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By: jessbaby

Age: 34
Location: Bostonish
Type: 1ish
Gender: Female
Occupation: Consultant
Sign: Scorpio


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The new review - Mar 14
The tool for reviewing blood glucose meters that are actually used by diabetics is a really great addition that I've noticed to the website. It gives you a star rating system ...
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Here at the Expo - Mar 14
Well I'm back working with body1.org helping people get connected as a community. The music is really loud, which seems to happen to us whenever we are at an expo. The people ...
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Frankenstein, natch? - Jul 18
So I got this really interesting link about a project in Chicago that is in Phase I trials, I think, transplanting islet cells into humans, and it's working. I'm in phone ...
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Agave - Jul 18
Well I did find agave nectar a Whole Foods, and I haven't tried it yet but next time I have some tea I'll use it instead of sugar and we'll see what happens. it says you ...
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What's Up? - Jul 16
So I've been doing a little research on the Manuka honey tip, which was not very promising. But there's a lot more on the Agave Nectar stuff, both from other diabetes websites ...
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The new review
Posted: Mar 14, 2009 13:28:42 1 Comment.
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  • The tool for reviewing blood glucose meters that are actually used by diabetics is a really great addition that I've noticed to the website. It gives you a star rating system as well as 250 characters to write how you feel about it, personally. I think this is a great way to see a realistic portrayal of meters in use. I recommend it for use by those considering getting into a new meter as well as those wishing to add to the community but sharing their own experiences with said meters. Hopefully you can help someone make a great informed decision about their new meter.
    Here at the Expo
    Posted: Mar 14, 2009 12:00:50 0 Comments.
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  • Well I'm back working with body1.org helping people get connected as a community. The music is really loud, which seems to happen to us whenever we are at an expo. The people seem to be really cool though. Lots of interest, especially in take-aways. Not so much interest in the Wii, however. I am going to write up a review about my glucose meter as requested, and later I will update how my disease is progressing and what I'm doing to combat the Charcot's foot and stuff.
    Frankenstein, natch?
    Posted: Jul 18, 2008 12:26:22 0 Comments.
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  • So I got this really interesting link about a project in Chicago that is in Phase I trials, I think, transplanting islet cells into humans, and it's working. I'm in phone discussions now to see if I can participate. My girlfriend when she heard about my plans was immediately worried about the dangers of the procedure, but since she's relatively healthy I had to curb that impulse, with much gratitude that she's concerned for my well being, but a caution that she's never had to deal with this and thus does not even know if the assumed risks are worth it or not, for me personally, to be able to be insulin free and able to function normally...I had tears in my eyes trying to explain to her the misery that we all go through when trying to deal with this...I think she gets it. I'll keep you guys updated if things turn out well with this transplant thing :)

    Agave
    Posted: Jul 18, 2008 12:05:11 0 Comments.
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  • Well I did find agave nectar a Whole Foods, and I haven't tried it yet but next time I have some tea I'll use it instead of sugar and we'll see what happens. it says you can use it in cooking/baking too, but i have my doubts. in any case, hope you all aren't melting from the heat. it's getting nastier and i can't wait for fall when it's crisp and cool out there!

    What's Up?
    Posted: Jul 16, 2008 15:42:07 0 Comments.
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  • So I've been doing a little research on the Manuka honey tip, which was not very promising. But there's a lot more on the Agave Nectar stuff, both from other diabetes websites and other research. I'm actually going to get some at Whole Foods and see if there's any difference. I do love to bake and would love to find a sugar alternative that didn't make me grimace when I eat it. Splenda just doesn't do it for me. So I guess once I try this out I'll give you a shout out and tell you my experience with it.

    Dating issues
    Posted: Jul 3, 2008 11:36:27 1 Comment.
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  • One of the things I wanted to do with this site is to offer dating advice to folks living with diabetes, especially if you're new to it. It's one of those things that doesn't get talked about in public very much, but this disease is still very much a stealth one, especially if you're not some superstar with a personal chef, trainer, and support staff holding your hand every minute.

    I lead a pretty active social life, and that includes going on dates but as of lately, going on dates with that one special person. I think out of the hundreds of dates I've gone on in my lifetime (very active social life) I've told maybe one out of 50 of them about my diabetes. If I can cover it up, I will do so for as long as it seems feasible. Wouldn't it be nice, I think to myself sometimes, to have it be a nonissue? My current love interest actually found out by taking me to the ER for some breathing problems I was having. Amazingly, this person stayed with me the whole time I was in the ER getting checked out for tons of things, and therefore was privy to my entire medical history, rather, in very clinical terms. As you can probably guess I was very much mortified and worried that all this information would make the object of my affections turn tail and run, but no, this tale has a happy ending, at least so far.

