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 (16) and Madi (7) 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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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Day 198

 opening the inset

 getting ready..
 cleaning the site..
 preparing for the poke..
 and here she is..irritated because the first one did not work.. gotta try again...
 second poke.. wow a little more traumatic than the side view :(
 this is the needle that goes into her skin..
 great job Madi..and now we have 2 pumpers!!!
my brave girl!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Day 197

Im such a slacker..I cannot believe I havent blogged in so long.. honestly I dont even know if anyone even reads this anymore!! lol

Well, Madi's pump was approved..and well, we got it on Monday!
We go in a couple days for her to get it all programed and hooked up! She chose a green pump!
Craig had his Sports banquet. He got an athletic Scholar award for having a high GPA while doing sports.. then,  
Wednesday, Craig had his 8th grade promotion..SO...that means we have a freshman in our house!! Its kinda crazy to have a high schooler.. He is super excited for high school though!! I am excited for him as well.  He is such a great kid!

 And, there is never a dull moment here... today Madi fell off of the slide and hurt her arm.. She was really freaking out and crying in pain, so I thought she had a break.. a trip to Urgent Care and it was a dislocated elbow.  They had to re set her elbow which was really painful, but a few minutes later she was feeling a lot better!!!

This is such a random post.. here she is with a yummy breakfast.. Pistacios and strawberries! She is a picky eater, but likes weird things too!
 And lastly, she is super excited about her pump now and has a bunch of pouches she is excited to wear with different outfits!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Day 196

oh man Ive been busy just with the school year winding down.. I will be so releived when we dont have to get up too early, wont have sports and can just relax!

On another note, MADI'S PUMP IS IN THE MAIL!!!
she should get it monday! thats exciting news over here!

And, here is a terrible phone picture of Craig accepting his Athletic Scholar award for this year! So proud of my boy! Keeping above 3.6 GPA while participating in sports.

Type 1 hasnt stopped him at all!! He is an amazing young man!! Great job Craiger!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Day 195

my sweet Madi was diagnosed 1 year ago today..

Here is where we were 1 year ago today...
Fighting those shots and finger pricks..even then blood pressure cuff..she really hated that thing!!
She has done so much this past year.. She is one tough little girl!
She has had: 
  • 5 days in the hospital, including her birthday, 
  • 1825 shots of insulin 
  • 2555 finger pricks
  • lots of doctors appointments
  • lots of high numbers and lots of low numbers
And she will have this for the rest of her life..It will never go away.
She will need insulin for the rest of her life.
I love my brave sweet girl!!

Here are some pictures of Miss Madi this past year...
 At her initial hospital stay.. she was so happy to be able to play the ipad and go to the play room in the hospital!

 Halloween! she saved a lot of her candy for quick sugars when she got low!
 Madi in the hospital on her Birthday..She was so sad..The stomach bug plus type 1 will do that to you!

 Madi and her JDRF bear with a dress we made for it.
 She started using the Pen!
 Yet another doctors appointment...
 snacking on the couch!

 She started preschool!
 a tired Madi when she was low..sitting on the stairs.

 She has helped to get bags for the kids at the hospital filled with crayons, color books, games and toys!!

Madi and her Pump puppy.. she got him at her pump class! She should be getting her pump soon!
So proud of yo Madi! You are amazing and we love you SO much!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Day 194


Miss Madilyn has her 1 year since DX coming up..I almost cannot believe it.

Its been a hard year for her for sure..

Some days are easier than others, but at least once a day she says "ouch" or whines about the shots and pokes... Its hard, but she is doing great!
As a parent, I just want it to stop hurting... Some peple might think it gets easier, but for her, the shots still hurt..
I mean how can it get "easy"? She is piercing her skin with a needle several times a day! Ask her and she'll tell you, "It hurts"

I wish it didnt hurt my sweet girl, but I am so proud of her and all she has overcome this past year! She is a strong girl!!

Me:  What is the easiest thing about diabetes?

Me:  what is the hardest thing about diabetes?
Madi:  The shots! But if you're brave, its not really bad.

Me:  Why do you have to be so brave if you have diabetes?
Madi:  Because if you are brave, it doesnt hurt so much!

Me:  Why do you have diabetes?
Madi:  cause I go potty a lot and my pancreas is not making enough insulin so then, I had to go to the hospital and then they said "oh your pancreas is not making enough insulin, so then you have diabetes" Then they told my mom I have diabetes and its really hard.

Me:  If you met someone who just got diabetes that was 5 like you,  what would you say to them?
Madi:  I would tell them that whenever you're scared, try to be brave.  And then i would give them a toy because they would be sad because their IV would hurt.  I would say, "Diabetes is hard sometimes...You have to check your blood everyday...
get shots everyday. Sometimes it's scary, but whenever you're scared, try to be brave.
 Brave like a super hero!"

Me:  What do you think a super hero does?
Madi:  They save people, duh!  But they are really brave!

We have our very own super heros right here!! Love my sweet girl! ha, notice her medical ID?? She would NOT take it off for pics.. I was ok with that though....

Day 193

well, yes, its been busy..the end of the school year is fast approaching and summer will be here! we cannot wait!

I was watching Craig play soccer the other day and his coach came to us and said "Hows Craig? Is he good?"

As in   "he is fine on the field right? good numbers? feeling great right?"

We both said "yes" and continued to watch him play..

It really made me think....

Yes he checks before the game and he will sip gatorade..and he can feel his lows, so typically he can feel when he is getting too low..

If he felt low on the field in the middle of the game, would he run in? would he ask for a sub?

I honestly do not know.. He is a very determined and sport minded young man.. He wants to do good, he wants to play and he wants to win... So if he had to come out, Im not sure he would do it..

But, I do feel like he is 13..and pretty responsible with his diabetes..

Ya, he forgets things sometimes and ya, he doesnt always have everything he needs..but he is actually pretty independent with his diabetes.

So at some point, I have to let him play..let HIM decide..and let HIM determine what he needs.

He will be in high school in just a couple months.... and its time to let him go and be his own person..

Its hard, Yes...

But its time..

I will still do all I can to help him and spport his diabetes..and of course make sure that he has good numbers adn is healthy.. thasts my job as a mom..
But its also my job to help him become independent and responsible..and he cannot do that if I dont give him the chance!
At some point, you have to let go a little....and by a "little" I mean a LITTLE!! lol