Conquering life living with Type 1 Diabetes

Friday, August 26, 2016

Medication Assistance Programs

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I updated the links on my blog for prescription assistance programs. If you or someone you know needs links to get help please share my page with them!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Get your insulin from Canda if you are uninsured or have a high co-pay

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If you are having a hard time paying for Humalog or Novolog or your insurance coverage is crap, I wanted to let you know I met a lady in a Diabetic support group that uses a pharmacy in Canada to get her insulin mailed to her here in the US. All you have to do is have your doctor fax in your prescription. Here is the pharmacy website:

Use at your own risk, I am in no way tied to this pharmacy and have never used them myself.  I just wanted to pass this information along.  

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PLEASE sign the petition: Limit The Runaway Costs For Life Supporting Medicines By Large Pharmaceutical Companies

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The petition has been organized, please sign and share! People with Diabetes are going to start having some serious complications, deaths, and other things I dont even want to talk or think about just because of some greedy CEO's.

Please take one minute to add your name to this petition to get the government to do SOMETHING about these OUTRAGEOUS price hikes for drugs that people with Type 1 Diabetes, like myself, cannot live without.

My last refill for 3 bottles of humalog shot up from 650 to 950 before insurance! Imagine if I had no health insurance, how on earth could I pay 950 EACH MONTH just for insulin?

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Friday, August 12, 2016

The rising cost of insulin!!

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Just a few months ago the retail cost of Humalog for 3 bottles was around 650.00 and today the retail cost was 938.99!! How does that happen?! That is such a freakn rip off! How does anyone without insurance afford this, this is why people with type 1 diabetes are in such bad shape health wise!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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The zero Glycemic Index sweetener that I really love will be back in stock on Amazon on August 13th finally!! It sells lightening fast and one little container has 124 servings!  Order yours now!

Whole Earth Monk Fruit Juice Concentrate

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Monk fruit juice concentrate is finally on Amazon!!

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So Amazon finally has this monk fruit concentrate but they cant seem to keep it in stock! I just ordered 4 today, hopefully it will be in stock again soon! It has no glycemic impact on your blood sugar, no cooling effect in your mouth and no bitterness.

It is in stock now but the price has skyrocketed!  Hopefully it will come back down again.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Brought to you by type 1 Diabetes

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Nothing screams wake up its midnight like your insulin pump site going bad so you have to get up and change it, you might as well change your reservoir with only 25 units in it as well as your tubing, then your pump screams at you it needs to be charged.  So here I sit awake charging my pump and I figure I might as well check out facebook while up at midnight.  Just gotta love moments like these brought to me by type 1 Diabetes.  

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Another low carb recipe under my belt!

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Tried this recipe tonight and it was wonderful! Youll love it if you love cabbage.  Prep time was a bit of work but worth it!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Stomach viruses while pg, not fun at all!

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So Ive decided that having a stomach virus while 25 weeks pregnant is just pure torture and hell.  I had it for 3 and a half days and thought I might just croak.  Never in my life have I had a virus make my back hurt as bad as that did, I almost went to the doctor out of concern from the pain in my spine.  Holy freakn cow!  Since laying down for over 3 days my body also forgot how to support my belly and today was just torture and of course the sciatic nerve pain today was also insane. Man oh man a whole new level of respect for having a stomach virus while pg over here, women should get awards for surviving that b.s.!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The announcement I keep forgetting to announce!

So I keep forgetting to announce on my blog that we are expecting baby #2 in October!   We are very excited yet apprehensive as adding another child is a bit scary, but not as scary as going for the first!

My diabetes has been fairly easy to manage, it is still Diabetes, but so far my its been like my first experience being pregnant and my blood sugars are easier to maintain.  The leg swelling has started and I have already had to give in to wearing compression stockings, they are fabulous you should try them!  They look really quite ridiculous but man oh man do they feel good to wear to keep the swelling/skin stretching/heavy leg feelings away! The other day my right leg felt like it weighed 50 pounds because I forgot my stockings at home.  

We are trying to avoid preecclampsia this time around and my OB has me taking a baby aspirin daily.  My blood pressure has been steady at its normal low numbers so far and my baseline 24 hour urine collection was normal.  Taking an aspirin daily has made me bruise more than I have in my entire life which is kind of crazy considering before I could whack myself pretty hard and not get a mark. (I am a wall and corner grazer) I also have this whirrling noise in my right ear all the time from it, but it is all worth it to avoid pre-e again.

