This may be a game changer: Using the Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Glucose Monitor

This may be a game changer: Using the Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Glucose Monitor

We received our new Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Glucose Monitor a few days ago. It seems absolutely wonderful. What a difference from the old Metronic one we tried when Sacha was 2! Insertion was easy, calibration is a breeze, and … Read more

I Hate Maltitol

I Hate Maltitol

My dog, Pink (Pinky), died Monday morning. She was a nine and a half year old bullmastiff who still seemed like a puppy.  She was a beautiful, gentle giant and we loved her very much. On Wednesday afternoon, Jessica and … Read more

“Daddy, Stop Testing Me All the Time”: Proactive Parental Diabetes Management with a Six Year Old

“Daddy, Stop Testing Me All the Time”: Proactive Parental Diabetes Management with a Six Year Old

Whenever my six year old son, Sacha, says he’s tired, hungry, or expresses a strong emotion, I whip our the test kit. He didn’t use to complain, but has begun so lately. “Daddy, stop testing me!” he yells. “It’s just … Read more

New Basal Settings Not Working for Me

New Basal Settings Not Working for Me

A couple of weeks ago my endo changed the basal settings on my pump, reducing my early morning (2:00 – 4:00 a.m.) and my morning to afternoon basal rates. She did this for two reasons: the first was that I … Read more

My Pre-Diabetes is Bringing my Son and I Closer Together

My Pre-Diabetes is Bringing my Son and I Closer Together

A few years ago, my GP noted that my fasting blood sugars were creeping up. Over the last few weeks, I started checking my morning blood sugar, and have found that it’s consistently in the 120s. Pre-diabetes is clearly here, … Read more

Diabetes Is Never Easy, But It Is Simple

Diabetes Is Never Easy, But It Is Simple

When I was first diagnosed with type one diabetes, at the age of 11, I spent ten days in the hospital. On the day I was sent home I made a point of seeking out a nurse, named Cathy. She … Read more

Making Mistakes While Diabetes Parenting

Making Mistakes While Diabetes Parenting

Today, I made yet another diabetes parenting mistake. We were at lunch with some of Sacha’s friends to celebrate his sixth birthday. It was busy, loud, and my wife and I were trying to be gracious hosts with the kids … Read more

My Holiday Dinner: Good Intentions and Actual Outcome

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I hosted Christmas Day dinner at my house this year. Sometimes my mother hosts us all, and sometimes my sister Sally. The last time I did it, I served a traditional menu: glazed spiral ham, scalloped potatoes, a green vegetable. … Read more

When to Enforce Eating Guidelines for Children with Type 1 Diabetes

When to Enforce Eating Guidelines for Children with Type 1 Diabetes

Here’s a challenge that we all face, whether it’s for ourselves, because we have type 1 diabetes, or for our kids, when they have the condition: when to enforce eating guidelines, and when to let things slide? Last night, circa … Read more

“Past Experience is No Indication of Future Performance”: Over-Time Learning in Paediatric Diabetes Management

“Past Experience is No Indication of Future Performance”: Over-Time Learning in Paediatric Diabetes Management

This winter vacation, the kids are out a lot skating on the lake. A new way of experiencing paediatric diabetes management, and wrestling with the challenge of over-time learning…. A few days ago, our five year old with type 1 … Read more

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