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Dear John

Dear John,   We would like to invite you to take part in an opportunity to help you manage your diabetes. By getting involved you will:   participate with others who also have diabetes.
learn new ways to increase your confidence and motivation.
take part in a "new" approach designed to meet the needs of your group.
learn how to become more involved in your care.
  Most times when you come for appointments at St. Joseph's Community Helath Centre, you may have been ill or have a specific problem to be addressed. It's difficult, during these visits to have the time to talk with you about ways to better manage your diabetes. The purpose of these group appointments is to involve you more in your own care and to help maintain or improve your health.   Starting in April we are planning 3 group appointments, in which [Mr. B the pharmacist] and [Miss M. the diabetes edumacator], two of our team members will be facilitating. We invite you and others that have diabetes to work with members of our health care team at St. Joseph's Community Helath Centre. By working together, we are hoping that you will learn new ways to better manage your diabetes. We encourage you to bring a family member/friend to these 3 appointments ... [blah blah blah]     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------   Sounds kind of cool. Afterall, the absence of this type of program is what I have complained about. I probably wouldn't be half blind today if this was available 30 years ago. It sounds a lot like a forum moderated by health care workers. Maybe they finally said "How come John's doing so well? Maybe we should do what he's doing? Yea, but let's supervise it. If we don't, he'll have them all drinking bacon grease."   My initial thought -- I wonder how fast I can get kicked out? I know this may help someone. It may even help me. In all likelihood it will be more of the same old CDA bullfeathers. Tow the line and you'll be fine. Right. 90% failure is not where I want to be. It's not because I don't do what you say; it's because it's what you tell me to do is insufficient or wrong. My NP and PCP, who I've been in contact with in the last week -- John's new A1C is back down to 5.9%! -- know I'll be there. I finished another friendly battle with NP today. I'm sure they'll warn Mr. B and Miss M.   Don't worry. I'll be good .   Muhahahahahahaha!

xMenace

xMenace

 

Dear Lost Sensor:

Dear Lost Sensor:   I realize that you enjoy causing trouble. But hiding from my pump is inappropriate behavior--- especially when you are a new sensor.   And now that I just tried reconnecting you've decided to work. Let's keep it that way!   Yours Truly, Fairy Nurse

Fairy Nurse

Fairy Nurse

 

CGM water submersion...

According to my CGM book guide, you can submerge your CGM in up to 8 feet deep water for 30 minutes.   Has anyone done this? Or even gone longer? Or do you think it's too risky?   I'm wondering, for example, if you put a good tape that is water resistant, would it work. I keep thinking that it might not do too much good if I have it in the water, but my pump is on land... I don't think I'd hear the beep if it went low...   Just wondering....

Fairy Nurse

Fairy Nurse

 

Running a Half Marathon with Type 1

Hi All- I am new to this site. I have been a type 1 diabetic for 19years. I have been on the pump for 11 years and have the CGM. Anyway- I have been in training for two months so far, for a half marathon coming up in October 2011. I can run up to 6 miles so far (yippie ) and have my bs (blood sugar) up high enough that i feel good. I was wondering if anyone has run in a marathon with diabetes. If so, could you give me so advice? I am not sure how to keep my bs raised for 13.1 miles. Right now I am doing my running on a treadmill, since it is a controlled setting; I can grab apple juice or glucose tablets if needed. I know in a race the situation will be different. Thank you

amy612

amy612

 

So I am new to this whole thing!

So I am currently 10 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child, but this is my 1st pregnancy with diabeties. I am very nervous and I hope that I am doing everything that I can to make sure myself and my baby are healthy. As of today my fasting sugars are finally in the 90's in the morning and throughout the day they are in the low hundreds or below. I just know that this time around I am a lot more nervous since I am diabetic and I really don't know anyone that is diabetic that has had children. Hopefully I can use this as a good out let for me during my pregnancy and after.

