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Meter Review -- Contents and Set-Up

With all of the monitors in-hand and unpacked, it was time to inventory the included accessories and start setting up the meters for their initial tests. Most name-brand meters come packaged with cases, lancet devices, and starter-sets of strips, lancets, and control solution. There are occasional surprises -- Therasense's packaging of the original Freestyle and Freestyle Flash did not include any starter strips -- but for the most part, these are a "given". When we start to examine…


Added by tmana on August 13, 2008 at 11:51pm — 1 Comment

Reaching Out

So I found this site from the JDRF site, and I have been overwhelmed with support from people. It is so amazing how kind and understanding people are when they know what you're going through and how you feel. So thank you to everyone! Sometimes I really feel like no one gets it, like I'm totally alone. Now I know I'm not.

I've also started volunteering for JDRF here in Florida. Honestly, Nick Jonas inspired me to help out. His new song A little Bit Longer is so amazing and really describes… Continue

Added by Caitlin on August 13, 2008 at 12:51pm — 2 Comments

Quite interesting...

It seems like I'm doing better or at least less bad on days when I'm just at home and can eat a little every now and then instead of having to just eat on breaks. And it's also easier to keep carbohydrates to a lower level at home than at work. Today I haven't felt too bad. Just very sleepy in the late morning after breakfast so I slept for a couple of hours. And the usual with going to the loo more often and drinking more than what's normal for me. But at least I haven't been to the bathroom 8… Continue

Added by Jennie on August 13, 2008 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

Leadville 100 Mountain Bike race!

Well I raced a 100 miles last Saturday aug, 9 at Leadville CO. I did pretty well, 32nd place and 8hr 6 min..

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Added by Jarral Ryter on August 13, 2008 at 7:44am — No Comments

Are Amylin's Days Really Numbered?

This isn't exactly new news, but back in June, the Indianapolis Star reported that corporate raider Carl Icahn had acquired a $200 million stake in Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the San Diego-based biotechnology company perhaps best known for its stake in the blockbuster type 2 diabetes drug Byetta. Amylin is also responsible for the company's namesake drug sold under the brand-name Symlin, which is less a drug and more a biosynthtic analogue of the… Continue

Added by Scott Strumello on August 13, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

Still no answers really...

Just got back from having the tests done. They took 4 of those glass vials. As I already knew it would, the fasting test was pretty inconclusive at 5.0mmol/l (90) even though that's the highest I've had as far as I can remember. I'm usually below 4.5mmol/l (81) in the morning both when tested at a clinic and when I have tested at home. But in the mornings I do feel quite fine. It's after meals I feel like s***, and it's then they should test! I even told the nurse who took the tests that they… Continue

Added by Jennie on August 13, 2008 at 1:08am — 1 Comment

Decided cardiologist is an idiot.

Ok so a week after my cardiologist took me off of one of the medications, my regular doctor put me back on it and upped it as I was still having heart issues. All was well for a few weeks, over the weekend my heart started racing again so on Mon after i started to get short of breathe, I called Dr. A and let them know. He took me from 100 mgs of Toprol XL a day to 200 mgs. Toprol is a 24 hour acting beta blocker so even 50 mgs is a hefty dose. All was well Mon and my heart rate dropped. He… Continue

Added by Cody Turner on August 13, 2008 at 12:19am — 3 Comments

Sugar Free Dove Rich Dark Chocolates With Chocolate Creme

One word - delicious. Check out our most recent review of Sugar Free Dove Rich Dark Chocolates With Chocolate Creme. Thanks to for the idea. They mostly review the dangerous kind of candy, but periodically pick a gem like Sugar Free Dove Rich Dark Chocolates With Raspberry Creme.

Added by Glucoholic on August 12, 2008 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Meter Review - First Impressions

Judging the Books By Their Covers

Having received all six meters I'm planning to look at, and their supplies, it's time to start looking at them a bit more seriously. Beyond questions of accuracy, compatibility, and cost of supplies; beyond on-device features, software compatibility, and physician preferences -- there is the issue of size. Let's face it, most of us are much more likely to travel with small, lightweight devices in compact cases, than with large ones. On the other…


Added by tmana on August 12, 2008 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Dreaded DKA

Just got back from an almost 12 hour stay at the E.R. After 11 years with d I finally fought DKA. Nothing to be proud of, don't think I'm bragging. Because, oh goodness, I don't ever want to go through that again. No fun. Two IV bags, Catscan, Ultrasound, Blood gas...All non-fun stuff. So I went in there for a high level and ketones. And came out with an ovarian cyst (nothing serious...thank goodness!). was not my day. I have no pain or anything like that. Which is fantastic!… Continue

Added by sugarrbabie on August 12, 2008 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Can you believe it....

