Sheri Turner's Blog – April 2009 Archive (15)

Oh, The PASTA-bilities!

I was told about the following company and its food by a friend of mine; she happens to be a Diabetes Nurse Educator and Author, so I have confidence in her recommendations but like always, consult with your own nurse educator for specific advice. The article is taken directly from the company’s website Dreamfields Foods and it’s definitely worth reading and exploring. Thanks… Continue

Added by Sheri Turner on April 27, 2009 at 4:44pm — 4 Comments

We Survived Ludicrous Lock-In 2009

We have had a busy, crazy, fun weekend so far. Last night was our youth group’s 2009 Ludicrous Lock-In and it was the first time all 4 of us went. Bryan and I chaperoned and the girls were experts at being girls. I’m happy to report that we all made it nicely through the night without falling asleep once. It was a great time and about 129 kids came.

Nikki’s blood sugars held for the… Continue

Added by Sheri Turner on April 25, 2009 at 7:01pm — No Comments

iPod Challenge

Okay, this post is just for fun; it has nothing to do with anything. Jill over at Diabetes Sweeties answered this challenge, so I'm answering hers - and now you have to answer mine. If you put your iPod on random, what is the first 25 songs that will play? After looking at mine I'm more convinced of my own extreme randomness than ever before :-D. Here is what's on my 25 :

1. Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band

2. Redeemer - Nicole C. Mullen

3. Roll On - Kid… Continue

Added by Sheri Turner on April 22, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Fundraising Season - Part 1

We are starting to think about the JDRF Walk for a Cure; late summer. This year I’m trying a few new fundraising ideas – including asking for corporate and/or business sponsors. I always hate asking people for money, especially with the economy being what it is; but I also know that the only way the money will be there to continue research and trials – which will eventually be the cure for my daughter, niece and nephew – is through donations. So… Continue

Added by Sheri Turner on April 19, 2009 at 10:10am — No Comments

My Hamster Nips

I'm Dr. Seussing it again. Last weekend, I was telling my mother the story of Nikki's hamster nipping her. It left a perfect little blood drop, so of course I grabbed her meter and tested her blood - no sense in wasting perfectly good blood. However, now Nikki's wears her favorite pair of pink gloves when she gets Miss Mouse out of her hamster house - no more hamster nips for Nikki. I couldn't… Continue

Added by Sheri Turner on April 16, 2009 at 10:44am — 5 Comments

My Daddy Always Said

I believe it’s a universal parent thing to be continually shocked by how fast our children grow up. I’m in the midst of one of those cycles. School will be out here in around 30 days and though I love summer for a multitude of reasons (extra time with my kids being number 1) this summer is not quite as exciting. The reason is because my Amber will be entering HIGH SCHOOL next school year and my… Continue

Added by Sheri Turner on April 15, 2009 at 1:47pm — 1 Comment

Easter Blessings

This last few days has been just crazy busy. Between my own school work, several Easter events, a friend’s family emergency and more I’ve met myself coming and going a couple of times – and I must say that as I passed myself I noticed that the bags under my eyes are becoming a rather permanent part of my face; not a good look.

We had a wonderful and blessed Easter. Good numbers, great… Continue

Added by Sheri Turner on April 14, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Diabetes in the Sky

My husband, Bryan, travels for work each week. Most of the time he drives, but every now and then he is going far enough that he has to fly. Last week was a flying week and it was a long one. He boarded the plane to come home today in an exhausted frame of mind and was focused on getting home. On his way down the plane’s isle he noticed a middle aged lady struggling with a blood glucose meter; she was seated in his row. He didn’t want to be rude… Continue

Added by Sheri Turner on April 13, 2009 at 8:47pm — 8 Comments

Mouse Definitions

So, Nikki and I are here dog sitting for a very dear friend while the youth are meeting in my house tonight. It was a good mother/daughter time and the dogs (and the skink) enjoyed the company. Anyway, Nikki decided she was bored so we started one of our very random conversations, which led to this posting. Nikki has developed a new meaning for the word DIABETES.…


Added by Sheri Turner on April 8, 2009 at 6:45pm — 4 Comments

Mouse Humor

As I’m sure EVERYONE knows by now, yesterday was Nikki’s 6th Liveabetes Anniversary. Keeping in line with the silliness of Nikki was something that might only really be appreciated by a T1 and his/her family. We are getting ready to go to the movies to finish up our Liveabetes celebration (Monsters vs. Aliens, completely hysterical!) when Nikki randomly busts out laughing. Yes, I know that this is not all that unusual, but she was…

Added by Sheri Turner on April 7, 2009 at 6:32am — 1 Comment

4/6/09 Nikki's 6th Liveabetes Anniversary

Last year we decided to make every April 6 a special day. I had someone ask me earlier today "why are you celebrating your child being sick". First of all I don't think of her as sick and she certainly doesn't see herself that way. Second, we look at it as a day of celebrating HOW Nikki LIVES with her diabetes. We are celebrating the blessings, opportunities, obstacles she's overcome, her LIFE.

We started a day early because dad (my husband) has to leave to go out of town for work… Continue

Added by Sheri Turner on April 5, 2009 at 6:46pm — 5 Comments

Invisible Mom

I found the story below on a friend's blog. It reminded me so much of so many things; but since this particular blog is about our struggle with diabetes I will focus there for a minute. As moms of children with a chronic illness it can sometimes feel as if we have ceased to exist for any other purpose than the continuing life sustaining tasks we are now charged with. I want to make it clear that in no way do I feel sorry for myself or think, even… Continue

Added by Sheri Turner on April 5, 2009 at 1:18am — 11 Comments

Being a Kid

I was walking out front this evening to check on the kids – my kids, neighbor kids, my kids friends, you get the idea – there were a lot of kids. Instead of shouting my standard “everyone okay? Nikki do you need to test?!”, I stopped to watch them. They had invented some elaborate game and were having a marvelous time – I wondered how long it had been since I felt that kind of freedom and joy in just being….well, right where I was. Diabetes,… Continue

Added by Sheri Turner on April 3, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Getting Mad or Being Seuss

A couple of weeks ago we had something happen that has not happened since my daughter, Nikki, was diagnosed 6 years ago. All of her meters had somehow found their way to school - this was not discovered until after the building was closed - which prompted the following poem. Needless to say it was a hard lesson learned, appropriate lectures were passed out all around and all the meters are back where they belong - and the purple one is still her… Continue

Added by Sheri Turner on April 2, 2009 at 1:42pm — 8 Comments

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Added by Sheri Turner on April 2, 2009 at 11:31am — No Comments



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