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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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Day One: 11:33 am... Cole wanted a snack

Scott Benner

Arden and Cole

Well 19 minutes later and an issue has come up.  It’s something we all take for granted... Cole got hungry and wanted a snack.  Now Arden is eating again.  This means my dream of a BG around 160 in an hour is shot.  I now have to watch how many tortilla chips Arden eats so I can factor them into her next shot.  

I can’t give her insulin now to cover them for a few reasons. 1. I don’t like to give insulin on top of insulin if I can help it. 2. She could change her mind and stop eating the chips.  3. She’s about to get a bath and as odd as it sounds her BG always goes down when she gets a bath. 

So Cole wanting a snack is a giant obstacle in my day.  It’s also why I eat standing at the counter in the kitchen with my back to Arden (I usually pretend to be cleaning).  

Fun Fact:  Complex carbohydrates bring Arden’s BG up slower but farther then a simple Carb does.  Also sometimes a simple carbohydrate drives her BG up quickly but then plummets again.  You only need to over correct for one simple carb high to learn that lesson.