My sciatic nerve pain came back with a vengeance at about 6 weeks, which I was hoping it could wait a bit longer but it did not.  I am forever grateful for my mother in law, she gave me foam roller because it was too hard for her and it has literally been my saving grace.  I LOVE my foam roller.  It helps the pain tremendously.  I think the one on the link is the exact one I have at home.  You literally roll on the floor over top of it on your back or wherever your pain is.  I sit on this and roll over the sciatic nerve that hurts, and boy does it hurt like hell to do this, but after you put the pressure on the painful spots until it hurts less you eventually feel a lot better.  Last pregnancy I was at the chiro office 1 or 2 times a week.  This thing has saved me hundreds of dollars!  It has also helped me a lot with my scoliosis back pain even before I was pregnant.

This time around I have stomach muscle separation which is kind of crazy looking and painful.  I'm hoping they don't separate much more since it is already a 1.5 inch gap around my belly button.  It kind of feels like my uterus is going to pop out of my stomach.  My skin doesnt really hurt or itch like the first time around, so that a plus.  Just another one of the joys of pregnancy and the toll it can take on a mother to bring another miracle baby into our family.

We are grateful for today's technology and the fact that with type 1 Diabetes I can bring children into our lives and not have many of the fears that women had just a few short decades ago about having children. 

20 weeks pregnant, regular jeans and just an extra size bigger shirt!

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The dreaded ??? readings on Dexcom.

Restarted my Dexcom sensor this morning, I think for only the third time (wink wink) and today most of the day I have the dreaded ??? readings.  DARRRRNNNNN it. I will have to get out a new one after work.  Three or four weeks is what I typically get out of one Dexcom sensor, I know that is nothing to complain about!  I just hate when they finally conk out because of how much they cost. 

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Pump sites and healing them faster

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Recently in a support group I am in the topic of insulin pump sites and healing came up.  A few ideas were shared and I just wanted to share what I use, for a non-medicated approach.

After my friend told me about Bio Oil and finally trying it, I was sold. I really like it, it absorbs quickly with no oily residue. For me it helps heal my site faster with less scaring. As far as scaring goes, I know all about it. Everything leaves a scar on my skin, including every single pump site. I have a map on my skin of previous sites. The bio oil helps them heal much faster and the scars fade quicker.

Keri Nourishing Shea Butter & Vitamin E Lotion, 15 fl ozI also use shea butter. I just use the Keri brand mostly but Bath and Body Works has or had great scents in their body butter lines which has shea butter in it. The keri brand is a bit greasy so I only wear it at night but the Bath and Body Works one could be worn anytime for me anyway, maybe not hot summer days though. Itll make you sweat and then your slimy. Yuck.

I try not to use steroid creams or antibiotic creams, as long term use of any of those isnt good. Steroid creams will thin your skin and antibiotic creams can give you dermatits and set you up for antibiotic resistant infections.

I hope this helps someone else out there.

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Diabetes Blog Week - Message Monday


Diabetes Blog Week Day 1 topic: Message Monday:  Lets kick off the week by talking about why we are here, in the diabetes blog space. What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog?

Want to join Blog Week?  Check it out here:

I started my blog in 2013 for the most part, I posted just a few things in 2012, but its not worth talking about.  Most of my Diabetic life I had not known anyone with type 1 Diabetes, other than my 2 brothers and some family members, and wasn't in any support groups and I wasn't comfortable asking the people I knew some of the personal questions I had.  I felt alone and misguided.  Most of my Diabetic Career before I met the medical team I have now was full of bad information and almost no guidance.  After I found my awesome CDE (Calli) and how completely fabulous she was, I felt inspired to help others, as she helped me so much. 

I joined some facebook support groups, saw how many other people we also getting bad medical advice and then I found other Diabetic Bloggers.  I knew and saw how many people were also lost and felt alone in their daily life with Diabetes.  Many people I know in my area or live in my area, I actually insisted that they too go see Calli, because of her great understanding of Diabetes.

Then one day the idea of starting a blog came to my mind and overnight I thought of the name I am a type 1 Diabetic Warrior, differentiating my type because of all the misinformation about Diabetes and the fact that there are two types.

I blog to share my life and trials and tribulations with type 1 Diabetes because so many of us out there feel so very alone because it is basically a hidden disease until issues or complications arise. 

There typically isn't much if any support from fellow family members and friends as with any disease that is not visible to the outside world.  You have to seek support from the community of people who are also living with the same disease as you are.  You have to learn how to cope with the general public's misguided comments and information, which can be very hard at times and can hurt quite a lot. 

I also blog to share the low carb lifestyle I decided to begin in April 2015.  It has changed my life and the ease of managing my disease and how much healthier I feel.  It is also a very hard pill for most people in your life to swallow and you get a lot of push back, which in turns makes it even harder to stay on track.  It can be done, it just takes more time and being on the receiving end of more insensitive comments.  The longer I stay on the low carb track, sharing really good recipes and people saying how much they like the food keeps me motivated and I have actually helped to inspire a few people I know to try low carb or do more low carb food, which makes me so incredibly happy. 

