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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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Lost in Newark, NJ

Scott Benner

Q: What do get when you add a torrential rainstorm, 

Newark traffic on a Friday afternoon and a low blood sugar together? 

A: About 9 minutes left in a 15 minute long meeting with a Senator.

So Arden and I were late getting to the meeting with Senator Lautenberg.  In the end I don’t think it was any great loss.  There were a number of nice people there all wanting to thank the Senator for his support of diabetes research and funding.

We did see the inner-workings of two very nice parking garages on our journey...

Anyway,  I lost my opportunity to speak which may not be so bad.  I wasn’t there in search of a sympathetic ear, I had something I wanted to say and in the end I was able to leave my notes with the Senator’s Projects Specialist.  She promised to include my intended parting statement in the meeting minutes.  I think I’m happier that they’ll exist there, this way the message may be less fleeting.  Besides, the room wasn’t my intended audience... the Senator was.  Though the statement was to be the culmination of my thoughts, I’ll post them here.  Though out of context I think they still may be of value.

I believe transparency is the path to understanding.  Frankness while uncomfortable is paramount if we’re to have honest discourse.  That kind of raw conversation is our best chance of moving forward.  And not just in this situation but in every aspect of our lives. When we remove fear and misconceptions our differences disappear...  revealing our shared humanity.  Only then can real progress be made.

More picture have been posted in the scrapbook...  If Arden looks a little tired in the pictures it’s because her BG is low.  Turns out 3 of the kids in those pictures were hypoglycemic at the time. (pics were lost in site migration)


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One last thing:  Our team has the 13th most walkers registered in the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the JDRF... and that's out of 150 teams!!  I'm so proud of all of you!  Thank you so much.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 01:43 AM