Renata Pellino-Porter's Blog – January 2010 Archive (9)

Bad Hypo, Does your teenager's friends know what to do?

Kelsey and some friends came home around midnight to sleep at our house after going to a friends going away party. Which got me to thinking. The friend who is moving back to the US is the one who has been trained on how to test her blood sugar and use the glucagon kit in an emergency. Her other friends are aware of her diabetes and know what to look out for, but they haven’t been specifically trained to use the tools. School starts next week and volleyball has already begun. I guess I need to… Continue

Added by Renata Pellino-Porter on January 27, 2010 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Pump=Tool (not cure)

**NOTE: This is not a blog post against pumps. This is a blog post about considering all options before making the decision to put your child on a pump.**

I was reading an article this morning about a new study that was done on measuring blood glucose control between pump and non pump users. I thought it was interesting because it’s very favorable towards pumps…well mostly. The… Continue

Added by Renata Pellino-Porter on January 19, 2010 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Are You Paying Attention???

The morning shuffle. That’s what I call when I am making breakfast, the kids are doing their diabetes thing and I am going through the notes for the day. In the middle of the morning shuffle today I looked up and saw Marty just staring back at me.

”What’s wrong?”

”Mom, I just took my night time Lantus amount.”

“Oh crap, did you already push the plunger down?”


“Well, ok…you will just have to pay attention to your body today and… Continue

Added by Renata Pellino-Porter on January 17, 2010 at 2:36pm — 8 Comments

Running Smooth

Taken from The DiabeticDuo

I have been struggling the last few weeks to write about the kids. There really isn’t anything going on other than them going about their business. Then I thought, maybe that’s what I should write about. Life is running smooth and simple for them right now. As you know Marty has been going to camp all week and Kelsey is still out and about with her friends enjoying the beach, mall or wherever they… Continue

Added by Renata Pellino-Porter on January 16, 2010 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Expiration Date

Taken from The DiabeticDuo

There have been many posts on emergency supplies this week. It got me to thinking, not really about having enough of back up (because I seriously have more than enough) but more about is it all still good? What’s the point of having items stocked up if they are getting ready to expire or have already done so? In December I checked all of our insulin expiration dates. As I stated in an earlier post,… Continue

Added by Renata Pellino-Porter on January 12, 2010 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

Summer Camp

FINALLY!!! Marty doesn’t do well with boredom. I don’t know how your 10 year old boy handles time off, but mine is done after about the second day. He is now enrolled in camp for the next three weeks where he will get to do all kinds of activities. When I dropped him off I had mixed feelings. I am excited he gets to meet new kids and be active all day, but also nervous about his blood sugar.

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Added by Renata Pellino-Porter on January 10, 2010 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Cooking Doldrums

I don’t know about you, but I have been going through a long phase of not wanting to cook. Do you ever have days where you just want to serve the family a bowl of pasta…more than once a week? With having to watch every penny and just being plain bored with the meal selection (due to the penny pinching), sometimes making dinner is just a real pain. Summer has lightened the load a little because there are new fresh veges becoming available as we move more and more into the warmer months. I have… Continue

Added by Renata Pellino-Porter on January 7, 2010 at 11:25am — 5 Comments

Morning Lantus

Marty started with adding a morning Lantus shot this week. He has been riding really high for the last couple of weeks. We changed his ratio from 1:15 to 1:10 (1 per 10gr. of carbs). We also added in a morning shot of Lantus. He takes 2 units now in the morning to go with the 17 he takes at night. I know most people only take Lantus once a day, but as soon as we moved Kelsey to a split shot it helped her numbers tremendously. I think the same will be true for Marty. He is starting to come down… Continue

Added by Renata Pellino-Porter on January 5, 2010 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

To Resolution or To Not Resolution

Do you make New Years Resolutions? I use to make them, but soon realized that I didn’t like being disappointed in myself. I have more of a habit of NOT keeping those resolutions than keeping them. However, I do try to jot some things down I would like to accomplish for the year and to be honest, sometimes that jotting is more of a mental note. I don’t always check all of the items off of the list, but sometimes I get close. This year my “list” is short and to the point. Nothing like the… Continue

Added by Renata Pellino-Porter on January 3, 2010 at 12:25pm — No Comments



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