Children with Diabetes

Meeting the challenge coverMeeting the Challenge: Children Living with Diabetes

Submitter: This book’s purpose is to show a normal kid living a normal life while managing diabetes, which is great, but managing diabetes looks a little different now than it did 30 years ago. This kid is still peeing on ketone strips to measure his blood sugar, which is pretty irrelevant in today’s world of nearly ubiquitous CGM (continual glucose monitoring—a sensor is attached to the body and provides real-time blood sugar readings via an app). Most kids today would also be using a pump rather than syringes, which are the only insulin delivery tool in the book, with the exception of one insulin pen.

The other odd thing about this book is the extended section devoted to a summer camp for kids with diabetes that the protagonist attends. The point is likely to show the kids doing all the kinds of things their friends can do, but it feels a little random and oddly specific to this one kid. Especially the counselor in face paint for some kind of activity, included in the pictures.

Holly: When a kid receives a diagnosis like diabetes and is learning to live with it, both they and their parents need current and helpful information. This offers neither of those things. Nice idea; past its prime.

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  1. Super out of date medically, and a creepy counselor. WEED.

    Most people I know in the US are still doing the finger poke for blood onto the strip that the machine reads. (Cheaper than CGM and pumps) Which is still better than having to deal with pee and judging color. What did blind or color-blind people do back in the day?

  2. Yes, but the strip is inserted into a meter that gives a numerical measurement of how much sugar is in the bloodstream. Color charts for sugar are not used.

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