I officially launched D-Mom Blog one year ago. Though my writing about diabetes extends further back when I was writing about it once a week or so on my “mommy blog” and you will see some of those posts in the archives.
I am so thankful to those of you who come here and listen to our story of diabetes and those of you who offer support and encouragement through comments here, on Facebook, on Twitter, or at D-Mom and D-Dad Connection. We wouldn’t be where we are with our diabetes management without the wisdom of this great community who share this journey with us!
I hope you join me in 2011!
Top 10 Posts
(Top 10 according to page hits, not necessarily my top 10 favorite from the year.)
1. Ketone Testing You can lead a child with diabetes to ketone strips, but you can’t make her pee. We are trying out a blood ketone meter to help manage high blood sugar levels at school.
2. On Oprah: A Diabetes Song and Dance Oprah aired an episode about diabetes. Find out if I agreed with the facts as Dr. Oz put them forth. Includes video of Q belting out a tune.
3. Back-to-School: 504 Plan The summer is coming to a close and the first day of school is nearing. The back-to-school checklist for children with diabetes includes much more than crayons, glue sticks, and a new backpack. Is your child’s 504 Plan in order?
4. Taking the Artificial Out of Yogurt I shared my opinions with General Mills about artificial colors and flavors and high fructose corn syrup in their products marketed to kids, particularly yogurt. Did they listen?
5. I’m a Mac, Diabetes is a PC This is the first in a series of posts called “I’m a Mac, Diabetes is a PC” about managing data and compatibility of medical equipment such as blood glucose meters, insulin pumps, and continuous glucose monitors with computing platforms Windows and Mac OSX.
6. The Care of Students with Diabetes Act in Illinois The aim of the Care of Students with Diabetes Act is to ensure that children with diabetes are safe and healthy at school and that they have access to the same educational opportunities as other children. The bill clarifies federal protections and standardizes a baseline protocol for caring for students with diabetes.
7. Something Stinks The Onion tried to make a joke about Jay Cutler, but did they take it too far where our children with diabetes are concerned?
8. Mother’s Intuition Our three-year-old showed classic symptoms of Type 1 diabetes (extreme thirst, frequent urination, weight loss) following a minor illness.
9. Smoothie Queen If there’s one healthy snack that never seems to go out of style with my kids, it’s “smoothies.” Now, I’m not talking about “wannabe” smoothies that you can buy at your local convenient store that are laden with sugary, artificially fruit-flavored syrup, but REAL smoothies, with REAL ingredients.
10. Holiday Decorating with Medical Waste We took the used OmniPod’s from my daughter’s insulin pump and turned them into Christmas tree ornaments. Read the tutorial and see how you, too, can have fun with medical waste.