Craig and Madi are siblings who both have Type 1 diabetes. They were both diagnosed in 2012 and with in 4 months of each other. Craig (16) and Madi (7) are awesome kids and here you will see the everyday things that come with Type 1. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Thank you so much for reading!!
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Day 41

Do you know what a "quick sugar" is??

Or why my kids would need them??

Well here you go...
If someone with T1D is low..meaning in my children's case if they have a blood glucose under 80, they are low and need a "quick sugar"

Examples of quick sugars we use: juice, glucose tablets, skittles, smarties

These "quick sugars" give the person a quick pick me up and bring their glucose numbers up..quick!

Hense the name "quick sugars"...Now these items wear off in their bodies quick as well, so if they do not follow with a carb/protien snack (like crackers-carb and peanut butter-protien) then will just get low again, so they have to follow up with those when their number gets above 80.

What makes them low?
Things that make my kids low is definitely exercise..if they are not replenishing their body with carbs when they exercise and use the carbs up, they end up low.. just playing outside or riding a bike can make them low as well.

How can YOU tell if someone is low?
Signs of a person having low glucose are:
  • Shakiness
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Hunger
  • Headache
  • Pale skin color
  • Sudden moodiness or behavior changes, such as crying for no apparent reason
  • Clumsy or jerky movements
  • Seizure
  • Difficulty paying attention, or confusion

What should you do if someone with Type 1 is showing these signs?
Get them a quick sugar!!! fast! a juice, soda, candy bar...something.. 
Get an adult to help too.

There have been a few times Craig has been on the field and we look at him and can tell he is low.. He needs some gatorade!! He almost looks like he is playing in slow motion..when normally he is super quick and on top of it. If he is at home and low, his signs are headache and he will also get sweaty and shaky.  He can tell when he is getting low..its a feeling in his body, so he usually knows and checks his glucose..Madi isnt there yet..She cannot tell when she is getting low, and we cant either..thats hard...

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