Craig and Madi are siblings who both have Type 1 diabetes. They were both diagnosed in 2012 and with in 4 months of each other. Craig (15) and Madi (6) are awesome kids and here you will see the everyday things that come with Type 1. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Thank you so much for reading!!
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Friday, May 8, 2015

another Diaversary....

this girl... on her 3rd Diaversary... 3 years ago we were rushing to Phoenix Children's hospital with the devastating diagnosis of type 1 Diabetes... I cried for days.. every time I looked at her I felt that we had lost her innocent and carefree childhood... It was now filled with carb counting, insulin shots, finger pricks, night time checks and many worries.. Since her diagnosis she has had over 7665 finger pricks.. and over 6500 shots of insulin.. 
She has fought Type 1 diabetes for 3 years now... Every single day... She is brave and so very strong..
Please read these warning signs of type 1..they are so hard to catch because they can be looked at as normal, or a growing child..
Increased Thirst, frequent urination, weakness or tired a lot, irritable, hungry all the time, lethargy.
We took Madi to the pediatrician thinking maybe she had a UTI.. even though her brother was diagnosed just 3 months prior, I had NO thoughts that she too could be Type 1 diabetic.. even though she showed the same signs..
Thank you everyone who has cared  for, prayed for and watched after my Madi...
This girl.... she is brave, tough, smart, wild, fun, sweet, sassy and she is so strong!
She fights though each day with faith..
Today was a rough one... she woke up at about 300 so we did a site change.
By 9 am she was 500.  I dosed her and hoped it was a breakfast spike since we had just
changed her pump site.
Well by 11 am she was HI...
So we did another site change at school.. She felt miserable and couldnt eat lunch because 
she was so high.
I ended up taking her home at 11:30... By 2 she was 350 which is still high but not 600 so i thought she was coming down.. by 4 she was above 600 again.. Terrible!! I dosed her with a syringe and changed her insulin fro her pump.. Im not sure if maybe the pump isnt working or what!!! Here we are at 7 pm and she is 379... Luckily no ketones but I hate having her so high and for soem reason
we cant get her lower!!  It was a rough
terrible day for her but she is still smiling at the end of the 
Questions for Madi on her 3rd Diaversary....
What do you want people to know about Type 1 diabetes?
 M: If I even touch you, you;re still  my friend and you will not get diabetes if I touch you. 
What is Type 1 diabetes?
M:  Type 1 diabetes is like, a sickness but you always have it.
Why is it hard?
 M: Because when you;re really really high you cant eat stuff you want to.  So then you have to wait and change your site and do really hard stuff.  Then when you;re lower, you can eat anything you want to.
What is the hardest part?
 M:  When yo have it get shots and insulin because new sites hurt.  Its hard because you don't get to eat when everyone else gets to.
What do you want to say to people who have helped you?
 M: Thank you for helping me change my sites, dosing me for lunch, and thank you for taking care of me.  I know you care about me.
Why do you have to be brave?
M:   So you can get everything done, because if you don't, you will die. 


Monday, April 13, 2015

JDRF walk 2015

JDRF walk 2015
This year we had a great time at the walk! Our theme was "stronger then Type 1"
We used Craig s quote "It's a constant struggle but yo have to stay strong"

The great thing about the walks is that all of the type 1-ers dont feel alone.  You get to see all of the different teams and meet new people and realize that your crazy life of fighting this disease isnt that rare. Thank you everyone who donated and walked with us!

The next day my sister did the walk in Montana! They ordered shirts from us and got a team together and walked in honor of Craig and madi! It was so awesome to see!!

For our fundraising we did a coin drive at Madis School that raised over $400.
We also did a dodge ball tournament at another school where Landon goes.  We did an assembly first and then they fundraised for a week adn we finished it off with a fun dodge-ball tournament.! That raised $550!! 

 The winning team!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Find the joy............

Im not sure I can begin to tell you the magnitude of the lameness that my week has been but Ill try!

First off let me say that I have 4 kids; 2 that have Type 1 diabetes, I am working and going to college to get my degree and trying to keep our house together (somewhat).

I have homework to do, my kids need rides from here to there;scouts, sports, playdates, school, and who knows what else, laundry to be done, house to be cleaned, my yard is covered in weeds and I got a letter from our HOA this week, I need to go grocery shopping, get medical supplies, and sometime in there I really need to try to get some kind of rest.  

So my day to day activities/trials are constant chaos.  I love my life and all but sometimes it’s a bit much.  Im feeling emotionally, spiritually and mentally weak.  Besides all the chaos of life with 4 amazing kids, this week has been especially trying…..

Craigs CGM stopped working.  Well this might not be a huge deal except he just started HS baseball and he has practice until 7 pm.  I really depend on that CGM to warn me when his blood sugars get dangerously low at night.  Now you could say “just do a temp basal, have him eat before bed.” Well yes, that’s a great idea and we do that, we lowered his night time basal too but the problem is that he will still drop around 1am unexpectedly after baseball.  Maybe 2 nights a week this happens! So without our friend Dex, Im doing several night checks.  

