Thursday, June 30, 2011

Another New Adventure--Join Me!

I haven't been blogging much recently because I've been working on a project. 

It's called Daily Doctor Mom and it's for every mom who has a child with medical needs.  I won't focus on specific diseases, instead I'll focus on all the other issues we face.  Worry, fear, exhaustion....sound familiar?

My goal is to encourage and inspire every Doctor Mom.  Yes, this is the toughest job we'll ever face, but with God's help, we can do this successfully!

I hope you'll go on the journey with me.  Please share this with anyone you know who has a child with medical needs.

See you tomorrow!  Click here to visit my new site.

Oh!  And I'll still be posting here.  You can't get rid of me that easily!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Camp is a Huge Success!

Matthew is having a blast at camp.  He's up at the crack of dawn and falling into bed before the sun sets.  Nothing but adventure inbetween.  Life is good for that kid right now.  (I even let him off the hook for chores this week!)

His BG has been pretty good.  A couple of lows at times, but thankfully he recognizes them.  Plus, his nurse is fantastic!  God is blessing us once again.

Overnights are a different story.  Last night, he started going low. The exact same thing happened last year as well.  All the activity just caught up with him. 

Last night, I had to give him juice every 2 hours. Tonight I'm going to try a temporary basal and see if that helps.

One thing is for sure....I am amazed at how God created our bodies.  Seriously!  That pancreas is one fantastic little organ. 

Working ones really should get more recognition......

Monday, June 27, 2011

Diabetes Camp

Camp started today and I confess!  I'm a little nervous.  I know it'll get better for me once I hear how his first day went.  But right now?  Too many unknowns for me to relax.

Of course, my fear is nothing like last year when I was simply terrified.  Honestly, I just wanted to hang out with him all day.  Leave my child?  All day?  What?

But a lot has changed in a year.

This morning, I thought about just shoving him out the car window as I drove past!  Hahahaha....

How much God has grown us this year!

(Note:  I'm still not ready for overnight camp!)

Friday, June 24, 2011

V-B-S Equals F-U-N!

VBS was a huge success.  Of course, we're totally exhausted, but it was great!

Matthew's BG was good, for the most part.  Until today that is....

The kiddos had popsicles for snack time.  Yes, I was smart enough to visit the kitchen and check out the carb count.  But....

I was in such a hurry that I failed to look at the serving size.  Bad move!  I gave too much insulin!

Thankfully, I caught the mistake before he went low.  Glad God helped me out on that one.  : )

Matthew was on a the blue team.  Here's a picture of him with his pal, Garrett.  And yes, their hair is blue!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

10-year-old boys....

Tonight is movie night.  Matthew pops in Space Chimps 2.

"Mom!  Good news--it's rated PG for mild-rude humor.  YAY!  This is going to be awesome!"

Monday, June 20, 2011


VBS kicks off today and we're so excited!  The theme is taking us to New York.  Sounds like a fantastic adventure!

I'm volunteering in the Missions room, with my best friend.  (How convenient!)

Matthew will be with the 6th graders, hanging out with his best friend.  (Yes, we bumped him up a year so he could be with Garrett.)

I hope to have lots of pictures to share.  Especially of Crazy Hair Day!!

On a D-note....last year, VBS snacks were such a challenge.  Being on MDI was tough!  Trying to make sure his carbs matched that ratio...getting it exact.  Yikes!  It was hard work.

This year, the pump should make it so much easier.  Just pop in whatever carbs he eats and he should be good to go. 

I'm also much more confident about him catching lows.  I was a little worried last year.

It's amazing how much we've grown this past year with diabetes.  God is so good to get us through--successfully!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Mother of the Year Award


Matthew has been going a little low 2 hours after dinner.  Not super-low, but around 100.  Certainly too low for 2 hours of IOB.

Last night, I decided to up his dinner ratio from 1-18 to 1-20. 


I forgot to program his pump.

So......last night after dinner, I sent him to 41.  Poor guy.  He hasn't been that low in a while.  He was a good sport, but I felt bad.

To any new D-Moms out there, I hope this makes you feel a little better.  We all make mistakes.  Fortunately, Matthew caught the low.  God is good.

But making those kind of mistakes really stinks!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Our Swimming Routine

Last year was our first year swimming with diabetes.  I was SHOCKED at how swimming drops Matthew's BG.  Seriously.  I guess it's because he's moving arms and legs....not just legs, like running?  Whatever the reason, that kiddo drops in the pool.

So much, that last year, I didn't even let him take lessons at all.  I just couldn't handle it.  We were so new to diabetes.  In hindsight, I suppose I should have braved it.  Oh well....

I was brave this year!  Today he finished up 2 weeks of swimming lessons.  Yes, I was dreading it, it but God really blessed us.  We got into a groove quickly.

I found that if I gave Matthew 10 carbs uncovered, he could swim for an hour before needing another boost. 

Oh, last thing, I made sure they were slow carbs.  Almond clusters, fun size snickers, peanut butter crackers.  They all worked great!

Of course, YDMV.   (Your diabetes may vary.)  But this worked great for Matthew.  This time.  You know how that goes!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Busy Summer!

My poor blog is being so ignored.  But trust's because we're having a great summer.  Very busy, but very fun!

Swimming lessons this week.  (Last week, too.) That's been a bit of a blood sugar adventure, but not bad at all.

Aside from swimming though, Matthew is going through another growth spurt. (The little stinker!)   LOTS of high BG's that I'm working on.  As soon as I get the basal straight, it'll be good for a couple of days, then he's high again.  I'm learning this is typical when he's growing. 

Here's an example, last night at 9pm, he was 120.  I was thrilled!  By midnight, he was around 270.  What a rise!

I continue to pray for wisdom daily and God continues to share freely.  Thank goodness!

Hope all is well with you.  I'm working to catch up on blog reading!  : )