Fort Benning soldier monitors daughter’s blood sugar from S. Korea

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Modern technology is allowing a Ft. Benning soldier to monitor his daughter’s blood sugar levels from South Korea.

Four year old Molly Gilstrap was diagnosed in March at the age of three. Her mom, dad and grandmother all have monitors to keep tabs on Molly’s blood sugar levels. When Molly’s levels are too high or too low, they get an alert. The sensors on Molly’s arms measure the amount of glucose in the fluid inside her body.  A transmitter on the sensor then sends the information to a wireless-pager-like monitor.

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With the team in place, Adrienne can get some sleep, while her husband monitors Molly at night, from his post in South Korea.

“We are extremely fortunate that we have this technology. I can’t even begin to imagine how people did it without all of this amazing technology. It also makes my husband feel like he’s a part of our new way of life,” said Adrienne Gilstrap, Molly’s mom.

Adrienne Gilstrap and her family are hoping many will show up for the Columbus Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) 19th annual One Walk to cure Juvenile Diabetes, on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Oxbow Meadows. The walk starts at 9:30 a.m.

They’re trying to raise funds for research. For more information on how to give, visit  Walk.JDRF.Org/Columbus.

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