SLIMSY & TYPE ONE WARRIOR COLLABORATION GIVEAWAY
We have collaborated with Slimsy to offer our “type one warriors” an awesome giveaway. Be sure to like both of our Facebook pages, share a photograph with us on our Type One Warrior Facebook or Instagram page of a type one warrior that you know. Be sure to tell us a little bit about them and why they are your hero!
Sponsors & Prizes:
Type One Warrior: 5 limited edition, and the first of their kind, type one warrior t-shirts
Slimsy: 12 hampers containing 3 bottles of Slimsy's new Dairy Concentrate in Pina Colada, Orange and Berry Medley.
Competition closes on Friday, 24 November 2017.
Winner to be announced Monday, 27 November 2017
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
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The competition is sponsored by Slimsy and Type One Warrior. This contest is governed by these official rules. By participating in the contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these official rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of the contest, as determined by sponsors and its agents, are final in all respects.
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The contest is open to legal residents of South Africa who have Internet access and a valid e-mail account prior to the beginning of the Contest Period. Sponsors have the right to verify the eligibility of each entrant.
The competition begins on 10/11/2017 and ends on 24/11/2017 at 23h59. All entries (submissions) must be received on or before the time stated during that submission period. Sponsors reserve the right to extend or shorten the contest at their sole discretion.
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You can enter the competition via the Type One Warrior Facebook or Instagram page. Entrants must like the Slimsy and Type One Warrior Facebook pages and/or follow the Type One Warrior Instagram page, share a photograph of your type one warrior friend and a story explaining why they are your hero - share in the competition comments on the Type One Warrior page or tag us in your post on Instagram! After submitting the required information on the entry form, the entrant will receives one (1) entry into the drawing.
All eligible entries received during the Submission Period will be gathered into a database at the end of the Submission Period. Each sponsoring party will choose their top finalists and the winner will be announced on Monday, 27 November 2017. The announcement and instructions for the prize will be displayed on Facebook and Instagram. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his/her Facebook or Instagram account for prize notification and receipt or other communications related to this competition. If a potential prize winner cannot be reached by Administrator (or Sponsor) within five (5) days, using the contact information provided at the time of entry, or if the prize is returned as undeliverable, that potential prize winner shall forfeit the prize. Upon the request of the Sponsor, the potential winner may be required to return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release and Prize Acceptance Form. If a potential winner fails to comply with these official rules, that potential winner will be disqualified. Prizes may not be awarded if an insufficient number of eligible entries are received.
5 Limited Edition shirts by Type One Warrior
12 Slimsy hampers containing the following 3 bottles of Dairy Blend
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Last week we came home to a special delivery for Keto. A "Training" lead compliments of Friendly Dog Collar South Africa. Suddenly it feels official - our little Keto is well on his way to becoming Harrison's Diabetic Alert Dog.
Why is a lead like this important?
A lead that identifies your dog as a service dog, or one in training like Keto, is important because it lets people know without them having to approach the cute puppy that he is a working dog and shouldn't be interfered with.
I have had my eye on the leads for some time and was about to arrange with Row's family in the UK to please get a set for us to bring back with them when they return to South Africa. Luckily no such arrangements had been made.
Friendly Dog Collars has an amazing range of collars and leads that indicate to people the nature of their dog, such as "nervous" or "no dogs". Some examples below. They're reasonably priced for what they are and in South Africa there are slim pickings when it comes to this kind of dog apparel.
Visit their facebook page here.
Waking up this morning was hard. Waking up every morning is. We are exhausted beyond comprehension and we actually can’t even talk about how tired we are because we have no option of extra sleep, or sleeping in, or sleeping through our alarms.
22h00, 00h00, 02h00 - while the world sleeps we are checking our child’s sugar levels, fighting highs when he is high and fighting lows when he is low. No two nights are the same. No two nights are a given. There are just too many variables affecting a type one diabetic's levels. Every day and every night we fight for Harrison’s life. This is not an exaggeration, it is the truth.
