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Is Lucentis safe???????

Does anyone know why Lucentis is on the medical dangerous drug list?

one of the side effect :

Luncentia- causes strokes and heart complication

Added by missrobbie on February 8, 2015 at 7:59pm — 2 Comments

HPV Vaccination and Type-1 Diabetes

There are 14+ studies showing that vaccines do not increase the chance of getting type-1 diabetes, and I've posted that list in the past. However, most of those studies were done before HPV vaccines were developed, so this posting focuses on HPV vaccines.

This posting covers the two HPV vaccines in common use in the US: Cervarix (made by GlaxoSmithKline) and Gardasil (made by Merck).  A vast amount of background information on HPV and these vaccines is available on…


Added by joshualevy on February 8, 2015 at 9:12am — 1 Comment



Sometimes you meet the coolest people in the Diabetic Online Community. I recently met Jenn and we stuck up a fun conversation. Jenn blogs at: and I hope you drop by her site and look in on her musings. The blog is not overblown and perhaps best of all she maintains a wonderful list of other…


Added by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on February 6, 2015 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

How Many Doctors Does it Take to Fix a Toe?

For those of you who would like to know how I injured my toe, you can read my previous post, The Most Evil Roller-coaster Ever. This post is about my doctor visit today to find out exactly how bad I actually injured my poor toe. This all started on Sunday. Yesterday (Wednesday) I decided I better see a doctor since it is becoming more and more difficult and painful to walk.

I'm glad I called and made a next-day appointment instead of opting to go as a walk-in. When we arrived at the…


Added by Tamra on February 5, 2015 at 9:05pm — 7 Comments

Another clean bill of health

I saw my D doctor recently and my health is still good.No Complications after living with "D" for 38 years.I have been on the pump since 2008.

Added by Dee Meloche on February 4, 2015 at 8:39am — 4 Comments

#Nightscout | Harboring Autonomy #WeAreNotWaiting #CGMintheCloud

My number one reservation about starting Nightscout was the size and weight of the rig. It's a definite price to pay. It's not ideal, but Caleb's been able to manage, and the benefits are currently worth the price.

My next concern was taking a step backward in the progress we had made in Caleb's…


Added by Lorraine on February 4, 2015 at 6:58am — 11 Comments

Can Keith Urban Teach Me to Play Guitar?

Can Keith Urban Teach Me to Play Guitar?

I have the coordination of a cow and the finesse of a bull on steroids. Here is the thing, I have always wanted to play guitar. I am in love with the idea of me playing a guitar. So I told my son this and he laughed and said I need to put my effort into something more suited to my personal style. But then I turned on the TV this morning and…


Added by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on February 3, 2015 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

The Most Evil Roller-coaster Ever

There is a vicious cycle many, if not all, diabetics have gotten stuck in probably many times throughout their diabetic life. This horrible cycle is commonly called the blood sugar roller-coaster. It is evil, frustrating, bad for both immediate and long term health, and potentially deadly.

What is the blood sugar roller-coaster? That is when a diabetics blood sugar continually rises and drops and, for a number of reasons depending on the individual, refuses to normalize. It is…


Added by Tamra on February 2, 2015 at 1:37pm — 2 Comments

A TIGHT Squeeze

Last night I was reminded of a behavior that my husband and I instilled in our children. When our children were much, much younger, we had taught them that when mom or dad were talking to another adult, and they needed our attention, to simply come hold our hand. If we did not respond with a squeeze, they should squeeze our hand until we squeezed back. That squeeze meant that we knew they needed us, and we would interrupt our conversation shortly to attend their needs. It was a great way for…


Added by Stoner on February 1, 2015 at 12:07pm — 5 Comments

Don't let the fear of the highs and lows, keep you from trying.

In the end of the day, you have a choice.. You have to choose what is important and what is worth fighting for.. Although I didn't choose diabetes, it chose me. There are some things I have chose, but I have to decide what is worth it and what just isn't worth the fight. My health is my top priority and keeping my diabetes in control is something I will continue to fight for. I remember a quote I lived by during my softball years, "Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the…


Added by Mekenzie D on January 31, 2015 at 8:48pm — 2 Comments

The Wall

Have you hit a wall? Is there someone thinking or telling you there is no wall, “it’s all in your head,” “you can beat it,”etc., etc.?

