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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 — 5 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

wrong insulin!!!

so..this is the story were i took the WRONG INSULIN!...

so one night i was at my dads house. it was a few weeks after my diagnosis and it was time for my 9:00 shot. u know the long lasting one... either lantus or levimere. well i was sorta drowsy, so i was not as focused as i was supposed to be. i grabbed my pen and attached the needle. i then dialed 20 units. i gave it to my dad and he checked that my units were correct. it was, so he said go ahead and do it. i did. immediately after…


Added by amira colene rose on June 26, 2014 at 8:26pm — 9 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

the dad who is a type1 diabetic dad

The dad part comes first. Has since my son was born and always will. Even when I'm checking my BG before holding and comforting my crying son, I'm doing it in the best interests of my son, and I think most diabetic parents are like me. When it seems like we may be looking out for ourselves, we're more than likely looking out for our children and loved ones.

Sometimes it's not easy to look out for ourselves first, diabetic-wise. We have obligations, responsibilities that can compel us…


Added by Diabetic Dad on June 15, 2014 at 1:56pm — 2 Comments

Broke diabetic in desperate need of help

To make an extremely long story short.

I use a Medtronic minimed pump and this year has been a nightmare! In February I ordered my supplies and got a huge 680 dollar bill. I paid the bill thinking it was the deductible. Well 3 months later I just ordered my supplies and now I have another 600 dollar bill! My insurance didn't pay for anything! I called my insurance and they told me they had dropped Medtronic as a supplier. I talked to people at the hospital and they're telling me…


Added by adrowningfish on June 10, 2014 at 6:27pm — 5 Comments

It's been a while!

Wow, I've just realised it's been about three years since I last logged into this site. I've just come back from a volunteering weekend with Diabetes UK and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I met so many wonderful people and I have never felt so "normal" in my life. As part of one of the activities over the weekend, we had to say our "Diabetic Story" and part of it reminded me of when I probably hit some real bad stages of Diabetes back in my late teens and early 20s and I…


Added by Sara on June 10, 2014 at 8:14am — 3 Comments

JDRF Event 1

JDRF Event 1

On Saturday May 31, I attended a daylong conference offered by JDRF and paid for in part by Eli Lilly. The event was held at the Indianapolis Marriot North. I was very impressed by the quality of the information and the event itself. It was a wonderful day. Here is one highlight of the day with material supplied by the JDRF. But first a note it is important to…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on June 3, 2014 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

A New Way?

Is there a New Way of representing diabetics as a group who are living and achieving, yet challenged?

For a long time the word "cancer" was associated primarily with "victim" or "patient." Now thanks to medicine and new treatments, we often hear "cancer" associated with "survivor." Granted, we are still losing too many to the scourge of cancer; and one is too many. I have lost too many great friends to that dreaded disease. Yet, we are often celebrating the "cancer survivor," while…


Added by Diabetic Dad on May 29, 2014 at 6:37pm — 23 Comments

A Healthy Dose of Hedonism

First of all, I'm not talking about self-destruction: Short-term pleasure paid for by a lifetime of pain. This is hedonism as an antidote for nihilist Nietzscheism. Instead of "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger ( I always envision the speaker stepping over bodies)," this brand of hedonism preaches that pleasure makes life better while pain makes it worse. Makes sense. The following are my rules for a more hedonistic lifestyle:

Eat only tasty food. Don't eat the yucky…


Added by mary on May 16, 2014 at 9:59pm — No Comments

This Too Shall Pass

This post is copied from my blog, Blood Drops & Braille Dots. If you enjoy this post, please check it out. :)

Catch-up from Day 4 of Diabetes Blog Week, the topic being Mantras and More:

I used to be very worried about forever.

When I first took the reins on diabetes and tried for the first time to wrestle it into control on my own (without my parents, who had managed diabetes throughout childhood), I was…


Added by Jen on May 16, 2014 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Our Diabetes Snapshot


Added by AlysonCheatham on May 17, 2014 at 9:33pm — 2 Comments

Acting the Part: Emotions and Diabetes

Emotions and Diabetes. Not my favorite topic. Even before being diagnosed with diabetes, I was accused of being overly sensitive, overly emotional, chewing the scenery, being over the top.

Actors are a strange breed. We train ourselves to be hypersensitive to every nuance. What did you mean by that? What is really going on? We observe others, noticing slight variations in vocal inflection, stance, gesture. We observe ourselves. Where is my wrist, my foot, my shoulder? On this word,…


Added by mary on May 14, 2014 at 9:26am — 2 Comments



From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

Diabetes Among Hispanics: We’re not all the same

US Hispanics are often portrayed in the press as a single, monolithic group. But anyone who has spent any time in San Francisco’s Mission District or the Bronx can tell you, we’re not all the same. Now we’re finding out Read on! →

Diabetes entre los hispanos: no somos todos iguales

Traducido por Mila Ferrer.    A menudo los Hispanos en Estados Unidos son retratados en la prensa como un solo grupo, monolítico. Pero cualquiera que haya pasado algún tiempo en el  Mission District de San Francisco o el Bronx se Read on! →

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