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Save your expired Glucagon kits. You can use them for practice or when training other family members or school staff on how to give life-saving glucagon injections.

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The American Federation of Teachers seeks to stop all non-medical personnel from providing diabetes care in school.

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Literary contributions from grownups living with diabetes

Last Updated:  Thursday, November 3, 2005 

Every Night
By Lahle Wolfe

It's night so dark and the hour is long
Sitting here wondering what did I do wrong?
She was 145 at quarter to two
Now she's over 400 how can this be true?

Is it rebound or stress low basals or flu?
Oh what is a tired mommy ever to do?
So I figure a bolus and reset the alarm
Waking in an hour to keep her from harm.

She's 300 now still not low enough
Another bolus or wait?  Each call is so tough!
Yes, bolus I think she's organs to preserve
More than my own sleep, eyesight she deserves.

5:30 a.m arrives; time for tired me to rise
So weary I am  tears fall  from my eyes
Not from exhaustion of another sleepless night

As my angel slumbers sweetly unaware of the fight
She sighs in her sleep dreaming
carefree of fun
My work as her caregiver doesn't rest with the sun
But her heart is so tender, her love so pure
Forgiving easily for finger sticks and needles she endures

She's the love of my life, my daughter, my child
Who's smile alone makes my heart beat wild
Never out of my thoughts, rarely out of my sight
Sleep means nothing if I can get her safely through the night

My tears fall in hope that God our government will see
My daughter is just one among millions, regrettably
Remember our children -- find a cure for her, for you, and for me

Because even parents who don't sleep still have their dreams.

Until we can fill this page with your works (because I am not really a poet by nature), we will fill it with books you can purchase!

The Dinosaur Tamer  Marsha Levine Mazur
The Dinosaur Tamer
:  Twenty-five fictional stories that will entertain, enlighten, and ease a child's frustration about having diabetes.

Taking Diabetes to School    Gosselin/Freidman
Taking Diabetes to School:  
This color-illustrated book for elementary age children contains an instructive story of a grade-schooler with diabetes who tells his classmates about the disease and how he manages it. The story offers sensitive insight into the day-to-day "school life" of a child with a chronic illness.

How I Feel  Michael & Steven Olsen
How  I feel:
 This book is amazing! It was written by the older brother of a 7-year-old who was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, and really captures the emotions of the child and the family as they learn to cope with the disease. The drawings are so charming, and, overall the story is very uplifting. The diabetes facts are all very accurate too. Every family learning how to deal with diabetes should read this book!  Posted by Amazon Reader



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