Heading back to school is an exciting and anxious time for most and no doubt diabetes can add to that anxiety level. Whether your child is very young, newly diagnosed or maybe just heading to a new school this year, the thought of going back to school may have you both on edge.
Scott Benner is a stay-at-home Dad, a storyteller, a type 1 diabetes advocate and an author.
We all have many hats that we wear in our lives - parent, partner, colleague, community member etc. For me, two of my most important roles are that of being a mother and a Diabetes Educator. The fact that my son has type 1 diabetes means that these roles intersect and overlap on a regular basis.
It appears that useful products are slowly creeping their way through the FDA pipeline (sort of like a large animal moving its way through a snake). In the last month, a new pump (the T-slim from Tandem) was approved, and the Sentry monitor from Medtronic also received clearance. T-slim is a full-feature pump that has the look and feel of an i-Phone. Full color, touch screen, usb plug-in to charge/download, etc... Should be available in the middle of this year. The Sentry is a long-awaited bedside monitor to let parents know if their child's blood sugar is dropping during the night. The child would need to be wearing the Medtronic continuous glucose monitor; a device at the child's bedside receives a signal from the CGM and emits a strong signal to the Sentry monitor in the parent's bedroom. A large display and loud alarm would then alert the parents of potential problems. Sounds like a great idea, but the list price ($3000) is quite high, and it is questionable whether insurance will cover.