Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Happy {belated} Thanksgiving!

I hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.   Ours was great!  Callan did really well after dinner, and I thought we made it through free and clear.  {insert evil laugh here}   But y'all know how diabetes is, and it just doesn't care.  

Callan was stuck in the 300-400's for two freaking days afterwards.  I am frustrated. I am broken. I feel like a failure. This is even more stressful for me because we are pretty much without an endo right now.  Ours has abandoned us because we are being referred to another, and the other isn't returning our calls.  He's only had this for a month and a half. 

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO CHANGE THINGS ON MY OWN?   I feel like I am failing my son.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Hot Diggity Dog

My boys love going to Sam's Club. It means samples + a gigantic hot dog.  As soon as we pull up they are usually screaming "I NEED A HOT DOG!"  So, we go in and head straight to order them what their little hearts desire. I walk up, and look for nutritional information near the counter. There isn't any. I noticed on the menu board it says "Nutritional Information Available Upon Request." So I ask the young girl for that information. The conversation goes a little like this:

Me: Hi, Can I get your nutritional information pleeeaassee?
Her: We don't have any.
Me: Right up there on your board it says it's available upon request, and I am requesting it!
Her: Yeah. Hahaha. I don't even know why that says that. What did you want to order?
Me: Well, I need 2 hot dogs, but I need to know the nutritional information for the bun.
Her: Oh, don't worry. They are beef hot dogs.
Me: I don't care what the hot dog is. I NEED TO KNOW THE NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION FOR THE BUN.
Her: Um, Do you want me to get my manager?

Do you freaking think! If you know me in real life, you know that I don't like confrontations. I am quiet, and usually just let things slide off my back. But my baby wants a hot dog, and dangit he is going to get a hot dog!

I am still new to diabetes. I do not feel comfortable with just guessing how many carbs there are in a super sized hot dog bun. I'm still so scared of under dosing, or over dosing. So the manager comes up .. gives me the same spiel as her. I was pretty much yelling at this point. I explained to him that my son has diabetes, he wants a hot dog, and I need to know how many carbs are in a bun so that I can give him the right amount of medicine. He eventually looked it up on the computer.

36. I am going to tattoo that number on my body just in case we ever go to Sam's again.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Diabetes Fact Sheet

{Taken from the JDRF website}

Type 1 Diabetes Facts
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved.

Affects Children and AdultsType 1 diabetes strikes people at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications.

Needs Constant AttentionTo stay alive, people with type 1 diabetes must take multiple insulin injections daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump. They must also test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. While trying to balance insulin doses with their food intake and daily activities, people with this form of diabetes still must always be prepared for serious hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) reactions, both of which can be life-limiting and life threatening.

Not Cured By InsulinWhile insulin injections or infusions allow a person with type 1 to stay alive, they do not cure diabetes, nor do they necessarily prevent the possibility of the disease's devastating effects, which may include: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputations, heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications.

Difficult to Manage Despite paying rigorous attention to maintaining a meal plan and exercise regimen and always injecting the proper amount of insulin, people with type 1 diabetes face many other factors that can adversely affect efforts to tightly control blood sugar levels. These factors include stress, hormonal changes, periods of growth, physical activity, medications, illness/infection, and fatigue.

Statistics
  • As many as three million Americans may have type 1 diabetes.
  • Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults - approximately 80 people per day - are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the U.S.
Warning Signs
Warning signs of type 1 diabetes may occur suddenly and include:
  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Drowsiness or lethargy
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Sugar in the urine
  • Fruity odor on the breath
  • Heavy or labored breathing
  • Stupor or unconsciousness
     

Monday, November 14, 2011

{Happy} World Diabetes Day!


Happy World Diabetes Day!

It just doesn't seem right to put happy in front of diabetes.  I am not happy that my child, or any child (or adult) has to go through this. BUT I am happy that at least there is a way to manage it.  

