My Diabetes Journey

My Diabetes Journey

Christmas Eve, 1997, should have been a joyous night for my four year old self. I should have been eating copious amounts of homemade goodies while I awaited the sound of Santa’s sleigh bells. I should have been able to … Read more

Kids, Dietary Compliance, and Type 1 Diabetes: What a Mess

Kids, Dietary Compliance, and Type 1 Diabetes: What a Mess

Over the last few days, I’ve begun to understand how fragile my son’s compliance with our eating guidelines really is. Sacha is six, and was diagnosed at the age of two. Until recently, he’s been young and impressionable enough to … Read more

Doing It for Real: A Skater with Type 1 Diabetes Takes Her First Test

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I took my figure skating test two days ago, on Sunday, as planned. For me, it was a rite of passage as a skater and a crystallizing learning experience. The outcome was mixed: not a quantifiable triumph, but a personal … Read more

The CGM makes life easier, but it’s no cure

The CGM makes life easier, but it’s no cure

Two weeks into Sacha’s use of the Dexcom continuous glucose monitor, and the excitement is over. Yes, the CGM is great. No, it didn’t make his type 1 diabetes go away. I suppose it’s like every new toy that you … Read more

Hello, Caution, My Old Friend

Hello, Caution, My Old Friend

I am 47 years old; I am a novice figure skater; and on Sunday February 3rd I will take my first skills test: forward and backward edges, the waltz 8, forward and backward crossovers, and spirals. Goals like this are … Read more

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

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