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May 29, 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 Log Apps


A week ago Sunday, my phone crashed (physically), shattering its screen. After the crash, it booted intermittently, but no matter what I tried, I was unable to copy any files from there to my computer or network.

Most people would try to save their photos first. "Most people", though, (READ MORE)




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 (READ MORE)




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 n (READ MORE)



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 re (READ MORE)




I'll Take Protein for $200


One of my ongoing dietary issues has been one of protein.


Right after diagnosis, I ran a bit scared of all of the "excess protein kills the kidneys" lines and into the old-school health-foods' "you don't need as much protein as you think you do" train of thought. C (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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