Welcome, introduce yourself here!


Phew … a new system to learn here. Just to say hello from Cornwall … in Canada. Expat from UK … diagnosed in the '60’s … young at heart. Love cats, travelling (I work to travel as well as pay for my Dsupplies). I am planning on taking 6 months off work next year to sail down to the Bahamas and do abit of advocating in the islands (Type 2 is rampant there). So, I’m “working” (I get paid peanuts baa haa haa) … in the diabetes field, advocating, and just making the most out of life before we humans destroy our big blue marble with our cars, etc. etc.

Oh, I have a sarcastic bit of humour … blame it on insulin???

I’m currently trying to finish my work up, so I can start packing for a road trip to Niagara Falls where the Friends for Life event is being held. Great place for T1D’s young and old to meet up. So toodles for now and hopefully I’ll be back soon to post some more.


Welcome @Carol ! And Papua New Guinea, wow wow wow!! I’ve heard it’s gorgeous there. Whereabouts are you?


I blame my inappropriate sense of humor on mine. :grin:

Hello and welcome! :earth_americas:


Welcome @Carol. Happy to have provided some information that you found helpful. I am sure there are a number of members that could learn about your supply chain issues, as I have frequently heard how people are loathe to travel with all the requirements, but you appear to be as Unlimited as anyone! Not letting your diabetes get in the way.


Welcome @FatCatAnna, love the name and sailing in the Bahamas for 6 months sounds dreamy. Sarcasm is appreciated (I use it freqently) one trick I have learned is to end my sarcastic statements wtih a /s or /sarc, otherwise I am always explaining that yes, I was being sarcastic! I guess it doesn’t translate so much into a forum.


Thanks for the warm welcome and encouraging words. :slight_smile:

@Sam: That sounds like some story! I look forward to hearing it…

@Nickyghaleb: Hi Nicky! Nice to meet someone else who has moved from pump to MDI, at least temporarily. :slight_smile: I’m watching the posts about Omnipods - they sound interesting.

@Beacher: You mean you don’t have to introduce yourself? :wink: Just kidding - but the rule-following side of me prefers to do things in order.

@TiaG: PNG is a beautiful country - you heard correctly! I especially love the coastal areas, probably because I love the ocean. However, we live up in the mountains, in the Eastern Highlands. It’s beautiful here, as well, but here we enjoy the mountains rather than the ocean. Travel isn’t easy here, as there are few roads, so our travels are limited.

@Chris: Thanks. I’m glad to share experiences. My fear(?) is that I have so much on my heart and in my head about these sorts of issues, that I could put people to sleep.

@gorf: Glad you are here. :slight_smile:

@FatCatAnna: Welcome! Sounds like you have managed to combine your love of travel with a great cause. Way to go!


Welcome @Carol!


Well, gone for two days and look what I missed! Welcome @Carol, @gorf, @FatCatAnna!

@carol, such a pleasure to read from you again! I can’t wait to read more from your experiences, your thread was fabulous!

@gorf, we are podders too, as are many here: plenty of help on the forum!

@FatCatAnna, love your forum name and your plans! I paid for many years of college by sailing for money, and also met my wife on a sailboat. We have taken our boys sailing to the Bahamas before and would love to go back :slight_smile:


Thanks for that tip Chris … no wonder Kerri Sparling always backs away when I start to meow (saw her this past weekend at FFL Canada .). Many Americans were present at this event in Niagara Falls (2nd time I’ve been there - last was when I was diagnosed in the 60’s … I only realised that when I was enroute going through the lovely traffic tie ups through GTA and west ward hoe. @Lisa - missed seeing you and your family there!!


@FatCatAnna missed seeing you too! Welcome to FUD - can’t wait to see your input to the forum :grin:

Quick Question about Insulin and Weight Gain <sigh>
Repeated Dexcom G6 failures

Hello there - Kevin here. Just found this forum when doing some internet searches for user feedback about the Dexcom G6. (I still can’t figure out if I want to upgrade from the G4 ).

I’m 53 and have been T1 since I was 15. It’s been a long road, the same as for most of you with a lot of ups and downs, but I am fortunate that I’ve been able to maintain good control for a long time. After some missteps the first year under the care of our family GP (testing urine, and taking a big shot of medium term insulin in the morning was not a good program, especially since I played sports in high school!), my mother took me to an endocrinologist for specialized treatment.

