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Hi! I’m Charne, mom to our precious little girl, Eva. Eva was diagnosed when she was 2 years old with Type 1 Diabetes – a rare, challenging and currently incurable disease. In this blog, I share my experiences, tips, challenges, research and most importantly tools on how to arm and equip us as parents (the Gatekeepers) to our incredibly brave children living with Type 1 Diabetes (the Warriors).

  • Managing levels with the flu or a cold

    November 10, 2019 by

    They say that you’re really tested on your TD1 Diabetes management when your little Warrior gets sick. And with the recent change in seasons, combined with the fact that there really is no way to escape these little ones getting something or other from their fellow classmates – we found ourselves this past week in… Read more

  • What High Blood Sugar feels like for them.

    October 20, 2019 by

    So many times I’ve wished I could magically remove the discomfort that Eva feels from time to time and feel it myself instead! While we wait patiently for a cure, I make it one of my life’s ambitions to know as much as I can about Type 1, including how different side effects of it… Read more

  • Sugar, broken down.

    September 26, 2019 by

    We all have our go-to’s when our Warriors are having a hypo. Depending on what Eva’s level are- for something more immediate acting, we opt for Super C’s (thank you to the person who invented these!) Otherwise, if she’s nearing a hypo but not quite there yet, we’ll give her some juice. I’ve always wondered… Read more

  • Birthday Parties. It’s going to be ok.

    September 12, 2019 by

    Children will be children and a birthday party to them is like the Sales on Black Friday to us (or maybe that’s just me). Everyone has their own approach to managing carbs and sugar. Since Eva was diagnosed so young, Andrew and I made the decision to let her enjoy herself with little treats, here… Read more

  • The Somogyi effect (no, this is not a type of Sushi).

    September 7, 2019 by

    The Somogyi effect was named after researcher, Michael Somogyi. Before you read any further, its important to note that the Somogyi Effect is a bit of a controversial topic due to lack of scientific evidence. However, while we’re in the business of looking after our little Warriors-its empowering to know as much as we can… Read more

  • How hot weather affects their levels and insulin efficacy.

    September 5, 2019 by

    June finally arrives. We’ve packed our bags, prepped our passports, got the travel insurance but most importantly- meticulously packed a rather large carry on with a 4 months supply of diabetic necessities for a 2 week trip aboard a beautiful boat in Croatia. That’s right, we’re going on holiday and boy are we excited. We’ve… Read more

  • Almond Milk: A wonderful stabaliser.

    September 4, 2019 by

    There’s been times when Eva would be nearing her bedtime and she’s just a bit too low out of our target (approx 8mmol/L)  for bedtime for our liking. And when I say a bit, I mean like around 5mmol/L. Ideally, the recommendation is for little one’s to go to sleep around the 8mmol/L mark. In… Read more

  • Do high levels affect their personalities?

    September 3, 2019 by

    I don’t know about you but when Eva is high, I notice that she becomes quite sluggish and slower than usual. Her ability to concentrate is lowered and even though she is a very tolerant child, her irritability becomes quite clear. A small study in the April issue of the journal Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics,… Read more

  • Us. Warrior and Gatekeepers.

    September 3, 2019 by

    Hi! I’m Charne, mom to our precious little girl, Eva. Eva was diagnosed when she was 2 years old with Type 1 Diabetes – a rare, challenging and currently incurable disease. In this blog, I share my experiences, tips, challenges, research and most importantly tools on how to arm and equip us as parents (the… Read more

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