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Free Stuff Friday With Karen Graffeo of Bitter~Sweet!

  
  
  

free stuff friday logo7 281 (1)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! 

Check out Karen's T1D tips, and then read on for today's Free Stuff Friday contest instructions. We're giving away THREE super fun products! 


A Long, Hot (Diabetic) Summer

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I love summer, with its long days, warm sunshine and kicked back attitude.  But to be honest, summer is probably the hardest season for me when it comes to diabetes.  High temperatures can make my insulin spoil.  Summer barbeques and cocktails are a challenge to my blood sugar management.  Water from the pool or the ocean (or even my own sweat, eeewww) can be dangerous to my insulin pump.  And vacation travel can really throw me off.
 
But still, even with all of the summer challenges, a little extra planning can help me enjoy the best that summer has to offer.  Here are a few of the things I do to enjoy summer to the fullest:
  • Keep ‘em cool – I live in an older home, and even with the air-conditioner running my bedroom still gets way too warm during a heat wave.  So at the first sign of summer, I move my heat sensitive diabetes supplies, such as my insulin and continuous glucose monitor sensors, out of the diabetes supply drawer of my dresser and into the refrigerator.
  • Watch out for water – If I’m going to the beach, I’m careful to disconnect my pump before getting anywhere near the ocean.  At a pool party I make sure all my friends know my pump isn’t water-proof so nobody is tempted to throw me in.  And I’m careful clip my pump to the outside of my clothing, away from any of that icky sweat.
  • Try hard, but then let it go – Vacations are supposed to be fun, but diabetes can make things tough.  Hot climates make me more sensitive to insulin, which can bring on low blood sugars.  On the other hand, I often see highs from travel stress (I’m definitely a nervous flier) and sleep deprivation (I’m such a light sleeper than unless I’m home in my own bed I toss and turn all night).  I’ve learned to test my blood sugar more often and try my best to stay on track, but that lows and highs are bound to happen.  I try hard to just treat them as needed but not let them ruin the fun of my vacation.  (Okay, that’s easier said than done, but I’m working on it!)
  • Bracelet thumb[2]Safety first – This is a new one for me, because for years I didn’t wear medical i.d.  But it’s important, not just in everyday life but especially when travelling to places where most people don’t know you!  So for me, medical i.d. is now a must!
 
Summer with diabetes, or any other medical condition, may not be as “care-free” as we’d like.  But with some adjustments and planning, there is still a whole lot of fun to be had!

And now...Who wants some free stuff? What's that? Everybody? Well, alrighty then! Enter below, and you may just win a FREE medical alert from Lauren's Hope! Here's how it works:

  • Leave a comment telling us how you manage your diabetes or ANY OTHER CONDITION during the summer when you're traveling, in the heat, hiking, in the water, or simply out gardening in the sun. What accommodations and changes do you make to keep yourself safe in the summer?
  • We'll pick three winners, each of whom can choose one of the products shown, including the Medieval Knight Stainless Steel Medical Alert Bracelet, the Bravo Mini Dog Tag, and the Cambay Cuff. Please see our official contest rules and regulations here. Remember, one winner per household per six-month period, please. Let's give everyone a chance to win!
  • We'll announce the winners on Monday, July 29 on our Facebook wall, so be sure to follow us on Facebook so you don't miss it!

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bittersweet buttonSpecial thanks to Karen Graffeo for her informative article! Who would you like to hear from on the Lauren's Hope blog? 

Don't see something you want in today's blog? Don't worry! We have plenty of fabulous styles in stock! Come shop now

 

 

 

AND THE WINNERS ARE...

Julia Crumbaker, who entered with this comment:

I have Addison's Disease and I'm constantly fighting the sun and dehydration. I take Prednisone and Fludrocortisone which is supposed to regulate my sodium levels and fluid retention. My Endocrinologist tells me to munch on anything salty. I love it. I wish someone would create a insulin-like pump for steroid depenedents like me! I loved reading your blog, Karen! I would love the cambay cuff! I don't have a pretty medical id bracelet to wear to fancy events. This would be perfect! :D

 

Linda Schindler, who entered with this comment:

I just had my 4th spinal surgery and recently had a spinal cord stimulator placed. Having an MRI in an emergency situation could cause death so I was told I need to wear a medical ID tag. I will be traveling to Florida this summer for the 1st time after my surgery to help my mother after her knee replacement. I will NOT leave home without my Lauren's Hope bracelet. It makes me feel secure and safe and will add the extra level of protection while flying and navigating busy airports during the summer season. I would just LOVE to have the gold medical dog tag to wear on the plane to keep it simple, safe and lightweight! Thank you!