There’s a wall. Maybe you haven’t hit it. Maybe, you’ve found a way through it, around it, or over it. But it’s there. The old saying “what doesn’t kill you just makes you stronger,” leaves out an important point: eventually something kill us. All of us. On that journey, we often have obstacles to overcome; everyone has something. As diabetics often…


Added by Diabetic Dad on January 31, 2015 at 5:54pm — 3 Comments

It has been one year

It has been one year

On January 28, 2015 many of us marked the one year anniversary of the passing of our beloved friend JRTPUP (Barbara). Much has happened in that year and as difficult as it is to remember, I am drawn to write this blog so our broader community will know of Barbara’s contributions but also so we might take a collective breath and…


Added by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on January 30, 2015 at 2:00pm — 17 Comments

Shooting Lasers

*The following is a recounting from memory. Certain details may be inaccurate due to faulty memory or misunderstanding of medical lingo, etc.*

Several months ago I had lens replacement surgery for a cataract that had already existed but was burst into growth due to several eye surgeries for diabetic retinopathy. As a complication after this lens replacement the artificial lens became encapsulated (developed scar tissue). Today I went in to have laser surgery to relieve my…


Added by Tamra on January 28, 2015 at 6:32pm — 4 Comments

Short and Sweet

New A1c today, 5.9. Under 6 for eight years.
T2 for 21 years, no complications.


Added by Lloyd on January 28, 2015 at 12:51pm — 7 Comments

Who Do You See When We Go To The Doctor

Who Do You See When We Go To The Doctor

Wow, I am so darn busy all of a sudden. Does anyone else get this creep effect? It seems like January is the new December for health care in the US or maybe it is just me. As a manager of a health plan I always counted on two things. First plan costs would escalate to almost twice the monthly average in December and…


Added by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on January 28, 2015 at 3:30am — 10 Comments

David Allen Russu

David Allen Russu was my father. He was also a type 1 diabetic, pastor, teacher, lifeguard, realtor, and so much more. He was a downright superhero. He managed to have a successful marriage that never lost it's love but only managed to grow stronger over time. At the same time he raised seven children, taught full time, pastored a church, and was involved in many other activities and family functions. He spent his life giving to others. I don't recall him ever being disliked by…


Added by Tamra on January 26, 2015 at 7:14pm — 6 Comments

Moving my blog posts

Because of the upcoming changes to TuDiabetes, I have moved my blog posts to my blog at

See you there!

Added by Emmy on January 26, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Good News!

So I'm kinda bad at keeping up with this! (sigh) life just gets in the way sometimes. Anyways, good news...I FINALLY got a dexcom cgm!!!!! yay! :)

I was talking to my CDE about how I have a lot of trouble with affording a cgm and one of her other patients had a receiver/transmitter and a box of sensors that she was willing to give to me! :) I have had "Dexie" as my daughter calls her..(receiver is pink (bonus!!) :) for about a week now. I really really really love it! I had a little…


Added by Shayla on January 25, 2015 at 9:14pm — 2 Comments

Nexplanon and Type 1 Diabetes

Hi I was just curious if this had happened to anyone!So two weeks ago I got the nexplanon birth control in my arm, ever since then my blood sugars have been out of control. Like 300-400. I will go to bed at 190 and when I wake up it's in the 300. Or I will be high before bed like 250 and I'll correct the dose and wake up higher! I'm really thinkin it's the nexplanon and was wonderig if anyone experienced the as well.

My doctor just had me check more and change my basal, but I am out…


Added by tori112392 on January 25, 2015 at 5:07pm — 1 Comment

"Dear Abby" and Diabetes Etiquette

A writer to "Dear Abby" is squeamish and uncomfortable when a co-worker with diabetes tests their blood glucose.

I'm squeamish and uncomfortable going to the bathroom to test and inject insulin so that innocent bystanders in public won't feel squeamish and uncomfortable.

Diabetes etiquette should be a…


Added by Tom Goffe on January 25, 2015 at 4:06pm — 7 Comments

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