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Swimming with T1d

It's been a late, wet, and chilly winter for those of us in Los Angeles, California. If you've read our About Us page, you would know that we were used to living in a warmer tropical climate and spent most of our days at the beach. We started using the Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitor in April of 2016 and have perfected our very own personal technique of keeping it on through sunscreen, sweat, pool, rain and bubble baths. We use a similar technique called the Tegaderm Sandwich for keeping her Animas OneTouch Ping insulin pump through those same challenges. Read on for more tips on swimming with a Dexcom and pump.

We've acclimated to living in the bustling city of Los Angeles and now prefer swimming in our resort style heated pool and jacuzzi during the Summer over the sediment-rich, cold, mysterious, and kelp-filled oceans here.

Don't even get me started if you live on the east coast or mid-west. Nothing compares to the year-round warm weather and clean waters of H…
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Review: Simple Mills Cupcakes

I bought some Simple Mills vanilla cake mix and
vanilla frosting to make Coral cupcakes as part of celebrating her 2nd Diaversary or the anniversary of the day was she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I pureed fresh strawberries with a bit of water and a dash of Stevia. I don't bake much nor do I measure before adding certain ingredients. I'm also pretty damn good at carb guessing.

Some of the reasons why I decided to add my own twist on the cake mix was because the first time I tried it - almost a year ago, it came out really dry and I made it as instructed on the box. Secondly, Coral absolutely loves strawberries! She'll eat 'em year round with a bit of honey or Stevia to sweeten them.

I was afraid I might have added too much water, but no more than 1/2 cup when I blended it with the strawberries. I was pleasantly surprised at how moist they came out!

I had finished baking the cupcakes (takes about 24-30 minutes) around 12:00pm that Saturday before we met up with…

Coral's 2nd Diaversary

A Diaversary is the anniversary of the day you were
diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I also like to refer to it as the D-day. My daughter, Coral, was diagnosed on March 11, 2016. We choose to celebrate this day because she LIVED through it. She survived DKA or diabetes ketoacidosis - a very serious diabetic condition that can lead to a coma or even death if not treated with immediate medical attention and hospitalization. I still remember seeing her fight with all of her might as the nurses strapped her down on a little board so they could put the IV in her tiny arms to give her vital fluids and insulin. Read more about DKA here and Our Diagnosis Story.

It's difficult not to think about that horrid weekend whenever her D-day comes around. We distract ourselves with trips to the toy store, baking her Simple Mills cupcakes with the same brand frosting, and surrounding her with other T1dlittles like we did this past Sunday (late post - I've been editing the video all night as soo…

T1d Takes its Toll

Most days, I can manage this disease just fine

However, I just did not want to deal with it today. It all started when I woke around 9am to check her glucose on the Dexcom app on my iPhone and saw the infamous "???" She's always properly hydrated and the transmitter was securely intact. These are some of the standard trouble-shooting issues Tech Support will ask in addition to where is it placed (discussed later, keep reading) if you request a complimentary replacement. With that said, this typically means that the enzymes at the tip of the sensor under the skin in the interstitial fluid has worn out. More specifically, it lacks a chemical electro enzyme reaction to generate a signal strong enough to transmit to your Dexcom receiver and/or smart device(s). Today was only the sixth day of that sensor when it should last seven days. We didn't bother to request a replacement since it wouldn't arrive until Monday morning anyways. It just wasn't worth the phone c…

Dexcom Tegaderm Sandwich

The Dexcom Tegaderm Sandwich
is simply a method I've used and perfected since Coral's previous D-nurse mentioned it to help keep her Dexcom G5 CGM sensor on for the minimum of seven days without any skin irritation. Coral has sensitive skin and cannot wear any fabric dressings such as Grif Grips, Pump Peelz or even Tough Pads. She can't even use Skin Tac because it causes a severe rash with tiny red bumps and is extremely painfully itchy. See Dexcom calibration tips below.
Firstly, I'd like to strongly advise that you refer to Dexcom's User Guide and Setup Wizard before and in addition to this blog. It's available direct from the app on your smart phone - which I hope you've installed before coming here. This will eliminate basic questions such as, "How do you start the sensor?" or "Do you need the [G5] receiver with you at all times?" or "How often are you supposed to change the sensor?" Also, understand that Dexcom may not b…

T1d is a Beach

I almost thought we weren't going to make it to the beach the other day. I had to finish up some last-minute things, go to the post-office, and get gas before we headed towards the coast up to County Line. Most parents can understand how difficult it is just to get your toddler and dog ready to leave the house. Well, it's even more difficult to get a Type diabetic toddler ready to leave the house because you have to make sure her BG is stable before driving (among many other T1d things). Although it's possible to hand your three-year old a juice box or candy to treat a low while driving, I don't advise it (I've tried it and it's just stressful). It's also annoying to be driving while her Dexcom CGM alert is beeping for a high BG.

Thankfully, that wasn't the case as we made the 35 minute drive towards one of my favorite surf spots back in the day. We didn't get there until a little after 1:00pm. I originally planned to setup our beach tent at Leo Ca…

Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Get creative when it comes to wedding anniversary gifts and what to do for your anniversary. Here are a few examples to help get you started. May be I'll come back to this list myself and update it as the years go by. Feel free to share with your significant other. Cheers lovebirds!

1st Anniversary
Traditional - Paper / Modern - Clocks
Try this - anything made of paper such as movie or concert tickets. Even better, plane tickets! If you want to stick with something modern, get her or him an Apple Watch or Samsung's Smart TV.

2nd Anniversary
Traditional - Cotton / Modern - China
Try this - bath or kitchen towels with a Chinese porcelain print or any one of the many plush bath robes on Or, you could literally go to China, Taiwan, Vietnam, anywhere in the East.

3rd Anniversary
Traditional - Leather / Modern - Crystal
Try this for her - her favorite designer leather bag, wallet, key fob or sandals. For him, try his favorite brand leather shoes, wristband for his Apple…