Hello from new member

By AmeliaTheBugologist Latest Reply 2013-02-21 05:20:31 -0600
Started 2013-02-16 10:56:21 -0600

Hello everybody!

I have had type 1 since April 2010, and I just switched from pens (Lantus and Novolog) to the t:slim. I love being on a pump. Anyways, the last A1c was 6.5 and I am trying to make my busy schedule as a grad student work out. So far so good. I walk to and from school every day and pre-make all my lunches so that I grab and go. Snacks include greek yogurt and carrots, broccoli and cucumber with hummus. I take 8000 units of Vitamin D daily and a calcium supplement since I am not a big milk drinker. I need to lose some weight, and I am hoping with a careful diet (aided by the MyFitnessPal app) and the pump I will be able to shed a few. I have already lost four by just tracking what I eat.

I would love to make some friends around my age. I don't know a single type 1 (or type 2 for that matter) at the school I am at, so times can get a little lonely.

Hope you all have a great three day weekend!!

23 replies

jessicatype1hawaii 2013-02-21 05:20:31 -0600 Report

Aloha from hawaii! I am type 1 and 24 years old. Just added this app on my iPhone and I'm new here. I know how you feel but it's cool there's this community of diabetics online :)

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-02-19 12:35:14 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome! there seem to be a bunch of folks your age on here, hope you hear from some. Of course, I am sure you know, that the people with the good looks, charm, personality and knowledge are older! LOL!

GabbyPA 2013-02-18 09:54:31 -0600 Report

Welcome to the family! We are a bunch of folks, all ages and types (if you know what I mean) here ready to help. Sounds like you are doing great and on the right track. That is an inspiration to many of us.

pixsidust 2013-02-17 19:55:28 -0600 Report

Welcome Amelia!
I am not your age but am a friendly sort
You will have many friends here
Just create the conversation or simply join in!

KG66 2013-02-16 20:05:17 -0600 Report

Hello! I was diagnosed in August 2011! I'm 18 and started the pump back in April. I'm on the Animas One Touch Ping and it's great! I have problems with my pump sights but other then that I love it! :)

jayabee52 2013-02-16 14:03:45 -0600 Report

Howdy and welcome from "fabulous" Las vegas, Amelia!

Should you keep active here in DC, you will know more People with diabetes (PWDs) than you can shake a stick at! LoL!

James Baker

AmeliaTheBugologist 2013-02-16 11:29:51 -0600 Report

That sounds like a low dose for me! I was on 22 a day and that is low for some diabetics. I don't think you need a pump right now.

Mirena 2013-02-16 12:07:17 -0600 Report

No not now. She wants to see how the 10 units are working and then she will adjust my dosage accordingly.

Mirena 2013-02-16 11:13:52 -0600 Report

Yea I think I am LADA. I go back and see my doctor on 2/27 which is the day after my 32nd birthday. I'll have to ask her about it.

AmeliaTheBugologist 2013-02-16 11:15:17 -0600 Report

Good luck with seeing your doctor. I just started the t:slim pump last night so I am pretty giddy about pumping for the first time.

Mirena 2013-02-16 11:17:19 -0600 Report

How does the insulin pump work? Is it something you need minor surgery for?

AmeliaTheBugologist 2013-02-16 11:23:33 -0600 Report

The catheter is inserted with a needle underneath the skin. It doesn't hurt for me at all. The site will then need to be changed frequently to avoid infection as well as the build-up of scare tissue.

AmeliaTheBugologist 2013-02-16 11:26:47 -0600 Report

Yeah. I was on a fast acting (Novolog) and Lantus, but I was taking between six and ten shots daily. For me the pump is a major upgrade. If you end up having to take that many shots, I would discuss it with you Dr.

AmeliaTheBugologist 2013-02-16 11:22:23 -0600 Report

Oh no. My t:slim is about the size of my palm, and about half an inch thick. It has a tube that runs to a disposable catheter that you change yourself every three days. It sounds like a pain, but if you are LADA, you will most likely lose all insulin production and need insulin for the rest of your life. Thy pump is highly convenient because you have your insulin with you wherever you go, it is easy to give yourself insulin (and less embarrassing) as well as the basal rate of insulin on the pump more naturally mimics the bodies own rhythms.

Mirena 2013-02-16 11:11:23 -0600 Report

Hello Amelia! I'm a grad student as well and I have type 2, although I'm starting to think I have type 1. I was diagnosed with type 2 in 2009. I was on oral meds for 4 years but as of yesterday, I have been switched to the Lantus Insulin pen. What are you studying in school?

AmeliaTheBugologist 2013-02-16 11:12:51 -0600 Report

I'm getting my Masters in Entomology, and I think I am going to head straight for my PhD after that. Are you thinking you are LADA? Nice to hear from you!

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