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#HAWMC Day 30 The End in One Word….

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Thought-provoking

#HAWMC Day 29 Congratulations and a Pat on the Back!

Today’s challenge is to list three things we are great at:

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1. researching anything!
2. keeping calm in a crisis!
3. keeping my promises–if I say I’m going to do something, you can count on me!

#HAWMC Day 28 The Best of the DOC Blogs

I find it very hard to determine which Type 1 diabetes blogs are best….because different blogs reach out to different audiences. There are great blogs written by moms of little girls with Type 1 for example, but would the mom of a 17 year old boy find that the most helpful? Probably not. So in the interest of sharing so many of the good resources in the DOC I am linking again to my previous post that categorizes some of my favorite blogs so people can find blogs that fit their particular situation. All have something wonderful to say and are worth checking out…but sometimes a person needs to connect to someone whose journey is more similar!

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Here’s a screen shot of the post:

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#HAWMC Titles

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Wego Health’s Challenge of the day is to come up with working titles for books based on health condiditions.

 

So here they are…

 

My five working titles

 

1. Got Milk? Go Away:  Managing Food Allergies in School

2. Not Your Grandma’s Diabetes

3. “Should She Be Eating That?” and Other Stupid Things People Say About Kids With Type 1 Diabetes

4. Apologies To My Math Teachers: I Do Use Algebra in Real Life
Confessions of A Carb Counting/Insulin Giving/Blood Sugar Checking Swagging Mom

5. It’s Just A Number
The Highs and Lows of Type 1 Diabetes

 

 

#HAWMC Day 26 Worry-free Pass

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If the genie in a bottle was giving out worry-free day passes, what day would I chose? wow……let me think on that….WOW….one day, huh?….WOW

Only one day?  Prom, graduation, college, starting career, marriage, birth of my grandchild…..only one day?  Can’t do it…maybe I’m selfish, but I want all those days to be worry-free like they are for parents who don’t have kids with chronic health issues like food allergies or Type 1 diabetes.

But I’d settle for 4 years worry-free for each of my two wonderful children.  The four years of college….let them go to the school of their dreams, no matter how far from home that may be.  And let them be safe from harm.

#HAWMC Day 25 Learning

wegoday25What have I learned from Health Activists bloggers?  Whew! Where do I start?

Probably the most important thing I learned is not from one specific Health Activist blogger but from them all….

I am not alone in this battle.

#HAWMC Day 24 Wordless Wednesday

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#HAWMC Day 23 “I wish this gizmo…”

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If I could have the ear of the engineering/marketing people at a major diabetes medical equipment manufacturer, I would let them know what a dream gizmo for the management of diabetes would look like to me.

First, I am tired of “one offs”–some great ideas but they work independently…not integrating or coordinating with any other products on the market.  For example, iBGStar meter…love that you can turn your iPhone into a meter….but why limited to iPhone users only….some of us can’t afford such pricey phones.  Why not create a meter that can be used with any smartphone? And the iBGStar doesn’t talk to any pump.

T1’s and their caregivers need less “stuff” to lug around…

Medtronic users:  pump with tubes (pump is also the device to bolus/set basals etc), cgm w/transmitter, meter that links to pump, lancing device, strips, lancets

Other tube pumps (Animas, T-slim):  pump with tubes, remote to bolus/set basals (which is also the meter for Animas Ping),  lancing device, strips, lancets, additional meter for T Slim (no linking meter)  These pumps currently do not have cgms that are integrated, so cgm with transmitter will also need an additional receiver to carry with you.

Omnipod:  pod pump, pdm which is meter + remote for pump operation,  lancing device, strips, lancets –no current integrated cgm so cgm with transmitter will also need an additional receiver to carry with you.

For those who don’t pump:  insulin vial and syringe or flexpen, bg meter,  lancing device, strips, lancets and maybe a cgm system

No matter which way you manage Type 1, there is a lot of stuff to carry around!  Oh wait, I forgot the glucagon, glucose tabs, juice boxes….ok, you get the point! 385-Who-has-diabetes

So here it is, what I want –The Dream Diabetes Managment Machine

A waterproof tubeless pump

that has accurate cgm and pump contained in the one pod

and insulin and glucagon (oh, Artificial Pancreas we long for your approval)

with the ability to operate pump from any smartphone

and use any smartphone as a bg meter–with test strips of choice

and allows multiple users to be notified by alarm when bg goes high or low (controls to be set by owner)

That sounds about right!

But what I really want is a CURE!

#HAWMC Day 22 The Top Ten Things Type 1’s Can’t Live Without

Starting with the most important–

1. Insulin (I know, obviously…but sadly too true!)

2. Continuous Glucose Sensor (okay I’ll throw the insulin pump in with this as they are integrated) and the mySentry (Medtronic’s remote monitor for caregivers)

3. Internet–for connecting to the DOC, looking up carb count/food allergens

4. Juicy Juice–those little boxes come in mighty handy treating nighttime lows

5. calculator–when I am trying to calculate a correction for a high in the middle of the night

6. Bayer ContourNext Link meter….takes much less blood than the OneTouch Ultra Link used + it lights up so I can use it at night without a flashlight!

7. The Bayer Contour 2 “pricker” aka lancing device….this has been KC’s pricker of choice…we covet them!

8. storage/organizers: everything has a place and everything in it’s place where D-supplies are concerned

9. KC’s Spi-belt that she wears for PE and sports…keeps that pump out of the way and safe.

10. String cheese–KC’s fave “free”snack.

#HAWMC Day 21 Adversity

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” – Mulan

Today’s challenge is whether we believe that the quote from Mulan above, is true or false.  My initial reaction was to consider my son and daughter, both of whom face adversity because of their food allergy and Type 1 diabetes, respectively.  But I also began to wonder which flowers bloom the best under adverse conditions.  So I did a quick google search and came up with the Crown of Thorns…..and I thought….wow, here it is a Sunday morning and the symbolism of “crown of thorns’ is even more impactful for its association with Jesus Christ.  And I just finished watching a Rick Steves’ program about Edinburgh that described the St. Giles Cathedral with its ornate spire designed to look like the crown of thorns.  Another example of Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, which occurs when a person, after having learned some (usually obscure) fact, word, phrase, or other item for the first time, encounters that item again, perhaps several times, shortly after having learned it.  I was just telling another T1 parent about this phenomenon the other day, as an explanation for why we seem to learn of so many other Type 1 diabetics after our own child’s diagnosis.  And I just remembered that my son watched Mulan in 2 classes this week–weird, huh?

So here I am in this surreal loop this morning….and am reminded of when I taught a class on archetypes and symbolism to high school students.  They fought against the concept of symbolism:  “Mrs. C, can’t a tree just be a tree?  How do you know it means anything else?”  And my response would be that if the tree were merely mentioned in passing, then yes, it was just a tree.  But if the writer drew your attention to that tree over and over again, then the tree was symbolic and therefore, had greater meaning.  Today, the “crown of thorns”  appears to have meaning for me.

And yes, I truly believe that survival against adversity makes one more beautiful…makes the victories that much sweeter….

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Have a blessed Sunday!