Hi! My Name is Joe.
I bet you have lots of questions about diabetes and the equipment you see me using. Meet my BUDDIES, Beta Boy and Beta Girl. We will do our best to explain type 1 diabetes to you and we will show you some of Joe’s cool gear.
What is Type 1 Diabetes Anyway?
Ah…what the heck is a hormone and what is Insulin?
Where is the pancreas? What does it look like anyway?
The pancreas looks kind of long and bumpily. Don’t you think?
So, what does this "No Insulin Business" mean for Joe?
Joe wears the insulin pump in a pack (called a pump pack) that is around his waist. The pump delivers insulin to Joe through the tubing 24 hours a day. Every time Joe eats, we count the number of carbohydrate grams in his food so that we can figure out the correct dose of insulin to give Joe by using his pump.
How do you count carbohydrates (carbs)? And what is a carb?
Well "carbohydrate" is a word meaning starches and sugars. Carbohydrates are the main energy source in the foods we eat. Examples of carbohydrates include milk, bananas, and bread.
Many food items that Joe eats must be weighed and measured to figure out the carbohydrate count. Once we know how many carbohydrates Joe is going to eat, we can program that number into his insulin pump. The pump will then tell us how much insulin to give Joe so that his body can use the “energy” from the food he eats. Make sense?
How do you know the medicine, the insulin, is working?
You may also notice that Joe wears a white device on his arm we have named this device "Dexter". “Dexter” is a Continuous Glucometer. The Continuous Glucometer is another way to measure Joe’s blood sugar number. Sometimes you will hear "Dexter" beep and vibrate. These beeps are telling us that Joe's blood sugar may be going out of the normal range (80 to 180).
What happens if Joe’s blood sugar goes too high or too low?
When Joe’s blood sugar is high he gets really thirsty and his body may not feel too good. Joe needs more insulin when he is high.
How did Joe get diabetes?
Type 1 Diabetes is not like a cold, you cannot catch it from someone else. It is an Autoimmune Disorder. Joe’s immune cells got confused and attacked the cells in his pancreas that produce insulin.
What Joe and I want you to remember.
For my exuberant Number 1, Type 1 Child. I love you Joe. Love, Mom