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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20131208-IMG_2521If you decide that a diabetic alert dog is the right thing for you or your family, you need to make that decision knowing that you already have good diabetes management, (I didn’t say control) you already are making diabetes a priority, and you already understand the basics of this disease. That is the only way this will ever work, and it is the only way these dogs will ever have a chance to be successful. More »

Today I am pleased to announce a special guest post written by Dorrie Nuttall. Many of you that follow us here know her as Luke’s mom (a young T1), self trainer of Jedi, and fellow member of our Canine Hope family. She has a huge following at her page on Facebook, where she provides wonderful information about diabetes, DAD’s, and being a parent of a type 1. That page is here: Saving Luke

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This is what most of the media would have you believe diabetes looks like:

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And that is a shame. It is an awful stereotype that many of us work hard to combat. Every. Single. Day.

I have had the honor of photographing many diabetics since my daughters diagnosis almost 4 years ago. And I’d like you to see what diabetes looks like to me.

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Dear Miss Manners,841255_10202318850390307_881073035_o

Last week, Miss Manners completely failed the diabetic community. She suggests that diabetics should retreat to a restroom and hide when it comes time to check blood sugar. The post is here: Miss Manners missed this one.

This has been covered at length in the diabetic community, and this is perhaps my favorite response from Scott Benner: Making People Hide Is Never The Right Answer More »

For those that don’t know, or need a refresher, I am a father of an 11 year old type 1 girl. She is in the 5th grade, and we are about to enter our fourth year as a type 1 army. We are a family, mom, dad, daughter, son, 2 black labs, and 1 white maltiterripoo. We are all involved in my daughters diabetes care. I have mentioned here before that this disease is a family disease. We are all affected in some way, even my 5 year old son. This post refers to a question I asked as we start heading into her teen years. She is my daughter. When she gets in my car, I ask her if she has her seat belt on. (I ask my wife too). When we take her horseback riding, I make sure she has her helmet. Same thing when we go bike riding. And when she is home, we check her blood sugar. We make her dinner. And we add up her carbs for her. I remind her to eat her veggies. I ask her to pick up her shoes and socks. How long will that continue? My mom still checks on me and asks how I’m doing. She is my daughter. I will always check oh her and feel a sense of responsibility for her well being.

She is starting to get older. She is starting to take on more responsibility. She wants to be more involved with her diabetic care. We are allowing her some, but it is all supervised when we can. We are also providing her with tools that allow her to have a little more control while she is at school, like her CGM. She has a BG tester with her at all times, and she can test when ever she feels like she needs to, and she has a CGM that helps her make decisions based on the data she is seeing. But when she is home, we still handle most everything. She likes to add up her carbs, test herself, input the numbers into her meter, but we still keep an eye on what is happening. She is a child of technology, she flies through input screens, has the button pushing down to a science, so I always ask to verify, as the One Touch meter makes it real easy to fly right past 6 units of insulin, straight to 12 units.

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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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20130812-P1020145Laurie told me an amazing story that happened today. See, both our kids go to the same school. But Stella starts at 7:45 and Dash starts at 8:30. They both finish at 3:15. So in the mornings, Laurie takes the kids and Major to school. They wait with Stella until her bell rings. Then once that happens, they head back to the car and wait for Dash’s start time.  More »

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