 

Christine Adams, who entered with this comment:

For my family, planning and preparation are the key. I am diabetic with lots of allergies and my daughter is severely gluten intolerant. So driving down the road and stopping somewhere for snacks or meals is very challenging. We plan ahead. We don't leave the house without water and some snacks we can have if needed. If we are planning on eating out we plan ahead, decide on a restaurant and sort through the menu to make sure they have items we can both have safely. Planning and preparation always.

Congratulations to our lucky winners! You have 72 hours to claim your prizes, folks! Choose any one of the three products listed above, and email tara@laurenshope.com with your choice. Didn't win this time? Don't worry, folks! We have plenty of exciting new products, fun sales, and maybe even some more Free Stuff Fridays coming up! 


Comments

2 or 3 are the ones for me.....I have been looking for a cuff bracelet and a link as well. I swim a lot and they would be easier to use instead of my pearl and stone ones, it is not safe to be without one while swimming but the chlorine ruins the ones I have
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 9:15 AM by Dorothy Henry
Summertime just seems to make everything more challenging for me. I find that my key to continued success is all about prior planning and preparation. Keeping frozen fruit in the freezer keeps me from reaching for fat and sugar laden snacks when I want a cool treat. Keeping hear resistant high protein snacks in my car help me deal with those low blood sugar moments.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 9:17 AM by Rotashalewis Lewis
There are several things I do: 1) I try to take some of my necessary food items with me if my family will be preparing food on our trip (I eat organic and gluten free but my daughter can't have rice so this can get tricky sometimes); 2) I always carry snacks that my daughter and I can eat, 3) my husband and I will try to research the area where we are going a little ahead of time to determine what is available there and who serves food that is appropriate (and generally more affordable so we don't end up someplace that will be super expensive unintentionally), 4) I always carry wallet cards with a list of my most current medications, physicians, family medical history (with my own medical history listed first) in cast something should happen, and my epipen; 5) I always where my Lauren's Hope medical alert id bracelet; 6) I always have at least 3 emergency contacts programmed into my cell phone - most cell phones have a setting for "ICE" which is "In Case of Emergency" and first responders or emergency technicians of any kind will look for people who are identified as such to contact on your behalf if you are unable to identify anyone; 7) we have taught our daughter to wear a Lauren’s Hope medical alert bracelet for her food allergies as well and taught her to carry her epipen in case we get separated or she goes someplace with another family member; 8) we have taught our daughter which things she is allergic to and, in general, she is able to list them but also knows she can refer to her bracelet if needed. Most importantly, we try to remember that all of this is less important than trying to focus on having a good together and being together…all of these steps are safeguards and yes, very important for our health, but once they are in place they do no need to be a focus.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 9:34 AM by Rene Kiser
I love 2 or 3 for my daughter. We always bring a lot of snacks as you never know when you will be stuck in traffic, etc. we also map out where the nearest hospitals are just in case and program them into the GPS. If we happen to eat in a restaurant then we call ahead to make sure they will accommodate us...she wears either her bracelet or her necklace at all times and we also have a sticker on her car seat just in case we are in an accident and are unable to speak all her info and phone numbers are on their too...
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 9:41 AM by Marisol Gutierrez
Making sure I drink alot of water so I don't get dehydrated and run high & checking blood sugar often.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 9:43 AM by Sarah
I would love #2! My bracelet is broken and I can't afford a new one. I hope I win!
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 9:45 AM by Jennie
First I wear my Lauren Hope bracelet at all times which has all Ice # on it. A list of my medications. Something to snack on if need be and glucose gel.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 9:53 AM by Quilla Mayo
I try to keep myself hydrated. When I start feeling off, I try not to blame it on the heat. I test just to be sure.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 9:53 AM by Sue/RFamHere
During the summer, I stay in ac as much as possible. I am very sensitive to heat. I also make sure I always have a bottle of water with me at all times.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 10:02 AM by Sherry Grimes
For my family, planning and preparation are the key. I am diabetic with lots of allergies and my daughter is severely gluten intolerant. So driving down the road and stopping somewhere for snacks or meals is very challenging. We plan ahead. We don't leave the house without water and some snacks we can have if needed. If we are planning on eating out we plan ahead, decide on a restaurant and sort through the menu to make sure they have items we can both have safely. Planning and preparation always.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 10:11 AM by Christine Adams
