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
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
This is going to be a long blog post… but I woke up today feeling like I had to write it because I see so many people not understand the subject. And it’s important for people with diabetes — and parents of children with type 1 diabetes especially — to know what’s going on when ketones are present.
I see a lot of parents saying that high blood sugars and ketones go hand in hand, and that if you let your child’s blood sugar get…Continue
I got my pump in the mail the day before yesterday and had my training today. My brain is on diabetes overload right now, but had to write and say I'm OFFICIALLY pumping! Been pumping for an hour and a half, and so far I love it. Of course, we'll see how it goes with fine tuning my numbers and getting use to changing out the insets and such! But so far, so good ;)
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.…Continue
Today was the day Eric and I were going to have our special outing to LegoLand, which was a way of making up to him the fact he couldn't go to camp with his brother and cousins.
The trip was an unmitigated disaster.
In an epic Mom fail, we wound up 120 miles from home with absolutely NO INSULIN, because Eric took his pump off without telling me and I did not discover this until we…Continue
I heard back from both Tandem (Tslim Pump) and Animas (Ping Pump), and they are requiring a c-peptide and fasting blood glucose. I do have a meeting with the Animas rep on Friday, for the demo.
I am feeling a bit discouraged, I am a type 2 (as far as I know) and heard that many times (especially with Medicare replacement policies) T2's are not covered for the pump.
I am angry that insurance companies can have so much control over something that a doctor deems a good…Continue
So, today I am dropping off the insulin pump paperwork with my diabetes doc, and they are going to give the paperwork to their rep to get insurance coverage with different companies. So we'll see where it goes. I'm leaning towards the Ping, hoping it will be covered *fingers crossed*
I had been diagnosed with insulin resistance since 2005, I was 25 years old. I was in recovery from a long battle with Anorexia and Bulimia, and my mother who is a nurse realized my breath was smelling 'sweet'. I went to an endo, who did a 2 hour blood glucose test on me, and voila insulin resistance. I was put on 500mg of metformin a day and sent away with instructions to come back every 3 months for something called an A1c. And, of course, to eat right (yea, thanks for that... everyone at…Continue
I could give a shot to an orange, a grapefruit, and a nurse, but I couldn’t inject myself.
I was 11 years old and had just been diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes. I spent the next three weeks in the hospital, where the nurses schemed to teach me to give my own shot. After three weeks of trickery, deceit, and…Continue
You watch with a worried stare.
Fingers move in a mechanical air.
Poke, prod, push, pull, pat.
A needle snaps back.
The pain you say?
I have life for another day.
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Added by Naturally Sweet Sisters on May 13, 2014 at 6:55am — No Comments
Over the last couple of months my bs has been spiking, not just after meals but all the time. Have adjusted my basals from 12.3 units daily to 17.50 a day. Had tried Metformin before, but wasn't really noticing any difference. Now this past week, my sugars have been a bit more stable, Dr. said go back on Metformin, changed bs goals, changed correction factor. I also can't always tell when I'm low, so the other day when I was on the elliptical I fell hard. In 39 years of having D, that was…Continue
Added by ANTONIA RETMAN on February 20, 2014 at 7:46am — No Comments
It's been a real struggle for me to do what I'm doing with my health. How am I doing? Great, physically. I've never really felt this good physically. My diet is pretty simple, but obscure. I've learned a lot about human diets and been studying regularly what it is that makes us all tick. I get exercise, but want more weight lifting (it's been recommended to me by several to control blood sugars).
About 3 months ago I had just started following the LCHF (low carb high fat) path and…Continue
Added by ChaBuku on January 27, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Are Insulin Pumps Subject To Hacking?
The short answer is that if you own a Medtronic insulin pump that is able to transmit data to a computer, then it is not a secure device. What does that mean? According to numerous news reports dating back to as early as 2008, a hacker has showed a proof of concept device and software hack that can take control of most Medtronic insulin pumps.
In 2011, in Miami, Barnaby Jack of…Continue
It was such smooth sailing when I switched over to the new Omnipod a little over a month ago! What on earth was everyone complaining about? It is so small and cute! Well... today I got handed not one but TWO experiences with the whole pod failure thing. Actually had to take the afternoon off due to my own negligence (no extra supplies, FAIL). BUT - my experience with the Insulet Corp customer service was fast, easy, and pleasant. 2 new pods on their way to me in the next couple…Continue
Added by jen627 on November 12, 2013 at 2:58pm — No Comments
So, I've pretty much dropped off the internet Earth :P College has started back up and I'm already swamped with work while trying to achieve my Doctorates of Physical Therapy. I started insulin pump therapy one week before school. The first few days were fantastic! My sugars were just perfect; between 90-120. My ideal range!!
Then..things started to go haywire. My gym that I go to has been under construction for improvements so I haven't been able to work out in about a week…Continue
As another week comes to and end and another weekend looms on the horizon my weight and blood sugars still leave lots to be desired, not for the weak of heart is having to deal with heart failure, diabetes, gout and other things that go bump in the night at 66 years of age housebound most of the time and unable to get off my knees and stand up if I happen to be silly enough to bend my legs looking for a pill that has fallen on the floor you have to contend with sticking needles into your…Continue
Added by twiddlemthumbs on July 26, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Have you heard about this?
The number of test strips available to diabetics in Ontario has been reduced, and drastically reduced for anyone not on insulin!!!!
I am FURIOUS!
Blood sugars this morning 8.2 disappointing but you have to take it with a pinch of salt old black country saying no salt used, getting upset does nothing except bring on depression and I can tell you that is not good self pity is the worst thing a diabetic can have only my opinion folks getting mobile is my enemy getting to be a couch potato only pills on the pounds my current weight is nearly 18 stone no good for my heart or diabetes, I take 120 units of Novomix 30,and 20 units of…Continue
Added by twiddlemthumbs on July 10, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
So following my most recent check up with my physician, I realized that I have not been maintaining my Blood Glucose levels well. My A1C, which was below 7%, has increased to 8%. I partially attribute this to travelling internationally and not having been given any guidance from my Doctor, despite having told her prior to each trip.
So now, I have begun to think 1) maybe I should find new Dr. that is a bit more willing to spend a bit of extra time with me prior to overseas travel…Continue