Sbennett

Sbennett

 

alifewithdiabetes.

ive made a new blog its about living with diabetes from such a young age and for people to understand what its like to live with diabetes, tbh my life just wouldnt be the same without diabetes. i want to be a role model to young and older people who are living with diabetes i model and hope i can get far with it, im getting homeschooled because of my health aswell. my blog is http://alifewithdiabetess.blogspot.com

kdiebelius

kdiebelius

 

Living with a spouse with diabetes

Hello: I joined here to see if I can talk with others with spouses who have diabetes. I really can use some support in regards to behaviors and more of an understanding of things. I have only been in this relationship for almost five years and this June will be our third year wedding anniversary. My husband has been increasingly difficult, angry, anxious, mood swings and is now on incilin and pills. It has changed him. I am just now reading up on it and realizing kinda what is happening. I thought I was doing something wrong all the time. He seems depressed too at times. He thinks that he does have mood swings and agrees but then say , I'm too sensitive and I get upset to easy with him. He doesn't realize his behavioral change with me. This has been getting worse since the start of inclin. He says we should go to a therapist for marriage counciling. Iling and I think he needs better control of what he eats and council on that more and I need to be there with him, which he'll agree too. Is there counslers out there that know alot about diabetes along with marriage counciling???

My angel

My angel

 

Has anyone used the website caloriecount.about.com??

I recently found this website caloriecount.about.com   You set up a personal profile(with the option to show your info to others or not) It asks you if you have diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol, depression and the gammut of important health issues. You input your height, weight, gender, age, etc. After you check the various health issues you have, it shows you what your ideal weight is, based on BMI and health needs. It also give you a "Goal Date" which you can lenghten or shorten to your needs. The basic idea is that you put in everything you eat on a daily basis. For each item you get the nutritional facts, in the same label format you see on the back of almost anything you buy in the store. You can just search for something your considering eating and get the facts or you can input your own recipe. At the end of the day you log in your daily meals, snacks etc. It not only tells you what basic nutrients you need to add but it also tells you what your High intakes of "bad" nutrients, low or excessive intakes of "good" nutrients Low intakes of "bad" nutrients or adequate intakes of "good" nutrients All in easy to read graph form.   This enables you to plan your next days (or the next weeks) meals to meet your needs, see a running log of how many calories, carbs, protiens, nutrients etc you are eating and it also has a water log, weight log and activity log. It is an all around HEALTH WATCH RESOURCE!   PS...I love the fact that I can get all the nutritional info on all my mothers recipes!! Most of her recipes have fresh ingredients and I find it very difficult to sit and do all the math needed to figure out what exactly I'm putting into my body. I'm entirely too busy to figure out each and every recipe AND I HAVE FOUND THIS TO BE A GREAT MOTIVATIONAL TOOL as well as a great way to learn what is in the foods i am eating:D   So in short I was wondering if anyone else has tried this site out and how it worked for them. If you haven't tried it out would you find it to be the great resource I do?

curiousqueen

curiousqueen

 

