Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 in Blog Post Review

I am stealing Kerri from Six Until Me's 2010 meme idea to wrap up/sum up 2010 in blog posts.

Enjoy joining me as we take a stroll down memory lane of 2010...


January I posted about feeling so TORN between all of the responsibilities of everyday life. Still feeling this each and every day.

February Bra Shopping. Worse than shoe shopping. Enough said.

March Celebrating/remembering 10 YEARS since a bad car accident. Crazy how time flies.

April I got a desperately needed BREAK.

May We enjoyed one of the BEST parties I have ever been to! Our Diabetes friends ROCK.

June We had a mostly fun play date at the mall with Wendy and her girls.

July We celebrated 2 YEARS with Diabetes.

August We made it through the first week of pre-school for The Superhero!

September Memories are sparked because of a tiny little straw in a Juicy Juice box that at one time could have killed my baby, and today can save his life!

October The Princess got tubes in her ears. (Rod and I also celebrated our 5th Wedding Anniversary AND The Princess turned 2 years old!)

November I spent ALL of November/ National Diabetes Month to post one fact per day about Type 1 Diabetes.


December I posted about how normal things seem to us on the inside, but how strange it must all be to those on the outside. (and of course, The Superhero turned 4 years old!, and he promises me he will stay 4 for at least a whole year. :-) )


Thank you to all of the readers of The Superhero and The Princess who have been with me all year and to those who are new readers. I love having such an inviting place to blog and share with all of my closest friends, YOU.

Happy New Year!




*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*

Monday, December 27, 2010

A view of our Christmas, from the outside...

Reyna, Hallie, and I seem to be thinking the same this Christmas...

As I was going about our morning routine on Christmas I thought that for anyone on the outside, it must look really strange in our house. And how for us it all seemed so normal.

Normal to be poking fingers. 


Normal to be counting carbs.


Normal to eat before opening all the presents.


Normal to be watching the trend on the Dexcom.


Normal to realize the pump site is on day 4 and should have been changed yesterday.


Normal to realize it when you see a number in the 300's pop up on the meter. 


Normal to wonder "Could the pump site be why he is high?"


Normal to think about having to poke a needle into my 4 year old to hook up a new pump site.


Normal to actual have said 4 year old on the counter screaming that he does NOT want a site change.


Normal to know his mood is now affected by his BG in the 300's and not necessarily because you are about to poke him with a needle in the tushie.


Normal to hope and PRAY you gave him the right amount of insulin to bring that BG down without crashing him.


Normal to come home from Christmas festivities so exhausted you end up crying about how much all this NORMAL sucks. 


Normal to have a little pity party quietly while your Diabetic 4 year old fights going to sleep in the next room.


Normal to wonder what we look like to people on the outside.


I had a REALLY hard time Christmas night with all this NORMAL happening in our house. I am over it now. It is what it is.


Then I ready Wendy's post this morning about CHOOSING JOY and have moved past my pity party once again and am trying hard to choose JOY over sorrow.

I am JOYFUL that I have my 4 year old here and ALIVE with me.


I am JOYFUL that I have the medical tools necessary to keep him alive and healthy.


I am JOYFUL to have SO many other D Mamas living and thinking the same things as me.


I am JOYFUL to have Diabetes to make me appreciate life so much more.


I am sure I will have another pity party in the future because Diabetes will always suck, but I am happy to know I can see the JOY in the end. And it is not the view from outside that matters most, it is what is happening on the inside that counts.



And what was happening on the inside, was definitely JOYFUL.


*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Traditions

After reading Donna's blog yesterday, I decided a Christmas Traditions post would be fun to share.

Here's how we roll this time of year...

We used to spend Christmas Eve dinner with Rod's parents. This has changed since they participate in the choir at their church and end up attending all of the services that evening. Then we started doing a breakfast with them Christmas Eve morning instead. But with Rod working at the church this year, he had to go in at 10am. So, we decided to get together with them on the day before Christmas Eve for dinner. There doesn't seem to be a specific tradition here, as long as we get together with them sometime in the holiday maddness.

Christmas Eve we go to the early service at the church (usually around 2pm). We like to avoid the crowd a little and then we can spend the rest of the day with the family. My dad volunteers at the church and has helped with all 4 services this year and last. And again, Rod is now working there on the weekends typically, and this included Christmas Eve this year. So he went in at 10am and did not come home until around 8pm.

After church my mom, my younger brother, the kid and I went back to my mom's house for the day. We played and watched movies, etc. We worked on getting dinner ready before Rod and my dad came home. We had super yummy ribs. This is going to become a new tradition I think. :-)

The kids and I made cookies for Santa. We cheated this year and just made Otis Spunkmier chocolate chip cookies this year. I was not in the mood to make the sugar cookies with frosting like we did last year. I really would like that to be a tradition, maybe next year when the kids are a little older.

