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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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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Scott Benner

I am going to write about one small moment from each day in November as an attempt to shed some light on what living with diabetes is like for a family whose child has the disease. Each entry will be made to this post - they'll be longer then a tweet but short then a blog post.

 

Tuesday, November 1

I miss counted Arden's dinner carbohydrates sending her blood glucose soaring over 300. Kelly had to spend the evening trying to get it back in range. She was careful and caring, tired from a day of work and helping Arden with a school project. I was unable to help her because I was with our son at his sports practices. High BGs are stressful.

Wednesday, November 2 (1:00am)

Arden's blood glucose has fallen too far. The last bolus see received at 8pm ended up being too much. Her BG was now 57 and two hours of temp basal rates couldn't stop her slow decline. Kelly went to the kitchen for a juice box and then laid in bed next to Arden, I knelt on the floor at the opposite side of the bed holding the juice. We both tried to get the other to go to bed. I said, "Kel you have to get up early for work... you should go to bed, I can take care of Arden". Kelly replied, "I'm the one that gave her too much insulin, I'll wait with her". - We both waited until Arden was stable.

Thursday, November 3

Today I ramped up my diabetes advocacy x 1,000... I hope you all come along for the ride! All the details.

Friday, November 4

Wore something Blue for Blue Friday.

Saturday - Sunday

I seem to have taken the weekend off...

Monday, November 7

Watched Jay Cutler play for the Bears with Arden - Tweeted him after to say thank you for his transparency with his type I.

Tuesday, November 8

Spoke to a fellow blogger about ways to make her really great idea for awareness a reality!

Wednesday, November 9

We made a $75 donation to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS - Karma

Thursday, November 10

I entered into an agreement today that will significantly help one family that struggles with the cost associated with their child's insulin pumping. I will make the announcement on Monday November 14th, with all of the details.

Friday, November 11

Arden's DexCom is wearing blue for Blue Friday!

Saturday, November 12

Took the Big Blue Test - http://www.bigbluetest.org

Sunday, November 13

Spoke to a wonderful attorney about the Untitled Giving Project

World Diabetes Day

Announced that we will be giving a 3 year supply of infusion sets away to a child in need.

Tuesday, November 14

Vacuuming, cleaning, doing the laundry. If I don't get this stuff done Kelly will kill me and then I won't be able to be an advocate for diabetes any longer. So really... this is for the cause more then you know! :)