We mind him with the eyes of a falcon. While he is so little our attention rests solely on him because yes, as Harrison’s parents we have to be selfish. We have to be for the simple fact that we are responsible for him. We are responsible for giving him the best care and the best chance at life as a normal child.
Last week Monday, bright and early, we hit the road to Greytown to go and fetch our newest family member. A golden retriever, who we have named Keto, that we plan to train to become Harrison's Diabetic Alert Dog (D.A.D.). We did everything to make sure that we were prepared and ready. Below a checklist for any new pup owner with one or two extras for pups that are going to be trained.
These are the essentials:
4. Sleeping arrangements: we have prepared the puppy crate with some soft bedding which, to start, will be placed in our kitchen at night. Once the pup has been properly potty trained we plan to move him next to Harrison's bed as this will be where he will sleep as he progresses through his training and grows up. We will eventually need to upgrade to a larger crate but whilst he is a puppy we are ok for a few months! We are opting for the crate method as this will become the pup's den so to speak. It will make travelling and transitioning to new environments easier as his one constant, his bedroom, will remain the same.
5. Chew toys and brain toys. As many different options as you can have available the better. Toys that can be filled with treats that can occupy the puppy for a period of time is great. The more challenging the better.
6. The previous owners were responsible enough to take their puppies in for inoculations and deworming and all that great stuff and this past Friday we took Keto in for his microchipping which is a prerequisite when you are putting your pets onto a medical aid (more on this next week).
Before we set about choosing our pup for Harrison we spoke to our friend, Adrienne Olivier, who is an accomplished dog trainer and GSD breeder based here in the KZN Midlands. She has seen us through the training of all of our dogs since 2005: Tara, Jagger, Madumbi, Daisy and Tata.
Asking Adrienne for advice in this field comes naturally, we respect her knowledge and experience so much. Save for packing her into our car and taking her with us, Adrienne equipped us with a list of things to assess in the choosing process. She understands our situation and gave us some pointers on how to choose the dog that would best fit in with our family and our need for a service dog whose job it will be to alert us for possible hypoglycaemic or hyperglycaemic levels.
We have decided to compile this list and document as much as what we can throughout this journey because we know that there are other families out there who might be in the same boat as us looking to self-train their own Diabetic Alert Dog because the cost of purchasing one already trained is just far too much.
When we set out to start this blog we honestly thought we would have more time to write about our challenges and triumphs and in so doing help other moms and dads with raising their little T1D Warriors… Time really hasn’t been on our side! We have a few minutes spare and thought to quickly jot some thoughts down. We’d love to hear from some of you your thoughts, especially if you have had similar experiences and have some insight to offer.
The Guardian Connect
The Guardian Connect is a constant glucose monitoring device which is basically a sensor that is attached to Harrison and takes a glucose reading every 5 minutes. The nice things about it is that is syncs to an app on your iphone and allows you to monitor glucose levels in real-time and take the appropriate action for hypers and hypos allowing you to maximize your time in the “safe” zone.
We have had several people asking our opinion of the Guardian Connect since having had Harrison on it for just over a month. This is our honest opinion so expect the untainted truth. Off the bat, given Harrison’s age, now 15 months old, I don’t think the device is actually right for him. The sensor is extremely sensitive to bumps, even the slightest, and if you think about a baby who’s really just discovering the world (and his legs) there is a lot of wobbling, a lot of falling, and a lot of bumping into things. You can’t exactly tell a young adventurous toddler that he needs to be careful and be still. Boys need to run and explore the world around them freely.
Sadly, our little boy has presented with a nasty rash no matter what plasters we have tried, or pre-sensor-insertion techniques we have used. Each sensor (which costs over R300) lasts for 6 days – we have not made it passed 3 days on a single one. While we can rave about the device for the short intervals that Harrison has been able to wear it, we do feel short-changed for the simple fact that we can’t get the sensor to stay on long enough before it loses signal. Our medical aid has not covered the device and it is a lot of money to fork out whenever you need new ones.
