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Whether you're cheering or groaning over the end of the school year, it's here, and for parents of children with chronic health conditions or special needs (as, let's face it, with everything else for us), there's extra work to do. As the mom of a third grader with severe, nonverbal autism and the mom of a first grader with a chocolate allergy, I'm not just wrapping up the year and looking forward to summer vacation. I'm doing year-end IEP meetings and coordinating with summer camp personnel to make appropriate arrangements for their care all summer long. Don't get me wrong. We have a healthy dose of FUN planned for the summer, but making that happen ... well, it just takes a bit more planning when you're a special-needs parent.
This week marks the Fifth Annual Diabetes Blog Week, headed up by one of our favorite DBloggers and a true DOC leader, Karen Graffeo of Bitter~Sweet Diabetes. Diabetes Blog Week is an inspiring, empowering week during which upwards of 175 DOC bloggers join together and commit to blogging daily on a set of pre-determined topics.
It's Christmas. For many, that means presents, family, and lots and lots of food. When you're cooking for a family that includes people with food allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, diabetes, Celiac disease, other health conditions, or special diets such as gluten-free or paleo, preparing those holiday feasts can be a little overwhelming. Fortunately, we've got some great ideas right here on the Lauren's Hope blog to help keep everyone safe AND well-fed this holiday season.
People often want to wear the colors associated with their conditions. For example, here at Lauren's Hope, we receive messages from people with Multiple Sclerosis asking for more orange bracelets and from people with Addison's Disease asking for more light blue bracelets. People with Epilepsy request purple, as do those with lupus and fibromyalgia. Wearing the color associated with one's condition is an empowering choice, one that helps people raise awareness in a positive, intentional way.
All week long, we've been talking, posting, tweeting, and sharing about World Diabetes Day, which was Thursday, November 14. To wrap up this special week and continue our Diabetes Awareness Month efforts, we've asked one of our favorite authors to join us for Free Stuff Friday: Scott Benner of the blog Arden's Day and the award-winning memoir, Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Dad. Check out the end of this post for entry instructions. TWO LUCKY WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A $50 LAUREN'S HOPE GIFT CERTIFICATE AND A SIGNED COPY OF SCOTT'S BOOK!
What's better than Friday? Free Stuff Friday, of course!
Today's Free Stuff Friday is a team effort with our friend, Karen Graffeo, the Type 1 Diabetes blogger behind Bitter~Sweet and Diabetes Blog Week. Recently, Karen started wearing a Lauren's Hope medical alert bracelet after avoiding medical ID jewelry for years. We're proud to say she's now a very happy Lauren's Hope fan who wears her bracelet daily!
Today, on the Lauren's Hope blog, we welcome guest blogger, Jacquie Paul Wojcik, whose blog, Typical Type 1, chronicles her (busy, healthy, active, funny, normal) life with Type 1 Diabetes. We hope you'll check her out!
Yes! It's Friday! And better yet, it's FREE STUFF FRIDAY! We engrave hundreds and thousands of medical ID plaques here at Lauren's Hope, and every once in a while, our awesome engraving team gets a request that makes us chuckle or just say, "Awwwww!" such as this engraving on Andrew Mills' Napoli medical ID bracelet, which he ordered in honor of his girlfriend, Celeste Morris, and was kind enough to share with us.
For people with hypertension, or high blood pressure, medical alert bracelets are an extra layer of protection against serious complications from a cardiac event. If your blood pressure is high most of the time (that is, not just when you’re nervous at the doctor or have been drinking excessive amounts of caffeine, but high in resting and moderately active states), your doctor will likely run additional tests, measure your blood pressure at various points in the day, and diagnose you with high blood pressure. This means your blood pressure is usually 140/90 or above. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 or below (it can be too low, however, which is also potentially problematic).
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