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The Friday Six: Glucose Tabs and Talking Carl.

The Friday Six:  July 16, 2010 editionI think this is the third Friday Six in a row, which either means I'm really efficient or so jumbled in the brain region that I'm only able to concentrate on six things at a time.  (A seventh thing would make everything go poof.) 

1.  First things first:  Clara Barton Camp still rules.  But they're running low on a very crucial supply these days:  glucose tabs.  Camp is in session through the end of August and the supply of glucose tabs at CBC is slim.  They need a hand, if you can.  If you work at one of the companies that makes glucose tabs and you are able to make a donation of tabs to the most wonderful place in the world, please email me at kerri (at) sixuntilme (dot) com.  (And if you are a SUM reader and you're inclined to donate a few jars of glucose tabs to CBC, you can click here to visit the Dex4 store and make an online order.  The CBC mailing address is:  Clara Barton Camp, c/o Health Center, 30 Ennis Road, PO Box 356, North Oxford, MA 01537-0356.)  Please - and THANK YOU!!!

2.  And second things second:  A SUM reader has a question about resources for a teacher in her school system who will be responsible for a type 1 kindergarten student this coming school year.  Here's her question:  "What I am looking for is information we all need to know. What blogs, web sites, or books should all adults, in a responsible position here, be aware of.  It is the teacher who will bear most of the responsibility here for [diabetes-related] decision making. I would like to get everyone ready for September and will appreciate any tips you can give. The child's mom is justifiably nervous sending her baby off into the full day world of school."  So do you guys have any sites or books that you can recommend for this teacher?

3.  Thirdly - are you ready for D-Feast Friday?  (What's D-Feast Friday, you ask?  Hang on, I have that answer here somewhere ...)  Looks like Karen, Lorraine, and Elizabeth have teamed up to create this very cool d-blog initiative.  DETAILS!  "We invite you to blog about your favorite recipes on Friday, July 23rd.  Does your recipe have to be low carb?  Not necessarily, since we know that everyone's bgs react differently to foods.  Our hope is that by sharing ideas, we can each walk away with a few new wonderful recipes, although we know not all recipes will work for everyone.  Blog about your recipe on the 23rd.  Feel free to include pictures of you cooking, and/or of the final meal, and any special techniques you use.  Have fun with it! (If you'd rather simply link to a favorite recipe that's already online, feel free to do that as well.) Nutritional information is always welcome, particularly carb counts with defined serving sizes, but also calories, fat and protein if you know it. If your recipe is low carb, gluten free, low calorie, vegetarian or vegan, please indicate this in your title so that people looking for these types of meals will be able to reference pertinent recipes quickly."  For someone like me, who can't effectively make ice, this D-Feast Friday could be something that saves my life.  Or at least my marriage.  ;)

4.  (Holy cow, this is a long Friday Six already.)  Fourthish, the No-Sugar Added Poetry Book is DONE and is available for you to purchase through the Diabetes Hands Foundation.  I'm very, very proud of this book, both having contributed a poem (this one) and served as an editor on portions of the text, and I believe this is a gorgeous example of what our community is capable of sharing with the world.  If you haven't checked out this book, click here and get your own copy!

5.  Fivey:  Don't leave pacifiers out on the counter or the cat will find them and bite holes in them.  Stupid cat.  (And stupid Kerri for leaving tempting plastic tasty bits out for kitteh disposal.) -- >

Oh come on, Siah.  Get away from that thing!

6.  And six - Does Talking Carl come as a Blackberry app?  WANT.  (The video of Two Carls pitted against one another made me laugh so much that buying an iPad actually seemed like a good idea.) 

Fin!  I'm out.  See you Monday!


Kerri, if the teachers want to do focused searches on diabetes-related info they can try my Diabetes Search engine. It only searches sites I've already checked out, you get better results. For example searching for "insulin" gives you 545 results. On Google the same search gives you over 22 million results. HTH.

Thanks for the shout-out for D-Feast Friday!!! If readers want more info on how to submit their recipe next Friday, they can visit my blog (http://www.bittersweet-karen.blogspot.com) or Elizabeth's (http://blog.elizabethjoyarnold.com) or Lorraine's (http://thisiscaleb.wordpress.com) We are excited to try some new recipes!!

In response to question #2:

JDRF has a great list of links on their "Type 1 Diabetes in School" page here http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=103439

The School Advisory Toolkit is all about caring for child in school setting including what parents should do/expect and what school personelle should do/expect.

The "Helping the student with type 1 diabetes succeed" from the National Institutes of Health is also a very informational tool.

All that being said, the parents of the child will be the first source of info. They will know (unless just recently diagnosed) what the symptoms of highs and lows are for the child. They will know the doctors directions. Every child with diabetes is different - different blood glucose goals, different management styles and tools.

