Apr 30, 2015

#HAWMC: Combo post

I'm a slacker...actually, I'm not...I'm just super busy and didn't have the time to blog yesterday. So you get a combo post today!

Day 29: Product Review ~ One thing I love about the Diabetes Online Community is that we are willing to share all our favorite gadgets, diabetes supplies and tricks of the trade. A product that we have used for some time and LOVE is the Accu-Check Fastclix. No need to ever touch or accidentally prick your non diabetic finger ever again!! Instead of an individual lancet there are six lancets in a drum that you never see. You insert the drum into the device and voila...hold the device to your finger, press the button and blood is drawn from your finger. We previously used the Multiclix but Fastclix is quicker and easier. No cocking the device...it's locked and loaded (so to speak). It's a simple device but sometimes simple is good!

Accu-Check Fastclix

Day 30: I Wish I Would Have Known ~ I'm not sure...because anything you would've told me 10 years ago I wouldn't have believed anyway. Our world came crashing down with a Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) with my 4 year old and we didn't have a clue. I've always had the Momma Bear personality but it kicked in big time in 2004. I was able to find support locally thru our JDRF Chapter and a local support group. They were life savers. I had to get involved and feel like I could DO something. Years later I found the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) and again...life saver. To know that I have support a key stroke away, no matter if I am texting a D Mom or messaging them on Facebook, I know they are there for me. I think I had to muddle through a few years and find our new normal to be the Mom I am today. So, in a way, I'm glad I didn't know anything. It made me a fighter. It made me stronger. It made me find my voice and purpose.

Apr 28, 2015

WEGO blog challenge Day 28 'Acronym' #HAWMC

Today we are asked to use “health” as an acronym and come up with words that represent your Health Activist Journey.

Not as easy as it sounds!

Without using any online Acronym generators, here's my lame attempt:







What is YOUR Acronym for HEALTH?

Apr 27, 2015

#HAWMC Day 27: Bye, bye, bye...

A few years ago we did a Dear Diabetes letter...a chance to tell diabetes what we really think of it. Today, we are to share a letter to the people who have hurt us because they don't understand the daily struggles of living with diabetes. This is our chance to tell them what we really think...believe me, I have no problem telling them right then and there! But for the sake of this post I will act as if I have bottled it up inside.

Dear Hurtful Person,

I would like you to know that some days I envy you. Your lack of diabetes information, insurance worries, prescriptions benefits and hospital visits truly make me jealous. The fact that you can let your child go play for an extended period of time without checking in, letting them go on sleepover after sleepover, vacation with other families and out of state school field trips is something I can do with some trepidation but LOTS of planning.

You see, my daughters have Type 1 diabetes. To look at them you see what I do. Beautiful, blonde, carefree, funny and strong gals but inside their pancreas doesn't work. This means they are required to take insulin to keep them alive. They are attached to an insulin pump...and no, we aren't in the 1990's, kids don't wear pagers (and we've only heard that a million times!!) They need to take their blood sugar every three hours, sometimes more. They are in a constant battle within themselves to keep their blood sugar in their target range of 100-150. Some days this is like balancing those spinning plates on sticks; like you see at the circus; oh!! add going to school, work and playing sports while balancing those spinning plates. Yes, they look fine but inside they are feeling weak, tired, thirsty, hot and overwhelmed. Type 1 diabetics are some of the strongest, bravest people I know. You won't see the tears that are shed when my girls aren't feeling well or they are frustrated because their blood sugars have been riding the roller coaster all day no matter what they do. You will see them smile and carry on.

I understand and appreciate the fact that you know very little about diabetes. At one time I didn't know what it was either. But I ask you to pause before you ask a question, such as, "are they controlled?" "but you're skinny" or "can you eat that?" Instead ask what diabetes is, how it makes them feel, what they are good at, what they struggle with, what their favorite sports team is, their favorite color and their favorite food. My daughters are human. They have thoughts and feelings. They want your compassion NOT your sympathy and they sure don't want your stupidity. If you happen to have a long lost relative that had diabetes, great! But please keep the stories to yourself. Unless you physically live with or have cared for a person with Type 1 don't assume you know everything there is to know about diabetes. Believe me, if you ask caring and thoughtful questions my girls are more than happy to tell you about diabetes. However, if you proceed to tell horrific tales of them being feed too much sugar when they were little you will have a fury unleashed upon you that is just a step below Momma Bear. So consider yourself warned.