Christmas day in our pre-kid days was spent at my parents house. We would open all the presents and then make a big breakfast. Sit around all day just hanging out and then have a big dinner that night. We still pretty much do the same now that we did then, but we do part of it at our house. Since having the kids, I have my parents (and brothers if they are in town) come over in the morning. We used to open presents and THEN eat breakfast. Since Diabetes entered our lives 2 1/2 years ago. Now we usually eat first and then open all the presents. Santa is nice enough to leave a few things unwrapped, so the kids can play with those while they wait for breakfast to finish cooking and the grown-ups to eat. (the kids eat FAST, or very little on this day)

After breakfast and presents at my house, we get ready and head over to my mom and dad's house where we have another gift opening session. The kids are ALWAYS spoiled and get WAY TOO MANY gifts. But, they love it and I know how hard it is to resist all the cute and fun things for the kids. This year they are going to be VERY spoiled, I saw SO many gifts under my mom's tree for them. (I told the Superhero we should take some back because they are too many, he doesn't agree. Good thing I was joking. :) )

After present opening over there, we just hang out for the day. Watch TV, eat a light lunch, make the food for dinner that night. We then eat a big Christmas dinner. Usually that would consist of ham, potatoes, gravy, biscuits, zuccini pie, etc. We are having a banana cream pie and a chocolate cake for dessert.

So, I guess our actual tradition is not so much the days we do things, because as we have all gotten married and my brothers moved away, we don't always do the same things on the actual days, it is more about spending time together. And that is what it is really all about.

So, how do YOU celebrate?


And MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your familes.


*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Birthday to The Superhero...

I cannot believe 4 years ago today, The Superhero was born.


4 YEARS.

We are celebrating with mini golf today and a pizza party tonight. Lots of fun will be had by all. :)


I hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane as much as I did looking through all these pictures.

My little Superhero has grown from in my tummy...to a 7lb 11oz baby boy...to a Big 4 year old Superhero.
(Sorry you can't read the captions well. Picture 1-profile in the womb; Picture 2-28 weeks along, at the Grand Canyon for our 1 year anniversary; Picture 3-30 weeks along, just out of the shower, with wet hair; Picture 4-38 weeks along, 6 days before he was born, headed to a Christmas Party)














HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SUPERHERO! I love you SO much!

*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I wish

*SIGH*

I wish I could tell you I have not been blogging because I have been SO busy with the holidays. You know, all the planning, shopping, partying, etc.

BUT, that is not entirely the case.

You see, the kids have been SICK for WEEKS.

It all started on Thanksgiving (yep, 3 1/2 weeks ago).

The Superhero woke up on Thanksgiving night with ear pain. Trip to urgent care at 2am and back home with antibiotics an hour or so later.

Then The Princess and I got sick that weekend too. I can't remember, but I think Rod avoided illness #1.

The Princess was coughing a lot. We started breathing treatments up again 2x per day, or more if needed.

We all started to get better within a few days.

Then a couple weeks later, it started again. I blogged HERE about The Superhero and his croup/steroids. I took both kids to the doctor the following Monday. They were both pretty miserable. LOTS of coughing.

The Superhero had an ear infection. Antibiotics. Cough should get better with Xopenex treatments.

The Princess also had croup. Keep doing breathing treatments and humidifier. And the doc thought one of her tubes might have a problem, it had a little dried blood around the tube. I should follow up with her ENT and use ear drops 1x per day for 7 days. I decided to wait to make the ENT appointment until I could see if the drops seemed to help at all.

I took her in again the next day since her breathing was worse AND she had a fever above 102.0 degrees.

She was breathing FAST (up to 50+ times per minute). Her O2 rate was 95%. Sent for chest x-rays and blood work. Her chest x-ray came back normal. Her blood work came back with white count low, which means it is just a virus.

Virus just means we watch and wait. I got sick again somewhere in there too.


We kept The Superhero home from school the whole week before his break to make sure he could rest and get better.

If either one of them over did it, they would start coughing and not be able to stop easily. It was much harder to breathe. So we tried to keep things low key with no major play time.

We spent the whole week being cooped up in the apartment. Let me just say, being stuck inside with 2 sick, but starting to feel better kids, while trying to get all of my work done before my break, was F.U.N. (NOT)

After 2 days of ear drops, I LOST the bottle. I waited it out until Friday morning when I realized she was getting worse. I called the doctor's office to see if they would refill the rx since I lost it, they did. We started drops again that night. Only now instead of one ear needing them, the right ear was leaking and was definitely infected. I chose to do drops in both ears. She has the tubes in place, but that does not mean she won't get an infection. The ear will just drain now instead of filling with fluid. And let me tell you, it is G.R.O.S.S. Blood and fluid coming out of her ears and into her hair. Drying on the outside of her face and ear. Yuck.

And then yesterday, The Superhero ALSO started complaining of ear pain. AGAIN. He JUST had an infection and JUST had antibiotics. This is NOT good. I am NOT going to Urgent care again. I have been drugging him up with Motrin every 6 hours and I will take him to the doctor on Monday if he is still complaining.

