My diabetes Kit Max Rapson, Desang Magazine, Captain Lantus

KITLIVING

We said no. The doctor didn't do a blood

test at that time. Seeming to think it was

something that could be solved with

antibiotics, that was what were sent us

home with.

"A few days later I was at work

when my wife, Sarah, called me saying

thath Max was very unwell. She'd been

watching This Morning with Dr Chris

Steele who had been talking about

diabetes. The penny just dropped. I came

straight home, we took Max to the GP,

who told us to go directly to Stafford

Hospital at which point he was comatose.

They got to grips with Max's condition

pretty quickly but he was in a coma for 48

hours which was incredibly scary. It was

one heck of a learning curve."

New dawn

Returning to the present day, how did the

book come about? It turns out that Max's

class had been learning about books and

Max had said to his teacher, "I'm going to

make a really good book."

When he came home, he asked his

dad to help him. Says the elder Rapson,

"Max loves The Avengers superhero

characters. He said, 'I am like Ironman, he

stays alive because he made something to

keep his heart going. It gives him powers,

just like me. My pump gives me powers!'"

We started piecing together a story

and looked at ways to fund getting a

proper book actually published. We put

it on Facebook, where we now have

2,000 followers. The characters live in

Beta Town. It's protected by an Insulin

Cube. The villain in the story wants to

pinch the cube because it is valuable.

But superhero Captain Lantus is there to

protect it. The baddie is called King Carb.

As he's a kid, Max relates to fictional

characters like superheroes. He thinks

they're real. It made sense to take that

idea forward with him and his diabetes.

He'd mentioned Iron Man, and I thought

he was absolutely right."

Taking the initial idea further, the

Rapsons contacted a publishing

company, who said they loved the idea.

Then they found an illustrator. Recalls

Max's dad, "In many ways lockdown has

helped us to keep our focus. The diabetes

community has been amazing. It's been

really exciting to have such a positive

come out of what could have been seen

as a negative. It cost a bit to do, but it

will be priceless when he can take it into

school and show his teacher and friends."

Hospital support

Max's father explains the reason he's

gone so far supporting Max's idea, saying,

"It took me back to when Max first went

on a pump. Max's diabetes team at the

hospital fought for him to get a pump. He

was three at the time. I think we were all

very apprehensive, as well as very hopeful

about what the technology could do to

improve Max's control and his long-term

prospects. He was frightened - sobbing.

Myself and my wife felt we had to learn

everything again from scratch. However,

the diabetes team has been brilliant, they

are like friends of the family. We had all the

brochures out, all the literature spread out

on the floor, getting to grips with it. Then

suddenly, for the first time since adapting

to the pump, we realised that we don't

have to be so afraid anymore. It made life

easier for all of us."

Max and his parents are working

on part two of the story. They sold 200

copies of the book pre-launch through

Kickstarter, and it's due to be available

on Amazon soon.

www.captainlantus.com

"I am like Ironman, he

stays alive because

he made something

to keep his heart

going. It gives him

powers, just like me.

My pump gives me

powers!

- Max Rapson

Index

  1. Free online Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information
  2. insulin pump, Dana RS system, artificial pancreas, Advanced Therapeutics UK, CamAPS FX, Dexcom G6
  3. Desang diabetes, magazine diabetes information, Sue Marshall diabetes
  4. Desang diabetes magazine, diabetes news
  5. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news, Tandem Control IQ
  6. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news, Diabetes UK Wales
  7. Page 0007
  8. Abbott Freestyle Libre, Flash Glucose Monitoring
  9. Diabetes technology education from Diabetes Technology Network DTN
  10. Abbott Freestyle Libre, Flash Glucose Monitoring
  11. Abbott Freestyle Libre, Flash Glucose Monitoring
  12. Dexcom G6 CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  13. Dexcom G6 CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  14. Dexcom CGM G6, continuous glucose monitoring
  15. Medtronic Guardian Connect CGM sensor for diabetes
  16. Diabetes and coronovirus Desang Diabetes Magazine
  17. Diabetes and coronovirus Desang Diabetes Magazine, resources covid-19 and diabetes
  18. Desang diabetes magazine, diabetes diet
  19. Medtronic Minimed 670G hybrid closed loop insulin pump
  20. Desang diabetes magazine, diabetes diet, Dr Will's sauces
  21. Insulet Omnipod DASH insulin pump with insulin pods, podders, Omnipod DASH Personal Diabetes Manager
  22. Vitamin D and diabetes, desang diabetes magazine
  23. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  24. Vitamin D and diabetes, desang diabetes magazine
  25. Medtrum A6 Touchcare patch pump and CGM in harmony
  26. My diabetes Kit, Desang Magazine
  27. My diabetes Kit Max Rapson, Desang Magazine, Captain Lantus
  28. Spirit Health, Spirit Digital, insulin injection devices, blood glucose monitors
  29. Page 0029
  30. Desang Diabetes Magazine, free diabetes magazine, living with diabetes
  31. Desang Diabetes Magazine, free diabetes magazine, living with diabetes
  32. Page 0032
  33. diabetes food news, diabetic diet, counting carbohydrates
  34. Desang Diabetes Magazine, Making Carbs Count, carbohydrate counting for diabetes
  35. Desang Diabetes Magazine, Making Carbs Count, carbohydrate counting for diabetes
  36. Desang Diabetes Magazine, Making Carbs Count, carbohydrate counting for diabetes
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