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Friends for Life: Orlando 2003 - Friday

After a great breakfast on Friday morning, families headed off to sessions. Dr. Steve Edelman spoke about new developments in diabetes, parents of pumpers gathered for a discussion group let by John Walsh and Barb Schreiner, young adults met with Dr. Satish Garg and Dr. Richard Rubin to talk about the challenges of college, and teens headed into the didg building session with Hamish, Angus, and Rick.

Dr. Garg answers questions after his session on complications Natalie Bellini's session about choosing the right infusion set was typical of many sessions -- the one hour and fifteen minute session could have lasted for at least another hour. Learning about the options available was a great experience for everyone who attended. After a healthy boxed lunch, Dr. Satish Garg spoke in the main auditorium about complications and how to take care now to reduce the risks our kids face. He answered questions from the audience afterwards.

Kids prepare to make didges Without a doubt, the highlight of the day for kids and teens was the didgeridoo making sessions with Hamish, Angus, and Rick from BROTHER. After covering the carpet with thick plastic to protect it from the paint, first teens and then school aged kids spent over an hour learning about the didgeridoo from Hamish and then painted their own didg. They also tried out playing the instrument, often getting personal advice from Hamish. Before each session, Hamish and the band showed how the didg sounds (2.9 mb MPEG) and explained the history of the didg (1.7 mb MPEG). For the rest of the day, the haunting, bellowing sound of the didg could be heard throughout the conference halls, and late into the evening, kids and teens were playing the didg at the pools and near their hotel rooms. You can learn more about the didgeridoo from the BROTHER web site and see more photos from the didg making sessions on page 12 of the More Photos pages.

Showing the Pump and Meter Combination Visiting the companies in the exhibit hall was top priority for everyone. Kids had fun with all the fun things -- especially Pelikan's rock wall -- while older kids and parents learned about all the new products to help them. Notable new products shown included the combined pump and meter from Medtronic MiniMed (see press release), TheraSense's tiny Flash blood glucose monitor designed especially for kids, Pelikan's innovative lancing device (see photo at the bottom of our review from ADA 2003), and Kivalo's wireless diabetes management system.

Pump Trials One of the highlights of CWD's Friends for Life conferences is the chance for kids and parents to try out an insulin pump using saline. This year, four pump companies -- Animas, Dana Diabecare, Deltec, and Medtronic MiniMed -- participated in the pump trials. Kids who weren't interested in pumps quickly changed their mind after learning how easy it was and after seeing hundreds of kids of all ages with pumps. Parents also had their questions answered about pump therapy by pump company representatives, parents of kids who pump, and by the kids themselves. Many families decided to order a pump as soon as they returned from the conference. Also, John Walsh's pump sessions were packed, a testament to the benefits of pump therapy.

 
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Everyone ate well with a hot breakfast ...
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... and a boxed lunch
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Dr. Steve Edelman began the sessions with New Developments on the Horizon
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Elizabeth Fenjves, Ph.D., from the DRI spoke about research
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Charles Renfroe from LifeScan (back left, yellow shirt) makes sure everything is ready to begin making didges
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Some of the kids' faces were as decorated as their didges
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John Walsh's Advanced Pumping session was standing room only
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A dad tries out an Animas insulin pump
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Steph and Barb play Diabetes Jeopardy and Survivor with the school aged kids
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Ethan pretends to have lost an arm to an alligator in child care
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The comfy carpet in the LifeScan booth is perfect for a quick nap
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This was the first conference for the Martins
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