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SHORTYGETFIT's Photo SHORTYGETFIT Posts: 477
12/6/11 12:32 A

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Great job Olivia!

I'm having trouble posting goodies right now..I'll be sure to ost to your wall in the near future! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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12/4/11 10:11 A

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Hi :)

I just wanted to report that at my last doctor's appointment my HbA1c was 6.8! It was 10.- last time and just a year ago it was over 14! I had also lost eight pounds. For once I actually feel proud of myself and I just wanted to share. I am so proud of all of you too :)

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VALERIE1619's Photo VALERIE1619 Posts: 1,084
11/17/11 2:54 P

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If my BS is at or close to my target of 100 before my 2.5 mile hike, I do a temp basal of -70% for 30 minutes about 15 minutes before starting. My walk takes about 45 minutes so my basal resets just before I'm done walking. If I don't have it reset, I'd start going high later on.

If I test and find I'm low (I usually catch a low at around 75), I'll do a temp basal of -20% for a half-hour. That way I don't usually drop lower and don't have to eat or treat. Of course, if I were driving, I'd treat.

My personal rule is that I only treat with glucose tablets. They're fat-free and low calorie enough that I don't subject myself to weight gain by treating. Using food to treat lows is just an excuse to eat, in my opinion.

Valerie


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IUQCAJANN Posts: 5
11/16/11 12:28 P

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Thank you for the tip! Can I ask what percentage you drop the rate for a couple of sample activities? 23 TDD is really great. I'm around 40, but still get some unexpected lows. I would love to get my control tighter, and this is all helping. I HATE eating to correct lows, especially after working out.

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VALERIE1619's Photo VALERIE1619 Posts: 1,084
11/2/11 11:53 A

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Hey thanks! BUT, I AM on a pump; been pumping for about 8 years. My A1C was 5.6% pre-pump and then hovered around 5.4% after I started. Now, I seem to stay at 5.6%.

Eating right, exercise and weight loss have all affected my TDD. I've lost 56 pounds since February and my TDD has dropped from about 36 units to my present 23 units.

The temporary basal is my friend for exercise and for treating lows. I seldom use glucose tablets anymore and never treat with food; when I feel a low creeping up, I simply lower my basal by a little for a half-hour. Works for me!

Valerie


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IUQCAJANN Posts: 5
11/2/11 11:09 A

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I'm a type one for the past 17 years. Been on the pump now for 7 years. It was scary at first, but it really does add to your flexibility and control. The best part is going out to dinner and not having to take a shot in front of pesky kids or anyone else who wants to talk about diabetes while you want to relax with your family. For a long time, that was all I really got out of it.
I'm proud that my A1C was 6.2 on my last check! Down from 7.9, and my previous low was 6.9. Its been hard, but now I can curb bad days with the thought that I don't want to ruin my average. The problem now is that all this eating right and adding exercise has started the cycle of lows and treating and not losing weight. So I'm messing with my insulin, and playing with the temporary basal levels. Its cool. If I want to work out, I turn down the insulin. I don't have to turn down lantus or NPH for all day tomorrow. Its not something I would feel comfortable or able to do without the pump & humalog. I can try something for a few days and change it back. I'm also lucky enough to have a continuous glucose monitor, so I don't have to check 15 times a day. I check 7-10, but not 15!! (Your poor, poor fingers) And I can see where things go overnight.
You've all inspired me today! I'm going to go throw out something. I'm wicked jealous of Valerie for having such an awesome A1C without a pump or CGM. (Wow girl, seriously!) The person on NPH, I am nervous for. Change is hard, but these new insulins and technologies will make your control better and easier. You got over poking your finger and taking shots, you can do this too!

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10/19/11 1:55 A

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My PROUD (6 months later....) is that since July 1, I've managed to clear 217 pounds of usable 'stuff' out of my house. Im not a hoarder, but I sure don't make cleaning a priority, and after WhatsHisFace left last summer unexpectedly I just kind of piled stuff all under the bed, under the couch, stacked on a shelf... I kept telling myself I'll get to it later, and now finally, I'm making progress! Most of its small stuff, plates, a few books, promotional waterbottles, but enough small stuff adds up! It was hard to sit down and objectively and unemotionally look at whats in my house, but the more I do, the easier it gets. I am one person, I probably don't need 6 plates. I don't like ceramic mugs, so why do I have any? The orange towel is too big and I tend to trip over it if I do a sloppy job wrapping up in it after a shower...
I have replaced the too-big towel, gotten rid of the ceramic mugs, and cleared out all but 2 plates. I've still got a ways to go, but I feel like I'm making good strides in completely reclaiming all of my space, both physically and mentally, and THAT is something to be proud of!
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5/22/11 5:57 P

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My good news is that yesterday was the first time in over a year, since before 4 surgeries, that I walked around our 1.7-mile block without having to ask my husband or a neighbor for a ride home because of low blood sugar, praise the LORD!

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5/22/11 1:03 P

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Ah, I understand.

It's so incredibly frustrating that there are insulins/treatments, etc that are better and more predictable but not available to everyone. I believe every diabetic should have access to a pump if they choose; it should be a right, not a privilege...

