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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Stunning admission by Aetna medical director

Scott Benner

CNN Exclusive: California launches investigation following stunning admission by Aetna medical director

from CNN

California's insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into Aetna after learning a former medical director for the insurer admitted under oath he never looked at patients' records when deciding whether to approve or deny care.

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones expressed outrage after CNN showed him a transcript of the testimony and said his office is looking into how widespread the practice is within Aetna.

"If the health insurer is making decisions to deny coverage without a physician actually ever reviewing medical records, that's of significant concern to me as insurance commissioner in California -- and potentially a violation of law," he said.

    Aetna, the nation's third-largest insurance provider with 23.1 million customers, told CNN it looked forward to "explaining our clinical review process" to the commissioner.

    the complete article can be found here

    Daylight Savings Time

    Scott Benner

    Don’t forget -- your microwave isn't the only clock that requires adjusting tonight.

    The clocks in your meters, insulin pumps and CGMs need to ‘Spring Forward’ as well… #diabetes #daylightsavingstime

    Important: Some insulin pumps may not offer bolus calculations for a period of time after you make clock adjustments.

     PHOTO: National Geographic -    Photo of a man adjusting giant clocks. Peter Shugrue checks a clock at the Electric Time Company factory in Medfield, Massachusetts, on March 8, 2013.

    PHOTO: National Geographic -

    Photo of a man adjusting giant clocks. Peter Shugrue checks a clock at the Electric Time Company factory in Medfield, Massachusetts, on March 8, 2013.

    Juicebox Podcast

    Beyond Type 1 Camping Meetups

    Scott Benner

    Beyond Type 1 and Connected in Motion are partnering to bring you THREE North American Slipstream Weekends (think, camp for adults!). If you’re an adult (18+) with Type 1 diabetes seeking community, connection, and continuing education – a weekend set against a backdrop of fresh air adventure – look no further! 

    Ontario, Canada - September 28-30, 2018
    California - September 14-16, 2018
    Maine - June 8-10, 2018

    Registration is now open. (It's not free but it is cool) Click here to choose the weekend you’d like to attend. This is not an ad.

    Babysitter Resource for T1D

    Scott Benner

    A resource for parents of children with type 1 diabetes and their sitters

    I was approached by diabetes legend Hope Warshaw last year and asked if I could contribute a few tips to a babysitters resource that she was writing. I immediately agreed but then a lot of time passed and I thought perhaps the project went away. Just the opposite it turns out... she was just taking her time and building the most complete resource on the subject that I have ever seen.

    I want to share it with you because it is so well done and absolutely invaluable. Bonus, it's free.

    For parents, being away from a child with type 1 diabetes (T1D) is tough— so tough that most avoid it altogether. But spending time apart is important for the whole family. Parents need time to themselves and children need space to just be kids, while growing more independent with their diabetes tasks.

    SmartSitters covers essential information about T1D to help families and sitters manage T1D together, wherever they are.

    The downloadable guide is full of wonderful information, thoughts from people living with type 1 and even has fantastic artwork so it is pleasant to read and use. Check it out!

    Dexcom Alerts are now User Definable!

    Scott Benner

    The Dexcom G5 Mobile App version 1.7.5 adds user definable alerts...

    If you rely on your Apple or Android device to view your Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System glucose readings, you will see new features when you update your Dexcom G5 Mobile App to version 1.7.5. These updates are a result of requests from our valued customers, like you. We hope they help.

    We know that your life runs on more than one schedule – and now your Dexcom G5 Mobile can, too! The new Dexcom G5 Mobile App feature, Alert Schedule lets you schedule and customize a second group of alerts that only apply during the hours you specify. For example, set the schedule to match your work hours, active Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

    The first time you turn on Alert Schedule in the app’s Alert Menu, you will be guided through setting up your schedule and choosing days and times for which the schedule applies.

    We’ve also added a setting to Alerts called Always Sound, which replaces Mute Override and is on by default.

    Use Always Sound to ensure Alerts sound when your device is silenced or on Do Not Disturb. For example, you want to silence your phone during school, but still hear your Low Alert. To do this, turn on Do Not Disturb in your phone settings, turn on Always Sound in the Dexcom App, and choose a sound other than Vibrate Only for your Low Alert.

    For safety, turning off Always Sound won’t silence:

    • Urgent Low Alarm
    • Transmitter Failure Alert
    • Sensor Failure Alert


    • On Android, all Alarm/Alerts are silenced when using the most restrictive Do Not Disturb setting.
    • On Apple, your Signal Loss can’t sound in Silent or Do Not Disturb.