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Saturday, November 26th, 2011
6:57 pm
Type 1 Diabetes Survey *Please Participate!* Update
Thank you to everyone who filled out my surveys so far! I still need more participants, especially from those who use injections. I need at least 30 responses in each group and currently I only have 8 in the injector group. If you are a type 1 diabetic please take a minute to fill out the survey. Feel free to cross post and send the links to anyone who might be willing to participate.

Injectors- Type 1 diabetics who currently inject insulin using needles or pens click this link: http://kwiksurveys.com?u=injectors

Pumpers- Type 1 diabetics who currently use a pump click this link: http://kwiksurveys.com?u=pumpers

Monday, November 21st, 2011
11:47 am
Type 1 Diabetes Survey *Please Participate!*

I am working on my term project for my statistics class. I am collecting data on a variety of differences between type 1 diabetics who use a pump and those who inject insulin. I need lots of responses, the more the better! Please, if you have type 1 diabetes and have a few moments, fill out a survey for me! When the project is finished I will post a link with the survey results and I will share my findings.

Injectors- Type 1 diabetics who currently inject insulin using needles or pens click this link: http://kwiksurveys.com?u=injectors

Pumpers- Type 1 diabetics who currently use a pump click this link:


Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
2:05 pm
insulin pump tips

I have recently started on an insulin pump and I am still getting used to the settings, having a boring no carb day to day to see how the basal rate is handling my natural variations

A couple of questions for people

How many different basal rates do you have, my machine allows up to 5 and I suspect I will need at least 2 to account for hormonal variations in insulin resistance over a month

How do you change your basal rate when shifting time zones?

How much do you use extended and multiwave bolus types, I try and use extended if I am doing more than 6 units but I am not sure how long to spread the extended bolus over or when its more appropriate to do a multiwave version

Any tips or suggestions would be much appreciated
Monday, June 28th, 2010
11:56 am
Type 1 Diabetes - How are you going to deal with your new diagnosis?

Type 1 Diabetes

How are you going to deal with your new diagnosis?


A clinical research study is being conducted to find out whether an investigational agent can help preserve your body’s ability to make insulin.


You may qualify if you:


·         Are 12 to 45 years of age (Canada: 18 to 45 years of age)

·         Have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes within the last ten weeks


If you qualify and choose to participate, you will receive an initial consultation, study-related examinations, and investigational agent at no cost to you. Compensation for time and travel may be provided.


To learn more about the DEFEND-2 research study with an investigational agent, please visit our website at www.defendagainstdiabetes.com or contact defend2@epharmasolutions.com.

Sunday, May 16th, 2010
4:18 pm
cooking with a significant other...
Does anyone else have this problem? I live with my boyfriend. I love to cook, but me being the diabetic has become a bit of an issue recently. He is a guy who eats a lot of food in each sitting (honestly I could be eating a lot too, but that's another issue). Anyway, he is not full when I make meals that would be very diabetic friendly (ie, fish with a small side of rice or something very low carb). His favorite meals are spaghetti with garlic bread, which are delicious, but not very diabetic friendly unfortunately. He is very supportive of me and my diabetes, but eating meals together is a bit of an issue.

Has anyone else experienced this, and how do you deal with it? I know it is not the best for me to eat these types of meals, and I am trying to be better about my diet while I am off work and school for a few weeks.

Any help would be great thanks!!!
Thursday, November 26th, 2009
1:46 pm
People with diabetes increasing every second

Now a day people with diabetes is increasing every second and the statistic by the year 2000 shows there are 171 million people with diabetes and it will be expected to rise to 366 million by the year 2030.

Among many countries India is consider as the headquarter of diabetes, followed by China, USA, Pakistan and so on.

I have just uploaded an informative video regarding diabetes statistic and it is available in Youtube the url is Diabetes Statistic Information - join hands with http://healthy-ojas.com/diabetes/diabetes-details.html to fight against diabetes. I request you all to have a look and give your feedback and request you all to join hand to fight against diabetes and stop its increasing number.

