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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sugar Bolus

Just a quick reminder here:

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Have you entered this week's Sugar Bolus give-away contest?

Hallie at The Princess and The Pump is offering a $30 gift certificate to Petite Baubles. It's another great contest!!!

BUT, the contest ends tonight at midnight, so get on over to The Princess and The Pump and enter now!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Meme for Kids with T1D

The meme got me thinking. How about a meme for the kids, who're living with T1D?

Want to play along? Come on! It'll be fun!

As with the first meme, let's tag each other. At the end of this post, you'll see the name of the friend I've tagged.

When you're tagged, have your CWD answer the below questions that I posed to Jack. Don't influence your child's answers, and when posting, don't edit them either. Let's keep it real!

If your child is not able to answer all questions, or doesn't wish to answer all questions, don't worry. If your child is young and not very articulate yet, again, don't worry. Just have fun.

Some kids' answers will be cute. Some will be silly. Some will be serious. Some will be surprising. Let's roll with whatever comes "out of the mouths of babes."

If you have more than one child with diabetes, feel free to include answers from one or all. It's up to you.

This meme should give us an opportunity to get better aquainted with the kiddos about whom we blog and read.


Jack was in a chatty mood, so I fired away. Here's what he had to say...

What is your name?
Jack

How old are you?
Seven.

When were you diagnosed with diabetes?
When I was four years old.

Do you remember what happened when you were diagnosed or how you felt?
The day before I was diagnosed, we went to a park, and I was really thirsty. I drank a lot of water, but I didn’t know I had diabetes. So I went to the doctor, and the doctor said I had diabetes.

Do finger pokes or shots [or site insertions/infusion set changes] hurt?
No, not really. Well, sometimes, the big shots hurt, the ones with more insulin, like the Lantus shots.


What is a high number?
500


What is a low number?
53

What does low blood sugar feel like?
It feels like I’m going to fall on the ground, if I don’t test and drink some juice or eat something. It feels like I’m going to plop on the floor, and I think that if I don’t get my blood sugar level up, then I’m going to go to sleep or pass out.

What’s your favorite way to treat a low?
Fruit snacks.

How do you feel when your blood sugar level is high?
Most of the time, I don’t feel it. I don’t know that I’m high, until I test my blood sugar level. But, sometimes, I get headaches.

What’s the best thing about having diabetes?
At Disneyland and Sea World, I got a fast pass [guest assistance card], so I didn’t have to wait in long lines for the rides.

Also, I met some other kids with diabetes, and they became my friends.

What’s the worst thing about having diabetes?
Some times, I worry that if I went too high, like in the 600s, and insulin didn’t work to bring down my blood sugar, then I’d have to go to the hospital.

Do you worry much about diabetes?
No, not really. I’m fine. It doesn’t really matter to me.

If one of your friends were diagnosed with diabetes, what would you say to that friend?
Don’t worry. It’s not bad to have diabetes. It can be fun at times. Like at Disneyland, you get this fast pass thing and you don't have to wait to go on rides. I don’t know what else I’d say. Maybe I’d try to cheer them up, if they were sad, or I'd show them my poker and test strips and meter and stuff, so they wouldn’t feel alone.

What’s your favorite food?
Just one? I don’t have a favorite. I really like pizza, ice cream and cotton candy.

What’s your favorite snack?
Cookies that you make. Oatmeal cookies are my favorite. Can I have a cookie right now?

What’s your favorite low-carb food?
Ham, not in a sandwich. Just ham. But I like turkey, too. And eggs, cheese and peanuts.

Do you know what a blog is?
A website? You write about stuff on a blog, like what you’re doing right now. You’re asking me questions for your blog, aren’t you?

Do you know that I blog about diabetes?
Yes.

Do you care?
No.

Why do you think I blog about diabetes?
To try to find a cure?

What’s your biggest wish?
That Legoland and Sea World and Disneyland were closer to our house, and that the tickets were free, so we could go all the time.

I wish I didn’t have diabetes, unless we were on vacation, so that I could still have a fast pass for all the rides.