All I want to do is help people live with Diabetes and live as healthy as they can.  It brings me great joy to have someone come up to me and tell me they tried this or that recipe or they went to see Calli or Teresa and they loved her and/or they decided to go on an insulin pump or CGM.  It makes my heart so happy to know I helped put them in the right direction.  So to all you who have told me I helped you, I am forever grateful that I could help you, just by being another person with Diabetes and sharing my story and my experiences over and over and over again.

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Medicare Told to Cover CGMs in Ruling

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Medicare Told to Cover CGMs in Ruling

 This could be a huge decision for Medicare coverage of CGM technology. We NEED Medicare to cover CGM's for people with Diabetes!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

diaTribe's reaction to the UHC/Medtronic pump deal

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 #MyPumpMyChoice #accessmatters

diaTribe also released their reaction/letter about the UHC Medtronic deal.

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American Diabetes Association reaction to UHC/Medtronic deal

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#MyPumpMyChoice #accessmatters @myUHC

Keep them coming Diabetes Community!  We have got to get UHC to change their mind and not take this one track approach to such complex complicated Diabetes management tools like Insulin Pumps!

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Friday, May 6, 2016

JDRF release letter about the UHC/Medtronic agreement

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 #MyPumpMyChoice, #AccessMatters

 JDRF came out with a letter about the United Health Care / Medtronic deal that was announced this week and as it should caused a big uproar in the the Diabetes Community.

We need access to all the pumps available to use the one that fits us best and to keep insulin pump competition and innovation alive.  You kill off all your competition by negotiating contracts with huge health insurance companies and then they have no reason to be on the cutting edge of innovation. 

For example in the CGM field.  There use to only be Medtronic CGM's and they were terrible, almost every single person who wore one hated it and a lot of people still hate the new Enlite sensors.  Then Dexcom came along and knocked all our socks off, it is a much better sensor.  It is so much better than most of the research going on in the closed loop artificial pancreas projects USE a Dexcom CGM.  So what happens when you cut out pump competition, you force out innovation and competition to come out with better pumps!
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United Health Care is not 100% all bad.

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#MyPumpMyChoice  #accessmatters #Diabetes @Dexcom

A midst the chaos and uproar that United Health Care has caused this week, by announcing that for a lot of their plans you can only use Medtronic as the preferred pump brand unless you go through the appeals process to get a different one, they are not a 100% bad company so far in my experience.

I have had to call about 10 times in the last two weeks to work on getting a lab test pre-auth done and figuring out what was wrong with my Dexcom pre-auth. Granted, it is a HUGE HUGE pain in the butt to stay on top of these things and call constantly, but at least they answer the phone.  Land of Lincoln, who I use to have, never and I mean never answered the phone. The people I have spoken with at United Health Care are very intelligent and know what they are talking about, which is also VERY hard to find sometimes.

Today I finally got word my Dexcom transmitter pre-auth was finally approved and get this, I get my Dexcom through pharmacy benefits!  This is a TREMENDOUS savings for me.  My Walgreens that I use has been a huge help and I applaud their pharmacist for all the leg work she had to do for me.  I only had sensors pre-authorized, not a transmitter, go figure.  Last year I paid $525.00 for a transmitter. This year or this month anyway I am paying $80.00, that's it, nothing more.  C-R-A-Z-Y.   Now I wait until the pharmacy gets it in and hope the one I am wearing keeps going.  It keeps losing signal but is still working, it is out of warranty.

I got another G4 transmitter because I am still not impressed with the G5 and I also learned that Dexcom lied and has not yet applied for FDA approval for the Android App to use the G5 without carrying the receiver.

So even though I am very upset at the move UHC has made for pump coverage I do appreciate the coverage I have.  I will just have to fight for my tslim pump next August I suppose.  Hopefully by then UHC  has taken a different approach to how they cover the things us with Diabetes, type 1 and 2, need to survive.

 My lifeline.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sign the Petition to get United Health Care to cover all insulin pumps!

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#MyPumpMyChoice #patientsoverprofit @myUHC

Petition to get UHC to cover all insulin pumps has been created! Please sign and share this with everyone everywhere! We cannot allow health insurance companies to start this trend in Diabetes care!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I just called UHC again in regards to their preffered DME pump provider policy change

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#PatientsOverProfits, #MyPumpMyChoice @myUHC

Ok I just talked to someone at UHC again, a very knowledgeable customer service rep, as the newsletter states (

PAGE 7 "UnitedHealthcare has reached an agreement with Medtronic to become the
preferred, in-network durable medical equipment (DME) provider of insulin pumps for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and Commercial members, effective July 1, 2016. "

I was told the Community Plans are Medicaid plans and the commercial plans are big corp plans, like AT&T or something of that nature.   The rep I talked to talked to her manager and she said they have not been made aware of this change for my policy/plan.