Last but not least, be kind and compassionate. If there is one good thing about diabetes it's that it has taught all of us to be compassionate to others. We understand the invisible illness. We understand pain and suffering. We see the smiles with the sad eyes. We get it. All we ask is that you do the same. Sometimes all we need is an ear to bend, or a hug, a smile or someone to say, "what can I do for you". Don't be so quick to judge someone. Just because they don't look ill doesn't mean they aren't fighting a war inside.


the Mom of a T1D

photo credits: Google Images

Apr 26, 2015

WEGO blog challenge Day 26 'Make it a Great Day' #HAWMC

Make it a Great Day

Today we are asked to "Come up with 5 tips for changing your frame of mind when you’re having a bad day!".

Here are a couple examples:

1. Remember tomorrow is a new day. 

2. Don't struggle with things you cannot change. 

3. Change the way you think to provide for a better today.

4.  Keep the drama down.

5.  Walk away from a difficult situation, and come back to it with a clearer mind.

Now go out and make it a GREAT day...

Apr 24, 2015

Day 24 #HAWMC: Fitness Friday

How do I maintain a healthy lifestyle? What is my favorite exercise? How do I manage fitness with a chronic illness?

I have shared before that I enjoy running. I am currently training for a big marathon here in Cincinnati, Ohio; it's the Flying Pig. I am running the half marathon which is 13.1 miles. I have run the half twice before but this year I have committed to train with a running group. I didn't think I would like it but it has turned out to be fun running with others. Plus I have had a run scheduled every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning since January no matter the weather conditions. My hubby has our one car garage (sometimes much to my dismay) set up as a gym with flat/incline benches, weights, roman chair, straight bars and punching bags. I like to join him out there for strength training but don't get out there as often as I would like. I also like to take walks with my son to the local library. It's about 4 blocks over and as he said yesterday on our walk, "this gives us good talking time"!. Our family is constantly moving so being active is not only necessary but a way of life for us.

Both of my girls who are Type 1 maintain an active lifestyle through sports, work and school. My 14 year old is in sports year round. In fact, a few years ago she begged me to home school her so she could do sports all day long...that was a big NO!! She has been in competitive sports for a few years now but has chosen to focus on basketball. She endures the extra practices and self motivated work outs while trying to maintain an in range blood sugar (insert cynical laugh...in range?!?...we try!!). It's hard. She has the delayed lows six hours later on top of possible lows during practice and games. We are trying all types of different variables to keep her in range and on the court as much as possible. She has always been one of my on the go kids. She has to be active...constantly.

My 20 year old played sports up through high school. She is now in college, working, interning and helping a teen T1D with her diabetes support group. She was diagnosed just after she graduated high school but she finds that even walking around the mall shopping can make her blood sugar drop. She works retail so often times if they are super busy or she is running from the front of the store to the back of the store she will have a low blood sugar.

It's a fine balance and I have found that even though both my girls have T1D it is a completely different beast in both of them. The bottom line is that they both enjoy doing things and having highs/lows may side line them for the moment; it doesn't stop them from doing what they love.

My T1D girls at Diabetes Camp! 

Apr 23, 2015

WEGO blog challenge Day 23 - 'Writers Choice - Pharmacy Phollies' #HAWMC

'Writers Choice - Pharmacy Phollies'
Every Month...every time, trips and interaction with the Pharmacy never go smoothly. Giving the appearance of professionalism is simply a PHARCE!!!

Between all the members of my household, we fill almost 20 different meds, sometimes spanning 3 different locations and/or mail order. Every med, every month stays the same. Yet every month there is some kind of phuck up. Be it a refill needed from the Doctor, or a simple refill, something goes wrong.

I dream of the time when all our prescriptions are filled at the SAME TIME, and without any errors. I have a feeling  I am not the only one...

Have a Pharmacy horror story of your own? Please share by leaving a comment on this post.

Apr 22, 2015

Day 22 #HAWMC: Hobbies

Today I am to share my favorite hobbies. If you’ve been reading my posts since the beginning of the month then you know that I’ve talked about running, painting, coloring and now that I think about it…writing. While I’ve mentioned these activities as stress relievers they are my hobbies too. I don’t nearly have the time to do all of them but I do enjoy them when I get the chance to participate. I like being creative. It allows me to submerge myself in the craft and not worry about doctor appointments, insurance bills, emails, pharmacy concerns or chronic illness. Pounding pavement helps me work out any stress and let’s face it…it’s good for me too.  What kind of hobbies do you like to do?

