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Basal or Bolus. What's the difference?

Basal or Bolus. What's the difference?
Where did the term basal and bolus come from? Furthermore, what the heck is the difference?
Being new to diabetes you start to hear new terms that you're unfamiliar with like basal and bolus but the basal we're talking about isn't the kind you cook with (that's basil). 
If you're like me, you kind of feel stupid asking the question because everybody around you seems to know the difference between basal and bolus. You may hear a nurse or doctor say things like "I think we just need to increase your basal." And I'm thinking... which one is that, because I'm looking at NovoLog and Levemir? You don't ask the question but you keep picking up on clues of what this may mean.
I'm going to make it simple for you. Basal and bolus are exactly the same thing, but different. Ok, not so simple. Basal and bolus are terms used for insulin injections. The basal is the long acting insulin that is "always" run…

How did you know your child had diabetes? Know The Symptoms (It Could Save a Life)

How did you know your child had Type 1 diabetes? Parents of children with diabetes will hear this question asked a million times. And each time you tell your story the story gets shorter and shorter. You begin to leave out details. Details that may one day save another child's life. I wrote this for a couple of reasons. The first reason was to document the details and help other families who are searching for answers to unexplained symptoms. The second reason was to really get my emotions off my chest, and reflect.

December 30, 2016 is a day I will never forget.  This date will now be forever know to us as Carter's "dia-versary."This was the day my seven year old son Carter was diagnosed with Type one Diabetes. I still tear up when I say or even write those words... my son was diagnosed with T1D. It all kind of happened so fast really. It was Christmas break 2016 and the kids were home for a couple of weeks. Things were normal as usual, stress right before a holiday,…

T1D Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookie - ONLY 4.28 CARBS PER COOKIE

I was searching for recipes on Pinterest for Type 1 Diabetics and found out that Almond flour is super low in carbs. It has 5 carbs for 1/4 cup. I found the chocolate chip recipe on the Blue DiamondAlmonds Flour Package and modified it to fit our Type 1 Diabetic lifestyle. I used splenda instead of real sugar and Almond Flour instead of white flour.
I used my KitchenAid stand mixer to make these. I will tell you that because we are using a lot less sugar the ingredients take a little longer and you will need to use your spatula to help push down the ingredients from the bowl to mix evenly. I put my mixer on 4 or 5 when beating the butter, sugar and vanilla together with eggs. It really doesn’t look right until you add the flour and chocolate chips. Makes exactly 20 cookies if you use a 2 tablespoon scoop. I used the Pampered Chef Medium Scoop (item #2540). 







Because we are a newly diagnosed T1 family I was hesitant to put all the chocolate chips in the mix because I wouldn’t get an acc…