{Thoughts on Thursday} September 2016

by Leighann on September 26, 2016

Each Thursday I am posing a type 1 diabetes-related question on Facebook. Leave a comment with your answers here and also click through to Facebook to see how others answered.

thoughts-walksDo you participate in JDRF or ADA walks? Why or why not?

My answer: We actually started doing our local ADA walk to support another family member with diabetes even before Q was diagnosed. Unfortunately the ADA no longer has a walk in our town and the nearest JDRF walk is quite a distance away.

My philosophy on walks and fundraising is that you don’t have to raise huge dollar amounts every year. It’s okay for it to ebb and flow and friends and family are also more likely to donate and participate soon after your child’s diagnosis. Sometimes it’s enough to participate just to raise awareness and it’s always great to do walks to show your d-kid that you care about their cause.

See how other d-parents answered the question “Do you participate in JDRF or ADA walks? Why or why not?” on Facebook.

thoughts-free-snackWhat’s your child’s favorite “free” snack?

Free snacks are usually considered 5 carbs or less and don’t require insulin to cover it.

My answer: Q was vegetarian until she went to grade school and saw the other kids eating meat, so I think it’s ironic that she started eating Slim Jim for snacks. But I think she had too many and hasn’t asked for those in quite a while.

I don’t buy many foods with artificial sweeteners, but we do get sugar-free jello. Q also likes to snack on cheese.

See how other d-parents answered the question “What’s your child’s favorite “free” snack?” on Facebook.

thoughts-diabetes-bookWhat is your go-to diabetes book? What did you learn from it?

My Answer: I have a bookshelf full of diabetes books, but I think my go-to is Think Like A Pancreas** by Gary Scheiner. Whenever I need to do basal testing or adjust rates and ratios, I turn back to that book.

See how other d-parents answered the question “What is your go-to diabetes book?” on Facebook.

thoughts-bedtime-snackDoes your d-kid have a bedtime snack? Is this different than your kids without diabetes?

Some endocrinologist suggest a bedtime snack including protein, especially for younger kids or those on injections.*

My Answer: When Q was younger, especially while she was still on multiple daily injections (MDI), she always had a bedtime snack including a little protein. Now that she’s older and she’s on a pump, she only has a bedtime snack if she’s hungry or if her blood sugar is on the low side.

I don’t think I would have started the bedtime snack routine with my other child if Q wasn’t already getting a snack.

See how other d-parents answered the question “Does your d-kid have a bedtime snack?” on Facebook.

thoughts-diabetes-conferencesHave you been to any diabetes conferences such as ADA Diabetes Expo, JDRF Type One Summit, or Children With Diabetes?

My Answer: We haven’t been to the ADA Expo or JDRF Summit, but we did go to Children With Diabetes Friends For Life one summer. Friends For Life almost always overlaps with diabetes camp and camp usually wins out. You can read about our Friends For Life experience.

See how other d-parents answered the question “Have you been to any diabetes conferences?” on Facebook.

*Please remember that I never give medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or pediatrician for advice about your own child. Make your own informed decisions for your own child.

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