Apr 21, 2015

WEGO blog challenge Day 21 - 'Reflection' #HAWMC

Monday, April 20, 2015

WEGO blog challenge Day 21 -  'Reflection'

This is a day to reflect. For the WEGO Health family, we reflect on the inspiring and tireless work Health Activists do every day. Reflect on your journey today. What are your thoughts and hopes for the future?

About six years ago, I went from gathering information to help with my Wife and diabetes, to advocating as strong as I could. 

One of the things that always bothered me was the infighting among those in the Diabetic Online Community (DOC) about which form of diabetes is the most important to be advocating for. This proved to do nothing short of  turning off the advocating that "Type" fighting should have brought together the DOC. Instead, it tore us apart. To be clear, the line between us splintered awareness, research, education into groups. I am happy to say that this "Type" fight has dwindled. We know now that advocating for ONE Disease as ONE Voice, we will get to the cure  faster.

I also used to keep daily statistics on how many times both the terms "diabetes" and "diabetic" popped up in various Google searches. Why you ask? The disparity was huge when I first started. I am happy to say the line has narrowed and we see less fighting on this topic today. 

This IS important as we keep advocating for all of us affected by diabetes using ONE Voice to do so. It is noteworthy because we see much less distractions between the two Terms which allows a stronger Voice as we move forward. 

We must remember that behind every diagnosis of diabetes is a PERSON, NOT a Term. As diabetes keeps showing as a pandemic, it also affects every person on the planet, as a trickle down effect of how diabetes infects our community everywhere we turn.

So as I reflect on my advocating I am pleased we are understanding that the ONE Voice needed is for all of us,

ONE Disease, ONE World, ONE Voice. Let's get busy...

Apr 20, 2015

WEGO blog challenge Day 20 - 'Travel Time' #HAWMC

WEGO blog challenge Day 20 -  'Travel Time'

Today we are asked to write about "If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?".

I am far from the seasoned traveler. As a matter of fact, the farthest I travel many days is to 7/11 and/or the grocery store. Doesn't mean I am opposed to traveling. We are actually planning a move out of State [Cali] to Oklahoma to be near Kids and Grandkids. And of course finding new Doctors and Pharmacy's is on the menu and isn't that easy. So...

One of the places I always wanted to see is Boston. I love the East Coast and lived there for many years, just never made it up the Coast to Boston. I know I would enjoy the vast historical beauty as well as the rich fishing industry that part of our Country has. 

Since today is the Boston Marathon, I celebrate being an American and would love to be there to slap terrorism in the face.

God bless America and safe travels everyone...

Apr 19, 2015

Day 19 #HAWMC: Stress Awareness Month

What's the best way to deal with stress? How do you like to let loose to escape common stressors? Share your favorite ways to shake off the stress. #shakeitoff

If you've been following along since the beginning of the month you know I relieve a lot of stress by running. However, one of my favorite things to do is be creative. I love making things; be it painting on a canvas, finding a craft on Pintrest and duplicating it (well, trying to) or coloring. Yes, I said coloring. Many years ago, each December I would purchase a coloring calendar from Mary Engelbreit. Late at night, after my kids where asleep, I would take my calendar, colored pencils and sharpener and give life to my coloring calendar. I spent time shading and creating different shades of color on each monthly page. When my girls were older they would ask to color. I wouldn't let them. It was my special coloring calendar. I know that must sound harsh but it was my stress relief. I think one year I let one of the girls color a little bit but this is one area I am justifiably selfish. I'll share my candy bars, my ice cream, my shower time, the bathroom plus a host of other things but darn it...the coloring calendar was mine!! As the years went on I couldn't find these calendars anymore and by then I had upgrading to a huge wall calendar with different colored post it notes per child due to the increasing activity. Then a few months ago while scrolling through Facebook I came across an ad for an adult coloring book available on Amazon. I immediately searched for it only to find that it was sold out. Last week as I was scrolling Facebook Mary Engelbreit had posted HER coloring book and that it was available for purchase at her store. I immediately clicked the link and purchased the coloring book. I was SO excited when it arrived in the mail last week! I even went out to buy my very own colored pencils (I splurged for the 24 count). I find that when I'm coloring or creating that I am deeply involved with the colors and how I want the page or canvas to look like that I forget everything else. I am at peace. With my busy schedule I don't have much time to be creative but I sure do long for it and enjoy it when I get to create!