My Restaurant Concept

I am currently working on my dream, when I find the time:o Any and all comments from you would be greatly appreciated! I am trying to learn all I can about the eating habits and/or needs of diabetics, heart conscious or just healthy eaters in general. I am just health conscious at this point and I have ALOT of trouble going out to eat on a budget. My choices seem to be fried, fast food or overly expensive crappy salads..... I'm frustrated and I have dreamt about my own restaurant for so long it seems as if it should already be a reality. My original thoughts ranged from B&B to catering to upscale. I thought I had settled on Fresh and Diabetic friendly. Until I came across a post on here from a Baltimore student looking for feedback on a Diabetic Restaurant. It never occured to me that my idea was insulting, or at the least shining a spotlight where you may not want it shined. So back to the drawing board I went. I have always liked gardening, though rarely had time for it. But, it seems as if that is where my ideas keep heading. I looked further into sustainable agriculture. My reasoning before was merely money based. I can save myself and my customers a ton of money if I grow alot of my produce on site. And with the money saved I can get what I need shipped in during the colder months of the year. But then I realized that if I had product left over it could go to the farmers market, shelters or just to food pantries. I can make it much more than a simple restaurant. It can be a community based project. I'm looking into the Community service program in my area as well as inquiring if schools would be interested in taking short field trips to the garden. It can be an Asset to the Community.   So here's what I propose: A small restaurant, 10-12 tables, serving fresh produce from the onsite garden, fresh meats from a well known local Butcher at realistic prices for any budget.   Fresh soups with the option of white or whole wheat house made noodles Sandwiches on fresh bread (white, wheat, 12 grain, rye and italian) My awesome individual veggie lasagna Hand cut steaks, if not to order then cut daily A variety of sides for both the health conscious and those who Healthy is a bad word:T   All of my food will be carefully prepared, THE SAME WAY DAILY, with a computer database on hand with all my menu items various nutritional facts. I will have my menu evaluated by both the ADA and the AHA. If you are still unsure, all you need to do is ask the waitstaff for the information on any item you are considering having for dinner.   Would you be willing to try a restaurant out that offered the cuisine I want to offer? Is there anything you would like to see on the menu? I can give you more info if you are interested. Talk to me, let me know what you think! I'm still in the planning stages so there is more to come... And thank you to anyone who takes the time to comment. It means alot:D

curiousqueen

curiousqueen

 

God's Heavy Hand

God's Heavy Hand For Captain Roger Finley and all EMT people everywhere; thanks for the help.   My yellow car, my friends and theirs Lined in front of the fence We're going for a ride   God's heavy hand Falling, grasping I know this place   My yellow car, my friends in theirs Lined in front of the fence Waiting for a ride   Surface for air breath, relax Gods heavy hand, pulling   My friends Lined in front of the fence Watching me   Thrashing, screaming, sinking God's heavy hand drags me down   Where's my car? Where's my friends? Where's my fence?   I know this place God's heavy hand Ragdolls me   I'm not going Not down there Where's my car?   God's heavy hand Shaking me Squeezing me   Eat this They're on their way Hang on!   God's heavy hand lifting me up not yet, not this time!   I'm shaky and cold My bed is wet Hello Roger

xMenace

xMenace

 

Get Busy Living

Get Busy Living By David P. Greenberg   “Get busy living or get busy dying.” That quote comes from “The Shawshank Redemption” – one of my all time favorite movies. We’re all faced with that paradox, that dillema. How do we get busy living in this new world? What do we do with talents, skills and dreams that we can’t fulfill? How do we help our fellow Man, while surviving ourselves, when there are so many factors working against us? These questions provided the impetus for me to create my concept magazine - Nµ30. This project is of incredible importance to me, and I believe, to others grappling with the same issues. I wanted something that I could do for a job in an economy that no longer provides for people who want jobs. I wanted something that could allow me to use the talents and skills that took me a lifetime to hone. I wanted something that would enable, and provide for me, to continue in my miraculous self-help program that saved my life and got me off the “Big Pharma” jag that was my disease. Nµ30 can and will be that lifeline. It will allow me to employ myself, and to employ my talents. OK, I get that it’s somewhat rough. I get that the videos didn’t work in this first issue. They will in the second. I get that the “magazine” layout I wanted might be a few months off in the future. I also get that selling a product that has no advertising, no subscription base and no official backing might be difficult – perhaps, at this early stage, impossible. However, I don’t care. See, I got the idea, and the first priority for me, became making it so. I wanted to get busy living, and I had to take some short cuts to get it out there. It’s a work in progress, and it’s growing and developing every day. It’s an adventure, and an experiment, that requires your help. I need funding. I need following. I need readership. I need people who share my vision – a renaissance vision of self-sufficiency, strength and inventiveness. I’m writing this note, today, to convince people how important I think this can end up being. Not just for Jack, my poor overworked wife, and me, but also for all the people who read it and take from it the spark of inspiration for them to find their own program to a revitalized youth, and an independence from doctors and drugs. Here’s some of what you can do to be part of the Nµ30 movement, and to help me realize this pipe dream of mine. Primarily, I need financing to maintain my support, until I can begin to sell this project to those who will be providing it to you, the readers. That can be accomplished by clicking the following link:   Nµ30 Magazine by David P. Greenberg - GoFundMe   If you can’t make a financial commitment – and believe me, I understand – you can share this link out. You can e-mail it to your friends. Show it to your doctor, your pharmacist. Put it on your bulletin board at work. I’m doing everything I can to get the word out, but we need eyeballs. We need people to see both the magazine itself, and the promotional pages. We need people who are in a position to donate, to do so. In order for that to happen, they need to see it. Secondarily, I need “Likes” and readers. You can read the magazine, by going to this link:   Nµ30 Premier   While you’re there, you can get some of Jack’s wit and wisdom by clicking:   A Little Help From One of Boston's Edgier Journalists   In coming months, you’ll be able to join private groups dedicated to this magazine and its broader conceptual idea. You’ll also be able to click on the embedded links, and support us that way. Right now, you can go to: Nµ30 - Magazine | Facebook and click “Like.”   So please consider helping me bring this resource to the people who need it. I thank you, and Jack – the Internet rock star – thanks you.

