Away-from-home activities have become a little easier for diabetics.
Campouts, sleepovers, the kinds of things kids do on summer vacation, can be a drag for someone with diabetes.
Lisa Hedrick's son constantly has to figure the carbs he's about to eat then make sure that's balanced with the right amount of insulin. It makes it difficult for her son to do something as simple as sleepover at a friend’s house.
“At first we were really hesitant and even the parents of his friends were hesitant because they weren’t sure what to do, so they would call or text us quite often,” says Hedrick.
Fortunately, a doctor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has helped to make things a lot easier for kids, and adults, with diabetes.
Dr. David Repask has invented a new online calculator app that calculates how much insulin and carbs a diabetic needs. After plugging in a few numbers, the app creates a printable, portable chart.
“Having something printed out that is not just for one time but is useful for a month or six month, or even a year no matter what the conditions are,” says Repask.