Kelly WPA's Blog (25)

The Delusional Optimist Returns: A Flicker of Hope

Back in the mid-90s was when I started having some signs of complications. In 1995, I had an upper GI that showed slow stomach emptying – at the time, I didn’t realize that I had the beginning stages of gastroparesis. In 1995 and 1996, I also had a lot of laser surgery for retinopathy. During that same time period, I started getting neuropathy in my feet that got progressively…


Added by Kelly WPA on December 8, 2012 at 12:25pm — 9 Comments

Contest About Medical Records

I saw this on e-patient Dave the other night and wanted to share. The Department of Health and Human Services is having a contest about medical records – you have to submit a video that is less than 2 minutes. I am sure a lot of us have some good stories to tell! My personal favorite of mine was when I read that I had end stage kidney disease – I didn’t panic because I knew I did not have kidney disease let alone end stage kidney disease.

Since e-patient Dave was the one that took the…


Added by Kelly WPA on August 12, 2012 at 10:35am — 2 Comments

In The Year 2112

Today is Day One of the Wego Health Writer’s Challenge. The prompt for today is “Pretend you’re making a time capsule of you & your health focus that won’t be opened until 2112. What’s in it? What would people think of it when they found it?”

The first thing that I thought of when I read the prompt was the song In the Year 2525. Of course I had to find a YouTube video and stick that in here so you are singing that song along…


Added by Kelly WPA on April 1, 2012 at 6:44am — 2 Comments

What Heaven Looks Like in a Nor’Easter

I was lucky and our power only went out for about 6 ½ hours. I know other people are still waiting for theirs to come back on. It went out about 12:30 yesterday afternoon and about 5:30, I saw several Penelec trucks pull up. These guys look like Angels when you are sitting without power, the sun is going down and it is getting colder than you already are. They were working at an electric pole near where I live for about a half hour. It was about 7:05 when the lights finally came back on.… Continue

Added by Kelly WPA on October 30, 2011 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

Interesting Basal Test

I have been having some problems with my blood sugar lately and thought that I should do some basal testing. I think having your basals set correctly is important for anyone – I feel it is the foundation for your control. For me it especially important because besides all the other whacky things that can screw up my blood sugar, adding food to the mix with gastroparesis can really make things unpredictable. I haven’t done basal testing for a few months so yesterday, I decided it was time and…


Added by Kelly WPA on September 30, 2011 at 11:26am — 7 Comments

If I Didn’t Laugh About …

This month’s Blog Carnival subject is about finding humor in things to help us cope. We are supposed to fill in the blanks for, “If I didn’t laugh about _________ then I would ________. “ My first thought was that this will be easy. I have a sense of humor, so this will be a fun one to write. Then I started trying to fill in the blanks and I thought this is not as easy as I thought it would be.…

ROFL with dog


Added by Kelly WPA on September 12, 2011 at 5:09am — 6 Comments

Diabetic Test Strips: Round Two

For those of you that think what happens to Medicare won’t impact you, stop and think about how many people you have seen say that their insurance company follows Medicare guidelines. If you use a local supply store and that store closes because of what is going on with Medicare, that impacts you. Even if you mail order your supplies from a company and that company has to close up shop, you will need to find another supplier. The way Medicare is implementing this program is causing a lot of…


Added by Kelly WPA on August 30, 2011 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Fighting For Our Cause

Using Insulin by John Walsh The lack of diabetes education is a huge pet peeve of mine. The lack of education is not just a problem with those dealing with diabetes, but also with those medical providers that are supposed to be helping us. I frequently see people coming to message boards with some very outdated information. People are still using a sliding scale instead of learning how to carb count – to be clear here, I am not…


Added by Kelly WPA on August 15, 2011 at 12:15pm — 13 Comments

Thank You Wendell Fowler

You killed the ice cream truck!

Melted ice cream truck

I am sure everyone has heard about Wendell Fowler’s attack on diabetics eating ice cream at a fundraiser sponsored by the Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana. I first read about “the problem” at Mike Hoskin’s blog, The Diabetics Corner Booth. Last weekend, an…


Added by Kelly WPA on July 22, 2011 at 7:29pm — 14 Comments

10 Things I Hate About You Diabetes

1) I beep. Every time I turn around, I beep. I beep in the middle of the night. I beep when I am trying to have some quiet reading time. I beeped when I was trying to write this post. I even beep in my dreams now.

