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  • A hero you can count (carbs) on | My Favourite Number
    was made possible by Novo Nordisk and the instruction manual describes the game as such You must help Captain Novolin make it through waves of sugary junk food aliens and defeat the alien commander Blubberman You must also help Captain Novolin manage his diabetes by checking his blood glucose taking insulin and following his meal plan Easier said than done The junk food aliens kidnap Mayor Gooden who also has type 1 diabetes and Captain Novolin must save him before his 48 hours worth of diabetes supplies run out As Captain Novolin you attack enemies like Fizzy Floyd crush the can of sickly sweet soda if you can Larry Licorice this licorice monster is best avoided by ducking and Cereal Killer this box of sugary cereal could give the Captain a stomach ache while consuming healthy food choices in accordance with Captain Novolin s food plan on the old exchange system Throughout the game you check Captain Novolin s blood sugar using Chemstrips and a colour comparison chart and take insulin as required two times a day Now the fact that Captain Novolin keels over and dies if he runs into too many junk food aliens isn t a particularly realistic image of life with diabetes However it is important to remember that this game was released in a different era of diabetes management the age of NPH and Regular insulin the food exchange system and reagent strips for blood glucose testing When I stop and consider that this game was released within the last twenty years it really makes me appreciate all the advances that have been made in diabetes technology let alone in gaming systems technology I remember the days of mixing cloudy and clear insulin in orange capped syringes waiting a full minute for my blood glucose meter to display a result and choosing my meals via the exchange system Fast forward not even two decades and look how far we ve come Smart insulin pumping five second glucose monitors carbohydrate counting continuous blood glucose monitoring exciting stem cell research an amazing online diabetes community and the list goes on I can only hope that Captain Novolin will be reinvented for Wii gameplay an insulin pumping alien crushing hero for the modern generation And instead of keeling over after too many encounters with junk food aliens he simply does some quick carb counting and takes an extra bolus of insulin That s my kind of hero This entry was posted in Diabetes Awareness and Education Musings and tagged Captain Novolin diabetes education Nintendo SNES Bookmark the permalink It s here Seattle or Bust 4 Responses to A hero you can count carbs on Albert says April 16 2009 at 6 44 pm Yes you always were a story teller just like your aunt Nancy I remember one of your stories where you were late for school and when you got there it was gone Then you remembered that that was the day of the school trip Laura

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  • A Day in the Life (of a Patient) | My Favourite Number
    of my iron and RBC folate levels Large needle of the day 1 Driving home from the hospital thinking about bloodwork I realized I hadn t yet done my A1c test for my endocrinologist appointment next week What s another large needle in my vein I thought as I headed off toward the lab that keeps the standing order from my endo This time in addition to peeing in a cup I bared my right arm and in a week s time should know my A1c I m really hoping it ll be better than January s 7 6 I ll keep you posted Large needle of the day 2 Back at home with a cotton swab and Bugs Bunny Band Aid on one arm and a cotton swab and boring white medical tape on the other I put in a new infusion set and it hurt like mad I ve only been pumping for three weeks but I knew this definitely did not feel right The slightest amount of pressure caused shooting pain So I took it off and tried another set at a different site this time with pain free success Large needles of the day 3 and 4 Although the large needle portion of my day was now complete I certainly wasn t done with my doctory medically day I had yet to call in a prescription at the pharmacy book an appointment with my family doctor I need his signature to qualify for provincial drug coverage on another medication I take and head over to the CDA store to buy lancets alcohol swabs infusion sets and reservoirs Aside from the fact that I didn t get around to buying gluten free bread and tortillas that about sums up my yesterday Now that I m caught up

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  • gum disease | My Favourite Number
    I have both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease If you re looking for motivation humour support or perspective on living with a chronic condition you ve come to the right place I also love food So if you re looking for gluten free recipes products and restaurant suggestions you ve also come to the right place I am not a doctor nor am I a certified diabetes educator I

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  • Exercise | My Favourite Number | Page 2
    s not a mountain Posted on May 5 2009 by Laura Brandes Despite yesterday s change from summery sunshine to autumn like grey clouds and wind Daniel and I took to the trails on a little outing I have officially dubbed Mountain Climbing for Beginners I m still figuring out my optimal basal reductions for Continue reading Posted in Exercise Tagged Captain George Henry Richards mount douglas mountain climbing 1 Comment KAYAK Not Just a Palindrome or a Modelling Gig Posted on May 4 2009 by Laura Brandes It s important to always have a good story stashed away in your back pocket ready to be pulled out if conversation starts to lag One of my please save this awkward social situation stories revolves around my modelling career my kayak modelling career About four years Continue reading Posted in Exercise Tagged kayaking 2 Comments My Favourite Number Walks Posted on April 29 2009 by Laura Brandes Team My Favourite Number will be at Beaver Lake bright and early on Sunday June 14th ready to show our support for JDRF by participating in this year s 5km Walk to Cure Diabetes and we d love to see you there Come Continue reading Posted in Diabetes Awareness and Education Exercise Tagged JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes 3 Comments Older posts Newer posts Search for About Laura Brandes I m Laura Brandes and I have both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease If you re looking for motivation humour support or perspective on living with a chronic condition you ve come to the right place I also love food So if you re looking for gluten free recipes products and restaurant suggestions you ve also come to the right place I am not a doctor nor am I a certified diabetes educator I

