I received a call today informing me that my HMO (Harvard Pilgrim Health Care) has decided to discontinue coverage of the CGMS. I am so sad. My A1c at the start of my CGMS use was 7.4%. Within 90 days of CGMS use, I dropped to a 6.7%. I am so sad that they will not cover it anymore as I cannot afford to be on it without their assistance. At $30 per sensor I will be paying just under $90 per week to continue using this. I cannot keep the sensor on the 6-7 days that some users are able to due to… Continue
Added by itsnotabeeper on March 27, 2008 at 5:00pm —
With school I belong to a mentor program. I emailed him last week and informed him about what is going on with me and the issues surrounding diabetes and school right now. He asked me to think on a question in preparation for this week's meeting. What do I need to do to feel like I am doing what needs to be done for me. This is a question that everyone could benefit from answering. To many people, focus on loved ones and helping them and ignoring what you need to do for you. If there is anyone… Continue
Added by Cody Turner on March 27, 2008 at 9:35am —
I'm trying to lose weight.... On Feb. 12th, when I saw my Endo, I weighed at 148... Now I weight 140 pounds.... I have been walking on my treadmill about 30 min because my legs, feet and ankles hurt.... Well I got my new diabetic walking/tennis shoes, I can walk on my treadmill for a hour and my feet,ankles and legs don't hurt... WOW! What a difference shoes makes....... My goal is to weigh 115 pounds by July.... My plan is to walk on treadmill for a hour 6 days a week...... been doing 25… Continue
Added by Shawna Staats on March 27, 2008 at 7:37am —
Prior to the discovery of insulin there were several treatments for diabetes. Those treatments included bleeding, opium, starvation, exercise and diets. A diet low in carbs and high in fat and protein was sometimes used. Without the availability of insulin these treatments extended the lives of diabetics by approximately one year.
Insulin was discovered in 1921 and became available to the general public in 1923. The first insulin was taken from pigs and cows by a… Continue
Added by Richard157 on March 27, 2008 at 7:30am —
I almost forgot, on Friday the 14th of March I went to see my Ophthalmologist, Dr. Michele Gajus. She's a lovely lady.
She told me I have cataracts which don't need to be operated on quite yet and the signs of Macular Degeneration (which I already knew) . She told me to keep an eye on it and if I notice it getting worse I have to go see her immediately.
And that's about it for that.
Added by Loren on March 27, 2008 at 3:31am —
Today, Thursday 27th March, I attended week 4 of the DIP program.
First thing we did was weigh in. To my shock, horror, I lost 2.5 kilo!!
I couldn't believe it, especially after the Easter holidays!
Wendy, the dietitian, was very pleased and so was I !!
I have had to fiddle with my insulin the past couple of weeks because I am constantly getting lows during the day and most days I have to skip the before lunch Novorapid.
I think I may have figured it out now… Continue
Added by Loren on March 27, 2008 at 3:29am —
Thursday, 20th March was Week 3 of the DIP Program.
I was very upset because I couldn't attend that day! I had been so good all week I was looking forward to weighing in and learn more about Carbs & low GI foods, which was the subject for week 3.
The reason I had to stay home was that the night before my freezer died. I thought it was going to catch fire, there was a loud noise and then the house started to fill with smelly smoke. I pulled it away from the wall and… Continue
Added by Loren on March 27, 2008 at 3:25am —
Christopher Lawton, a writer for The Wall Street Journal has asked for help from our members. He is currently working on a story that takes a look at electronic medical records and why they have been slow to catch on. If anyone is interested in speaking with him, and if you have any stories where your medical care was hampered in any way, because your doctor didn’t have an electronic medical record or you didn’t have electronic access to your medical records, please contact… Continue
Added by TuDiabetes Administration on March 26, 2008 at 10:00pm —
Has it been a month already? My 722 has quickly become a part of me. I hardly notice that it is there at all and I can't believe that I was pushing shots 4-6 times a day. What I don't understand is why I waited for so long to move to the pump. There was a huge mental block in making the move. Even with a mother who is a CDE and providing a steady stream of info about the pump for several years, I resisted. I guess it's like being a preachers kid... never wanting to listen to what you know is… Continue
Added by Shawn-ATL on March 26, 2008 at 7:04pm —
Not that it should surprise too many people. Most of us grow up with the identity equation,
I grew up in a two-family house with four generations of females cooking and baking, and countless arguments any time my dad - trained to cook by his (by then long-dead) professional-chef father - took over Mom's kitchen to cook châteaubriand or beef stew or the best hash this side of... ever...