I wear my bracelet everyday. I try to eat a variety of foods and stay hydrated. I also try to stay active.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 10:16 AM by Kari O'Connor
I have quite a few of Lauren's hopes tags and enjoying them. I would love to find a way to keep my insulin pump cool in my classroom. Old building, no air conditioning. It gets very hot when I return in the fall.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 10:27 AM by Martha Reynolds
I of course wear my bracelet. I also make sure I have my monitor and snacks...and a drink handy. I also try to stay out of the heat as much as I can. I try to let others drive...so I can take short naps. :)
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 10:51 AM by Stephanie Flynn
My hypertension is managed with diuretics which can cause dehydration during the hot summer days. The easy precaution (and the only one my physician gives) is to drink more water. But there's more to the chemistry of the body than just a general increase of fluid intake. I've found it best to (1) drink more frequently, and especially in the later afternoon hours of 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. when I'm distracted by wrapping up my work-day at the office and commuting home. A Tervis tumbler of ice water fits nicely in my car's cup holder and is my summertime companion on the drive home. (2) Easing up on my low sodium diet, meaning adding well-spaced snacks of moderate- sodium foods. This doesn't require eating a large jar of pickles in one sitting, but instead I happily introduce a few higher-sodium condiments that I pass-by in the winter such as salted crackers, pickle slices on my sandwich, and ironically for summer: canned soup. (3) Drinking watered-down Gatorade is also something I discovered is a great rememdy if I start to feel tired, my first sign of dehydration. Downing a glass of half-Gatorade + half-water or juice can make a big difference in how I feel, especially if I'm busy and haven't eaten when I should.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 11:46 AM by Tina Lewis
The summer seems to bring my daughter's numbers way down. It may be the extra outdoor activities or the heat. Not really sure why, but snacks are always available! And we try to avoid really salty snacks...that leads to more liquid which leads to more lows! Its a vicious cycle. But we still prefer the sunshine to the stuck in the house days of winter! the cuff or the stainless bracelet would be her choice!
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 11:58 AM by michelle cowit
In summer my numbers fly sky high -.- So I have to boost my insulin up and do a lot of exercise, luckily I have access to a pool so I can swim in nice cold water! Really helps the highs and the heat. My mum helps me moderate the temperature for me with a lot of fans in the house and keeping me out of the sun as much as she can, but of course I enjoy the sunshine! I would really love the Cambay Cuff
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 12:08 PM by Phillippa
i keep my sugar down by taking my meds and watching what i eat and drink water and walk
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 12:20 PM by jeannie freeman
In the summer as a Type 1 diabetic, I make sure to hydrate often, wearing sandals means daily checks of my feet, and the key to summer and the rest of the year is to test, test, test...I have a generic bracelet that I only wear when I travel, would love to win the 'midievil knight stainless steel bracelet', could see myself wearing this one always...Thanks
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 12:20 PM by Samantha Bowker
I like the medieval knight bracelet. 
For my diabetes, I am careful to always test my blood sugars before leaving home and also checking how much insulin I have "on board". 
I don't have facebook so I am not sure how to follow up on this contest.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 12:45 PM by Sarah Sherman
I make sure to stay hydrated in the summer. Heat can make you blood glucose levels crazy as can dehydration. I also make sure to keep a waterproof bag, or even a baggie, if I'm heading to the pool and need to keep my diabetes equipment safe from water.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 1:14 PM by Ericka Bryant
I have Crohn's Disease. And during the summer I try to make sure I stay dehydrated and listen to my body and what it is telling me. If my body is hungry I make sure to eat, if it is thirsty I make sure to drink water, if it needs rest even on a bright and beautiful day outside I take a nap. My body is the only one that knows it's true self.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 1:30 PM by Shauna Schmitt
I'm currently going through chemo for breast cancer and I overheat very easily. I've found that if I dress only in light weight clothing, DONT wear a hat or scarf (be bald and proud!), drink icy cold water prior to going out, and if I bring a half frozen bottle of water with me when I need to go out I do much better in the FL heat.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 1:35 PM by Dawn London