Current Mood: disappointed
Monday, November 23rd, 2009
10:52 pm
hi all

i have started a diabetes blog over at http://clickofthelight.blogspot.com

do any of you write blogs about life with diabetes?
Monday, February 23rd, 2009
12:19 pm
Friday, February 6th, 2009
12:25 am
A lil about me =]
Hey type1diabetes. I'm holly. I'm 19 years old. I was diagnosed w/diabetes in March of 2004. I am currently on the 75/25 humolog pen. I take 60 units b4 breakfest & 30 units b4 supper. I am suppose to eat 60 carbs for meals and 30 for snacks. I use to manage my diabetes well. I will do good for a lil then out of no where I'll relapse. Its sux sometimes. But when i do follow my diabetes plan (shots/carbs/numbers), i tend to go low alot more often, so I don't like that. I'd rather be high than low, but its better to have a low and treat it because its easier to bring it up but when i'm low i get shaky and dizzy. Its sux. Because i was diagnosed w/my b.g. over 1300 and my sugar being high more than normal or low, my body is use to it and I don't feel it. its weird. But anyways. More about myself.... I have a problem counting carbs, thats about it. I use to have a problem checkin my numbers but I am doing better w/it. If i don't check b4 i eat, I feel stupid for not chekin and nervous cuz if it is high i won't know. So now I check more and I do take all my shots. But sometimes i don't take my supper shot until 7 or 8. I also try to exercise a half hour a day, the crystal ball exercise an exercise video. Sometimes i'll skip a day or two but I get it most of the time. But my sugars (depending on how i eat) range from 140 - 270 (thats only recently, it use to be 280-400). Yeah I have an eating problem. Well that's me. btw, does pregnancy effect blood sugars?

Current Mood: sore
Friday, January 16th, 2009
12:41 pm
Is This Really Happening??
I'm a type 1 diabetic on an insulin pump who lives in Canada.  I have medical coverage through my work.  I bought $1200 worth of pump supplies in December.  I sent the claim in, it came back last week denied.  The reason given was that the "Assistive Devices Program" covers all pump supplies and I need to apply to them.  I was pissed right off.  I called my benefits company and explained that I didn't understand why it was this way now....for the past 5 years I've had my pump supplies covered by them.  The lady told me that this is a new program.  Whatever.  I call the ADP people (and let me tell you...trying to talk to a real person is no easy task) and they tell me that I have to apply for coverage through my Endo.  So I call my Endo.  She tells me that I have to see the nutrionist/dietician in order to be able to apply.  I get an app't for MARCH.  So, if everything goes smoothly with the paperwork, I can apply to get my $1200 back in MARCH.....2 months from now!!  Are you kidding me???  I call the benefits people back...ask to speak with a manager...she calls me back 24 hours later....she tells me that she doens't think adult insulin pump supplies are covered by the ADP. She's going to look into it.  I again explained that I was upset...it would of been helpful to get something in writing telling me that things are changing and I should look into fulfilling all the requirements needed to be approved for the ADP program.  Honestly.....I'm so upset right now....this sucks!!

X-posted to other places.
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
12:39 pm
Not for everyone, but a nice community
Monday, January 7th, 2008
3:55 pm
New Community

I'm not sure if this is allowed...but I've created a new community called Diabetic Parents.  I'm a Type 1 diabetic and have 2 small kids.  There are times when I'd love to talk to other Type 1's about stuff that has come up with respect to the kids i.e low sugars, fears of kids being diagnosed etc.  Please feel free to join.


PS.  I know I'm allowed to create a new community...just wasn't sure that it's ok to talk about it on other boards...lol

7:49 am
30 years!
Not sure if this is allowed here, so let me know.

I am hosting a fundraiser to celebrate 30 years of life with diabetes (and for some unknown reason, no complications!) in Columbus, OH on 2/9.  

www.markeddie.com will be the entertainment.  he is a type 1 comedian!  

if you are interested, let me know and i'll get you an invite or the info regardless.  i'll screen comments for you too.  thanks! 

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
5:36 pm
Any stories, personal or newsworthy, where any hypoglycemic diabetic has been in an accident, caused an accident, been caused of being publically intoxicated and treated as such by the police or other people of authority?  Thanks in advance!

x posted 
Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
10:55 pm
thank you and update on sunday
i  want to thank you all so much for your support, great ideas, and stress relief techniques.  i know them all from therapy, but when you are in such a stressful situation AND your sugar is high....well, you all  understand.  

i ended up in the hospital and had a pretty unbelievably horrible experience.  you'll never believe it.  if it is appropriate to post, let me know and i will.  if not, let me know your email or something and i'll send it to you.  unreal.  really. 

cross posted**
Sunday, September 23rd, 2007
9:30 am
 I don't know if I had an occlusion in my pump or what.  I changed my set just in case.