This year we participated in the World Diabetes Postcard Exchange.  We mailed off our postcard this morning and a nice family in Texas should be receiving it shortly!  My husband made it himself. 


On the back of the postcard we wrote a nice paragraph from Callan.  We can't wait to get our postcard in the mail!   What are y'all doing to "celebrate" today?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Diabetes Resource Page

[This is a guest post from the Diabetes Resource Page.  I just did a featured interview with them (my first interview ever) and you can see that here.]

In support of American Diabetes Month, we have just launched a brand new site, Diabetes Resource Page- a destination for those living with diabetes and their families to learn more information, get expert advice, share personal stories, and gain access to an array of offers and free samples from some of our partners, such as Lifescript, Remedy Life, and P&G, to name a few.

We are reaching out to you, diabetes bloggers, educators, advocates, and all those whose lives have been touched by this disease, to become part of our community by sharing your story. Partner with us in reaching out to the 25.8 million people currently living with diabetes. Your story could change a life.

In addition to coupons, offers, and freebies on all the brands and products you know and trust, Diabetes Resource Page is about providing a platform of communication with so many others out there just like you, and offering you the opportunity to be an active part of a growing network of support. Diabetes Resource Page is about inspiring a dialogue amongst diabetes patients and families across the country, and joining together in the fight to stop this disease. With 25.8 million people currently living with diabetes, no one is alone in this.

If you would like to be featured in an interview or become a Diabetes Resource Page contributor, please contact Diabetes Resource Page editor, Sarah Abfalter, at sarah.abfalter@diabetesresourcepage.com.




Braggin'

Yes, that's right. I'm going to brag. :)

As of yesterday, Callan, my TWO YEAR OLD type 1 baby can check his bg all by himself.  Of course he doesn't know how to read the number .. but he can put the strip in, prick his finger, and the whole shabang.

Then after lunch yesterday he said "I shoot me. I wanna do it."  I didn't understand what he was saying at first .. but then I realized that he was asking to give himself his shot.  So I dialed that baby up, handed it to him, and he gave himself a shot, in his leg of all places!  (He really prefers arms)

I am so proud, my heart is just bursting.  I know it sounds kind of weird to say, but if I had to pick any of my kids to deal with this, I know Callan would be my choice.  He's so strong, and tough ... except when it comes to fish!   Had to share this. :)


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Funky.

That's how I've felt all day.  I guess it's finally hitting me that this {diabetes} isn't going away. It will be here, forever.  It's a sad reality.  My little guy shouldn't have to endure this, let alone any other child.  I wish I could be as strong as him sometimes.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy {belated} Halloween!

We did it.  We survived our very first Halloween, and not even a month after being diagnosed! We started off the morning with a breakfast of champions.  Biscuits & gravy with {plastic} spiders hidden in the gravy.  [The only thing I didn't get a picture of!]

For lunch we had Mummy Dogs, Spider Eggs, and Zombie Teeth:

Our dinner was Mummy Meatloaf, Ghost Mashed Potatoes & Pumpkin Coins (aka carrots).  {We took the noodles off of the meatloaf before eating it .. we're going for looks here!}


By the time dinner was done, we were rushing out the door to meet {for the first time} our new friends who have a son who is diagnosed with type 1.  We spent the evening trick or treating, and then hanging out!  It was so great to be around people who truly understand what you are going through! 

Batman aka Corbin

Spiderman aka  Callan {my d. baby}
 
Flash Gordon aka Cason

Batman & Spiderman waiting for some loot!
Spiderman {Callan} is trying to just walk on in and get the candy for himself.  He is soo patient.  We let them each choose 10 pieces of candy last night to keep.  The rest was given up as an offering to The Great Pumpkin. I was a little worried when they woke up that they would be sad that their candy was missing.  But who could be sad with cool new toys like Optimus Prime & Bumblebee!  My plan was successful. :) 

 
I also want to say Happy National Diabetes Awareness Month!  I never thought that I would be so passionate about diabetes! 

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