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A milestone

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…


Added by Elizabeth on October 7, 2014 at 10:38am — 3 Comments

September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014

I wanted to write a blog today about the use of immunosuppressant therapy and the possibility of using these drugs to suspend the damage caused by the autoimmune system in early type 1 diabetics. It is evolving science and it might work as a way to suspend damage to the islets cells in the pancreas in early detection patients. There are obvious issues, like…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on September 11, 2014 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

zombie "pay it forward"?

I don’t know what to make of this thought, so here goes:

I was supposed to be dead or severely disabled by now, at the best guess of the doctor in the hospital where I was admitted and diagnosed. He was talking to my Dad. I wasn’t supposed to hear, but since I was pretending to be asleep, I did. “Oh he’ll be okay for a while, but they all have bad complications in 20 years or so, and after 30 years, welllll, you know”. That was 1977.

I guess I owe my life to big pharma, Eli…


Added by Joe on September 10, 2014 at 2:58pm — 9 Comments


I just got my A1c done today and it has gone up to 7.9 (last one was 7.4 three months ago). I see my endo tomorrow and he is not going to be happy (not that he'll be mad...just disappointed).

This summer has been crazy, though, which I think played a big part. When I was travelling and had to bring all my own food I brought stuff like cereal for breakfast because it was portable and didn't need refrigeration, and I was travelling for three weeks this summer ...

But I am also…


Added by Jen on September 9, 2014 at 7:30pm — 9 Comments

A Lesson Learned from My Dog

I have the privilege of working from my home, which some may know, has its ups and downs. One of the ups was that I was able to bring my dogs to work with me every day. My little Chihuahua, who just passed away last week, would always find a sunny spot on the rug to sleep, even if it was just the tiniest sliver of sun peeking through the blinds in the corner. She was definitely on to something.

Did you ever notice most people are happier in the summer? Of course I like the change…


Added by jpulizzi on September 10, 2014 at 12:30pm — 15 Comments

Things only a diabetic knows

Things only a diabetic knows

There is a great little graphic floating around from Healthline.com titled the 29 things only a diabetic knows. I laughed so hard as I read it I nearly cried. I hope you go check it out at:…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on August 26, 2014 at 6:00am — 10 Comments

How are the holes in your boat?

How are the holes in your boat?

This past week Judith made one of her typically wonderful statements and I do not want it to get lost. The discussion in question centered on a blog I wrote titled “Yelling Fire in a crowded Theater” it is located at:…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on September 2, 2014 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

DiaPep277 Development Canceled Due To Alleged Misconduct

This is the first paragraph from yesterday's press release from Hyperion:

Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc. (HPTX) today announced it is terminating development of DiaPep277 for newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes. The company has uncovered evidence that certain employees of Andromeda Biotech, Ltd., which Hyperion acquired in June 2014, engaged in serious misconduct, including collusion with a third-party biostatistics firm in Israel to improperly receive un-blinded…


Added by joshualevy on September 10, 2014 at 7:31am — 6 Comments

My Story

Hi, I’m Jodi. Thanks for welcoming me to the community, I'm so happy to be here. I'm an RN, CDE who has been working in the field of diabetes for the past 11 years. You'll soon find out, I have a little bit of a different approach to diabetes education than most clinicians. I try to work with my members as individuals to help them figure out the root cause of their problem rather than focusing on the symptoms of the problem.

The truth is we are all very different people with…


Added by jpulizzi on September 3, 2014 at 6:53am — 11 Comments

Why I Am An Open Book

I am writing this in response to questions and comments I have received from several different people both online and in person. Questions like, "You don't mind people knowing about your health issues?" "You don't mind telling strangers about private things?", etc.