(secondary issue that is causing major stress)  I have been having blood work done all week and have really elevated liver enzymes so I am having a biopsy and ultrasound for that.  Anyone here have NASH?  

Also, I had an infection and had strep a.  I also have a yeast infection.  And major stress on the home front.  So, lots of reasons and possibilities for high sugar.  

IT IS 456!  

I forgot I had run out of Ketone strips. My family is at church and I don't want to drive.... They'll be home in 2 hours.

I am drinking water CONSTANTLY, even though I feel nauseated...and have taken the appropriate insulin.  I know it won't work as well with me being dehydrated, but I'm checking every half hour to ensure it is going down.  .  

I CAN'T go to the hospital or ER b/c my daughters 3rd bday party is this afternoon and we have 60+ people coming.  Any advice?  

I"ve been diabetic for 29 years and I don't think it's ever been this high since diagnosis.  I'm freaking out.  Advice?  Thanks in advance. 

EDIT -- DOWN TO 391!!!  YAY  (never thought i'd say yay about that number.  i never go above 180!  ok, or 200!) 
EDIT -- DOWN TO 391!!!  YAY  (never thought i'd say yay about that number.  i never go above 180!  ok, or 200!)

**cross posted**
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
3:33 pm
High Numbers
I've been type 1 for 12 years and have had an insulin pump for 4.  I have a 3 year old and a 3 month old.  While I was pregnant my sugar control was really good.  My dr's only had good things to say about it, in fact, being diabetic was the only good thing about being pregnant (in my experience anyway...lol).  I had morning sickness, swollen feet and legs, migranes...you name it I got it.

Anyways, after I had my youngest, I noticed that my sugars would go low and I wasn't getting any warning signs.  That's not normal for me.  I was concerned, but by the time I saw my endo. ( 3 weeks ago) I was handling the situation by letting my numbers run on the high side.  Well, to be honest, with 2 kids, I don't have the time to check my sugars as often as I should.  Sometimes, days go by without me checking them.  When I saw my endo. my bloodwork showed that my HB1AC was 8.  Not great.  I told him what was going on and he suggested that I try to check my sugars more often but other than that he wasn't too concerned.  He told me to come back in 6 months.

Today, I get a call from my family Dr.  I'm taking the baby in for her four month shots next month.  The receptionist said that the Dr. wanted to give me a heads up that she wants to talk to me about my sugars b/c the seem to be "all over the place".  

I feel like a kid who got caught doing something bad and now I'm getting in trouble for it.  I know what I have to do, I just need to get my ass in gear.  Diabetes sucks ass. 

Current Mood: pissed off
Sunday, August 19th, 2007
10:26 pm
Hi everyone. I just joined this community and honestly haven't used lj much over the past year or so but figured this would be the perfect place to ask my question: Have any of you used or contemplated using an inhaled insulin agent such as Exubera?

I ask because I'm currently working on a bachelors in Nursing with the long term goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Certified Diabetes Educator and one of my professors asked me if I had ever used it or had any information about it. I, sadly, had very little to offer. I was diagnosed with type one 12 years ago and really only know about insulin, the pump (I've been on it for the past two years), and have studied a lot info regarding oral glucose lowering agents for type II diabetics.

When researching inhaled insulin the findings have been pretty scant and a lot of the Medical and Nursing Journal information I have available to me is all pretty general and doesn't really give me the insight I'm looking for.

Any feedback you guys can give would be much appreciated. You'll be educating me, and I'll relay whatever info you give me to about 70 future RN/BSNs, so thanks a lot!
Saturday, August 18th, 2007
8:39 pm
Hi! I'm new. To diabetes and this community.
I'm Victoria, I'm fourteen years old (yup, I'm young), and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on Wednesday the 15th. That morning I had seen a pediatric rheumatologist (two weeks previously I had had swollen ankles), since my mom and I thought I might have lupus or something along those lines. I got some lab work done, and at around 5:30 that evening, the nurse called and I was told that I had diabetes with a blood sugar of well over 500; and I was in ketoacidosis.

I was in total shock. I can't even put into words how angry I was. I wasn't displaying any really classic diabetes symptoms. I was tired all the time, my muscles ached, my joints ached, my eyes hurt constantly. I had been on a gluten-free and corn-free diet because that seemed to make a difference. I'd seen a food allergist, a wide assortment of regular doctors. I've had plenty of lab work done. My 11 year old sister has had diabetes for 7 years! For the life of me, I could not understand why I had to go through so much, just to wind up at diabetes, something my parents are experts on.

