Sunday, January 23, 2005

Tsunami Relief for Diabetics

As if having diabetes weren't bad enough, can you imagine having to deal with a shortage of supplies for your child if your hometown was hit by a Tsunami? The folks at Australian based Insulin For Life (IFL) have secured donations of supplies and transport to the stricken in Southeast Asia. Here's an update from their ste (

Following urgent requests, IFL Australia, IFL Germany and IFL UK have successfully sent insulin, test strips and other diabetes supplies to established and trusted networks at the Diabetes Association of Sri Lanka on 30 December 2004, with confirmed receipt on January 7 and 12 and distribution immediately to 2 General Hospitals in Galle and Matara in the south and others in the east - some of the worst areas affected by the Tsunami.

..... "we estimate that there are at least 10,000 persons who require insulin but who may not get it from the normal channels due to the disruptions due to the tsunami. We have tried to bridge the gap with our own resources and with those sent by IFL Australia, IFL- Germany and IFL- UK ."

We are planning to send more supplies. Support for the transport and handling costs of sending the supplies will be very gratefully received.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Abercrombie & Rich

Abercrombie & Fitch made a rich contribution to JDRF this holiday with a $300,000 dollar donation. The hip clothing retailer did this by raising $1 from any customer who wanted their picture taken with one of their " devastatingly hot brand reps." A&F matched the $150,000 raised by this creative campaign.

Here's the full story from Yahoo! Finance:
ALBANY, Ohio, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF - News) tradition of welcoming friends to its stores with devastatingly hot brand reps continues to successfully raise funds and awareness for worthy charities. Each holiday shopping season, customers are invited to have their pictures taken with holiday greeters for a one-dollar contribution. Abercrombie & Fitch matches dollar for dollar contributions made for every photo taken.

This holiday season, the generosity of Abercrombie & Fitch customers has never been greater. Continuing its long-standing partnership, every dollar collected has been donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Funds raised by the 2004 Naughty but Nice greeter program were nearly $150,000. The total contribution, which includes Abercrombie & Fitch's match of $150,000, was $300,000.

Abercrombie & Fitch is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people.

JDRF was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with juvenile diabetes. Since inception, JDRF has provided more than $800 million to diabetes research worldwide. JDRF's mission is constant: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Sudaphed Up, Zithromax up up and away...

Different drugs make our little Cassie's numbers shoot up. This is particularly hard when illness naturally elevates her blood sugars. This means Marinda and I have to be particularly aggressive with her insulin treatments during sickness and REMEMBER how each particular antibiotic, decongestant or analgesic affects her.

A good tip for you is to write down how any drug affects your blood sugar levels. Each person reacts differently to pharmacology, so there's no easy reference in books, on the web or anywhere. The best thing to do for every diabetic is to have her own customized record.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

A Different Perspective

My friend Robin in New York spoke to me last week about her friend who's a parent with type 1 diabetes. My wife and I have always been the ones worried because our child had diabetes. How hard would it be to be a parent with Type 1 worried you may not be able to take care of your children? Wow.

Here's one perspective I found from the Canadian Diabetes Association about a mother-to -be:

Holiday Bugs and Hugs

Well we washed our hands and tried to be careful about catching colds, but Cassie still got sick. She's come down with a terrible cough and runny nose. No real signs of bacterial infection and looked like a virus.

Her blood sugars had been really manageable and her ketones low, but on New Year's Eve she took a turn for the worse and started getting a high fever. Her ketones which had been low earlier that day were suddenly in the high range.

We were pretty aggressive about making sure she got a doctor's attention, and unsatisfied with calls to the clinic, Marinda pressed for an examination on New Year's day. Surprise! Big ear infection. Zithromax will hopefully knock it out, but after 3 days on the antibiotic her cough is still really bad.

Of course this always leads to interrupted sleep for her and us (more than the normal interrupted sleep we get for normally checking her in the middle of the night). But Cassie's been a real trooper.

Although she's a very independent and spirited little girl, it's times like this when I think she senses her frailty and understands her dependence on our care. I can tell she's suffering when she displays a lot of affection to her mom and me. We've gotten lots of hugs and kisses of grattitude lately, and it breaks my heart :(