SO we each need to call our plan's hotline and see if it is affected by this change. I found out today that mine is not affected, but they also told me to call again next month to be sure nothing has changed.  PLEASE call UHC and see if your plan is affected or not.

UHC needs to clarify this announcement to the public, as we are all incredibly outraged by this and by this mid term policy change in where we are all stuck with our current insurance policy until enrollment for next year.

We can all speculate till our eyes pop out but until there is clarification from UHC and we all call our plans directly there isn't a way to know if your policy is affected by this or not.  There are literally hundreds of different plans within UHC. 

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

UHC blocks us from using Tandem as of July 1st.

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@myuhc  @askUHC
  How can you force those of us using an insulin pump to survive to only be able to use one company? How can you force us to use Medtronic and only Metronic? There are people who have to use one pump vs another and some pumps just dont work for some people. I use a Tandem Diabetes Care Insulin pump and it is what works best for me. How can you say that sorry you are no longer able to use it after it malfunctions or goes out of warranty! What will be next? Force us to give up Dexcom CGM also? Force us to use one type of insulin vs another? I am allergic to Novolog, will you ban Humalog next? Will you ban Dexcom CGM next? Medtronic CGM is horrid just in case you didnt know. Also what about the closed loop trials? MOST of them use Tandem Diabetes Care pumps and Dexcom CGM? How can you BAN something that will change our lives and make us live longer healthier lives? How can you do that to us?

Here is the article I am referring to:

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Did you see this OUTRAGEOUS news from United Health Care?

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 #patientsoverprofit #mypumpchoice @myuhc

Did you see this OUTRAGEOUS news from United Health Care?

"Tandem Diabetes Care®, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM), a medical device company and manufacturer of the t:slim®, t:slim G4™ and t:flex® Insulin Pumps, stated that it has learned that UnitedHealthcare yesterday announced that effective July 1, 2016, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and Commercial members will no longer have an in-network choice among insulin pump providers.  This unexpected decision by UnitedHealthcare designates Medtronic as their preferred, in-network durable medical equipment provider of insulin pumps.  The Company anticipates that this decision will prevent a majority of UnitedHealthcare members from purchasing an insulin pump on an in-network basis from Tandem Diabetes Care and several other durable medical equipment providers."

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and here:

I called Tandem and they said:  Tandem says that UHC will not provide coverage for Tandem pumps or supplies if your pump malfunctions. As long as it is functioning they will cover supplies. After that they will not cover TANDEM pumps AT ALL. They said they are working with UHC to get that decision turned around. In the mean time ALL OF US CALL UHC to let them know that this is unacceptable and call your doctors and ask them to call UHC as well.  GIVE them backlash upon backlash to turn this around!!!  What about closed loop pumps??  Most of them involve TANDEM AND DEXCOM!  What will be next NO DEXCOM COVERAGE??

Here is their facebook page. LEAVE A COMMENT!!! 

Tweet to them  @myuhc

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Awesome low carb pancake/waffle recipe!

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So far my favorite pancake/belgian waffle recipe, easy and quick to make. I doubled the recipe and got 2 big belgian waffles, 1 will fill you up!

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Latest Update on the Jazzy Holman petition (girl with type 1 Diabetes kicked out of program for people with diasabilities for having Diabetes)

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Jazzy's parents have posted the letter they received from the center that their daughter was kicked out of for having type 1 Diabetes.

"Apr 27, 2016 — I have decided to post the original email from Michelle Holbrook, Connie Nelson, and Katie Stewart, to show that the ONLY reason Jazzy Holman was dismissed from HIVEs was for "the severity of medical needs".
 Please sign the petition, this is complete medical discrimination and cannot be allowed to happen.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Jazzy Holman has been expelled from the HIVE's program because of her diabetes, please sign the petition!

Rebecca Aguon
"Question: Type 1's or parents of type 1's have you or your child ever been required to wash hands AFTER testing? Have you or your child ever accidentally dropped a test strip? Does your child test too much? Does your child insist on testing him or herself and want to be as independent as possible?

These are "behavioral issues" that the Curtis Center is listing as reasons for expulsion of a 23 year old girl with down syndrome from their programs. How would you feel if your child was expelled from school or other extra curricular activities for these reasons and labeled as a behavior problem without even coming to you first to bring your attention to their concerns?

The medical reasoning for their decision is based on the fact that her diabetes is worse because she got a pump this past year and she has been in the hospital for mild DKA this winter. According to them, she is too sick to participate and their center can't accommodate her medical needs.
How would you feel if your child was denied participating in a program with their friends because the people in charge who know nothing about diabetes came to those conclusions?

