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Blood Tests and Insulin Injections

The school wants me to get a watch with alarms for my daughter, to remind her when to check her blood sugar. I feel this is too much responsibility for an eight-year-old. What do other schools do?

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My father (70 years old) has been having trouble with his meter. His problem is trusting the result he is getting from his meter. Is there a meter that will calibrate itself prior to or at the same time the sample is being applied and tested?

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My 11-year-old son was just diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. He is having a very difficult time with the finger pricking.

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My six year old daughter, who has had diabetes for two years, uses Humalog and NPH insulin. The injections are fine in her arms, but when she uses her legs she develops quarter size raised welts. I don’t understand the presence of these welts in the legs only.

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I know what the cutoffs are for the fasting and one- and two-hour after meal blood sugars, but what should the blood sugar be at bedtime?

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What does it mean if I have lumps in my arms and thighs?

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At the time my diabetes was discovered, I was very anemic. Could anemia affect the results of a glycosylated hemoglobin test?

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I don’t understand urine ketone testing. The strips read, “negative, trace, small, moderate, and large”, but my doctor gives me numbers like “40.” How do these things relate to one another?

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Given that a meter glucose reading has a 10 to 15% margin of error at best, does this mean that if a venous blood sample were taken at the same time as a finger capillary sample, the comparison between the two readings would lie somewhere within the margin of error?

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My four year old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just six months ago, and for the most part, she is accepting, but there are still some battles when it comes to the insulin injections. I am just looking for some data so we can make an informed decision about needleless injectors.

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