FROM OUR EXPERTS
From the moment we receive the diagnosis that we have a child with Type 1 Diabetes, the whirlwind of the disease and its management monopolizes us, often pushing our other children onto the peripheral. Even as that initial chaos subsides, it seems as if the regimented schedules and monitoring of diabetes supplants the needs, interests and scheduling of their non-diabetic siblings.
As parents, we try not to let this happen, yet it's difficult with the need to be hyper-focused on the day-to-day management of Type 1: What did you eat? How much? When? Have you tested your blood? What was the reading? Have you exercised? When? What did you do? For how long?
I have three sons, with my oldest being a Type 1 Diabetic. I bombard him several times daily with the above litany of questions, and my other two sons often jump in during my inquisition to tell me what they've eaten, how many grams of carbohydrates they ate, how much they exercised, and so on. Their responses often exas...
Influenza, often called the "flu" is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Flu spreads mostly by the coughing and sneezing of people who are sick with the flu. If you have diabetes, you are more likely to get flu-related complications like pneumonia and even be hospitalized or die from the flu than other people. Influenza may also interfere with blood glucose management. People with diabetes should talk with their doctor now to discuss preventing and treating the flu. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself. * Get a flu shot! It’s the single best way to protect yourself against the flu. * Take antiviral medications to treat flu (if your doctor recommends them.) * Take everyday steps to protect your health. A flu shot is the single best way to protect yourself against the flu. Both the seasonal flu vaccine and vaccine against 2009 H1N1 flu are safe and effective. This season, there is a season...
I was looking through old posts on my personal diabetes blog in search of examples of the kindness of strangers. There have been many, many examples in my recent life with diabetes of people who have gone above and beyond in helping me out when I wasn't prepared for a diabetes-related emergency. (Yes, my fault for not being prepared, but it's nearly impossible to be prepared at all times. We do our very best, and thank goodness for people who are willing to help us when we stumble.)
I wanted to share this post from back in 2006, after I had just moved to a new town and was getting to know my surroundings and my new gym. This nice guy behind the counter made my day.
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Last week, I had a pretty sneaky low pounce on me while I was on the treadmill. Readings have been steadily improving but aren’t back on track yet. So I’m erring on the side of caution as much as possible. This is resu...
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