With my baby boy who is in reality 5yrs old and not a baby at all. The biggest thing that we do to keep his numbers from going off the charts is hydration. He carries a Mickey Mouse cup from Tupperware all the time and I've started to carry a cooler with extra water and flavorings for him. I have found that as long as he has cold water he will stay hydrated and his sugars stay pretty level.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 3:14 PM by Thelma Von Alt
my daughter's summer challenge is different -- as a college student working as a bank teller, she has to be at her station hours at a time and has to work hard at being in a reasonable range so she can focus on her work. Small snacks, CGM and of course medical ID all help!
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 3:51 PM by Moira
I was recently diagnosed with HHT or Ossler Weber Rendu syndrome. The syndrome causes my body to form abnormal communications between the arteries and veins in my nose, lungs, brain, liver and spine. My lungs are currently affected by my HHT. In the summer, I become short of breath so I make sure I drink lots of water and exercise early in the morning and do my gardening as well as errand running in the morning or evening after the sun goes down. The illness is hereditary and affects my children as well. I like these bracelets because we will be ordering 4 of them and I know my daughters and sons will wear these. Thank you for the fashion and the piece of mind.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 4:03 PM by Kim
I have Addison's Disease and I'm constantly fighting the sun and dehydration. I take Prednisone and Fludrocortisone which is supposed to regulate my sodium levels and fluid retention. My Endocrinologist tells me to munch on anything salty. I love it. I wish someone would create a insulin-like pump for steroid depenedents like me! I loved reading your blog, Karen! I would love the cambay cuff! I don't have a pretty medical id bracelet to wear to fancy events. This would be perfect! :D
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 4:14 PM by Julia Crumbaker
I have to worry about dehydration and being able to find safe allergen friendly food, so I always pack water and a non-perishable snack and take a list of grocery store addresses in the area I'll be in so I can get something safe to eat. The cuff is my favorite of the 3.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 4:36 PM by Krys H
All year, but especially in the summer, I have to be very careful to limit my time in the sun and not to get overheated..cardiac issues make this a must but often the heat and sun sneak up on me!!! I love the mini tag, it would be great especially for the summer!
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 4:40 PM by JANE MONTPETIT
My daughter has type 1 diabetes and she wears a Medtronic pump. She has had 2 different ID necklaces but one got stolen and one got lost. It would be fabulous if she won !! Thanks so much for the Friday freebies!!
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 5:01 PM by Julie l
I just talked to my doc about traveling this summer for vacation. I know I have to make sure my insulin stays cool and drink lots of sugar-free things!  
I would really love the cuff to wear cause it's so pretty and would make a wonderful present of my 1st year with T2
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 5:07 PM by Lynn Hall
My daughter wears her Lauren Hope bracelet for Malignant Hyperthermia. Recently cases have been coming up where people are having MS episodes in extreme heat and exercise, so I have been making sure she doesn't spend too much time in the heat and that she stays hydrated.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 5:19 PM by cindy
I drink lots of water, wear long fisherman shirt and hat when I am outside in the sun and there is no shade. And of course I always wear my stylish medical bracelet!
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 6:09 PM by kym Lundy
Number 3 would be perfect for my Husband who is Diabetic and not wearing any ID now. Thank you so much for these Friday Giveaways. Many many many folks have been helped and lives saved by the bracelets you so graciously give away. God Bless!
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 6:41 PM by Deb Linder
Caring for my T1 daughter during summer months means lots of extra planning and packing. We are in the water a lot and we have learned to pack back-up supplies for the back-up supplies. We keep her insulin pump cool and protected in a small black ReliOn zipper pouch from Wal-Mart that includes a small freezer pack. To be on the safe side we put the pouch in a sealed Ziploc bag and store it in our cooler. We've never had a problem with her insulin baking while she is in the pool, lake or ocean.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 7:11 PM by Beth McCrary
I just had my 4th spinal surgery and recently had a spinal cord stimulator placed. Having an MRI in an emergency situation could cause death so I was told I need to wear a medical ID tag. I will be traveling to Florida this summer for the 1st time after my surgery to help my mother after her knee replacement. I will NOT leave home without my Lauren's Hope bracelet. It makes me feel secure and safe and will add the extra level of protection while flying and navigating busy airports during the summer season. I would just LOVE to have the gold medical dog tag to wear on the plane to keep it simple, safe and lightweight! Thank you!
