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“Be Prepared”

As I sit here keeping my eye on the storm that is battering my part of the country right now, I can’t help but worry about power outages, trees going down, and the other types of damage that can occur when Mother Nature’s wrath is unleashed. Like some of you, I have the necessary emergency supplies….scattered all over my house, which is being remedied as this is being written.

Since KC was dx’d with T1DM, emergency preparedness has taking on new importance. It is no longer just about having flashlights, batteries etc. Because those ordinary items won’t help KC if the power goes out….and the fridge loses power…and insulin spoils. I go into a panic every time we lose power…and have taken measures to protect her source of life. First, we keep her insulin in a plastic box in a mini-fridge so it is easy to grab. Second, I purchased a fridge thermometer so I know if the insulin in at a safe temperature. Third, our latest precaution is the purchase of a Duracell Powersource 1800 generator to power the mini fridge in the event of an outage.  We have also added a solar powered cell-phone charger to our supply kit.  Hurricane Sandy, and what my D-Mama friends in New Jersey and New York went through, woke me up.

Below is a Ready Kit checklist our local Emergency Management Agency supplied as well as pdfs of the emergency wallet card they recommend. readykit checklist

ICE wallet card 1 front 

ICE wallet card back

Get Ready Knoxville Worksheet

Parents of T1DM’s have more to add to the list such as, extras of every pump supply they have, extra cgm supplies, the sick box/bag, rubbing alcohol, juice boxes, glucose tabs etc.

Take the time now to gather necessary items.  Be prepared and stay safe!

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2012 : Another Year Bites the Dust!

Can’t believe that it is 2013 already. Life is flying by these days. #1 son is halfway through sophomore year of high school and KC is halfway through 7th grade. 2013 will bring two teenagers, an additional licensed driver (we hope) and who knows what else!

2012 started off with “What I Wish I Knew A Year Ago”.

 The first year after DX taught us so much. Year Two was more predictable in many ways and we are still learning!

Next came “Oh My Sentry.”

This was without a doubt the best thing I spent money on in 2012. Actually being able to sleep and knowing that an alarm will go off IF I am needed.–getting more sleep definitely helped me cope!

January 2012 ended with “Milestones” marking the latest milestones of parenting a teen and preteen + dealing with food allergies, Type 1 diabetes and growing up.

And in February, sadly “Another reminder of the “new” normal.”

A routine eye exam reminds me that nothing is routine when dealing with Type 1 diabetes.

Valentine’s Day marked one month using the mySentry:

and now almost a year later, I know I couldn’t live without it.  It’s not perfect, but it is a component of that any pump/cgm system should come with as standard equipment.  A remote monitor for the caregiver is a no-brainer!

February also brought KC’s first sleepover invitation since she started on the insulin pump.  This topic is one so many d-mamas are talking about.  Should we let them?  What age should we let them?  It is “The Great Sleepover Debate.”

And if you haven’t seen MTV’s True Life:  I have Diabetes, I recommend you do!   My reaction was very emotional!

March was busy and left no time for blogging but I started up again in April by reexaming my fears as a parent:

“There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.” L. FRANK BAUM, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Sleepless nights are something all D-parents are familiar with and I was no exception in April and May. Found myself frustrated because the perfect pump/cgm/monitor system does not exist.  Is it too much to ask for the medical device companies to actually take into account what the end-user of the product really wants?  

I also participated in my first Diabetes Blog Week with posts on “Find A Friend,” “One Great Thing,” “One Thing to Improve,” “Fantasy Diabetes Device,” “What They Should Know,” “Saturday Snapshots,” and “Diabetes Hero.

The summer months found me pondering “Beach Bound With A Pumper:  What is a Mother to do?” And then sharing the lessons we learned in “Back from The Beach.

In July, I shared my birthday wish.   And August brought examples of our “normal” life:  summer camp and grocery shopping.  And before I knew it, it was back to school time.

October got me thinking about the difficulties of managing diabetes from a health care standpoint and then it was November–Diabetes Awareness Month!  30 days of raising awareness–30 days of thinking about diabetes on a larger scale.

Sadly, in December, the US was stunned by the deaths of innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  This event brought to mind how “lives can change in an instant.

And here we are, in the first days of 2013 with endless possibilities ahead….

just remember to

Keep Calm and Carry On!