1979156_10203364917621334_520525939442577090_oSpring break is over, the kids went back to school. When I got home last night, I told the kids that after dinner I would take them to the park to go run around. We had some odd blood sugars during the day (normally the case after a week away from school) and had to do a site change at 3am that morning, so we were keeping a close eye on our daughter. It was a beautiful afternoon though, and it seemed like a great night to be outside.

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904122_600075823353987_450448929_o Night time alerting. Most often it is the number 1 reason someone cites for wanting a DAD. And it is often followed up with “and then we can sleep through the night” as if the dog will catch the low, go get a juice box, treat the low, and then go back to bed. Or catch the high, bolus to correct, and do all of that while you stay snuggled up in bed.

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I am starting to see posts on Facebook and blogs about taking a day off from mentioning the “D” word. Spend a day not talking about diabetes, not posting about it, “diabetes doesn’t define you”, “your life is more than diabetes”. And while I completely agree with the last 2 statements, our lives are completely consumed by diabetes. It works it’s way into everything we do. It always gets the front seat. Always demanding attention. No matter the hour, no matter the activity, no matter the location, it requires a thought, an action, a response, a consideration. So here is a timeline for a “day in the life”

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One of the most frustrating things about diabetes is that often times there are no answers. No explanations. No matter how hard you try to figure it out, examine it, investigate root causes, use your experience, knowledge, history, there just sometimes is no explanation.

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Can I be honest for a moment? That girl above is my daughter. My baby girl. She is 10 years old. Some days, she looks a lot older to me than she really is. Life with a disease forces you to grow up a little faster. I like to talk a lot about all the things she can do, she can eat, she can be, even with the life long diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. But I’m going to let you in on a secret…

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9700620539_d01101b090_bMeet Canine Hope’s Lexi. In the picture above, she is the black lab. 🙂 More »

20130827-IMG_3506Our son’s Kinder teacher asked if we could bring Major in to talk to the class about service dogs. Our son now goes to the same school as our daughter, but his class starts 45 minutes later. My wife and Major are always there for drop off and pick up, so we like to make sure all the kids are educated on proper service dog etiquette and educate them on what types of jobs they can do, so we were happy to oblige.  More »

This is just a post to give you a little view into the life of a type 1 family.

We are almost 2 weeks into the new school year, and all of the hard work we did over the summer time to bring Stella’s BG numbers into range seem to be working. (said with fingers and toes crossed while burning sage and throwing sugar free cookies on the altar of the diabetes gods). We essentially tripled her daily insulin dosage between basal rates, carb ratios, and insulin sensitivity settings. A massive change in routine, like being home for summer, and then going back to school can wreak havoc with blood sugar. It is an awfully stressful time for a type 1 parent. We were a little concerned that some adjustments would need to be tweaked further, but as of now, we are holding steady. With one exception

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