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 28, 2012

Day 47

Today was a "pick up prescriptions" day.

That means we take a trip to target and spend $100 for prescriptions and leave with a huge bag of supplies.. Today I wanted to share a little bit about that those things are..

Here is our spot in the refrigerator for their insulin...We have Humalog and Lantis..A short acting and a long acting insulin for each kiddo.We have a lot of extra right now because they dont use quite as much as they started using.. but that will pick up after their pancreas completely stops producing insulin. Also we need extras because when school starts back up again, Craig will have insulin at school and at home and once opened it inly lasts 30 days, so we will be using more insulin every month (twice as much)..

And this is what Madi uses.. She will only get her insulin from a syringe..She refuses to try anything else, which is totally fine with me..I dont want to pressure her into something else, but I am hoping she will try the pen or pump eventually..

And this below is called the Pen.. The insulin is prefilled into these "pens" .. At the end of them pen are numbers and you click the pen end to the number you need, or amount of units of insulin you want dispersed from the pen..  This is what Craig uses.. He tried it not long after he was diagnosed. It is much more convenient because you dont have to carry around the syringes..only then pen and small needle tips as you can see in the picture. Its also not as obvious.. Because with the vial  and syringe you have to draw up or measure the insulin and then make sure there are no air bubbles.. But this all you do is click and then get the shot...The needle tip used for the pen is also smaller than the syringe so it doesnt hurt as much (as Craig says, obviously I dont know this:)

 He can  100% do this himself.. Which is great for school.
Also the pen tip is much smaller than the syringe so you dont have to pinch the skin before injecting..But with the syringe for Madi you have to pinch fatty skin and inject the insulin in it..

This is what my kids do every time they want to eat...

We also have a seperate cupboard with their "essentials"
Needles, Test strips, meters, alcohol wipes, lancets, protein snacks like Jerky and peanut butter, crystal light (no carbs juice), quick sugar juices, tablets and candies (skittles and suckers), gatorade gummies for Craig ..This is our go-to cupboard for when we leave the house..we have to make sure we have some sort of all of these items when we go anywhere...

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