Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Libre, Coming To The US

This is Abbott's FreeStyle Libre, a simplified CGM system that is not so expensive as the Dexcom. It has been approved by the FDA, and the consumer version should be available very soon now. It has been used in some other countries for several years. You can find the Libre users group on Facebook and ask questions there. This might be a good option for those of us who do not have insurance that will cover the more expensive CGM systems. It might also be affordable for out of pocket purchases.

Friday, September 23, 2016

T1 Kids Doing Their Thing

I love this video made by Brittany Gilleland! It shows type 1 children managing their diabetes. Thanks, Brittany!! :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SS2I7m2QxE&feature=youtu.be

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

FFL Conference, Summary

William Lee Dubois gives us a splendid summary of the Friends For Life Conference held in Orlando, July, 2016. It is well worth reading, even if you have attended the conference in the past. Wil is a gifted author, and has written some excellent books on Type 1 diabetes topics. I recommend that you read this article. Every reader will want to go to the FFL event in 2017. I was a speaker at the FFL in 2015, and I hope to do that again in 2017.

http://www.healthline.com/diabetesmine/first-timers-view-friends-life-2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Minimed 630g Pump

I am impressed by the new Minimed 630g insulin pump (see description below). So many great new features. I think I may switch to the Tandem tslim pump since it has a built in Dexcom CGM. I wear a Dexcom receiver while using my current Medtronic Revel pump. Now I have been told that the 630g will not be covered by Medicare since users will be required to use the CGM transmitter and sensors. I am very disappointed.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Diabetes and Skin Problems

Skin problems can be frequent with diabetes. I have very dry skin at times, and I use a moisturizing cream after bathing. Infections, and fungus are more likely for people with diabetes. The following quiz from webmd.com has a lot of very useful information.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Diabetes Alert Dogs

I found this wonderful article on diabetes alert dogs (DADs). It is very well written, and can be an excellent guide to anyone who wants, or is curious about DADs. The author of this article is Dorrie Nuttall, one of my Facebook friends.

https://community.beyondtype1.org/posts/901029?notification_id=AVb6w9LfIIvw3rjEGCTs&utm_campaign=notification_space_post_create_recent&utm_medium=email&utm_source=transactional_emails

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Judith Ball, 75 Year Medal

My friend, Judith Ball, writes about her trip to Boston, where she received her 75 year Joslin medal. The pictures show Judy's family, and friends who were there for the presentation at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. Judy is my hero!! 
" I set a goal for myself and I met it! On August 12, 2016 in attendance with my husband, John, our two sons, John and Matthew, their wives, Evelyn and Helen, and our five grandchildren, Daniel, Michael, Margaret, Justin and James, I received the "JOSLIN VICTORY AWARD" medal for having lived with Type I diabetes for 75 years.
It has not been easy, for it is a frustrating disease to live with, and I have had the ups and downs that diabetics experience.
I am thankful to God, my parents and family, doctors, medical educators, and friends who have helped me to do this. I have been able to get a four year college degree, work in my field of study, marry and have healthy children, and continue to volunteer for several agencies.
I truly believe there are better days ahead for all diabetics who are willing to listen, learn, and do the best they can in controlling the disease. If today isn't a day of being in the good control range, then go to bed tonight thankful you made it, and when tomorrow comes, be thankful you have another day. Smile, it helps!
Thank you to Maya Khatri and Annie Lu for their assistance in my receiving the Joslin 75 Year Medal. My new goal is to get the Joslin 80 Year Medal in 5 years! Take care and enjoy the day."