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About me...

I have a 14 yo DD dxd 9-8-03. We are nearing the 5 year anniversary. I thought things would get easier, but they only get harder. Teenagers are hard to raise, teenagers with D are even harder. Everyday is a challenge. Right now we are trying to get her a cgms. We were DENIED. After Monday's incident, see pic in photo contest, I think they will overturn the decision. I am crossing my fingers that the EMS report and ER report will speed them up. I also have a son (12) and another daughter (9). D… Continue

Added by Jane on August 14, 2008 at 11:21am — No Comments

To Pump...or to Omnipod??

That is the question!!!!!!

Hey guys,

I just posted a blog entry today over at

talking about the pros and cons of pumping or going wireless!

It was inspired by an email I received from Anna, who is a newly diagnosed juvenile diabetic.

Please go check it out at - we'd all love your comments so she could read them and have other opinions on pumping and the CGM as well. :)

:) Have a great… Continue

Added by Mollie Singer on August 14, 2008 at 10:32am — No Comments

Diabetes Education 101

This is what my non-diabetic friend has learn through an intense diabetes bootcamp (there is no such thing, I made that part up)...

So Tena, what did you learn to do if Leah was to pass out?

Grab Leah's syringe and shoot her up repeatedly! No?......

okay in that case, call 911 and DO NOT give her anything. Await rescue personnel. Yell at them repeatedly to NOT remove your pump. Smack the EMT upside the head until he calls your doctor.

DRINK the…

Added by Leah on August 14, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Generic Insulin in 2008? Don't Bet On It.

Remember Insmed? Well, back in February, I posted a story I called "Meet Mike Coleman", which was coined from a Pharmlot story featuring a YouTube video entitled "Meet Mike, Your Generic Biologics Lobbyist".

Well, this morning's… Continue

Added by Scott Strumello on August 14, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

Getting to be "normal" again

So, it's been two days since I was in the ER. I thank you all for your prayers and support through this scary time. I am doing levels were crazy yesterday, but seem to have "leveled" (no pun intended!) out today. I was waking up on the higher side for about a week. So I upped my night time basal a small amount, and it seemed to work! As far as my body recouperating from tuesday, I am still throwing a small amount of keytones. But I have been flushing them out like crazy. I think I… Continue

Added by sugarrbabie on August 14, 2008 at 6:31am — No Comments

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

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