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Name that Tune: Diabetes Edition

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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Name that Tune: Diabetes Edition

Scott Benner

You know how hearing a certain sound or word can make music begin to play in your head, sometimes you are even prompted to sing out loud? That happens around here more than you would expect and almost always because of diabetes.

Available on iTunes

Available on iTunes

This first one always gets me and most times I can't stop myself from singing out loud. When Arden's BG gets low, her DexCom G4 'beeps' three times... BEEP, BEEP, BEEP...

As soon as the tones stop, I sing, "Everybody get up...". 

Check out the music, see if you hear it too.

Available on iTunes

Available on iTunes

Arden has said in the past that she can "feel the fall". What she means is that when a high BG is beginning to come down, before her meter or CGM can even tell what's going on; she can sense that it's happening.

She'll look at me very seriously as she tries to make sense of the sensation. Then she looks right into my eyes and says, "I think I'm falling...". There is something about Arden's phrasing that makes us all sing-along with Ms. Alicia Keys.

Also on iTunes

Also on iTunes

It's a simple question that gets asked about thirty minutes after we bolus for an elevated blood glucose, 

"Arden, is that insulin working... check your CGM" - When everything is going as planned Arden answers, "It's going down" and the entire house sings...

"I'm yelling timber!"

On iTunes

On iTunes

More music courtesy of the DexCom G4. Two beeps can indicate a high or rising BG. In this house they are also an excuse to sing the theme from Rocky 3.

Rising up!


We listen to all kinds of different music but I there is just something about diabetes that makes catchy pop songs jump into our heads. I'd love to know if this happens in your homes, I think if it did... I may feel less weird the next time I belt out, "Everybody get up!". I can't wait for the next wave of summertime radio to arrive so we can replace a few of these songs, I need a new diabetes playlist - this one is so 2013. Don't worry, I'm keeping 'Eye of the Tiger'

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