Thursday, October 25, 2007

Diabetes 365 Project

A few days ago I signed up to do the Diabetes 365 Project. If you haven't heard of it yet it's a project being administrated by Beth and Bernard to promote awareness of diabetes.

It's a project done in pictures. What you are asked to do is to snap a picture related to diabetes every day for 365 days. It's really not as hard as it seems. Diabetes is always there, so there seems to always be a photo op.

These are my first 3 pictures.

Feeling Low; Day 1, October 22, 2007

This is one of the pictures I took when doing the Word in Your Hand Project. Riley's sugar was 59 at the time. You can see it in his eyes.

When a person's sugar goes low, they must have a fast acting carb (sugar) ASAP. Untreated lows can lead to seizures and ultimately death.

There is no cure for diabetes.

Off To School; Day 2, October 23, 2007

Riley's book bag packed for school. His meter case is hanging out of the pocket.

It is more important that he have his blood sugar machine than his books. He tests his sugar an average of 12 times a day.

There is no cure for diabetes.

Site Change Day; Day 3, October 24, 2007

Every three days we must change the needle on Riley's pump.

This is a picture of the old infusion set that I removed. If you'll look closely at the cannula you will see that it is pink. It should be clear. It has blood in it.

That might help explain why Riley's sugars ran high most of the night. He probably was not receiving all of his insulin.

There is no cure for diabetes.

If you'd like to sign up go here. You will need to make a flickr account if you don't already have one.

There is also a link in my sidebar for the project as well as a link just to look at my pictures.

(Side note: If you haven't heard of the Word in Your Hand Project go to tudiabetes and check it out. And, for you parents out there the theme this week is children, so submit your pictures and you might win a prize.)


Scott K. Johnson said...

Oh man - Riley looks so wiped out in that picture. Poor little dude.

Let him know I'm feeling for him and that I know what it's like. Big brother Scottie.

Shannon said...

Those lows look they hit him pretty hard. Poor little guy.

Penny Ratzlaff said...

Thanks, Scottie;-) What a sweet comment.


It's not usually that bad for him. Usually, he drinks a juice and he's fine. This one made him kind of weepy.

Jamie said...

Aw Penny, that picture of him low broke my heart. He looks so sad in that picture :( I hate how our kids feel when that happens.

Damned disease.

pharmacy said...

must be a hard situation, I mean live with this all the days, but I have something to say, you are a incredible person, because only people like you, are choosen to be parent of a child like your.

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