In saying all of that, even for the short time that we have been able to track his glucose levels, we can say the following positive things about it that we are sure every parent of a Type One Warrior will appreciate:
In the first week of having the device we were also able to identify regular trends of hypos that occurred at the same time every day indicating an issue with the insulin treatment we were prescribed. We have since changed insulin types and dosages and since then his levels have leveled out drastically.
Thankful for people like Dr Claudine Lee
If you’re in the KZN Midlands with T1D, or have a child with T1D, you may already be seeing Dr Lee, or have at least heard of her. She is a GP with a keen interest in Diabetes.
She has been amazing in the treatment of Harrison, not only for his Diabetes but his general wellness as well. Dr Lee has bent over backwards seeking second opinions from other Paediatric Endocrinologists, given her knowledge and understanding that something was going wrong with the treatment that Harrison was currently on.
Dr Lee has been there for us in so many ways: from fitting us in between seeing other patients, to giving us various different plasters to try because Harrison reacts so badly, to phoning through after hours scripts for us – the list is longer. This woman has gone above and beyond for us so this is just a special thank you to her.
The biggest challenge
We have struggled so with what to feed Harrison, especially at dinner time. He thinks he knows what he wants and if you even try come near him with something new or different he will fight you tooth and nail before you force it into his mouth. Once he has eaten his allocated dinner begrudgingly and mom and dad sit down to eat theirs, he is there begging for every morsel of steamed carrot or veg that you just had to try force him to eat the night before... You know how the story goes.
A plea to experienced moms and dads - share the secret to getting your kids to eat please - and the recipes!
We're on a massive hunt now: searching for recipes and foods to try. He's still very young and too low a carb diet is not recommended. We're being as Low GI as possible! We will be sure to share our food journey on here because I think for most parents with T1D kids that are this young are going to face the same struggle with food.
You two will never know how much you mean to Rowan, myself, and of course our dear Harrison. For every toe prick and glucose test, for ever insulin bolus and every rushed “sugar-feed”, for every nappy change (especially the poo ones Ing), for every tear you’ve consoled, for every hug, for every giggle you’ve spurred, for every nap you’ve had lying close to our boy, for every time you hold his hand, for every moment spent “weeding” in the garden with him, for every walk in the pram – for everything that you do – we could never thank you enough. Aside from Rowan and I, you are the only two people in the world who understand a little bit more about what we go through everyday caring for a Type 1 Diabetic, and one that is so little at that! Looking after a baby boy is one thing, but looking after a Type 1 Warrior is entirely different! You are both incredible and have stepped up to help us in ways we had no idea how to even ask for the help. You are part of a small group of people we call the unsung heroes who care for type one warriors! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
For the past few days Harrison’s glucose levels have been doing great but he has been fighting an ear infection which seems to be messing about with his ketones, however, this could be in combination with a new lower carb dietary adjustment that we have made as well. This morning, as I dropped him off at his Grossie (grandmother) he was particularly ratty so I decided to test his ketones before driving off. As suspected they were high: 1.9.
Aside from the additional bolus, several factors played a role in Harrison’s levels dropping to a level that our meter just spat out a “Lo” reading for. When we got the call (my husband and I each at our place of work), and the words “he’s not taking in yoghurt or juice”, and then “he’s jerking” our adrenalin just kicked in and we flew to our cars to get to Harrison as quickly as possible. Elna, Harrison’s wonderful Grossie, remained as calm as she could and with Rowan talking her through it over the phone managed to give Harrison the Glucagon injection he needed to stabilize him again!
Today had to be the scariest day of our lives (aside from the day Harrison was diagnosed). Grossie, my superheroine still dressed in her nightgown, shoved Beauty and Harrison into her car and flew down to the nearest Dr where we met her. By this stage he had already stabilized and was looking much better. The Dr gave him a quick once over and was very understanding telling us that we did the right thing, that it was bound to happen, and that it will happen again. This is the life of a Type 1 Diabetic.
