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Enough Carbs to get me through the day!

I'm terrible!

During the last 6+ months I've learned a lot about the carb content of food. Somedays I eat a few more carbs than I should. Other days, I eat a lot less. I usually try to make "good choices", when it comes to selecting my "carb choices". Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm human, but I don't see myself sitting down to a HUGE milkshake.

I'm terrible because I memorize numbers well. If I've looked at a food's carb content I usually end up knowing it offhand, the next… Continue

Added by Jody on May 4, 2008 at 6:08pm — 1 Comment

A Priceless Mother's Day Gift For a Diabetic Son

Just got word about this from the folks over at DRI:


Novelist Brenda Novak's 4th Annual Online Auction Adds Diabetes Research Institute as Beneficiary

(Sacramento, CA), May 2008 – As the mother of a child with type 1 diabetes, bestselling author Brenda Novak uses the creativity and vision she calls upon regularly as a writer to create the 4th Annual Online Auction to Benefit Diabetes Research. Held each May in honor of Mother's Day, the month-long event can… Continue

Added by Manny Hernandez on May 4, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

I Think It's A Kitchen Now

For those who have been following my annual spiritual journey through spring cleaning (aka my pre-Passover kitchen rants), the Passover stuff finished getting packed up on Monday, and two thirds of it is still awaiting its annual trip back to the store room.

I haven't gotten all of the non-Passover stuff back out of the bins, and I don't think I will. At this point, until some of it is eaten down, I will still have four bins of snacks, tea, etc. neatly stacked under the kitchen… Continue

Added by tmana on May 3, 2008 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Let the DREAM take FLIGHT :)

Hello! fellow Diabetics,friends, family of us the TU COMMUNITY,My title of my blog is Let the dream take flight. Thats the DREAM IS WITH IN OUR REACH. Tonight is the Annual gala May3 2008 at the Poughkeepsie Grand hotel at 6:00pm. There will be Reception and silent Auction and dinner and program, live auction, and fund a cure.That dream came only become a REALITY with $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ lots of it. So if your looking for something to do.Come and support JDRF. And if you cannot keep us in your… Continue

Added by diabeticidol 94 on May 3, 2008 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Potlucks, parties, food

As a teacher there always seems some sort of "gathering" or potluck in the teacher's lounge.

At the school where I had my long term position last year, and where I substitute most frequently now there are always frequent lunchtime gatherings. The teachers and staff stop me in the hall to make sure I'll be in the lounge and let me know I'm welcome to any of the "spread."

Last year, I LOVED taking part in this. I even brought things on my "assigned" days. As a subsitute, I usually… Continue

Added by Jody on May 2, 2008 at 7:39pm — 1 Comment

"Does it hurt?"

When I was brand new to type 1 diabetes so many years ago, the most horrible thing about it was that I had to take shots and that the shots "hurt". Later on when i thought about maybe using an insulin pump, the most horrible thing about it was that I would be attached to this thing all the time.

Today, I was waiting for my lunch to heat in the microwave oven at work. Someone asked me if I took the finger stick blood tests. They asked me if they hurt. From where I am nowadays, a… Continue

Added by Steve R on May 1, 2008 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Mommy, there’s a monster under my bed!

We do not have any history of diabetes in our family; however, my son was diagnosed with it (Type 1) just five years ago at the age of 16. Five years is a long time but, not near enough time to learn or completely understand the disease.

Every day for the rest of his life it will be a challenge for him to stay healthy. Diabetes will be with him forever unless a cure can be found. On top of his daily studies with college classes and the two jobs he has it is a full time job taking… Continue

Added by Suzie AKA Free2BeMe350z on May 1, 2008 at 1:58pm — 3 Comments

OmniPod & saline

I finally received my shipment from OmniPod and had my pump training! As of 2pm PST today, I will have been on the saline-filled "real" pod for a full day. Setting everything up was surprisingly easy, but I can see why people are on saline for a week-- 1) you don't waste insulin, and 2) you don't kill yourself by overdosing on insulin! =P

I have to be honest though, I did NOT know what to expect when I slapped the real thing on the back of my arm. I started getting anxious because I… Continue

Added by faye on May 1, 2008 at 1:27pm — 2 Comments

The New Way to Look at Diabetes.

This new picture im posting is called "Stay in Step". It's a picture of my pump and a drop of blood on my finger. It shows how we can all stay in step with type1 diabetes.

