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I am no longer pregnant...update in the making

After reading my last post I have decided that it is time to update everyone. It has been a rough couple of weeks, and on my oldest son's 4th birthday I started having horrible pains during his birthday party, and subsequently was rushed to the ER only to find out that I was miscarrying at nearly 5 months. It was awful and scary and I have been having a really tough time processing all of it, but slowly am starting to come out of it and am trying to focus on my beautiful boys and count my… Continue

Added by Rachel Joy on May 22, 2008 at 8:46pm — 8 Comments

May trip to Pittsburgh Children's Hospial

Yesterday my mother-in-law, and I took Olivia to Pittsburgh Children's Hospital for Olivia's three month endocrinology diabetes appointment. Her appointment was at 12:45 and we left our house at 8:30am. We checked in at 12:30 - only fifteen minutes to spare. We live about three hours away, but there was a lot of construction. The trip went well on all counts. We made it through all the traffic of a big city. The parking garage was full, but we were able to park in a near by garage. We had to… Continue

Added by Ronda Darling on May 22, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

New Groups for users of most popular Glucose Meters and Insulin Pumps in TuDiabetes

Hi everyone,

To help you better connect with people who are using the same diabetes gear you have, we've created a host of new groups on for each of the main models of glucose meters and insulin pumps.

Here are the direct links to the new groups:



Bayer:… Continue

Added by Manny Hernandez on May 22, 2008 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

accu-chek aviva

my insurance company just replaced my old accu-chek advantage meter with the accu-chek aviva meter.

first........ the difference in time waiting for the numbers was, WOW, very fast.

second... it takes way less blood.

third...... my numbers were LOWER.

that could explain why i was surprised when my last A1C was 6.5, when i was expecting it to be higher. my numbers were going up, but my A1C hadn't changed. good thing the insurance company offered me the new meter. it was…

Added by debb on May 22, 2008 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Questions about the Cozmo from a new pumper!

So, the rep. from Cozmo came to our house and Kacey is officially pumping, or should I say we are using saline for a week then switching over to insulin! So much more to learn and it seems like a HUGE responsibility for her. When she left to school this morning all I wanted her to do was stay home!! I am hoping that all goes well today, my fingers are crossed. When they inserted the cleo Kacey said it stung, and she was bothered by it for a while, we put ice on it and then soon after she was… Continue

Added by Micky on May 22, 2008 at 5:35am — 2 Comments

mellow wednesday...

So...let's see if I can keep this up for more then one day. Today was the day I get my kids back for a few days before I have the whole weekend to myself. Being a single dad of 3, I kind of enjoy the few days alone. I get to play the guitar and sing a whole song without being interrupted to see if one can have fruit snacks. Of course, the day they go to their moms' I want them back by lunch.

Today was totally lame. I fasted last night so I could get my labs done, but I went to the… Continue

Added by Todd Carey on May 21, 2008 at 11:15pm — No Comments


Emphasis on the "Die".

One of my co-workers down the hall in the ISD (super tech) department didn't know I was diabetic until friday.

I actually found our whole coversation humerous because I was in a laid back mood.

His name is Davis and we joke around alot. I'm always picking on him because he likes Sponge Bob.

Here are some actual quotes from our convo:

"I didn't know you were diabetic. Wow. The things we take for granted"(picture his dumb founded pity look… Continue

Added by Autumn on May 21, 2008 at 10:20pm — 3 Comments

HIPAA, Hippocrates, or Hypocrisy?

France 24 discusses the latest Google venture into additional online services under the item, Google Health takes on HealthVault. The service, and the issues, both merit a careful look.

Among the issues associated with Internet-accessible health records and publicly-stored health records, security and privacy are the most widely discussed reasons to shun Google's… Continue

Added by tmana on May 21, 2008 at 8:59pm — 5 Comments

Here goes nothing

I've been sort of in and out of this community over the past year, but I've been aching for somewhere to talk about diabetes-related stuff, so maybe it's a good idea for me to start blogging here.

I've worked in the video game development industry for about four years now, an industry famous for its long hours and crazy work cycles. It puts a lot of stress on the body and mind, and naturally has a major effect on my diabetes control and treatment.

Along with the silly… Continue

Added by Gabe on May 21, 2008 at 8:09pm — 3 Comments

2008 & The Dissertation Continues...

I'm still working on my dissertation, still working full-time and still struggling with the diabetes thing with my daughter.

Yesterday we had her A1C come back at 13.4. In shock and rather annoyed...since she'd promised to take care of herself while I am SO busy. We had a "tete to tete."

I've been reading and reading here and made some little changes.