One of the pages from the Mary Engelbreit Color Me Coloring Book 

Apr 18, 2015

Day 18 #HAWMC: Summer is Coming

What 3 things do I look forward to the most in the summer?

1. NO homeowork
2. Corn on the Cob
3. Bonfires

I do love a schedule and the schedule goes out the door as soon as school is over. This also means some funky blood sugar readings but we take it all in stride. This summer will be exciting as my 14 year old is graduating from middle school and starting high school. She is excited as she is attending a school that only one other person from her class will be as well. She is breaking free and spreading her wings!

What do you look forward to doing in the summer?
Thank you Google images for the Summer clipart! 

Apr 17, 2015

WEGO blog challenge Day 17 - 'Health Tagline' #HAWMC

WEGO blog challenge Day 17 -  'Health Tagline'

Today we are prompted to create a “Health tagline” Give yourself, your blog, your condition, or some aspect of your health a tagline. Make sure it’s catchy!

Those of us affected by diabetes talk so much about, and dwell upon the Blood Glucose [sugar[ Levels of finger poke test's during the day, A1c [3 month average] Tests, proper carb to insulin ratios, amount of good/bad carbs in any given food.

It is WAY to easy to stress over each and every aspect of the numbers those items bring. You will see many try to keep things in perspective by saying it is just a number. So how about we go all out and make our tagline "Diabetes...it's just a number".

One of the things we try to impress upon ourselves, and to those whom are newly diagnosed, is that diabetes is NOT a death sentence. That does not mean we ever forget that it IS a silent killer, and that the medication [Insulin] that keeps us alive, can also kill us. That being said, here's another tagline worth exploring "Diabetes is just a word, not a [Death] Sentence".

To summarize, I have "Diabetes...it's just a number" or "Diabetes is just a word, not a [death] Sentence".

We would love to hear YOUR Tagline. Just leave it in the comments section and we will feature them in a future blog post.

Apr 16, 2015

Day 16 #HAWMC: Life Goal

What's one thing that your 10 year old self though you would do? Can I still do it? How would you approach it to make it happen?

Wow...I can't remember what I did last week let alone what I did when I was 10 but if memory serves me than I would've been in 4th grade. I LOVED 4th grade and my teacher, Mrs. Soldo. She didn't have any of her own kids and yet treated us all as if we were her own. She loved each of us. I was really into rainbows. I had the rainbow comforter and pillow sham for my room...I had the rainbow 3/4 length shirt that I would wear to the skating rink...I drew rainbows everywhere. They made me happy. My teacher had given me a folder that was like a color page filled with rainbows. She knew each of us just like that. It was then that I wanted to be a teacher. However, as I grew up and the years went by; what I wanted to do changed over and over again. But when you think about it, I am a teacher. I teach my kids. I teach administrators. I teach people about diabetes. So while it wasn't my chosen path I ended up teaching anyway!

Thank you Google Images for the rainbow! 

Apr 15, 2015

WEGO blog challenge Day 15 - 'Get Excited' #HAWMC

WEGO blog challenge Day 15 -  'Get Excited'

Today we are tasked with writing about "What revs up your internal engine? When you see, hear, feel this it gets you excited and ready to face what comes next. Tell us what it is!"

This one is easy. The Beach...the Beach is that way.

Living by the Beach is a natural for me as I grew up loving all types of water activities. When we go on our morning walk, I can see and smell the pacific ocean from where we are. Not only get's me excited, it reminds me of some of the  most fun I had growing up. The waves crashing on a quiet beach sets my pace for the day. 

Bring it on...

Apr 14, 2015

Day 13 and 14: The Perfect Comeback and "I feel best when..." #HAWMC

Sorry about a double post today. I was in Columbus, Ohio with Jackson last night and today storming the Capital advocating for hemophilia with the Ohio Bleeding Disorder Council. It was a jammed packed evening and day that was wonderful but I'll save that for another post.

