Friday, July 22, 2011

keytones are scary to me

Morning everyone!  How hot is it in your town?  Yesterday we reached 47 degrees Celsius with the humidex and today is supposed to be around 40!  Needless to say we haven't really been out of the house since Monday because of the heatwave and I think we are going a bit batty because of it.  Yesterday we had to go out in the heat for a half an hour maybe and it resulted in a 2.6 that was a toughy to rebound from.  This morning he was up at 2:30 having chest and foot pains and didn't say anything to me about the pain he just woke me up and said he couldn't sleep.  So we went to the living room and turned up the A/C and tried to rest.  We eventually fell asleep and he got up early and made me breakfast again...such a sweetie but it's gotta stop.  He gets up and uses sharp knives and the toaster without being supervised at all and it scares the hell out of me.  he's so sneaky lol.  When he looked at me and told me about his pains I saw his dry lips and flushed face and nearly cried...I know that face.  I had him test and he was 17.9...we did a blood keytone test 0.4 I've never seen it over 0.2 to tell you the truth so I started to panic a bit.  Tried to figure out his total daily dose and add 5% to correct the keytones and I got it right but now I'm playing the waiting game because 7 units of NR in the am is a hell of a stretch from the usual 2.5 if he's in range.  At 9 am he was 25.4 because of breakfast at 8.  10 am he was down to 20.4 but the NR is working very hard now that its been in him for 2 hours.  2 more hours of checking and a big snack soon and I'm hoping hes gonna be all fixed up.  keytones at 9 am were down to 0.1 so that made me happy.  I did call our diabetic nurse and she's so awesome I really love her she said I did everything right and that he will most likely just need extra snack and hourly testing for a few hours.  Do keytones scare you as much as they scare me?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sugar Free RING POPS?! Who knew?

I was offered a chance to try out Sugar Free Ring Pops recently and as I'm sure most of you would too, I jumped at it.  The rep I was in contact with was amazing and despite a postal strike here in Canada we got our package and Colin couldn't wait to try one out.  Colin had never had a Ring Pop in his life and I was tearing up at the thought of him being able to have one and feel a little more "normal" for a short time.  It's funny because only us D Moms would ever weep tears of joy watching their child eating candy lol.

Lunch time test had his blood at 6.7 an excellent number if I do say so myself, Colin ate a small lunch and finished it off with his Sugar Free Ring Pop .  Colin had the watermelon one because it's green and he loves green.  He said it tasted "better than watermelon" and loved that his hands were free to still play with his action figures and suck on his candy at the same time.  It ended up taking him 30 minutes to finish it and that was awesome to him, long lasting candy apparently "rules" in the eye of my son.

We tested Colins blood sugar again 2 hours later and it was 8.4!  Woohoo no crazy spikes from the Ring |Pop I was amazed, in a really good way.

 So the good ole folks at Ring Pop have given me 3 packages (consisting of 3 different flavours) to giveaway  to you guys!!  Awesome eh?  Here's what you need to do to win these baby's:

Comment on this blog entry and tell me about a memory you have about Ring Pops or share a pic you have of someone enjoying a ring pop.  There is a great fan page at Facebook Fan Page also you can like it there for an extra entry.

This contest is open until 10 pm Friday July 22, 2011


Good Luck!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Schools out and Mom's tired already

School ended on Wed for Colin and it's been no sleep for me ever since...sheesh.  C has had a few bad nightmares over the past 3 nights and I ended up going to sleep in his bed last night at 11 because he was upset.  Nightmares usually mean that C is low but not this time so I just slept beside him and made him feel safe, truth be told it made me feel better too I was worried he was going to have a low and not wake up.  I am happy to say though that he was fine and I am pooped lol.

Yesterday was Canada Day and Colin, Gray and I took a drive out to the country for the first annual Great Canadian Bacon Festival, it was pretty fun and the food was yummy.  Bacon everywhere!  We ate lunch on the grass by a pond and then played with the animals at a little petting zoo thingy (not a real petting zoo) we all had cupcakes with bacon and chocolate on top of them and they were tasty. 

I have been waiting patiently for a package in the mail with prizes for my blog and they seem to be stuck in the backlog of mail we have here from the 2 week postal strike in Canada, I want my mail! 

How are you all enjoying the beginning of summer vakay?


New Bike LOVE!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

School's almost out!

I am having all kinds of mixed emotions about this time of year, how about you?  Colins numbers are so much better when he is home with me and not at school so that I am looking forward too.  Obviously I am looking forward to beach days and bike riding too but diabetes will be there every step of the way and THAT pisses me off.  Today is one of my "off" days about diabetes and I am thinking about it a lot trying to plan how we can do what we really want to do and still be safe and sane.  I would love to go camping but it scares the shit out of me, keeping insulin cool but not frozen in the outdoors isn't the easiest thing to do without a trailer (which we do not have) or a little fridge.  Have any of you tried this I would love to hear tips or just any ideas I guess because I am at a loss.  I wonder if FRIO cases would work? 
Oh and yesterday I spent hours scouring the city for the perfect bike for Colin as his passing present and I was successful, OH YEAH!  He's gonna love it it's the coolest bike I want it, and I did actually ride it from the store to my car lol.  He gets it next Wednesday when school is out I think he will be very excited. 
I am also going to be doing some product sampling in the near future for my blog and I will be having GIVEAWAYS!!  I'm really excited and I really appreciate being picked for the reviews.

SNACK TIME!   have a great day y'all  :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Our first JDRF walk in review

What an amazing day we had and I have to say first off that I did NOT cry once!  Woohooo for me!
Our little team started out as 5 when we registered and set our goal of $500 and we had 10 family members with us on walk day along with $1285 that we raised.  Way to go team!  I went by myself to register at 8:30 am for a 10:30 walk start, I thought I might need some time alone to prepare myself for a very emotional day but I just ended up drinking lots of coffee and peeing for 2 hours lol.  Once the team arrived we got down to it, Colin, Gramma & Daddy did the kids loop which was shorter than the 5 k that the rest of the Ninjabetics did.  I have some pics but not a tonne so here check us out.  By the end of the day everyone knew who we were and they loved it.













Sunday, June 5, 2011

Bike riding = Lows Galore

I don't think I will be able to get this kid off of wheels all summer, HOLY CRAP!  So much rolling on skateboards and bikes and so many damn lows.  We spent almost 2 hours feeding the low at bed last night before he was high enough (7) to get his NPH and go to sleep poor kid. Then nite lows and a 6 am one to boot.  Then again today!  Still we have both had a great weekend and I am just so happy for the warm weather to finally be here to stay. 
Next Sunday is our JDRF walk and we've passed our goal so I am very happy, shirts are on the way and we will have the support of Colins very immediate family there with us :)  I know it's gonna be an emotional day for me since it's our first walk, I am going to bring my big girl camera and document the whole day. 
Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday.



Tuesday, May 31, 2011

LOLZERS

Best quote ever!
click it for what I'm gonna say next time a wanker asks a stupid question about testing sugars.

