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April 20, 2018
We put together 4 charity teams here at Pressure Chemical for this year's Pittsburgh Marathon. I am running on a team that is raising money to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and it is in honor and recogntion of my son Owen (T1 since age 7 in 2011).
JDRF had a nice pre-written text to summarize the fundraiser, but I revised it to describe what Owen's day with Type 1 diabetes is like.
Try this: Get a rubber band and put it on your wrist. For one full day, snap the band on your wrist twice every time you eat something.
The first snap is like the finger prick when you tested your blood sugar
The second snap is like the needle when you inject insulin
AND, here's the fun one, figure out (if it's not on a label, you have to estimate) how many grams of carbohydrate you just ate.
- If your estimate is too high, go drink a juice box: your blood sugar went too low because you injected too much insulin
-If your estimate is too low, snap your wrist again, because you need more insulin to correct your high blood sugar
The reality is more complicated, and it's the day-to-day persistence of diabetes that really sucks. But JDRF does good things with your donations. They fund patient and family education. They also fund research into new treatments, including work to cure and even prevent T1.
Please consider donating to our team in any amount. I genuinely appreciate it.