Keith Schwanz

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!

— Dr. Seuss


The World’s First and Only “Closed Loop System”

Yesterday, Judi and I had lunch with Oliver, Stella, and Miles. Noticeably absent from the table was the “kit” Oliver has carried with him since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) seven years ago. […]

Sep, 11

1.25 Million

In the half-bath on the main floor of our house we have a bright red, plastic case in the overjohn. It’s a little smaller than a pencil box. The prescription label reads, “Glucagon Emergency Kit” […]

Aug, 28

Wonderfully Made

From outward appearances, Oliver is a typical nine-year-old. He plays hard. He avoids household chores. He laughs at Papa’s jokes (when they are chuckle-worthy). But inside his body a war is going on. Type 1 […]

Aug, 23

T1D Markers

Miles, our youngest grandchild, begins school this week — full-day pre-K. A few days ago, his older siblings cheered energetically when I asked if they were ready for the school year to begin. They like […]

Aug, 14


Yesterday was pure bliss for a nine-year-old baseball fan. Oliver and Karla had tickets for a Royals game a couple of months ago, the annual son/mother outing with friends from school. But that game rained-out […]

Aug, 07

T1D Surprises

My nine-year-old grandson sat in church today eating fruit snacks. He had to. Just moments before he checked his glucose level: 69. At one point last Sunday morning I looked over and he was punching […]

Jul, 30

A Generous Grace

A month ago I would have hurried past the article in the Saturday newspaper. Children’s health insurance coverage didn’t hold much interest for me. That changed on the 31st of August. That’s the day the […]

Nov, 03


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