Monday, May 30, 2011

lovely weekend full of lows

My kid is so amazing!
I know I know, ALL of our kids are amazing but the d-kids I know are the bravest people I know. 

The weekend was full of farmers markets, yard sales, dog walks and a lot of talking about diabetes.  Looking at the logbook of Colins numbers you would never know that there was any problems but there were.  All of his mealtime numbers were great 5.0 - 7.2 was his range but within an hour after every meal or snack we saw 2.6 - 3.1 every time!!??WTF   I wonder if this is because he is growing because he was well carbed and I even cut his insulin in the morning and at dinner.  I can't wait till puberty starts (rolls eyes) it's a whole new ball game then I bet.  Needless to say through all the lows this weekend he didn't let it get him down and that's one of the reasons I think he's so awesome.  Colin was out front with me and the neighbour (she's just moved in with her 16 month old girl) and when he had a low he sat down cleaned his finger off, got the test kit ready and she said "OMG he's not going to poke his finger is he? Eeewwww gross" and she ran on her porch squealing like a stuck pig.  Once he tested she came back and saw his number and saw me get him a juice box and we sat on the driveway till he was feeling better.  When she came back she told me that there was "no way ever" that she could do that to her daughter and she would never give her needles.  I laughed at her and told her that her daughter would die if she didn't and that she would get over it real quick if it was her child.  I tried to be nice but she started in on me about just not feeding him anything with sugar in it so he didn't need insulin.  I almost spit my drink out when she said this, seriously.  I told her that if she wanted I could bring her some stuff to read so that if she sees Colin in need of some help she will know the disease a bit better.   She said no!  I tried to explain to her that carbs = sugar and that he needs sugar to live and she still didn't get it.  I think shes thinking that type 2 and type 1 are the same, maybe I'll slip some reading materials into her mailbox lol. 
Hope everyone is feeling great and enjoying the sun :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Helloooooo!  
I know it's been a long time since I have posted but we have just been so darn busy, sorry :(
To tell you the truth I have been thinking about pumping so much lately that it's making me crazy and very scared.  There are days when I really don't like the idea of starting over again, lately C's sugars have been excellent and diabetes in general has been a breeze.  That little voice in my head is saying "if it ain't broke don't fix it" but Colin wants to have the freedom to eat more of what he wants and when he wants to eat it.  With the summer almost here I can see why he is feeling this way, cool drinks and freezies are the best unless you are a type 1.  The reasons don't stop there though, I will be learning it all on my own and then teaching it to Daddy since he works out of province for 3 weeks straight every month.  I am one of those people who needs a 2nd pair of eyes and ears for all the learning so that I can ask "hey they said to do it like this right?" but I won't have that other person here to bounce stuff off of and that scares me more than anything.  I don't know how you single parents out there do it, I tip my imaginary cap to you all.  I know it wont be totally like diagnosis again since I have almost 4 yrs of this under my belt it "should" be a little easier on me and not confuse me so much.  Ahhhhh well Clinic is June 9 and hopefully the endo will give us the thumbs up and we can start the summer off pumping.  Does anyone out there think that starting pumping in the summer is a good or bad idea, pls share?  I figure since we are home and he's off it is the right time but what do I know lol.  

Hope everyone is having a great weekend

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

exhausted is an understatement.

Hello y'all what's going on? Trying out posting on my newish phone so I hope this works.
Colin has been doing great lately and he makes me so proud. Lots of swimming and basketball lately so that is definitely making me so tired. Lots of pump talk at home so all we r waiting for is clinic in June. Why can't we just do it now??!! Lol

Ok well the couch is calling me, ciao!
Xoxo
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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Long time no posty

I hate that I haven't been blogging lately but I think that is about to stop.  I have been sick with a horrible flu & cold that kicked the proverbial poop outta me for almost 2 weeks and the last thing I could do was blog.  I missed you all very much and peeked in on your blogs still to keep up with everyone :)

Tomorrow afternoon is our first pump info session and I am terrified, I am glad I have fake nails right now cause i would be biting them off if not.  I am so scared about how much more work it is going to be and I wonder if this means the end of sleep for me.  But I am so excited for Colin and I know its the right choice for him.  He says that the only reason he wants it is so that he can eat like a "normal kid" meaning how much he wants and when he wants it.  I can't say I blame him either.

I imagine that I will be coming to you all for advice and support  so bare with me if I'm a weepy, whiny mess for a while.  Sorry in advance lol.

Nite all
xo

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What does your D like to drink?

We are currently in love with these two products MiO  and  Soda Stream 


All carb free, super fun and delish!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Good Morning!

Man I feel so out of touch with my blog and social networking in general and it makes me a bit sad :(  I miss all you awesome folks out there.  You see my facebook got hacked and was super-duper spammy and buggy so I just deactivated it because I was messing up my friends profiles as well.  This is the first time that has happened to me and I am pretty sure it was a Zynga game or something like that that had gotten in there and scrambled my acct.  So I tried to start a new facecrack acct and it will only let me add 20 people and it said I have to wait 4 days to even send anymore adds to people, really wtf?!  I can't go that long without adding my best buds so I think I am just going to activate my old one and get rid of everything that is a game or application and see how it goes from there.  Have any of you ever had this happend to your acct? 

As far as the diabetes game goes things on the home front have been quiet and pretty stable for the past week, I like it :)  Yesterday the weather was amazing so we went to Wal-Mart and bought 2 basketballs and Colin and I spent 2 hours at the school enjoying the sun and shooting hoops.  Well I shot hoops for most of the time and he kept bouncing back and forth from me to his buddy Miles that we ran into at the school.  Miles was with 2 boys that are 1 grade above Colin, these 2 boys were trying to light a lighter on fire with a pack of matches and they thought they were hiding it from me but I know what a turned back trying to light matches looks like lol.  When they left and we were walking home Colin told me that those boys are not his friends and that they wanted him to hide from me that they were trying to light fires...yikes!  But my sweet honest boy told me what they did and what they said and he told me that he would never do anything that silly because its dangerous...what a smartie.  I did leave him with Miles for about 15 mins in the school yard with his kit and I went tot the store just so that he could get some space and not feel like I don't let him do anything on his own.  I really want to get the heck out of this neighbourhood though because as much as Colin loves the school and he is comfortable there, the families and the kids (not all of them) really leave a bad taste in my mouth.  The kids are left alone a lot, and they are in trouble a lot and I now that it would be a bit better in another community.  I need to be around parents who care and the kids in Colins class mostly are "problem kids".  I am laughing as I type this because it was the teacher that told me that in her class 18 out of the 23 kids have been deemed "problem kids" and Colin isn't one of them so it sucks for him.  He misses out on things and he's around these bad influences.  Uuugh I hate it here.  Oh yeah and to top it off my kitchen ceiling collapsed on Friday...yep it really did but just the inside with all the old plaster and stuff what a frigging mess.  No ones coming to start the fix job till Tuesday either so I think its definitely time to move out of this rental hell and buy something somewhere nice.
How's your weekend going?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Pre Diabetes

