Monday, August 29, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The last few years, we've done a walk to raise money for diabetes research. Leah looks forward to it, and it feels good to help make a difference.
This year we decided to switch it up a bit. We're still doing a walk, but we're doing our OWN walk! There are about a dozen families in the small community I live in that have children with Type 1, and on October 22, 2011 we are coming together for our own event and donating the proceeds to The Faustman Lab.
The cool part is, this walk is not just a local event....it's also a VIRTUAL WALK, meaning ANYONE can participate by donating and dedicating their walk or run for the day to the cause. We want to reach as many people as possible while raising awareness for our kids and helping to cure this disease.
Visit the Miles of Hope registration page to register, donate, and participate. We know it will make a difference!!
Monday, August 8, 2011
The first year, it was because she had just turned 5, was newly diagnosed, and the thought of leaving her ANYWHERE, even with medical professionals, felt overwhelming and scary.
The next year, she was a little older, on a pump and a little more independent, and seeing her more comfortable with things of course felt like she was growing up too fast.
This year, her crazy 4 year old brother gets to go too...and seeing them enjoy it together brought all the waterworks back one more time.
Of course, there is also the reminder that we're here BECAUSE of diabetes, and really I would like it to go away.
But that reminder will be overshadowed by the fun they'll have while not needing to be checked on by me. And the fact that she's safe because of highly trained counselors and volunteers. And the fact that she gets to see all kinds of kids going through the exact same things as her.
For that, I am very, very grateful.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Day one rolled around and she had a great time. As I dropped her off (it's a three hour camp and I was staying close by to handle blood sugar issues) I sort of explained a few things to the bewildered-looking instructors. I really didn't say much, actually, other than "here's my phone number, call me if she's beeping." I left a juice box just in case, but knew I could be there in minute if they needed me.
Of course, less than an hour into things she was beeping. It had to be right in the middle of the yoga portion too--you know, when a bunch of 6 and 7 year olds are supposed to be meditating. They called me, I corrected the 250 blood sugar, and popped back in for snack time a little while later.
Day two rolls around. Same exact breakfast. Same exact scenario. However, when they called and said "She's beeping," (at roughly the same time) I tested and she was....50. Ahh, thanks diabetes for never working the same way twice.
The rest of the week she was consistently low mid-morning no matter what changes I made, so we'll keep working at it. It's a nice reminder for what's to come as school rolls around in the next few weeks. The nerves, the new schedule, the changes day to day.
Maybe we'll just try her new yoga meditation to calm those blood sugars right down... :)