BitcoDavid

BitcoDavid

 

Group for Teens

Hi. I still don't know much on how to do stuff on this website but I'm learning fast. I just started a new group, it is for teens with diabetes. If you are a teen with diabetes or know a teen with diabetes, consider this group. I hope this group can introduce teen diabetics to eachother and give them someone to talk to about what they are going through. Welcome to all teens.

Big Nate

Big Nate

 

Any info on alpha-lipoic acid? My wife and I take it now

When my wife was diagnosed with pre-diabetes with an A1c hemoglobin test of 6.8 our first thought was panic. back then the threshold for chronic diabetes was 7.0. We learned from her doctor recently that the threshold was lowered to 6.5.   My wife, over the past year, has beaten back all symptoms. Her A1c test is 5.6. She has yet to take a single drug or injection to cause this reversal. She accomplished this with diet and exercise.   I heard about alpha-lipoic acid in an email health newsletter and we have added it to our supplements. This substance is manufactured in the body and helps to metabolize sugar. But sometimes supplements help maintain a healthier level. We get our supply from Walmart.   Has anyone out there experienced this substance in the form of supplements. Send me an e-mail (see my profile) and I'll give you my sources of information as well as tell you about my wife's success in returning to a normal blood sugar level.

donpenven

donpenven

 

Anyone else taking victoza?

Hi! I have been taking Victosa for about 5 months. Started with 0.6 then gradually worked up to 1.2 with no real problem except a slight headache at start. Dr said to take it early with breakfast. Since I don't go to bed until midnight, I don't get up before 9 a.m. so I was taking it from around 10 a.m. somedays not until after lunch at 2 p.m. Dr said that was ok. Then I missed a day, and Dr. said that to skip a day would not make a difference. With that in mind...I have not taken it for two days now. In my opinion, the Victosa had not been doing what I had hoped it would do on a short term basis. Even, I have lost about 10 pounds (in five months,) I am disappointed because I was hoping for 20+ pound loss at least!   While I was out of the country in October 2010 for vacation, it was incoveinient to "time the dosage", so I got off schedule. It is so expensive added to what I am already paying for, and so, I am wondering if I can just stop for a couple of weeks and start back up at a later date...Anyone have any comment on that?   Other Meds as follows:   Metformin 500 x 2 daily HCTZ 12.5 daily Lovastatin 40 mg daily Vitamin D 50,000 twice week 81 mg Aspirin daily Occaisional Fish oil (causes diarrhea) Weight October 2010- 221# Weight March 2011 211#

CJD

CJD

 

