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It's a Back-To-School Free Stuff Friday!




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Who loves Friday? That's right. EVERYONE.

Who loves Free Stuff? Again, yup, EVERYONE.

Who loves Free Stuff on a Friday?

Let me check. Oh, right. Absolutely EVERYONE. 

So this week, if it's even possible, Free Stuff Friday is even BETTER than usual because we have a super duper amazing and fantastic back-to-school guest blog from the always-fab Denise, aka Mom of Bean, the T1D blogger behind My Sweet Bean and Her Pod. Are you following her blog? Because you should be. It's that awesome

Not a parent of a T1D kid? Denise still has some great tips for managing a child's healthcare at school. Plus, throughout this post, you'll see great product photos (Click the images for more product info!) to help you get your kid(s) ready for school. Not interested in the back-to-school craziness? Don't sweat it. We still have free stuff for you this week. Just scroll down to the contest at the bottom of this post. 

Without further ado...here's what Denise has to say about T1Ding it right at school...


Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Back To School We Go!

bag tagIf only I had seven dwarfs to help with this process, it would be oh, so much easier to head into the ‘back to school’ season with a kiddo with Type 1 Diabetes.

Every year the scene is the same: dazed and confused parents wandering up and down the aisles and aisles of notebooks and folders and scissors and glue and crayons and, and, and!

Well, we D’rents get to continue the dazed wandering up and down in other aisles, too.  Our kiddos need things like juice boxes and granola bars and peanut butter crackers and alcohol swabs and, and, and!

And of course you have to factor in at least one meeting with teachers and staff before school starts to go over the medical plan and the 504 plan and the ‘what to look for highs and lows’ plan and, and, and!

It’s enough to make you want to crawl under your beach blanket and never come out!

BUT, that’s really not an option…as much as I wish it were, and that there was a buff pool boy to bring me yummy drinks with little umbrellas every hour on the hour!

Oh, sorry….back to back to school! 

insulin pump setJust as every kiddo is different, every kiddo with Type 1 (or any other medical condition for that matter) is different, plus every school has its own set of rules and regulations.   Please know, though, that there are federal laws in place that guarantee the rights of our kiddos and you have every right to make sure those rights are protected.  A great place to start, if you aren’t aware of those right is the American Diabetes Association website diabetes.org.  Having that layer of protection, whether you ever have to use it or not, is important.  It’s like car insurance…you don’t plan to get into an accident, but if you do, at least you are covered!

So once we have all the pencils and notebooks and glue and scissors and, and, and…here’s what I make sure goes to school with my Type 1 kiddo:

classroom supply boxFor each classroom (she happens to have two), I pack a school supply box with two juice boxes, two GoGo Sqeez apple sauces, two granola bars, and two pre-portioned baggies of Goldfish crackers.  This way, if Bean is low in class and she’s either (a) already used the juice and/or apple sauce that she carries on her at all times or (b) forgotten to pack said juice and/or sauce, she has what she needs without having to go to the nurse’s office or front office…which is not really safe if she’s low!  The granola bars are a great BG boost before recess or PE, to help sustain her through physical activity.  They have also come in handy when she’s forgotten her lunch!  The pre-portioned Goldfish are her ‘go to’ for before recess if her BG is below a preset number.  This, for her, is the perfect amount of carbs to keep her BG holding steady during the 30 minutes of outside activity.

Her name is on the side of the box and it has a special place in each room for easy access and visibility so it can be retrieved by whoever is helping during a low BG.

There is also a baggie, labeled with her name, containing an apple sauce and apple juice box for each specialist room….Art, Music, PE…just in case she needs to treat a low BG there and her supplies that are ‘always with her’ aren’t with her.  The front office also has a baggie.

Then, there’s the nurse’s office.  That’s where all the medical stuff is stored in a locked cabinet, per our district’s policies.  This larger container has juice boxes and apple sauces (because you can’t really ever have too many of those!) as well as alcohol swabs, extra pods (her insulin pump), extra lancet barrels, extra batteries for her meter/pump controller, extra meter, extra strips, Glucagon, and ‘just in case’ syringes.  She keeps her insulin with her…this takes a district specific release form.

Bean first day 3rdI mentioned that she has juice and apple sauce with her all the time.  She also has her medical alert bracelet, meter/pump controller (PDM) and the case it goes in that has her insulin, strips, FastClix lancing device, extra meter, blood ketone meter and strips, and batteries.  This little kit is something she brings to and from home daily.  She carries this kit, juice, and GoGo Sqeez apple sauce in a mini backpack with her all day.  In fact, she feels weird if it’s not on her back!  This year, since she’ll be going to fourth grade, we’ve ‘upgraded’ to a pleather purse-style backpack.  Gotta be fashionable, ya know!!

