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At 9:29am on March 6, 2012, Stoyan said…

Hi Natalie,

I am from Bulgaria actually, but know a bit of history about the Jewish community in the region. :)

At 7:22pm on March 1, 2012, Kathy said…

Natalie - thanks so much for sharing my joy re the blogpost. TD continues to prove itself as the most wonderful of communities.

At 12:50pm on January 28, 2012, catlover said…

Hi Natalie- Sorry to hear that you are having your wisdom teeth extracted this week. I had all of mine pulled when I was 19 and in college. They give you no wisdom and you will not miss them at all. Mine were pulled before I became a D so I didn't have that issue to deal with. I looked like a chipmunk for a few days and I think you will too. Like Marie says below, stock up on soft foods, like soup, cottage cheese, yogurt,and apple sauce. I hope it isn't too bad for you !! My thoughts will be with you. Cat

At 12:30pm on January 28, 2012, Marie B said…

Natalie, so sorry to hear about the extractions coming up. I know well how it goes. I had mine with just tons of novocaine and some nitrous oxide. stock up on soft foods like cottage cheese. I'll be thinking of you!

At 3:32pm on January 16, 2012, Melitta said…

Hi Natalie! Thanks for the wonderful video of the cat assisting her "staff" with yoga. I know all about that! I was at the Yoga Journal conference this weekend in San Francisco, and I took what I call my "decoy mat." It's my yoga mat that I put out for the cats, next to my own, so they have a place and aren't just in my way. Well, the decoy mat has a lot of claw marks! No one else at the YJ conference had a mat that was bedraggled in that manner. But it made for a funny story. Thanks again for the laugh!

At 10:00am on January 14, 2012, Robyn said…


At 11:21pm on January 9, 2012, Hanneke van Proosdij said…

Marais is the best :-) Magical and beautiful

At 11:04pm on January 9, 2012, Hanneke van Proosdij said…

Hi Natalie,

I meant to write you sooner-- wanted to wish you a happy and good 2012 filled with good HbA1c's and lots of music making!

At 6:21am on January 6, 2012, Scott E said…

Thanks for the add Natalie! I try to help others, but sometimes it can be so discouraging and I wonder why I bother...

At 10:39am on January 1, 2012, Trudy said…

Hi Natalie. I just read two Joe Grey books in the Joe Grey Mystery series, and had to stop by your page to have another look at your kitties. Joe Grey and his friends are cats with mythical Welsh heritage having fun and adventures in California with their human companions. Happy New Year!

At 4:34pm on December 31, 2011, Linda G said…

A New Year....already 2012!!!
I have made SO many friends here at tu., some I meet daily, some I meet frequently.
Some...occasionally. No matter, I have been supported and have felt loved.
I don't know how I managed before "coming home"...but here is where I belong :)
Tu.diabetes is my second, I need not explain nor defend myself. Here,
I am free to be me ♥ Thank you for your friendship.
So....HAPPY AND BLESSED NEW YEAR to you Natalie....a most supportive friend......
luv....linda ♥

At 10:42am on December 26, 2011, Linda G said… a Renaissance affection ado, you may also relish this artist...Susie LeBlanc.Suzie LeBlanc (born in Edmundston, New Brunswick in 1961 ) is a Canadian soprano and early music specialist, who has enjoyed an active international career performing in concerts throughout Europe, North America and Japan, in repertoire ranging from lute songs to chamber music to oratorio and early opera.

Suzie LeBlanc specializes in the 17th and 18th century repertoire. She has worked with Ensemble Tragicomedia, lute player Stephen Stubbs and has sung as a guest artist with the Purcell Quartet, the Parley of Instruments, Red Byrd, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Fretwork, Les Voix Humaines, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Teatro Lirico, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Musica Antiqua Köln, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and Les Violons du Roy. LeBlanc has also received grants from the Canada Council and Quebec’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
Lend an ear....she is AWESOME!!!

At 10:22am on December 26, 2011, Linda G said…

Thank you Natalie...did not know that you are Jewish, so I hope I didn't offend you. However, when I sent my "Christmas/Christian" greetings, I was aware that they would also be received by Christian and non-Christian friends alike. The intent, of course, was not one out of single mindedness, but as a means of unifying in the name of Love, knowing that though not everyone celebrates Christmas (let alone as it SHOULD be)...everyone recognizes it. If I had begun listing particular faiths, I would have assuredly overlooked some, and invariably offended a few. Our faith (Catholic), as you know, has its roots steeped in Judaism. I attended a student's Bat Mitzvah a while back, and was astounded by the similarities in the proclamation of faith....and so dear Natalie, a most Blessed Hanukkah to you and yours ♥ with love....

At 8:01am on December 26, 2011, Linda G said…

Awww....thanks Natalie :)
Your comment brightens my day....I've been getting up lately with numbers not quite where I'd like them to be....and yet, I've been a good girl around the general spread of fancy dishes about this time of year. Can't win eh?? We spent Christmas Eve at the kids'. Our eldest grandson, Mason...4, is right into it. The younger 2...Riley, 21 months, and his cousin Stephen, 18 months are still a little a young....wait 'till next year though!!
Even though Christmas dinner was at their place (both our children share/live in one huge house), I still made gingerbread as well as shortbread cookies, stuffing, and tourtières (meat pies) request. It was their first Christmas dinner...first turkey...a learning curve, but all ended up delicious (daughter-in-law forgot vegetables, and turkey had to go back in oven as it was under done....remember cooking for your in-laws?!) Danielle (daughter) made fondue for dessert. It was a long evening for the youngest 2. When I was a child, we had a Réveillon at my grandmother's every year....dinner followed midnight Mass, then opening up gifts!! We (the children) would crash on beds upstairs before driving back into the city, an hour away from my gr-mother's village. Must have been rough on our parents....never mind my poor grand-mother!! How was YOUR Christmas Natalie?

