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May 5, 2015
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Troubleshooting Test Strips

What's the first thing you do, after opening a new vial of test strips? Run a control test, right? (Well, that's what you're supposed to do, even though it "wastes" one or more of that precious commodity.) Every vial of test strips has a reference range for one or more control solutions. (If there's more than one range, our vials of control solution usually tell us to look for the "normal" or "low" range.) What... (READ MORE)

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For a Loop

It was a sneaky one. A sly beast of a low bloodsugar that gave me no symptoms until it gave me all of the symptoms in one big brick to my face. Sitting in bed reading and getting ready to sleep, I pulled my meter to give myself the security of knowing my sugar before rest. And, um, there it was 32 mg/dl. Huh? Cannot be right. I test again. 30 mg/dl. OK it's right - and BOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM - here come the symptoms. I stand to go to the fridge for juice and wobble. ... (READ MORE)

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Mobile Dysphoria

With the recent acquisition of "Willahara" (my iPad Air 2), our home network looks a bit more like the Chinese Restaurant dish "Happy Family": We have several versions of Android phones and tablets, a Windows 8.1 tablet, a Windows phone, several versions of Windows desktops and notebooks, an iPod Touch 4th generation, a Linux system, and a NAS (a networked hard drive to back up our files). One of the issues involved in running a heterogeneous home network is... (READ MORE)

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Weekend Diabetes Hijinks

This past weekend was a whole lot of diabetes weird. I've finally gotten into a good rhythm with my Lantus rate - settling in with a 70-30 nighttime-morning split of the total dose. My bolus dosing seems to be pretty much on the money too. I'm avoiding huge swings... Though lows are creeping up more often, I think because summer traditionally is a lower basal rate time, owing to warmer weather, increased activity and sweat, as we get closer to the warmer days I just need less insulin in the... (READ MORE)

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Crazy Morning Highs

My diabetes is changing. Until a few years ago, my morning readings were reasonable and within the desired range of under 100 mg/dl. About two years ago, they started slipping upwards into the less-desirable but apparently not-worrisome range of 100-110 mg/dl. Now, this was what was recorded by my Abbott Freestyle Lite meter, which is known to record at the lower end of the home-glucometer variability range, but with my A1c firmly in the high 5s and low 6s, the meter's tendency to... (READ MORE)

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Megan Holmes
Megan Holmes Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life.   (Read More)
Michelle Kowalski
Michelle Kowalski Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes.   (Read More)
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