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Looking at 60

Posted by on Jul 22, 2017 in General, Type 1 Diabetes | 8 comments

Looking at 60

  A few weeks ago I marked my 60th birthday.   I celebrated with three chronic conditions Type 1 Diabetes, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.  A casual observer might say my body is broken.  In fairness, I must admit all the pieces of me do not work as well (or in some cases at all) as they once did. Perspective   Still, I have a different perspective about some of this medical stuff than you might expect.  I have so many blessings that it is difficult to focus solely on those long term conditions.  I admit that...

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Insulin: The high price of not going high

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Type 1 Diabetes | 7 comments

Insulin: The high price of not going high

In June at the request of HealthCentral, I wrote two items discussing the high price of insulin.  One is an information item about four main factors which cause insulin prices to be higher than we would like.  In it, I cite Manufacturers, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM), Employer Health Plan Design and Users each as contributing to the increasing cost insulin. In truth, it is all four of these factors plus more that is causing the price of insulin to escalate.  I hope my article “Four Factors Are Driving Up The Price Of Insulin in the U.S.”...

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Talking to Kids about Chronic Illness

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Complications, General, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes | 2 comments

Talking to Kids about Chronic Illness

 “Dad, want to play catch?” Those words meant something was up. They began what I can only describe as a lifelong ongoing conversation with my sons about chronic illness. On that day, it was a discussion about diabetes with my youngest son. His questions were clear, and I did not need to go into dire warnings or hype the potential outcome.  He knew all of that because he had listened to his mom, brother and I discuss it often.  What he wanted to know was more basic.  Would he be ok?  Was he going to have diabetes? When could he expect the...

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Hard Rock Pins, just because

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in General | 10 comments

Hard Rock Pins, just because

Today is the fifth day of Diabetes Blog week.  Each day we have a prompt and are called to post a response.  You can read all responses at my friend Karen’s site Bitter~Sweet.  Also, please remember RABlog week will occur in September.  I hope you join the fun then as well. Prompt More than Diabetes – Friday 5/19 Lets wrap up the week by sharing a little more about ourselves, beyond the chronic illness we or our loved ones live with.  Share an interest, hobby, passion, something that is YOU.  If you want to explore how it relates to or...

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Emotions, the second front

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in General, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes | 7 comments

Emotions, the second front

Today is the fourth day of Diabetes Blog week.  Each day we have a prompt and are called to post a response.  You can read all responses at my friend Karen’s site Bitter~Sweet.  Also, please remember RABlog week will occur in September.  I hope you join the fun then as well. Prompt: Throwback Thursday: What Brings Me Down – Thursday 5/18 Today let’s revisit a prompt from 2014 – May is Mental Health Month so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes. What things...

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The Blame Game

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in General, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes | 5 comments

The Blame Game

Today is the third day of Diabetes Blog week.  Each day we have a prompt and are called to post a response.  You can read all responses at my friend Karen’s site Bitter~Sweet.  Also, please remember RABlog week will occur in September.  I hope you join the fun then as well. Prompt  The Blame Game – Wednesday 5/17 Having diabetes often makes a visit to the doctor a dreaded experience, as there is invariably bad news of one kind or another.  And sometimes the way the doctor talks to you can leave you feeling like you’re at fault.  Or...

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The Cost

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in General, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes | 28 comments

The Cost

On April 20, 2017, I attended the Lilly Diabetes Insulin Access Workshop hosted by Lilly Diabetes.  Lilly paid for my meals and travel expenses to and from the event.  This is my first post about insulin pricing that uses data derived in part from that meeting. All opinions and thoughts are my own and not reflective of Eli Lilly and company or other attendees. Today is the second day of Diabetes Blog week.  Each day we have a prompt and are called to post a response.  You can read all responses at my friend Karen’s site Bitter~Sweet.  Also,...

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An Unexpected Connection

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in General, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes | 14 comments

An Unexpected Connection

Today is the first day of Diabetes Blog week.  Each day we have a prompt and are called to post a response.  You can read all responses at my friend Karen’s site Bitter~Sweet.  Also, please remember RABlog week will occur in September.  I hope you join the fun then as well. Prompt Diabetes and the Unexpected – Monday 5/15 Diabetes can sometimes seem to play by a rulebook that makes no sense, tossing out unexpected challenges at random.  What are your best tips for being prepared when the unexpected happens?  Or, take this topic another...

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DBlog week is coming

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in General | 2 comments

DBlog week is coming

Next week on May 15, 2017 the annual DBlog week begins.  I and most bloggers in the diabetes community will be writing five daily blogs about diabetes.  This is the 8th year for DBlog week and it just keeps getting better. Daily Prompts and More As of this writing the daily prompts have not yet been released, but I anticipate bloggers will find a way to discuss the cost of diabetes, the emotional burden of a chronic condition and maybe even diabetes technology.   Last year we had over 100 bloggers who signed up for the event and those...

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Review of the Medtronic 630G Insulin Pump

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in General | 14 comments

Review of the Medtronic 630G Insulin Pump

I am going to break with tradition and state my recommendation at the outset I love the Medtronic 630G. However, please read the entire story because it is worth knowing my full experience with the pump.  Because like with most things there are both good and some not so good parts to owning a new piece of technology. Getting started When the 630G arrived, there were all kinds of warnings about leaving the pump alone until you call the local trainer.  So I immediately picked it up and started messing with it.  I also called my local...

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