We have spent the past few days signing papers and organising the new Medtronic Guardian Connect CGM for Harrison. If it arrives this week it will definitely not have come at a better time! After a day like today I seriously wish we had this device like “yesterday”, literally!
The past few weeks have been somewhat trying in our little household. To surmise, we have been daring treacherous waters with no sign of calm seas ahead of us. Some of this is unrelated to our boy’s diabetes but unfortunately has an impact on his little life one way or another. As much as early December has been trying, this week has presented a small glimmer of hope making us feel a little more at ease with the year coming to a close and finishing on somewhat of a high note.
We’ve been paying close attention to constant glucose monitoring units and ones that are more affordable than the likes of the greats like the Dexcom G5. In our last appointment with Harrison’s Endocrinologist he mentioned the release of a much more affordable unit that will be in South Africa in December. The Medtronic Guardian Connect has landed and we are very excited to announce that just yesterday we officially applied for the unit for our little boy. This time next week our 14-month-old could be rocking a CGM device and have two parents whose minds are a lot more at ease!
Our search for the unit was brought on by several weeks of unpredictable blood glucose highs and lows – the norm for a type 1 purely because there are more variables than just food to consider when dosing with insulin. Aside from lowering our long acting insulin to curb the mid morning and mid evening lows, we have also, with the help of our friend, Steph Joyner, a dietitian with a keen interest in diabetes, been tackling Harrison’s diet so that we can get his glucose levels under control.
This change in diet, and the whole CGM unit coming into our lives, has us bouncing off the walls with excitement. It's really just been a few days of dietary adjustments and we can already see a massive improvement in Harrison's glucose levels. As we start trying new things and noticing the effects we will happily share our experiences and recipes with you.
On the point of diet, some recommended reading material for any new Type One Warrior, or parent of a Type One Warrior, is Dr Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. Further to this, he has a YouTube Channel packed with immense information about his journey as a Type One himself, as well as his treatments etc. I am fast becoming one of his biggest fans! It's worth reading his book for an added and worthy perspective on the disease noting that he is one of the oldest Type One Diabetics alive without the long-term complications of Diabetes.
We have had many comments on the above photograph of our little warrior - and I wanted to explain why we decided to use it as the header image for the site and our facebook page. Every month, since the first month after his birth, we have taken a photograph of Harrison next to this great big bear. We were a little late taking his 11 month photograph as we normally need to set aside a few minutes over a weekend to capture it. Instead of the 28th of September we ended up taking this picture on the 2nd of October... just three days before Harrison was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
There's the saying that a picture says a thousand words, but among them, in this instance, Diabetes was not one of them. Harrison has shown us time and again that he is fearless and courageous and can conquer anything. Maybe we gave his strength of will a little too much credit because in this small moment of laughter and smiles, we had no idea that antibodies were busy doing a number on our little boy's pancreas. In fact, we had the conversation again today about the day he was diagnosed and the words that came out of Dr Bisseru's mouth as she gave us the news.
She told us, using her hands to show us our happy boy playing quietly on the bed in front of us, that "this is not the picture of a sick baby - this is not the picture of how sick your baby is right now - I need you to understand that your little boy is very sick". We were taken aback. She proceeded to take us through the numbers and initial test results and explained just how close we were to absolute worst case scenario. Our baby's life was saved by the beautiful Dr Bisseru to whom we will forever be grateful!
Because of her we see these smiles everyday! Because of Dr Bisseru, we were introduced to our Endocronologist Dr Kubendran Pillay, who has cared for and taught us how to care for and raise our little man with Diabetes.
This photograph says so many things for us, especially now. It gives us hope that our little boy can handle this and anything else thrown his way. Going back to the saying that a picture says a thousand words - I feel like, in one moment it definitely can, and then in another, it can say so much more. It all depends on your frame of reference. On this day I guess I thought it was just a beautiful photograph of my beautiful boy, but today there is a whole story behind this photograph: when we were first introduced to our Type 1 Warrior.