1) We sat down last night made of list of what to think about: her behavior, what I can do to help, and… Continue

Added by Lisa Marie on May 21, 2008 at 4:48pm — 4 Comments

Sobering Numbers

According to WRAL in Raleigh, NC almost ten percent of North Carolina residents have diabetes.

Added by Glucoholic on May 21, 2008 at 4:26pm — No Comments

...Yay. A1C, pump and diabetes camp!

Today was kinda crappy BG-wise... They always go a bit wonky right before clinic, I think it's nerves. (I hate hospitals!) I ended up low (50-60) for a whole hour, in which I kept eating and my sugar wouldn't come up. But I got my A1C, and that was 7.4. Everything else was pretty good.

I found out also that I am going to get a pump in the summer break! YAY! It will be probably Medtronic, or it might be a Roche one. I like the Medtronic one better though, so that's probably what I'll… Continue

Added by emma on May 21, 2008 at 1:46pm — 5 Comments

Medical bracelet

Anyone know where I could order a medical diabetes bracelet. Something cool......sterling silver. They are all so if you know of anything cool could you please send me the info.

Added by Angela on May 21, 2008 at 1:32pm — 5 Comments

The ever-shifting definition of success...

It's 3 am, and once again I am up monitoring Richard O's blood sugar. We did well during the day today -- his numbers were much closer to target. However, we're still having problems with the infusion sites. I had to change his sites not once, but twice over the past 24 hours, which has been frustrating to me -- his numbers were climbing, and not responding to corrections through the pump. I had to wake up a rather grumpy Hubby after midnight tonight to give me a hand with the site change, and… Continue

Added by Katie B on May 21, 2008 at 8:44am — 1 Comment

Hypos alone


SInce the endo has chaged me from levemir to lanutus my body seems to have done a 180. I have gone from looking through vaseline eyes and major fatigue due to sugars in the 600's to this dropping off into the 40's at 12am, and 3am....alone. Very scary indeed....and what really p***es me off is that I am eating lucky charms and s*** food to try and bring it back up so I don't pass out. The glucose tabs just don't cut it and persoanlly I think they taste like chalk. I am gaining… Continue

Added by Angela on May 21, 2008 at 7:27am — 8 Comments

Hypothermic <i>Again</i> -- Seriously

I think waking up into a cold night, not wanting to leave the warm covers for a trip to the bathroom, is a pretty normal experience. I don't think shivering under layers of warm blankets is -- unless one is running a significant fever.

Getting out of the blankets and having the shivering degrade into convulsions is definitely not normal. Shivering, feeling unable to write or test, gulping for air -- even cold air -- trying to regain control of one's movements... scary. Blood… Continue

Added by tmana on May 21, 2008 at 6:54am — 1 Comment

Retinal Screening

Went for my first retinal screen yesterday. It was pretty weird. As with most of my other diabetes related appointments, I was the youngest and most mobile person there. My mum reckons that it's a positive sign that there are so many older people there - shows that it doesn't shorten life, but when I see the state of them all with the complications they've all got it hardly has that effect.

As for the screening itself, there's not many more surreal experiences than having drops put… Continue

Added by Kris on May 21, 2008 at 12:10am — No Comments

Just Tuesday the 20th

So...I am going to try this out. Personal therapy I suppose, don't know much about blogs or who would even read this. It actually reminds me of Doogie Howser a little. Anywho, I am at this point where I know I have to get my sugars under better control. I think I learned real early how to "get by" with Diabetes. It's even possible that along the way, feeling crappy became the norm. When I think about changing my ways, I get overwhelmed, I don't feel like I know what to do, it doesn't seem… Continue

Added by Todd Carey on May 20, 2008 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Going green for our pets

Here's the latest Pet Health Focus Newsletter:

*** Going Green for your Pets ***

Eddie, the spokesdog for Pets for the Environment, has a lot to say about chemicals that affect him. Using fewer chemicals on our lawns and and around the house are great places to start. But Eddie has advice about pet food, flea collars, even water. What do you do to keep your pets free from everyday toxins? Read the article and add your comments:… Continue

Added by Amy on May 20, 2008 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Home Ec Redux -- or, Am I a Kitchen Dinosaur?

One of the positive things about being diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, etc. is that the sodium restrictions eliminated most of the foods normally found in my mother's house (never mind that she was diagnosed with T2 years before me!), giving me social leave to rediscover the "health foods" that were popular in my university living group. Furthermore, in the absence of "multiple-issue" cookbooks, I needed to "roll my own" -- to experiment and find out what would work, and what… Continue

Added by tmana on May 20, 2008 at 7:21pm — 2 Comments

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