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    1. kierbabi09
      tried sending you a PM but said it was fun.
      Oh that would be so cool. I even asked Malyssa, another poster on this forum, if she wants to walk with us and she said yes! It will be so nice to meet you and your family:)
      This will be my first walk, so I'm a newbie.
    2. kierbabi09
      Hi Darryl, how is your daughter doing? did she start school yet?
    3. TheFormerLantusFiend
      Thanks for the flattering question. I want to point out first that my blood sugar control is far from ideal. I've wondered why I do well when I'm not honeymooning, eat a ton of carbs (over 300 per day), exercise moderately, and don't pump. In comparison to most CWDers, I think I have the following advantages:
      1. Most of the time, I need less sensitive doses- I weigh 115 lb and am 19 years old. Although my insulin sensitivity has varied and is currently at my all time high of about 80, that's nothing compared to if it were 300 like some of the toddlers or preschoolers here - that kind of sensitivity would make life a lot harder.
      2. I am willing to change my basals and boluses every single day, and do change them pretty frequently, though not usually daily. This past week, which has been a tricky one, I've been adjusting my Lantus dose every day. If you do this with Lantus, you have to keep in mind that the Lantus dose of the previous day AND that day's Lantus dose both affect that day's number.
      3. I remember that certain foods did various things, and I remember how long ago. What happened a month ago is barely relevant now. I remember what each food did to my blood sugar in the recent past. I used carb counts exactly for the first year, and the results were not too shabby, but knowing that certain foods do things that their carb counts wouldn't suggest is important. Lentils deserve extra insulin, as do carrots: mashed potatoes deserve less. That's just my body.
      4. Although I take steps to prevent and treat hypoglycemia, I'm not extremely scared of it.
      5. I am extremely lucky in that I have very slow digestion (which is occasionally problematic) and therefore not so bad postprandial numbers- rarely more than 50 points above where I started.
      6. Although I don't do a lot of excercise, I know that staying indoors all day long will send me high- I have to do something.
      7. I'm willing to take as many shots as necessary. This is not something I'm sure I would do to somebody else, but I have been known to take fifteen shots in a day, and I've gone plenty of days with only one.
      8. I'm willing to experiment and take risks, and also to experiment just to make it fun and interesting. Sometimes I add a second Lantus shot, of expired Lantus because that makes it act like NPH. I do that for when I've been fighting highs all day and it is bedtime. Sometimes I inject funny places, like my chin (OUCH) and forearm (not bad!).
      I test my urine as well as my blood sugar. This is how I typically use it: if I started a meal at 110, and four hours later am 110, to know if I hit 180 in the middle, I test my urine. Or if I went to bed at 110 and woke up at 150, to know if I was any higher than 150 in the night, I test my urine. My personal renal threshhold is 160, and I treat a urine test as a Y/N test- was I above 160 since the time before last that I peed, yes or no? Drinking a lot helps to make that work.

      The results? I have an average blood sugar of about 120. I go below 40 once or twice a month. I have to snack to avoid hypos almost every day. I go above 200 about 4 days per week, and above 300 about once per month (a lot of the above 300s were due to expirementation with the I-PORT -which I had an allergic reaction to- and the CGMS- which isn't always trustworthy). I stay entirely in the range I'd like, of 65-155, about 2 days per month.
    4. twodoor2
      Wow, I really enjoy your posts. They are so well thought out and written. Keep posting away - I think you are a very valuable member of the forum.
    5. twodoor2
      I had a feeling by the nature of your posts that you were in a mathematical/scientific profession - you're an engineer!! So is moco89 and my_dana and my husband (an EE). Moco89 is going to be working on algorithms to enhance her CGMS work, and there was a very interesting article on the PID controller for the artificial pancreas in this thread.


      I don't know if you saw it, or if you contributed to it, but if not, enjoy.:)

      Please contribute any scientific/mathematical information on how you're using the CGMS when you get it. Thanks in advance.
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    My daughter Leah was dx at age 8. Has used the Omnipod since 2007, Guardian 2007-2013, Dexcom 2007-present and sang the National Anthem at the 2013 JDRF Walk!

    DCCT: The Study That Forever Changed Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes - Improved Glycemic Control in T1 children Using Real-Time CGMS
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