As a person who grew up with type 1 (dx at age 2) and a parent of a child in elementary school with type 1 (daughter dx at age 4): i want a child with type 1 in the classroom (or at recess or lunch) with their classmates as much as possible. They should not leave the classroom or have to go visit the secretary and miss any lunch or recess time to have a blood glucose check, eat snack, or to get insulin delivered. Whatever accommodations the school/teacher can make to achieve this would help that child feel less different.

There are physical concerns obviously (blood glucose levels, glucagon shot locations, snacks on time, etc.) but I think a lot of times the emotional well-being of the child is lost. Being "different" hurts.

Thanks for reaching out and asking. You must be an awesome teacher to take your personal time to research and help this student be successful. Kudos to you!

Where's your poem?! I wanna see!

After the kitties bite holes in the pacifiers, to they get to keep said pacifiers?

The Children With Diabetes website, www.childrenwithdiabetes.com, was always the place where I found back-to-school information that I could print off or modify slightly for the teachers to use.

Mmm, pacifier - Love, Siah

To #2- TuDiabetes.org!! What an amazing, resourceful community- for anyone touched by diabetes (you do not need to be a diabetic yourself). You can jump right in and start a discussion looking for advice!

Wow - that teacher is pretty awesome! Katie made super recommendations - I echo them.

Thanks for the D-Feast shout out! :)

Have the parents/teacher contact me... I will happily email back and forth. I am both a diabetic and teacher of diabetics (mine are high school aged, though).

When I was at TX Lions Camp we ran out of glucose tabs, so we used sugar cubes for lows. Somebody or some company donated TONS of them to the camp.

I posted that Talking Carl link on Twitter last night after it had me laughing so loud I could barely handle it! Perfect Friday Funny!

Have a great weekend! :)

I think the gold standard for Diabetes in Schools is here:

Seriously? Clara Barton insists on treating hypos with glucose tabs?

Why support that industry's claim to treating hypos? Why not use, oh, Walgreen's soft mints? Or skittles? Or any of the other candies out there that are way cheaper and just as effective at treating hypoglycemia?

I'm very thankful I didn't watch the Talking Carls video at work. Hilarious, I really wasn't able to breathe for a second there. Thanks Kerri!

They treat with glucose tabs, honey and juice boxes. However, there are very limited amount of glucose tabs that are donated, and they are really in desperate need of them.

Jonah - Don't jump all over CBC for treating lows with glucose tabs. They use other foods to treat as well, but if they want to use tabs as part of their arsenal, let them!

(Besides, when I treat with tabs, it's easier for me to count the carbs I'm taking in. Personally, I don't have the brain power during lows to measure out a half a cup of Skittles. :) )

I am also a teacher and T1 (and used to teach kindergarten)...the teacher can feel free to email me as well!

As a former staff member of diabetes camps, the reason that most diabetes camps treat with tabs instead of yummy candies is for that reason alone. They're yummy. You'd be surprised as to how many kids would "over count" carbs, especially while away from mom and dad, just because they knew they'd get some yummy skittles if they were low half an hour after dinner.

To #2 you could take a look at the story "Hanuman and the Shadow" at, http://hanumangarden.org/Pages/garden01.htm

Thanks everyone for the tremendous resources provided. I will share this entire post with my kindergarten team (4 teachers & 5 paras) in case folks want to delve more deeply or share what they have learned throughout the year. We interviewed for a new school nurse and the top candidates have experience with pumps. Turns out we will have 1 new CWD in K and 1 in pre-k this fall so everyone will get lots of experience in the coming years. I think we all have to be aware of the individual's signs and I hope their teachers share that information freely with us.

Will reiterate that CWD has links to great websites for schools. That's where we went 3 years ago when my daughter started Kindergarten. But, really, the most important part was the time we (including my daughter) spent with her teacher before school started. The teacher has since told me that meeting alleviated much of her anxiety, and it certainly left my daughter and me feeling more comfortable about the first day.

I put Talk to Carl on all of our phones. My almost-3year old LOVES this app. He calls it "Talk to Johnny." He cracks himself up (and we laugh hysterically because he's laughing so hard). It's a blast. A simple simple app with lots of laughs.

Hi, Bennett is right about the gold standard


Helping the student with diabetes succeed was put together by many groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the NASN.

It has great handouts for teachers, busdrivers, coaches, etc.

I am the mother of a 21 year old who was diagnosed in the middle of kindergarten. I am also a school nurse.

I went into school and read a book about diabetes to Joe's class when he was first diagnosed. There were some pretty wild ideas about diabetes (di = die for example) See if the teacher is up for that. If your school has a nurse, work with her.

How about the Pink Panther book for the school? Clear, easy to read, etc. It is a great "simple" resource that isn't too weighty for non D family people to read through. Nicely organized to find the info you need too.

Also, this book has fabulous forms and charts to fill in for the school. It is made for parents to use with the school. Check it out!
[RECOMMENDED!] A Child in Your Care has Diabetes, 3rd Edition, by Elisa Hendel. Published by Hen House Press, 2005. ISBN 0971861218. US$27.95.

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