“I can do this,” I thought as I listened to the doctor explain how our daughter, Erin, had just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. My mother had T1D. Yes, there had been a lot of advances in technology since her passing 15 years before, but the basics were still the same. It was all about numbers – measuring food, counting carbohydrates, blood glucose levels, insulin dosages, body weight, hours of activity, hours of sleep, etc. What I didn’t understand at the time was the mental and…Continue
My number one reservation about starting Nightscout was the size and weight of the rig. It's a definite price to pay. It's not ideal, but Caleb's been able to manage, and the benefits are currently worth the price.
My next concern was taking a step backward in the progress we had made in Caleb's…Continue
It has been one year
On January 28, 2015 many of us marked the one year anniversary of the passing of our beloved friend JRTPUP (Barbara). Much has happened in that year and as difficult as it is to remember, I am drawn to write this blog so our broader community will know of Barbara’s contributions but also so we might take a collective breath and…Continue
How about a little trip down memory lane from an old-timer at TuD? I know I'm not the only one, so please chime in with your own memories from Ye Olde Days!
I had never belonged to any social networking site, though I had lurked at one (the ubiquitous facebook came much later when I finally admitted it might be the only way to keep track of my busy daughter and nieces!). My D had been diagnosed a few months earlier and the focus it took to try for control had sapped my creative…Continue
I've used almost all of the insulin pumps on the market (that's a long and winding story itself) over the last 14 years of pumping, so when people want my opinion on a pump, I ask them to pull up a chair and grab a cup of coffee. I'll drop some knowledge.
As Tech Editor for ASweetLife.org, I recently published the most massive pump comparison analysis you've ever had the…Continue
This sight is all new to me. Over lunch break I started looking through everything and I have to say... it brings tears to my eyes to see the chats like normal convo, the post of people experiencing highs and lows, pump talk, basal, bolus, shots, bg readings, etc. 17 Years ago my thyroid was removed due to graves disease then shortly after that I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I don't have much support as I am the only one who is diabetic in my family. So to see all the support on this…Continue
I am very lucky that it never got to the point that I needed to be hospitalized for it, however, when it was caught, my first A1C was…Continue
I like to think I'm a reasonably intelligent woman or at least I seem to learn quickly. But either I'm losing IQ points since having turned 50, or I'm just an IDIOT!!!
Now, I'm almost 2 yrs into my T1 dance & as u know, I've really tried to do my research to understand my new normal, but I seriously made a HUGE misstep...TWICE!!
I'll explain... I'm trying to incorporate a daily after dinner walk in an attempt to control my post-prandial highs. Great in…Continue
As I age and various physical limitations like arthritis manifest themselves more prominently, I am grateful to remember some priorities that I explored back when I was first diagnosed (2007). I also have fibromyalgia since 1995 and I was a professional dancer/teacher/choreographer for 40 years: Translation: Analyzing movement and what it does is in my blood and bones and soul for decades.
While there is absolutely no flaw in the inspiring, gorgeously produced BBT videos, I'd like to…Continue
First, don't give me any flack about the title. I know many diabetics refuse to be labeled as "diseased". I personally don't care how I am labeled; diseased, conditioned, chronic-ed, mellitused, special, unique, insulin challenged, defective... just don't call me disabled (and don't frickin' pronounce it "diabetus"). I am perfectly able of doing anything any non-diabetic can do, except produce my own insulin. I simply chose this title because I thought it would spike some…Continue
This is a quick update on several artificial pancreas (AP) projects. The term "artificial pancreas" refers to using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) to feed data to a computer, which controls an insulin pump, and in some models, a glucagon pump as well. Artificial pancreas refers to using existing technology in all these areas, but connecting them together so that a person does not need to worry about counting carbs or blood glucose levels. It is all done…Continue
A few day ago my good friend Rick wrote a blog about how there are few blogs that are written by Type 2 diabetics. Of course he is right, even though our numbers are great few of us choose to blog. I decided then to do my part and write a blog but the question was what to write about. I soon that realized a subject brought up by Stoner, another friend of mine. "What is it like to have Diabetes" would be an…Continue
Everyone’s getting very excited for World Diabetes Day because it is one of the most important days for people living with diabetes worldwide. It’s a day used to raise awareness about the condition, to fundraise, to promote healthy living, and more. All of these initiatives are definitely important and worthwhile, but this year I very…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Rae on November 1, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments
Hello. So I got diagnosed with Diabetes a few years ago but kind of ignored it. I tried diet and exercise for a while and it worked for a while. Then life happened, and being a comfort eater I regressed. I tried to use herbs, which I found worked if only I could afford them, which I couldn't buy them often enough for them to build up in my system. So anyways I'm back now beginning to take Metformin 500 BID. I get Diarrhea really bad from it, so this morning I took only half to see what…Continue
Introduction to Encapsulated Beta Cells
Encapsulated beta cells are implanted devices. The encapsulation coating allows blood sugar in, and insulin out, but does not allow the body's immune system to attack the beta cells. It also allows nutrients in and waste products out. This allows the beta cells to naturally grow and to react to the body's sugar by generating insulin which goes into the body's blood system. Meanwhile, the body's autoimmune attack cannot target…Continue
Added by joshualevy on November 5, 2014 at 10:08pm — No Comments
I was fortunate in being able to take part on November 3rd in a FDA panel on Unmet Patient Needs. I talked about this earlier and I know that many of you attended (or tried to attend). While there were technical difficulties, I was very pleased with the result. Below are my impressions.…Continue
Numbers! Numbers! That is all I see some days. Numbers with business...net profit, gross profit, P&L statements, account payables, account receivers, tax forms, daily sales, weekly sales, monthly sales, yearly sales, compare them to last year, and many more.
A couple of weeks ago, I was logging my other numbers...you know...those D numbers.
A log book full of BG numbers of when I get up, when I eat and two hours after, before I go to bed, carb amounts eaten with said…
My name is Janne. I've been type 1 diabetic since i was 10. About five years ago up until last June, i subconsciously hated my diabetes, even the word itself, until i watched a video of DiabeticDanica around July, I realized that i wasn't so accepting about my condition.
The video I watched was called Why I Check my Blood Sugar by DiabeticDanica. I used to not check my blood sugar whenever I knew I was high, which…Continue
So, today was my 6 month endo appt. No big deal, right? Well today while talking to her, I was overwhelmed by so many emotions. Pride. Joy. Luck. Amazement. And guilt. Why guilt? Ill get to that.
I dont really blog much, but wanted to share this with my TuD fam.
Endo (after looking at my blood work): Well, your cholesterol is about 25 points too high, and you could probably stand to lose about 15 pounds.
Me (after all these things hit me): Uh, really? Thats…Continue
Today is the sixth anniversary of Eric's diagnosis. And you know what? I didn't remember that until I had to run to the nurse's office to give her a new meter (the 5-year-old OneTouch Ultralink meter we'd gotten with Eric's pump gave up the ghost, not unexpectedly). When I signed into the school, I put the date down, and realized... oh.
What's funny is that October 6 and 7 represent a 2-day anniversary of what remains, and hopefully will always remain, the worst 48-hour period I've…Continue