[My friend] Leo had cancer last year. He was really sick, but now he’s all better. He's cured. I wish the scientists could figure out a cure for diabetes. How come scientists and doctors know how to cure cancer, but not diabetes?

Who’s your best friend?
I don’t have just one. I have lots of best friends. Danny, Griffen, Austin, Tyler and Max B.

What do you like about him/her/them?
They’re really fun to play with.

What’s your favorite thing to do?
Again with the favorite! Mom, I don’t have just one favorite! Baseball, tennis, and basketball. I like to play computer games, Wii games and Nintendo DSi games. I like to ride my bike and go swimming, too. I like to read. I like to watch TV. I like to play with Alex [our puppy].

Do you have a hero?
No.

No heroes at all?
I don’t look up to Bret Michaels, but he’s pretty cool, because he has diabetes and he’s a rock star.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be just like my dad.

Who’s your favorite person in the whole wide world?
I don’t know. I don’t have one. [pause] You, because you give me cookies [he said with a smile]. Can I have a cookie right now? [The answer was “no.” Dinner was coming up in a matter of minutes.]

Are you afraid of anything?
Scary movies and scary TV shows. Last night, I watched part of Ghost Trackers on TV, and then afterward, I felt like something was following me. That made me feel afraid. I don’t want to watch that ever again. I think it should be for grown-ups only. Sometimes, when I’m alone in a room, I think a wolf or a coyote is going to jump through the window and attack me.

Fill in the blank. Jack is___________. There is no right or wrong answer.
Jack isn’t different from other kids, just because he has diabetes.


And now Tracy, tag, you're it! Let's see the Superhero's answers! :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A True Gem

Please allow me to gush for a moment.

I just received an email message that I think is blogworthy, and this message has left me with a mixture of emotions: joy, gratitude, comfort, relief.

The message came from Jack's Sunday school teacher. I'll call her M.

M wrote:
"Hi there. . .Okay, could be a stupid and irrelevant question, but we are going to be outside on Sunday. It's definitely hotter than normal. Just wanted to know if I should be more on my toes with respect to Jack? Thanks."
Could M be any more caring, considerate and proactive? No, she's incredible! She's a true gem!

Some people just don't "get it" when it comes to our kids with diabetes. Others do. M definitely does.

I know you D'rents out there understand why this email made me so happy. Having a teacher like M makes such a difference in our lives, and Gregg and I both feel immensely appreciative. We are lucky. We are blessed.

M, if you're reading this, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Blogger Basal

It’s that time of the month again!

No, not *that* time.  I’m talking Blogger Basal time! :-)

Thank you to all who participated. You’ve given me some good reading, and it’s been my pleasure to play hostess for this month's edition. I kind of feel like a TV news anchor, reporting the stories of September.

So much has happened this month, and there’s a lot to tell you. So let’s get started.

This was the month of the meme. Those immersed in the meme talked about “the cure,” discussed dream endos and shared the ridiculous things people say to us and more. That meme did some serious blog hopping! Consider this: it started with Kerri, was picked up by Penny, relayed to Reyna, passed onto Jen, presented to Lora, given to Laura, granted to Meri, bestowed upon Wendy, tendered to Tracy, sent to me, offered to Donna, handed to Hallie, forwarded to Misty and, as of this writing, it’s sitting in Nicole’s lap. Whew!

Moving beyond the meme...

Stephanie introduced herself to the DOC and began blogging this month, after her son Adam was diagnosed with type 1 this summer. We're happy to "meet" you Stephanie, but *so* sorry you've joined our club!

Joanne gave birth! Welcome sweet baby Mattias!

Laura and Nate celebrated a year of tears and triumphs on their first anniversary with D. Here's wishing you many happy, healthy years ahead!

Misty made me smile with a cute story about friendship, reminding me that “you don’t have to have diabetes to know how to be a friend to someone who does have it.”

Reyna revealed her nightly thoughts and tapped into the fears that most of us D’rents (as Reyna likes to call us) have, but that the rest of the world would never know about unless they, too, had a child with diabetes.

