“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

The Challenges of Parenting a Child With Type 1 Diabetes, No One Understands

The Challenges of Parenting a Child With Type 1 Diabetes, No One Understands

One of the challenges of parenting a very young child with type 1 diabetes is the interactions with immediate family and other parents. Our five year old son Sacha has had T1D now for three and a half years, and … Read more

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes at the Same Time?

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes at the Same Time?

One thing I hear occasionally among type 1 diabetics is, “Well, at least I can’t get type 2 diabetes!” This reasoning makes sense if you think only about the two diabetes as two points along a single spectrum, with type … Read more

The Last Lemonade Stand

The Last Lemonade Stand

It all started when Bisi drank all our profits at a Sunday afternoon lemonade stand on Block Island.   Well, it had really started a while before that (weeks, months, or even years—we’re not sure), but the lemonade stand is … Read more

Parental Hypophobia

Parental Hypophobia

Ever since my son had his first and only night time seizure, I’ve been afraid to let him sleep alone. Until a recent trip to Morocco, however, I didn’t know that my problem had a name: “Hypophobia.” While talking with … Read more

Pills, pills, pills: Can a diabetic take too many vitamins?

Pills, pills, pills: Can a diabetic take too many vitamins?

Growing up with type 1 diabetes, one of the sticking points (pun intended!) was always that it couldn’t be managed with oral medication. Nope– “Shots, shots, shots!”  it was, and not in a fun, drinky way. And then in 2005, … Read more

Swimming with the Manatees, and Diabetes

manatee, aka the sea cow

My two daughters, who are 16 and 12 years old, had the same teacher when they were each in kindergarten. A feature of the teacher’s curriculum was an in-depth study of manatees from every educational angle: social studies, arts and … Read more

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