And then Rod and I got sick AGAIN too. We are both sinusy and not feeling well. My parents got sick too. They have been around the kids off and on over the last few weeks, so it was inevitable, but still sucks. They both have the same crap we have now. This sucks.

We all HAVE to get better.

My brother comes in town from Texas tomorrow. The Superhero turns FOUR on Tuesday and we are supposed to take him mini golfing and have his party at the pizza place. I don't want to miss the Christmas Eve service at church. I have missed SO many services lately and this is one I don't want to miss. Then of course Saturday is Christmas with fun filled plans. Then my older brother and his wife and my niece will be coming in on the 28th.

We HAVE to be better. Period.


*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*

Saturday, December 11, 2010

2nd verse same as the 1st

The Superhero started coughing that barky cough on Thursday afternoon. You know, the one that makes him sound like a seal. That can only mean ONE thing, CROUP.

He sounded worse on Friday. But, even though I KNEW I should take him in to the doctor, I chose to tough it out at home. I figured all she would be able to do was give him steroids. And I wanted to avoid those at all costs. We made it through Friday without too much trouble. Rod and I even got out KID FREE and went to his 2nd job's Christmas Party. My parents watched the kids and said that The Superhero hardly coughed at all.

We came home late and put the kids to bed. It was about 11pm by the time we were all sleeping soundly. That is until about 2am when I heard The Superhero calling me between coughs in his room. He sounded AWFUL and could barely breathe. I have never seen him struggle so hard. I finally grabbed him and brought him to the living room and got the breathing machine ready with medicine (which is actually for The Princess).

He then started gagging and even threw up a little because he was coughing so much. While Rod was giving him the breathing treatment I made the decision to take him to the ER. I was scared and did not know what else to do. So I threw on my clothes, called my parents to see if one of them would come with me, and we ran out the door.

Of course, all the way to the hospital, he sounded better and barely coughed at all. I am sure the breathing treatment helped along with the cool night air. The whole time we were in the ER he only coughed a few times. They ended up letting us go pretty quickly. Just some steroids and we were one our way. The steroids should be in his system for 48 hours.

And let me say, from experience, I HATE steroids + Diabetes.

BG's are through the roof and are not budging. He is still coughing a ton today and is NOT feeling well with BG's in the 450's ALL day.

Hopefully, he will be feeling better in the next few days. We have Christmas events to celebrate! And family coming to town.

This is all sounding A LOT like last year in our house.

Seems we had illness after illness last year too! And again this year, we were all sick around Thanksgiving and again a week later. I am ready for it to be over now.

We need a BG and illness break. I don't know how much more I can take.


*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hello blog!

I have missed you. I promise I will be back soon. Things are crazy this time of year, but I miss you so much.

I need my blog time. Lots of things happening here. I will be back soon.



*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

30 Facts about Type 1 Diabetes

I would like to thank all of you who made it all 30 days with me. I have ALL 30 Diabetes Facts listed below. They can also be found on the tab at the top of the page. Feel free to link up and share as much and as often as you would like. I definitely had a lot to SAE this month.



Diabetes Fact #30: Diabetes sucks, but, we have the BEST support network EVER.

Diabetes Fact #29: It is important to know and understand the signs of a HIGH blood sugar for a person with T1 Diabetes.

Diabetes Fact #28: The siblings of people with T1 Diabetes are AMAZING.

Diabetes Fact #27: Knowing the signs of a LOW blood sugar and how to treat the low can save someone's life!

Diabetes Fact #26: Adults and children with T1 Diabetes are incredibly BRAVE and STRONG.

Diabetes Fact #25:A Diabetes diagnosis can put strain on the marriage of the person with T1 (for adults) or for the parents of the child diagnosed.

Diabetes Fact #24:Complications from out of range blood sugars with T1 Diabetics are very real and very worrisome to those living with the disease (and their parents/loved ones).

Diabetes Fact #23:The only thing constant with Diabetes, is that nothing stays the same.

Diabetes Fact #22:Diabetes is a family disease and affects every person in the family, near and far.

Diabetes Fact #21:Having Type 1 Diabetes means finger pokes 8-10 times per day (or more) and YES that means using BLOOD to do this.

Diabetes Fact #20:Despite 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, fatigue, and EVERYTHING they do or don't do every.single.day.

Diabetes Fact #19: T1 Diabetes is a 24/7/365 disease. It NEVER sleeps and neither do the parents of the children who have it (or the T1 people themselves).

Diabetes Fact #18: T1 Diabetes can happen to ANYONE, it is not necessarily hereditary. This means that yes, it CAN happen to YOU or to someone YOU know.

Diabetes Fact #17: People with T1 or T2 Diabetes (and their caregivers) are more likely to experience depression than their peers without Diabetes.

Diabetes Fact #16: The out of pocket cost of managing T1 Diabetes is EXPENSIVE.

Diabetes Fact #15: Having Type 1 and getting an illness (especially a tummy bug) CAN be dangerous.

