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Treadmills and Poopshivers

August 15, 2014 started out just fine. But then some portal from hell burst forth and grabbed me by the female balls and proceeded to torture me with the force and anger of a baby who's favorite binky has been stolen.

I rolled out of bed at 5:45 A.M. and walked out the door at 6:45ish. The ride to Fresno with my man and his brother was as it always is. Manly discussions of Magic the Gathering, Titanfall, and other geeky, nerdy, dorky things. We were accompanied by Bob and Tom on the…


Added by Tiki on August 16, 2014 at 11:06am — 3 Comments

An interesting take on Robin Williams's death

An interesting article that reflects on culture and society.

Hollywood's illness stigma

John Wayne, a man's man, had one lung after 1964, and carried an oxygen tank with him on sets. President Kennedy struggled with and covered up his Addison's disease.

Now in 2014, although we've changed in many ways, in many we haven't…


Added by Diabetic Dad on August 16, 2014 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Jericho's Diagnosis

My sweet 3.5 year old son, Jericho, has been increasing more and more thirsty the last few weeks and was going to the bathroom constantly. He also had some accidents and considering he has been potty trained for a year, my husband and I considered limiting his fluid intake. The night before I took Jericho into his doctor, the word diabetes popped in my head and I quickly looked up the symptoms. Although he had quite a few of the symptoms and I wanted to get him checked, I think there's…


Added by Jericho's Mom on August 15, 2014 at 4:42pm — 8 Comments

Fingers Crossed .. We both need this..

Eden honestly doesn't ask for much - she is extremely easy going and rarely complains.

There seems to be a pattern surfacing - if she says "It's fine" - it is NOT and it is something that she actually really cares about, just doesn't want to make a big deal and will sacrifice what she wants.


Today is a prime example of that..


The other day she came home and announced that hot lunches at her new school look AWESOME… Middle School has lots of…


Added by edenseffort on August 15, 2014 at 11:01am — 3 Comments

Moving Along... Slowly but surely!

Finally heard something regarding getting a pump. This has been a challenge in getting a pump, they don't make it easy! So, They are just waiting on my bloodwork, but my insurance plan covers pump at 80%, the first 12 months is $100 including supplies, and it goes down to $30 thereafter. I asked about change in insurance once I start working in a few months (currently have Humana supplement plan) and she said it would just be transferred over and at that point my payments would most likely…


Added by jesikabeth on August 15, 2014 at 2:46am — 3 Comments

Why why WHY!

I am usually varying between different levels of wanting to die and desperately wanting to find my way and live. Lately I've been wanting to find my way and live, but I've found that the universe is cruel. I've always been interested in the medical field. I've wanted to go to school to be a physician assistant or a doctor, but it's just too expensive and out of my reach. Well lately I've had a dream of mine that I thought I killed a long time ago come back - that of being a paramedic or EMT.…


Added by Cara on August 15, 2014 at 12:42am — 10 Comments


I'm done my defence!!!! And I "passed"! All the preparation and anxiety and stress are gone and replaced with happiness and relief and satisfaction!!!!

My presentation went really well. In addition to my committee, my dad came and then Skyped in my mom (my first even virtual audience!) and four members of the public showed up! I didn't expect anyone and I'm so glad they didn't make me nervous.

I have some minor revisions to make and need to write an acknowledgements section and…


Added by Jen on August 14, 2014 at 7:40pm — 8 Comments

Managing weight changes and insulin doses

Hi everybody! I'm Type 1 for about 20 years, and always was a tad over-weight, but have lost about 50 lbs in the past year (about half of that in the last 5 months) by quitting drinking, eating sensibly (no junk-food snacking) and getting psuedo-regular exercise. We have very limited support for diabetes in the 'City' where I live, and so usually have to travel to the larger southern centres to see a specialist. As a result, I pretty much manage my own medical condition including insulin…


Added by Randinator on August 14, 2014 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Five things Diabetics really need to know

Five things Diabetics really need to know

This week I appeared as a guest blogger on Karen Graffeo’s site Bitter~Sweet…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on August 14, 2014 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

The Fourth Go 'Round

You would think that the fourth time having eye surgery on the same eye in a little under six month span would be quite painful. Believe it or not the surgery itself was the second to least painful one. The after portion so far has been the most painful, but even that isn't bad.

