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At 1:22pm on September 15, 2010, Manny Hernandez said…
Congratulations!! You won the last copy of the No-Sugar Added Poetry book, for the fundraising campaign, Dena!
At 6:47am on February 28, 2010, Sylvie said…
Hi Dana...I am all ears in regards to your pump case suggestions!!! Thanks
At 9:54pm on November 6, 2009, Liz said…
Oh my goodness, Dena!! I haven't logged into tudiabetes in so long. How's everything with you? We're going to be in Montana in June. I have demanded it as a reward for watching the temp hit 113 this summer. There are little pieces on my car stereo that are starting to bubble & I blame the extreme Texas temps. It was 75 today & I wanted to cry. ;)
At 9:23am on October 6, 2009, Mark Gombrich said…
Never having a pump before I’m just a little confused after meeting with the reps from Medtronic and Animas. My questions may seem foolish but this is all new to me. My diabetes educator estimated that I will be using approximately 120 units every 3 days with an extra added cushion of about 25 units for flushing the tubing and catheter totaling about 145-150 units for 3 days.

My questions are for those using the Ping and Paradigm the rep from Medtronic pointed out that there is no “Back” button and if you made a mistake you have to start all over again. When changing batteries the Ping doesn’t account for active insulin and you might double stack. Not sure what double stacking is? Do I need the constant monitoring offered by both companies? My insurance will cover the cost of all pumps and peripherals.

If anybody has used both pump brands in the past I would appreciate some insight or just your some guidance from those with a lot more experience than I have.

Thank you.
At 4:40pm on July 12, 2009, Joanna said…
Dena !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At 7:56pm on July 5, 2009, Katherine said…
Hey Dena! Remember me?? Did you think I fell off the face of the planet? =( Hehe, I didn't! I'm back and am determined to check in on here a lot more often then I have. How are you?? How IS your 'betes? Are you doing alright? I've been on shots for 6 months, now. I plan to get a new pump in the next few months. I can't take much more of injections. It's like being stung by a bee 4 times a day. =( Hope you're well!
At 8:22pm on March 19, 2009, Robyn Rawle said…
oh ya.....I use the pump and the remote meter (ping). I love the system! I just plug in my carbs and away we go....the hard part is carb counting and logging every little thing that enters my mouth. Not to mention, I have fluctuations during menses and stress......which.....I never realized until I started hyper-actively checking my blood sugar 6-8 times a day. All in all, both units work well together and are very simple to learn and use. Oh..I see we have a Dexcom User group....I've got to check them out. I go back to the Endo Group in May and I'll have them recheck my A1C. I haven't had a reading between 6-8 in 5 years. I can't wait to see my numbers...especially my cholesterol and trigs. Anyway, I am keeping a three month log which I'll send into Dexcom along with my previous A1c level, my Hypoglycemic events and anything else they need. My diabetes educator is pushing me towards the Abbot Navigator; but, I've always had a great response towards Lifescan products and I really love my Animas pump. I look forward to the day when Animas and Dexcom merge the two technologies.
Hey....Peace Back at ya!
Stay Warm....spring is almost here.
At 6:48am on March 19, 2009, Robyn Rawle said…
Thanks for the high five Dena - are you a Dexcom 7 rep?
If so, how hard is it to get one?
At 4:28pm on March 18, 2009, Joanna said…
Love the colors on ur page : )
At 11:36am on March 16, 2009, Andreina Davila said…
Thank you very much! :) I am glad you liked my paintings.
At 8:03am on February 18, 2009, Marie B said…
I didn't have many problems until I became totally post menopausal. then I guess my skin changed. I've already gone through 12 infusion sets this month and it's only the 18th. I couldn't possibly handle having another thing poked in me like the dexcom.
At 2:19pm on February 16, 2009, Marie B said…
hey, Dena, just wondering how long you've been pumping - 18 years for me. I've had a lot of problems with my skin where I put the sets lately.
At 6:16am on January 4, 2009, Joanna said…
you bet ! Pretty good food uh ? When I got home I checked my bg I couldnt believe it I was 107 that was a good guess on the carbs ! : )
Looking forward to our next adventure !
At 3:54pm on January 3, 2009, Joanna said…
Dena I am so glad we finally met ! Thanks for coming over ! I hope we can meet again soon I really enjoyed it thanks !
At 8:43pm on December 22, 2008, Liz said…
I guess I disappeared too! Sorry. I'm going to have to plead "Holidays." You know, when I was a kid I was always a little sad after Christmas. Now, I must admit, there's a little part of me that's glad it's over. It's the same way when we go camping - you don't realize how much Work it actually is until you're an adult!

We had a HUGE change of plans. We're moving to Texas. Snow... Mountains... Is that too much to ask???? (Apparently. ) My inlaws are in TX & dh wants to be close to them, as do I, so off we go. We had hoped to convince them to move to MT with us, but every time we talked about it with them, the amount of time they were willing to spend in MT shrunk. When we got to 3 months being too long, we started rethinking the plan. Anyhoo... We've put in an offer on some acreage (the real estate agent looked at us like we're looney when we said we weren't actually going to DO anything with the land, much different than MT), so keep your fingers crossed for us. So much for my statement that "I refuse to move anywhere else til we go to Montana." Geez.

I've been ignoring Dexcom. I can't decide if I really want to do it or not. I go back and forth on how useful it would be for me. Do you find it indispensable?
At 3:46pm on December 6, 2008, Joanna said…
Dena I dont think we have met but would love to meet you as I just live in Belgrade im so excited as I dont know anyone eles with diabetes. Please contant me as soon as you can would love to meet you !
Joanna : )
At 7:31pm on November 18, 2008, Liz said…
It's an enormous state! We don't know where we want to live; we haven't seen most of it, hence the month long trip next year. We usually gravitate towards the Deer Lodge/Garrison area, so we're trying to expand our options. We love Livingston, but can't afford it. When we moved here, outside St. Louis, in 2001, I had moved every year - literally, in August, every year, for 5 years. I refuse to move anywhere else til we go to Montana.

The Dexcom people seem to forget about me. My salesman didn't call me for 2 weeks, then Customer Service called me to get insurance info & said someone would contact me in 48 hours. 10 days later, I got an email from yet another person in Customer Service. I don't know. It's really weird to have to work this hard to buy something!

I love my Ping. I've only been on it for a few weeks, but I love the remote - I can bolus without having to switch the baby to the other arm, which sounds silly, but is a REALLY big deal! Plus, I can download to my mac - yea!

I'm a stay-at-home-mom. Once upon a time I worked for an ATM network with my husband, but my brain fogs up now whenever he starts talking in acronyms.

What sort of accessories?
At 7:11pm on November 12, 2008, Liz said…
We haven't done that one. We did one hike out that way, but I can't remember what it was called. I'll have to look it up. We're supposed to be doing a month-long tour of the state (we never make it further than Garrison ) next spring - we should be looking for property while we're there - yea!! What do you do for a living?
I'm having issues with even placing an order with Dexcom, so I'm a little concerned about their customer service level.
At 8:56pm on November 10, 2008, Liz said…
My husband & I love Montana - we camp at the Livingston KOA every time we're out there, which is every other year, at the least. We have plans to move when either a.) his job gives the thumbs up to telecommuting or b.) he finds something Montana-based or c.) I no longer need health insurance. How do you like Dexcom?
At 8:50am on October 19, 2008, Sohair Abdel-Rahman said…

Hallo Dena,thank you for your kindness.



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