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August 31, 2015
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Clouds



3 ring binder per class. Check!



Loose leaf paper. Check!



Colored pencils. Check!



Sticky notes (various sizes). Check!



3 jumbo book covers. Check!



Glue sticks. Check!



Dry erase markers and eraser. Check!



Packs of dividers (5). Check!



Texas Instruments 30 IIS calculator. Check!



Flash drive. Check!



Pocket folders (2). Check!



Box of tissues. Check!



A Dexcom G4 continuous glucose monitor rigged to an Android smartphone via a USB OTG cable to transmit blood glucose data to a cloud-hosting service via intricate infrastructure; accessed remotely from anywhere in the world. Check!



A school principal willing to allow son access to school’s wifi service. Check!



You know. Just the normal school supplies.



I thought maybe we’d be in for a battle when I asked the principal for access to the school’s wifi password, but he was on board right from the beginning.



Still, I gave him the hard sell, letting him know just how positively it would reflect on the school to be involved in this “exciting” (yes, I said “exciting”) new medical technology. He’d be the envy of the district – no longer in the shadows of the other schools. No more feelings of inferiority! No more cruel snickering from those other principals who take pleasure in pointing out your school’s obvious shortcomings.



You, sir, are an innovator. A medical marvel on the front lines in the war against type 1 diabetes.



All in the name of safety.



For the children.



The beautiful, beautiful children.



[APPLAUSE]



In reality, I tried to explain what was happening, but I’m not exactly sure.



Charlie begins seventh grade tomorrow and it’s just bananas to see how far we’ve come since we first reluctantly sent him to school as a kindergarten student; with a backpack bigger than him and a fairly fresh diagnosis of diabetes.



Back when we were terrified.



Back when a cloud was still a white fluffy thing in the sky.

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Megan Holmes
Megan Holmes Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life.   (Read More)
Michelle Kowalski
Michelle Kowalski Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes.   (Read More)
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