As my regular readers already know, but newcomers need to know, I have diabetic retinopathy and have been undergoing several surgeries and treatments to try to save what is left of the sight in my right…


Added by Tiki on August 13, 2014 at 9:02pm — 3 Comments


Soooo ... my doctor thinks I have psoriasis. I went back to him today because the "infection" I've had for over a month now didn't respond to anti-fungal cream or an anti-yeast pill, and I also mentioned my scalp which I forgot to mention last time.

I looked it up and it seems it's another autoimmune disease.

I get to try two different steroid creams (one for my skin, one for my scalp) and if they don't work he'll refer me to a dermatologist.

Anyone else with this? Is it…


Added by Jen on August 13, 2014 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Peace of Mind ...

A week to the day of school starting and we finally had Eden's 504 and Medical Plan meeting this morning…


Sending your child off to their first day of Middle School can be daunting in the best of circumstances, but when your child suffers from a life threatening medical condition - the anxiety and stress was through the…


Added by edenseffort on August 13, 2014 at 10:19am — 1 Comment

Poppa why do you drink coffee?

Poppa why do you drink coffee?

That was one of the many questions my granddaughter asked me over the weekend. ‘I like it’ I said. Long pause… why she asked? Well Madison it tastes good. No it doesn’t was her answer. Proof in her mind she had caught me in a lie. She went ahead and played with the cars. I felt awful. I mean how could I explain to a 6 year old that tastes…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on August 12, 2014 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Are you tired of hearing about Robin Williams? I am not. Remember even the funniest people suffer depression, are lonely, need help sometimes. I have battled clinical depression for years as do many diabetics. I am not ashamed to say I seek and receive treatment for the issue. I have at various times been pretty mentally low and needed help to pull me back. If…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on August 12, 2014 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Shame, Failure, and Fitting In

I posted this originally to my Blogger account,

It is amazing how being surrounded by people who understand your struggle can do so much to improve your life. I have spent so many years as a type I diabetic and never realized how lonely I felt until I joined a social media site just for diabetics. I knew I was frustrated, but not that I felt alone.

Yes, those of you who know me are thinking. "But, but, you have four other family members who are type…


Added by Tiki on August 11, 2014 at 12:57pm — 6 Comments

Cross My heart and Hope.........

Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye... I can't seem to get that childhood saying from my mind lately.

Here's why, I was recently diagnosed with diabetic macular edema which is caused by small leaky blood vessels leaking into the retina and surrounding tissues. This leaking has caused a pocket of fluid and swelling which is seriously threatening my central vision since the macula is the center of one's vision.

The preferred treatment is a series of…


Added by Stemwinder (Gary) on August 10, 2014 at 5:01pm — 10 Comments

Type 1 vs Type 2 Research

A very close friend recently had a high A1c after a few years of controlling his Type 2 with diet and exercise. At a recent follow up endo appt he was told he needed to go back onto Metformin in an attempt to decrease his A1c. He had gained some weight due to being sedentary over the winter due to illnesses and injury. Needless to say, he was devastated with this news. He felt like a failure after having been successful for many years with diet and exercise. He called me very distraught and…


Added by Sandy on August 9, 2014 at 11:13am — 7 Comments

Free time, what's that?

I can't believe I will (hopefully - if all goes well) be done my degree in under a week!!! The official notice about my thesis defence went out to the university e-mail list. Now all I have to do is finish up my presentation and thinking about answers to questions I think I might get asked.

The last few days I have been sleeping ... LOTS of sleeping. And I did a bit of reading, and watched some TV. A lot of times I feel like I don't know what to do with myself. It's almost like I…


Added by Jen on August 8, 2014 at 8:08pm — 9 Comments

My summer vacation

Here goes: Waldo is now one year old. He walked to the mailbox and back on a leash: 1/4 block, 20 minutes. A white tailed deer at the lake, chased after her fawn- reminded me of a shopping trip with a toddler. Trying hard gel nails; so sick of my own flimsy, ugly nails. My orphage flower bed - bought a lot of dying clearance plants and stuffed them in where I could.…


Added by Gb on August 8, 2014 at 7:57pm — 2 Comments

Testing, Testing, Testing...


As I posted the other day on one of my Blogs (here) - we went through 10 test strips in less than 12 hours the other night…

Eden's current prescription - which was a pain to get authorized - allows for testing blood sugar up to 10 times a day.


Clearly, that is NOT enough…


When at the doctor…


Added by edenseffort on August 8, 2014 at 11:41am — 3 Comments

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