Around that time the One Touch (I think) was introduced, and the combination of checking blood sugars and taking short acting insulin before meals put me on the right track. I was able to keep playing sports in college and beyond, and transition into the stresses of work and family (wife and three boys, none of whom have D).

Fast forward to today, I have settled on a regimen that works for me. Short acting insulin (Fiasp) before meals, Lantus or similar at night. I am still using a G4 Dex that I got in 2013 (I started with the Seven back in 2008). I tried and didn’t like the G5, but now I am thinking of finally upgrading. I’ve never used a pump. I am fortunate that I have no complications so far - I’ll just credit good fortune and constant vigilance enabled by continuing innovations in diabetes technology. My a1c’s were too low for many years back in the 1980’s and 90’s as I constantly checked BG’s and tried to keep things in range. CGM’s have relieved me of a lot of stress in that regard, and allowed me to keep a1c’s in a “safer” (higher) range.



Welcome @Kevinmr, glad you started posting and can add much of the wisdom your almost 40 years of living with diabetes has taught you.

As you mention, if we were forced to choose pump vs CGM, the CGM would win everytime for us.

As far as the G4 vs G6, I think the G6 is quite a bit better in our situation. We are using a pump, the G6 integrates with the pump and stops/starts insulin when needed and has really improved our control and the ability to be aggressive (Thank you Tandem!)

With that said, for us the G6 is more accurate than the G5, has fewer issues, and the lag appears somewhat better. Also the installation is a breeze with their new applicator. But you do have to apply a new one every 10 days, when we routinely got more than that from our G5. If we didn’t have the pump integration, I am not sure we would have upgraded.


Welcome @Kevinmr. Sounds like you have a handle on your D better than most.

I can tell you that a pump is not necessary for good control. A CGM is (unless you like to stick yourself about 250 times per day!). I’m 47 years in, never used a pump, started with Dexcom at STS3 just before it was approved, and have no complications.

After a 41 year career as a dentist I’m retired. Just gives me more time to stress over my Bg!


Thanks all. I forgot to also thank my endocrinologist - I still see the same doctor I visited 36 or 37 years ago. He had just opened his practice, so I am just about his longest-tenured patient. He is outstanding.


My doctor and I just had this discussion. I argued with him because I DON’T WANT to take anymore meds (I’m also asthmatic) and pay for yet another script. It’s a statin drug he wanted me to take, but not for my cholesterol, because my numbers are GREAT! But because as a diabetic, your body is more prone to the plaque build-ups that cause heart disease. The statins help your body not produce so much plaque. That’s the best way I can explain it after he talked to me. I agreed to get a scan - they can tell you how much build-up you have. But my Mom just recently got one and she has a LOT (we have a lot of heart disease in the family), and she isn’t a diabetic. I called my doctor and said I’m still interested in getting the scan, but please go ahead and send in a script for a statin drug.


Good choice… I don’t really understand why some diabetics are so adamantly opposed to them just because they can cause side effects, of you experience any just consult with your doc to get the right med and dose adjusted to achieve the max benefit with minimal negatives… seems like common sense to me


@PerfectHorse I’m also on statins (for 15 years!) with normal cholesterol numbers. My doc told me the same as yours did back then.

Despite my Father having heart disease my numbers are normal.


@kellykoenig512 - Welcome to the FUD family!!!

I had a great time this morning having coffee, talking about your daughter and her interesting journey and sharing Dexcom stories. I think you’ll enjoy the plethora of personalities here and the amazing experiences.

Please introduce yourself to the community here if you’re so inclined.

Millz (Lisa)


Because the leg/muscle pain side effects can be severe and long-lasting, so it’s not as simple as just adjusting the dose/med with minimal negatives. For me, as someone who deals with pain problems already, that’s a non-starter risk-wise if I don’t clearly need the medication—increasing my pain is riskier for my wellbeing than maybe possibly benefiting my cardiovascular health which seems fine aside from diabetes. So your “common sense” assumes your own baseline level of health. That risk/benefit analysis will differ for everyone, and there is no one clear right choice.


I have had leg cramps ever since starting simvistatin that continue, although a bit less severe, with rosuvastatin.

In my mind it is a small price to pay for the valuable protection these drugs afford.

Or maybe I’m just a masochist. :wink: