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As I say goodbye after ten great years at WBT, it occurs to me there's a lot going on here that you may not know about. There's probably a good reason for that, but I'm leaving One Julian Price Place... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
Good BG control came up recently when I spoke to a few parents considing an insulin pump for their child with diabetes. I love the pump (we have the Animas One Touch Ping). Benny's been using his for more than... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
It's true. I'm leaving WBT. December 14th will be my last day. I wasn't fired and, as of this writing, I haven't been replaced. This was my choice. I don't have a new job; this is either the dumbest or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
This is Diabetes Awareness Month so there are a lot of events to tell you about. First up was a first for me. Tending bar! I was asked to be a Celebrity Bartender at VBGB in uptown Charlotte, along with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
This is the obligatory post where I tell you that my son can go trick or treating. He can eat any sort of candy and please don't give him the sugar free stuff. But this will be our sixth(!) Halloween... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
Looking forward to a diabetes camp reunion at the ADA walk next month. We've got our own team of walkers and the ADA is giving away a free week of camp to one lucky family. Benny had a great experience... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
The little things make me happy. We replace the cartridge in Benny's insulin pump about every three days. It's always a balance between using up as much insulin as possible and making sure it doesn't empty while Benny's at school... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
I took the baby monitor out of my son's room. He's 7. I know what you're thinking - that's way too soon. No? Well, you probably don't have a child with type 1 diabetes. One of our biggest fears is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
Had a great time at Give Back With Zach earlier this month. It's a big party for the first Panthers away game and helps raise money for childhood cancer. There's a wonderful story here, but it's really better told by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
I gave my annual diabetes talk to Benny's class this week. I always have fun with that and he enjoys being the center of attention that day. This year, Benny wore his JDRF Walk shirt to class, but kept it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
Guest post this week by someone I connected with as part of the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) and then realized he lived here! A rare native Charlottean, Harry Thompson is starting a chapter of Insulindependence in our fair city. What's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
Like most people this week in Charlotte, I'm digging out from the avalanche that was the Democratic National Convention. You've heard all the big news from the convention this week. Some quick high spots from my perspective: Kudos to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
Did you ever see the movie Meatballs? That about sums up my summer camp experience. I spent 8 summers away from home and I have great memories of that time. Got more independent, took on more responsibility and (ahem) may... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
School started today and, sure enough, my phone started ringing just after 12 noon. I answered, "Oh no, not already!" goofing around, thinking the staff just had a blood sugar or carb question. No such luck: Benny's inset had come... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
One of the most inspiring stories from this summer's Olympics is, of course, Oscar Pistorius. I'm sure I don't have to explain that he's the first double amputee to compete on the track and make an Olympic final. When you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
Looks like I'll be out a bit longer than I last thought. Saw my doctor this week, spoke with WBT management and we've all agreed that I'll come back to Charlotte's Morning News on August 27th. If all goes well.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
June was going so well. My children were having fun at camp, my husband and I had a bit of time to ourselves and we had the whole summer stretching ahead. My prescription-medicine-induced- liver problems seemed to be in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
Benny is at a "regular" day camp now; it's our first time trying this sort of thing. We did a basic diabetes education for the staff and set up a schedule for blood sugar checks, eating and giving insulin. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
"At camp, there was a zip line and your butt hit the water when you went over the lake!" That's our 7-year-old just home from one week at diabetes camp. It was Benny's first extended time away from us. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
One of our end of the school year traditions involves ice cream. Lots of ice cream. A few years ago I got into the habit of picking my daughter up at school once a week and swinging by the ice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
So great to go back to work today. I almost didn't mind the 3am alarm clock. Almost. I'm hoping this will be my last health update for a while; it'll mean things just keep getting better. At this point, I'm... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
I have never been known as a very patient person. I'm also not one to get a lot of sleep. So the last three weeks could be some sort of cosmic payback or even life's way of teaching me a... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
I haven't been at work for two weeks. I've been really sick, but I'm going to be fine. I need some more time to recover and I hope to be back at WBT soon. And no, to answer an email... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
We're still recovering from celebrating a JDRF Walk team fundraiser last week. Seemed like a great idea to have a drive-thru spaghetti dinner at my house. We thought maybe 60 people would place orders. Instead my wonderful neighbors turned out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog
Very excited about the boost we got last week from Matthew Berry's followers and a RT from Jay Cutler! Trying to keep the momentum going for this week. If you're new here, welcome! My 7-year old son has type 1... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2012 at Stacey Simms Blog