Diabulimia: Diabetes + Eating Disorders - What It Is And How To Treat It

BOOK DESCRIPTION   “I am forty and have been battling with diabetes and eating disorders for twenty-five years… I am wheelchair bound and have no hope now… When I tried to find help there was not a single book that addressed this terrible thing… Please do something to help the young ones…” Outcries like this were the driving force behind the birth of this groundbreaking book.   Grace Huifeng Shih, RD, MS brings this once-secret disease/disorder out into the open and offers hope to those suffering, their families, and their health providers. Diabulimia (ED-DMT1, clinicians’ term), a deadly combination in which people with type 1 diabetes manipulate insulin so they will lose weight, causes permanent injury if left untreated.   Grace’s compassion and expertise in both eating disorders and diabetes; stories from her clients and their loved ones she works with everyday; along with the editing and review by 15 clinicians (endocrinologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, diabetes nurse practitioners, nurse managers, pediatricians, adolescent medicine physicians, ophthalmologists, nephrologists and neurologists) make this book invaluable for medical and non-medical readers alike.   For individuals: The 18 stories here share the struggle individuals face, and the relief they find knowing they are not alone. The voice of diabulimia is finally heard! The chapter “Nutrition and Diabulimia” is designed to help those searching for a healthy, safe means of weight loss.   For families and friends: Be encouraged and relieved to find recovery is possible through the multilayered treatment this book outlines. Learn how to recognize and circumvent the desperate ploys individuals with diabulimia use as subterfuge to avoid weight gain, and be better equipped to help them.   For health personnel, educators and group leaders: Here, the pathology of this group of patients is explained, as are ways to identify high risk individuals through skillful interviewing. With chapters such as “Hospitalization, Step by Step Guidelines” and “What Works and What Doesn’t”, the book is a unique resource as well as an invaluable tool.   For more information about the author and the book, visit: Diabetes | Diabulimia | Diabetic Acidosis   To Purchase: http://www.createspace.com/3562632 (directly link to this book) or Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more   ABOUT THE AUTHOR   Grace Huifeng Shih, RD, MS       Registered Dietitian @ Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA; Guest Lecturer @ San Jose State University; Board Member of Eating Disorder Resource Center: http://www.edrcsv.org; Advisor for medical students @ Stanford University; Advisor for nutrition students @ San Jose State University; Member of dissertation committee, clinical psychology, Ph.D programs; Speaker for Eating Disorders and Diabulimia workshops; Author of Diabulimia publications; Consultant dietitian for teen clinics, Kaiser Permanente; Private practice nutritionist who educates clients with eating disorders and diabulimia in her four offices throughout Northern California.       For more details about Grace’s services, visit Diabetes | Diabulimia | Diabetic Acidosis

vivian.crow

vivian.crow

 

hypoglycemia

Hey,, I need your help ,, I'm a diabetic (type 1) ,, I have had diabetes for about 5 years now ,, recently I had a hypoglycemia and the last insulin injection I took should have finished its work by at least 4 hours .. I was wondering if this ever happened to anyone .. And whether anyone knows why this might have happened.. Thank you

Miss Something

Miss Something

 

I found a Great Diabetic Cookbook

We all need to watch what we eat...(such a change!) There is a way we can all have tasty food and enjoy every bite finally. I found a book that I chose to use and I wanted to share it with everyone...Great food ideas in here, I enjoy cooking once again...It's only like 37 bucks but its worth it... here's the website for anyone who wants to try Ultimate Diabetic Cookbook

pass1on

pass1on

 