I managed to work even though I went to the restroom every 30 minutes all afternoon! Between 11.30am and 4pm I went to the restroom 8 times! :O About 15 minutes after I got back from my lunch break, I just felt how my mouth went all dry and my face became quite red and I felt very warm, my mind got cloudy and I just wanted to sleep. Not the most plesant of feelings I dare say! I was probably pretty high there for a while

:( Still feels like I'm not down to where it's supposed to be.… Continue

Added by Jennie on August 12, 2008 at 9:02am — 3 Comments

Scared and lost

I feel a flood of emotion in regards to this. I was told by an ER doctor I was type2 diabetic when I was 19. I am close to my 24th birthday now and it's hit me. It took that long b/c I have been in denile this whole time. I just got married 3 weeks ago to the guy that held my hand that night and told me everything would be ok. It hit me I want to bare his children and at this ponit in my life I can't. My last hgbAic was 11. Im scared and have no idea were to start. I think I gave up before… Continue

Added by Claudia =) on August 12, 2008 at 12:42am — 3 Comments

Diabetes Letter

After reading someone else's Diabetes letter i decided to write one of my own. it was 2 pages long and it was a struggle to write. it made me emotional and i had to think of everything i've been through in the past 12 years with diabetes. by the end of the letter my mood changed and i realised that i can do this. i can continue to do this and to be happy. After all of this time and with the help of the letter i just wrote i have come to realise that its okay...its really okay..........and to me… Continue

Added by Michelle Powley on August 11, 2008 at 9:16pm — 1 Comment


Just updating my saga.

I called my son to talk and he told me that he had been pushed by another foster kid. He missed a step and fell. He broke his collar bone. the therapy apointment set for today did not happen because the caseworker did not give the foster parent my son's medicaid number. Grr! My son tells me he is in pain. The fosterparent is not allowed to give motrin/anything unless it is prescribed. My son was supposed to see his counselor this morning at 9:00.... (is what the… Continue

Added by MeadowLark on August 11, 2008 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Privately Eroding Privacy by Public Decree

The structural and ethical issues that conflict electronic health records with patient privacy are nothing new. I’ve written previously about my concerns regarding Microsoft Health Vault and Google Health; other members of this community have about electronic health…


Added by tmana on August 11, 2008 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

So low

This morning I had my lowest low ever- 28. I woke up hungry, but fine, slightly later than usual, about 30 mins. Got out of the shower, tested at 98, decided to grab breakfast on my way to work b/c i was running late. Made a lunch quickly and suddenly felt like there were light blobs in the room. I was feeling weak, so I sat on the couch and tested. 28! Jebus. 45g worth of juice, a sweat outline on the pillow and 15 minutes later, I was 70. Acceptable. Changed out of my sweat drenched clothes,… Continue

Added by Jackie on August 11, 2008 at 9:00am — 4 Comments


Just got back from my appointment. And what a friggin waste of time! The doctor started naggin on me about my weight, as if i don't know about it already since about 15 years back! And just kept talking about type 2 all the time when i firmly told him i've ONLY had high readings for the past month and I'm feeling worse even though I've cut down on carbohydrates quite a bit, along with the fact that I had a virus infection and an ear infection at the same time earlier this year and had 2… Continue

Added by Jennie on August 11, 2008 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Today is the day!

Going to see the doctor in just about 4 hours! Hope I'll get some answers today.

If I'm diagnosed, then fine. I won't cry! I've done so much reading before, so it probably won't be too much of a shock. Needles doesn't bother me at all so I'd definitely not have a problem with sticking myself. Already done fingerpricks myself for bit more than 4 years. I learned it in my 3rd year of high school during an intensive course in animal nursing. We were going to learn how to use a glucose… Continue

Added by Jennie on August 11, 2008 at 1:08am — 3 Comments


Well last Thursday night was PUMPYS FIRST CONCERT we went to see American Idol.All the Idols were AMAZING!! It seemed like there were Angels all around me that night. That was the night before my planter faciltis foot surgery. But thats another blog in story. Well went totally Crazy that night my loudest screams were when David cook came out to sing. The time of my life was my all time favorite.And i felt like my grandma was looking down on me because as i looked up there were purple lights in… Continue

Added by diabeticidol 94 on August 10, 2008 at 4:37pm — 1 Comment

So tired!

So totally knackered from this weekend! Yesterday I drove 350km, which takes about 3.5 hours at highway speed. Only got to rest for a very short time and then I had to pack everything I was going to bring, and put it in the trailer we had rented. Finished at 9.30pm last night, went to sleep around 11pm and up at 4.30am this morning, and travel 350km again. But this time dad was driving most of the way, i only drive the last 100km. And then it was time to unload the trailer, carry everything to… Continue

Added by Jennie on August 10, 2008 at 7:47am — No Comments

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