Valerie



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5/22/11 8:25 A

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My proud post is that my hbA1c is 6.7! The last time (Feb of this year) it was over 10, so this is a huge accomplishment for me. AND, it is 6.7 after only 6wks of changes I made, so I'm actually excited to see it in another 3 months...feel amazing because my blood glucose in the morning has always been "tricky" and now I don't even have to think about it.

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5/21/11 8:16 P

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@ KELLYLYNNSCOTT,

I don't even remember the exact number of years I've been on NPH now. My weight changed drastically since I had a child in 2008. I've never had a problem with weight before that.
I've been a type 1 for 11 years now. I take NovoRapid before meals :)

@ ANEWLEE,

I like that! "If it's not broke ... don't tamper with it."
I think I just have this terrible mental image of using the pump. I'd need to over come all that before I could even attempt to use it.
The only reason I have a pump now is because the government was giving them out for free under a certain age and my diabetic nurse sent in for me to get one :)
I would like to use it someday. But, I def. need to over come my fear, I guess I'd call it.



I need to meet the diabetic nurse for in this town. I am really paranoid about it. And wondering how different he/she will be compared to my old one.
The woman I used to see, she has been with me through EVERYTHING! She dealt with me since I was first diagnosed back in 1999. I still chat with her though e-mail and she's even invited to my wedding :)

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SHORTYGETFIT's Photo SHORTYGETFIT Posts: 477
5/21/11 8:03 P

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That's right Kelly, if it's not broke...don't tamper with it.

I have been on the pump for about a year and 1/2 and it was the best decision for me -and odd thing, I have trouble taking shots now. The little poke for the pump doesn't bother me. If you for whatever want to get a feel of what one of the devices feel like, Omnipod has a sample pod that they encourage people to wear for a few days before purchasing the pump.



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KELLYLYNNSCOTT Posts: 5
5/21/11 7:18 P

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I use NPH as well at bedtime. I have used it since I was first diagnosed 14 years ago with Type 1, and I currently use Humalog before I eat and NPH before bed. Over the years I have certainly had to adjust my nightime NPH dose, based on my morning BS readings. For whatever reasons my body has just changed I guess. I have taken up to 24 units before bedtime and currently I am around 11 units. My weight has stayed relatively the same over the years and I am sometimes cautious and take a unit or two less of NPH before bedtime if I have been very active that day. My doctors have said that my AIC is stable and good, so if I have found the recipe in dealing with my body and diabetes, then why mess with trying new insulins or even the pump. Use whatever works for you :)

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5/21/11 3:45 P

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VALERIE1619,

I was talking about that insulin with my diabetic nurse in my home town. It sounds really good.
But, the sad thing is, it isn't covered under my insurance.

I have a pump too but don't use it. First, I can't over come the thought of something attached to my side all the time (I know it would give me better control but I need to get the whole mind thing worked out :P) Also, the supplies isn't covered under the insurance and the bill for this province was rejected to help diabetics.

It all comes down to not being covered :(

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SHORTYGETFIT's Photo SHORTYGETFIT Posts: 477
5/21/11 3:27 P

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Great job ladies!

I am actually awaiting a reply to your question Valerie. I find that Type 1 forces us to seek as much knowledge as we can, knowing is just 1/2 the battle. We are our own best advocates and yes, I love my Doctors -but I learn so much more from my peers.



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VALERIE1619's Photo VALERIE1619 Posts: 1,084
5/21/11 12:40 P

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Glad to hear you've found something that's working for you but I have to ask because I'm curious. I've never heard of anyone still using NPH insulin; I thought Lantus had wiped out NPH because of the 24-hour coverage. May I ask why you're still on NPH?

My PROUD post is that I've managed to lose 23 pounds since 2/18 and am sticking with it. I'm on Medifast because I got tired of not being able to budge a single pound, no matter what I did.

My A1C is still 5.6 and I'm happy with that. I'm exercising three mornings a week and plan to possibly ramp that up as soon as my boys are out of school (instant work out buddies!).

I'm testing 12-15 times a day and am happy with my results.

Valerie



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FUTUREMRS1001's Photo FUTUREMRS1001 Posts: 215
5/21/11 8:56 A

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After months of screwing around I finally got serious about my diabetes (again) and my weight loss journey/program.

My doctor kept telling me to take 34 units NPH at night. BUT, I decided to change the time of the injection from 12am to 11pm. [yes I know that's late, it's a long story for another time]
Anyways, after two weeks of playing around with the timing and insulin dosage I finally found what works for me :D

I now take 32 units NPH between 11pm - 11:30pm

I know this because I can now go to bed with my blood sugar normal and wake up AND they're still normal :)
I've struggled for awhile at getting them in the normal range in the mornings :)

But, yeah. I am pretty happy I finally know what works for me :)

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SHORTYGETFIT's Photo SHORTYGETFIT Posts: 477
5/21/11 2:04 A

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Hello everyone,

It's been a while and I'm trying to stay in touch with everyone, but sometimes life just happen... typical of a type 1 right?

Well, I noticed that we have Goodie points just going to waste each month and wanted to spread the love and cheer.

So if you have some wonderful news to share, let us know -so we can cheer you on.

Lost a few pounds...
A1C decreased
New Addition to the Family?
Met a personal goal
ETC....

Just living and loving life, whatever it it was that made you smile...share with us please and I'll try and get to your page and share a goodie.

Just look for the "Proud" link on our page....

Ready, set, go!!!




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