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All Blog Posts Tagged 'insulin' (253)


This whole“being an adult” thing is not all it’s cracked up to be. I mean really? Do I really have to pay bills and do laundry, go grocery shopping and deal with my own health insurance.. Yes.

Actually it hasn't been all that bad. I jumped on to my own insurance for the first time this year after…


Added by Rachel Scott on February 19, 2015 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

I Said Yes To The Dress! - Wedding Dress Shopping with Diabetes

I walked out of the smaller than normal dressing room. Wearing a dress that was unbelievably comfortable. Eyes of my “entourage” (AKA my bridesmaids, his mom, my mom, step mom and grandma) fall on me and follow the dress to the floor. “That is beautiful” I hear from mostly everyone. Then I look into the mirror. This.. is it. For the first time the entire long wedding dress shopping day I feel like this is the one I could walk…


Added by Rachel Scott on February 13, 2015 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

received my insulin pump and where have I been

Hi everyone Im sorry I wasn't around for a while >.<, I was very very busy with my school projects and exams, finally winter break is here :D, did I mention receiving my insulin pump? Ive had diabetes for 5yrs, ever since I begged my mother to buy me an insulin pump, the problem I was facing was the price it is pretty expensive. so last month my mother went to the rulers court and requested a paradigm veo insulin pump with a year of supplies, the accepted the request and Ive received…


Added by blue_unicorn on December 26, 2014 at 3:19am — No Comments

Comparing ALL the Insulin Pumps!

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, I recently published the most massive pump comparison analysis you've ever had the…


Added by Melissa Lee on December 9, 2014 at 2:06pm — 15 Comments

Taking my Body Back.

Hello out there!

My name is Lindsey and I have been a Type 1 Diabetic since October 2012. Well, that's what they tell me at least. Now that I have come into a lot more knowledge about diabetes and what the symptoms are of high blood sugars, I can assume that I was struggling with this for a couple years before I was ever diagnosed.

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…


Added by beautyandwonderment on November 25, 2014 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

Ketones: the good, the bad, the… misunderstood

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…


Added by Elizabeth on November 15, 2014 at 5:00am — 7 Comments

I'm officially pumping!

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 ;)

Added by jesikabeth on September 11, 2014 at 2:19pm — 3 Comments

Nightmare travel FAIL

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…


Added by Elizabeth on August 6, 2014 at 3:00pm — 11 Comments

Reps and Demos

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…


Added by jesikabeth on July 29, 2014 at 4:58pm — 5 Comments

Let's Get Pumped

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*

Added by jesikabeth on July 28, 2014 at 1:01am — 5 Comments

Diabetes and Me

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…


Added by jesikabeth on July 25, 2014 at 7:34am — 5 Comments

How NOT to Teach an 11-Year-Old Boy to Give Himself an Insulin Injection (The Highs and Lows of Living with Diabetes #2)

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…


Added by MikeMack on May 13, 2014 at 7:01am — 1 Comment

A Naturally Sweet Sisters Poem

A Trade-Off

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

after 39 years, am now insulin resistant

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…


Added by ANTONIA RETMAN on February 20, 2014 at 7:46am — No Comments

Health check: almost at 5 months, no insulin.

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…


Added by ChaBuku on January 27, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Are Insulin Pumps Subject To Hacking?

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…


Added by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on November 14, 2013 at 6:21am — 3 Comments


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…


Added by jen627 on November 12, 2013 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Stress and BG; BFFs or Worst enemies?

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…


Added by ashleypfuntner on September 4, 2013 at 4:53pm — 5 Comments

As one moth said to another wish they would turn the light off

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…


Added by twiddlemthumbs on July 26, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

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…


Added by twiddlemthumbs on July 10, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

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