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February 1, 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 Geek Cure


Most of the time, we bash the lastest news about a "diabetes cure" because it is neither a cure, nor often even a significant improvement in diabetes treatment. Usually these "cures" are tested in mice, but fail to make the leap over to human physiology. Devices may work in the l (READ MORE)



Drug Safety, Polypharmacy, and Treating Our Elderly (Drug Awareness Week)


Polypharmacy: the use of multiple drugs and medications in the same patient (person), usually to treat more than one medical condition.


There's a lot we do NOT know about age-related deterioration of one's mental faculties. Every week, it seems, we hear another story w (READ MORE)




FSA Madness


Monday's mail brought a rather disturbing letter from the administrator of our Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). In the name of "improving" the "benefit" of an FSA, the managing insurance company (which is neither our health insurance company nor our dental insurance company nor (READ MORE)



Flying Without a Net


To say the past several days have been difficult is an understatement.


The Father-Out-Law's passing on New Year's Day left us traveling south in haste, leaving my sister holding the fort up north while, in addition to the funeral and emotional issues, we're having to deal with the Moth (READ MORE)




What's Going Around


I'm one of those people who has been blessed enough to rarely be "real people sick", and whose current treatment regimen contributes to rapid recovery. Still, I've never been able to completely avoid the change-of-season, sometime between closing-the-windows-for-the-winter and the (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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