This is what is happening. It's not right. Please sign and share this petition as a show of solidarity that no one has the right to make medical conclusions about our child's health except our medical doctors and us as parents."

Please go here to sign and read about her story:

Reinstate Jazzy Holman to the HIVES program

"Jazzy Holman has been expelled from the HIVE's program because of her diabetes.  In fact they have hired an attorney to fight against her being reinstated.  This is a shameful act of discrimination.  All that we have asked is that she be reinstated to the Hives program.  She is heartbroken!  Here is more about the Program HIVES stands for Habilitation, Independence, Vocation, Education, Socialization, Special Needs, specifically created for "people with disabilities" and their brochure states this in detail.  The facts: Jazzy has attended Just for Kids (JFK) HIVE's, JFK athletics and when she was younger JFK Summer school.  JFK is for for kids and adults with disabilities.  She has attended for 10 years, Two weeks ago she was expelled and given 2 days notice before she could no longer attend the program because of her "serious medical issues" She has been T1D for 13 years.  Jazzy has an attorney from Utah Disability Law center (DLC).  Jazzy needs your help, Please contact anyone you know that might like to do a story. Thank you the Holmans."

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Automated Insulin Delivery System Updates

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Who is “closing the loop,” and how fast are they moving?
Below we include a list of organizations working to bring automated insulin delivery products to market – this includes their plans for pivotal studies and plans for an FDA submission.
- See more at:
Who is “closing the loop,” and how fast are they moving? - See more at:
"Who is closing the loop and how fast are they moving"

Read the article here:

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

15 reasons you are not losing weight on a low carb diet

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese, this stuff rocks!

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This recipe rocked our socks off last night!  I used frozen cauliflower and steamed it in the microwave vs fresh cauliflower.  Next time I will be making a double batch, my husband and I polished off this whole pan with our daughter eating a little bit of it!

I highly highly recommend this recipe.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Can eating too much sugar give kids Type 1 Diabetes?

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Some very interesting studies being done. It has been said for years that eating sugar will not give you type 1 Diabetes, and now it looks like that statement may not always be true.  If you felt safe from Type 1 Diabetes before, don't feel so safe anymore.


I often meet huge resistance from parents of kids with type 1 diabetes, when discussing this possible link. Understandably so. It’s a comforting idea that type 1 diabetes has nothing to do with the environment, that it’s only fate. But the data does not support this.
Something in the environment has caused a lot more people to get type 1 diabetes in the last few decades – coinciding with the epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. It could be the same thing driving both epidemics. A sick environment with too much refined carbs in the food supply."


In children with IA, progression to type 1 diabetes was significantly associated with intake of total sugars (HR 1.75, 95% CI 1.07–2.85). Progression to type 1 diabetes was also associated with increased intake of sugar-sweetened beverages in those with the high-risk HLA genotype (HR 1.84, 95% CI 1.25–2.71), but not in children without it (interaction p value = 0.02). No sugar variables were associated with IA risk.


Sugar intake may exacerbate the later stage of type 1 diabetes development; sugar-sweetened beverages may be especially detrimental to children with the highest genetic risk of developing type 1 diabetes"

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Did you read this PBS article? What’s behind skyrocketing insulin prices?

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Quote from the article:

"One analyst, meanwhile, contended that rising prices may not have any impact on patient outcomes.

“I don’t think you can draw a straight line from the rising cost of insulin to outcomes,” said David Kliff, who publishes Diabetic Investor. “Very few patients pay out of pocket for cost of insulin. So I don’t think prices truly impact the patient pocket book. There’s only a small percentage who don’t have insurance or enough insurance.”

Who is this analyst and what country did they come from?  Very few patients pay out of pocket for insulin?  Say WHHAAAAT?  Eli Lilly does NOT offer any assistance ( for people WITH health insurance using Humalog and some people have INSANE high deductibles and copays for insulin.  Novolog DOES offer assistance ( to people WITH health insurance, why can't Lilly?  I am personally allergic to Novolog so I am stuck with Humalog.

What do you think about this PBS article?  Let me hear your thoughts.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I created an Amazon aStore to help you locate and purchase low carb ingredients to help you manage your health and/or Diabetes!

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 Amazon has the really amazing ability to create a "store" online for you to help guide others to items on their gigantic website!  It is also a really easy way for me to keep track of the things I buy and not have to search for them every time.

I live in a small rural community and not all the items I use are available in the grocery store every time and/or I do not want to travel 50+ miles to get just a few ingredients.  Amazon to the rescue!

Check it out!  I will keep adding to it as I find time to.

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Teicholz disinvited from food policy panel

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To all of you who feel the current American food guidelines are a complete joke you have got to read this article and sign the petition!

