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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

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

Giving a Talk in Palo Alto: Roadmap To A Cure "We're not there yet, but how far away are we?"

If you are interested in hearing me talk about possible cures for type-1 diabetes, here is your chance.
In a sense, this talk is going to be the exact opposite of my usual blog posts, because I'm covering the entire landscape of research aimed a curing type-1 diabetes.  My blogs usually focus on one specific treatment or one small area of research.  But in this talk, I'm hoping to put all of them into context.  I'm…

Added by joshualevy on October 4, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Health Dwellers

Why do I post the posts I post?

Most diabetics dwell a lot on their health. Why wouldn't we? We have to monitor our health so closely...ALL the time! And those of us who have diabetes related complications and/or multiple health issues have all the more reason to be health dwellers.

So it is no surprise that many of us are obsessed with diabetes/ healthy eating/ exercise/ wellness topics, etc. and we post a lot of these things on our Facebooks, Tumblrs, twitters, blogs,…


Added by Tamra on October 4, 2014 at 12:46am — 5 Comments

Our Decision Shots over Pump

I wanted to do this blog to share why we decided to take my son off the pump. A lot of people's reactions were "Why would you ever do that?"I want people to understand that you don't have to be on an insulin pump to have great diabetes management. First of all we loved the Animas Ping insulin pump. It does all the math for you and I could bolus him from another room. It also kept a history log of what his blood sugar was and how many units of insulin he got. It made it so easy for Preschool…


Added by Kate on October 3, 2014 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Diabetic Dreams

When I fall asleep at night I know I am bound to wake up the next morning with the memory of an extremely vivid dream. This is who I am, I have always had the most vivid dreams, and I love it. My dreams feed my imagination, and my imagination feeds my dreams.

The last thing I want to follow me into my dreams, though, is my diabetes. I spend all day with this disease breathing down my neck like an overbearing boss, I don't want to dream about it. The good thing is that I've only had a…


Added by Tamra on October 2, 2014 at 10:13pm — 3 Comments

How much time do u wait before increasing insulin units with lantus?

I have been getting high BG levels since I added carbs. I started with 10 units very little carbs.Seemed to be coming near normal. Added 10 carbs a meal then 30. It's climbing in the 300s. I'm really very confused and feeling a little disgusted. Also on 10x2 d glucotrol. I'm D for 30 years. I'm wondering if the glucotrol stopped working. Should I see better numbers right away or do I just wait. It's one day on new dose. Help

Added by Vikki on October 2, 2014 at 2:04pm — 29 Comments

Gone but for a good reason

Gone but for a good reason

I have decided to stop blogging, greeting new member and celebrating birthdays here on TUDiabetes for a bit. To understand why I hope you will indulge a longer explanation. To understand the whole thing you have to go back to 2005. In that year, I was having chest pain and it turned out that the angina was caused by a…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on October 2, 2014 at 3:30am — 38 Comments

Camp Chinnock

Not long after I was diagnosed with type I diabetes, my parents sent me and my brother, also a type I, to a diabetic camp called Camp Chinnock. I was both excited and worried to go away for two weeks. This camp, I was told, was just for type I diabetics and I could make friends that understood how I was feeling and what I went through every day.

So, the summer of 1988 came and my brother and I went away to camp. The camp was a fun experience. The point was to show young diabetics that…


Added by Tamra on October 1, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments


I have learned to accept you and have tried to be one with you. And I am learning to be thankful for all that you have given me…Strength, courage & an understanding that I could not have realized existed without you. Faith & belief in my family and their unconditional & uncompromising love and support.…


Added by TheDiabetesHero on September 30, 2014 at 2:20pm — No Comments

The 'Art' of Blood Glucose Management.

Reading the blog by edenseffort "Nerves AND Exercise - not a good mix" blog. Sort of inspired me to document this.

As I commented there, I love it when we can nail the ART of blood glucose management.

I had a small victory myself yesterday and an alarming failure this afternoon.

Yesterday before breakfast was time to change my infusion set and sensor. I decided to try an experiment. I tried my thigh last week with the CGM, and that…


Added by brboyer on September 29, 2014 at 4:12pm — 1 Comment

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