Diabetes Fact #14: Without insulin, a person with T1 Diabetes would DIE within ONE week.

Diabetes Fact #13: Type 1 Diabetes usually strikes children, adolescents, and young adults, but it CAN be diagnosed in adults as well.

Diabetes Fact #12: It is important for families of Diabetic children or the people with Diabetes themselves to genuinely try to understand what we go through, to learn about Diabetes along with us, and to support us through encouraging comments.

Diabetes Fact #11: Diabetes is ALL consuming. It is NOT our life, but it is a HUGE part of it.

Diabetes Fact #10: Parents of children with Diabetes HATE when people say "I could NEVER do it!" when referring to the management of their kid's disease. In reality, YOU could, and WOULD do it if you HAD to. We probably had the same thoughts as you and now look at us, doing it 24/7.

Diabetes Fact #9: The term "Juvenile Diabetes" is outdated. We now call it "T1 Diabetes" or "Insulin Dependent Diabetes". People with this type of Diabetes will NEVER outgrow it. EVER. They will have this relentless disease until a CURE is found.

Diabetes Fact #8: A cure would be great, but a long life without complications is a close second for people with T1 Diabetes.





*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*

The BEST support network EVER

(NaBloPoMo Day 30, whew!)
When The Superhero was diagnosed with T1 diabetes, we knew our lives were going to change. We had NO IDEA just how much things would change.

Our lives became so consumed with diabetes that it became difficult to have relationships with the friends in our lives. Our life was so much different than theirs. Of course we still love those friends, things are just different now.

Before The Superhero was even released from the hospital my dad had found Children With Diabetes and sent the link my way. I signed up and started reading while The Superhero was still in ICU. I felt a connection to the people and posts I was reading.

I also found a local yahoo group for families with T1 Diabetes. This is an online group of families living in our area that post messages to each other online and have meet ups in person once in a while.

Over time, I started "friending" many of the D Mamas on facebook and we got to know each other more and more. The connection continued to grow as I posted and read status updates about blood sugars, site changes, insulin, hospital trips, etc. I never felt like any of us were complaining, we were just looking for the "I have been there" or the "Sorry you have to deal with that" or the "Sorry he/she has been high/low all night and you got no sleep" comments.

It meant A LOT to have the support from other families who knew exactly what every day and every night were like for us in our house.

Then I read some posts with links to BLOGS. After reading a few of them (Wendy, Beth, and Leigh) I decided to start my own. Then Wendy got me joining in on Sunday chats with some of the other D Mamas and I felt such a strong connection to these women scattered throughout the US and Canada.

I became friends with all of them through facebook too. We have formed such a strong bond with one another and I feel incredibly Blessed to have each one of them in my life.

We share Christmas Cards. We have gift exchanges. We have participated in a kids gift exchange. We check on each other when someone goes MIA for a while. We pray for each other. We give virtual (((HUGS))) and support each other like I could never have imagined.

D Mamas are always there when you need them. Someone is always available through text or chat. And D Mamas ALWAYS support each other in times of need.

And it is ALWAYS fun when we get to meet in person!

I posted about a play date with Wendy and her girls, which was mostly fun.

I also posted about a gathering among some other D Mama Bloggers.

Laura posted about the first time she met Joanne.

Laura posted about a play date with Joanne and Jessica.

Wendy posted about her WDD meet up with several D Mamas. Heidi posted about WDD as well.

Wendy posted about her awesome D Mama meet up in VEGAS with Shamae and Megann.

Wendy posted about several local D Mama meet-ups. Our local support in AZ is pretty awesome, I think you ALL should move here. :-)

Wendy posted about a D pot luck even in which she forgot the INSULIN. Thank goodness for D Mamas who can come to the rescue!

Joanne posted about how much she loves the DOC.

Heidi posted about how Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining.

Hallie posted about meeting Lora and her meet up with Misty.

Hallie also posted about meeting The Princess and I in September.

More posts about the AWESOMENESS of the DOC (Diabetes Online Community):

Lora posted about how blogging helped lift a fog.

Meri posted about the friendships she has found inside her computer.

Nicole posted about the DOC being one of their biggest supporters.

Laura also posted about the DOC being her biggest supporter.

Heidi posted about her online friends she has never met.

I honestly don't know how I would get through each day without them. Lots of love to you all!

I hate that we have diabetes in our lives, but I LOVE that we are lucky enough to have the BEST support network, EVER.


Diabetes Fact #30: Diabetes sucks, but, we have the BEST support network EVER.

Diabetes Fact #29: It is important to know and understand the signs of a HIGH blood sugar for a person with T1 Diabetes.

Diabetes Fact #28: The siblings of people with T1 Diabetes are AMAZING.

Diabetes Fact #27: Knowing the signs of a LOW blood sugar and how to treat the low can save someone's life!

Diabetes Fact #26: Adults and children with T1 Diabetes are incredibly BRAVE and STRONG.

