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1 Month Of Diabetes

Brennan has had Type 1 Diabetes for about a month now. He was diagnosed October 21, 2014. He has made huge improvements within this month. There are no longer battles when it's time to check blood sugar. He knows that he has to do it now multiple times a day. So I think he finally gave in and realized that it's not going away. His brother Griffin who also has diabetes has been really helpful in helping him get use to the routine. He is only 5 so he does have trouble recognizing if he is low…


Added by Jennifer on November 24, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

My, How Things Have Changed

Change comes quickly sometimes, like this past month. I have experienced many significant changes and the vast majority of them have been for the better. It feels strange because for so many years most of the changes in my life have been a spiral downward or at the very least, a shift to the side.

I started by beginning to follow Dr. Bernstein's teachings on blood sugar normalization. I gave up virtually all…


Added by Tamra on November 23, 2014 at 11:52am — 6 Comments

The Big Blue Test and a Wider Variety of Exercise

As I age and various physical limitations like arthritis manifest themselves more prominently, I am grateful to remember some priorities that I explored back when I was first diagnosed (2007). I also have fibromyalgia since 1995 and I was a professional dancer/teacher/choreographer for 40 years: Translation: Analyzing movement and what it does is in my blood and bones and soul for decades.

While there is absolutely no flaw in the inspiring, gorgeously produced BBT videos, I'd like to…


Added by Judith in Portland on November 22, 2014 at 11:14pm — 5 Comments

I think I'm an IDIOT!! (caps intended!!)

I like to think I'm a reasonably intelligent woman or at least I seem to learn quickly. But either I'm losing IQ points since having turned 50, or I'm just an IDIOT!!!

Now, I'm almost 2 yrs into my T1 dance & as u know, I've really tried to do my research to understand my new normal, but I seriously made a HUGE misstep...TWICE!!

I'll explain... I'm trying to incorporate a daily after dinner walk in an attempt to control my post-prandial highs. Great in…


Added by Sandy on November 22, 2014 at 10:23pm — 10 Comments

Worst luck ever?

So I've had bleeds in my left eye, right? The last one I had was disappearing. Evidently it was being reabsorbed, so nothing needed to be done with it. Well last night I was sick. I puked, had the chills, all that lovely stuff. No big deal, right? I didn't think so until after I puked a couple times, then noticed more bleeds/spots/veils in my left eye's field of vision. Are you kidding me? I just get to be feeling okay about the last bleed I have (and get an all clear for 6 months from the…


Added by Cara on November 21, 2014 at 7:41pm — 4 Comments


Hello everyone

Well I just happened to purchase insurance and I never imagined how exceptionally expensive it is to have DT1, my question to all is what kind of insurance would you reccomend, I mean with the doctor visits and medications basically it almost leaves me with 000's in my pocket, I would greatly appreciate any info, resources, anything that would help. Thanks in advance and God bless.

Added by Kary Noguerat on November 21, 2014 at 7:34pm — 5 Comments

Kaiser Insurance - Wait list for getting child on Pump?

Hi, my son was diagnosed Type 1 this last summer at 10 years old. Fast forward some months and we are thinking he should be on a pump. I mentioned this to our clinic that we work with and I am told there is a wait list of kids who are wanting to go on the pump.

I have no idea of this means. Anyone out there with Kaiser and a Type 1 child? We have an appt next week so I guess we will find out.

Added by tommy on November 21, 2014 at 2:53pm — 6 Comments

My Medicare Nightmare

I go on medicare next July. Despite the fact that I will have been pumping for more than 8 years, as things now stand I won't be able to pump on medicare. If you are type 2, then you must have a c-peptide no more than 110% of the minimum that the lab you use considers normal.

For me, that number is 0.88 There has to be a matching glucose measurement of 225 mg/dL or less taken the same day.

My c-peptide came back 2.7. A retest a week later came back 2.0

On 4/20/09 the…


Added by Lloyd on November 21, 2014 at 10:43am — 52 Comments

How to treat a low?

How to treat a low?

