Last year, my employer promised to implement flexible spending accounts and some other benefits (such as an optional dental plan, paid for pre-tax dollars, naturally). The deadline for enrollment was this week. To prepare, I spent a fair amount of time analyzing my various co-pays to doctors, pharmacies, as well as expenses paid for glasses/contact lenses and a host of other out-of-pocket expenses related to diabetes so I could accurately estimate how much of my pre-tax income I should… Continue
Added by Scott Strumello on February 22, 2008 at 7:30am —
New York, NY, February 21, 2008 -- Researchers in the U.S. have successfully created primitive cells derived from human embryonic stem cells that reversed chemically induced diabetes in mice, the scientific journal Nature Biotechnology reported last night. The finding represents exciting progress to better understand and develop new therapies for type 1 diabetes. JDRF, the world's largest charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research, partially funded the development of the human embryonic stem… Continue
Added by Manny Hernandez on February 21, 2008 at 2:40pm —
Knock on wood, but I have had a great first 24 hours with my pump. After starting the pump with a high, due to my cold turkey stop with Lantus the previous day and getting by on Humalog the last night, my afternoon following lunch seemed to trend down. By late afternoon I had a few lows that needed some carbs with it. Finally after dinner things stopped the downward trend. Over night I started a little high, but held in the 80s through the night and into the morning. By breakfast I was at 97… Continue
Added by Shawn-ATL on February 21, 2008 at 12:28pm —
So just to start this whole thing out a little more about me and my family. My husband and I have 4 girls 11,9,6,5 and they are all amazing!! Our youngest, Whitlee was diagnosed with T1 a little over a year ago and this has changed our family in ways that before we unimaginable. Looking back at my lack of knowledge and hate of anything to do with a needle/blood ect. before it amazes me that we made it past the first week. But we have and we are all better people and a stronger family because of… Continue
Added by Suzie on February 21, 2008 at 11:26am —
Hi, my name is Lovenny, I'm a 34 yr old mother of 3. Danny 12, Alexis & Kristin 11. Alexis was diagnosed with T1 August 8th, 2007. She's been on the Minimed 722 for about a week now and has been on the cgm for about 2 days. So far so good with both. I'm in the technial field for a large law firm which I've been with for the past 7 years. I love the ocean & enjoy dancing : )
Added by Lovenny on February 21, 2008 at 6:31am —
I started pumping at 8:15 this morning. I took my last Lantus shot the night before last and used small Humalog shots to get me through the night. I am officially off MDI's.
My pump start went smoothly and much faster than anticipated. My CDE said my start was the fastest she had done, due to my prep work and learning everything I could prior to my two meetings with her. After a quick quiz of "how would I do this and that," she supervised my prep, priming, connection and start of my… Continue
Added by Shawn-ATL on February 20, 2008 at 1:30pm —
Well I'm new here but have been enjoying perusing the site. I accepted Jamie, the Diabetic Runner's, challenge for 2008 by taking the 500 miles challenge. I'm a little behind since I didn't start my runs for this challenge until Feb. 18th! I actually have probably 6-10 miles from January but I didn't log those anywhere so I'm not counting them. I'm logging my miles through Nike+ and so far it's been fun to think about my running in terms of the challenge. I hope that other diabetic runners sign… Continue
Added by Cait on February 20, 2008 at 12:19pm —
Well I was not getting any better after a 5 day course of antibiotics, decongestants and cough sryup, so I made an appointment with my regular doctor and they tested me for the flu. No wonder I didn't get any better after the antibiotics cause I do have the flu. My blood sugars aren't going to high, but if I am not feeling better by Friday, my doctor is going to admit me to the hospital.
Added by Cody Turner on February 20, 2008 at 11:27am —
I posted this in the "type 1" forum - because I wanted some input of other diabetics... here it is again on this page for spouses/significant others, just in case you didn't see it there...
I have a rather large problem. My husband - a very smart, sweet, giving, loving man - has some sort of "block" when it comes to checking his blood sugar. He has hypoglycemia unawareness, although he won't admit it. He basically refuses to check his blood sugar before he gets into his truck. To… Continue
Added by Just Little Me on February 20, 2008 at 7:50am —
I am a bit emotional today because of what I learned... a friend of mine (she's my best friend actually, I even treated her as my sister) has been telling stories behind my back... a very bad one... I got very affected that my blood sugar shoot up to 251, I was shaking and very nervous.... its the highest I've been since I was diagnosed, I want to cry but I can't... I am so angry... drink a lot of water and tried to calm myself, that happened on the 17th of Feb, a day before my… Continue
Added by yda1027 on February 20, 2008 at 4:30am —
Yesterday, Tuesday 20th February, I went for my yearly eye checkup (about 6 months late).