Diabetes Fact #25:A Diabetes diagnosis can put strain on the marriage of the person with T1 (for adults) or for the parents of the child diagnosed.

Diabetes Fact #24:Complications from out of range blood sugars with T1 Diabetics are very real and very worrisome to those living with the disease (and their parents/loved ones).

Diabetes Fact #23:The only thing constant with Diabetes, is that nothing stays the same.

Diabetes Fact #22:Diabetes is a family disease and affects every person in the family, near and far.

Diabetes Fact #21:Having Type 1 Diabetes means finger pokes 8-10 times per day (or more) and YES that means using BLOOD to do this.

Diabetes Fact #20:Despite 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, fatigue, and EVERYTHING they do or don't do every.single.day.

Diabetes Fact #19: T1 Diabetes is a 24/7/365 disease. It NEVER sleeps and neither do the parents of the children who have it (or the T1 people themselves).

Diabetes Fact #18: T1 Diabetes can happen to ANYONE, it is not necessarily hereditary. This means that yes, it CAN happen to YOU or to someone YOU know.

Diabetes Fact #17: People with T1 or T2 Diabetes (and their caregivers) are more likely to experience depression than their peers without Diabetes.

Diabetes Fact #16: The out of pocket cost of managing T1 Diabetes is EXPENSIVE.

Diabetes Fact #15: Having Type 1 and getting an illness (especially a tummy bug) CAN be dangerous.

Diabetes Fact #14: Without insulin, a person with T1 Diabetes would DIE within ONE week.

Diabetes Fact #13: Type 1 Diabetes usually strikes children, adolescents, and young adults, but it CAN be diagnosed in adults as well.

Diabetes Fact #12: It is important for families of Diabetic children or the people with Diabetes themselves to genuinely try to understand what we go through, to learn about Diabetes along with us, and to support us through encouraging comments.

Diabetes Fact #11: Diabetes is ALL consuming. It is NOT our life, but it is a HUGE part of it.

Diabetes Fact #10: Parents of children with Diabetes HATE when people say "I could NEVER do it!" when referring to the management of their kid's disease. In reality, YOU could, and WOULD do it if you HAD to. We probably had the same thoughts as you and now look at us, doing it 24/7.

Diabetes Fact #9: The term "Juvenile Diabetes" is outdated. We now call it "T1 Diabetes" or "Insulin Dependent Diabetes". People with this type of Diabetes will NEVER outgrow it. EVER. They will have this relentless disease until a CURE is found.

Diabetes Fact #8: A cure would be great, but a long life without complications is a close second for people with T1 Diabetes.





*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*

Monday, November 29, 2010

Symptoms of a high

(NaBloPoMo Day 29)
While it is important to know the symptoms of a LOW blood sugar, I think it is also important for people to understand a little more about HIGH blood sugars.

Again, from the JDRF site:

High Blood Sugar: Definition, Symptoms

High blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, occurs when the body has too much food or glucose, or too little insulin. The following are all potential reasons that a person with type 1 diabetes might have high blood sugar:

  • Not enough insulin taken
  • Eating more than usual
  • Eating earlier than usual
  • Eating food with higher glucose content without injecting extra insulin
  • Injecting insulin at a site on the body where the absorption rate is slower
  • Missing or skipping an insulin dose
  • A clog in insulin pump tubing
  • Less exercise than normal
  • Stress
  • Illness or injury
  • Other hormones
  • Medications


High blood sugar generally does not immediately put the person with type 1 diabetes in danger. However, high blood sugar levels over long periods of time can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and amputation.

Very high blood sugar levels can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), or a "diabetic coma." DKA occurs when the cells can't get the energy they need from glucose, and the body begins to burn fat and body tissue for energy. This causes the release of byproducts called ketones, which are dangerous when released at high levels. Ketones become like poison to the body and are passed in the urine as they build up in the blood.

A person with type 1 diabetes and high blood sugar may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Thirst (dehydration)
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurry vision
  • Stomach pain
  • Increased hunger
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness, lethargy, exhaustion
  • Confusion
  • Sweating
  • Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
  • Vomiting
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Weight loss (a longer-term symptom) that eventually leads to coma

So, what do people with T1 need to do when their blood sugar is higher than normal?

Click HERE to read what JDRF recommends.


When The Superhero is high, he needs insulin.

We typically give insulin through his pump, unless it is suspected that his site is the problem. In that case we would use a syringe to administer his insulin.

We monitor his blood sugar closely to make sure he comes down, SAFELY.

We check for ketones as needed to prevent DKA.

When The Superhero is high, he is MEAN. I don't just mean, ordinarily not nice, I mean MEAN. He turns into a monster.

He drinks a lot.

He pees a lot.

He sweats a lot.

He is MEAN. (didn't I say that?)

M.E.A.N.

I try to cut him a little slack for his behavior when he is high for a lengthy period of time. I know he has a hard time controlling his behavior. I try to make sure The Princess is not around him too much, or she will get hurt. Seriously.