So I found an old youtube account yesterday that I had totally forgotten about and it really crushed me to see the videos.  I guess I stopped using that acct pretty soon after diagnosis because there is only 2 or 3 vids that I posted after that.  It's the videos that were from the summer pre-D that really upset me now because NOW I see everything.  Now I know that the reason that he used to scream and have wild mood swings was because D was attacking his sweet little body.  Now I see the paleness and all that weight loss omg so much weight loss.  My family are not all skinny minnies like my Mom, most of us are average size with a bit of squish :)  So to see my kiddo who was once like the Michelin man all skin and bones really scares the hell out of me now.   I just want a cure for all of our children, I want to be able to tell him that this is all going to be over now and that he can lead a normal carefree life.  I would give my pancreas to him in a heartbeat if I could...why can't I? 

here's a few vids that were literally shot back to back and  you can see the mood swings. happy. sad. happy.  This was 2 weeks before DX and he is so skinny :(

video 1

video 2

video 3

and now for the after DX video...feeling better clearly.  Notice the booty bounce lol.

after

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lazy Days

I feel like I was hit by a truck today seriously no fun at all.  We've had a crazy week with lots of lows, lots and lots.  No wonder I feel like total shit I can't imagine what Colin feels like.  His toe is doing great, no reasons for antibiotics or anything and the toenail actually is fine.  That is a HUGE relief to both Colin and I and he actually is going to let me clip his toenails tonight so it must not have any pain either.  We had an "incident" at his school early in the week and it went something like this.  Colin had a juice at school before recess and then came in and ate his whole lunch and still felt funny after lunch so he tested and was 4.3 but feeling really shitty.  He went to the office and his principal asked him what his blood sugar was and he told her.  She said "well that's a fine number, your target is 5-10 so go back to class" and he apparently just stood there with his jaw on the floor.  He wanted to just call me and ask what he should do because he still felt low.  So first of all this lady clearly can't do basic math because last time I checked 4.3 IS lower than 5, second of all his target isn't 5-10 it's 4-8 always has been and thirdly WTF woman the boy needed help and was shu'd away and not given a chance to talk.  I was furious to say the least so I went into the office before school and couldn't get any face-time with her then so I left instructions with the new secretary who also knows nothing.  I was nearly in tears trying to keep from screaming at this lady.  I decided I needed to talk to our nurse/diabetes educator and she really helped calm me down, she answered all my questions and offered to come and do a little D-teachings to the staff if I wanted but she wants me to advocate for Colin mostly on my own.  That scares the crap out of me and she told me that I am a fantastic advocate for my son already and I guess I just never saw it, never looked.  But once I did I realized that she is right and it gave me clarity and peace and I was able to go in and have a great conversation on Friday with the VP and the Principal.  Colin was 2.8 and the VP called me and told me that he didn't have a juice and she didn't know why so I busted it over to the school.  I live literally 7 houses away from the school so its never long for me to get there.  He had had a juice, he was confused when she asked I guess and so we took care of that and the principal came in the room and was apologising right away for her screw up earlier in the week.  I did a few mins of education and they would like to have the nurse in again because of new staff and in the end I felt much better (and I didn't break a sweat) and Colin feel safer again. 

Oh gosh I'm sorry for all the awful punctuation and spelling and grammatical errors int his post but I'm pooped, apparently my brain is too.  I need sustenance maybe that's the prob.  Hope you are all doing great and enjoying your sweeties today.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Meet ups, wants to pump and pioneer projects

First of all for some reason my question mark is being a pain in the rear.  This is what I`m getting É   instead of an actual question mark.  Let`s go with it shall weÉ   
We attended our first JDRF event on Sunday morning for a movie and a kickoff to this years fundraising.  It was great and I got to meet a T1 Mom that I have been chatting with on fb and her kids.  Our boys hit it off and at the end of the day when it was just Colin and I he asked me if he could get a pump, said he was ready now that he got to see the other boy work his.  He loved it!  So we are registered in the next pump info session at our clinic and that`s that for now.  I am very excited though because I really thought it would be a while till he said he was ready. 
 Colin`s Pioneer project was handed in this morning and I saw his teachers reaction and she really liked it so I think he will do very well.  I know he would be disappointed if he didn't get a good mark.  Here are the pics of his homestead.  He used a hot glue gun like a pro and created everything.

Materials used:  Popsicle sticks, cotton balls, rubber animals, rocks, floral wire, moss, tissue paper, felt,a saw, file, test strip bottle, syringe lids, paint and a LOT of glue. 










To top my day off he kicked the wall during gym class today and bent the top third of this big toenail down, AHHHHH!  Off to the docs we go tomorrow.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Happy Weekend!!

Boy oh boy it's been a while since I posted I guess I've been pretty busy, how is everyone doing?  We are all great here, diabetes is behaving today for the first time in days so I am a very happy Momma. 

The boy is feeling well and has just told me that his hair is driving him nuts and that he wants to get it cut today.  This is HUGE because his hair is horrible right now and he hasn't wanted to get it cut for about 4 months now, I'm not gonna make him do it because it is only hair after all.  Truth be told though it has driven me nuts being in that in-between short and long style that boys rock that really just makes them look like they just got out of bed...ALL THE TIME!  I know better than to sweat the small stuff so when he told me this morning that he wants to get it cut today before we go to the JDRF Family Movie tomorrow morning I jumped at the opportunity.  Today was going to be Spring clean day at my place but I think a nice lunch out with my favourite boy and a haircut sounds like way more fun to me. BTW does your T1's hair and nails grow super fast also?  I was told it was because of the insulin, weird but cool.

My brother is coming to stay with us tonight and is also coming to the JDRF event in the morning with us and I am very excited.  He is 16 turning 30 and he spends a lot of time with us so I am so happy that he wanted to come with us to meet some of the families here in London and that he is such a wonderful guy to my Colin.  I am also going to be meeting another Canadian D-Mom and her son tomorrow from our facebook group and that has got me super excited, I've never been able to meet any of you guys in the flesh yet so this is a first.  Also Colin will be able to meet some of the awesome kids that are just like him and that makes my heart smile :)  I am going to bring my camera for the haircut and for the movie tomorrow so I will post the pics for you all to see. 

I hope the sun is shining and that you all have a super fantastic Saturday.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

G.I Joe Said it best..."Knowing is half the battle"

I think back to the days before diabetes was in our lives and I have bittersweet feelings.  Yes we were an almost picture perfect family (who isn't) but I look back and wonder if I had of known more about Diabetes would he have gotten as sick as he did?  I know that's crazy to even think but sometimes I go there.  You know the place where us D-Moms go and wonder if our babies are this way because of something I did, or didn't do, or did wrong.  The blathering in my brain goes on and on in my head like this sometimes; even though I know that this is just something in his genetic makeup that I could never have seen coming or stopped.

