Friendly reminder about Daylight saving time

Daylight saving time 2017 in Florida will begin at 2:00 AM on
Sunday, March 12

Take extra care Monday morning during your commute to work. Everyone will be suffering from a one-hour jet lag. Insurance companies note that the accident rate goes up during this time. Be careful!


Mila has a kid with T1. Her blog is here.

Let’s empathize. That is an order !


Hey all, I understand your need for trustworthiness, we all need it sometimes. I have been a long time member for tuD. I actually joined almost right after my son was born. He is 10 now. I joined tuD when looking for information related to diabetes technology. I made some very good friends and some time after the Spanish speaking community was created. So I moved :slight_smile: but i´ve always come to read and comment, every once in a while. I met Mila here actually and some of the admin members at diabetes conferences, nowadays I am in charge of the Spanish speaking community.

Despite coming from another country and speaking other language, i always felt welcome and of course loved in TuD :slight_smile:

We might seem strangers but we have been always here, I´m sorry we didn´t meet under different circumstances but I do believe it is never late to find kindness in people. Judging in advance wont help anyone. Giving opportunities as we have been granted many in life would.

I would love to participate more (some have seen me a lot lately as I`ve found here great advice for my running adventures and technology) but work, family, diabetes itself needs we all rest every once in a while.

We are all here for the same reasons, we all want to learn and help others. No one with diabetes should EVER feel alone and so far through all these years this community (members, friends, staff, admin team, you!) have all done a great job together. I have few good friends in life, yes, I dont trust people easily but Mila has been able to prove that she´s one of the best people and friends i´ll meet. I respect her and find it sad when people judge her without knowing too much.

Best regards to you all. Feel free to contact me in case needed.


I always run into trouble when traveling, i never get the correct time zone and end up with on hour in my pump, another hour in my mobile, another hour in CGM…geez. LOL.

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Hello amiga,
It’s been a while since I’ve posted on TuDiabetes… even longer since I engaged in topics where the community dives into its own identify.

I want to take a moment to do two things: introduce Mila Ferrer for those who may not know her, and share a few reflections on TuDiabetes, as we reach our tenth year of existence.

I first met Mila 5+ years ago. She and her husband Jimmy have raised a beautiful family of three boys, one of whom (Jaime -whom she highlights in her blog in Spanish, Dulce Guerrero = Sweet Warrior) lives with #T1D.

For years she was responsible for managing the EsTuDiabetes community, joined by @Mariana11 as Assistant Community Manager a while back. When Cynthia moved on from DHF, and in light of the amazing work that Mila and Mariana had done on EsTuDiabetes (having started from “behind”, and being a smaller community for long, it is now a community with a larger reach than TuDiabetes), DHF CEO, Gene Kunde, appointed her to become DHF’s Director of Community. As a board member at DHF, and co-founder of this organization I was VERY excited by the decision: I can’t imagine anyone better suited to take on this role, and allow both communities to benefit from the best that each has to offer.

As I think of the ten years since Andreina and I embarked on the TuDiabetes journey, I cannot help but think about some of the highlights since then…

We’ve grown together, we’ve learned together… about diabetes and so much more. From holding up our hands with words on them, describing how we feel about life with diabetes, to holding up our hands in protest agasing injustices affecting people with diabetes.

We’ve cried together, as we’ve lost fellow travelers (Barbara, Sandy Barragan, and others). We mourned them and paid tribute to them, and in our continued journeys, we’ve thought “What would Sandy do? What would @jrtpup do?” when confronted with tough decisions.

And, as families full of love and passion do, we’ve also had our differences. We’ve argued, we’ve listened to each other with respect… and while we have not always agreed in everything, we’ve managed to move forward stronger than ever before.

Ten years later, as TuDiabetes and EsTuDiabetes reach more than 5 million people every year, what got us started in March of 2007 remains every bit as relevant and needed today as it did back then… and in a world that is far more polarized than it used to be, the need to do so in a respectful manner remains every bit as critical as it did back then too.

From our Values:

I realize the community has recently undergone a challenging period, and consequently has spent time looking at itself, how it is governed, and why. This is a healthy process that we’ve been through before in our decade-long history, and it is always a hard process that results in lessons learned that make the future better and stronger for the community. However, it doesn’t happen in a void. It doesn’t occur without taking a hard look at the world around us and how we react to it, in order to make the best possible decisions we can.

I want to commend the DHF staff, the dedicated and selfless volunteer admins (folks who POUR themselves without pay into the community, as a way to give back), and every single member who has engaged in this process in a constructive way, to make us a stronger and better community for the millions of people that need it: those who know about it today, as much as those who are yet to find the difference that a community of peers can make in their life with diabetes.


Manny, I think your citing this paragraph out of the Values is great.

<< …It’s just not OK to do so in a disrespectful manner. If you are unsure about whether something may be disrespectful to others, try to put yourself in the shoes of the other person and consider how you would feel if you were on the receiving end… >>

Imagine chatting amicably about diversity and the need for structure and then suddenly someone “closes the discussion”. Like slamming the door. How do you think you would feel ? Well respected ?


We value diverse points of view. All people touched by diabetes are welcome. You may find opinions and positions that are not similar to yours and it’s OK to disagree. It’s just not OK to do so in a disrespectful manner. If you are unsure about whether something may be disrespectful to others, try to put yourself in the shoes of the other person and consider how you would feel if you were on the receiving end of the comments/contribution you are making.

These are values that should be pertinent to EVERBODY in our community.


Don’t forget to change the lancet in your pricker…Lol😀.


But we just changed on New Years! Lol! :laughing::joy:


:smile: I purchased a lifetime supply of lancets with my first order when I was diagnosed, 33 years ago … I just didn’t know it at the time!


By my calculation, my present stock of lancets should last me until I am least 135.


Does this mean that my pump clock will finally be correct again?

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So TRUE! Though I have to question the timeline. I was dx’d in 1983 and for at least the first couple of years I was using those diastix strips of the pre-meter era. Pretty sure I didn’t get my first OneTouch II until '85 or so. But the box of lancets I got with it is still half full!

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My first blood glucose measuring technology was the BG Chemstrip. I used the “guillotine” auto-lancing device with lancets much like they appear today and mounted in a fear-inducing apparatus. I didn’t use a meter to read the strip pad color intensity but did a timed visual comparison with a palette of reference colors displayed on the side of the strip tube. I didn’t use the new technology meters that read the color intensity until '86 or '87. You only had to wait 60 seconds for the test result! I didn’t ever use the urine glucose testing system.


Above Photo credit: Cardinal Health

2nd photo credit: National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


Yup, I had the same set up. And split the chemsticks the long way to double the amount. You can still buy those things, though I think mostly they’re marketed for people who have diabetic cats.

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Oh my LOL i still remember those, I used one of these.

I still have some at my parents house.
And then of course before the glucose test strips (for urine or blood) I carried my own lab around.

Photo credit: Tecmed RCM

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Not only cats, you can still find those in some countries, here for example LOL.

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True of course. And of course there are plenty of places where there’s just no treatment available at all. The mountain village in SW China where we spent a week for my brother’s wedding was like that. They had a hard time just getting medicine for common diseases and insulin and testing supplies and the rest were basically unheard of. Had my own stuff of course, though that got a little dicey at one point too.

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