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  1. MarkM
    MarkM October 5, 2010 at 7:07 am | | Reply


    As a fellow OmniPodder, how do you manage scar tissue? I rotate my sites when changing the pod, but still occasionally hit scar tissue. I would love to hear your thoughts.


  2. kdroberts
    kdroberts October 5, 2010 at 7:33 am | | Reply

    I’ve wondered this a few times but never asked. I know you didn’t always do this and it appears that your career, opportunities and personal life have taken a major turn since your diagnosis, stuff like d-blogging, the design challenge, advocacy, the different groups and panels you are on, your book, diabetic connect, friends you have made, etc. Do you feel that your diagnosis was actually good thing overall for you personally or do you feel more like you are just making the best of a bad deal? As a follow on, 8 years ago what were you thinking you would be doing now?

  3. reyna
    reyna October 5, 2010 at 8:38 am | | Reply

    That is an awesome question by kdroberts…

  4. Stella'smom
    Stella'smom October 5, 2010 at 8:54 am | | Reply

    Yes, please answer about your kids. I have one PWD friend who tests his daughters’ bg once a week, another PWD friend who tests her kids once a month and I’ve tested my non-diabetic kid maybe 3 times (he’s 17 months old) when he’s been sick. I also keep my eyes open for studies to enroll both kids in — but strongly hestitate having my 17 month old tested for anti-bodies now.

  5. Hans Tilsner
    Hans Tilsner October 5, 2010 at 10:09 am | | Reply

    just meme-ing on a little ;-)

    What type of diabetes do you have:
    Type 2

    When were you diagnosed:
    Jan or Feb 1991, A1c 16.5, since 98 on basal-bolus, for the last few years Lantus & Apidra, about 5-10 shots a day with a daily total of 70-100 units, A1c 4.8-5.3

    What’s your current blood sugar:
    102, just had a piece of apple pie, a little low in my normal curve of max 140-120-100mg/dl 1-2-3 hours after eating, will have another piece of that pie :-)

    What kind of meter do you use:

    How many times a day do you test your blood sugar:
    about 2-10 wholes, normally postmeal and mostly at times, when I would eat or inject with a low or high reading

    What’s a “high” number for you:
    it depends – 1 hour after eating 150 would still be ok. 2 hours after eating I would honour those 150 with 3 units and 3 hours and more after eating with 6 units of Apidra.

    What do you consider “low”:
    around 60, when I get this stroboscopish jitter in the outer corners of my eyes

    What’s your favorite low blood sugar reaction treater:
    anything from apple to candy

    Describe your dream endo:
    that endo would instruct his diabetics to discover the patterns of their bg-curves and to find out how they could modify them bit by bit to fit into the rally healthy range

    What’s your biggest diabetes achievement:
    that max 140-120-100 mantra I’ve been infesting german forums and newsgroups with for years ;-)

    What’s your biggest diabetes-related fear:
    personally there is none. For the rest of us it’s all that escalation in bg and meds and complications people could be spared, if their docs tought them that mantra when testing more than 90 in the morning – instead of telling them that their bg was a little high but still far from diabetes and nothing to worry about

    Who’s on your support team:
    besides the family (inter)net(te ;-) people like you :-)

    Do you think there will be a cure in your lifetime:
    No – and I wish that all serius illnesses were just as manageable als D

    What is a “cure” to you:
    the fully automatic bg-curve [url=]like this[/url] without any meds or devices or even thoughts and considerations

    The most annoying thing people say to you about your diabetes is:
    “with all those testing and injecting you must be seriously ill”

    What is the most common misconception about Typ2:
    that it is angefressen & angesessen (fat & sat or something the like)
    - when it starts with more and more proinsulin in the blood of otherwise totally normal people. Proinsulin is the production unit normally separated into c-peptide and insulin before leaving the beta-cells of the pancreas. It needs 10 parts of proinsulin to lower the bg as much as 1 part of insulin does, but proinsulin is much better at helping with adipositas and artheriosclerosis.
    - when it steps things up with a growing incretin-defect. Incretins are colone hormones that order just the suitable amount of insulin just in time when newly digested glucose is being delivered into the portal vein on the short way into the liver, where most of the insulin and most of the glucose are processed to glycogen and fat so that the bg in the rest of the body will never exeed 140. On the way to type2 more and more incretins abandon their job, so that more and more glucose cannot be processed on it’s first tour de liver and turns to postprandial spiking instead.
    - when the number of beta-cells is constantly shrinking so that a newly diagnosed type2 ist left with only 50-20% of the amount observed in a healthy person of the same gender and age and BMI.

    If you could say one thing to your pancreas, what would it be:
    thanks for still doing most of your job :-)

  6. Mike
    Mike October 5, 2010 at 11:04 am | | Reply


  7. Michael Hoskins
    Michael Hoskins October 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm | | Reply

    Thank you for sharing that, Amy. It’s an honor to be able to read your great journalistic posts each day, and as much one to have the privilege to read your meme.

  8. BT
    BT October 5, 2010 at 11:52 pm | | Reply

    Great post.

    I love you.


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  10. Caroline
    Caroline October 6, 2010 at 12:48 pm | | Reply

    I’m really impressed that you’ve posted so frequently and consistently for years. What do you do when you get desperate for blog ideas?

  11. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson October 13, 2010 at 7:14 am | | Reply

    Thanks Amy, I enjoyed this!

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