And this one:

Here is what Dr. Sarah Hallberg has to say on Facebook:

"Hi all!
Crazy news in Nutrition Science!
My friend and colleague at The Nutrition Coalition, Nina Teicholz, was just invited and then disinvited to be on a food policy panel. The other panel members threatened to quit if she (the dissenting voice to the dietary guidelines) were involved. This is not science! Dissenting views are part of the backbone of science. Two other members of The Nutrition Coalition from Harvard and Ohio State University were overlooked to replace her and instead they chose someone who works for the potato industry and used to work for the beverage industry. More of the status quo is NOT helping us! Obesity and Diabetes rates are skyrocketing and the answer is to try to silence someone who is calling for a careful review of the science.
Please read this Politico piece!…/teicholz-disinvited-from-food-pol……/reinstate-teicholz-on-food-poli…
Please consider signing the petition to have her reinstated! Please share!"

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Where do you buy the stuff to make low carb grain free foods?

So going low carb, grain free can be a lot of work and you have to buy a lot of new stuff for your kitchen.  I live in NW Illinois near the IA border, so I personally shop at Hyvee for almost all of my ingredients.  You can get almost anything on or if you live in a bigger city that has a Whole Foods or Trader Joes I am told.

Here is my Pinterest board with the staple ingredients for low carb and where I buy them:

I have also collected a lot of the ingredient I use and put them together for you to browse and buy through Amazon.

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Cheesy Garlic Bread, I finally made this recipe and it was GREAT!

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So I am constantly searching for new LOW CARB GRAIN FREE recipes.   I found this one several months ago and finally made it last night, right before we had to go in our basement due to a tornado warning for our area.  Thankfully this year the tornado skipped our area, we had one go over our house last year and it took a tree down all the way from the roots up!

I was a bit delayed trying this recipe because I didnt have the yeast granules it called for.  The dough tasted really great so I was really excited to get them baked.  These bread sticks are WONDERFUL!  I loved them and ate half the pan actually.  My husband also ate them, he said they were pretty good.  Of course everyone prefers the wheat flour versions of everything, but my blood sugar has something else to say about wheat flour!

Here is the recipe:

 Cheesy Garlic Bread

If you are also a low carber or thinking of trying it out, I highly suggest you try these.  If you have Diabetes of either type your blood sugar will thank you.  

Here is one that uses protein powder that I have also tried and love:

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Custom Road ID Bands for a LIMITED time!

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Road ID is doing custom bands for FIVE more days!!

Hurry up and get yours today!  Mix and match your favorite colors in one band!


Slim Custom Band

Elite Custom Band

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Important Customer Notification from Dexcom

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Go here to read the full notification about low alarms and how to test your low alarms.

Dear Valued Dexcom Customer,
Dexcom monitors product complaints through our quality program where we have noticed an increase in complaints for audible alarms and alerts associated with Dexcom Receivers (Dexcom G4 PLATINUM, Dexcom G4 PLATINUM Pediatric, Dexcom G4 PLATINUM Professional, Dexcom G4 PLATINUM w/Share, Dexcom G4 PLATINUM w/Share Pediatric and Dexcom G5).
As such, we are notifying all Dexcom customers that you may not receive an intended audible alarm or alert if you are relying on hearing the alarm or alert. As a result, you may not detect a severe hypoglycemic (low glucose) or hyperglycemic (high glucose) event.
Dexcom is working on implementation of an improved speaker for our receivers.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is aware of this notification. A copy of this notification is available at

Recommended Customer Action:

Periodically test the alarms and alerts on your receiver to make sure that your alarms and alerts are functioning properly (especially if the receiver gets wet or is dropped).
Receiver part numbers and instructions for testing the alarms and alerts are found on the back of this notification, as well as in your User’s Guide.
Should you find that your alarms and alerts are not functioning properly, or if you have any questions regarding this notification, please call our dedicated hotline toll free at (844) 607-8398 or dial (858) 291-1700.
On behalf of Dexcom, we deeply apologize for your inconvenience.

Kevin Sayer,
Dexcom Chief Executive Officer and President

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Thanks for all the new Facebook page likes!

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Just wanted to say hello to all the people who have liked my Facebook page this week!  I am nearly to 200 likes! 

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Monday, February 15, 2016

12 days

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It took me 12 days to get SOMEONE at Byrum Healthcare to work on getting me a return label for the order of pump supplies they decided to send me without my authorization or even knowing.

I asked for a benefits investigation for pricing and BAM 2 days later a 3 month supply order worth $428.00 sitting on my porch. I called Byrum the next day and said woah guys what is this?  I never authorized you to mail me this and I never EVER have it mailed to my house to sit outside way out in the boonies.  They told me it would be about 2 weeks for  me to get a return label.  I said that was insane! 

