Awareness & advocacy · Everyday life. · Vocabulary.

Meet the things that keep Luke alive…

I’m often talking about insets and pump sites and tubing, but I had a realization tonight.. a lot of you don’t know diabetes jargon! That’s okay! I didn’t either until I started living it everyday. So, let me introduce you to the things that keep Luke alive each and every day. (And the reason why… Continue reading Meet the things that keep Luke alive…

Awareness & advocacy · Everyday life.

Crazy to think about.

I found this photo floating around Facebook. I’m not sure where it originally came from, but it’s (pretty obviously) not mine. It sure does give us a good picture of what Luke, and all the other T1Ds go through every month. Yes, I said every month. Seeing the kid on the left, I’m so glad Luke… Continue reading Crazy to think about.

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How are Type 1 and Type 2 different?

Before I had a student with Type 1 Diabetes, I had no idea what the differences were between the two main types of diabetes. (On a side note, I am so very thankful I did have that student in my class two years ago… she is the reason why I had a “hunch” that Luke… Continue reading How are Type 1 and Type 2 different?

Everyday life. · T1D technology

New year, new supplies.

A new year means a new set of supplies. I have to admit, even getting boxes full of diabetic supplies is fun. It’s kind of like Christmas. Is that weird? Meh, we’ve always embraced the weird around here. Throughout the month of January we received big boxes of pump supplies- insets, cartridges, & syringes- as… Continue reading New year, new supplies.

Proud mom moments · School · T1D 101

We survived our first sick day.

At our last appointment with our diabetic educator, we went through the ins and outs of a sick day. Sick days look completely different when you are a Type 1. There are many precautions we have to take and things we have to keep a close eye on. Sugars can go crazy high or crazy… Continue reading We survived our first sick day.

A new norm · Insulin Pump 101 · T1D technology

And a cartridge in a pear tree.

When Luke made the switch from being MDI (multiple daily injections) to using the insulin pump, he cut his insulin pokes down from 5-6 shots a day to 1 site change every three days. It’s been Last night was a site change night. Before gathering his supplies, Luke asks me, “Are you going to record… Continue reading And a cartridge in a pear tree.

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1.25 million people.

According to, in 2012, approximately 1.25 million American children and adults had type 1 diabetes just in the United States alone. I belong to a few Facebook groups for parents of T1Ders. On one of them, they put together the college above is of some of the adults and children with T1D. It’s crazy to… Continue reading 1.25 million people.

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Happy national diabetes awareness day!

The entire month of November is dedicated to diabetes awareness. Each day I will share Blue Facts from Project Blue November on my Facebook page. World Diabetes Day is November 14th. To show your support, wear blue! We also got some cool loot from Beyond Type 1 in the mail- include these sweet hats! How do you… Continue reading Happy national diabetes awareness day!

A new norm · Proud mom moments

Down 9.7 points.

When you are diabetic, you learn to speak a whole new language. I remember when we were first diagnosed, a friend & fellow T1D mom asked me what his A1c was. His A1-what? I learned later that an A1c is a number given to you, using an average of the last 2-3 months of blood sugar… Continue reading Down 9.7 points.

A new norm · Proud mom moments · T1D technology

We’re pumped.

We have been looking forward to November. November is the magic month where we get to switch over to an insulin pump. At our last diabetic education appointment, we sat down and looked at our different pump options. Luke really likes the t:slim. He loves the touch screen and the fact that it looks like an… Continue reading We’re pumped.