Where does the time go? I can't believe that it's been almost a year since my last post!! I'm truly sorry, but his past year has really kicked my *ss!! So what is new you may ask?? Lots!!!
This past year my oldest daughter was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Not diabetes like her younger sister, Olivia, but with Alopecia Universalis. Her body is attacking her hair follicles and she lost all of her hair. She is completely bald - no hair, no eyebrow, no eyelashes, no body…
Hello everyone! Wow this place is rocking! So many more members since the last time that I visited tudiabetes and hopefully more people that I will be able to connect with. With me being a teacher, I'm glad to see the school year end. This past few months have been quite frustrating and stressful and I'm glad to have summer here to relax a little. Olivia is doing well - we have had our ups and downs lately, but she is good. Some highlights (and not so highlights from the past few months)… Continue
This past weekend (March 14th, 2009) was the Northwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's annual "Beach Ball Gala" to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Olivia was choosen to be this year's "Fund A Cure Kid". We had members of JDRF (Chris Britt and Tom Balos) come to our house to interview us and to take video of Olivia. Parts of the video included how we manage her diabetes, blood sugar checks, receiving an insulin shot, counting… Continue
This past Saturday my husband had to work so every now and then he would call home to see how Olivia's blood sugar readings were. I was giving him a hard time and joking around with him because Olivia's numbers were so good all day. I was saying, "Maybe I should take over all diabetes care, etc." She did not have a number that didn't fall between 80-100. A perfect day. Then eight o'clock pm came around. Olivia was telling me how thirsty she was so I… Continue
A little late posting, but I did recongnize that November 14th was World Diabetes Day. I wore blue from head to toe. I'm a physical education teacher so alot of my students asked me "What's with all the Blue". It was then my turn to tell them that I was wearing blue to honor by daughter, Olivia, who has Type 1 Diabetes and many others who live with this disease (whether it be type 1 or type 2). I then got the question, what is Type 1 Diabetes. It was then my turn to educate!
I'm going through October withdrawal symptoms. I always love the month of October - the smell of fall, the colors of the leaves changing, and ofcourse Halloween. It is usually a fun time and it's sad that it went so fast. October's top ten...
10. Going to my first Nascar Race
9. Enjoying my daughter Gwen's soccer Games
I am a huge Greg Biffle Fan. To those of you who do not know who Greg Biffle is.....He is the best Nascar Driver (in my eyes anyway). I had the opportunity to go to Lowe's Motor Speedway this past weekend and had a great time. The 300+ laps went by so fast and I was sad to see it end, but I was happy to get back home. The drive to NC was a long one and Ofcourse I couldn't stop thinking about Olivia. It was my first time leaving Olivia for three days, but I knew she was in good hands (her… Continue
It was our first year participating in the JDRF walk to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. We participated in Erie, PA which is about an hour from where we live. My best friend, Loretta, participated with Olivia, Gwen, and me. It was a great day. Our team helped raise $1,325.00 (and counting). I'm so proud of Olivia and I'm also proud of Gwen for supporting and loving her little… Continue
It has been a while since my last post. I've been around reading some of the discussions and also reading some of your blogs (here at tudiabetes and on personal webpages). I just find myself in a slump that I'm trying hard to get out of. The summer months flew by and I found myself not prepared to go back to work (I'm a teacher). I will try my best to stay current because in the end - you all have helped me get through my days. Some of the highlighs since my last post are...
I am currently making a personal video about Olivia's journey with type 1 diabetes. I had my oldest daughter take this picture of Olivia actually getting an insulin injection. She did a great job capturing the moment, but looking at this picture is hard. More or less heartbreaking. Does she make this face with every injection? I really don't get to see her face, her face expressions. I'm usually concentrating so much on what I'm… Continue
Happy 4th of July everyone! Today was a perfect 4th of July day - especially since the last two weeks have been rainy around here. Even yesterday, it rained like cats and dogs. They had a blast at the parade and it was the first time in seven years that my Husband was able to go along. Usually, he has to work. There was so many people there watching the parade. Thank you to the kind people who allowed our kids a front row seat and let them sit… Continue
My family broke down and purchased a Wii Sport console and sport games this past weekend! At first I'm thinking "another one of my husband's toys!", but after I played a game of boxing - I changed my mind really quick. It is awesome. I boxed against my husband and I laughed so hard it hurt! We boxed three rounds and when it was over, he was victorious, but we were both on the floor - breathing heavy, and laughing so hard. If you don't have one of these - GO BUY ONE! It was a workout and I still… Continue
I finished Olivia's quilt square for the "Quilt for Life" - part of CWD (children with diabetes). Her quilt shows a little bit of everything - importantly, all of her favorite things!! There are over 600 quilts that will be displayed in Washington DC on August 4th and 5th. My family will be attending this event. My Aunt lives in Arlington,VA only about 10 minutes away so we are planning on making it a mini vacation and going to see some of the… Continue
Both my daughters are taking swimming lessons this summer and I admit that I am amazed how exercise plays such an important part in diabetes management. I make sure I check Olivia before she swims and try to have her be above 200 before lessons start. She is on low doses right now (probably because of her age and because she is still Honeymooning). She gets from 2 to 3 units of Novolog at Breakfast with 1 and 1/2 units of Levemir. We think that she is currently experiencing the Dawn Phenomeon… Continue
One year ago today our daughter, Olivia, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It doesn't seem possible that an entire year has passed us by. Wow. They say that "the first year is always the toughest". I hope so. We made it through one year and we are still going strong. A few days ago my husband and myself were deciding if we should make today a "big deal". It seemed kind of strange to celebrate the day that Olivia was diagnosed. We decided - why not!… Continue
Yesterday my mother-in-law, and I took Olivia to Pittsburgh Children's Hospital for Olivia's three month endocrinology diabetes appointment. Her appointment was at 12:45 and we left our house at 8:30am. We checked in at 12:30 - only fifteen minutes to spare. We live about three hours away, but there was a lot of construction. The trip went well on all counts. We made it through all the traffic of a big city. The parking garage was full, but we were able to park in a near by garage. We had to… Continue
The Diabetes Hands Foundation and Diabetes Advocates Program is proud to announce and congratulate the members of DA who were granted scholarships to attend diabetes conferences in 2013! Thanks to a generous grant from Novo Nordisk, in 2013 we were … Continue Reading
El Centro Nacional de Prevención de Enfermedades Crónicas y Promoción de la Salud en el Estados Unidos encontró que a partir de 2002-2009, el 11,8% de los hispanos mayores de 20 años, que viven en los EU, viven con diabetes … Continue Reading