Day 13: The Perfect Comeback: I have many comebacks...what can I tell you; I am a smart ass. Sometimes the comebacks actually come out of mouth and other times I'm left speechless and the comeback comes out hours later and I kick myself for not having been witty enough at the time to spew it out. One happened not that long ago. We live in a quaint Village in a home that was built in the late 1880's; wood siding, metal roof, wrap around porch...I just love it. In 2005 we decided that we needed to paint our house. I wanted bold colors because...really?! Why not?! My hubby, gawd love him, thought he could power wash the old paint off in a weekend and paint the following week. I knew better. Imagine his surprise when the high pressure hose was NOT taking off the paint. So we scrapped...and scrapped...and scrapped some more. The weekend we started this project was the first week of June and hotter than hell. Not two days into this project our then 4 year old was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Talk about a life changing whirl wind time. That was also 5 days in the hospital learning how to keep our daughter alive. We muddled through that summer and the following summer and got the house about 85-90% done. Life got crazy. Jackson was born and when he entered Pre-School we also refinanced our house. One of the conditions was to finish the 10-15% of painting that we didn't get done. No problem. I could do that while Jackson was at school. Well, little did I know how much our lack of painting the one side of our detached garage angered our neighbor. One of the days I was finishing up the painting he comes out and says, "well, it's about time you finished this side of the garage!" To which I looked right at him and said, "well, the year we started painting our daughter was diagnosed with Type 1, later our son was born with a bleeding disorder and our eldest daughter was diagnosed Type 1. So excuse me if I was busy keeping my kids alive with their chronic illness instead of painting the garage!" Needless to say he fumbled with some incoherent words and walked away.

Day 14: "I feel best when..." when I come up with timely, witty comebacks!! Ha!! No, really, I feel best when my kids are happy, I have a refrigerator full of food (and medicine!!) and my biggest supporter, my hubby, by my side. Sappy? Yes...but it's true!

I thought I had a picture of the front of our house...but this is the side...you get the idea!

Apr 12, 2015

Day 12 #HAWMC: Day of Rest

Day of rest...seriously?! It doesn't happen often in my house. Between the kids sports schedule, work, my volunteer duties and the home I don't have much down time. When I do...I like to run, read a book, watch TV, or work crossword puzzles. These are a mindless things...meaning I don't have to be thinking of anything. I can just let go and veg out; even if it's only for a few minutes. Another of my favorite things to do (and my hubby's too) is to take a ride in our 1979 CJ7 Jeep; aka the Black Pearl. I don't care if it's going around the block just the act of hearing it fire up and feeling the wind in my hair is enough of a soul cleanse that it puts a smile on our faces each and every time we take it out. Unfortunately it's out of commission for the moment. The brakes went out last fall. We found this out the hard way. After bleeding the line and that not working my hubby has some trouble shooting to do. It's not our daily driver as it has some quirks to it but it's all part of the journey. We may end up stranded (it dies), out of gas (the gas gauge doesn't work) or trying to rush home before night fall (we have no running brake lights) but it's still a blast! We have more fun stories about the Black Pearl and it's adventures that we will remember for a life time...just ask my friend, Kristen, about the time the Black Pearl rolled away from the gas pump with no one in it (just another quirk as it has no emergency brake). Just writing about the Black Pearl gives me a sense of peace...now to figure out what's wrong with those brakes....

the Black Pearl

Apr 11, 2015

WEGO blog challenge Day 11 - 'Pet Pal' #HAWMC

WEGO blog challenge Day 9 -  'Pet Pal'

Today we are asked to write a thank you letter to your furry, feathery, or fishy friend for always being there for you. How have they helped you cope with your health condition?

Our pet's name is Lilly Mae, named by my Grand Daughter 
Abigail. She is a Chihuahua Beagle mix and has the ears to show her Beagle side, and the attitude of a Chihuahua...nasty at times but very loving in the end.

We originally got Lilly Mae for my Father in law and she was a trooper all the way up until he passed away. Then she became VERY territorial towards my favorite Diabetic (my Wife). Now she is ours...disclaimer and all. One needs her permission to approach my Wife and it is buyer beware if you don't. She may let you near or give you a little love bite. Just enough to make it a game of sorts.

We take her on our morning walks and she is a riot. She is afraid of cats, birds, cars and strangers. She is NOT like any other dog I have ever had. She will jump at the chance to go bye bye bye in the car, but is terrified the first minute or two. She has her own window to look out during the day and will not let anyone near HER window.