Then there was the… Continue
Added by tmana on March 26, 2008 at 6:00pm —
For the past week, we have seen Olivia's blood sugar rise little by little. Yesterday she was in the 200s all day and all night. Pittsburgh Children's Hospital contacted us back today and told us to increase her Levemir (long acting) insulin both in the morning and at bedtime. We send PCH her readings every week. Our diabetic educator stated that Olivia might be coming out of the honeymoon period. We probably won't know for sure until her blood work in May, but I wondering if it is true. Has… Continue
Added by Ronda Darling on March 26, 2008 at 3:30pm —
One day several years ago, I calculated how many insulin shots I had taken in my life so far. That was back in 2005 when I was bored, I remember the night I did it.
I came across my calculations recently because I've been trying to organize twenty (yes twenty) years of paper work. I won't get into why I'm sorting it all out but I do sure hope that my effort in this isn't all in vain.
Anyway, I came across a notebook that I used to record my thoughts in. I was surprised to… Continue
Added by Barbara M on March 26, 2008 at 12:40pm —
first of all my name is Jennifer and im 27yrs.old. got diagnosed with diabetes last yr. and I was pretty sick as my sugar level was at 500 when I was diagnosed.since then I have gotten it way down. it usually stays 115to 150 before meals. trying to get that lower though.
Added by Jennifer on March 26, 2008 at 7:32am —
I don't know how else to explain my frustration right now. Frustrated doesn't quite do it justice, and I don't want to beat myself up by calling myself too many names. My initial reaction is that I want to place the blame on my husband or my three year old, but I know that's not right, the blame lies with me. So I guess dumbfounded is appropriate.
So last Wednesday my cgm sensor went out, and I was unable to fool it for another week's worth, like I usually can. I set the sensor,… Continue
Added by Toni Crebbin on March 25, 2008 at 8:35pm —
Our most recent glucoholic.com
review takes us to the secret dark side of The Glucoholic - the negative side. Hansen's Diet Tangerine Green Tea Soda
is simply not good. We have to say it, since knowing what not to buy is just as important as knowing what to buy. All in all, this one is on par with the… Continue
Added by Glucoholic on March 25, 2008 at 8:33pm —
My aunt's granddaughter (my second cousin) also has type 1. She is eleven years old and has had trouble within her school. My daughter will be going to a different school in a couple of years (Olivia just turned 3), but both schools are within the same school district. I was horrified to learn about how her school was treating her. Not allowing unlimited trips to the bathroom, no access to water, no snacks, no one willing to administer glucagon if the school nurse is not there (school nurse is… Continue
Added by Ronda Darling on March 25, 2008 at 7:57pm —
Well, I think this past month ,with overall good numbers, has ended. Yes- we have hit a wall. Olivia has been running high the last few days. Last night we checked her and she was 136 at midnight, but this morning she was 222. Why would this be happening? The last few days she has started her day in the mid 200s. That sucks! We have contacted the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to see what the adjustment would be and we have not received a call back yet. Why is it that I was given an email to… Continue
Added by Ronda Darling on March 25, 2008 at 7:30pm —
I've been a type 1 diabetic for just about 5 years now. I've been married to the best husband ever for almost 8 years, and have a beautiful daughter who's almost 7.
Of course I never dreamed I'd get diabetes at 21! When I was first diagnosed, I got my A1C down to six something and did everything the doctor told me: measured all my food, did everything at the same time, and took really good care of it. Well, fast forward 5 years to a 8.6, and here I am! A couple years after I was diagnosed,… Continue
Added by amy on March 25, 2008 at 2:51pm —
For almost 5 years, I've been trying to get my A1c under 7. It finally happened! I must say that this is in large part due to ideas and support from this community!!! So THANK YOU!!!!
I can say that the single biggest change that I made was bolusing 20-30 minutes before eating. Fast-acting insulin is not immediate acting insulin! ;)
Added by Kristin on March 25, 2008 at 10:19am —
cortisone & diabetes
Over twenty years ago my brother Eric had received a cortisone shot from his doctor, as a means to fight poison ivy. Shortly afterwards he had lost a lot of weight,
and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Eric was the first, in my families history to have been diagnosed with this disease. This has had a great impact on his life. He now has to prick his finger to draw blood at least three times a day, in order to test his blood sugars. He also has to inject… Continue
Added by ali cat on March 25, 2008 at 8:12am —