Colin was sick for a while before his diagnosis at 5 years old and I thought I was being paranoid  taking him to the pediatrician all the time and nothing was getting better.  He lost so much weight and I just brushed it off as him losing baby fat and being really active over the summer.  Same goes for his appetite and his extreme thirst, I just figured it was because it was so hot and we were out at the park and pool all the time.
I remember him having episodes where it seemed like my little angel was possessed by a demon, crazy mood swings and his breath smelled horrible.  I will NEVER forget that smell, I always give him a little sniff if his sugars are really high cause that's my early warning system lol.  His breath smelled like a sweet metallic smell, that's a bad smell it means we need to be at the hospital.

I was 2 words into this paragraph and Diabetes came a knocking...





Anything below 4 is a low and I hate to even see the 4's to tell you the truth because he feels shaky and sick when he is in the 4's.  But the upside is seeing this face 20 minutes later as he eats his peanut butter toast and relaxes so his sugar up for bedtime.


There he is pointing to this rubber worm hanging from the ceiling lol He looks like he's feeling better but he is just starting to come around, he's a champ.




Bwahahahaha!! So now that I'm completely off track here, you can see how diabetes does that to your life...ALL THE TIME.  But we roll with it :)

Bottom line here folks here are the signs and symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes, please read them and share with other Moms, Dad's, Grand parents and Aunties and Uncles.

Knowing the warning signs for type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) could save a life.

Warning signs of type 1 diabetes (these may occur suddenly):
  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Sugar in urine
  • Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
  • Headache
  • Bed wetting (thanks Jonah I forgot this one)
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Heavy, labored breathing
  • Stupor, unconsciousness
  • Pain in the abdomen
If you or someone you love exhibits one or more of these symptoms, call a doctor immediately.
Colin exhibited ALL of these symptoms except bed wetting and we just made it to the emergency room in time that they were able to save his life.  If someone hadn't said "diabetes" to me that night as he went to bed I don't know if  would have made it to the hospital on time.  I am so glad that I had heard that and looked up diabetes and realized that he was experiencing 6 of the symptoms and we got him to the ER.

I don't want to hear about another child going undiagnosed and dieing, it breaks my heart and I think everyone should know what to look for.  Please share this information with all of your loved ones.

You could save a life.

xoxoxo

If you still feel like reading here is the beginning of Colin's story. I can't bring myself to write the second part yet.

I will never know.

I will never know.

I found this post and it really hit home, I guess I'm not feeling an actual post today just doing a lot of reading other lovely blogs.

Talking type 1 diabetes with friends

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Where do u find test strips?

I think it's kinda funny whenever I find these babys.  This is in my kitchen totally tucked away and no where that strips are used.  I end up with a few in my coat pocket every weekend and I particularly like when I find them and I am with someone who doesn't know what it is.



Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sharing Sunday

Happy Sunday to all of you out there in the interweb :)  

This is my sweetie pie Lola Bella aka Beaner, Beanzooks, ElleBee, Beany, Bean (I am sensing a pattern here) Dookers, LaLa and Sweetheart.  Ain't she purdy?


She is my dog and I am her person, I think she's very happy having me as her person.  We sleep under the covers together and she loves when I throw her some "salami bombs" while I'm making Colin's lunch for school in the morning.  She is very barky and I love it, it makes me laugh.  My neighbours who live below us may not feel the same way though.



This is me and Colin, my reason for living.  


I have no idea where I would be or what I would be doing if I wasn't blessed with having Colin.  He saved my life and he doesn't even know it, maybe he never will and that's ok with me because I know. 

Yesterday when we were out getting him supplies for a class project he had a bad low, it was one of those lows that I should have seen coming because all of the classic symptoms were there but these are not HIS usual symptoms.  He was every irritable, rude and emotional.  Then we turned down an isle and he said the dreaded words "Mom I feel really funny" normally it's "Mom I feel funny" but real funny, uh-oh.  He asked me to get his kit ready for him which he usually does on his own and he just flopped down on the floor so I just knew.  Clean finger, poke finger, test strip in.  .   .   .   .   . 2.4 OMFGSHITNO! 

I calmly got out a juice for him and he sucked it back with no straw in it, really no straw wow.  He wanted more and since the junior juice boxes are only 12 carbs  gave him a few glucose tabs and he layed down oh his coat in the middle of the fake flower isle at Michaels Craft Store.  He always ask me for more than he really needs and I hate making him wait that 15 mins to see if he's coming up, what if he's going down?  But we wait.  It is 40 mins till snack time for him and I only had 2 juices with me and a roll of dex I was praying that this wasn't going to be a time where I need glucagon.  I have it AT HOME!  Colin felt really shaky and weird for being on the floor so I got right down and layed with him till he came up to 3.8 and he was sitting on the floor now.  No one said a word or even came down the isle the whole time we were there, they just let us be without making any strange faces so that was nice. 

Fast forward 25 minutes and we are sitting both chowing down on bagels from the great Canadian bagel that was next door to the craft store, Colin was very happy about that.  Phew crisis averted, pat myself and Colin on the back and back in the car we get only to have him get the biggest nose bleed in history.  I had nothing to sop it up with so he used his coat OMG! 
All in all it was a great day, he did have another low but he just bounces back like nothing happened most of the time, he's so strong. 

You are my hero Colin I love you.




Totally non-diabetes (very bad language don't play near the kiddies)



I am so lucky to have a 16 year old brother...he shows me funny things like this when I am down and I can't help but laugh. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wanna sponsor us? You know u wanna :)

Got all registered up for our first JDRf walk and I am super excited, shirts have been designed and now we just gotta get the cash.  Since this is our first year I set our goal at $500 because we have a small group of friends and family I think it's reasonable.  Here's the link to my page, please feel free to share it.  Hope y'all are having a great day :)

Click here and help please & thank you xoxo

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New Bag for school

I am always on the hunt for new stuff for Colin that will make his day easier and today I came across a great little bad for his supplies.  He has used hip-sacks, small backpacks all sorts of things.  Today I found a DAKINE bag that is perfect, it is actually a travel toiletries bag that I added a strap to tonight.  He loves it because it looks dirty even though it's brand new lol, boys.  This bag is smaller, lighter and has way better storage areas in it, here have a look...






Look at all the areas for supplies, finally I can send him with what he needs without a bulky bag :)
It's the little things

What a morning

I deleted every single comment from you guys off of my blog and I DID NOT mean to do it.  That really sucks :(  I had almost a hundred comments and now nothing how the hell did I do that?! I have major D-brain again.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Scoliosis?