So I am writing this at 2 AM on Friday morning since I am awake due to a low. Of course I went to bed high and I corrected, which made me low, and so here I sit. I want to go to pantry and rage eat. I mean I can and would right now consume 5,000 calories if I could and not gain weight or feel ill in the morning. Of course if I consumed what I want I would…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on November 21, 2014 at 6:30am — 15 Comments

Life Lessons Learned From Being Diseased

First, don't give me any flack about the title. I know many diabetics refuse to be labeled as "diseased". I personally don't care how I am labeled; diseased, conditioned, chronic-ed, mellitused, special, unique, insulin challenged, defective... just don't call me disabled (and don't frickin' pronounce it "diabetus"). I am perfectly able of doing anything any non-diabetic can do, except produce my own insulin. I simply chose this title because I thought it would spike some…


Added by Tamra on November 20, 2014 at 11:12pm — 4 Comments

Extra Reading

JDCA "State of the Cure" Update

Each year the JDCA (Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance) puts together a summary of cure research.  As a JDCA fellow I contributed information to this effort, although I did not help write the report.  In my opinion, it's a excellent document, well worth reading.  It's only about 15 pages long.  In addition to scientific information on a cure, it also includes information on money: how it's raised, who spends how much,…


Added by joshualevy on November 20, 2014 at 6:40pm — 2 Comments

Every mouth has a tail to tell

6.11 am here in the SHIRE waiting for the Sun to appear had a restless night due to teeth extractions and following infection but antibiotics running there course do nothing for the pain the aching wanting to bang your head on the wall for some relief Jimbob has kept me company most of the night angel finally dropped of to sleep so keeping out of the bedroom so she can sleep even Angels need to rest,Brian has taken over the looking after me Brieni would but she has trouble getting up the…


Added by twiddlemthumbs on November 20, 2014 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Cataract Surgery

I had cataract surgery on my right eye last Thursday. My doctor had been telling me for 10 years that I had cataracts but they were not bad enough to operate. Well my time was up and now I wish I had done it sooner! My vision in my right eye is so much clearer it is like night and day compared to my left eye (surgery in January for that one). Now when I close my right eye and look through the left, it is like looking through a 1972 headlight that is clouded over. I can't wait for 2 good eyes…


Added by Stress on November 19, 2014 at 5:40am — 3 Comments



Our son Carter was diagnosed with T1D on July 21,2012 just three days shy of his fourth birthday! Although challenging at times, we have refused to let this disease define him, his life or our lives! He has faced it with more courage and grace than anyone I know! His understanding of the disease is…


Added by TheDiabetesHero on November 18, 2014 at 5:59pm — No Comments

What does your diabetes look like?

What does your diabetes look like?

That was the question asked by Emily Coles on October 22, 2014. It was asked in relation to the Betes presentation which occurred the following week. Of course we have had Betes on a few times for special presentations and we are fortunate to have Marina as one of our more active members. You can check in on her page at this page:…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on November 18, 2014 at 3:30am — 5 Comments

Happy Birthday Cooper. 7 already?

I remember laying in a hospital bed seven years ago today waiting to meet my little man. I can't believe he is seven already it sounds so old. He told me that he will pretend to be six so I won't be sad he's growing up. Cooper sat up early, walked early, talked early,he did everything early. Thinking back on all of these milestones I can't help but to think that God was preparing us for what was to come. Having a child with diabetes has taught our family so much and it's turned Cooper into a…


Added by Kate on November 17, 2014 at 4:28pm — 2 Comments

Which is better?

Having this discussion with some1 lately and would love to hear some other D's opinions.

Is it better to get diagnosed so young that you don't know any different?
Or is it better to get diagnosed at 13, 20, 30, 40 ect so you got to live that many days without sticking a needle in yourself several times a day and counting every carb you eat but where the learning curve is greater.

Obvs its not gr8 having it either way but just wondered what you thought is better/worse?

Added by FionaT1 on November 17, 2014 at 4:45am — 24 Comments

Clinical Trials and swag

I reported a year ago I had been accepted to participate in the ACT1VE clinical trial of a replacement C peptide hormone as a potential treatment for peripheral diabetic neuropathy. Every Monday morning for a year I injected myself with 0.3 ml of drug. Since I do not have any symptoms or pain from diabetic neuropathy, I still have no idea whether or not I got the drug or placebo. But I finished the trial a couple of weeks ago and will find out once all the data has been tabulated. There were…


Added by Clare on November 16, 2014 at 11:24am — 2 Comments

Artificial Pancreas Update (Nov 2014)

This is a quick update on several artificial pancreas (AP) projects.  The term "artificial pancreas" refers to using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) to feed data to a computer, which controls an insulin pump, and in some models, a glucagon pump as well.  Artificial pancreas refers to using existing technology in all these areas, but connecting them together so that a person does not need to worry about counting carbs or blood glucose levels.  It is all done…


Added by joshualevy on November 15, 2014 at 1:07pm — 2 Comments

Ketones: the good, the bad, the… misunderstood

This is going to be a long blog post… but I woke up today feeling like I had to write it because I see so many people not understand the subject. And it’s important for people with diabetes — and parents of children with type 1 diabetes especially — to know what’s going on when ketones are present.

I see a lot of parents saying that high blood sugars and ketones go hand in hand, and that if you let your child’s blood sugar get…


Added by Elizabeth on November 15, 2014 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

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