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March 3, 2015
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Brenda Bell

Known to some online as her half-Vulcan counterpart "T`Mana", Brenda was diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes in July 2002 – and sent away from the doctor's office with nothing more than two conflicting diet sheets, a warning that she'd never be able to chart a way between the two of them, and a couple of prescriptions – both of which had intolerable side effects.


Given this challenge, a degree in engineering, and years of professional online searching and indexing experience, Brenda put her training to work to find a way between the low-sodium and diabetic diet sheets and away from the unknown long-term side effects of maintenance drugs. Her diabetes was diet-controlled from January 2004 through July 2012; she is now back on metformin and still trying to keep her A1c under 6.0


Brenda's first experience with an online diabetes community was a mailing list for members of STARFLEET: The International STAR TREK Fan Association, an organization with which she has been active since 1985. In addition to TREK fandom, Brenda enjoys historical costuming (mostly 16th-Century Elizabethan) and hanging out at Renaissance Faires and Highland Games.


Brenda's real-life diabetes circle includes her boyfriend, several members of his family (all Type 2), other members of Team Red - Skylands, and a number of local members of the Diabetes Online Community. Her diabetes role models (both deceased) are her childhood orthopedist and her stepmother's father.


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The Problem With Lancets


Under New Jersey's sanitation laws, syringe needles (sharps) need to be treated as hazardous biological waste.


Lancets, like the straight pins and needles we use for garment sewing, do not.


Still, the potential for secondary damage (to bathroom attendants, cleaning person (READ MORE)




Dear Abby and Everyone's Rights


There was a test strip that X used.

There was blood on edge of the test strip that X used.

The test strip that X used had sat on the desk.

The desk is now tainted by the blood on the test strip that X used.

There was work on the desk.

The work is now tainted f (READ MORE)




Trial, Error, and Why Am I Doing This to Myself?


Let's start at the beginning. My A1c, as of last week, was 6.1 — well within treatment goals for diabetes, but higher than that of people without diabetes — and there only for the grace of 500 mg metformin daily.


What the doctor saw, before the lab reports, were a lot of n (READ MORE)




Is Killing the Hunt, Killing our Children?


One of the items on yesterday's news was the idea that parents should be held responsible for childhood obesity. (This, because obesity is held to be responsible for many metabolic diseases — type 2 diabetes being one of the more common of them. There's a bit of a chicken-or-egg question about (READ MORE)



Cold Cycling


One of my usual winter challenges is figuring out exactly what combination of tech clothing and accessories I need to bicycle safely in the cold weather. Base layer, cycling tights, winter cycling jacket, helmet, weather-resistant shoes, and gloves — those are standard. But whic (READ MORE)



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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