Last summer C and I did a lot of swimming at the brand new Thames pool and he picked up a few nasty warts on his foot.  When he got home from his week away at Diabetic camp had changed from tiny dots to full on warts, yuck.  We saw the endo and he said it was fine to use the kids compound W on them but to just be very careful because his feet are, well they are diabetic feet so you have to take extra care.  So we started putting that gel on his feet and it wasn't doing a thing so we went to a Podiatrist and thought he would freeze it and remove it for C.  Was I ever wrong!  This fossil of a "Dr" had the bedside manor of an angry bear, he came into the room and didn't even try to be nice to C he just looked at his feet and told us that he was a weak boy...he could tell from his ankles.  Then he just got out a freaking humongous needle and tried to shove it into his foot without telling us what he was doing.  I stepped in front of him and said "please tell us what you are going to do before you do it Sir, my son needs to know what's going on" by this time C was curled up in a ball on the examining table crying.  He scoffed at me and told Colin he was a big baby and that he wasn't going to help us till the "big baby grows up" OMFG I was furious.  He walked out of the room and told his secretary that "the boy is a cry baby" then out his coat on and walked out of the office, seriously can you believe it?!  I got C pulled together and told him that I will never let anyone mean try and treat him again.  Colins response was "mean people suck Mom" how true.  So I called around places and ended up speaking with an amazing Chiropodist and explaining what happened at the last place and he assured me that would not happen in his office.  This doctor ended up being amazing, he talked us through everything and didn't even touch C's warts.  He taught us a better and more effective way of treating with the compound W so that we didn't have to cut into his foot or freeze it at all.  This made C very happy and he loves the new guy.  During C's examination I told him what the last guy said about C's ankles so he had a look at them and then he did a bit of measuring and moving C's legs around.  He looks at me and says "did you know that his one leg is longer than the other?"  Um no I didn't.  It ends up that his one leg is longer, his spine is curved and his ankles are rolling out on him.  What the hell, we came here for warts and ended up with possible scoliosis.  X-rays are in and the pediatric orthopedist wants to see my baby.  I am scared shitless.  When it rains it pours I tell ya.  Here's my sweeties little back.  Anyone know about this sort of thing please feel free to msg me I could use some information and our appt isn't till mid July.

Friday, February 25, 2011

My first Meme

So here are the rules:

1.Take a picture of the books you are reading currently and add to your post.

2.Describe the books and if you are enjoying them or not. Why?

3.For every book you are reading you have to tag one person.

4.Leave the person a comment letting them know you tagged them.
1. I did it!
 
2. Let's start at the top left, I am loving my Pancreas book it is going to be my bible I am sure of it.  It teaches you everything you need to know about how you can "think like a pancreas" I have learned a lot and I am half way done.  The In Touch mag is my vice...those damn teen moms suck me in at every grocery checkout line I'm in.  I love the gossip rags.  My Mom just dropped Portia De Rossi's for me to read and I am excited since I was the one to tell my mom about it months ago.  last but definitely not least is book 10 of The 39 Clues .  Colin and I started reading book 1 about a year and a half ago at bedtime when I tuck him in, I have now read all of them to him and I have to tell you that I'm pretty bummed that the series is coming to an end.  If you have kids in the 7-11 year old range I highly recommend getting these books.  The are very fun and they tie a LOT of history and historical figures into the story and we both have learned tons from them, not to mention that they are super fun and I look forward to reading it to him (still at 9 yrs old) every night before bed.
 
3. Since I am not YET reading (yes I am a cheater) Portia's book I am only going to tag 3 people.  let's see how about I tag Reyna because she rocks my pancreatic world and I love the way she blogs and her kick ass attitude , Amy is such a great Mom and we seem to be on a similar path, she also is such a great Mom to Emma I would be interested to see what she reads & Alexis because I would like to know her better.


f-stick

What a frigging day I am having ladies and gents,  seriously I just want to crawl back under the sheets and pretend like this day hasn't happened.  I shouldn't be so melodramatic now that things are under control but I'm just so tired I feel like I haven't slept in days.  This morning I got C's morning insulin cocktail all mixed up for him to inject and somehow it didn't all get in him.  I passed him the syringe and turned away for a second while he injected in his thigh and then I heard him say uh-oh.  I turned around and he said "it just slipped out mom" and he was sitting there with a puddle of insulin on his leg.  FUCK!!!  I had a minor flip-out then made breakfast lol.  I ended up giving him a smaller than the norm breakfast and took him with me to the grocery store (8:30am in a snowstorm) so we could stock up on supplies since I was almost out.  By 9:30 he was 22.7 and I called our nurse to see what my best plan of action is, she suggested that I give him lots of clear fluids and if he is still in the 20's at lunch I should give him either a half a unit or a full unit of NR.  At 11:25 C felt really weird and we tested him and got a 7.4 !! Hooray...5 mins later "Mom I feel really weird" 5.4 oh shit here we go this is gonna be messy is all I could think in my sleep deprived brain.  Snack was given, fast forward to 1:30 @ lunch 7.7 hooray maybe Momma can have a wee nap till 3:30 snack.  All I have to do is make it to 6pm when we have dinner and make a correction, no extra needles needed luckily but this lady needs to go to bed at 9 tonight......do you think it will happen for me?  I don't :)
TGIF have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

9 Years Old

I had planned such a great blog post on little Tulins 9th b-day but alas I am late getting to it as-per-usual.  On Monday us lucky Canadians had a holiday; family day.  This year family day fell on my boys birthday and we made the most of both holidays...I have a sick boy home with me now to prove it.  We started the day with breakfast and presents; Lego Lego Lego....oh and more lego.  Colin loves lego and especially the lego mini figures so I got him 15 packages of lego minifig guys and a Star Wars lego set as well.  The kid went crazy for all this chizz...perfect!  We did lunch at home with my Mom and brother (Grumzie and Gray) and cupcakes instead of cake and they were so freaking tasty, butter pecan mmmmmmmm. Check them out.

 We all went out for dinner and then to the arcade and a movie.  We had a lovely day.

I love you big boy xoxoxox



Sunday, February 20, 2011

Almost 9

Tomorrow is Colins 9th birthday and I'm starting to feel my age lol.  The D has been behaving for the most part for the past few days, one 2 am 4.1 but other than that he's been running in and around target.  tomorrow may be another story though.  Colin was asked to pick a restaurant for his b-day dinner and out of all the amazing places we've eaten at he chose The Golden Griddle, for real.  I was expecting something much more extravagant than breakfast for dinner but why not? Breakfast for dinner is the best!  What a sweet boy I have here.  So it's Colin, Mommy, Daddy, Uncle Gray and Grumzie (my Mom) for dinner and then we got tickets to go see Gnomeo & Juliet at this cool ass theatre, click here

Daddy-O and I are going to make little cupcakes for tomorrow and for C to take to school on Tuesday to share with the class.  I think we are gonna wait for after bedtime to brave the kitchen together; should be hilarious and I will post pics.  Hope everyone is having a great day.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Love Day!!

