All posts by Laura Plunkett

A DH Classic: Halloween Is More Than Scary for Parents of Trick-or-Treaters with Diabetes

(Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in October 2008. Laura Plunkett’s observations are timeless, and her comments elicited several interesting responses from readers.) I drift through the Halloween aisles getting angry. Did they make up this holiday just to torture kids with diabetes? What happened to apples, popcorn, tricks, and homemade treats? Halloween scares … Continue reading A DH Classic: Halloween Is More Than Scary for Parents of Trick-or-Treaters with Diabetes

A Good Relationship with Your School Nurse Pays Off in Dividends

Because we have good health insurance, my son sees his endocrinologist twice a year, his diabetes health educator twice a year, and his nutritionist once a year. Meanwhile, he sees his school nurse one to three times a day. As you know, this relationship can make a difference for the rest of a child’s life. … Continue reading A Good Relationship with Your School Nurse Pays Off in Dividends

Thoughtful Consumption: People with Diabetes Have Been Leading the Pack All Along

Never underestimate the power of people with diabetes and their families. When we as a consumer group purchase more fruits and vegetables, walk or bicycle instead of taking the car, and educate ourselves about a healthy lifestyle, we are addressing global issues as well as personal ones and can have a strong, positive effect on … Continue reading Thoughtful Consumption: People with Diabetes Have Been Leading the Pack All Along

Celebrating the 4th of July: Tips for Parents of Kids with Diabetes

Patriotism, parades, parties, and pyrotechnics – July Fourth is a high intensity day of celebrations and national pride. In many towns, families move from one exciting event to the next, and the day can be very unpredictable. Still, parents of children with diabetes want carefree time with their families, and children don’t want to think … Continue reading Celebrating the 4th of July: Tips for Parents of Kids with Diabetes

Halloween Is More Than Scary for Parents of Trick-or-Treaters with Diabetes

Halloween scares me. It scares me even after seven years of helping my 14-year-old son with diabetes enjoy the holiday. We have created a comfortable tradition. Our neighbors get Danny non-food items. We go to a neighborhood bonfire and tell scary stories, and my husband Brian buys back most of Danny’s candy and brings it … Continue reading Halloween Is More Than Scary for Parents of Trick-or-Treaters with Diabetes

How I Developed My “Mad Eye” and a Seventh Sense: Being the Parent of a Child With Diabetes Calls for New Powers

"Constant Vigilance!" roars Mad Eye Moody, Harry Potter's Defense Against theDarks Arts teacher. "You need preparing. You need arming. But most of all, youneed to practice constant, never-ceasing vigilance. Get out your quills…copythis down…" I wish Mad Eye Moody had been there to help me during those first days in thehospital after my son Danny … Continue reading How I Developed My “Mad Eye” and a Seventh Sense: Being the Parent of a Child With Diabetes Calls for New Powers