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"This tree will take the sugar right out of your blood."

My husband and I went to the Caribbean last month and had a FABULOUS time. We were on a cruise that left from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and went to Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Tortola, and St. Thomas. It was great, but too short! In Antigua, as soon as we got off the ship, taxi drivers were everywhere, trying to get the cruise passengers to hire them for the day to show them around the island. We took a guy… Continue

Added by Katie I. on May 7, 2008 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

from saline to insulin

I gave myself my last injection this morning. Had I remembered, I would have done a little dance...or a funeral procession. Hopefully the OmniPod works for me in the long run, but based on my blood sugar readings from today, I'm hopeful.

I did a pod change over the weekend (saline), and surprisingly, it didn't take me too long. It took about 3 minutes (this was while doing a "demo" for my mom and boyfriend). My squeamish-around-needles boyfriend heard the click of the needle… Continue

Added by faye on May 6, 2008 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

A month can make a difference...

I always heard that is takes 30 days to make a habit stick. I have to agree with this philosophy. On April 1st, I had my A1c done and it was a little high at 7.4%. I have since then made a lot of changes. I have been eating really well, eating quality protiens, low glycemic carbohydrates, as well as plenty of fruits and vegetables. I have also been hitting the gym, or finding ways to exercise at least 3-4 days a week. Has not been easy, but I am finally getting there.

I have recently… Continue

Added by Chris Haro on May 6, 2008 at 12:18pm — 1 Comment



A new friend of mine (Meg Murphy) is participating in the Bar Harbor Maine ADA Tour-de-Cure May 18th.

I am awestruck by her energy and commitment as she has no personal / familial ties to diabetes. (Nor is she big into bicycling . . )

If you don't know anyone else riding, and you'd like to donate to the ADA, please consider helping her make her fundraising goal of $500. Her website to donate is;…

Added by Deb on May 6, 2008 at 10:24am — No Comments

Thermoregulation issues: Flip side and flashback

I've come to a sketchy, off-the-wall, hypothesis that thermoregulation -- more to the point, recurrent drops in body temperature to near-hypothermic levels -- may be either a primary issue, manifesting in secondary hyperglycemia (aka diabetes), or a trigger for the expression of T1 or T2 diabetes.

Since in most people, body temperature tends to drop to its lowest about 2-3 AM, the same time as the infamous "middle of the night lows", I further insinuated (but did… Continue

Added by tmana on May 5, 2008 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Are insulin pumps dangerous?

So this fabulous article was published saying the insulin pumps can be dangerous.,0,5969969.story Of course EVERY news media in the country has picked it up. So I just got my first call from a relative to "let me know"...THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP! Being type 1 diabetic is dangerous!!! Where is the news about that? Insulin is life support. I happen to think that an insulin pump is still the best form of delivery. Sure, if it… Continue

Added by Michelle Curtis on May 5, 2008 at 6:10pm — 1 Comment

In the News on Yahoo today...sigh........................

I've never done this before; I want to quote a news article. Maybe just the date, time I saw it and title? I hope you will look it up and read it.. I dont know how to link articles. Here is the title

" Who should MDs let die in a pandemic? Report offers answers" by AP Associated Press.

Date : May 5,2008.

Time 8:00pm est.

We as diabetics are 5th on the list. sigh...

I know we're all gonna die some day. To put this out like this makes me angry,frustrated, hurt etc... Why… Continue

Added by MeadowLark on May 5, 2008 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Is there a link between low body temperature, thermoregulation, and diabetes?

"The experts" say that by the time one is diagnosed with T2 diabetes, over half of one's islet cells have been compromised. "They" also say that our diabetes can exist in a subclinical state for years before diagnosis. We'll probably have to wait another generation or two for researchers to piece together the interactions of genes, environments, and triggers for all types of diabetes before clear paths of development emerge. Once that happens, hopefully we will be able to "catch and… Continue

Added by tmana on May 5, 2008 at 3:27pm — 3 Comments

Oh, the Lows of Diabetes

Last night I had one of those terrible lows... woke up and was in the 40s.... sweating and needing to get to some juice ASAP. This doesn't happen often but it does happen. I'm also dieting so I wasn't happy about "breaking the diet" and having juice and some toast with PB on it. Of course, I wanted to eat up the entire fridge because I was out of sorts. I will wake up my husband and tell him to come looking for me if I disappear for a while. I always feel just worn out and like I have a… Continue

Added by Dana Clark on May 5, 2008 at 7:48am — 3 Comments

The pattern of my

hmmm... Today is not like most other days. I'm looking at not running out of insurance for another month and a few days... Yet, I can't afford the trip to the Dr office for a simple A1C that should have been done in Feb. Here it is May. Time for another one! sigh.... I am not using the insulin the way the dr prescribed it to me. 1 unit per 15 carbs. It does not bring my number down or even it out when I eat and count the carbs. I'm still hungry when I follow the instructions.

On the other… Continue

Added by MeadowLark on May 5, 2008 at 5:53am — 2 Comments

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

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