Monday, August 29, 2011

Baked Oatmeal

My kids love oatmeal and it's a good breakfast for school days. A friend shared a baked oatmeal recipe with me this summer, and I made a few changes to cut down on sugar.  I had some extra time this morning to make it and I think it turned out great. A good breakfast to start off another week of school!

Baked Oatmeal

4 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup melted butter or butter substitute
1/4 cup agave nectar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix dry ingredients. Add butter, milk, agave and egg/egg whites and combine. Pour into a 9x13 pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake until set, about 20 minutes (just check after 15 or so, you don't want to dry it out).

Cut into 8 squares (big pieces, but my kids are big breakfast eaters) and each piece is 30 carbs. 

*We like to put some extra milk and a little honey or agave on top of ours.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Back to school!

Second grade started today. Sigh. Where does the time go??

Leah was super excited, although she usually has some anxiety about diabetes stuff as a new school year rolls around. New schedule, when to test blood sugar, how to get to lunch on time with her friends....stuff I really wish she didn't have to think about and could just enjoy her day!

She's surprised me a little this year in that she's much more vocal about how her schedule being disrupted makes her feel. When I told her she'd have to go to the office at 1:45 every day to test at the tail end of recess, she pretty much told me a sort of nice way. It's more important to her to stay with her class through recess, go back inside with everyone, and then test on the way back through. A very slight change, but one I can live with and totally respect. We're also treating lows in the classroom this year, which she was super excited about. 

I don't want diabetes to disrupt her day any more than she does, so compromises are fine by me as long as we're not compromising her care. I'm proud she's speaking up and taking a little more initiative to feel more comfortable. I know we'll have good and bad days like we always do, but remaining positive and keeping her involved will hopefully help when diabetes rears its ugly head.

Her summary of her first day? "I had so much fun I forgot I even had diabetes!!"

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Miles of Hope!!!

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'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

It's camp time!!

Every year, Leah's diabetes camp turns me into a blubbering mess.

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

Yoga, Art, and Dancing, Oh My!!

Leah had been counting the days until her Yoga, Art, and Dance camp started, because according to her..."those are my 3 favorite things in the whole world!" She's a tad bit girly.

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... :)