LADA Diabetes Experiences

Freestyle Libre 14 Day System Review – First Week thoughts!!

Preface: This is my second post on the Freestyle Libre 14 day system.  My first post was about the cost of the Freestyle Libre system and sensor.  Have you ever bought something and wished you had bought it sooner?  That’s how I felt with this… Knowledge is power and this gives me so much knowledge!… Continue Reading

Experiences

Diabetic Supplies

My List of Must Have Diabetes Supplies

What is this list? This is a list of medical supplies that I currently use or have used in the past.  It also includes non-medical items that I’ve found helpful to have because of my diabetes.  I will be periodically updating this list.  The links to purchase these items may be affiliate links and therefore… Continue Reading

A close up photo of the Humalog Junior Insulin Pen showing half unit measurements that can be dialed in.

I like the JUNIOR version of the Humalog Insulin Pen!

I have a fondness for the Junior version of the Humalog Insulin Pen.  I asked my doctor for it because it allows for measuring half units of insulin, which the regular humalog insulin pens don’t have as an option. I like it because it allows for injecting a dose like 1.5 or 2.5 units instead… Continue Reading

One Touch Verio Glucose Meter with Test Strips

One Touch Verio Flex Blood Glucose Meter Review

Seven years into my LADA diabetes journey, I’ve now used about 7 different blood glucose meters.  Tech improvements keep making them better.  The one I’m currently using is the One Touch Verio Flex Blood Glucose Meter.  It’s the first meter I’ve owned that has bluetooth and a mobile app (for both Android and iPhone). I… Continue Reading

Insulin & Food

A close up photo of the Humalog Junior Insulin Pen showing half unit measurements that can be dialed in.

I like the JUNIOR version of the Humalog Insulin Pen!

I have a fondness for the Junior version of the Humalog Insulin Pen.  I asked my doctor for it because it allows for measuring half units of insulin, which the regular humalog insulin pens don’t have as an option. I like it because it allows for injecting a dose like 1.5 or 2.5 units instead… Continue Reading

More thoughts on diabetes

Christmas Tree Painting

Gift ideas for People with Diabetes

Are you looking for a gift for someone with diabetes?  Here, I’ll compile a few of my thoughts.  Since being diagnosed with diabetes about five years ago, I’ve received some gifts that were chosen because I’m diabetic. Truthfully, what to buy someone with diabetes could be answered with:  Buy them something that they’ll like.  Just… Continue Reading

Medical Insurance Explanation of Benefits Paperwork

How I disputed a Medical Bill

a surprise bill Five years after being diagnosed with diabetes, and two years after starting insulin for it, I moved across the state.  I researched the area I was moving to and set up an appointment with an endocrinologist.  There was only one endocrinologist in 300 miles and they were scheduling new patients 9 months out. … Continue Reading

Picture of Freestyle Libre showing low glucose events

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), people experience it differently

What does hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) feel like? One of my “learned skills” from having diabetes is recognizing when I may have hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Hypoglycemia is defined as a blood glucose reading less than [bgl]70[/bgl]. When the body’s glucose level drops, the body pumps out the hormone adrenaline, which causes a whole… Continue Reading

What is MDI? (Diabetes acronym)

What is MDI? MDI stands for “multiple daily injections.” People who need to use insulin for treating their diabetes have a choice between using an insulin pump or performing injections. Most people who take insulin using injections will need to do them multiple times each day.  Most commonly, they take one or two shots of… Continue Reading

3 Challenges of Carb Counting and Tracking Everything you Eat

Image Credit: “Three Stack”by cogdogblog is licensed under CC0 1.0   I’ve noticed that I can achieve better glucose control if I track the number of carbs that I eat.  But, that’s hard to do. 3 Challenges 1. Distraction / Forget Sometimes, I just forget.  I get distracted and eat something without thinking about measuring… Continue Reading

Weight Loss as a symptom of LADA Diabetes

I lost over 50 pounds in the two years leading up to my diabetes diagnosis.  I didn’t know that the weight loss was a symptom of anything going wrong.  I had previously struggled with unexplained weight gain, so unexplained weight loss I welcomed. The Mayo clinic maintains a page listing potential causes of unexplained weight… Continue Reading

The positive side of my diabetes diagnosis

Diabetes makes life harder. The day to day work of treating diabetes is tiring.  Anyone dealing with diabetes knows how much careful work it takes every day. Yet, when I look at my own personal diabetes story and how getting it has changed me life, it’s not all bad.  There are positive things about it,… Continue Reading