2) You make me plan ahead. I can never be 100% spontaneous. If I go someplace, I have to… Continue

Added by Kelly WPA on May 12, 2011 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Doctors and Gastroparesis: Why Don’t They Get It?

Anyone that has read my blog before has probably read some of my rants about doctors, especially when it comes to gastroparesis. It wasn’t even the fact that they did nothing to help me; it was the fact that they treated me like I was causing the problem even though they knew I had gastroparesis.


Over the weekend, I received a message thru the Contact Me form on my blog. I cried when I read her message. She…


Added by Kelly WPA on April 26, 2011 at 11:08am — 14 Comments

Twists and Turns: Stalker Update

Back in February, I wrote about getting stalked by a guy I did HBO with. You can read that article here.


After I wrote that article, I started getting hang-up phone calls. The calls were coming up as anonymous on my caller ID. The one night, he called 9 times in a matter of 5 minutes. I knew I could block anonymous calls so I logged onto my account to block any anonymous… Continue

Added by Kelly WPA on April 5, 2011 at 11:28am — 4 Comments

Eat the Refrigerator Lows

One day last week, Danny, founder of the Flatliners Group on TuDiabetes, mentioned he had an eat the refrigerator low. I had one of those yesterday.


I slept until my alarm went off at 7, which is not a good thing to do with DP. My BS was 163 per my meter and 162 per the… Continue

Added by Kelly WPA on March 30, 2011 at 11:05am — 3 Comments

On the Fence About Pumping

I started using my Ping on June 28th. The first few days were great and I really loved it but then I started having a lot of site problems. My sites were breaking down fast and after a couple weeks, I started getting hives – I apparently have a Teflon allergy. I stopped using the pump and let the hives clear up and when I started the pump again, they came back so I knew for sure it was the sites and not something else. I switched to steel sets and that problem went away.


I have…


Added by Kelly WPA on March 22, 2011 at 8:37am — 4 Comments

Are You Prepared For A Disaster?

A month or so ago, Jay in the Animas group on TuDiabetes brought up emergency planning in one of the discussions going on there. With what is happening in Japan now, I thought that would be a good topic to write about.


If you had to run out of your house right now because of an earthquake, would you be prepared? If you were at work like people were on 9/11… Continue

Added by Kelly WPA on March 14, 2011 at 4:00am — 39 Comments

What Does a Diabetic Look Like?

I posted this on my WordPress blog & thought that it was worth sharing here. We could all use a good laugh!




I mentioned in my Funny Searches post that someone had searched using the term “what does a diabetic look like.” Unfortunately, I lost that screen shot when my computer died. Yesterday, someone was searching again…


Added by Kelly WPA on March 11, 2011 at 8:15am — 13 Comments

Noncompliant: The Evil Word!

Noncompliant. That is a very touchy subject for me and I get a little angry sometimes when I see that word being tossed around.


I do get that there are non-compliant people out there. There are people that don’t care. The American Diabetes Association suggests that A1cs be below 7% and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists suggest that A1cs be below 6.5%. Unfortunately, the majority of diabetics don’t even have an A1c below 7.


One of my aunts is also Type… Continue

Added by Kelly WPA on January 28, 2011 at 4:00am — 18 Comments

My 27 Year Diaversary

Although I don’t remember the exact date that I found out I had diabetes, I have narrowed it down to the last week in January, 1984.


I suspected that I had diabetes – I had the usual symptoms of drinking a ton of water, running to the bathroom and losing weight. My grandmother and an aunt were both diabetic and my mother told me that I should get checked. I did not have a doctor at the time…


Added by Kelly WPA on January 25, 2011 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Dexcom Gone Crazy

I put a new sensor in last Friday. Every time I checked my blood sugar both Friday and Saturday, my meter readings and Dexcom readings were within a few points of each other – what I would call the perfect sensor. On Sunday, my readings started to stray here and there, but nothing to be worried about.


Monday was a different day. My readings were straying way off all day. Unfortunately, my Dex wasn’t the only thing I was not trusting. I had opened a new box of test strips and I was… Continue

Added by Kelly WPA on January 12, 2011 at 4:47pm — 12 Comments

Medicare 2011 DME Changes

I posted the following article on my WordPress blog yesterday but also wanted to post it here in case anyone was not aware of the upcoming changes to Medicare.  Medicare is making changes to the DME portion of Medicare – that includes stuff like test strips, wheelchairs and oxygen.  Starting January 1st, Medicare…


Added by Kelly WPA on December 30, 2010 at 12:22pm — 8 Comments



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