Posted @ Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:07 PM by Linda Schindler
I find that I need to make sure I'm well hydrated and I keep protein bars or frozen homemade fruit Popsicles handy when I'm out gardening in the sun or mowing the lawn....I frequently go hypo especially when I'm mowing.
Posted @ Saturday, July 27, 2013 1:08 PM by Teri Killoran
The summer is hot in Texas! When out in the sun, I always try to have my insulin pump covered up by clipping it to my belt and pulling my shirt over it so it is not in direct sunlight! Whenever I go to the pool, I always bring an ice pack with me so that I can place it next to my pump while laying in the sun. I usually fold a towel over my pump and place the ice pack on top of the towel in order to keep it cool! Also, I always make sure to have glucose tabs or juice boxes with me so that I can correct a low blood sugar, since I am more active in the summer!
Posted @ Saturday, July 27, 2013 1:35 PM by Hayley Barr
I mostly stay inside, as I am very heat sensitive. I drink lots of water and wear a cooling wrap, if I have to be out long.
Posted @ Saturday, July 27, 2013 1:45 PM by Marsha Gentry
Love the sport kid's but no one makes any hockey kid's. My son players ice hockey and has for years with diabetes and we cannot find an id for him. 
Posted @ Saturday, July 27, 2013 1:56 PM by monique Quin.
My son has Type 1 diabetes. This is his first full summer dealing with it. We don't have a set way we deal with it we just work it one blood sugar check at a time. I really hope he wins your contest. He needs the dog tags and I cant afford the right now. Thank you!
Posted @ Saturday, July 27, 2013 1:56 PM by Cristie Telfar
I always wear my medical bracelet, make sure to have water or lowcarb Gatorade with me, plus snacks and glucose tablets, also carry a list of meds, my doctors, and hospital preference. I'm also very open about being a type 1 diabetic, so if I need to excuse myself to go check my sugars or need something to snack in an emergency I won't be embarrassed about it. I am also considering a tattoo on my wrist just in case I forget my med alert bracelet or am in an accident and it comes off somehow. I keep an extra meter and strips in my car and another at home, just in case my regular one malfunctions or the battery dies.
Posted @ Saturday, July 27, 2013 1:59 PM by Amanda Benton
I have a blood clotting condition. I manage it in the summer by being careful not to eat too many fresh dark green veggies. Doing so would interfere with my coumadin. It's easier in the winter when everything isn't in season. :-)
Posted @ Saturday, July 27, 2013 2:45 PM by Tara Hoyt
I love the Medieval Knight Stainless Steel Medical alert Bracelet, and would be really appreciative if I was able to win this for my mother. She is highly allergic to ibuprofen and has been wearing the same medical bracelet for as long as I can remember. It would be nice to give her one with a little 'style'! I personally suffer from over-heating faster than most other people. I have a natural body temperature higher than the average, which means I don't need a sweater in the chilly movie theater, but I want to pass out the second I step into 80 degree heat. I still have a son, and want to take him out all through the summer so I make sure to freeze ice packs, and pack a cooler. Freeze grapes, bottles of water, and almost anything else I can find, just to make sure I always have something cold on hand.
Posted @ Saturday, July 27, 2013 4:23 PM by Nicole Thrasher
I've had pituitary surgery & consequently am on severl meds-one being cortisone pills that I can't do without especially under stress such as surgery. My husband has celiac disease & diabetes so the new mideval knight bracelet would be perfect for either one of us! I have 2 bracelets with stones already. Love the Jewelry. You all make it wonderful to be safe but have some "bling" while you're at it!!
Posted @ Saturday, July 27, 2013 6:32 PM by Cheryl
With PTSD, summertime and traveling can be tricky. When I get up in the morning I drink a 32oz insulated mug full of water with a squeeze of lemon- before even the first sip of coffee, the minute my feet hit the floor. Dehydration is the first step towards disorientation...not a good thing for those of us who are easily disoriented medically already. My mug is bright red and pretty, and the aesthetic value goes a long way early in the morning. :) 
When traveling, I also take a few extra precautions. Over-stimulation, traffic snarls, emergency vehicle sirens, or even directional challenges can send PTSD anxiety over the edge. I have a go-bag for the car which includes an calming, ssential oil blend, but most importantly- a sleeping eye mask, and an iPod loaded with soothing music, relaxing sounds, and audio books.  
Even 40-year old Mommy's can find ways to make traveling and summer fun more bearable and accident-free!
Posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 1:13 PM by Brandee Brown
We just got back from Vegas where it was 110+ every day. It was tough managing my 8 year olds diabetes. We made sure she stayed hydrated, and while swimming I would pull her out of the water every 45 minutes to 1 hour and test her and correct with the pump. It worked well for us. I always find blood sugars rise in the summer. Boo 
 
