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Philmont - The trek is about to begin

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by mathcat, Jun 26, 2015.

  1. mathcat

    mathcat Approved members

    Nov 17, 2006
    No questions - just celebrating a success.

    My son is 14, dx at 3 1/2. Tomorrow afternoon he will embark on about a 60 mile hike in the backcountry of Philmont (New Mexico) over a period of just under two weeks. His Boy Scout crew arrived yesterday, a day early. Today they turned in all paperwork, including medical forms. Everyone on the crew is medically approved to begin. Tomorrow they begin their trek. His crew includes his dad, an EMT, and a firefighter. Plus, I do believe that he personally has prepared in such a way that he would be successful even if this level of back up did not exist. I was nervous up to this point but by now I feel confident that he is ready.

    Many years ago this was almost impossible to imagine. Now, it has just been a matter of figuring things out so that nothing holds him back!
  2. KHS22

    KHS22 Approved members

    Oct 17, 2013
    amazing! So wonderful to hear! And as a mom of a currently little one -hard to believe! But gives me hope she can do all the awesome things she wants to!! Congrats!
  3. Lisa - Aidan's mom

    Lisa - Aidan's mom Approved members

    Dec 3, 2011
    Amazing! Love hearing stories like this!! All the best to him!!!
  4. mwstock

    mwstock Approved members

    Apr 24, 2014
    I think it is great that you share this with others! It is important for other parents to know that the type 1 does not limit what activity our children do or the food that our children eat. It may take a lot of work to compensate for the activity or food, but it does not stop us!!! The insulin pump makes a huge different too. The temp basal feature can be used to slow down insulin delivery during times of activity. My son does a lot of biking and swimming. When he is riding bikes in our neighborhood, we do not always remember to set a temp basal. A favorite past time for us has been riding bikes on the river trail for miles. The one loop we do is like eight miles. I joke and say my son gets 1 glucose tablet per a mile and a half (kind of like gas mileage for a car)! It can be challenging to offset the drop in blood glucose when doing strenuous activity, but it does not stop us from being active! I hope your son has a wonderful time!
  5. rgcainmd

    rgcainmd Approved members

    Feb 6, 2014
    Please convey my admiration and thanks to your son for being a T1D hero!

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