So, I was admitted to pediatric intensive care, where I was hooked up to an IV, and got all the insulin and sugar I could ever want, all while watching Spaceballs. My blood sugar came down quickly, and my mom pulled a few strings, and got me out after another night. But I'm still in shock. I think I will be for quite a while.

Current Mood: sleepy
Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
7:25 pm
About time I introduced myself properly..


I ahve been an occasional poster to diabetes related communities for the past couple of weeks, so I thought it time to properly introduce myself.  My name is Chris, and I was diagnosed Type 1 diabetic on the 18th of July, 4 days before my 32nd birthday.  I live in Washington near Sunderland in the UK (the birthplace of George Washington's grandparents).


For a lot of people, being diagnosed is quite an earth shattering discovery.  However , personally I have found this to be possibly the biggest kick up the backside I have ever had, and just at the right time.

I had already started changing a lot of things about my life, but now I have no choice - it's healthy living, on the most part, from now on. 

Most of the people I have seen have commented on how well I have taken to my new situation.  Well, to be perfectly frank, there's no point in getting upset about it.  I'd rather get on with it and be thankful for everything else I have to live for.  One thing I will say though is that I wouldn't wish some of the symptoms I had at the end of the build-up to my hospital visit to anyone.

I had been feeling tired and listless for a long time - it has been pointed out that I could be talking years here.  But, from the beginning of June, I started losing weight.  By the time I started showing any other symptoms, I'd lost two stone.  In one month (this actually is a bit of a plus!).

Then came the thirst.  I would easily drink up to 5 litres of fluids a day, and go through 2-3 litres overnight.  It reached a point where I was drinking so much that I wouldn't be able to eat more than one meal in any 24 hour period.  During the night, I would inevitably wake up needing to use the bathroom.  this is where the next symptom would become evident.  Loss of limb control. 

It wasn't uncommon for me to have to crawl to get upstairs, or stagger around almost drunkenly, legs and arms flailing around in different directions.  During the day, especially at work, stairs would be a major event just to climb them.

My short term memory was shot.  And the cramps!  OMG the cramps!  Every night without fail, one, or the other and sometimes both of my legs would besubjected to the most extreme cramping I've ever experienced.  and at times, the muscles would kind of ripple away as if there was something inside my legs.

Finally, it became too much.  I know a lot of people were already telling me to get checked out, and, for whatever reason I didn't do it.  but, after doing a car boot sale nearby, I was forced to stop at least 5 times to find something to drink and/or use a athroom.  This was just on the drive to Washington (Normally about an hour at the most).

After a call to NHS Direct, I arranged a blood test on the following Tuesday.  (am Wednesday, I get the phone call - report to the GP at 5pm.  From there - hospital.  My blood sugar count on admission - 29mmol/ml.

Within 10 minutes of getting admitted to the hospital and being set up with my IV's (Insulin + Dextrose or Saline in one arm, Saline in the other), everything started to change.  The cramps vanished as if they'd never been there, and the thirst went without a trace.  48 hours later I was home, with my diabetic's goodie bag and a whole new way of life ahead of me.

So sugar is now out the window as much as possible - as is fat if i want to keep the weight off and stay healthy, but strangely, I don't miss it as much as I thought I would.  For the first time in over 10 years, I have more than three types of cereal in my cupboards, and it's been a great excuse to buy Ryvita (yes I do actually like cardboard-tasting crackers).  Four insulin injections (extra if I eat more) and four blood tests a day for the forseeable future, but the hardest thing of all is making sure I have three meals a day, without fail.  I've been used to getting what I can, when I can.

I've been back at work for two weeks, and everythings going ok, considering.  I just have to remember that I can't push myself too hard.  And other people need to remember that I'm not sick, or suddenly an invalid  (even if I am covered by the Disability Discrimination Act!).

I still have to have my eyes and feet checked (once a year from now on, but it's all free - as are my prescriptions), but I'm getting on with it, and hopefully my transition stays smooth and free from hypo's (too little blood sugar is bad too).

I know I've rambled on a bit, but it's nice to get it down, and all that's left to say is that when I get to bed tonight I'll be dreaming about chocolate...

Current Mood: okay
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