I finally had to call my health insurance company and have them call Byrum to get them to say they will email me a return label in 24-48 hours.  Now lets see how long it takes to get that return label emailed to me.  Yeesh.

Im pretty sure I will order with Edgepark, who I have ordered with before and the pricing is the same as Byrum.   They don't just mail me supplies on a whim. What an ordeal.

Do you have any experience with a supply company mailing you orders without authorizing it with you first?  In 8 years this is the first experience for me.  Its not the end of the world by any means but I can't have that much money just sitting out on my porch and not to mention my ability to pay for that big of an order in one shot.  I always order 1 month of supplies at a time every year until after I hit my deductible.

On a positive note my new health insurance does Pre-Auths for up to 5 year!  So my Dexcom stuff and test strips are pre-authorized for FIVE years!  That just boggles my mind!  I didn't even know insurance companies did that.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER! No grains - No sugar

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These were shared in a low carb Diabetic group I am in on Facebook and they are the best hands down that I have EVER tried.  I added 2 tsp of sugar free vanilla torani syrup to mine and I LOVE them!

Mix together
  • 3 cups Almond Flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup erythritol
Add the following to the dry mixture with electric mixer
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Walden Farms Sugar Free Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • I added 2 tsp of sugar free torani vanilla syrup also

Stir in 1 1/2 cups Lily's Chocolate Chips

Bake at 375 on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just starting to brown lightly or until you desired level of crunchiness.  Makes 24 cookes.

Recipe by:Tammy O'Leary-Gannon

Let me know if you try them and you love them too! Your blood sugar will love you in return!


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Health insurance woes....they just never end when you have a chronic lifelong expensive disease

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The health insurance company we DUMPED also decided to DUMP me from accessing my claims on their website.  It has been 27 days and they cut my access off.  Really?  Wow.  So I tried calling them, hold time was insane as it always it.  I messaged them on their facebook page, I'm told someone will be calling me by the end of the day today.  We shall see.

Then I call Tandem Diabetes to see if they are contracted with my new insurance company, which is a HUGE company and they are not.  Super bummed.  I dislike supply companies unless its Homelink, I had a great experience with Homelink.

I was told to call Byrum so I tried Edgepark first instead because I have heard nightmares about Byrum.  They told me yes they are contracted with my insurance company and that my supplies don't go to deductible first.  Hmmm that is the first time I have ever heard that one!  It would be great but while I am on hold with my insurance to verify they tell me no its deductible first.  AHHH!!   So they are verifying my coverage now.  I am crossing my fingers that its just co-insurance and not my $1500 family deductible first. 

Now they said it is deductible first.  So I have to keep calling suppliers to see what they say and what their contracted pricing is with my insurance.  Man I hate this.

I hate health insurance and all the hoops and insane high cost of living with type 1 Diabetes in America. 

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Closing in on one year of changing the way I eat

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The month of April will make 1 whole year since I decided to eat low carb, no grains, no starch, no real sugar, limited fruit.  While I say no to all of those things I will admit that I do have a bite of off the limited food sometimes.   Keeping in mind I have pretty good will power (let's not even discuss the holidays) and I can almost always limit it to a few bites, but then the repurcussions always ALWAYS follow with a blood sugar spike.

When you go low carb and not eat the things that spike your blood sugar, when you do eat them it makes the reaction MUCH much worse for me and I read online that is the case with a lot of other people as well.

My breakfasts almost always consist of eggs with cream cheeese, heavy whipping cream and cheddar cheese and of course coffee with heavy whipping cream and a sugar free torani syrup.  Once you stop eating real sugar, you can actually stop craving it, no joke.  Otherwise I have one of those quick microwave english muffins ( or french toast ( or when I make and freeze these on the weekend (

Lunch is always a salad.  I buy the premade bags from my local hyvee along with the premade bag of chopped up cabbage.  I just don't have time to chop up lettuce, this saves me a ton of time.  I also try to bring something else along with it for protein, like cheese sticks, or a home made protein bar, greek yogurt with sugar free torani syrup in it and some erythritol, or whatever is left over in my fridge. 

Dinner is almost always whatever I make on the fly.  I typically cook something off my pinterest page: or I wing something low carb. I have tried cooking and freezing on the weekends and with our current home reno project I just don't have a minute to spare let alone several hours to bake. 

The benefits of eating this way are unending.  First and foremost my blood sugar is much more stable, I can get up and do things and move around without worrying about my blood sugar dropping like a rock like it use to.  I feel better, my mood is better, my arthritis pain is better if not gone most days, my daily headaches are gone, my ability to sleep all night is better, and I feel better about the outcome of my life with type 1 Diabetes.  I still dont have my blood sugar nailed down to the level I want it to be at but its a work in progress.  It has been hard to undo all that has been ingrained in my brain for 15 years, its hard to look at my Dexcom and be ok hovering at 100, Im still dealing with that aspect but I am getting there. 