Every morning (theoretically), her mini backpack is checked to make sure she has what she needs.  I rely on the teachers, nurse, and office staff to let me know when their supplies are running low.  I do try to remember to check before Winter Break to make sure the juice boxes and apple sauces haven’t expired and trade out granola bars and Goldfish so they aren’t nasty.  Yeah, I’m nice like that! 

It’s not a perfect system and there are times that she runs out of things.  But, thankfully there are enough supplies here and there throughout the school that she can always treat a low BG within mere moments of testing and/or feeling it.

Yes, it takes a lot to get ready for ‘back to school’ and with a kiddo with a medical condition there’s more added to that process.  But, starting off on the right foot, with supplies ready for when they are needed, helps lessen the insanity!

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And now... what you've been waiting for... the free stuff! This week, we're giving away a THREE prizes, including a BRAND NEW PRODUCT! Yup!

  • A401 Sea Breeze Paracord Bracelet With Tag ProductOne lucky winner will receive our newest (and completely fabulous) interchangeable paracord medical alert bracelet, available in turqoise, orange, or yellow with a custom-engraved medical ID tag.
  • One equally lucky winner will receive a custom-engraved diabetes mini dog tag necklace. Perfect for T1D kids! 
  • And last, but certainly not least, our final winner will get a three band silicone ActiveWear Slim set in the size and color combination of his or her choice. 

diabetes mini dog tag medical id necklaceAlrighty, let's get to the freebies! You can enter today's Free Stuff Friday in any of the following ways. Do what works for you! 

1. Share this article via Facebook or Twitter with the following hash tags in your link description: #laurenshopeid and #dblog. Post a comment here letting us know where you shared the article.

2. Share a comment here telling us how you manage your child's health care condition(s) at school. What supplies and plans do you need to have in place?

3. activewear slimShare a comment here telling us how you manage your health care condition(s) at work. What supplies do you need to keep on hand at work? Do you have a designated co-worker who knows where it all is, or do you keep supplies on your person?

What next?

On Monday, August 12th, we will post the winners of this week's Free Stuff Friday on the Lauren's Hope Facebook wall and Twitter feed. So be sure to "like" our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter at @LaurensHopeID so you'll know if you won! 

Legaleze and other boring stuff: One winner per household every six months. Prizes have no cash exchange value. Shipping and engraving (as applicable) are included in your prize. No purchase necessary. If you really want to read more boring rules because maybe you're having trouble sleeping, you can do so here. 


