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

The Power of Patient-Expert Books

The Power of Patient-Expert Books

When the proposal for my second book was being shopped around in 2008, my book agent heard again and again from publishers, “We need a doctor’s name on the cover!” As if a book about an illness, and treating it, … Read more

The Elephants in the Room

The Elephants in the Room

Do you remember when you first brought your baby home, and you would find yourself checking on her, just to make sure she was still breathing? Do you remember that fear you felt for someone who seemed so vulnerable?    … 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

Back to a New Reality

Back to a New Reality

After Bisi’s diagnosis, she and I left Block Island on a Monday and returned on Friday, five days later. But it felt more like five years. So much had changed for Bisi and for us—it was hard not to think … Read more

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