Then we just WAIT it out. And hope/pray the BG comes down so he can be back to his normal self.


Diabetes Fact #29: It is important to know and understand the signs of a HIGH blood sugar for a person with T1 Diabetes.

Diabetes Fact #28: The siblings of people with T1 Diabetes are AMAZING.


Diabetes Fact #27: Knowing the signs of a LOW blood sugar and how to treat the low can save someone's life!

Diabetes Fact #26: Adults and children with T1 Diabetes are incredibly BRAVE and STRONG.

Diabetes Fact #25:A Diabetes diagnosis can put strain on the marriage of the person with T1 (for adults) or for the parents of the child diagnosed.

Diabetes Fact #24:Complications from out of range blood sugars with T1 Diabetics are very real and very worrisome to those living with the disease (and their parents/loved ones).

Diabetes Fact #23:The only thing constant with Diabetes, is that nothing stays the same.

Diabetes Fact #22:Diabetes is a family disease and affects every person in the family, near and far.

Diabetes Fact #21:Having Type 1 Diabetes means finger pokes 8-10 times per day (or more) and YES that means using BLOOD to do this.

Diabetes Fact #20:Despite 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, fatigue, and EVERYTHING they do or don't do every.single.day.

Diabetes Fact #19: T1 Diabetes is a 24/7/365 disease. It NEVER sleeps and neither do the parents of the children who have it (or the T1 people themselves).

Diabetes Fact #18: T1 Diabetes can happen to ANYONE, it is not necessarily hereditary. This means that yes, it CAN happen to YOU or to someone YOU know.

Diabetes Fact #17: People with T1 or T2 Diabetes (and their caregivers) are more likely to experience depression than their peers without Diabetes.

Diabetes Fact #16: The out of pocket cost of managing T1 Diabetes is EXPENSIVE.

Diabetes Fact #15: Having Type 1 and getting an illness (especially a tummy bug) CAN be dangerous.

Diabetes Fact #14: Without insulin, a person with T1 Diabetes would DIE within ONE week.

Diabetes Fact #13: Type 1 Diabetes usually strikes children, adolescents, and young adults, but it CAN be diagnosed in adults as well.

Diabetes Fact #12: It is important for families of Diabetic children or the people with Diabetes themselves to genuinely try to understand what we go through, to learn about Diabetes along with us, and to support us through encouraging comments.

Diabetes Fact #11: Diabetes is ALL consuming. It is NOT our life, but it is a HUGE part of it.

Diabetes Fact #10: Parents of children with Diabetes HATE when people say "I could NEVER do it!" when referring to the management of their kid's disease. In reality, YOU could, and WOULD do it if you HAD to. We probably had the same thoughts as you and now look at us, doing it 24/7.

Diabetes Fact #9: The term "Juvenile Diabetes" is outdated. We now call it "T1 Diabetes" or "Insulin Dependent Diabetes". People with this type of Diabetes will NEVER outgrow it. EVER. They will have this relentless disease until a CURE is found.

Diabetes Fact #8: A cure would be great, but a long life without complications is a close second for people with T1 Diabetes.






*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Diabetes Siblings: The Princess

(NaBloPoMo Day 28)

Special Sib of a D-Kid Day is an event/day that was created on Facebook to honor/celebrate the siblings of those living with T1 Diabetes.

It is not uncommon for Diabetes and the children living with it to overshadow their non-Diabetic siblings. This is something as parents of children with Diabetes we would never intentionally do, diabetes tends to take over our lives.

None of us love any of our kids any more or less than the others. I am thankful THIS day has been set aside to talk about the SPECIAL Siblings, and in our case, The Princess.

I am going to share about The Princess in 2 parts because I don't want Diabetes to take over what I write about her, but I think it is important to include the D part too.

How Diabetes affects The Princess...

She knows no life without Diabetes. I often think she thinks that SHE has Diabetes. She is always wanting me to check her "ginger" (finger). She gets MAD if I don't when she requests it. I usually give in and check her. (and yes, all numbers have been in range, whew!)

If The Superhero is low, she wants juice or fruit snacks too. I usually give in to this one as well.

And sadly, there are times when Diabetes HAS to come first. If I am changing a site, treating a combative LOW, etc. She tends to get pushed aside and HAS to wait until I am done. I hate this, but there are times when Diabetes has to come first.

She knows all of his supplies. She knows what his Dexie is and can go get it out of his room if he forgets it in there in the morning or at nap time. She will see his "black kit" for checking his finger and know exactly what it is. She can even see supplies of OTHER people when we are out with D families and know what they are, even if The Superhero is not around!

She gets sad when The Superhero is not feeling well due to a low. She rubs his back while I hold him. She is adorable when it comes to all of the D stuff. I just hope we never really have to do any of it for her too!


Some non-Diabetes things that make us LOVE our Princess.

She is ADORABLE.

She has a GREAT smile.

She laughs A LOT and makes us laugh too.

She has the cutest little voice.