Sometimes I think she will sense a high Blood Glucose level and sits right there next to her after smelling my Wife's breathe. She will not move until my Wife test's her blood sugar. VERY smart like that and we know dog's are very trainable to sense a high and a low like that.

All in all, she is a perfect companion to us and will always be there with a kiss when she senses any grief. She is always happy when we wake up in the morning and return from any car trip.

So a big thank you to Lilly Mae for always being there for us all the time...

Apr 10, 2015

Day 10 #HAWMC: Comfort Food

Comfort food...I LOVE me some mashed potatoes!! It took me a while to perfect my potatoes but it was worth the lumpy wait. They are the ultimate in fluffiness and taste. I try not to make them too often as I tend to have them as my main course instead of a side dish.

I also LOVE to bake. Many times I will bake something and not eat any of it. It's just the act of making something for someone that makes me happy. I remember when I was dating my hubby and this new cake mix had just come out. I was dying to try it. So I ended up making it when I got off work one night and drove it to his house 35 minutes away at 10pm to share it with him and his roommate.

I enjoy trying new recipes and cooking. There is something satisfying in creating a meal and having it come out great and it also gives us memories of dinners that maybe didn't turn out that great. I wish I had more time to craft our dinners but let's face it...many nights I'm lucky to get something cooked in time for my family to eat before we are out the door for sports, school events or meetings. In fact my eldest  daughter just asked me to teach her how to cook. I decided that she could plan a menu for one night. Let me know what I need to buy at the grocery and she can own the meal. This should be interesting!! I guess that cooking reminds me of family as we are usually able to gather together at night and enjoy as a family. Sharing our days, our hopes, goals, laughter gathered around a table of love.

Thanks to Google images for this cute diner clip art! 

Apr 9, 2015

WEGO blog challenge Day 9 - 'Challenger' #HAWMC

WEGO blog challenge Day 9 -  'Challenger'

Today we are prompted to write about a time we had to overcome a daunting challenge. 

One word...Cancer. 

Skin Cancer as in Basal Cell Carcinoma to be exact. 

The word stigma comes to mind defined as "a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person".

I don't agree in my case as a mark of disgrace. It was and still remains as a mark on my face, but no disgrace.

Twenty one days of radiation therapy kicked it's little ass big time, and as of my last dermatologist appointment was still GONE. Only thing remaining is a scar on my face to be reminded of the battle. The battle I won for now.

One of the hardest parts was getting to the radiation appointments. THAT was a battle that was overcome. The actual hardest part was being the Patient not the Caregiver. I was not used to being on that side of things. 

Surrounding myself with people I love who's advice I take was the key. Not very different with any diagnosis for any reason.

I made it because of them...

Apr 8, 2015

WEGO blog challenge Day 8 - Things Remembered #HAWMC

WEGO blog challenge Day 8 - Things Remembered

Today we are asked to write about 'Things Remembered'. What is an item you have kept with you that reminds you of an important time in your life? Whether it was a good day, a stressful time, or a happy moment… why does this item remind you of that period of your life?

One of the few items I have to remember my Dad is a shell casing from one of the 21 rounds fired during his Funeral. One of the few things I have from my Mom is a spitoon. These items have significant meaning to me and how my Parents lived their lives.

My Dad joined the military at the age of 17. He had to get a waiver for his age in order to enlist. He was honored at his funeral services with a 21 gun salute. I had the honor of being able to salute him for real, not just in spirit. This is significant because we  were raised to NOT be violent towards any other human or animal. So having the shell casing is a reminder to treat others as I would want to be treated by them...the "Golden Rule".

My Mom was a chain smoker for most of her adult life. One of the items she left behind is a spitoon, An antique worthy of remembering for after 40 years or so my Mom quit smoking...cold turkey. The importance of remembering that living as healthy of a life as possible is what I get from that. And in fairness to my Mom it was never used for it's intended use.