There is much tolerance and understanding from me for the many different views and personality types in this world. How boring would life be if we all felt, acted, and thought the same about everything? I enjoy friendly…


Added by Tamra on September 6, 2014 at 12:26pm — 6 Comments

D-Parodies for DHF

I've started a personal campaign to raise money for the Diabetes Hands Foundation. I'll be releasing music video parodies of songs and changing the lyrics to be diabetes-themed! From now through September 30, you can cheer me on by making a donation at http://www.razoo.com/story/Dparody. Hope you will help me give back to the great folks at TuDiabetes and reach my goal. All of the money goes DIRECTLY to DHF and is tax…


Added by MelissaBL on September 1, 2014 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Protect Yourself at the Hospital!

Next time you're in the hospital, make sure you do your own insulin injections and that you keep your pen in your room, and label the body of the pen, NOT the cap.

Thousands of hospital patients were exposed to HIV, Hep and other blood bourne diseases by nursing staff switching the CAPS of the pens, and using the pen on more than one patient.…


Added by Emmy on August 21, 2014 at 3:03pm — 1 Comment

A Moment Frozen

You know those moments in life that freeze, and it seems like everyone in the room is frozen but you. Time just shuts down, and you are stuck in slow motion. I have had that experience a couple of times. Most of them involve a traumatic injury. But this did not, and frankly shocked me.

My husband really does not say much about me being diabetic. In fact, I thought he really didn't even seem to understand much about it all. Which was fine by me.  But this has all started to change when…


Added by Stoner on August 21, 2014 at 4:08pm — 14 Comments

Five things Diabetics really need to know

Five things Diabetics really need to know

This week I appeared as a guest blogger on Karen Graffeo’s site Bitter~Sweet…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on August 14, 2014 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Get Jerry the Bear to Every Child with T1D!

Hey everyone!

It’s Hannah and Aaron here, better known as papa bear and mama bear. We’re the creators of Jerry the Bear and you may have even seen us in bear suits in TuDiabetes…


Added by JerrytheBearMom on July 8, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Ten (10) things I have learned about being diabetic in the past 40 years!!

Ten (10) things I have learned about being diabetic in the past 40 years!!

I was reflecting in chat the other day about the little things I have learned over the past 40 years. This is not an exhaustive list or even a great list, just little things I have learned along the way that might be helpful to others, well or not,

10. Being diabetic can be fun, especially if you take pleasure in freaking people…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on June 26, 2014 at 5:30am — 34 Comments

Jrtpup's Memorial Service

Last January, our dear friend jrtpup passed away and it really shocked our community. It is always hard to lose someone close to you and when it happens suddenly it can be really hard to find personal closure. At the time our community poured out our feelings and memories in a…


Added by Brian (bsc) on June 24, 2014 at 8:29am — 12 Comments

Friends For Life COnference 2014

I’m excited to say I’m going to my first Friends For Life conference in Orlando put on by Children With Diabetes organization and supported by many of the diabetes tech and insulin makers. I’m a little nervous because I’m going totally alone but I’m sure I’ll make some great new friends along the way.

I recently became a Glu Ambassador so I will be volunteering some of my time at the Glu booth greeting people in the exhibition hall, so I will be spending some time with my friends from…


Added by Sandy on June 22, 2014 at 5:27am — 2 Comments

40 Year Ago Today (Tuesday)

40 Year Ago Today (Tuesday)

I was in the hospital watching TV, staring at my orange so hungry I thought I might just expire. 40 years ago today the nurse gave me the injection and I thought how ridiculous, I had given mom shots plenty of times but for some reason I was not yet trained so I was forbidden from doing it myself. After the not trained thing it was about 2 hours and the…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on June 18, 2014 at 4:30am — 6 Comments

Omni Pod Users

I have been using the OmniPod insulin delivery system for almost four years. It has greatly improved my management of my Type 1 diabetes. I turned 65 in January and received a rejection from Medicare for coverage of the OmniPod delivery system. I filed my first appeal for reconsideration and received notification that it was declined because the OmniPod insulin delivery system is considered a "convenience"!!!!

I will continue the appeal process and won't give up until all avenues… Continue

Added by Rita on June 17, 2014 at 10:57am — 4 Comments



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