She is SUPER smart, too much for her own good sometimes.

She is a MONKEY.

She LOVES taking her clothes off. ALL.THE.TIME. It is annoying, yet cute at the same time.

She is BEYOND INDEPENDENT. And apparently just like I was at this age, I survived, so I am sure she will too!

She has a LOVE/HATE relationship with shoes. She loves whatever is the newest pair. And won't leave the rest on her feet.

She LOVES babies. A. LOT. (dolls and real ones)

She loves tutus. And twirling.

She loves hair bows. And flowers.

She loves to get dirty.

She loves swimming.

She loves to cuddle, when SHE is in the mood.

She did not learn to talk until after 18 months old. And now, she can say SO many words, she amazes me every day.

She loves her brother, even if they don't always get along.

She is drama.

She has TEARS that can break your heart!

She gives the BEST squeezy hugs, EVER.

She is simply, amazing.

And The Superhero is LUCKY to have her as his D Sibling.


Diabetes Fact #28: The siblings of people with T1 Diabetes are AMAZING.

Diabetes Fact #27: Knowing the signs of a LOW blood sugar and how to treat the low can save someone's life!


Diabetes Fact #26: Adults and children with T1 Diabetes are incredibly BRAVE and STRONG.

Diabetes Fact #25:A Diabetes diagnosis can put strain on the marriage of the person with T1 (for adults) or for the parents of the child diagnosed.

Diabetes Fact #24:Complications from out of range blood sugars with T1 Diabetics are very real and very worrisome to those living with the disease (and their parents/loved ones).

Diabetes Fact #23:The only thing constant with Diabetes, is that nothing stays the same.

Diabetes Fact #22:Diabetes is a family disease and affects every person in the family, near and far.

Diabetes Fact #21:Having Type 1 Diabetes means finger pokes 8-10 times per day (or more) and YES that means using BLOOD to do this.

Diabetes Fact #20:Despite 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, fatigue, and EVERYTHING they do or don't do every.single.day.

Diabetes Fact #19: T1 Diabetes is a 24/7/365 disease. It NEVER sleeps and neither do the parents of the children who have it (or the T1 people themselves).

Diabetes Fact #18: T1 Diabetes can happen to ANYONE, it is not necessarily hereditary. This means that yes, it CAN happen to YOU or to someone YOU know.

Diabetes Fact #17: People with T1 or T2 Diabetes (and their caregivers) are more likely to experience depression than their peers without Diabetes.

Diabetes Fact #16: The out of pocket cost of managing T1 Diabetes is EXPENSIVE.

Diabetes Fact #15: Having Type 1 and getting an illness (especially a tummy bug) CAN be dangerous.

Diabetes Fact #14: Without insulin, a person with T1 Diabetes would DIE within ONE week.

Diabetes Fact #13: Type 1 Diabetes usually strikes children, adolescents, and young adults, but it CAN be diagnosed in adults as well.

Diabetes Fact #12: It is important for families of Diabetic children or the people with Diabetes themselves to genuinely try to understand what we go through, to learn about Diabetes along with us, and to support us through encouraging comments.

Diabetes Fact #11: Diabetes is ALL consuming. It is NOT our life, but it is a HUGE part of it.

Diabetes Fact #10: Parents of children with Diabetes HATE when people say "I could NEVER do it!" when referring to the management of their kid's disease. In reality, YOU could, and WOULD do it if you HAD to. We probably had the same thoughts as you and now look at us, doing it 24/7.

Diabetes Fact #9: The term "Juvenile Diabetes" is outdated. We now call it "T1 Diabetes" or "Insulin Dependent Diabetes". People with this type of Diabetes will NEVER outgrow it. EVER. They will have this relentless disease until a CURE is found.

Diabetes Fact #8: A cure would be great, but a long life without complications is a close second for people with T1 Diabetes.





*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Card Exchange EXTENSION

Some of you may have seen the post by Cindy @Eaten Alive about the Christmas Card Exchange she was going to put together. She has decided to combine her idea with mine and we will have ONE list. :-)

She had posted a deadline of December 1st, so I will extend the deadline to that date for anyone to sign up. As of today we have a little over 20 people participating! This is going to be fun!

If you have not signed up yet, please go HERE and fill out the form.


*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*

Symptoms of a low

(NaBloPoMo Day 27)
As we near the end of National Diabetes Month, I thought it would be important to share the signs of a LOW blood sugar (signs of a High blood sugar will come on Monday).

For those of you without Diabetes in your family, these signs could still come in handy. You may see someone with Diabetes exhibit these signs and they may need YOUR help.

I know in the school where The Superhero goes they mentioned letting all the staff know about his Diabetes so they could help him if he were found wandering on campus.

You never know when this info might come in handy, so PLEASE continue reading and then stick these signs in the back of your mind.



From the JDRF website:

Low Blood Sugar: Definition, Symptoms

Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is the most common and most dangerous condition for many people with type 1 diabetes. Very low blood sugar may lead to insulin shock, which can be life threatening if not promptly treated. Low blood sugar occurs when the body has too little food/glucose or too much insulin.