Apr 7, 2015

Day 6 #HAWMC: World Health Day

Today is World Health Day and I am to share with you how diet and nutrition changed after diagnosis. When my middle daughter was 4 years old and we were in the hospital learning how to care for her new diagnosis of T1D we were given the option of bolusing before or after meals. Thinking about her being 4 and a somewhat picky eater I opted for the bolusing after meals. I never wanted food to be a fight meaning I didn't want to have to force her to finish her meal because I had just bolused for the full meal nor did I want to give her smarties or some fast acting carbs instead of her eating her healthy meal. Bottom line I didn't want food to control us. Almost 10 years later she will only bolus before meals if she knows she will eat all of her meal and it ends up being about 1-2 meals a day that she knows she will finish. The others she will bolus immediately after she is done eating. I know it isn't the best as the insulin is behind in working but it works for her. Also, I have never restricted food. She can eat whatever she wants. Both of my T1D girls can. When my middle daughter was younger I may have delayed when she could have a treat but she always was able to get it. So what do I mean by delay? Let's say her blood glucose had been on the higher side throughout the day and we've been pumping insulin in her and have switched out her pump site but for whatever reason her BG wasn't cooperating I would push the water and carb free snacks (if she was hungry) to get her BG down but then when she was in range she was allowed to have her treat. As she has gotten older she makes these choices by herself. She realizes how she feels like total crap when her BG is higher and having a 1/2 cup of ice cream isn't make her feel any better until she is in a good range. My thought is I never wanted her to feel ashamed of eating or sneak food because I restricted it. She's educated enough by living with diabetes for almost 10 years that she knows what to eat and when to delay a higher carb treat. So in our house our kids can have their cake and eat it too with a nice bolus...we call that #bolusworthy. I usually have a nice selection of fruits, veggies and proteins in the house...although not at the moment...I need to go to the grocery! My kids are also very active and exercise is important to them....even if it's just walking around college campus...my kids are always moving. It takes a good balance of nutrition and exercise to help achieve good BG numbers, HOWEVER, you all know that sometimes it just doesn't matter and you will still have funky numbers. But eating right and exercising never hurt anyone!! I am by no means a doctor or dietitian but it works for our family...do what's best for yours!

Apr 6, 2015

WEGO blog challenge Day 6 - My hero[s]

WEGO blog challenge Day 6  - My hero[s]

Today's prompt is to write about my hero[s].  Who are they and what makes them awesome in m eyes?

This one is always a tough one for me, as there are many. My Parents, my Father in law, and even a bigger one for all the Parents of children with diabetes.. So as I sat here thinking, I was having a rough time  to come up with just one. Until....

I realized the obvious choice was clear...My fellow partner in crime, [blogger] Jen Hamilton Loving. 

Let me give a couple reasons why. Not only is Jen the Blue Heel Society's Chief Content Manager, she is a Mom. And not just any Mom.

Jen is the Mom of two Type 1 Diabetic Daughters's. That is impressive enough except for this. Jen's Son is a Hemophiliac. So being the Parent of all three extra awesome children should be the icing on the cake.Jen is my hands down favorite for my choice as my Hero. On top of all that...

Jen is writing two blog post's for this years Wego #HAWMC Blog Challenge. One for Blue Heel Society and the other on her Hemophilia Blog , many day's a double posting. 

Did I mention Jen has a 'regular' job, AND works with her local  JDRF as well? Jen also participates in various Community Event's including, running, racing, showing off her Blue Shoes every chance she can.

And lastly for now, Jen is a very awesome Wife to a very awesome Husband. Joe is right there with Jen every step of the way. 

Again, it is hard not to pick all the Parents of Children with diabetes, as well every Child that requires a little extra love. They are my daily hero's, but C'mon...JEN ROCKS!!!!

p.s. all the usage of the word "awesomes" comes with my SoCal language thing I have going on

Apr 5, 2015

Day 5 #HAWMC: Breaking News

Day 5 #HAWMC: Breaking News

Happy Easter everyone!! Today's challenge is just that...a challenge. I have to share with you my greatest accomplishments in the last 5 years. Meaning I have to brag on myself for this post; which is sooo NOT me! My positive attitude with a realistic approach is something that I can brag on though. I'm not rainbows, sunshine and pots of gold everyday or any day for that matter as I feel that is just annoyingly gross; at least to me. What I am, is upbeat and a take it all in stride type of gal. I live by the "it could always be worse" which helps me get through the rough patches and makes me grateful for the craziness in my life. I often get asked "how I do it all" and honestly I'm not entirely sure. I kick in to beast mode and just do what needs to be done without a second thought. I also have a great support team that is there for me if I need them. I could share personal accomplishments but really, they are shared accomplishments; be it shared with my hubby, kids, family or community. So, I'll end here...enjoy your Easter!! I'm about to go enjoy some great family time at the Cincinnati Zoo!

