By Pam Durant  /  October 17, 2017

What Does Diabetes Look Like?

I am still not sure I have the answer to this question. When I started this blog, and its Facebook page with the same name, I knew I needed an image for it.   As a photographer, I was completely stumped. Give me any other subject, and I will have something in my stock that is relevant. Or I can come up an image.  But trying to visually capture diabetes left me empty and uninspired. The people, and especially the children, who deal with it inspire me beyond words. But artistically, it just wasn't doing anything for me.  I went to Google Images for inspiration. There was nothing there but images of feet gone bad. (One of the many reasons why it...
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By Pam Durant  /  October 10, 2017

Today Is The Only Day I Will Ever Give You Medical Advice for Diabetes

... and that advice is to GET PROPER MEDICAL ADVICE! A couple of days ago a dear friend informed me that one of her closest friends suffered a brain hemorrhage. It appears to be the result of high blood sugar untreated. As I understand the story, her friend was insisting to treat her diabetes with only homeopathy, and it failed.   Complementary Medicine and Diabetes Now, I have a very strong belief in complementary medicine. I have used it myself on several occasions and I do believe there is a lot to be said for the benefits. However, the key word here is "complementary". Whether it be homeopathy, ayurveda, Chinese medicine or whatever other form it is, it may not...
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By Pam Durant  /  October 6, 2017

Alternative Medicine And Diabetes – Does It Help?

I often describe diabetes as our Zen. It keeps us in the present. You can't live in the past, and you can't plan too far into the future all the time. You have to always be on top of diabetes, and deal with that number you have in your monitor at that time – not at a later time. I still perfect my art to think like a pancreas and predict blood sugar while balancing a tight rope, juggling fire balls as I whip up the perfect soufflé. Armed with information, some days I still feel like I need a magic 8 ball when the school nurses ask me how they should bolus at the next blood sugar check. As...
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By Pam Durant  /  September 26, 2017

Diabetes Directives and Supplies for School

  When I meet with the nurses and home room teacher the week before school, I also make sure I take the first draft of my son's medical diabetes directives and supplies for school such as emergency snack boxes.    The medical directives are what the nurses will follow in regards to my child's care – daily insulin doses, what to do in extreme high and low blood sugar situations and other emergencies.   At our school, only nurses are allowed to administer medications. I am fine with this. Just note that not all schools always have a school nurse available, so it is important to educate everyone who will be helping your child manage their diabetes.   Diabetes Directives...
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By Pam Durant  /  September 19, 2017

Diabetic Complications in Young People

Are you familiar with the recent medical study that compares complications in young adults with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?   The results surprised me.    "Teens and young adults with Type 2 Diabetes develop kidney, nerve and eye diseases – as well as some risk factors for heart disease – more often than their peers with Type 1 Diabetes in the years shortly after diagnosis."   My son is Type 1, so some may be thinking this might have me feeling better about my son's diabetes as he is "less at risk".    This doesn't make me feel better at all. It makes me incredibly sad.   Diabetic Complications in Young People Can Arise from Both Type 1...
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By Pam Durant  /  September 14, 2017

What About Type 2 Diabetes At School?

My son has Type 1 Diabetes. However, there is an overwhelming amount of people with Type 2 Diabetes all over the world, and the Middle East is not immune to that trend. In fact, some countries in this region have some of the highest incidents of Type 2 Diabetes compared to the rest of the world. Type 2 and "pre-diabetes" are also seen in teens and young adults. So while we always see images of senior citizens in Type 2 Diabetes ads, it's not always the case that this is a disease for older people. Some populations are genetically prone to develop it at younger ages. What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes? Type 1 Diabetes...
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By Pam Durant  /  September 12, 2017

Diabetes and the School Nurse

Managing Type 1 Diabetes at school is a subject I have written a lot about. It is always a learning experience every week, if not every day for those involved! I know I learn a lot as schedules and activities change. There are so many things to consider to keep a diabetic child safe at school it can sometimes feel overwhelming.   Diabetes and the School Nurse – Help Them Care For Your Child   There are people you will need to place great trust in when managing your school-aged child's diabetes and the school nurse is one of the most important. Be sure to foster this relationship and keep communication flowing. Managing your child's diabetes at school can be...
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By Pam Durant  /  September 5, 2017

Diabetes at School: Preparing Teacher to Manage Diabetes

School starts next week! That does not give me much time to connect with my son's newly assigned teacher to give them the Type 1 Diabetes highlights before school starts. Anticipating this, I start preparing ahead of time.   Help Your Child Manage Diabetes At School   To create a safe environment for your child, it's wise to educate teachers about managing diabetes at school. Chances are that you know a lot more about it than they do.   The Before-School Meeting   I always send an email to the school nurses at least two weeks before school starts to request a meeting with them and my son's home room teacher. In some cases you may have to be persistent...
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By Pam Durant  /  August 29, 2017

Traveling With Diabetes – Your Free Guide

The idea of traveling with diabetes can feel overwhelming. If you have diabetes, or you care for someone with diabetes, you may be hesitant to travel – particularly if your diagnosis is new. However, it can be done – and done well. There is no reason why diabetes should keep you or a loved one from traveling. It does require some planning and preparation. At times a new environment or new foods may seem stressful. Even the weather can affect blood sugars. But the more you learn about yourself as a diabetic in both familiar and unfamiliar surroundings, the more you will enjoy travel. Not sure where to begin? We've created a comprehensive guide for you of things to consider...
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By Pam Durant  /  August 22, 2017

Back To School With Diabetes

School starts in just three weeks! After a busy summer full of travel and learning more about our diabetes it is time to get ready for school. Of course that includes buying the next size in the school uniform we outgrew, shoes that fit, pencils, paper and all that good stuff. For a child with Type 1 Diabetes, back to school means so much more.  Managing School With Diabetes Attending school with diabetes is not a simple task. It is full of a myriad of medical supplies and snacks that must be strategically placed throughout the school, educating the school health staff and teachers on what it means to be a Type 1 Diabetic: How and when to use those...
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