Type 1 Diabetes is a moving target.  My Diabetes is never the same throughout the month thanks to awesome female hormones and its never the same month to month.  Its a target that moves around and it's hard to hit it just perfect every month and I don't hit it perfect I just aim for it and sometimes hit bumps on the way.  The bumps are what sometimes are hard for me to accept but I try to learn from them and go forward. 

Changing the way you eat entirely is scary and can be maddening because it felt like to me in some ways that I was giving into Diabetes.  Life with type 1 Diabetes is anything but simple, or cut and paste.  It's complex, each one of us is different, each one of us has to live our own way with type 1 diabetes.  Fast acting insulin that is available to us today just isn't fast enough, it just isn't.  I have taken the personal choice with my t1d care to eliminate the stuff that makes my blood sugar spike and then crash.  I have chosen to step off the roller coaster until they can cure me.  I have chosen to eliminate the high level of  inflammation in my body that can lead to t1d complications like, heart disease, hardened arteries and kidney failure all caused by my previous and constant up and down battle with my blood sugar.  One article explains that just for example: (

Take that first step off the roller coaster, start researching recipes and ingredients.  The first step the the hardest by far and the most expensive for your grocery bill. After that the carb withdrawal sets in and then the criticism from everyone around you because your will power is better than theirs and you are taking your life with diabetes into your control not the food's control.   High sugar, high carb content food isn't good for anyone, just take a look at the increasing waist size of many Americans.  You can thank the sugar and the corn industry for making their way into almost ALL of the food you buy at the grocery store.

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Harvard and MIT close to ‘cure’ for Type 1 diabetes which will end daily injections

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Harvard and MIT close to ‘cure’ for Type 1 diabetes which will end daily injections 


I can dream right?  Wouldnt this just be the best freaking day EVER?!  I know I am ready for anything to let me stop depending on insulin for my survival.

I am more than ready to be cured. I have plenty of other things I could devote my time to if it wasn't for Diabetes. Diabetes only slows me down at times, it doesn't stop me anymore. Going low carb changed my entire life with this stupid disease. 

Do you think you could find other, more enjoyable things to do in life if you didn't have Diabetes in the back of your mind all the time?

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Monday, January 4, 2016

My Dexcom transmitter and how I sometimes carry my Dexcom and Insulin pump in the last place you would expect!

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So my transmitter I ordered in July and opened 1 month ago is starting to lose big gaps in coverage, like hours of saying it it out of range when it is clearly attached to my ankle.  (yeah I carry it on my ankle in cold months when I am wearing long pants)  I have one week left of warranty and we are getting new health insurance.  I wont have the new health insurance information/ID card for probably another 10 days.  So you know what that means!?  FREAK OUT time!

Luckily I called Dexcom today and they offered to replace my transmitter with one that has a 60 day warranty, so at least I can get approved for a new transmitter in that time frame.  THANK YOU DEXCOM!

(Can you see my Dexcom or Tslim on my ankles?   Nooooo)

(Well there they are and YES I am wearing black long underwear, its freakin cold here, ok!  Tslim in a baby sock in a Spiband from

Maybe in the mean time the G5 will get FDA Android approval and then I can just order the G5 and have it sent to my phone and not worry about losing my receiver constantly.  I am still kind of worried about the G5 and that you HAVE to replace it every 6 months.  The costs scare me, I guess until I know the cost of my portion with this new insurance I will just wait to freak out.
Yeah, right, I will wait to freak out about the high cost of living with Type 1 Diabetes, I will try anyway.

 (Dexcom in a Tally Gear case from

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TypeZero Technologies' Artificial Pancreas Solution, inControl AP, Will Be Tested in a Large Scale

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TypeZero Technologies' Artificial Pancreas Solution, inControl AP, Will Be Tested in a Large Scale, NIH Funded ($12.7 Million) Clinical Study Run by the University of Virginia and 8 Other Locations in 2016

TypeZero's inControl AP platform will revolutionize diabetes management for many Type 1 patients around the world. 

 TypeZero Technologies is pleased to announce that we will provide our inControl AP (Artificial Pancreas) diabetes management platform as the core analytic and control technology for the NIH sponsored, $12.7 million clinical study called the International Diabetes Closed Loop Trial (“IDCL”).  This trial is scheduled to begin in early 2016 and is managed by Dr. Boris Kovatchev and the Center for Diabetes Technology at the University of Virginia (“UVA”).

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My question about this amazing technology is will the user be able to customize the range at which this artificial pancreas will maintain a person's blood sugar?   Or is this something you will not be able to adjust at all and what is the lowest a person can set to maintain? 

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