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  • Congratulations, TT1! | My Favourite Number
    is this year s champion in the 8 person division of the Race Across America Having kept the lead since the 150 mile mark Team Type 1 arrived in Annapolis Maryland around 2 30am this morning EST In addition to their first place win this year s Team Type 1 also set a new 8 person record completing this gruelling 3021 mile 4861 km race in only five days nine hours and five minutes When Daniel and I moved across the country last year it took us seven days to drive that distance Way to go Team Type 1 And thank you for being such an inspiration photo by Karen Scheerer source http teamtype12007 blogspot com This entry was posted in Diabetes Awareness and Education Exercise and tagged cycling Race Across America Team Type 1 Bookmark the permalink One Shot Team Type 1 Documentary Is That a Pump in Your Pocket Or a VW Beetle 2 Responses to Congratulations TT1 LLS says June 26 2009 at 3 43 pm As a type I for 37 years with a Celiac Mom it s great to see you blogging about the two together And the purple meter is simply gorgeous Am going to be getting a ping soon do I get pink or green That is the big question right now Going to have to pick sight unseen I guess sigh sigh And are there any One Touch Mini free offers still out there Scott K Johnson says June 26 2009 at 10 01 pm Very cool Congrats TT1 Search for About Laura Brandes I m Laura Brandes and I have both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease If you re looking for motivation humour support or perspective on living with a chronic condition you ve come to the right place I

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  • Race Across America | My Favourite Number
    a Continue reading Posted in Diabetes Awareness and Education Exercise Tagged cycling Race Across America Team Type 1 2 Comments Team Type 1 Races Across America Posted on June 20 2009 by Laura Brandes Today marks the first day of Race Across America RAAM a grueling bicycle race covering over 3000 miles from California to Maryland climbing over 100 000 feet and Team Type 1 has started pedalling and plans to finish in Continue reading Posted in Diabetes Awareness and Education Exercise Tagged cycling Race Across America Team Type 1 2 Comments Search for About Laura Brandes I m Laura Brandes and I have both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease If you re looking for motivation humour support or perspective on living with a chronic condition you ve come to the right place I also love food So if you re looking for gluten free recipes products and restaurant suggestions you ve also come to the right place I am not a doctor nor am I a certified diabetes educator I am simply a person with a lust for life and years worth of experience living with a couple of autoimmune diseases Neither am I perfect However I do

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  • Team Type 1 | My Favourite Number
    just a pedallin and they ve increased their first place lead in the Race Across America to about two hours All I can say is wow As a cyclist with type 1 diabetes I am constantly impressed and inspired by Continue reading Posted in Diabetes Awareness and Education Exercise Tagged cycling documentary One Shot Team Type 1 2 Comments Team Type 1 Races Across America Posted on June 20 2009 by Laura Brandes Today marks the first day of Race Across America RAAM a grueling bicycle race covering over 3000 miles from California to Maryland climbing over 100 000 feet and Team Type 1 has started pedalling and plans to finish in Continue reading Posted in Diabetes Awareness and Education Exercise Tagged cycling Race Across America Team Type 1 2 Comments Search for About Laura Brandes I m Laura Brandes and I have both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease If you re looking for motivation humour support or perspective on living with a chronic condition you ve come to the right place I also love food So if you re looking for gluten free recipes products and restaurant suggestions you ve also come to the right place I am

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  • One Shot: Team Type 1 Documentary | My Favourite Number
    a person with type 1 diabetes in the Tour de France by 2012 Once again all I can say is wow The film crew including director Lisa Hepner has been following Team Type 1 for two years and will continue to follow them until they reach this amazing goal A seven minute trailer of the documentary is posted on the Vox Pop Films website I highly recommend that you check it out I can t wait to see the whole thing This entry was posted in Diabetes Awareness and Education Exercise and tagged cycling documentary One Shot Team Type 1 Bookmark the permalink Team Type 1 Races Across America Congratulations TT1 2 Responses to One Shot Team Type 1 Documentary Scott K Johnson says June 23 2009 at 2 00 pm Neat I ll go check out the trailer Thanks Laura Brandes says June 26 2009 at 12 12 pm You re welcome Let me know what you think Search for About Laura Brandes I m Laura Brandes and I have both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease If you re looking for motivation humour support or perspective on living with a chronic condition you ve come to the right

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