Dino's Blog (25)

Manny & the Wake Up Call

I admit it, I've had a lapse in my involvement in the diabetes community. And my A1c will show that for sure.

For those of you that have been around for a while, you might remember me for my cheeky and positive spin on life as a Type 1 diabetic. I was very active in this diabetic community, as well as other groups. But at some point this year, my interest waned. I became more interested in (dare I say) the normal, non-diabetic life. And, sadly, my control seemed to rock and…

Added by dino on October 19, 2010 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

I Never Went To Camp Pt. II - The Arizona Adventure

I woke up on Monday morning and literally jumped out of bed at 5AM sharp. No alarm necessary. This was the aftereffect of my recent journey as a Triabetes volunteer in Tempe AZ for the Ironman...an adventure that I am sure will shape me for the rest of my life as a Type 1 diabetic.

Any regrets I had from not going to d-camp as a kid were obliterated before we even made it to the state line. The weekend had a much greater impact on me than I had ever expected.

I would like… Continue

Added by dino on November 24, 2009 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

I Never Went to Camp

As a rebellious 12 year old, I never went to diabetes camp. I hated the idea...thought it was kind of dorky at the time.


I sometimes kick myself for not going now that I realize the importance of interaction with other T1's. I wonder if I would have had better control in high school, and a better attitude as a young adult.


Tonight I will try to redeem myself as I take a road trip to Arizona to support the fine folks from… Continue

Added by dino on November 20, 2009 at 10:30am — 12 Comments

I'm putting down the gloves...

This was a very good weekend for a fight fan...whether you're an MMA fan or a boxing fan, you likely got your fix this past Saturday night...which got me thinkin...

There are so many things that I choose to fight on a regular basis...traffic...ignorance...my alarm clock most mornings.

But let me tell you all one thing that I'm no longer fighting...it's something that I know many of you folks still choose to "fight" everyday, and I can't blame ya.

It's my good… Continue

Added by dino on September 20, 2009 at 9:00pm — 19 Comments

The Four Agreements

Added by dino on June 8, 2009 at 8:46am — 9 Comments

Face the Music

OK so I'm putting on my gym clothes this morning and I check my email. My new lab results are in. Great! Can't wait to see some improvement since I've been working real hard to keep things under control.

My last result back in Feb was 8.3. I was pretty confident that I could improve on that, right?

So I open the result and there it is staring me in the face...8.3...again.

I can't f*cking believe it.

Now let me just say something. I bust my ass trying… Continue

Added by dino on June 5, 2009 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

My Two Cents...again

this topic was closed by the admins before I could post this reply, but I wanted to get this off my chest

Man has this topic has been beaten to death.

Now for all you Type 2's getting all butt hurt and whining about Type 1's wanting a higher degree of separation from you and your disease, consider this...

Not all Asian people are Chinese. Not all Hispanic people are Mexican. Unfortunately our society views the world with blatant ignorance, and that's the… Continue

Added by dino on June 4, 2009 at 4:00pm — 20 Comments


Woke up with lows not once, not twice, but thrice last night. Pretty rough...I'll be at my desk sleeping all day.

Added by dino on March 13, 2009 at 8:40am — 1 Comment

My Latest Addiction

Freakin Yummy. Like roasted popcorn flavored tea. No injection necessary.

Added by dino on February 25, 2009 at 1:17pm — 3 Comments

Driver License

You know that three digit number on your driver license that comes after WT: ?

Well holy crap it's actually true for the first time since high school.

Yes, I'm allowed to give myself a self high five once in a while.

Added by dino on January 22, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

I'm eating a donut

Yeah thats right...and I'm not even low.

Added by dino on November 26, 2008 at 9:56am — 7 Comments

San Diego JDRF Walk - Event Pics and Videos :)

Yesterday was yet another picture perfect day in San Diego for the Walk. Thanks to all who came out to the beautiful campus of UCSD and supported the cause.

-Before I begin any rigorous activity, I make sure to warm up in the moonbounce

-Free drinks?...oh heck yeah!

-Good information was… Continue

Added by dino on October 27, 2008 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

51 at work

2nd day in a row...low in the morning. at work. trying to do the water cooler talk when you're sugar is 51 is not fun.

had to excuse myself. simply said "bob...my blood sugar's low. i gotta split."

ok so his name isn't bob. i just thought the quote sounded better with the name bob.

now i post so that i don't overtreat. i overtreated last time. it was ugly.

but surprisingly delicious.

if you ever saw the movie half-baked where in the… Continue

Added by dino on October 16, 2008 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Beating the Crap Out of Diabetes, Part III

So the summer of Diabetes Beat Down is officially over and what a life changing 180 degree turn around it was for me.

I just got out of a 12 week evaluation at my gym to gauge my improvements. I am happy to say in three short months I've lost 12 pounds of body weight, 6.5% bodyfat, and gained nearly 4 pounds of lean muscle mass. Carb restricting, decreasing my insulin intake, and tons upon tons of exercise was the key to my summer… Continue

Added by dino on September 12, 2008 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

The Greatest Blood Glucose Test of All Time

I'm just watching Good Morning America and I see that the Jonas Brothers are set to perform in a few minutes. There are like a million fans screaming and waiting to watch them...it's ridiculous.

I was just thinking...wouldn't it be awesome if in the middle of their set, in front of all the live fans and the billions watching at home, superstar Nick Jonas would whip out his trusty blood glucose monitor and test himself?

I can picture him announcing his result on the mic,… Continue

Added by dino on August 8, 2008 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

A Real American Hero

Not a life or death situation...but I just dropped my bottle of Humalog in the kitchen, where there is a 75% chance that it will break on the tile floor. Simply too many casualties to count over the years...oh and that skinny Lantus bottle...make it a 90% chance of breakage. Don't even get me started on that insulin smell...yuck.

Luckily because of my ninja-like reflexes, I was able to save the doomed bottle by breaking the fall with a supple hacky sack foot… Continue

Added by dino on August 6, 2008 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

Friday 54

gotta blog this one. im 54 and ready to go to work. a little over bolus on the hyper this morning. my bad. so when do you guys think im ready to jump in this car and get on the freeway. maybe at 55. i killed a juicebox out of the fridge, just waiting my fifteen. know what, prolly just gonna down another and hop in the car. ok maybe i wont. but i will down another. its early. and i feel the low coming back...gotta treat. maybe I should just call in...

Added by dino on August 1, 2008 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Crazy Pills

Is it me, or is the "forum" section on the main page pretty much the same as it was all day yesterday?

I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!!!

Added by dino on July 24, 2008 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Beating the Crap Out of Diabetes, Part II

"My primary objective is to lower my A1C to the low 7's for the first time since the 1990's. If I can do that, then everything will begin to fall into place and I will be on my way to owning diabetes once again."

That's what I blogged two months ago in May when I first discovered tudiabetes.com. Prior to that post, my A1C was 9.2 in late 2007. My goal was to have it down by the end of summer, or else I would have to look into getting on the pump.

Anyway, I've been… Continue

Added by dino on July 14, 2008 at 8:35am — 4 Comments

friday night lows

meter says 58. a nice laid back low, feeling good, feeling like overtreating. the honeybear in the cabinet wants a big upside down hug if you know what i mean. ate the carls jr. prime rib burger and took too much insulin, but the burger was damn good. treating with a juice box and a box of raisins. i was doing some boogie moves at the pad listening to some old 80s music when i started to feel it. the low, not the music. i was feeling the music too though, hence the radical boogie moves. i'd… Continue

Added by dino on July 11, 2008 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments



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