Before my last visit I occasionally got blurry vision but for several months now the blurriness has been constant and gets worse if I sit at the computer for a little while, read or even watch TV and I find it a lot harder to drive at night. I currently only use reading glasses but when the blurriness occurs not even the glasses help.
Anyway, at the last visit the Optometrist told me… Continue
Added by Loren on February 19, 2008 at 11:01pm —
I ate and ate and ate and ate, and could not keep up with my exercise today. I drank half a bear of honey, cut my basal down and still could not make my BS stop being low. Tomorrow of course if I did all the same exercise, ate the same and took the same insulin I would be 450.
Added by Sarah on February 19, 2008 at 7:02pm —
Typically my readings are waves of highs and lows and I have to adjust the amount of insulin I take accordingly. Lately, my blood sugar has been right on target every time I test. I'm not sure why this is happening but I certainly can't complain. I have been looking forward to taking my A1Cs again with the possibility that I would see a lower number. things were looking up. however, I've noticed that my readings have been too high or too low over the past four days, and I'm not aware that I am… Continue
Added by jenna on February 19, 2008 at 6:38pm —
So, I have a lot of stress right now. My husbands great uncle passed a few days ago. My dog was ran over by a car and he died instantly. The boys are driving me crazy. How does stress affect this disease? Should I test more often? I am still not doing a well as I should but I am changing/adding something every 14 days. I am already taking my meds regulary. My next step is to do a food journal. Then exercise daily. I do exercise occasionally but not as much as I should. I figured that med… Continue
Added by Amanda on February 19, 2008 at 6:30pm —
YAY!!!! Today, we passed 1,900 members
. I can't believe it.
Make sure to let other people know about the community. Click on "Invite
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Added by Manny Hernandez on February 19, 2008 at 5:30pm —
It doesn't do well to serve your country when it comes to health insurance if you're below poverty level. What I mean is : we have medicaid for our children and Tricare for the "servicemember and spouse." I took my daughter for a dr appt to discover that the office will take the Tricare; but not the medicaid as a secondary insurance. So, because I couldnt afford the co-pay for Tricare... we had to walk out the door without her being seen. We might as well not have any insurance at all. That is… Continue
Added by MeadowLark on February 19, 2008 at 11:27am —
I still have the bronchitis and sinus infection I had when I last wrote in December. And now the hole in my side is nearly healed over but is infected. My back is filling up with fluid, and the very last thing we want is for the hole to close over with the inside infected as it would mean they'd have to open it back up again.
To bring you up to date, I had breast cancer in 2001, and probably had diabetes back then, but it wasn't checked, even when my surgical scar took ages to heal… Continue
Added by Gaelyne on February 19, 2008 at 5:00am —
Hello to all fellow tudiabetes.com members. I'm The Glucoholic and I've had diabetes for two years. In the time since my diagnosis I have combed the net looking for diabetes resources. During that search I found many proponents of tudiabetes.com, and I look forward to gaining knowledge and inspiration from the group.
During the struggle to become educated about diabetes and make positive changes to improve my health, I became frustrated with the small number of product review… Continue
Added by Glucoholic on February 18, 2008 at 2:30pm —
Well it seems whateve i have isn't wanting to go away. I am now runnin a 101.8 temp and blood sugars in the 300's. I called my doctor and he wants me in his office tomorrow. I barely have a voice and coughing my head off even with the prescription cough sryup. Going to go crawl back in bed.
Added by Cody Turner on February 18, 2008 at 12:12pm —
I signed up for the Diabetic Runner Challenge last month, and have been meaning to list all my distances for a few weeks now! My current list is below. Participants who sign up for the challenge agree to run either 500 or 1000 miles in 2008, and track their progress on their website or blog. I signed up for the 500 challenge.
The Diabetic Runner Challenge is a FABULOUS way to bring awareness to World Diabetes Day, in my opinion.… Continue
Added by Katie I. on February 18, 2008 at 10:51am —