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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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Spotlight: Type 1 Diabetes Community on Facebook

Scott Benner

One of the goals of my (and many other diabetes bloggers) advocacy is to bring the community, comfort and guidance of the Diabetes Online Community into the real world - because not everyone is online but everyone should have the ability to find others who understand their lives with diabetes. 

During the recording of episode #23 of my podcast I asked Jack's Mom and Dad about the guidance that was provided to them at the hospital during their son's type 1 diagnosis. I was thrilled to hear that insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors were on the menu but I couldn't quite believe my ears when Beth told me that their doctors recommended a Facebook support group. My heart leapt and I instantly thought of Cherise Shockley the founder of DSMA... she is always talking about bringing the goodness of the online community into the real world. Looks like it's happening and wait until you hear how that advice has benefited the Tran family.

Below is some information on the Facebook group that Jack's parents are members of and an inline player that you can listen to their podcast episode with... you can also listen at iTunes, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. 

A little history from the TOFN founder, Alison Zettle:
"TOFN- is for parents(grandparents) of school-aged children or younger with type one diabetes living in Texas. The parents wanted to keep the topics focused on kids issues and not adult issues. We have three networks TOFN-North Texas, TOFN-Central Texas and TOFN-South Texas which includes Houston.
How it started: Andrew was dx in March 2010. I was so overwhelmed and I felt so alone. I read and read and read and I kept coming across the statement made by adults with type one "I felt so alone and different as a child". That broke my heart and I knew that in today's day and age our kids did not have to live/feel like that. We have to be aware the mental strain of having type one as well as the physical one.

I knew there had to be other parents living near me that had a child with type one. I wanted to meet them and learn from them and have Andrew meet other kids living successfully with type one. But no one could give me the names of anyone living with type one near me due to HIPPA laws. So I decided to create a local network so that parents and children could meet each other , learn from each other and support each other.

TOFN works closely with JDRF and the local children's hospitals. It took a lot of work to get it going but Andrew and I wouldn't be were we are today without the support of all our fellow D mom's and dads. The reason TOFN is so successful is because the TOFN members themselves. Someone is always there day/night to give you a much needed virtual hug or a "way to go"! I hope TOFN has made a difference in many families lives as it has certainly made a difference in mine."

Arden's Day of Diabetes: #DayofDiabetes

Scott Benner

Around a year ago the JDRF did this cool thing where people could sign up for text alerts that were meant to simulate having diabetes - so people could understand better the relentless nature of living with type I. I loved that idea, but how could I not? That's exactly how I started Arden's Day. 

Six months ago some wonderful folks did it again on Twitter using the hashtag, #DayofDiabetes and I loved the idea even more (Twitter is perfect for this) and participated in the event. Those same people brought up doing it again today - I'm in.

I'll be tweeting, Facebooking and refreshing this blog post all day whenever diabetes requires interaction. I wonder what kind of day with diabetes this Day of Diabetes will be?


Midnight: My day with diabetes began around midnight when a late evening bolus just would stop. Managed temp basal rates to get Arden's BG to 110.

4 AM: Up again to set more decreased temp basals. Finally gave up around 5 AM and gave Arden some juice (1/4 of a box) . Ended up staying awake because the juice wasn't working. Of course, the juice I added at 6 AM ended up being too much - figures.

7 AM: Up for school and now blousing to stop the BG rise from the second juice sips. CGM now 160, arrow straight up. Juice sips worked too well!

7:50 AM: Replaced juice box in Arden's bag (Used it last night for a low during softball pitching practice), set a timer for 45 minutes on her phone. Going to try and eliminate high BG (190 CGM) before school snack at 9:30 am.

8:28 AM: Blogged about diabetes

9:07 AM: Just texted with Arden, need her to test her BG. She told me to "wait five minutes" apparently they are in the middle of a contest. #DayofDiabetes

9:30 AM: Arden and I texted for her school snack. BG was 190, stubborn this morning. We boluses for 30 carbs. I asked her to test, she wanted to bolus from CGM. She said, "Fine I will but if they match I will poop on you" - I hope she meant the emoticon. They matched BTW.

11:00 AM: Lunch time text.

1:48 PM: Post Gym #CGMnow is 97. Temp basal off for 30 min and a few carbs should hold it there. We’ll see. #DayofDiabetes

2:30 PM: Arden will be home soon. Time to pack a bag with supplies so we can go watch her brother play baseball for the school team. I don't remember what it feels like to run out the door with just my wallet and keys. #DayofDiabetes 

3:16 PM: So the one day I try to outsmart an after school drop in BG... diabetes does the opposite. 185 and creeping up. Damn

5:07 PM: Some mini muffins will stop the bg fall. Only bolusing for half. #DayOfDiabetes

6:30 PM: Made a wild guess about dinner carbs on the way to a restaurant. Needed the pre-bolus time to work on a slightly elevated BG. I won't know hoe well I guessed for about 90 minutes.

Day Of Diabetes: World Diabetes Day Edition

Scott Benner


Six years ago I began this blog with the intention of sharing every diabetes related moment that happen to us over a twenty-four hour period. I planned to share our day with diabetes with my friends and family but didn't have one idea about what I was going to do after that day ended. I had never read a blog, didn't know another family who lived with type I diabetes and only ever saw two message boards in the Internet. I had no idea what my sharing would introduce me to or what meeting all of you would one day mean to me. So many diabetes related events happened in the first few hours of August 16, 2007, that I had to stop before the day was over - but that was on my first day.

Today, I think I can make it for twenty-four straight hours... One full day of sharing to help bring awareness to the the world of type I diabetes. Every moment of our World Diabetes Day that is touched by type I diabetes, I will share as an update here on Arden's Day and other social media portals that lend themselves to the moment. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr

If you want to follow along or share the posts, I'll be hashtaging them with #DayOfDiabetes - Many other DOC members will be doing something similar today, please support them as much as you can. Here we go!