Another Way I Need Your Help

In 1984, I attended a birthday celebration for Jack LaLanne. He had just turned 70, and was performing a demonstration at Government Center in Boston. I watched that old man pull a tractor-trailer combo – with his teeth. I don’t know that I’ll be able to do anything like that, when I reach that milestone age, but I do know that I won’t be living on a mobility scooter, and eating through a tube. The “Hawg” Lived in Quincy, Massachusetts. Every morning, he’d encase his ankles in good old-fashioned bald headed women – the obsolete term applied to the ball and chain, as worn by prisoners on work gangs. He’d wear them all day. Once, some constables came to his house to serve him with a court order. The Hawg was preparing to do the engine overhaul on an old Caddie, at the time, and had just finished disconnecting the motor mounts. As the men approached, the Hawg grabbed that 600 cubic inch big block – V8, picked it up in his massive arms, pulled it into his barrel-like chest, and dropped it at the constables’ feet. Wordlessly, they got back into their car and left. He had just turned 60. I once knew a man who was so fat – a moving crew was hired to move all his possessions and furniture down to the first floor of his home, because he could no longer climb his own stairs. That man is dead now, and we all suffer at the loss, because he was a warm and generous Human being. Or there’s the one about the cab driver I knew, who had to have his cabs modified with truck shocks, because he was so heavy, the standard suspension systems couldn’t support his weight. I was slogging away on the treadmill, at my old gym. I was maybe 2 or 3 months, post-diagnosis. From the window, I could see a huge man, lumbering through the parking lot, on crutches. As he approached, I noticed that one of his feet had been amputated, and I knew immediately – Diabetes. As I upped the speed on the belt, I heard a voice in my head that said, there’s your future. That’s you in 5 years. Gratefully, I never got quite that big, but what’s it like to be 400 pounds? How does the world feel to those people? I can tell you how it feels at 205. I can tell you what 30% body fat feels like, to haul around. Yes, I have a story to tell. And, that’s what Nµ30 Magazine is all about. My goal – my mission – with this magazine is to help people. To provide those who need information, with the most comprehensive, most up to date, most unbiased and highest quality information available. But, Nµ30 is also about community. It’s about all of us helping each other. I have a story to tell, yes, but what about you? Most of the people I’m in contact with are writers, and all of us have something to say. I want to hear from you. I want to know your stories – your successes and your failures. I would like to extend the invitation to writers who are struggling with health and fitness issues, and writers who have overcome these obstacles, to help me create this valuable resource. While I can’t yet offer financial remuneration, I can offer you an opportunity to get your work seen by people who really want to hear what you have to say, and an opportunity to help those in need. Please – submit your stories, articles, op-eds and research pieces to Nµ30 magazine by emailing new30magazine@gmail.com. The Magazine comes out monthly, on the 1st of each month. Articles need to be submitted by the 15th, for inclusion in the following month’s issue. Please submit via Word, in .doc format. Although I only have room for one article per month, I promise to read them all. So, be a guest columnist in Nµ30 Magazine. Support others, receive support from them, and help launch the first true quality magazine devoted to athleticism, eating right and living better – in midlife.   You can see the latest versions and updates at Nµ30 Premier   And don’t forget to “Like” us up at Nµ30 | Facebook   I really need you to actually click on this link, and "Like" the page, itself. Clicking "Like" on the posts doesn't appear to translate through.   Also, please keep sharing us out. All of us have friends and relatives that are struggling with weight problems and/or Diabetes. You can help them, and me, by simply sharing this note, or the links for the magazine and its pages.   The Yahoo groups and a YouTube Branded Channel are in the works, and should be ready in a day or so.   Nµ30 – where 50 is the new 30.

BitcoDavid

BitcoDavid

 

Wide swings in BG

I was diagnosed during a hospital visit ... from physicals being 'a little high' in fasting to values in the high 200's without warning. A1C was 10.2   Rx 2 x 500mg Metformin and 2 x 5mg Glyburide. This did little good until I found that the 45-60 gm of carbs that the CDE said were 'necessary' were in fact grossly excessive. I do not deliberately eat anything at all that are significant carb sources. No beans, bread, fruit, cooked veg with more than low GI, no breakfast cereal or grain products, etc etc. I managed this way to get my avg below 100, a1c at 5.5. Dropped another 20 lbs. Walk more. Yet I swing between being hypoglycemic and having to carry some dried mango with me, to going after having tofu and veg roll for breakfast from a 70-90 running level from the prior dinner time to 250. Enough to make me simply want to end it all .. what is the point of having rather boring diet, avoiding any food, etc etc if in fact apparently nothing at all will drive it into dangerous levels.   Anyone have any experience with this, or references? I know about the Dawn effect and have seen that occassionally, but til now I dealt well by keeping half a glyburide to take at bed time.

boron_11

boron_11

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