About Me

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My name is Gail and I live in the Midwest with my husband and 2 teenaged sons. My oldest has had Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes for 4 years and uses a Minimed 722 insulin pump.

I enjoy computers, message boards and Palm PDA’s. Scrapbooking has been a hobby of mine for over 13 years. I also like reading different home organization tips. Since I had a hard time coming up with a blog title with all these different subjects, I chose butterflies because I have loved them since I was a young girl!

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Since my son has Type 1 Diabetes, I have been a strong advocate of helping other families dealing with this 24/7 disease. My blog has a lot of information about counting carbs, using a food scale and carb factors, as well as other information.

In March, 2007, I joined with another parent to create a new message board to support others going through this journey. If you are a Type 1 diabetic, or have a child or spouse with Type 1, please join this group for support! Everyone has a wealth of “BTDT” (been there, doing that) experience and have lots of tips to help everyone cope! Here is the link:

www.type1parents.org


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3 Responses

  1. Hi Gail,

    I love your blog.. It has a lot of great info that has helped me with my son and the change to his pump.

    I am putting together a heap of links on my blog for diabetic resources. Do you mind if I put this blog in the list?

    Thanks
    Therese

  2. Hi Gail,
    I was looking for a new glucose log. Like yours very much but must enlarge it due to my eyesight. My son was born with type 1 diabetes in 1965. Diabetes and society have come a long way since then. I have been on insulin more than 40 years ( 5 shots a day). I am
    thinking about geting an insulin pump. Would I have to go back to weighing my food again like I did so many years ago?

  3. Hi Stacy,
    The log is made for an 8.5 x 11 paper, but you should be able to enlarge on a copier or print it to a legal sheet.

    Being on an insulin pump does not require you to weigh your food. We have just found that weighing the food gives the most accuracy as to the amount of carbs consumed, so taking the right amount of insulin is more accurate, with better results.

    The pump has made life SO much easier for my son. Rates can be set in there to more reflect what his body does (higher in the mornings, less in the afternoon), which keeps him more even than shots did. It also gives him the freedom to eat when he wants and take a bolus for it instead of another shot.

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