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

“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

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

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

“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

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

What Drives Blood Sugar Down Quickly in Little Kids?

What Drives Blood Sugar Down Quickly in Little Kids?

Some things send kids’ blood sugars very low, very quickly. Here’s my recent experience; I’d love to hear yours.  Yesterday, my five year old son, Sacha, and I played a game we hadn’t played  in a while –  he calls … Read more

The Global Type 1 Diabetes Family Should Stand Together

The Global Type 1 Diabetes Family Should Stand Together

Wherever I go in the world, I feel a special bond with other people in the Type 1 Diabetes community. The connection is especially strong with other diabetes parents, but I feel it with other members of the community as … Read more

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