    No adverse affects from hearing that I have to shoot up insulin twice a day and that sometimes, if I don't eat enough I get all weird and punchy-drunk and can't quite keep my head. Just concern, patient support, and a general poo pooing of the fact tha I'm sick. So there are ways to get around it, there are ways to hide it, and there are ways to go about bringing it up that don't necessarily end in disaster or tragedy. If any of you are facing this or curious, please feel free to write me, or write it here.

    Update on Charcot's Foot
    Posted: Jul 3, 2008 11:17:43 0 Comments.
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  • So after a month of being in a total contact cast i saw the ortho surgeon who said i'm NOT a candidate for surgery, which is a big relief. i do however have to wear this cast for another month, at least, to see where the bones go from here. the swelling has gone down,, which is good, and it's not particularly painful, but to see the deformity of the bones now that it's not football sized is, i'll be honest, kind of gross. i'm still looking for a job that requires office skills and no standing, so if anyone knows of anything, please let me send you my resume :) otherwise, i hope anyone reading this is doing well and if you also have diabetes, take care of yourself, check your feet, use a mirror, get a podiatrist to keep track of things and keep your nails trimmed and filed, and keep your chin up, it's not as bad as it seems.

    It's been a while
    Posted: Jun 6, 2008 18:10:56 1 Comment.
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  • But now i've got something exciting to talk about. Charcot Foot. Never heard of it? Pray you never do again. Do some googling and then, if you are a diabetic, take the foot thing seriously. I have been diagnosed with Charcot Foot and it's not a pretty picture. I'm in a walking cast with strict admonitions to bear no weight on it. For up to five months. Five months. Good bye job. Good bye health insurance. Good bye life. Well, not really life but...life as I knew it...yeh. Please please if you're not taking extra good care of yourself, start now. Get the information, get supportive folks in your corner, reach out to whomever you can however you need to, and get yourself healthier. It's doable. My diabetes is actually under really good control right now, and I'm hit with a number of other things to contend wtih now. The Charcot Foot is a direct result of the neuropathy and some trauma to my foot, but it doesn't help that I was misdiagnosed with osteomyelitis and they missed the Charcot entirely. So it's also very important when you're in a hospital setting to make sure you pester them with questions, do as much research as you can, inform yourself and make them take care of you. Don't accept things if they don't make sense, don't just go along cause it's easier than arguing. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, especially in the HellMO times we're going through now, and sometimes things slip through the cracks. I was on IV antibiotics for six weeks before I pushed for an explanation of why my foot wasn't getting better and saw a specialist, finally. Don't take it lightly, don't chalk it up to "they're doing the best they can" cause their sole job is to make you better. And no one can do it for you, not a healthcare proxy, not your parents (unless you're really young and probably not even reading this), your kids if you're older, or a spouse or significant other. It's a self-managed disease, and it means even more to me now than it ever did with other complicatiosn I've faced. Thanks for letting me vent. If you have advice or suggestions, feel free to send them my way, in public, in case other people are wondering and afraid to ask. Ta! And take care.

    At The Expo
    Posted: Apr 19, 2008 13:45:16 0 Comments.
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  • Okay, we made it to the expo, we set up the booth, my foot is killing me but we got things setup and done in time. We did some videos of very nice people who seem pretty enthusiastic about what we're trying to do here. I think the next step is to try to get some offline social activities going and put our best feet forward. This of course excludes MY foot until it heals. The camera was a good idea, and the Diabetes1 Idol idea is going to take off. Ask me about it if you're curious!
    Headed Out
    Posted: Apr 15, 2008 9:43:41 0 Comments.
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  • Going to CT for another diabetes expo. Very excited about the opportunity to do more pimping for this site. I haven't blogged in a while since I've switched insulin therapies and jobs and all sorts of other things. It's been probably more hectic than for most people, dealing with life things while dealing with diabetic things. I guess that's why I'm working with body1, because I would like to have a vibrant, community spirit around living with diabetes, and I think it would be really helpful. I'll be starting my vlogging by interviewing folks in CT who come to our booth, so keep an eye out for that, and please, introduce yourself and drop me a line so maybe we can get some real dialogue started, between people who know what it's like by living it first hand.
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