Apr 4, 2015

Day 4 #HAWMC: Creature of Habit

We are all creatures of habit both good and bad. This year I'm running the Flying Pig in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is a full and half marathon on Sunday, May 3rd. They also have 5K, 10K, kids run and dog runs the day before. It is the BEST event I've ever participated in over the years. This year I've committed to run the half marathon. I've been training since January 3rd when it was -13 degrees! I have run the half a few times and last year I ran the 10K with my hubby and I've always trained along the way. However, I've joined a running group and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not but now I can't imagine NOT joining...I really enjoy it. They have the routes all mapped out so I don't  have to even think about how many miles I'm going and what that translates into when running around my house. I meet new people; which I love! It's just a great group of people! So every Tuesday night and Saturday morning (at the crack of dawn...mind you) I drive about 35 minutes to the running store and go pound pavement.

I didn't always like running...in fact I would cuss while running...I hated it!! But then my eldest daughter started running cross country when she was in middle school and I really didn't want her running her off days by herself. So I ran with her and my cussing had to stop!! Cross country was short lived (thankfully) so I stopped running. Over the years I dabbled with the treadmills but it still wasn't my favorite thing to do. The year my hubby turned 40 was his bucket list year. Being the competitive person that I am I decided to join his bucket list adventures. That's where running came back into my life and I found it actually enjoyable. It became my stress reliever. Oh, yes. The bucket list...let's just say while we both competed in the Warrior Dash and had a blast I ran my first half marathon solo...and I never let him forget it!! :)

Running has become my habit. Sure it's great for me and healthy but I do it more for my mental health. Dealing with the daily stresses of my kids chronic illnesses, insurance, medical bills, Doctor appointments, working, living life...you get the picture...I need an outlet to get this built up stuff out. Pounding pavement works for me. What's your habit?

Apr 2, 2015

Day 3 #HAWMC: Good Samaritan

Random acts of kindness...who doesn't love them? Especially if you're in the line at Starbucks and someone pays for your coffee ahead of you!! But in the diabetes world it can be life changing. I have had two D mom's at two different times help us out. Both of my girls are on Medtronic pumps but my middle daughter is on the CGM as well. When MySentry came out it was all the rage and totally out of our budget. When you have two T1D kids and a hemophiliac son non-essential diabetes supplies are just that...non-essential. A year went by and I had a friend whose daughter hated her CGM and was taking a break. She offered to let me borrow her MySentry. I LOVED it!! Being able to see my daughter's blood sugar at home and not nag her was life changing! I was able to move the baby monitor out of her bedroom as it was no longer needed to hear the beeps of the CGM. She felt free! It was awesome! We were fortunate enough to use it for quite a while before my friend needed it back again for her daughter. We were sad to see it go but man, we loved it while we had it. Then about a year ago another friend messaged me that her daughter had changed pumps and CGM's and asked if we wanted the MySentry will some additional diabetes supplies. Uh...YES, PLEASE!! We were back in business! MySentry plugged in; baby monitor out of the room. It was such a blessing! The pure wonderment of not having one but two friends at different times offer us the use of their MySentry without a single hesitation and with no strings attached. I am humbled to know these ladies. In their honor I have paid it forward tenfold. I am happy to help with extra diabetes supplies whenever I can. I know how precious these supplies are and how costly they can be. So thank you to my two beautifully selfless D mom's and thank you, readers, if you are ever able to pay it forward.

Day 2 #HAWMC: Key to Happiness

Today I am to share with you what I think the Key to Happiness is...I think we all have the answer to that one and yet it's different for everyone. For me, my key to happiness is my family. They are the reason I get up in the morning, why I go to bed tired, why I stay up late, why I make their breakfast/lunch/dinner, why I go to the grocery, why I love fiercely, why I advocate, why I cry and why I laugh. You get the idea...they are my everything. When I think back about my most favorite and happiest memories they all involve my family. They are my biggest supporters (even when I ask them to do crazy stuff!!).

My Key to Happiness...My Family!

So I encourage you to find your Key to Happiness...maybe it's a spa day, coffee with friends, a night out, exercise, writing in a journal...whatever it is...GO find it!! 

Apr 1, 2015

Wordless Wednesday! #HAWMC Day 1 of 30!

Wearing Blue for diabetes awareness!! I advocate for both my girls: Nora age 14 (dx'd at 4) and Evy age 20 (dx'd at 18). #HAWMC