Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
During our little vacation this summer, we kept running into (literally) these crazy, HUGE, brightly-lit candy stores! We couldn't help it. It was like a gigantic magnet pulled my kids in!
Now, some folks may be thinking, "Wait a minute, I thought your daughter has diabetes," usually spoken in hushed tones for some reason. Well, yes. Yes, she does. But this store just screamed FUN! So, how could we resist!
Call me crazy, but I let C eat certain treats. I don't allow any of the purely sugar candies. (Although, jelly bellies are beginning to be the fast-acting sugar of choice for treating lows lately!) But, then there's chocolate. Chocolate is just so perfect. It has fat in it...not just sugar. So it doesn't send her sky-rocketing, then crashing. It actually works out okay for us as long as we count the carbs correctly. On special occasions, yes, she eats candy. We don't do it every day. We count and bolus accordingly.
So, in Candy World, I was going to allow my kids some fun treats! The boys picked out the "way-over-priced-by-weight" candies and scooped them into little bags...jelly beans, gummie things and of course the gargantuan jawbreaker. I wandered around with C, in search of the perfect chocolate. The great thing was, she was more interested in all the toys and stuffed animals rather than the candies. She is fanatical about stuffed animals! I kept asking, "Are you sure you don't want anything?"
"Oh, all I really want is this cute little stuffed turtle, Mom! Look! It has a little tu-tu!"
How could I argue with that?! Here we were in Candy World. I was willing to buy my type 1 daughter candy! And all she wanted was a stuffed animal. I actually was in awe of her decision for the remainder of our day.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
We stayed around home most of the summer until August 9th. Then we made it up to the Monterey, California area for a week's break before the routine of school began. Good thing we got out of town when we did. With all 5 of us around the house, day-in and day-out for 2 months, I was seriously thinking of having myself committed. (Just kidding, kind of.)
None of my pictures do these giant trees justice.
Monday, August 3, 2009
The famed Tiger Elevator at Childrens Hospital.
Our doc, so sweet, said "I know you're working hard at it. Let's tweak some overnight basals and raise her dinnertime carb ratios. I think that will really help." And, then we talked about the Minimed recall. Some of those mysterious highs that just would not budge were probably due to that. Possibly. Who knows? As the D folk on Twitter say: "I blame diabetes!"
It took a few nights for the effects of the changes to appear. I don't like changing more than one setting. I guess I like the scientific method. Too much change...it's making me crazy. We've been up the last 2 nights, trying to figure this out. Things are looking good but sometimes lower than I'm comfortable with...especially at bedtime. Last night was actually full of good numbers...just not full of much sleep...for me. Around 11:30 pm, I checked C. She was only 73. But I know that she has consistently been rising over night. So, I hung tight. I laid down, staring at the clock. I did not even close my eyes...
At 12 midnight, she was 77. So, okay, I thought... she's not dropping. I set the alarm for 2:00 am. She tested at 115...yay! I went back to bed without the alarm set. At about 8:30 am, her number was 126. I couldn't have asked for better numbers, all night long! (Well, I could have asked for 100 or maybe 95 at 11:30!) Good numbers, but not much sleep. What can I say?
C is growing, changing--everyday. I know her insulin needs will change too. I need to accept these changes and not fight them so much. I know this. It makes sense. I just don't like it.