Diabetes Blog Week- Diabetes Creativity Wildcard

Diabetes Blog week, one great thing

“Creativity comes in all shapes and forms, so take this where ever it leads you.  Write a diabetes poem.  Create some D-Art.  Record a vlog.  Write a diabetes song parody.  Scrapbook, collage, sew, knit, crochet . . . . use your favorite creative outlet to create a diabetes project!”

My daughter can be a really creative child.  I often tell her she is going to be an engineer as she has a gift for thinking outside of the box.  I have become accustomed to her insanely creative thoughts and projects.

“Mom, why are bananas yellow?”
Me thinking- (Oh no not these questions again.  Can’t she ask me something about the human body?)
“Mom, there’s a chemical in bananas that face them to the sun and then they turn yellow.”
Me- (Really? Is she pulling my leg?  Well at least she can answer her own question. That was simply a test on my daft knowledge of spectral colors.)

After school she will pop into the car with knitted or crocheted headbands, hats, purses, flowers, doughnuts, eggs, birds, magic wand holders and whatever else she decides to whip up that day.  I even have memories of a crocheted bathing suit appearing in a kitchen fashion show.  Just give her a ball of yarn and the sky’s the limit!

What do you get when you mix a creative child, type 1 diabetes, an insulin pump and yarn together for Diabetes Blog Week?Crocheted bag

Wala! A crocheted Insulin Pump Pouch with an over the shoulder strap and a T1 embroidery.  Very sweet.



BMI a Diabetes Yardstick

Diabetes and Obesity are so closely related they have even morphed into one word, diabesity.obesity and diabetes

With obesity reaching epidemic proportions diabetes has become one of the most heavily diagnosed diseases.  Don’t be fooled into thinking type 2 diabetes is an adult disease either.  Obesity has spread its wings, including America’s children now and diabetes has has sunk its talons.

Traditionally, we think of type 2 diabetes as an adult disease but it can and is appearing at any age.  With the rate of obesity skyrocketing in America, disease diagnosis isn’t far behind. What does this have in store for our children? [Read more...]

Blood Glucose Control in Early Maturation

Type 1 diabetes control may experience some hiccups during the early adolescence phase. You aren’t too surprised, right?  The results type 1 diabetesare actually not very startling but do highlight the importance of frequent blood glucose testing.

“Changes in Treatment Adherence and Glycemic Control During the Transition to Adolescence in Type 1 Diabetes” was a two year study on early adolescents.  Research involved 225 children ages nine to eleven years old.  The researchers were looking at fluctuations in blood glucose testing and its impacts on the overall Hemoglobin A1c results. [Read more...]

Type 1 Diabetes Bag for School


Having all of the type 1 diabetes essentials in one place usually equates to a “diabetes bag” for most families.  It may vary in size, type 1 diabetes suppliesshape and structure but this is what works best for us.

We have always been able to find an over the shoulder bag that fits everything nicely.  My daughter likes these bags because they are fairly small and easy to wear.  She will grab it for walks, recess, PE, field trips, swim team, etc. -throw it over her shoulder and take off. [Read more...]

Type 1 Diabetes at School


What is the most frightening thing for parents of children with type 1 diabetes?  (Hint: look into the eyes of the parents dropping their everything you need to know about type 1 diabetes at schoolchildren at diabetes camp for the first time).

The answer may vary wildly between families, but there is usually one held in common.  The typical response is: when your child is out of your line of vision and cared for by someone else.   We see this happen most frequently in the school environment because of the sheer amount of time spent there.  Being that children are at school about 40 hours a week, having solid plans in place are essential. [Read more...]

Beads of Courage Program, for Newly Diagnosed Children


“Beads of Courage” is a program touted by Child Life Specialists, people trained to work with children addressing their emotional needs while dealing with stressful situations.Beads of Courage

According to the Leader Post:

“To be eligible for the program, pediatric patients must have either a life-threatening or chronic condition or experienced a traumatic procedure. For each treatment they undergo, the children receive a bead.” [Read more...]

Type 1 Diabetes Summer Camps, Where True Friends Are Found


It’s that time of the year again- American Diabetes Association (ADA)  summer camps!American Diabetes Association Camps
For most kids that have type 1 diabetes summer camps are are the highlight of their school break.  For their parents, it is equally as unbelievable…

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Type 1 Diabetes Defined


Type 1 Diabetes has more than a few names: T1D, Juvenile Diabetes, Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM), and Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.

T1D is an autoimmune disease, which is very different contextually from Type 2 diabetes.  The body basically begins an all out warfare against its beta cells in the pancreas – better known as ‘the insulin producers’.  It’s a rather quick process and essentially ends with little to no insulin production.  Type 1 diabetes may be diagnosed early enough to avoid an illness called Ketoacidosis. [Read more...]

Type 1 Diabetes and Bedwetting in Children (Part 2)

Type 1 Diabetes and bedwetting in children can be a common issue, see Part 1 of this article from yesterday.  There is not much to identifying that you have this going on in your house, right?  Here are some thoughts that may improve your success with toilet training at night.type 1 diabetes and bedwetting in children


  • Try your best to remain calm and not punish your child- remember it is an accident, increasing their anxiety with this is never productive.
  • Praise your child when they have a dry night, only wet underwear, a smaller accident on the bed, or they get up to use the toilet.
  • Be sure to never shame your child for bedwetting, trust me they are not purposefully bedwetting and this can be very difficult on their self esteem.
  • Check in with siblings so you are certain they aren’t teasing them.
  • Let them know other children are going through this too, they are not alone.
  • Praise your child for their help in the middle of the night when they remove wet linens and put clothing in the laundry basket.
  • Make an appointment to talk to your Pediatrician about other health conditions that may be contributing to the problem (such as constipation or a urinary tract infection) and get a referral to a Urologist if needed.
  • Try your best to maintain normal blood sugars overnight-as we know high blood sugars with Type 1 Diabetes and bedwetting in children is commonplace.  Make an appointment with your Endocrinologist and Certified Diabetes Educator for insulin adjustment suggestions if this is your situation.
  • Take your child to the bathroom a few hours after they fall asleep if it is possible.
  • You may want to encourage less fluid intake between dinner and bedtime if it is appropriate.  This can potentially cause resentment and anger so be certain to be gentle with this suggestion.  Remember high blood sugars cause increased thirst and this is not a time to decrease available fluids. [Read more...]
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