What a day I tell ya I'm pooped and it's only 3:20 in the afternoon, we had a rough night here and I Colin and I both lost about 3 hours of sleep.   Yesterday my brother came and spent the day with us, I cooked a great beef stew and the 3 of us played Just dance 2 on the wii for a good little while.   I was sweating my ass off and laughing my ass off as well.  You have no idea how cute it was to look over and  me, my 16 yr old brother and my son were all dancing perfectly to Rasputin by Boney M...I almost peed my pants a little.  Anyways we took a break to make homemade valentines for my Mom, she came over with our valentines and Colin wanted to show her how he dances and the kid didn't want to stop I had to make him because it was 30 mins or so till bedtime and that's never a good thing for the blood sugar at night.  So he was 10.4 at bedtime BEFORE he had his snack and still he went low at night.  I woke up to my little monkey standing by my side saying "I feel funny" and I hopped up got the test kit and checked him 2.7!!! WTF.  We treated and it took about 20-25 mins to get him up to 4.6 but he really felt shitty from that bad low.  I gave him a glucerna drink and then we snuggled up in his big ol bed and waited for his sugars to come up.  I ended up being awake from 3am till about 5:30 so I'm soooo tired now.  Monkey is fine needless to say but I can't keep this kid off the freaking just dance game lol. 

 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Anyone else have kids like this?

When sugars are perfect my little dude is a bit of a shit disturber, there's no other way of putting that other than to say it.   How about your D kiddlets?


Thursday, February 10, 2011

where's my award?

I feel like the worst Mother, OMG!
 
I know we have all done this but it still sucks when it happens.  I will set the scene for you.
 
I set my alarm on my cell phone for 1:30am like usual, snuggled in on the couch to watch the news and fell asleep before it was over.  Lola (my dog) was snuggled in like we were spooning and man shes warm and little, perfect for snuggling and sleeping on a cold winters night.  At 1:30 when my alarm went off I sat up and snoozed the alarm and layed back down.  My d-brain was talking the whole time telling me to get up and that it wasn't good to snooze; and what did I do?  I actually sat up and turned the alarm off and went back to sleep!!!  HOLY SHIT KERRY!!
Well it ended up being fine I was greeted by a happy smiling little boy with alright sugars, phew.

 
 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out!

Heeeee's Better!!  thank flippin god.
After a wonderful nights sleep (for both of us) Colin was 6.3 this morning and back to being himself.  I'm pretty lucky because he is not a whiny kid at all but when he's not well he gets quiet.  He's normally quite a chatterbox so when he's not chewing my ear off all day long it get's quiet in here.  We have been building trying to build a truss bridge out of popsicle sticks for school but I suck.  Colin however came up a few different designs so we are gonna try a few I guess.  I think he just wants to have one for school and one for all his Lego mini figures to takeover during an epic battle.  



Monday, February 7, 2011

I miss my pillow

The munchkin  has had a rough couple of days with his cold and I think I am starting to burn out too.  
Wow there were a lot of spelling mistakes in that sentence...so sleepy.   
I think this sickness is getting ready to pack up and move on out of my little guy, finally.  Crazy high numbers today but by dinner time he was down to 11.3 *Phew* 
I opened a fresh bottle of NR just for the occasion cause we always have better results from a fresh bottle, does anyone else notice that around day 25 it's just not doing it's job correctly? 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Oh No!

The signs and symptoms are all there but I hope I am wrong  ...  please oh please be wrong.  Colin's sugars have been high 'ish all day and he's been feeling really crappy from a little cough and he was a bit warm this morning.  Then before dinner he was under a blanket and shivering cold; he tested and was 10.2 no biggie.  But it still is weird for him to be cold, he strips his shirt off the second he is in the house everyday and will stay that way till he has to go out again if we let him.  I make sure he has on a top every night at bed and sure enough when I go check on him once he's asleep the shirt is always off.  Who am I to say don't be comfortable at bed?   So then at dinner I gave him 3 units of NR and he had about 46 carbs  then when he was done dinner his eyes were dark underneath and he asked to have a warm bath so hopefully this is nothing other than the lack of sleep catching up with him and not a yucky sickness.  Poor kid can't catch a break. 
Oh and it's snowing like bat-shit outside, this pic isn't from today but it's pretty much the same out there now ...  except it's dark out now :P

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Daggg!  Well this me updating 2 hours later and we have full blown cold sickness.
He wanted to go to bed at 7:30 and I had to hold him off till 8 so I didn't totally screw up his system.  Blood sugars before snack were 17.3 !! but at least with zero keytones.  Small snack and 8.5 units NPH at 8 o'clock so cross your fingers for us I'm hoping he sleeps through the worst of it.




thank god it's the weekend!!

Hi everyone how are you all doing on this fine Saturday?  It's been a long morning here but very productive none-the-less.  C-Lo was up and down all night long and ended up in bed with me at 3 for a few hours of sleep before we got up uber early.   Does anyone else's D kiddo have trouble sleeping all night long?  It's an every night struggle for us so I was just wondering if your kids were like this too and I am so tired of getting up between 5 and 6:30, at 6:30 would be perfect but before uuuugh. 

I was hoping to ask for some help for the Mom's out there reading my blog; anyone have a really good recipe for a birthday cake from scratch?  Or Ideas on how to make one and keep it *lower* in carbs?  My C-Lo is a poker not a pumper so we don't have as much freedom with food yet.

I'm off to make snack and get my smelly self in the shower.
Ciao

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

No one bullies my kid *swearing inside*

I'm just gonna jump right into this.  I got a call after first break saying that Colin needed a new pudding for his lunch because his was broken at snack time, no problem over I go with a sugar free snack pack in my pocket.  I got to the school and the receptionist told me that Colin was upset and that he said that he's been having a really bad day.  Hmmm that's not like him unless something is bugging him so I went to his class and asked him to come out and chat with me in the hall.  We started out good and then again he said "I'm just not having a good day Mum" and then the tears started springing from his big beautiful eyes.  I sat with him and when his teacher came out of the class he told us both about what has been happening to him at school for the past few weeks.  Today a boy that he is friendly with just ran up and smashed his food for no reason; this kid has issues and is very impulsive ALL of the time.  That I can let slide and so can Colin but it's what his "friends" had been doing and say that was very upsetting.  Let's call them boy 1 and boy 2 and they have been friends with Colin and in class with his for 3 years almost.  Boy 1 who is a wonderful artist drew a picture of Colin slipping on a banana peel on the stairs and falling and dieing.  The picture said; I hope you die!  Then boy 1 and boy 2 told Colin repeatedly that when they were at another classmates swimming birthday party on Sunday they were going to hold his head under water until he dies, that they are going to kill him and then they would push his head down and laugh and walk away.  This went on for a week and I had no idea.  On Friday when I picked him up from school he told me that he didn't want to go to the party anymore and that was all he said it was because he wasn't really friends with the boy who's party it was.  I got it and wasn't gonna make him go.  He tells me that boy 1 and 2 have been stealing his hat on the school yard and just tormenting him saying that they hope he dies from his diabetes.  NOT FUCKING COOL KIDS!

Needless to say we came home and I called the V.P and she told me that the boys admitted everything as they cried and said to her that they were sorry.  They said that it was a joke and that they want to be friends.  Obviously!!  So the boys have to stay in for 2 days recesses and do problem solving about how to interact in a positive way.  She says that they also need to apologise in private during the first recess and during the second recess she wants Colin to be part of the bullshit "how to play nice" session.  There is no way that my kid need to miss out on his free-time at school and sit there with the kids being punished.  I made sure that the parents were to be notified also, she didn't want to talk to me about that at all until I told her that I would be calling the police on the children if she didn't tell the parents.  I would want to know right away if my child was the one threatening and tormenting kids in his school, wouldn't you?

