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Problems and Solutions

I just got back from a check-up with my endocrinologist. My glucose numbers have been a little high lately so she made some changes to my slow-acting insulin daily injection—Lantus. Its seems to be working because my glucose numbers have been more regular. My mom is very happy!

And speaking of making my mom happy, I made up for something I did at Christmas… I don’t always have good days. Sometimes my glucose numbers run high, and sometimes low. When they get low (hypoglycemia) I get irritable.

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A low glucose reading might not have been the reason I upset her, but I’m going to go with that. I got angry about something and tore her Christmas gift in half. It was a picture of me taken at school in a card with a poem I wrote. She wasn’t happy. But, today my teacher let us take home the copy we made for the classroom, so I was able to fix my mistake. She was VERY happy.


My winter eyes behold,

whales swimming in the frozen sea,

wrapped up presents under a tree,

snowballs piled up outside.

My winter eyes behold.

~Jonathan Torres

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Today is World Diabetes Day


Ever wonder what it’s like to have Type 1 Diabetes? Take the T1D for a day text challenge:

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Happy Halloween!


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Diabetes Diagnosis Anniversary


(waiting for the endocrinologist)

Today marks one year since I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I guess you could call it an anniversary, but so far, it hasn’t been a very happy one. My endocrinologist had me take some tests. They weren’t math or spelling tests, but they were just as bad. I had to pee in a cup minecraft_creeper_coming_out_wallpaper, and I had to get a blood test minecraft_v3_by_polishxcii-d5f9ixp ! Even though I get 5 shots a day, having blood taken directly from your vein really hurts. The only good thing about it was the Lego set I got from my mom for having to go through it all. But wait, there’s more. I also had to have my eyes checked and dilated minecraft-steve-wallpaper-i7 ! I had to wear these big weird sun glasses after I left the optometrist because my eyes were sensitive to light. It was even hard to see the directions for my Lego set.

I guess now that all those tests are behind me, I can celebrate my first year with diabetes. It hasn’t been all bad. At least I get to take time off from school for tests and appointments minecraft-steve_3892071.

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The end of my 4th Grade School Year

Principals honor rollSchool is almost out for the summer, and even though I missed a lot of time because I was in the hospital and recovering at home dealing with my new diabetic life, I still got it done. I’m really glad it’s over!

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Diabetic Monkeys

I thought I knew a lot about animals, but on a recent trip to the Los Angeles Zoo, I learned something new. Monkeys can have diabetes, too!

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When we read the sign on the cage, my mom did a double take. confused-face[3]    There weren’t any zoo keepers or volunteers around to ask about the monkeys, so when we got home, my mom and I did some research on the internet. It seems that a monkey can get diabetes 100 times quicker than a human. My mom says that the zoo monkeys probably have Type 2 Diabetes, since Type 1 in monkeys is much rarer. I just hope people visiting the zoo read the sign and NOT feed the monkeys.  DSCN3227

Here are some other pictures from our zoo trip:

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March 14th is Pi Day!

thCAY42ZGG March 14th is Pi Day so my class is celebrating by having pizza pie for lunch, and then at 1:59pm, we are having pie! Sadly, when I say we, I mean they. sad_faceI can eat pie, but not at that time. My mom said she’d buy me a strawberry pie so I can have a slice with my dinner. Now I see why my parents are so eager to get me on an insulin pump. If I were on a pump, I could have that slice of pie with my classmates! angry-face-emoticon Here’s how it works:

american%20diabetes%20assoc_ Insulin pumps deliver rapid- or short-acting insulin 24 hours a day through a catheter placed under the skin. Your insulin doses are separated into:

  • Basal rates
  • Bolus doses to cover carbohydrate in meals
  • Correction or supplemental doses

Basal insulin is delivered continuously over 24 hours, and keeps your blood glucose levels in range between meals and overnight. Often, you program different amounts of insulin at different times of the day and night.

When you eat, you use buttons on the insulin pump to give additional insulin called a bolus. You take a bolus to cover the carbohydrate in each meal or snack. If you eat more than you planned, you can simply program a larger bolus of insulin to cover it.

You also take a bolus to treat high blood glucose levels. If you have high blood glucose levels before you eat, you give a correction or supplemental bolus of insulin to bring it back to your target range.

Here’s what it looks like: 18035

It seems kind of weird wearing a pump 24 hours a day, but if it will help me live a better life, then I’m all for it. For now, I have to deal with daily injections, but as soon as my endocrinologist gives me a thumbs up, it’s pie time!



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It’s not the sugar, it’s the carbs! But the sugar matters, too…what???

untitledFor the hundredth time my mom tried explaining this to me again today. I still don’t totally get it, and I’m the one with the diabetes! My mom said she’s going to have me start counting carbs more often so I don’t make another mistake. Anyway, I guess I should tell you the story…

We had a Valentine’s party in my class today. My mom told me that if the party was at snack time, I could have a Go-Gurt, a couple of strawberries and a tiny bit of Goldfish crackers. If the party was at lunch, I could have whatever I wanted, but the nurse had to figure the carbs into my lunch.  Well, the party was at snack time and I had what my mom told me I could have, plus a piece of sugar-free banana bread. I thought I could have it since it was sugar-free, but when I went to the school nurse to get my lunchtime insulin shot, my glucose level shot up higher than a rocket! I had to get 2 extra units of insulin just to bring me back down. I knew when my mom saw my number for the day, she was going to freak out. Well, she did a little, and then explained the whole sugar versus carbs thing again.


You see, if I have this package of crackers, I am eating 24 grams of carbohydrates, which means I need 1.3 units of insulin to balance my glucose level (my ratio is 18 to 1, and may be different from other diabetics). IF the sugar grams were also at 24, then it would most likely be a piece of candy and I wouldn’t be allowed to eat this until the weekend, BUT, since these crackers have only 6 grams of sugar (1/4th the amount of carbs), I can eat them as long as I get a shot of insulin to cover for the carbs. Because I only get shots at mealtimes, I have to work in things like these crackers into my meal. OTHERWISE, I can only have snacks that are well under 18 grams to avoid a shot. Get it? No? I know, it’s a lot of information!!!

My mom said banana bread is about 35 grams of carbs–no wonder my number was so high! I guess I have a lot still to learn about diabetes. Luckily I have my whole life ahead of me and plenty of time! I’m just looking forward to this weekend so I can dive into that pile of Valentine’s candy I just got! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Chocolate Cake!

Chocolate Cake!

Its been 4 months since being diagnosed with diabetes. This calls for chocolate cake!

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A Prayer

When I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, my mom ordered medical ID dog tags for me to wear every day. She also bought a metal of the saint of diabetes, St. Josemaria Escriva to wear with my dog tag. This is his picture: Saint-Josemaria-Escriva

My mom told me when I wasn’t feeling all that good about my diabetes I could pray to him. I did a prayer and asked her if it was OK. She laughed and said I needed to get that on video. Here’s my silly re-enactment…


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