but teach them to be independent is not an easy task. We want our kids to be able to go into survival mode without our help on the side, hiding behind the bushes to make sure they're doing what they need to do in order to be healthy.
My friends with diabetic children, like mine, share the burden of seeing their teens begin to pull away and want to go on their own and not follow the routines…Continue
Added by Mom of a Winner on February 24, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
So I realized that my Dr. has me incorrectly recorded in my charts.
"the patient is a 28 yr old female who presents for follow up of type II diabetes."
It's not a huge deal right now while I have insurance through my job which I no longer have on the 28th of this month but I'm worried that after while I'm searching for a job this misclassification will impact my medical assistance available. I currently take MDIs for my treatment but I probably test more than "average" (we all…Continue
So everyone knows I've been having trouble with getting an insulin pump and whatnot! Well my other half is getting a new job that offers healthcare so everything is going to be alright!
EtRick part 1.1
A few months ago I was blessed to be visited by a serious infection in my skin on the right side. That infection was eventually cleaned out by digging a 1 ½” wide, by 3” long, by 2 ½ “deep wound at that site. It took about 7 weeks to clear it up, after going to the wound center at my local hospital. Since I was describing it to one of our European members (we do get around) she suggested it be humorously named in…Continue
I've been contemplating the question a lot lately. Should I pursue a pancreas transplant, or not? It seems like a no-brainer when I, like many others, have been living with t1 diabetes for over 25 years. I've had numerous complications, I'm on way too many medications every day, and I've had many difficulties mentally coping over the years as well.
I've had a kidney transplant, a rejection, a ruptured appendix, neuropathy and several other ailments and I would do almost anything to be…Continue
Over the last couple of months my bs has been spiking, not just after meals but all the time. Have adjusted my basals from 12.3 units daily to 17.50 a day. Had tried Metformin before, but wasn't really noticing any difference. Now this past week, my sugars have been a bit more stable, Dr. said go back on Metformin, changed bs goals, changed correction factor. I also can't always tell when I'm low, so the other day when I was on the elliptical I fell hard. In 39 years of having D, that was…Continue
Added by ANTONIA RETMAN on February 20, 2014 at 7:46am — No Comments
I have a friend on Twitter who is a type 1 diabetic. We "met" by virtue of the fact that he is a friend in real life of one of my good real-life friends, with whom I communicate regularly on Twitter. He asked me a few questions about how I manage my son's diabetes and I learned, via the (non-public) discourse that followed, that he was extremely limited in his ability to manage his D due to financial constraints.
Like: he was allotted 1 test strip per day.
I'm not sure which name I like best, but the job is the same. Each Sunday I accompany Tony on his long run. Of course I am not fast enough to keep up with him anymore, so I go along on my bike.
He loads up my bike and my pockets with…Continue