Keith Schwanz

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This article was written on 30 Jul 2017, and is filed under Family.

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 numbers into his insulin pump. His glucose level that time was in the 350s and he needed a correction. The target range is from 70 to 140.

Oliver was just 2-years-old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, so he has lived with the myriad of issues that come with T1D for six years. As you would expect, all of us who care for Oliver are much better equipped to anticipate how his body will respond to various situations than we were when this journey started. Oliver has a heightened awareness of his physical condition, too. I sometimes ask him to predict what his glucose number will be when he does the finger poke and he is often remarkably accurate.

Even so, rarely does a day go by without some surprise popping up. That’s just the way things are for someone with T1D.

Again this year I will join Team Jolly Ollie for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk to change Type One into Type None. The team goal is $10,000. I’d like to raise one-tenth of that. I invite you to make a contribution for the sake of kids like Oliver. Together we can help life become more consistent for folks with T1D. Thanks.

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