Come Forth and De-Lurk

Weeeelll, hello.  Somehow I managed to miss national de-lurking week last week (must’ve had my head up my… blog).  So now, a belated invitation for all of you who come here to look but not touch, to please reach out and touch that keyboard! 


Let me know who you are, at least, where you come from, and what’s your connection to The Big D.  That would be diabetes, for any of you newbies.  But if you’re here at DiabetesMine, you surely know that already.  ‘Cause this blog is about DIABETES, just to clear that up.

Yes, I do have a life.  I have three beautiful and precocious children and a wonderful partner and good friends and hobbies and travel and all that stuff that fills the other wedges of life’s pie.  I’ve got fun friends. I like to cook.  Heck, sometimes I even make my own granola.

But my shtick over here is this: I’ve got the ‘betes and a lot to say about it.  So if you’re reading this, and haven’t done so before, talk to me just a little, will ya?  That means please click down there on the word “comments” and say hello.  Yes, YOU.


65 Responses

  1. Leslie
    Leslie January 25, 2007 at 7:00 pm | | Reply

    Hi Amy,
    Better late than never. I’m a lurker too!!
    Your blog has been an inspiration to me. I was misdiagnosed a type 2 when I was 29 and finaly re-diagnosed a type 1 about 4 years ago. I have been pumping for 3 years and it has made such a huge difference in my energy level and my life in general. Your blog has really helped me to understand that I am not alone.
    Thank You,

  2. Mary Ann
    Mary Ann January 26, 2007 at 1:54 am | | Reply

    Hi, I’m Type 2, 55 years old. Before I opened your blog just now I was thinking that I really need to clean up my ‘betes booksmarks and just leave yours, because yours is the only diabetes blog I read on a regular basis. You’re informative with the news and with the real life of a real person with diabetes.


  3. Julie
    Julie January 26, 2007 at 10:26 am | | Reply

    Hi Amy, I got very sick with a respiratory virus, was misdiagnosed with acid reflux and ended up a couple days later in intensive care with diabetic ketoacidosis, ie type 1. That was 2 years ago and I was 52. I am interested in how people get type 1. I feel that stress and environmental toxins play a role in folks getting it. I am also interested in how to control my bg better and understanding the disease. I hope for a cure soon because this is not a fun disease for anyone. Thanks for all your information. It has really helped me. Julie in Virginia

  4. Jan
    Jan January 26, 2007 at 6:02 pm | | Reply

    Another lurker – T2 since Jan ’05. I’ve read lots of blogs and message boards, but this is the only place I come anymore – you deal with your diabetes with seriousness – and a wonderful sense of humor. Glad you are here.

  5. Amber
    Amber January 26, 2007 at 7:43 pm | | Reply

    Hi Amy!
    I mostly lurk but I came out of the woodwork when you wrote about Bravery. . . I love all the info you have here in one spot. I read up so that I can be on top of my 2 year old daughter’s Type 1 diabetes. I found you in September ’06, shortly after Brenna was diagnosed. Thank you for blogging!

  6. Gilad
    Gilad January 29, 2007 at 6:25 am | | Reply

    Hi Amy,
    Hi, I’m Gilad from Israel; My 10 year old daughter has type 1. I’ve been reading your blog for probably a year and I really enjoy it.
    I even translated few times to Hebrew some of your blogs, for Metukim (“sweets”) the Israeli’s version of CWD. So our young that can’t read English well will be able to enjoy too.
    If you can read Hebrew than here is an example –
    All the best

  7. Ann
    Ann January 29, 2007 at 8:27 am | | Reply


    i’m ann, 32, and i have diabetic family members. anyway, thanks for the delurking call; otherwise, i just might languish here in obscurity!

    anyway, i love your blog. my family is in the process of learning about diabetes, living with it, and this has been a great tool.

    well, now that i’ve come out into the light, perhaps i’ll stay:).

  8. Miriam
    Miriam January 29, 2007 at 7:22 pm | | Reply

    My 61 yr old husband has T2 and I am always trying to get info on how to deal with it. I am happy to find this site and hope to get some good tips to keep blood sugar down. Thanks Alot!

  9. Teresa
    Teresa February 1, 2007 at 12:46 pm | | Reply

    I hope to learn a lot from this blog and have already sensed from the entries that many people have a problem getting diagnossed with correct Type 1 or 2.