At 2:31pm on December 25, 2011, Linda G said…

Wishing you and your family (including all fur-children) a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS ♥

At 12:40pm on December 20, 2011, catlover said…

Hi Natalie- Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Chag Samach -- Happy Chanukah from your east coast Jewish friend. Happy Chanukah to your cats too.

At 1:36pm on December 15, 2011, Kimmy said…

Hey Natalie! How are you doing girl? Feeling better? Hugs!

At 9:06am on October 25, 2011, jims said…

Thank you for sharing your situation and the horror you have been thru.

I am 64 year old goat who was diagnosed in 1970's on a glucose test - useless in my mind and BG was 160 - . Then they did not have pre diabetes etc.

1989 - was diagnosed as BG had gotten over 300. Was put on traditional pills - sulfa - somethings.

In any event, could not get rational meter readings - all over place and I tried in dumb way - drop all candy, sugar, cookies etc, Back then only internet was universities and military and no neat web sites of today.

Later in December 2007 - had stroke , knocked out of job, and found I could not get BG under 185, wake up in morning at 238. Kidneys dropping, protein in Urine, body full of water, up to 330 pounds, on 1200 calorie diet and could not lose an ounce.

Eyes had the hemorages, lungs weak My Doctor was special and told me he had two choices - put me in intensive care ( this was after stroke healed) or send me to indiviual tests and I could work from home.

As an old electronice engineer, not medical man, nor cure chasing, I remeber that I had the handheld meters and remembered one thing - extreme exercise would cause BG to drop.

Doctor did his tests, I held on 1200 calorie diet and started walking 1/4 miles loop to see how many it took to get BG back down. 1.5 miles BG started to budge and by 2 miles - headed back down to 140 and lower.

Soon I was walking 2 miles each and every day to get BG back down . Then ran finger stick machine and stayed up through wee hours and caught the dam BG starting at 100 at midnight and by am up to 238.

Nobody had answer to what was going on here.

One day, I fell asllep early at night and took my dinner metformin at midnight. First time in am I ever saw BG dropped to 180 at wakeup. That riot led to my Doctor putting met on at 10:00 pm and 12:00am midnight and shutting down dawn effect so that midnight numbers looked like morning am numbers at 5:30 am.

SIngle large dose of mnet useless and it is simply the charge up to strength in blood stream. 1/2 life met and residual met useless and no effect.

Why liver - under today's knowledge, source of BG sugar is gut/intestine, liver (75 %) and kidneys 25%. Skeletal muscles while store more glucose than liver, they are one way feed and cannot send glucose back to blood stream.

Special warnings:

After years of oversugaring your body, after starting tighter diet - 1200 calories or one that is 20% lower in calories than that to maintain weight, it can take up to 6 months to get excess out of body burned off. Key is to get the glucose storage locations downloaded so that there is always room to store some more. Regulation of Body Bloodstream BG requires there always bee room to store excess gut/intestine glucose and keep BG regulated.

It took 6 months to see my body do a low glucose liver liver add when blood BG dropped below 70. It works fine now but in past, there was so much glucose lying around, brain and liver did not panic.

Warning note: once one gets the glucose generation/liver overroducrion stopped, at some point body may decide to use its own insulin and if you are on the traditional fix - add insulin - starlex/glyburide et all, one may get a whole bunch of hyperglycemic lows and need to strip excess insulin. I was on CGMS and could catch and control.
Fingerstick is dangerous here.

I am not promoting any cures, nor suggest you do anything without the full review and approval of your Doctor, healthcare professional responsible for your cure.

AFter 26 years on wrong cure, I am fed up with the mistaken orthodoxies, promoters and others peddling type 1 solutions to type 2 diabetics where the far more important question is why the Insulin resistance and excess insulin in the BG system.

Cell physiology clearly has some interesting theories and descriptions well beyond why "just - add more insulin or crowbar with avandia/actos" is not best approach.

Today, I am off the excess insulin, dropped the actos and my eyes are now clean, my kidneys stabalized, lungs better, dropped weight from 330 lbs to 250 and still dropping.

It is now time for real science and scientific debugging methods and stop all the crap, divening rods, order of Merlin and horse and buggy horsewhip cures possibly revelent for older times now causing real harm today,.
At 6:47am on October 25, 2011, jims said…

special thanks for your excellent blogs and comments.

After 4 years dogging this mess; I would offer:

On finger stick machine, catching nasty dawn effect is straight forward - check BG during midnight hours from midnight to 8:00 am

1:00 am 110; 3:00am - 150 and 6:00 to 8:00 am - 238.

Assuing no late nite big snacks, no snacks eaten after 6:00 to 7:00 pm dinner and 100 or so at midnight.

Then using CGMS watch readings when no metformin up to strength in blood stream. and :
as long as gut done, BG keps climbing slowly. Go walk 1/2 mile and if drops while walking, but after resting starts crawling up - liver being butt.

For me standard met tales 2.5 hours up tpo strengh; each time met up to strength. BG levels off and starts down. Regular, predictable and constant.

Have to be sure gut empty or readings from digestion will confuse.

This has been 4 years crawling thru hell and getting bg doem from 13.3 to 6.9 and 6.4..

Best wishes and thank you kindly for all your posts.

This is why single large dose of met useless

I take 500 mg doses of standard met 10:00 pm and 12:00am midnight and a dose
at 6:10 am; 11:00am and 4:00 pm as well. One hour before meals to stop liver dumps from random unwarranted dumps as BG falls back after digestion.

If BG keeps climbing when it shouldn't, your liver is being a butt.

Otherwise good luck, best wishes.

Jim Snell
At 11:42am on October 17, 2011, PUBBINS said…



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