Life for a Child Visit to Morocco: Caring for Type 1 Diabetes in A Difficult Setting

Life for a Child Visit to Morocco: Caring for Type 1 Diabetes in A Difficult Setting

A few months ago, I was in Morocco on a work trip and arranged, through Life for a Child - the international program for children with diabetes – to meet with Dr. Amina Balafrej, a paediatrician, in Rabat, the country’s capital city.  … 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

Diabetes and New Year’s Resolutions

Diabetes and New Year’s Resolutions

So, it’s almost the new year. I’m sitting in my newly cleaned living room in my new (to me) house, simultaneously half-watching a basketball game with my husband while contemplating the year ahead. If the following post contains many sports … 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

Batman And Diabetes Devices – Am I The Only One Who’s Anxious?

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Last weekend I rented the newest Batman movie, The Dark Night Rises, and watched it with my older kids. Having young sons allows me to watch superhero movies and play on the PlayStation, and I can call it parenting, not … Read more

Gastro-Intestinal Problems in Children with Type 1 Diabetes: Always a Crisis

Gastro-Intestinal Problems in Children with Type 1 Diabetes: Always a Crisis

Two nights ago, we were back in the Minneapolis children’s hospital emergency room. Our five year old son, Sacha, had started to vomit at 3 am, and soon thereafter began experiencing painful stomach cramps. With a touch of the dramatic, … Read more

10 Diabetes Advances of 2012

10 Diabetes Advances of 2012

As we count down the days to the end of the year, here’s a round up of 10 diabetes products, drugs, gadgets, and insights that occurred in 2012. Many of these tell me that companies are listening harder to patients’ … Read more

My New Medication: An ACE Inhibitor

My New Medication: An ACE Inhibitor

I just came back from a surprising visit to the diabetes clinic. I’ve been prescribed a new medication – new for me, that is. An ACE Inhibitor. I went to my appointment thinking I was just going to renew my … Read more

Finding Hope in the Diabetes Online Community

Finding Hope in the Diabetes Online Community

As the wife of a man with type 1 diabetes, there have been a lot of firsts for me in the past three years. In February 2010, when I first met Sean, watching him calibrate his pump, prick his finger … Read more

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