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Apple Cider Vinegar

My fasting blood sugar is continuously higher than it should be, ranging from 6.5(117) to 8.5 (153).

I'm on metformin with breakfast and supper, but it doesn't seem to have an effect on my fasting numbers. Probably because I have minimal self-discipline and love a bedtime snack, but even with taking that into account I am generally more insulin resistant in the morning.

So to tackle this problem I decided to try apple cider vinegar. I've used it for the last two nights, mixing…


Added by Megan S on March 24, 2014 at 4:46am — 9 Comments

A letter to Insulet

I wanted to start this with a comment about how incredibly happy I have been with my most recent batch of pods. Since my last pod alarm on 2/22 – 7 pods have all completed 80 hours of service without any hiccoughs which is what I expected when I switched from MDI last year. So that is the good news, now the bad news. While I understand Omnipod wanting to stay as far away as possible from the debacle of the Abbott Freestyle test strip recall there is a groundswell of frustration from your…


Added by Clare on March 23, 2014 at 4:42pm — 1 Comment

Having a lot of stress right now.

I have been having a lot of stress since October 2013. We traded our single-wide mobile home for a double-wide. That means more for me to clean as well as higher expenses. That's what concerns me most. So what do I do, I eat carbs.

I tried Atkins for 3 days, but it actually increased my blood sugar. I was using some of their meal and snack bars. I was eating them as they suggested, not in addition to regular meals. They are suped ot have aout 3 net carbs, but I wondered if the sugar… Continue

Added by Ila on March 23, 2014 at 3:10pm — 5 Comments

Fun Filled Friday

This is from my orginial post that can be found here

This has been brewing for awhile. I have been having constant nausea and vomiting for over a year now. I saw a gastroenterologist but all he did was send me for an EGD and all he said was it was gastritis and told me to take zofran and protonix. That did nothing.

This is the story of the aftermath.

Over the months after seeing him i kept…


Added by Josh T. on March 22, 2014 at 11:05am — 4 Comments

Blasts from the Past

"My Diabetes Brain really takes delight in embarassing me on doctor's appointments, like the time I went so low sitting in his office that my whole time was spent trying to stabilize my blood sugar, depriving me of the chance to talk about an infection that was developing. The nurse came up with some chocolate chip cookies, and I drove home high."



Added by Trudy on March 21, 2014 at 4:40pm — 10 Comments

T2 Friend - Defender of the T1!

Same party as last post, someone did the whole, "Do you want a coke -- oh wait you can't have coke" routine on me. I open my mouth to respond...

but no! My T2 dives in an lays down some knowledge on the poor soul.

And then handed me some chocolate pie. Without asking if I am physically able to consume it.

I got some awesome friends! :)

Added by mcfc1987 on March 21, 2014 at 9:37am — 2 Comments


well ended up in the hospital wednesday and i am still here. But i have to admit this is one of the best hospitals im nevada they have been amazing to me and are taking great care of me. i oray i go home tomorrow and back with my family where i belong. They are also helping me get insurance asap and giving ne insulin before i leave so im so thankful to them.

Added by Tasha on March 21, 2014 at 2:31am — 4 Comments

And So She Slipped Away…..March 20th, 2010

When I got so depressed that I left TuD and everything, this blog series disappeared. I believe it might still be helpful and supportive of our community values. TuD was with me every step of the way. I could post at 3AM, 3000 miles away from home and find comfort. She died peacefully on 3/20/10. I will repost the diary of her death for a few days....

I went a few steps from living room to kitchen to fix my dinner salad, having stroked her forehead and whispered in her…


Added by Judith in Portland on March 20, 2014 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments


After being on the pump for 2.5 years my doctor decided to take me off the pump. I also have severe gastroparesis which makes my sugars even harder to control but he took me off because I've been in DKA 6 or 7 times in a year and have needed the paramedics once for a low. To dangerous for me to be on the pump. My a1c went up to 9.5. It did go down to 9.1 but I still have a ways to go. I'm excited to try this way of taking care of diabetes again so wish me luck!

I have 2 pumps that… Continue

Added by renka on March 20, 2014 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

Hey everyone! Im a T1 and im looking for advice on how to keep a tight control on my blood sugar. I've been wearing an insulin pump for about 3 months now because having to stop and give myself multi…

Hey everyone! Im a T1 and im looking for advice on how to keep a tight control on my blood sugar. I've been wearing an insulin pump for about 3 months now because having to stop and give myself multiple shots everyday with my busy schedule wasn't working for me. It has definitly made life much easier, but i need to get my A1C down. At night i tend to go high. I've been putting myself on a really strick diet and staying away from carbs like pasta, bread and trying to eat smaller amounts so i…


Added by kelly on March 20, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments


Well, gang, I finally have a pair of shoes! It sure feels weird to be wearing shoes after about 5 years going "au natural"! (Since before the amputation of my left foot/ankle.)

