Life with Diabetes

Research Matters: Stem Cells and Dr. Faustman

Speaking of children with diabetes, I’d like to say a bit more about research, and why stem cells matter. No intention of wading into the morally and politically charged quagmire here (When does life begin? How must we treat embryos?); just want to offer a little “primer” for those less familiar with the groundbreaking research going on now.
First, I found an excellent site that tells you everything you need to know about stem cell…

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On Motherhood and Diabetes: Bittersweet

First and foremost, let me say: I’m glad it’s me. I CANNOT IMAGINE trying to manage diabetes for my child…
How do you make them understand what all the pricks are for? How do you make them stand still? And who the hell knows what a 2yr-old (or a 5yr-old or 7yr-old) is going to eat? or has eaten? When I’m struggling to open the can of Spaghettios with the bagels smoking in the toaster…

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Free Gifts with Diabetes

What did you get? Let’s see, mine came with a thyroid disorder and severe allergic reactions that turned out to be gluten intolerance. So now on top of the carb-counting and the shots, I’m limited to wheat-free foods, which is a whole other world of complexity, since so much “normal” food is glutinous. Are we having fun yet?!
I’m finding out how common it is for us folks with one organ-specific autoimmune disease to develop…

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Stem Cell Hero

Bob Klein is a San Francisco lawyer and housing developer whose teenage son has Type 1 diabetes. This man is giving his all for the cause of furthering stem cell research. He’s profiled in today’s SF Chronicle. It sounds like advocacy has essentially taken over his life: “He admits that his obsession with stem cells leaves scant time for home life these days, but insists the sacrifice will pay off if stem cell research can…

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Getting Sloppy, Cute

Too much blogging, I guess. I’m running in the
200’s in the late afternoons. And by the time I check, it’s close to dinner,
and I’m fudging the correction factor and snacking while rushing around to feed
the little people. Aack!
My Endo had a look at the blog. He thought it was
“cute.” Mmm… let’s SKIP the blood pressure
check today……

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