Tracy weighed in on what it would be like if she had a “normal” child.

Penny told a heart-warming tale about meeting a T1 stranger in a craft store.

Kristi shared a sad story and talked about a different disease.

As our kids ventured off to school, Hallie gave us the other side of the school story. She recalled her experiences as a teacher of kids with diabetes, before D entered her own life.

Nicole stood before her local school board and fought for policies and procedures that would help to ensure the safety and welfare of children with diabetes. What a fantastic advocate! Go, Nicole, go! Keep fighting!

Still speaking of school, Meri wrote about the angst and judgment that comes with sending kids back to class in the fall.

From A1C to ZZZ, Leighann said the ABCs of D.

Cindy talked about T-cells and gave us hope for a cure.

Wendy put things in perspective with a profound post that pointed out how one second and one drop can make all the difference in the world.

Bethany, whose pregnant belly is growing bigger and who’s getting excited to meet her baby, organized all of her diabetes supplies.

Lora lost her memory…temporarily that is, as many of us D mamas do from time to time!

I even copped to my own bout with memory loss.

Donna came up with the best analogy for parenting a child with diabetes.

Denise played diabetes with her boys and even let her son prick her finger a few times…for real! Despite her fear of needles! Now that’s a good D mama!

Inspired by National Invisible Chronic Illness Week, Heidi emphasized that if she’s doing her job correctly, then her daughter’s diabetes will go unnoticed and be virtually invisible to the rest of the world.

Similarly, Alexis reminded us that diabetes is often camouflaged, but can be detected if you look and listen closely enough.

April has us hoping and praying that another one of her children does not have diabetes.

Heather realized that the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes was more than just a walk in the park, and she has been counting her blessings.

And Blogger Basal just would not be complete without a mention of Jen’s beautiful photography. Great pics, Jen! But I’d be remiss if I were to skip over her writing. After all, for the very first time, she took Addison to a friend’s birthday party, and then she opened the can of worms, writing about stem cell research.

And that’s the way it was, as the late great Walter Cronkite would say.


Please don't be offended and please forgive me, if you were excluded from this edition of Blogger Basal. I included only those bloggers who sent me an email, requesting to be included.

But, the more the, the merrier! So, if you wish to participate in the October edition of Blogger Basal, send a message containing a link to the blog post of your choice to Hallie at theprincessandthepump@gmail.com by October 15th. (Hallie will compile the October edition.)

There are official Blogger Basal rules, which you can find here.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fake Blood


Madeline came home from school today full of excitement over this note she'd folded up and stuffed into her pocket.

"Mom, look what I got out of a science book at school! A recipe for fake blood! Can we make it?" she asked, pulling out the note and showing it to me.

I had to laugh. I mean don't we have enough blood around here? We lance Jack's fingers, what? Eight, ten, twelve times a day? And with three young, klutzy kids, we certainly have our fair share of cuts, scrapes and big boo boos.

Besides, what does one do with fake blood? Save it for Halloween? Test its BG level?

"Sure, we can make it," I answered.

"Yay! Jack, mom said we can make fake blood!" she yelled, running out of the room to find her brother.

I could hear Jack. "Really? Fake blood? Cool!"

"That's awesome!" Max declared upon learning the news.

So much excitement over fake blood!

I just added light corn "syrub" to my grocery list, and I'm thinking that when we make the recipe, we'll definitely test its sugar level.

And I'm still laughing.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Weak

This afternoon, I was helping Jack with his homework.

Quizzing him on his spelling list, I recited the words, and then he not only wrote them, but verbally used them in sentences as well.

"Twelve," I said.

Then, Jack said, "There are twelve months in a year."

"That was good. Okay, now cent."

"A penny is one cent."

"Yes, a penny is one cent. Weak."

"When I'm low, I feel weak. I feel wobbly. I don't feel strong. I have no energy. I feel like I'm going to fall down. My legs get weak when I'm low."

Yep, Jack knows all too well what weak means.

And for the record, he can spell it correctly, too.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Momentary Scare

Before I tell you about my scare, I need to ask have y'all gone and visited the marvelous Meri over at Our Diabetic Life lately?