I gotta tell y'all ... they are soooooo huge that I swear I could contract myself out to stomp out forest fires with my feel alone! (LOL) If I could figure out how to attach a picture, I'd show y'all. It is a sight to see!!

California, here I come!!!!!

In the alternative ... anyone want…


Added by Lois on March 20, 2014 at 10:51am — 3 Comments

The Evolution of Loss

The Evolution of Loss


One of the advantages of being a greeter for TUDiabetes is the number of people one comes in contact with. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t get introduced to some interesting people and ideas, as I go from profile to profile greeting and saying happy birthday. It is amazing to see the wonderful diversity of thought, talent and creativity in…


Added by rick phillips on March 20, 2014 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

The Unplanned Basal Test

AKA "You know you are having a good day when……"

I usually have lunch about 11:30 or 12. Well, I got involved with doing my taxes. I wanted to finish. When I did and looked at the clock, it was 2:30.

I tested and I was 94, my target is 95. I won't be needing any tweaks to my late morning early afternoon basal. :)

That is the way it is SUPPOSED to work with a pump.


Added by Lloyd on March 19, 2014 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Product Testing

Product Testing


Yesterday I spent the better part of an afternoon at a research center, testing devices used for the application or a uniquely male oriented drug. I am prevented by a confidentiality agreement from discussing too much of what happened, or the company sponsoring the test. But I think I can relate some of the overall experience. It was a bit…


Added by rick phillips on March 19, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Type 1 Support Group in South Florida

Hey Everybody
I am starting a support group for young adults –ages 18-35 in the Broward /Dade County area of South Florida.
This group will be very informal and we can get together to just to talk about what’s on our minds and just hang out. Please email me on the website if you or someone else you know would be interested.

Added by socaking on March 19, 2014 at 8:03am — No Comments

BG 508! I should have switched infusion set models by now.

I'm a broken record. I need to get off these unreliable Quicksets. Tried out the Silhouettes and they had worked perfectly. Was waiting on the auto-reorder to fill them next month.

While waiting, I had gotten two Quicksets in a row that worked well. Then I got two that didn't. The first had inconsistent pressure and would pass insulin through only after pressure built. The second had a bent cannula that wouldn't pass ANY insulin. The No Delivery alarm only came on after the pressure…


Added by miketosh on March 19, 2014 at 6:53am — 4 Comments

Kitty Update

It's been more than two weeks since Fishtail and Rusty Rose came home with us. In that time, Fishy has been allowed free access to the entire house, has had his sleeping quarters moved from a little bedroom to the laundry room, to the upper level of the house -- or wherever he wants to sleep. He developed a kitty cold, which I had to treat with an antibiotic/antiviral cocktail that I had to give him through an oral syringe (0.6cc/day for 7 days -- ARGH!). He met my brothers, sister-in-law,…


Added by AngelaC on March 18, 2014 at 6:19pm — 3 Comments

so i have been fighting for months to get my insurance and i still dont have it. so i finally got the right number and talked to someone and explained my situation. this lady told me im not the first…

so i have been fighting for months to get my insurance and i still dont have it. so i finally got the right number and talked to someone and explained my situation. this lady told me im not the first person to call and complain and she will let her supervisor know and someone should contact me in 3 to 4 weeks. now im out of insulin im type one i take 4 shots a day on depend on it i cant survive without it and i cant afford it . so does anyone have any advice or help i have never been in this… Continue

Added by Tasha on March 18, 2014 at 4:38pm — 3 Comments

Type-2: The Genetic Reliance

Disclaimer: This contains science related subject matter from various sources, however (despite studying bachelors in biology) I am not a doctor or an expert in this area. The evidence for this has been obtained from reliable sources.

When someone finds out that I'm diabetic, often the first question they ask is: 'Type1 or Type 2?' with my response being type 1. Following this they often attempt to console me with comments like 'oh right so it wasn't your fault' or 'so you inherited…


Added by Dinesh on March 18, 2014 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments

The DCCT and the Biggest Loser a parallel

As hubby and I sit on the couch watching "The Biggest Loser" on the tube, he always says "Oh it's easy to lose weight if your only responsibility for 6 months is to stay at the ranch, exercise with a personal trainer, and eat the food that is provided without having to pay for it or actually work for a living." The truth is he is right. And while I applaud those people who struggle with their weight on the show, I fear for their continued success once they leave the "safety net" of the show.…


Added by Clare on March 18, 2014 at 8:49am — 8 Comments

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