If you have found this blog, saying Welcome does not really seem appropriate. I know you wish you weren't surfing the internet for diabetes. I felt the same.

A big part of me wishes I were not writing about diabetes, nor did I anticipate to become so opinionated or informed on the subject, but it happened. In 2010, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

It wasn't really part of the plan… Correction - it was not part of the plan, but it happened. It is not always easy, but I think we are all doing okay, and I hope we continue to do so.

Why the Middle East? I happen to live in Dubai. I don't think that living in the Middle East makes mine or my son's diabetic experience any more unique or challenging than it does elsewhere in the developed world.

I hope you stick around, or read something you like. Feel free to comment and join the conversation, subscribe or follow this blog by liking the Facebook page Diapoint.

Please note: This blog does not give medical advice. I am opinionated, and I share my experiences, but the first rule of diabetes is to follow up with your doctor and/or nurse educator about your care, diagnosis or medication. If you do not have a medical practitioner that is helping you find your way through this crazy world, then do not give up until you find the right one.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Back to School With Type 1

School starts in just less than two weeks!

After a busy summer full of travel and learning more about our diabetes it is time to get ready for school. Of course that includes buying the next size in the school uniform we outgrew, shoes that fit, pencils, paper and all that good stuff.

For a child with Type 1, back to school means so much more. 

It is full of a myriad of medical supplies and snacks that must be strategically placed throughout the school, educating the school health staff and teachers on what it means to be a Type 1 Diabetic, how and when to use those supplies, and how they can help ensure your child's safety at school, advocating for your child to administration if there is no support available, new carb:insulin ratios, basal rates if you are pumping, and insulin doses if you are injecting to match the new school schedule, after school activities and all of those things I just mentioned must be considered in the context of the activity and with their coaches, if your child rides the bus what to you do, how do you manage school parties and those dreaded carb loads, depending on their age how do you get them to become more independent in managing their diabetes at school, if they are not independent yet how do you manage play dates and activities, this and more.. plus any anxiety or stress your child might have, and probably more for the caretaker that goes with all of that.... 

Read the above run-on paragraph three times out loud without taking a breath and you get a small idea of the heavy weight carried when sending a Type 1 back to school, or off to school for the first time. And those are just the highlights!

It is stressful, but with a lot of planning, work and advocating it can go well. Sometimes really well.

Over the next several days as I prepare to send my Type 1 back to school I will share the tools, links and other things I do to try to manage all of those things and more.

Even though I have done it a few times, I am still not mentally ready to tackle it just yet. But it has to be done. 

So as you recover from reading that paragraph three times without taking a breath, take a deep breath now and let's recall the beautiful days of summer just one more time before we begin..


  1. That picture looks terrific. I hope you keep that image in mind as everyone heads back to school.

    1. Thanks.. I am still trying to hold on to it even though it has been a while!