Love the paracord id bracelet. My 13-year old would love this, and I would love to win it for her!
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 9:15 AM by Donna Adinolfi
My sweet girl started back to school this week. She has a bag she carries with her everywhere, as well as a "stash" in her classroom...extra applesauce pkts, juice boxes, smarties, mini-airheads, peanut butter crackers as well as extra strips and an extra meter just in case. And she wears her Lauren's Hope alert bracelet AT ALL TIMES:)
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 9:17 AM by KarenW
I have a daughter name Taylor that is 11 yrs. old and is going to middle school this year. We all know going in a bigger school with more people there can be a little scary at times but my daughter is terrified because at the knew school the nurse isn't going to help her as much as the other nurse did at the other school. I would really like to have this for my daughter. Thanks
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 9:18 AM by Jeff
Shared @ https://www.facebook.com/jen.tokaryk?hc_location=stream
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 9:27 AM by Jen Tokaryk
My daughter is 8, going in to grade 3 and a brand new school. Her old school was awesome, I had no hesitation sending her there. This year I have to start all over again. I plan on trying to carry over what worked the last 3 years, in her class she will have a shelf with a flat of juice boxes and glucose tabs. Every time she leaves the room she takes her emergency pack with her. We will also have extra emergency packs in the library, music room and gym. I'm excited for new beginnings and hopefully Abby will have a brand new bracelet to wear to her brand new school too :)
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 9:31 AM by Jen Tokaryk
I work from home so that I can better manage my t1d. I always have emergency orange juice, I test often and carefully monitor my insulin. I keep my stress levels to a minimum which also helps!
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 9:34 AM by Jennie
My 5 year old would love the activewear slim bracelets. She starts Kinder this year and I am looking forward to reading the comments to make sure I have all my ducks in a row- I know for sure we will have a pencil case of supplies in each of her rooms (class, PE, Music, art & Computers). Thanks
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 9:35 AM by Katie
I posted on Facebook! Wanted to make sure all my diabetic friends see it! :)
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 9:46 AM by Lauren miller
My diabetic baby starts Kindergarten in 14 days. I won't bore you with the hours and minutes I have left.  
Since my son is so shy I spent the better part of last year having him visit the school nurse and principal so that he wouldn't be nervous if and when he needs their help. I have also heavily advocated that he get the one kindergarten teacher who not only has had diabetics in her class before but is one herself. We have discussed snacks, drinks and numbers till our minds are overloaded with the possibilities.  
The biggest stumbling block in this new endeavor, is that he is a newly diagnosed kid, he hasn't even had his first anniversary yet! So needless to say the planning has reached super-anal retentive levels. But until he goes to school and the new numbers start rolling in I am relying on the fabulous faculty at this school to keep an eye on him during his day.  
He is proud to wear his bracelets and is really good about going out in public with them on. So I think he would really like the 3 ActiveWear Slim Sets. The color set with the yellow one because that is his absolute favorite color! 
Also shared on https://www.facebook.com/thelma.harshvonalt
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 9:49 AM by Thelma
My baby is 17 and it hasn't been easy at school for her , I always meet in school to go over her plan 504 .Always make sure she takes her Glucose monitor (she's forgetful at her age)LOL , and at least 2 snacks to cover her for the day .When I can I go to school make sure she's doing what she should to take care of her health . Giving her space to be independent. Going to college soon #worried
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 9:51 AM by Carmen
My little gut is not in school yet but this has given me some good ideas of things to discuss with daycare.
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 9:52 AM by Katrina Dick
My 10 year old was diagnoses with diabetes last year. He has gone through the life changes required to be healthy without so much as a whimper. He studied very hard to learn about carbs and how many were in each of his foods and he keeps track of them in a little notebook he caries with him everywhere, including school. He has decided to play football for his middle school and HE took the initiative to ask his doctor for information so he could play. We have a small tag he wears around his neck that says "I'm Diabetic" on one side and "Test My Blood Before You Treat" on the other that he was given for free by his doctor. He has picked out several on the Laurens Hope website that he likes and we are saving up to get him one. Winning these for him would be Amazing. He works very hard to control his diabetes and having these items would make his hard work seem a little more gratifying. His strength and devotion over the last year is truly inspirational to us and his 4 older siblings. He is a Great Kid!!!
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 9:53 AM by Ande
Shared on Twitter: Kimberlee Yee 
alert people about your child's Diabetes condition: http://blog.laurenshope.com/medical-id-jewelry-blog/bid/86157/It-s-a-Back-To-School-Free-Stuff-Friday … #laurenshopeid #dblog 
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 9:59 AM by Kim Yee
Having to send our little ones to school ( no matter what age) is always tough as we are entrusting are most prized possessions that need a little more attention due to food allergies, asthma, diabetes, etc. I love meeting the teacher before school starts with nurse and principal to make sure we are all on the same page and that my daughter and now son will have an equally fun and safe year. With that being said my daughter or son would love #1.
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 10:12 AM by Marisol Gutierrez
The mini dog tag is awesome, my Dimitra would love that for school. We have the most amazing nurse at our school, she knows just what to do & plays fun games with Dimitra when testing & bolusing her.
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 10:19 AM by Valerie Bennett
I have a 10yr old daughter that CAH.. This is very rare condition and many people just don't understand how to deal with it. In our town our EMTs and are not even trained for this or can administer the actual meds to her and if there is a problem. She has to be in a hospital for that to happen. With a medical bracket at least the school can know what's she has in case of emergency and can notify hospital so they are prepared for her arrival. She also has several things she is allergic too so this will help her and others out so much. Thank you
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 10:44 AM by Brooke Davis
I wish other people realized how much work it is taking care of a diabetic child and would be more willing and understanding.
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 10:46 AM by Stacy Reynolds
Love Denise! Awesome post and tips! 