If not, go now! Click here 'cause Meri's got the goods, and she's giving 'em away!

Yes, I know I mentioned her contest at the end of my last post, but I wanted to drive the point home. Afterall, I don't want you blaming me for missing out on another awesome contest! :-)

Okay, now onto my story...



So this morning, Jack scared the heck out of me. It was only a momentary scare, but a scare nonetheless.

You see, day in and day out, Jack wakes up before the crack of dawn. Max is an early bird, too. Together, they have a morning routine. Once they're both up, they go let our puppy out of the crate where he spends the night and take him outside, so he can do his morning puppy business. Then the boys spend the next hour or two playing Wii, watching TV and/or making a mess in the playroom, until the rest of us wake up. (Yes, they awake *that* early; that often meaning 4 a.m.)

This morning, when I woke up, I noticed the puppy was still in his crate. I thought, "Strange, but okay. Whatever. The boys forgot. No biggie."

But, it was red flag number one and prompted me to wonder "Where's Jack? Is Jack okay?"

As I made my way across the house, from my bedroom to the kitchen, I could hear Max. I didn't hear Jack, only Max. Then, Max came running from the playroom and greeted me. (His gives the best "good morning" hugs and kisses. I love my smoochy Max.)

Jack didn't follow. That was red flag number two, and again, I wondered, "Where's Jack? Is Jack okay?"

I would have asked Max about his brother, but Max dashed off to resume whatever he was doing before. And I didn't want to yell for Jack and risk waking Madeline. I knew for sure Madeline was asleep. Unlike her brothers, she frequently needs us to wake her in the morning. I didn't want to overreact either.

But then, after Max left me, the house seemed eerily quiet, and there were still no signs of Jack.

At this point, fear struck. My mind went to where it shouldn't have gone. It drifted to that place feared by many parents of children with diabetes.

I suddenly found myself praying, "Please G-d, let Jack be okay. Please let him be awake or simply sleeping."

I can't bear the thought of losing Jack...or my other two kids. But, with Jack, there's a fear that he won't wake up in the morning, because a low will have claimed his life overnight, while the rest of us were sleeping.

Dead in bed syndrome it's happened to other children with diabetes, and G-d forbid, I know it could happen to Jack.

We are diligent in our diabetes management, and we check him at night. (Let me clarify: Gregg checks him at night. Thank you, honey!) But diabetes is unpredictable and you just never know. And so it was, that my mind wandered into that dark place filled with fear.

"Jack?" I called out, hoping for an answer and no longer caring whether I woke Madeline.

"In here, mom," he replied, calling out from the playroom.

Relief washed over me. "Thank you, G-d," I offered in a whisper.

I walked into the playroom, where I found Jack curled up, quietly reading his new favorite book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

"Oh, here you are!" I said in the perkiest voice I could muster, as if I didn't just experience a moment of pure panic. "Good morning! Let's go have breakfast. What would you like to eat?"

From there, our morning proceeded as usual. My fear vanished just as quickly as it had appeared. As I said, it was only a momentary scare, but a scare nonetheless.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Contest Winners





Congratulations are in order!


We have some winners!


This is so exciting!


But, first, I must say THANK YOU!


I truly appreciate you, my blog readers,
and your participation in my contest!


Okay, are you ready?


Think you've won?


Well, let's see...


Before I get to that, however, I need to tell you how the winners won. I created categories: medium blue, small blue, medium pink and small pink. Then I divvied up the entrants among the categories, based on the sizes and colors they requested. All entrants were assigned a number, in their respective categories, based on the order in which they commented on my blog, and thereby entered the contest. I then went to www.random.org, and I used the site's true random number generator to obtain a winning number for each category.


Okay, now onto the lucky winners...


The medium blue wristband goes to 
Alexis


The small blue wristband goes to
Stephanie

The medium pink wristband goes to
Liz

The small pink wristband goes to
Amanda


Congratulations
Alexis, Stephanie, Liz and Amanda!!!


Winners please send
your full name and mailing address
to me at diabetestales@gmail.com,
and I'll send your prize to you!