The following are all potential reasons that a person with diabetes might have low blood sugar:

  • Too much insulin taken
  • Eating less than usual
  • Eating later than usual
  • Insulin was injected at a site on the body where the absorption rate is faster than usual
  • Injecting extra insulin after forgetting about a previous dose
  • More exercise than normal
  • Illness or injury
  • Other hormones
  • Medication interaction

The following is a list of general symptoms that indicate low blood sugar (the person with type 1 diabetes may exhibit one or more of these):

  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness
  • Personality change/irrational behavior
  • Blurry vision
  • Shakiness
  • Nausea
  • Crying
  • Sluggishness
  • Sweating
  • Poor coordination
  • Hunger
  • Lightheadedness
  • Irritability
  • Drowsiness
  • Erratic response to questions
  • Inability to concentrate

Severe symptoms (symptoms as listed above, plus):

  • Convulsions
  • Unconsciousness


Some people can "feel" their lows and treat them without worry. Others (such as The Superhero, due to age) do not always feel their lows. And some people develop Hypoglycemia Unawareness in which they can no longer detect their lows.

If a person has a low blood sugar, he/she needs to consume carbohydrates to bring the low up to a safe blood sugar. The carbohydrates can be anything from juice or glucose tablets to candy or milk.

Typically, with a low blood sugar you would want to have a "fast" acting carbohydrate in order to get the blood sugar up more quickly. It may also be good to add some complex carbohydrates or some protein to help keep the blood sugar stable once it rises.

If a person with T1 diabetes is unable to treat their own low blood sugar due to unconsciousness, it is important for there to be someone trained (and willing) to use glucagon to save the person's life.



It is not uncommon for the Superhero to be combative when he is low (and others with Diabetes as well). He will FIGHT you on eating/drinking carbs until you force them in him and he starts to feel better.

There have been times when I have had to draw some juice into the end of a straw and force it in his mouth. And this usually leads to both of us covered in juice, but his blood sugar starts to come up quickly and he is more willing to finish the juice box with no problems. I hate when this happens, it can be SCARY!


Diabetes Fact #27: Knowing the signs of a LOW blood sugar and how to treat the low can save someone's life!

Diabetes Fact #26: Adults and children with T1 Diabetes are incredibly BRAVE and STRONG.

Diabetes Fact #25:A Diabetes diagnosis can put strain on the marriage of the person with T1 (for adults) or for the parents of the child diagnosed.

Diabetes Fact #24:Complications from out of range blood sugars with T1 Diabetics are very real and very worrisome to those living with the disease (and their parents/loved ones).

Diabetes Fact #23:The only thing constant with Diabetes, is that nothing stays the same.

Diabetes Fact #22:Diabetes is a family disease and affects every person in the family, near and far.

Diabetes Fact #21:Having Type 1 Diabetes means finger pokes 8-10 times per day (or more) and YES that means using BLOOD to do this.

Diabetes Fact #20:Despite 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, fatigue, and EVERYTHING they do or don't do every.single.day.

Diabetes Fact #19: T1 Diabetes is a 24/7/365 disease. It NEVER sleeps and neither do the parents of the children who have it (or the T1 people themselves).

Diabetes Fact #18: T1 Diabetes can happen to ANYONE, it is not necessarily hereditary. This means that yes, it CAN happen to YOU or to someone YOU know.

Diabetes Fact #17: People with T1 or T2 Diabetes (and their caregivers) are more likely to experience depression than their peers without Diabetes.

Diabetes Fact #16: The out of pocket cost of managing T1 Diabetes is EXPENSIVE.

Diabetes Fact #15: Having Type 1 and getting an illness (especially a tummy bug) CAN be dangerous.

Diabetes Fact #14: Without insulin, a person with T1 Diabetes would DIE within ONE week.

Diabetes Fact #13: Type 1 Diabetes usually strikes children, adolescents, and young adults, but it CAN be diagnosed in adults as well.

Diabetes Fact #12: It is important for families of Diabetic children or the people with Diabetes themselves to genuinely try to understand what we go through, to learn about Diabetes along with us, and to support us through encouraging comments.

Diabetes Fact #11: Diabetes is ALL consuming. It is NOT our life, but it is a HUGE part of it.

Diabetes Fact #10: Parents of children with Diabetes HATE when people say "I could NEVER do it!" when referring to the management of their kid's disease. In reality, YOU could, and WOULD do it if you HAD to. We probably had the same thoughts as you and now look at us, doing it 24/7.

Diabetes Fact #9: The term "Juvenile Diabetes" is outdated. We now call it "T1 Diabetes" or "Insulin Dependent Diabetes". People with this type of Diabetes will NEVER outgrow it. EVER. They will have this relentless disease until a CURE is found.

Diabetes Fact #8: A cure would be great, but a long life without complications is a close second for people with T1 Diabetes.






*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*
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