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A Typical Weekday With Bradley

Bradley and Me

Hi and welcome to my blog. My name is Kathleen and I have had Type 1 Diabetes since I was five years old. I am engaged to a wonderful man and have two great college-aged kids. I wear an insulin pump, check my blood glucose many times daily and have a medical alert dog, named Bradley, who assists me with my diabetes management. He was a new addition to the family in November 2009. I also work as a registered nurse case manager for a local medical group and many of my patients are also diabetic. In this role, I assist them with care coordination and act as a health care resource. I hope that you find the information that you read about on this site useful and entertaining, too! Please let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for reading

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Dogs for Diabetics In The News - Oct 19
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I’m the kind of person, that has a hard time telling people “no.”  I like to keep everybody happy and avoid conflict.  So it is and has been a ...
A Typical Weekday With Bradley - Oct 11
Bradley is my medical alert dog for my Type 1 diabetes.  I often refer to him as my furry CGM.  It is a lot easier to listen to him tell me I need to check my blood ...
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The Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation sponsors monthly webcasts to share information about Type 1 Diabetes.  Yesterday I watched the presentation by Barbara ...
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Posted: Oct 11, 2010 10:16
  • A Typical Weekday With Bradley

    Bradley is my medical alert dog for my Type 1 diabetes.  I often refer to him as my furry CGM.  It is a lot easier to listen to him tell me I need to check my blood sugar than a friend or family member.  Today, I thought that I would take you through a typical weekday with Bradley.  He sleeps on the floor next to me on a comfy dog bed.  At 5:45 am my i-phone alarm wakes me up to the Coconutz, from the movie ”Forgetting Sarah Marshall,”  singing in Hawaiian, “Nothing Compares to You.”  This song is our song, mine and Darren’s (not mine and Bradley’s), and reminds me of him and of our trips to Hawaii together.  It is a good way to start the day.  I usually hit the snooze, and use the additional nine minutes to motivate myself to get up.  I drowsily wake up and Bradley stretches and follows me to the back sliding door off of our bedroom.  He goes out and does his “business.”  I let him back in and he watches as I get ready for work.  This includes figuring out what I’m going to wear, hair and make-up, and grabbing a couple cans of TaB and a snack to take to work.  By this time he has usually alerted me to check my blood sugar, it is usually dropping a little bit in the morning.  I check, reward Bradley, and if my blood sugar is more than a 100, I set my alarm for 15-20 minutes so that I remember to check my blood sugar again.  It is a confirmation that Bradley is alerting on the drop.  He previously has alerted me on the rise too, but I have been trying to phase this out.  I want him to just focus on the drops now, as it is more of an emergency.  Bradley has been patiently waiting for his breakfast, which consists of 1 1/4 cups of Duck and Potato kibble.  Before I leave for work, I check on my blog and make sure that my post for the day is  up and that it is also posted to  Facebook and Twitter. (continued at http://www.bradleyandme.net/?p=1792)

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