(Note to winners: Don't forget the contest rules. You must email me your name and address within 48 hours. That means you have until midnight, Sunday, September 19th. If I don't hear from you by then, I'll be forced to select a new winner. But, I don't want to do that, so send me your info today!)


If you didn't win, don't fret!


There's a consolation prize for all!


You can buy one of these fun medical ID wristbands (and other CoolMedID products) at a discount!


Place an order with CoolMedID, and when checking out, enter coupon code CMID20 to save 20% off all products you purchase! (The discount does not apply to shipping, handling or tax, if applicable.)


I can't say enough good things about CoolMedID. The products are fantastic, and the company is wonderful to work with.


Last, but not least, be sure to visit Our Diabetic Life, because there's a new give-away contest going on over there!  (Besides, the marvelous Meri has a way with words. I think everyone who reads her blog enjoys it. :-) ) 


Thanks, again, for entering my contest!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Last Chances

Hurry up!

Don't miss out!

Join the fun!


1) Enter my contest!

Try your luck at winning a diabetes medical ID wristband! These wristbands are awesome!

Go here now to enter, see photos and read the contest details. Seriously, go now! Time is running out. You only have until midnight tonight!

2) Be a part of Blogger Basal!

On Friday, September 24, 2010, D-Tales will present a compilation post, highlighting members of the DOC (diabetes online community) and featuring snippets from other blogs, much like the one Wendy (a.k.a. Mrs. Candy Hearts) posted here.

Send me an email message containing a link to your blog at diabetestales@gmail.com by midnight tomorrow, Friday, September 17th.

For more information, you can read my original announcement
here.

The more, the merrier! Send me your link today!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Diabetes Meme

It's now my turn with the meme, thanks to my dear friend Tracy at The Super Hero & The Princess.

This meme has some serious history. Tracy was tagged by Candy Hearts...who was tagged by Our Diabetic Life...who was tagged by Houston, We Have a Problem…who was tagged by My Diabetic Child…who was tagged by I am Your Pancreas…who was tagged by Beta Buddies…who was tagged by A Sweet Grace...who accepted the meme challenge from Six Until Me.
What type of diabetes do you have:

Type 1...well, I don't have it. My seven-year-old son Jack does.
When were you diagnosed:

He was diagnosed on October 8, 2007 at age four.

What's your current blood sugar:


119 , which pleases me, because he's been running low since he came home from school today.
What kind of meter do you use:

We're a Freestyle family. We have the Freestyle Flash, the Freestyle Freedom and the Freestyle Lite. We use them all. We like how little blood the Freestyle strips require, and they rarely give error messages.
We also have a couple of One Touch minis, which Jack prefers, because of their cool colors and because he can see the strips sucking up his blood. But we only use our One Touch meters, when we get free strips. My Uncle Bernie has type 2, and every now and then, his awesome wife, my Aunt Phyllis, sends us his surplus strips, which we really appreciate.
How many times per day do you check your blood sugar:

Most days, we test 8 - 10 times. If he's running low or high, we'll test more.

What is a "HIGH" number for you:

200 and above

What do you consider "LOW":

Anything under 80. At night, we like him to be over 100.
What is your favorite low blood sugar reaction treater:

Jack likes variety. So, we have a whole stash of stuff to treat lows: juice, glucose tabs, fruit snacks, fruit roll-ups and gummy worms. He will eat gummy worms in his sleep without waking up.
Describe your dream endo:

Ours is top-notch. He's super smart and boasts 30 years of experience. He listens to our concerns, never rushes us through appointments and always talks to Jack on a level that Jack can understand. He never judges us. He also returns email messages faster than you can say "endocrinologist," even when he's on vacation. We've unknowingly emailed him when he was on vacation, and he's responded lickety-split from far-away places, like Italy and France. His office is located less than 10 minutes from our house, and we totally trust his judgment and expertise. Docs don't come much "dreamier" than our Dr. P!
Who's on your support team:

My husband Gregg is just as involved in managing Jack's diabetes as I am. He even takes the night shift every single night. He also attends every endo appointment and every parent-teacher meeting and training session at Jack's school.
Our school nurse is wonderful. She takes excellent care of Jack. Her judgment is always right on, and we are so grateful for her good care.
My mom has tackled the D monster. Shortly after Jack was diagnosed, she learned how to test his blood, administer his shots, spot and treat lows and highs, count carbs, etc. She is our #1 babysitter, and we could not get by without her.
We're very lucky in that we have met a number of local families raising children around Jack's age with T1D. We've become close friends. We lean on each other and get together often.
We also have a huge network of friends, who don't live with T1D, but who support us every year as we participate in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. Last year, our Walk team had over 160 walkers, and we raised roughly $20,000.
And, of course, I count all of you out there in the D.O.C. among my supporters! I treasure the friendships I've made with D mamas and papas near and far!
Do you think there will be a cure in your lifetime:

I'd like to say "yes," because I have hope and I believe a cure is possible. But, honestly, I don't think it'll happen in my lifetime. Maybe it'll happen in Jack's.

What is a "cure" to you:

A pancreas that functions as it should without the need for insulin injections and pumps, blood sugar testing, carb counting, etc. It means having the body regulate blood sugar levels without intervention. It presents no complications or side effects. It provides freedom and flexibility.

The most annoying thing people say to you about your diabetes is:

"At least it's manageable."


Um, yeah, with 8 to 10 finger pokes and 4 to 6 insulin injections per day, with counting every single gram of carbohydrate that enters Jack's body, with lows that leave him exhausted and without memories of what just happened, with ketones when he's ill, with testing him over night every night, with with fears that he won't wake up in the morning, without the ability to attend sleepovers, play dates, birthday parties and after-school activities alone like the other kids his age do, with training sessions for teachers who make you feel as though they'd rather do anything than listen to you teach them how to use Glucagon and the list could go on and on, but at least it's manageable.

The most common misconception about diabetes:

That there's only one disease called diabetes and that type 1, or "juvenile" diabetes, is the kids' version.

If you could say one thing to your pancreas, what would it be:
Thanks a lot. (Note the sarcasm.)

And, now, the meme goes to:
Donna at The Sugar Kids


Take it away, Donna!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Seriously?

At bedtime tonight, I gave Jack a new toothbrush.

He didn’t like the toothbrush and asked for a different one. I refused the request.

“But, mom, I don’t want this toothbrush!” he whined.

“You get what you get, and you don’t get upset,” I reminded him.

It was the end of a long, full day, and Jack was tired. He melted down into an “Oh, woe is me” moment.

“How come all the bad stuff happens to me?” he groaned. “Madeline and Max got better toothbrushes than I did. This summer, I got embarrassed at the water park. One time, a kid at school got mud all over me, and remember that time I got kicked really hard with a soccer ball? All the bad stuff happens to me.”

He mentioned not one word about his diabetes. I was astounded. To me, his diabetes is “the bad stuff.” Neither his sister nor his brother has the disease. How is it possible that when he thinks of "the bad stuff," he forgets about his diabetes?

It's a good thing that "the bad stuff" for him is just normal kid stuff.

He’s been in bed now for two hours now, and I'm still shaking my head, still trying to understand. Perhaps he's better adjusted than I.

Friday, September 10, 2010

A D-Tales Contest!


Back in August, my friend Jeanne, whose six-year-old son Max has type 1, told me about this neat, new medical ID bracelet she found online. She told me she was going to buy one for Max, and being the wonderful friend that she is, she offered to get one for Jack, too.

We had just purchased a new medical ID bracelet for Jack (about which I might just blog in the future, because it's a great bracelet). We didn't really *need* another ID bracelet, and I'd just gotten Jack accustomed to wearing his brand new one.

Then I took one look at this website about which Jeanne raved, and that was it. I responded to her offer with a hearty "Yes, please!" and a sincere "Thank you!"


Besides, the bracelet Jack was wearing was a traditional, stainless steel link bracelet, and Jeanne's suggestion was a fun, colorful silicone wristband.

