Wednesday, October 19, 2011

{2011 is for the birds}

I have finally started a blog.  There is just too much going on, and I feel like my mind is going to explode if I don't get it all out!  The main point of starting this blog is to connect with other families that are going through the same thing as us. (i.e. Type 1 Diabetes) But I feel compelled to share our year [at a glance] with you.

February 8th, 2011:  Our youngest Cason came into this world at 35 weeks.  He weighed 6lbs 14oz, but when he was born he breathed in some [clear] fluid and developed pneumonia.  He had to stay in the NICU for 3 weeks!

March/April 2011:   This was both good and bad!  My husband was promoted, and we were forced to move from  West Texas to New Mexico. It was an opportunity that we couldn't turn down, but I miss all of my friends there so much!

July 2011:   Our youngest son, Cason, has severe eczema. Nothing was helping. We had to make the hard (and easy at the same time) decision to adopt out one of our family members. I really miss this big guy. (He was just a year old at the time this picture was taken. He's a Fawnequin Great Dane.)

August 2011:  My grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. I rushed to California (with 3 kids, in a car, alone) to visit him.  On the way back home to New Mexico our brakes went out in the middle of no where. I was alone, with 3 kids. My cell phone wouldn't work. It was horrible!  We were stranded in Arizona for 3 days before being able to rent a car, and make it back home.  It would have cost more to fix the car then what it was worth, so that meant an unexpected purchase of a new car. :(

September 3, 2011:  My grandpa passed away.  I was unable to make it back for his funeral because of our new car purchase. This is still haunting me. :(

October 6, 2011:   We had noticed our 2 year old, Callan, was going through diapers like crazy. On this particular day he had gone through 20 diapers and had maybe 3 drinks. I googled and the first thing that came up was diabetes.  I kind of shrugged it off, thinking this could NOT happen to me, and decided to be safe and take him to the ER. (Our pediatrician was closed that day.)  The ER doctor wanted to let him go because he was acting fine. He was running around, playing, wasn't acting crazy or anything!  He ran some tests and Callans blood sugar was 1102!  He was in dka.  We were rushed by ambulance to a hospital an hour away and he spent 3 days in PICU.  He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We are still adjusting.

Last week: I have been trying to start this blog since we got out of the hospital, but something always steals me away.  I had just registered the name (we do hard things .. because c'mon .. we do .. we don't have a choice!) and I heard my 4 year old screaming.  He had snuck a sharp knife into his room before nap time, and was trying to open a box. 4 year old + knife = not good!  ANOTHER trip to the ER within a week of each other!  The nurses kept asking "Weren't you guys just here?" Ohhh yes. Get to know us. I'm sure we will be here a lot.

Well, if you have made it this far, thank you!  I can NOT wait for this year to be over.  I promise I'm not a complainer .. I just really needed to get that all out!   I'm really really hoping to be able to connect with other families dealing with Type 1 Diabetes through this blog!


  1. Welcome to the Diabetes Online Community! What a year you've had! Hopefully, blogging and the DOC will make raising a child with diabetes a little easier!

  2. Welcome to the doc. They are a lifeline. Sounds like you had a traumatic year, here's hoping your beautiful family move into a wonderful 2012 full of good things. I'm sorry to hear of your sons diagnosis but how awesome you were able to play a part in self diagnosing, you have all been blessed with another go at this pancreas thing. Look forward to reading along, share what you need to. Much love xx jules

  3. I don't know how you've made it through all that, I think I would be in a puddle on the floor somewhere. Here's hoping that 2012 treats you guys much better!!

  4. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for your comments! It means a lot! :)