Added by Noah B. on May 1, 2008 at 6:40am — 1 Comment

D and ED (Eating Disorders)

Eating disorders and disordered eating are a greater issue among people with diabetes than we are often willing to discuss. Let's face it -- how can they not be, when our minds have to take the place of organs that mean as much to the body's nutrition processes as do our islet cells?

After years of quiet silence, this issue is finally beginning to come out of the closet. Diabulimia has been addressed on… Continue

Added by tmana on May 1, 2008 at 6:04am — 2 Comments


One question, has anyone else found it basically impossible to get pregnant?

Added by Merietta on April 30, 2008 at 11:49pm — 2 Comments

Recent Depressing Numbers

It amazes me how much of an impact an a1c can have. I was doing really well for a while. Had about a year of improving a1cs, and even got to 6.7, which was my best ever. My most recent one was a lot worse. I was not surprised, and could point to the reasons. But, even knowing the reasons, I still hoped that it would not be that bad.

I went through about 8 months where I was amazing with tracking everything -- measuring out all my food, counting my calories as though it were my raison… Continue

Added by Jonathan on April 30, 2008 at 8:02pm — 2 Comments

Comparing the Dexcom Open Choice with the Dexcom SEVEN

I've posted a comparison video between these two systems on my blog. It's also available on YouTube.

For me, this small change is a big benefit. Follow the link to see Dexcom Open Choice video and commentary.

Added by Bernard on April 30, 2008 at 7:27pm — No Comments

CGMS Flatliner

I was fortunate to have an insurance provider (United) that is pretty liberal toward CGMS. I have been indifferent toward getting started with it, but after my package arrived, my enthusiasm increased. I've seen a lot of posts about fears of the needle associated with the Medtronic CGMS Sof-Sensor, but it honestly hurt no more or no less than my pump needle, or the thousands of BD syringes that I have stuck myself with over the years. At this point, I think I could shoot myself up with one of… Continue

Added by Shawn-ATL on April 30, 2008 at 6:52pm — 3 Comments

Machine Applique

Recently, I've been doing a lot of machine applique. In this technique, you must only focus on the fraction of an inch right in front of your needle, and not worry about what's coming up next or how complicated your applique is. I'm going to get a dental implant on May 20, and I'm terrified. Maybe I need to do some more machine…

Added by Marie B on April 30, 2008 at 11:49am — No Comments

Diabetes Meets Design, Part 2

TuDiabetes member and diabetes blogger Amy Tenderich is calling for entries to the 2nd Annual DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge, "a competition designed to foster innovation in diabetes design and encourage creative new tools that will improve life with diabetes."

Designers out there: pull out your tools and get busy. You have until Monday, May 26st, 2008.

Details… Continue

Added by Manny Hernandez on April 30, 2008 at 9:39am — No Comments

Eye opener

Apparently, I was in a melancholy diabetes mood when I said this to my 7 year old son at dinner the other night:

me: Honey, you know that mom would take away your diabetes and give it to me if I could.

Alex: (expression of disbelief and panic) WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT????? I like my diabetes. I like myself just like I am.

me: Really? Well that's great but I would still take it away if I could.

A couple of silent moments go by........

Alex:… Continue

Added by Beth on April 30, 2008 at 8:48am — 1 Comment

diabetics and beer

diabetic beer drinkers unite!! i have been so good lately... its hard. im off to sydney this weekend to visit my sister. we like to drink. i must be strong. maybe red wine is the answer. thats what jim allison says i should do, so help me ill just take his advice!

Added by Abe on April 30, 2008 at 7:31am — No Comments

Tava Zero Calorie Sparkling Beverage

Pepsi has a brand new product on the market. We let the three flavors of Tava battle it out to see who becomes the latest champion in's "battle of" series. Pepsi's chosen to do a new media marketing campaign for Tava, complete with sample cases to Apple and Google offices. How hip is that? The target market is 35 to 49 year olds, and I would love to hear what any of you who've tried it have to say. Head… Continue

Added by Glucoholic on April 29, 2008 at 8:16pm — No Comments

New Insulin

I am now taking Lantus and Novolog. Lantus is supposed to be a slow release insulin that I take once a day at bedtime. I take 10 units. Novolog is a fast acting insulin. I take it 3 times a day 10 minutes before each meal. I take 7 units of this. I was told that I had to be real careful with the Novolog because it acts so quickly that my sugar will drop fast. The pharmacist said that it peaks 1-3 hours after the dose and will last for 3-5 hours. So, how far do I spread my meals out? Do I still… Continue

Added by Amanda on April 29, 2008 at 3:15pm — 2 Comments

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