I showed Jack these hip, trendy wristbands, and he declared them, "Cool!"

See for yourself!




Are they awesome or what?

Made from 100% silicone, these kid-friendly wristbands from CoolMedID resemble the Lance Armstrong LIVESTRONG wristbands, and their benefits are numerous. Consider this:
● The lettering is embossed and will not rub off or fade.
● The bracelets won't discolor your skin or tarnish.
● They come in a variety of colors.
● They're stretchy with no difficult clasps, making them easy to put on and take off. 
● They're hypoallergenic and won't bother you if you have a metal or latex allergy.
● They're waterproof, stain-resistant and easily cleaned.
● You have your choice of lettering. They either say "Type 1 Diabetes" or "Diabetic." 
Jack likes them, because they're a far cry from traditional jewelry and they're not "girly." At age seven, he does *not* want to be perceived as "girly." He will not wear anything that even slightly suggests "girly." But since this type of wristband is worn by girls *and* boys, he considers them not just socially acceptable, but totally rad.

The band that Jeanne bought for Jack was blue, and he loved it so much that he asked me to get him a couple more in different colors. He wanted one that was silver and another that CoolMedID calls "ocean swirl," a mixture of light blue, dark blue and green.




Happy to see him so willing to wear something that could potentially save his life, I bought him more. (I returned Jeanne's kindness and bought more for Max, too.)

Here are some photos of a super excited Jack, opening the package from CoolMedID and showing off his bracelets.
"I can't wait to see what's inside."
"Yay, silver!"

"This is how guys show you their wristbands."
"Mom, no more pictures!"
While I was placing my order for Jack and Max, I figured I'd order some for you, too!

Yes, that's right!

I have four wristbands to give away! Four!!!!

Those four include:


     
● 1 blue wristband, size small
● 1 pink wristband, size small
● 1 blue wristband, size medium
● 1 pink wristband, size medium

All four will alert an emergency responder to diabetes with distinct silver lettering and the caduceus medical symbol.

According to CoolMedID, the small wristbands measure 5 7/8 inches around and fit most children 4 to 6 years old. But looking at them, I'm guessing that a younger child could wear the small, too.

The medium wristbands measure 7 3/8 inches around and fit kids ages 6 and up as well as teenagers and small-framed adults. Jack is 7 years old, and he wears a medium.

To enter the contest and win one of
these four wristbands:
(Yes, here come the official rules.)

● Leave me a comment before midnight on Thursday, September 16, 2010. Please include your first name. Comments left without a name will be eliminated. Please also tell me the color and the size of the bracelet you hope to win (e.g., pink, size small).

● To earn extra entries (post a separate comment for each):
       ● Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter. Then, leave me an additional comment

          containing a link to your tweet.
       ● Share a link to this contest on Facebook. Then, leave me an additional

          comment to let me know.
       ● Blog about this contest. Then, leave me an additional comment containing

          a link to your blog.

● No duplicate comments are allowed. Duplicate comments will be eliminated.

● Winners will be selected via random draw at http://www.random.org/.

● Winners' names will be posted here on this blog on Friday, September 17, 2010.

● After winners' names are posted, winners will have 48 hours to send a message to me at diabetestales@gmail.com. If I do not hear from a winner within 48 hours, I will select a new winner.


Remember, to enter you must leave me a comment with your first name and bracelet preference before midnight on Thursday, September 16th.

Then, check back here on Friday, September 17th to see if you've won.

Good luck!

But, wait! That's not all!

CoolMedID has graciously offered my blog readers a 20% discount.

So, even if you don't win a freebie from me, you'll still get a little prize!

When placing an order, simply use coupon code CMID20 when you check out, and you'll save 20% off the price of all products you purchase. The discount does not apply to shipping, handling or tax, if applicable.



Take a look at the CoolMedID website! Diabetes isn't the only condition for which they make wristbands, and in addition to the wristbands, they also sell a variety of necklaces and keychains/zipper pulls. 

And a little end note here for you: CoolMedID was started by a woman, whose mother, three nieces and one nephew have diabetes.