    I have Type 2 for 8 years, A1c 12 at that time, use metformin,and levels still high side, A1c goes from 6 to 8. Now I am at 8.7 because I just get so tired being so restricted. When the levels are lower, I feel worse. Avandia, glibubride, etc., give me terrible side affects. Tired that is my biggest symptom. Meds make it Very difficult to work outside of home. I don’t know where this is going. Just got a new endocrine doctor. Hope to get some comments on this roller coaster I am on.

  10. Nicole R
    Nicole R February 1, 2007 at 6:50 pm | | Reply

    Hi Amy -

    Love your blog — I’ve been reading it for a few months now.

    I noticed comments from a number of parents of diabetic children, but in my case, it’s my Mom who is the PWD. She was diagnosed T2 about a year ago (Mom is in her late 50s).

    A combo of diet, exercise, and metformin have helped her get her A1C down below 6, so she is managing her diabetes well so far. However, I know it is very hard for her at times. I find that your blog really helps a non-PWD have a much more empathetic approach to helping a loved one who is dealing with the disease every day.

    I like to keep up with current info about diabetes. This is not only for Mom, but for myself, too. Two of my grandparents (one on each side!) had/have T2, plus a few aunts and uncles, plus now Mom. I know that I am at risk, and that I really need to keep my weight under control and adopt healthy eating habits.

    Thanks again -


  11. Anne
    Anne February 11, 2007 at 12:41 pm | | Reply


    I know that I might not be “target” group but I admire your blog and just want to drop in say hi…. and keep up the good work.


  12. brittany
    brittany June 23, 2007 at 3:53 pm | | Reply

    Hey. ive been looking at your blogs ever since i started looking into the omni pod. i was diagnosed march 1998, a month before my birthday. ive been really blessed with how my diabetes responds considering im a gymnast, dancer, and circus performer. its great reading how you and others are dealing with all the confusing issues that are hard to explain!

  13. brittany
    brittany June 23, 2007 at 3:53 pm | | Reply

    Hey. ive been looking at your blogs ever since i started looking into the omni pod. i was diagnosed march 1998, a month before my birthday. ive been really blessed with how my diabetes responds considering im a gymnast, dancer, and circus performer. its great reading how you and others are dealing with all the confusing issues that are hard to explain!

  14. xim1970
    xim1970 April 1, 2008 at 8:47 pm | | Reply

    Thank you for the blog Amy. I have had Type I for 27 years. I am surprised at the number of people who are reporting Type I or II in the 2-4 year range. I’ve found your blog to be very informative, and if I can be of any help in your research for articles in terms of long-term problems, or how-to-deal episodes, please let me know. I’ve recently quit drinking alcohol, and am giving up cigarettes for the 3rd time…I believe these were crutches for my diabetes. I think I would have some insight now. You or anyone can write to me at for advice if needed. Hope to be of service!

  15. Bert
    Bert April 29, 2008 at 12:34 am | | Reply

    Hi, I’m Bert. I’ve read your blog once or twice looking for answers. My wife is type 1 – diagnosed when pregnant for the 1st & only Kid at 25. She was diagnosed barely in time, after we begged her Doctor to test for it (her Dad is Type 1) because of her symptoms. I was in the office for my wife’s visits – I asked the doctor to check – so I know it happened- He said “Oh honey – you’re just pregnant” even though her symptoms, and high sugars told me (uneducated) that diabetes was probable.
    My wife’s first Internist told her that her marriage probably wouldn’t last and that she should have an abortion.
    After she convinced me not to physically attack her doctor……….
    She cried……. a lot, and railed against fate or God or her Dad, (and me)- whoever was responsible for her new disease. But she worked really hard at it and she is tough. I tried to help – but it never seemed to.

    My beautiful Wife of almost 16 years turns 40 on May first – The recommended abortion is a freshman in high school, a great kid, and on the football team. I’ve seen the Internist in recent years in a hospital – ONLY so that I don’t stoop to his level – I don’t go up to him and introduce myself and my kid…

    Anyway, I really only wanted to say thanks for any help – it’s great, and I am sure it is appreciated more than you can ever really know.

    My wife has had the pump for several years and is excited about possibly going tubeless – she asked me to check for problems with the OmniPod… which led me back to you.

    Again, thank you from a non Diabetic who cares just as much about this stuff as if my sugar level was 36 or 360.


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