Lots of love and support was given to Colin yesterday and he's feeling better about it all.  It worked out nice that we got a snow day today and the schools are closed too :)

I am going to go in with him tomorrow and just follow his lead, I hope this is the end...I really do.  

p.s.  Great blood all day yesterday in target range ALL day long, today we have seen 3 lows that made no sense until I realized that it was 24 hours after his meltdown at the school.  Good to know.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Momma Melt Down

I really don't feel up to posting today but I think I should.  I went to Chapters this morning to get myself a copy of "Think like a pancreas" I have read so many good things about that one book and I think I am ready to start thinking about pumping so I thought I should be prepared and read this book.  I got to the computer and looked it up only to find that there were no copies of it at all in the city, bummer.  Sometimes I don't trust technology so I decided to go look in the Diabetes section for myself just in case it was stashed on a shelf, boy oh boy I wish I hadn't done that.  I ended up breaking down right there in the isle, I must have been a sight.  There wasn't anything in particular that triggered my rush of tears but it was major.  The diabetes books are one shelf up from depression and bi-polar self help books so I bet the customers around me thought I was messed up.  Not that I think there is anything wrong with people with depression (god knows I've been there, and medicated) but it did probably look like something other than it was.  I stood and cried as I looked through 5 or 6 useless books then sucked it up and went to the check-out and ordered my book.   Sometimes us strong D moms and dads just need a good cry don't you agree?  I feel better now and I have called our Nurse to make some adjustments that will hopefully get C-Lo's numbers down.  Since he is growing AGAIN his numbers are slowly slipping up up up and away.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Today was a great day for numbers until dinnertime that is.  Lunch and snack were in target range but then just when you think you are safe and on the road to a good number day, whappaow 17.3 @ dinner!!  Come on now really 17.3?!   4.5 units of NR and 3 hours later he was 14.3.  Not a great number but maybe I will get some much needed rest tonight.  I am thinking that morning NPH has to be raised but it may have just been because he wasn't active at all this afternoon after 3.  God I am so tired of chasing numbers, dreaming in numbers, second guessing everything is so hard on my brain.  I guess it's a good thing that I have 2 brains, one for Diabetes and one for everything else.

I can see in my ticker that I'm getting traffic but not too much feedback, or even hellos (insert pouty face here) Say hi I won't bite.  tell me about your day with your special T1 kid(s).

Happy Weekend!

Finally the best part of the week is here; I love Saturday mornings full of coffee and the Internet.  Last night at dinner and bed C-Lo's numbers were in target range 5.5....it's been a while since we saw numbers exactly in range.  I was overjoyed because it was day 3 of insulin changes and I try and stick to the 3 day rule. Our 3 day rule is that you always stick with insulin changes for at least 3 full days and it usually levels out and we carry on.  Anyways I gave bedtime snack and we watched the Clone Wars cartoon for 15 mins and then when he tested he was only 5.7 are you kidding me wtf?!#@*  So we went ahead and had a few crackers and a cheese string...wait...nothing 5.8 ?!@$%  After almost 40 minutes of waiting and about 16 extra carbs I got a 7.7 reading :) This makes us both very happy cause C-Lo's sugar has to be over 7.0 to get bedtime insulin so he can go to bed.  By now he's pooped and so am I so I get him all taken care of and snuggled tight in his bed, kisses and squishes, sweetest of dreams my love.  I set my alarm for 2 am again and thought we might see a low in the night since he's been waking up high.  Yeah right!  No rebounding but that extra carbs sent him flying.   Breakfast numbers were crazy too 13.4 so I've made adjustments to food and I just have to get him out to play in the snow today.  I'm not even done my coffee and my D-Brain is working overtime.  I think it's time for something more aggressive if his numbers don't level off today. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

New Machine in the house

I was dumbstruck when I read a fellow T1D Mom's blog and she could not believe that the general public didn't know about keytone meters.  I had no idea what there was such a machine!  Well apparently I am not the only one and now that I did know I was all over the idea.  I did a little research and found that that are so much better than using urine strips, makes sense to me why the strips aren't as good as blood.  You can detect keytones 2-4 hours earlier than with the strips, and take preventative measures that could possibly result in one less visit to the hospital emergency room.  Hell yes I love this thing!!  So when we were out today at the drug store we found them and snatched it right up!  Strips are more expensive (10 strips for $19.99) than urine but so worth it.  The machine we got actually can be used as a blood test kit as well if you get the blood strips for glucose testing.  Anyways here's the new machine :)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

It's the weekend!

Thank goodness for Saturdays & Sundays is all I have to say.  Things have been going alright the past few days, kinda high numbers but he's getting got my cold so that is to be expected.  My D brain has been working overtime the past few days too, I hate this cause it usually means that something is about to come up.  Yesterday all I could think of was keytones and how I want to talk to the doc at clinic next time we are there about getting a meter.  Anyhooo at bedtime he was up to pee 3 times inside of 8 minutes and my heart started to race.  I calmly got the strips and we did our stuff...wait 15 seconds......negative, breathe.  It took me a good 15 minutes after he was back in bed to slow my racing heart.  We are going to toboggan again this weekend and everyone is excited, I am going to bring my camera this time since Daddy is home from work this week. 

Have a great Saturday everyone, here's a link to some cool pics 
click to see the nite pix

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

must get

Think like a pancreas.


  A book I need to read.

Uuugh I feel like the pits

No posting for this lady, not about anything useful at least.  I have this horrible cold and I can't even think straight.  My sinus' are burning and so full my head may actually explode and end up shorting out my computer, at least it would be relief.  I currently have kleenex shoved up my nostrils so that I dont drip on my keyboard lol.  Everyone is home and so far (knocks on the table) it's just me.  I am really going to try and keep this one to myself. 

Hope everyone else out there is well, I'm gonna have a Neo Citran, a bath and some chicken wings.   Mmmm.  Then it's off to bed early for this lady.  Here's a look at one of C-Lo's sea monkey tanks at 11 days old.  They are so cool that we got another (better) tank as well I will show their growth over the next few weeks.  Ciao

Monday, January 17, 2011

Stupid Mondays

Well after a weekend of sledding and having a PD Day on Friday, we are now coming down with head colds.  Geesh!  C-Lo's blood was pretty good all weekend, had a few highs & lows but not consistent highs or lows which is nice.  It's -25C this morning so I am not complaining about not taking the boy to school today, that would be one freezing cold walk, even if it is only one block away :)

My brother stayed over on Thursday night and then again on Saturday night and we had such a great time.  On Sat C-Lo wanted to cook and serve us dinner so we went to the kitchen and prepped all the food and I cooked it for him.  He was so darn cute picking out which spices should go on our pork tenderloins, and peeling and cutting potatoes, garlic and veggies.  Best garlic mashed potatoes I've ever had I tell ya.

