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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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BIG day for Arden

Scott Benner


First, let me say that the picture on this entry has nothing to do with today’s entry... I just wanted to show it to everyone.


Arden is going to buy lunch today at school!!!  What a big day this is for us and a good reminder of how type I effects things that you’d never imagine.  Here’s is what we had to do to make this day happen. 


We had to get the complete and comprehensive list of nutritional values for every food that the district will serve this year.  That took some doing, the highlight for me was when one of the cafeteria people told me that it was difficult to get me the list because she was, “so busy making all of the food for the normal kids”.  I let that one go right by, chalked it up to not thinking... I didn’t read any malice in the comment at the time and in retrospect, I still don’t.  Never-the-less her words did ding my soul just a little.


Then Arden had to get comfortable, the nurses needed to get comfortable and I needed to get comfortable - we all needed to get comfortable enough for us to make this leap.  May sound odd or overprotective but it’s not, it’s just how things are.  So today at 1:30pm I will be in the nurses office for Arden’s pre-lunch BG check and then she and I will go together to the cafeteria and get her some lunch... just like the “normal” kids.



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Good luck! How exciting for her!  Hannah has celiac disease along with type 1.  Hopefully we will be able to do this one day too! Becki Carlin
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 01:44 PM
Amazing! I am so happy for her!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 01:52 PM
Thank you! My thoughts are with you Becki.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 04:56 PM
What a great accomplishment for Arden.  She looks extremelly pleased with herself as she gets ready to take her first bite of school hot lunch!  Way to go!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 08:30 PM
Hi there - just found your blog and it's great. I have a little gal, Grace, who is 7 and Type 1, diagnosed in January 2009. She is also on the OmniPod as of a month ago and things are going great. I love your stories about Arden and I have been fervently reading your posts. Lots of similarities between our two little girls. 

I just had to comment on buying lunch at school. I live in a pretty urban area and to get the carb counts on Gracie's lunch menu has been a little like being a CIA operative. No one wanted to give the info for a long time and why you might ask. Cause school lunches, on the whole, are carb filled wonderlands of delight and non-nutritional value for the most part. I still let Grace buy lunch though, cause she needs to, just like Arden does and all our kids do.

I get the carb counts from our head nutritionist in our district. It's through Aramark actually. I sat with her in August and we went through the foods and their carb counts. I then made a list of them for the school nurse. Then, each month when the lunch menu comes home, I tally up each day and circle the carbs on each and every item. So Grace can then decide if she wants to buy or not, just like every kid. So then we know ahead of time the carb count on each lunch and it's kept in the nurse's office as well as home. This is just what works for us, but you might consider it. It really has been great, everyone can look up whatever she eats.

OK, long enough comment to leave??? I also blog about my daughter's journey with T1. You can find me at I think we might come from the same region.
Thanks for your blog and for sharing, it's wonderful.
Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 09:10 AM
Adorable photo ! And what a step forward, to be able to eat that lousy cafeteria food like the "normal" kids!! Thanks for the update- love to see Arden's and your family's journey...
Friday, May 21, 2010 - 10:41 PM
Congrats Arden! I'm so happy for her on her big step forward! See you guys soon :)
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 01:48 PM
Penny, Denise & Dayna...

Thanks for all of your great comments!  Penny, I'm glad you are enjoying the site so much! I'll have to check your out soon.

Denise, She'll only be doing it once in a while. That pizza did look icky.

Dayna, xoxo
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 08:49 PM