She would LOVE a new bracelet. She's had the same one since she was diagnosed at 20 months old, 6.5 years ago :( It's time for an upgrade :)
Posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 2:35 PM by Jen Tokaryk
The biggest thing for me with my pump is keep extras of what i need in the car. That way i can always replace something even if its just redoing the cannula. Never know when i am going to catch the tubing on something silly
Posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 2:36 PM by Steve T
My 9yr old was diagnosed with type 1 a yr ago. We do our best to make sure she is properly dressed n wearsher hat when we are out and about. She is very good with detecting when her sugar is low. I had bought her a pretty princess diabetes alert necklace but she has recently lost. So winning one of these would be great for her and me.
Posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 2:39 PM by Liz Torres
I like the first one for my son who is a type 1 diabetic, asthmatic, epi pen carrying child. I have a bracelet for him but it gets in his way a lot, a dogtag necklace would be perfect!
Posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 2:39 PM by sam
I have a-fib and take blood thinners. I set my alarm on my phone to remind me to take my medications on time and carry extra doses with me so I can remember to take my meds now matter how busy my day gets.
Posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 2:42 PM by cheryl thomas
I like 2 or 2 for my daughter. In the summer time she has to keep her meds close buy because to much sun triggers her to have episodes. She has to carry everything with her where ever we go because in the state of Oklahoma an EMT is not allowed to administer her shot nor do they keep this medicine in shot form available in our hospitals. So she is always needing to wear a bracelet with her condition where ever she goes. Lots of responsibility for a 10 yr old to deal with and remember. Thank you
Posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 3:22 PM by Brooke Davis
Diabetes....oh yes...not a fun disease to have to deal with....but with plenty of water aerobics, cuiitting out sugars (except fruit), and breads help me alot...so fa lost 13 pounds over a couple of weeks...also just recently found that diet sodas not good due to the artifical sweetener asparatine...have cut out tose drinks any all others that have aspartine and feel muich better...do like the bubbles in drinks so do sparkling mineral waters...that's about it...good luck to all....love #2 and #3 (would get for my husband who has developed neurosarcoidosis of the spinal cord).... 
Posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 3:25 PM by darlene
I have MS. Everyday is a new adventure for me. Living in Arizona, it's hard to keep cool. I work outside at an elementary school, which is stressful and hard to keep cool. Also, I have 2 teenagers and a very supportive husband who keeps me balanced. I eat right, exercise and do my best to stay calm. Lately I have had more bad days than good. My MS is advancing. As MS patients say "I have MS, but MS doesn't have me."
Posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 3:31 PM by Carrie Walker
We've just started camping this year, so I've taken more precautions than normal. We're out biking, hiking or on the beach so I've always got snacks, water and my tester. You never k ow when you're going to need them;)
Posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 3:47 PM by Amy
In the summer, the emergency stash in the car goes from juice boxes to more stable forms of glucose, like glucose tabs and packets. We keep a small insulated bag stocked with Diabetes supplies so that if we're going somewhere, we can just toss in teh chilled insulin and take off.
Posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 7:46 PM by Amy
My daughter's food allergies mean making sure her Auvi-Q stays cool in our 100+ degree temperatures. We also try to pack safe food/snacks whenever we travel.
Posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 9:18 PM by Homa
I'm not entering the contest, but I did want to post a note saying that I love the focus of this site! 
 
I do crafting and was looking for ideas on a project to incorporate ID's or tags like Medical alerts with my paracord bracelet projects and I found this site.  
 
Not sure yet what I'll end up with as far as a final project, but I'll be sure to leave a mention to your site when I make that post.  
 
Incredible job combining art and creativity with awareness! 
 
Bob
Posted @ Monday, July 29, 2013 12:12 AM by Bob
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