I tweeted this at @sugar_nova :)
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 11:11 AM by Alexis Newell
Second entry; 
We also have bins in every class with low supplies and snacks, J carries a bag with glucagon, low supplies, meter supplies, ketone meter etc. also sites and cartridge just in case the insulin is in nurses office in case of emergency along with more of everything else he needs. 
He is independent so he doesn't have to go to nurse but I have scheduled times for him to go just so everyone knows what's going on, and can be aware of any odd numbers.
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 11:16 AM by Alexis Newell
Shared this on Facebook!
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 11:21 AM by Barb Shrum Moyer
Shared on Facebook! 
The women who helped me order today was amazing. So kind and patient. Thank you!
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 11:23 AM by Allison Lafferty
My son luvs your dog tags he's worn the same one for 3 years and is need of a new one its the only thing he will wear. 
At school they r great they have snacks, juice & crackers in all his classrooms for him n other kids  
I pack his lunch so his carbs are predone
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 11:24 AM by Missy
the macrame id is perfect for a 15 year old diabetic who will wear anything"cool"!
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 11:53 AM by michelle cowit
Shared Facebook
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 12:52 PM by Carol Richards
Love the paracord style. Have several paracord bracelets but not one for medic alert.
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 1:10 PM by Kim
hi, just tweeted about this article :) 
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 1:17 PM by joyce
Love the paracord. It is a really nice colour. I am not on facebook or twitter so I hope that it is enough for me to share this comment to win. 
I love your bracelets-I have 4 already!
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 1:31 PM by Sarah Sherman
I posted it in Facebook :) my momma needs a diabetic med I'd bracelet. She does keep glucose tablets and her meter in her purse but for work she keep granola bars in her desk just in case.  
I don't have diabetes but I so have life-threatening food allergies and wear a Lauren's hope bracelet with stating my allergies and that I carry on Epi pen. My desk and my purse have extra Benadryl and in my purse I carry an emergency dose of prednisone. My epipen and inhaler are always in the same small bag in my purse and all my coworkers and friends know :)  
I would really like my mom to wear a Lauren's hope bracelet for her diabetes :)
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 2:54 PM by Mary Taylor
I am always carry my meter with me plus had jelly babies in case of a hypo as well as another snack. I also keep another set of the above at work. As I am on a pump my insulin is attached to me!
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 3:50 PM by Janet C
My child has malignant hyperthermia. I make sure the school nurse is aware of this every year. She already has the pink paracord bracelet, but she would love the turguise one, that is her favorite collor and she needs another to switch it up to stay cool at school.
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 8:44 PM by cindy calvert
I am a type 1 diabetic with an insulin pump. At work, a preschool teacher, I'm always on the go. I make sure I have my meter accessible at all times and some kind of food in my purse. There are lots of days that I need something extra. However, I'm lucky to have co-workers that ask me if I should test my blood sugar--and it's a definite learning experience for the kids:)
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 10:36 PM by Amy
I would love the turquoise paracord bracelet. I work at a school and have Type 2. I have a small fridge in my office with a soda (for a fast dose of sugar), yogurt and string cheese. I also keep some hard candies and glucose tablets on hand. My 8th grade aides are instructed at the beginning of the year what to do, what to ask me/suggest I test and who to get if I need assistance. I always have my Lauren's Hope medical alert (either bracelet, watch or dog tag). I also assist with any students who need support while at school.
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 11:27 PM by Luana Weaver
I'd L-O-V-E the paracord ID bracelet (I have a bit of a makeshift one ;)), but the silicone bands are cool too :]. 
Regarding school [university] and work with asthma, I always have a rescue inhaler in my pocket and other necessary meds [extra rescue inhaler, another inhaler I take a few times a day, and my hormone meds and iron pills] in my backpack. I also always wear a medical ID bracelet or necklace--and while sometimes I'm a bit shy about it, my coworkers know about my asthma and I usually try to tell somebody at work when I'm having issues... just in case! :]
Posted @ Saturday, August 10, 2013 7:30 PM by kerri
While going to college with chronic illnesses I always make sure to have my med bag with all my emergency meds and a days worth of my daily meds in case I can't get home for some reason, or decide to stay with a friend. I also keep a list of my current health problems, meds, and allergies in the same bag with my supplies. I love the paracord bracelet and it would be perfect for starting at a new school in the fall.
Posted @ Saturday, August 10, 2013 7:46 PM by Rosemary
Shared it on Facebook, & it's myself, not my child that has Type 2 Diabetes, but my child does help me maintain my health problems.
Posted @ Saturday, August 10, 2013 8:03 PM by Jennifer
shared on facebook !!
Posted @ Saturday, August 10, 2013 8:03 PM by Stacy
I could really relate to this guest blogger. My daughter also has Type 1 and is going into 4th grade. Managing Type 1 is a huge part of going back to school. She carries a purse-like bag (her "kit") to and from school each day. This contains her meter, strips lancet, cotton balls, alcohol swabs, tubes of cake icing and/or glucose jell, baggies of pre-portioned jelly beans to treat lows, extra lancing device, pieces of MedFIx tape if her pump site is coming loose, extra batteries and a few bandaids. Her meter doubles as her PDM (pump controller) for the OmniPod. She has extra supplies in a separate bag in the classroom in case she runs out of anything and a container full of snacks for lows. When she goes to another classroom for media or art, she takes her "kit" and can test and treat for a low. She was diagnosed at age 2 and each year she becomes more independent with her own care. I am so proud of her. Its not easy, but we make it work. PS - she LOVES the turquoise paracord med id bracelet.
Posted @ Saturday, August 10, 2013 10:10 PM by Christine Sockolof
My son was diagnosed just two days ago with Type 1 diabetes & was discharged from the hospital today. It has been overwhelming to all of us but I'm sure in time we'll feel more comfortable. We meet with the school nurse & teachers to go over his plan of care. I have read many comments & this has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all the great info & tips!
Posted @ Saturday, August 10, 2013 11:00 PM by Kimberly Perkins
My son wears his LH dog tag necklace and the school keeps a kit with his epipens and other medication at the front office. Luckily, his classroom is next door and the teachers are great with him.
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