Too Sweet Girl in Ghana

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Too Sweet Girl in Ghana
This is the story of our American-born daughter, Alexandra, a precocious 10-year old, who was diagnosed in June 2008, at the age of 7, with Type 1 Diabetes. Unremarkable, in and of itself, but we live in Ghana, West Africa.
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  • World Diabetes Day: The Day When Bush Doctors aka Quacks Also Get their Say 6 months ago Yesterday was World Diabetes Day, and I “celebrated” it as I have done now for five consecutive World Diabetes Days much as I have always done, i.e. by waking up and checking Alexandra’s blood sugars. On this particular day (night) she was 53 at just after midnight. Not only nota good number...
  • Growing Up Right 1 year ago After four plus years of playing the role of pancreas-by-proxy for my daughter Alexandra, I thought I’d seen it all but I was in for a surprise. My friends on Facebook know what I’m talking about; they’ve seen my many laments about insanely crazy overnight high blood sugars that refuse to...
  • Putting Carb Counting Skills to the Test with Delicacies from Ghana 2 years ago When you’re a type 1 diabetic, or the mom of a 10-year old type 1 diabetic who really couldn’t care less at this point in her life (and, really, why should she have to?) you know that its all about the numbers game. Numbers swirl through your vision, day in and day out, and at night you dream...
  • *This* Artificial Pancreas Gets A Fail 2 years ago Earlier this week, the JDRF – the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – took out a huge nearly full page ad in the Washington Post and the New York Times. A gorgeous little girl stared out, and the caption read “1 in 20 people, like Piper, will die from low blood sugar.” 1 in 20....
  • Got insulin? It does a body good! 2 years ago Day 3 of Diabetes Awareness Month and I have something to tell you. I like insulin. In fact I loveinsulin. You probably do too, and you don’t even know it. Ah, who am I kidding? Anyone who reads this blog knows all too well all about insulin. But just in case some poor misguided creature stumbles...

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