When he has a great night, then Madi has a terrible night! One night this week, her CGM kept telling me to calibrate it, but her Bs was too high for it to accept it…. So it kept going off at night. I finally got her Bs low enough to calibrate and then the alarm kept going off said she was “high”… Well yes, I know she is high, she is coming down from 400! Then at about 4am the Dex went off again!! I rolled over and ignored it until about 20 minutes later when it went off again and I looked at it.  It said “Under 55”.. CRAP!  I ran downstairs to get her juice and woke her up to drink it.  I brought her in my room to sleep in my bed at that point. I don’t think I slept at all that night, then my alarm went off at 5 am to get up for work.  I got out of bed and just cried! I made it through the day and well, I survived! We all did!

Thrusday I was so excited to get off work because I knew that in less than 24 hours I’d be on my way to see my family in Washington, including my sister and new nephew!! This is a trip I have looked forward to for months!  Yay!! A mommy trip. A break from life, chaos, work, school and everything.  Well as I left work I turned right, then remembered Craig needed some new jeans before I went out of town. So I veered left and it was a right turn only.  Well of COURSE there would be an officer watching!  SO I get pulled over, can’t find my registration or insurance.  Seriously?!!  Is this really happening?!

Then its Friday, yay!! Up early to get to my flight.  I actually got there 3 hours early.  I sat at my gate and the time came to get on the plane but I noticed the destination was NOT where I was going.. I looked at my ticket booklet and the bag person wrote what looked like a C-8. Yes, gate C8 right?? I looked at my ticket and it was C18!! C18!!! I ran to the right gate and they left me.. My plane left me! I missed my flight..
Tears streamed down my face, I was devastated! Why is this happening?! I just want a weekend where I can see my family, feel at peace, enjoy some sleep, and rejuvenate my spirit!
Well I finally was able to get a new flight that left later and although I was sad I would have wasted a day at the airport instead of being with my family, at least I got a new flight!

Now this all sounds a little stressful (understatement much?) but let me tell you the tender mercies of the Lord in my life. 

This whole week our school has been doing a coin Drive for Madi and Craig’s walk team for JDRF.  It has been so sweet to see all of those coins coming in! In the cafeteria a girl told me someone in her class brought in $30! I said “that’s so awesome, I bet your class will win that pizza party” She looked at me and said, “I don’t care about pizza, I care about a cure.” Sweetest thing I heard! Especially after being up all night fighting this disease! Heck ya, I want a cure too!

That officer that pulled me over asked for my registration, license and insurance.  Well as I said I couldn’t find my registration or an updated insurance card.  He was so nice and didn’t give me a ticket for anything I have to pay for.  He gave me the no insurance ticket but all I have to do is take it to the courthouse and show my insurance card because of course I have insurance!! 

And today I missed my flight and was completely devastated but then I got a text from the school nurse saying Madis blood sugar was HI. That means over 600.  Poor Madi!! I wanted to be there so bad to help and hug my sweet girl!  Well I wasn’t there, I was sitting at the airport.  Her school nurse is amazing and I told her I could walk her through doing a site change IF she was comfortable with it.  

She said ok and put me on speaker phone.  I walked her through it and she did awesome! An hour later (yes, Im still sitting at the airport!) she text me that the site change worked and Madis blood sugar was coming down and was 280 now! From 600! So what? Well had I been on that first flight (the one I missed) I would have been unavailable to receive calls, would have not known about Madis 600 bs and would not have been able to walk her school nurse through that site change to help her feel better.  She could have gotten really sick, really fast!  

I received kind texts from friends and this was one of them
“You’re the farthest thing from a hot mess! You’ve got so much on your plate (just that I can see! I’m sure you deal with private trials like we all do as well) and you smile and put your head down and move forward all the time.   I Appreciate YOU! You’re a beautiful example to me. I wish we all had mirrors that showed us our true selves once in a while.  Well, the selves that are strong and capable and wise.  The other true selves we see enough! You’d be shocked at the powerful face smiling back at you if you got a peek at what the rest of us see in you…”

I felt so thankful for the kind text and and found comfort in it when I was having a really difficult time this week. 

It’s all in perspective.
My life feels like a jumbled mess most of the time. 
I feel like im never really put together.
But in the end, I have happy, amazing kids, a great husband, and many people around us who help us, support us and love us.  I am truly happy in our jumbled up crazy life. Yes, sometimes things are hard, really hard… a lot of this time.  But you find your true strength in you trials.  You can find the joy in them and you can push through..
So remember when times are rough, you are strong.  You are capable… You are amazing! God is with you and will help lift you up.  He will only give you trials you can handle so if you ever think “I cant handle this!” Just remember YOU CAN!! And You will! Be of good cheer, life is good, but you must look for the joy.

Now here's to a great week!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

November! Support for T1D Awareness! Family & Friends

How thankful we are for our friends and family who wore BLUE of fridays in November for Diabetes Awareness Month.  To some, it's  just clothes, but to us, its support and love and we appreciate it!!