School’s Out

Summer is here for my kiddos.  Not much planned for the next couple weeks but then there is camp later next month.  I shared a summer plan with them where they do chores, reading, and exercise each day they are at home for about 15-30 minutes each. They were not happy.  They probably won’t have many days at home but I thought it was worth a try.

My daughter has been doing great, but still having some afternoon lows.  When I showed her the plan, she said “Don’t I have enough to deal with?” I told her that she still has to learn some other responsibilities and not  to use having diabetes as an excuse.

My son just had tears streaming down his face and said I ruined summer before it even started.

Being a parent is great!

A Little Low

After I wrote about the fear of the ‘low’, she had a low or lows…

The first wasn’t a true low but was the first time she felt sick. It was a school and she was only 94 but she had never going below 100.

The next day she went to 84, same time.

Now she is regularly going to 75-85 around the same time.

The other day she went to 77, ate some carbs then wasn’t hungry before she had softball practice.  Then she was high 260-300 after practice before she ate and we covered both her carbs and used the sliding scale. I knew it was too much but had no instructions on how to handle the situation from her doctor.

I set my alarm for 2am to check her just in case.  I woke up at 1 and fretted about it for half hour before waking her up, it was 68.  She ate some smarties and rechecked at 153 after 20 minutes.  It wasn’t scary but I was glad that I checked her when I did.

The doctors have instructed that if she is playing softball to not use the sliding scale and to just cover carbs.  She doesn’t have another practice until next week so hopefully the long weekend will be uneventful. However she is staying two nights with my mother in law and I am just a little nervous.  She is capable but it’s normal to feel nervous right?

One Month

Today my daughter said ‘It’s been a month.’ 

Hard to believe and yet we are still just so fresh and so new to everything.  We have sought out support (blogging, the DOC and attended the JDRF walk) but still sometimes it feels very alien and lonely.  She is such a trooper with everything and yet I still feel like I am waiting for … something? 

I just want to wake up and all this be a nightmare and not real. 

One month later it’s setting in that that will not happen. 

Day 7 DBlog Week: My Favorite Things

This week I’ll be participating in D Blog week.

Today’s topic:

My Favorite Things: As we wrap up another Diabetes Blog Week, let’s share a few of our favorite things from the week. This can be anything from a #DBlogWeek post you loved, a fantastic new-to-you blog you found, a picture someone included in a post that spoke to you, or comment left on your blog that made you smile. Anything you liked is worth sharing!

I missed yesterdays’ post because we attend our local JDRF walk and I didn’t have time to post.  We didn’t participate as a team this year, we mostly attended to see the vendor and info booths and get support. We are considering starting a team for next year because it was an awesome event and a great way to connect to the Type 1 community around here.

I think it really helped my daughter to see others going about life with type 1 and the freebies didn’t hurt either.  I am trying to encourage her to go to a special camp this year and I think she is close to saying yes.

Being apart of DBlog Week has been awesome.  I tried to read many of the post and gather as much information as possible.  I have bookmarked many blogs to revisit and keep up with.

Day 6 DBlog Week: Saturday Snapshots

This week I’ll be participating in D Blog week.

Today’s topic:

Saturday Snapshots: Back for another year, let’s show everyone what life with diabetes looks like!  With a nod to the Diabetes 365 project, let’s grab our cameras again and share some more d-related pictures.  Post as many or as few as you’d like.  Feel free to blog your thoughts on or explanations of your pictures, or leave out the written words and let the pictures speak for themselves.

I barely made it…

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Scattered supplies

Day 5 DBlog Week: Diabetes Life Hacks

This week I’ll be participating in D Blog week.

Today’s topic:

Diabetes Life Hacks: Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes.  Tell us everything from clothing modifications, serving size/carb counting tricks to the tried and true Dexcom-in-a-glass trick or the “secret” to turning on a Medtronic pump’s backlight when not on the home-screen (scroll to the bottom of this post). Please remember to give non-medical advice only! (Thank you Rachel of Probably Rachel and Kelley of Below Seven for this topic suggestion.)

I’ve been trying to come up with something for this, but three weeks in I have can’t think of many hack we would know. A few things we do that may or may not be right and work for us in the long run:

  •  Stock up on single serving peanuts for snack at school (11g)
  • I bought a plain black crossbody purse for carrying supplies but she prefers taking it in her lunch box to school, she will have to use the purse for field trip next week and other times we go out.
  •  Not to overdo pepperoni (or any free proteins)
  • My daughter carries her log book with her too so she has all her number with her, I log them daily to the dr./hospital site.  We’ve been looking for a good app to do this but haven’t found one yet.

Otherwise we just keep plugging along.

I will enjoy reading other hacks though.

 

 

 

 

Day4 DBlog Week: Mantras and More

This week I’ll be participating in D Blog week.

Today’s topic:

Mantras and More: Yesterday we opened up about how diabetes can bring us down. Today let’s share what gets us through a hard day.  Or more specifically, a hard diabetes day.  Is there something positive you tell yourself?  Are there mantras that you fall back on to get you through?  Is there something specific you do when your mood needs a boost?  Maybe we’ve done that and we can help others do it too? (Thanks to Meri of Our Diabetic Life for suggesting this topic.)

Tell my daughter “It’s not your fault”

Make her laugh

Pray

Those are the things I’ve been doing everyday.