   The meat came stuffed and tied off but our special seasonings were the best.
Thanks Colin! xoxox

Sunday, January 16, 2011

My little sausages

7:10 AM  after a few glucose tabs since his sugars were @ 4....

Colins Story Pt. 1

It was the August before Senior Kindergarten started and we had signed him up for 2 weeks of day camp at the Boys and Girls Club.  He went for the first 4 days and then he got so sick that he never went back (I was actually upset over the money loss from missing the entire second week, something like $200...how silly of me).

I took Col to the pediatrician and he brushed his illness off and said it was bronchitis and chicken pox, really?  He was sounding like he had croup and was covered in a "lacy pink rash" but not in the places where chicken pox usually show up first.  Now to give you a bit of back story on our pediatrician I will have to say that he was often wrong in diagnosing Colins illnesses, I always got a second opinion at a walk in clinic and he was always wrong so I hadn't really been taking Col there unless it was something like vaccines otherwise we went to the walk in.   I was really worried though because Colins behaviour was also becoming unlike him.  He was getting up 10-15 times in a night and drinking and peeing like crazy, he was ravenous in the day and his sweet little happy-go-lucky personality was quickly fading.  I remember two nights before he ended up in emerg Todd and I were giving him a bath and having a good time and he bonked his head on the side of the tub. Nothing hard at all he just leaned over and bonked it...and he stood right up in the bath and screamed a blood curdling scream that seemed to last forever.  Then he took a big breath and he sat back down as if nothing happened.  My eyes nearly popped outta my head because that was so weird and out of character.  By the next night just before bedtime Todd said to me that we need to get online and look up symptoms of Diabetes because his mother told him that it sounds like that to her.  I nearly shit my pants, diabetes? wtf?  So we put our sweetie to bed and went to the computer and googled symptoms of diabetes. The shock of my lifetime, there it all was I knew things would never be the same.  Todd stayed at the house and I went to a neighbours to ask him if he could call his sister (ER Nurse) so I could ask her about Colin.  I had no idea how serious diabetes was yet I just knew Colin had the symptoms.  She told me that if he wakes up tonight that we have to get him to Emerg as fast as we possibly can, and that's exactly what we did.

Around 3 am he got up and tried to go to the washroom but he was confused and didn't know where it was, his eyes and legs were not functioning at 100% either so he cried that he couldn't walk or see and Todd and I sprang into action.  We didn't have a car at the time but I had asked my neighbour if he could keep the phone close by in case we needed a ride to the hosp in the night.  As soon as we got to Emerg they pricked his little finger and got him into a bed...33 was his blood sugar.  That didn't mean anything to me because I didn't know what good blood sugar numbers were.  They told us that he has lots of keytones in his urine as well, what the hell are keytones?!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Snowy days are cozy family days

Yesterday was a success! 
Now my brother thinks that I am having a small love affair with Colins scale, and he isn't wrong.  Is it normal to really love a piece of technology this much? I am dreaming about it and constantly thinking about it wtfudge!?  I feel like I have so much more control now and at the end of the day that feeling makes me relax.  Less middle of the night checks, less counting his food in my mind while he's at school.  That all leaves me with time and energy to get this blog rocking.  here's how yesterday looked

Morning blood sugar was 8.2  I dropped NPH from 16 to 15 and NR from 3 to 2 hoping for lunch numbers to be in range and it worked, lunch was 5.1 !!!

Breakfast was a bit of a treat today I bought Apple Cinnamon Cheerios 30 carbs, 23 banana, 2 juice, 6 milk for cereal.  61 total
Snack: 20 Glucerna, 16 Asian Pear 36 total
Lunch: 23 Cereal bar, 30 Sandwich 53 total this one was a little high, he also had a jjb before going out to play since his numbers were a little low to go outside and play. That's an extra 12 carbs.
Snack: 10 Corn puffs 10 total
Dinner: 0 Roast Beef, 7 corn, 11 potatoes, 23 yorkies, 12 milk  53 total
Blood sugar at dinner wasn't too bad actually since we didn't test after school.  9.0 so I dropped dinner NR from 3 to 2 and bedtime after snack was 10.0.
bedtime snack: 18 yogurt, 4 ritz  22 total


This morning the sugars were right in check 5.2 so I kept with the insulin changes and a few less carbs, we r going tobogganing today since it's a PD Day so I have to cut back on the insulin and bump up snacks before we head out anyways.

Have a great Friday.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Yep I spoke too soon

Minutes after posting my last entry Colin had a low of 3.2  as if?!  I guess I shouldn't count my chickens yet.  It was a pretty bad low too he had to lay down and it took about 40 carbs to bring him out of it.  Poor buddy.  Either way he's gone to bed early and now it's my turn to have a bath and relax.

Nite nite 
Today I truly believed when I dropped the boy off at school that I would get a call because he had a low, but I was wrong!  Amazing!  His first day of foods calculated on the nutritional scale and his sugars have been spot on all day.
I AM A FREAKING GENIUS  

Here's the breakdown... 
Breakfast: 18 banana, 42 oatmeal with milk, 2 juice 62 Carbs (target for breakfast is 60)
Snack: 23 apple, 9 ritz crackers, 0 water 32 Carbs (target for snack 30-35)
Lunch: 22 sandwich, 21 glucerna diabetic drink, 1.5 raw green beans 44.5 Carbs (target for lunch 45)
Snack: 10 sugar free jelly beans 10 Carbs (target is 10)
Dinner: 15 potato, 12 milk, 0 pork chop, 0 cherry tomato, 0 cucumber slices, 17 jello 44 Carbs (target for dinner is 45)

I know that the day is not over yet but I think it's safe to say that this machine is going to be my best friend.  Colin's blood sugars were up around 12-14 everyday at lunchtime at school and that's double what they should be.  Today it was 6.2 it doesn't get any better than that, his target range is from 4-8. 

Someone's happy !!






Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Welcome

I just purchased the "Eat Smart Nutrition Scale" and I tell ya I'm stoked to use this baby every day already.    Let me get you up to speed on why I am so excited about this particular piece of technology.  My 8 year old son is Type 1 Diabetic and this scale doesn't just weigh your foods it also gives you all the nutritional info you could ever want or need.  It comes with 999 food already programmed into it and it has 100 empty memory spots for you to program any other foods that you want into it. 


 You might not realize it but counting carbohydrates and going by whats on the nutritional info chart isn't always accurate.  For instance last night we had tacos, I went by what the box said and my little dude ended up having a low only an hour after dinner.  This isn't normal but we fixed him up and on we went with our night.  Then I got the scale in the mail today so I decided to have leftovers and this time measure using the "eat smart" scale.  To my surprise the carbs were almost 11 less then what the box said!  Holy Cow Batman, that's what happened last night.  



So here's my plan with this blog, keep track of the boys food and hopefully we should see a lower A1C, lower weight, lower sugars and a happy boy and family.