End of the School Year Burn Out: Lunch

by Erin

I’m staring into the pantry with a deer in the headlights look. Wide eyed, slack jawed… it can’t be THIS hard to come up with two snacks and a lunch for my kindergartner. Continue reading →

Camp Seale Harris

by Erin

A few months ago Grasshopper’s school nurse, Amber, told me she had been contacted by some folks from the Pike Road Lions Club. Continue reading →

Chronically Meme Happy

by Erin

After dealing with diabetes as a family for four years and four months, I think of it as if I am holding a pencil in my outstretched hand. I am relatively confident now in the daily decisions that need to be made. Thanks to Sugar Surfing techniques I am usually able to run Grasshopper’s blood sugar control as a background program in my mind instead of as the main focus of my day. But of course it is always there. It is like holding a pencil in your outstretched hand. The pencil is light and easy to hold. But if you hold your arm straight out for a minute or two, your arm starts to hurt, to shake with fatigue. Trying to be a stand in pancreas for a few hours is hard. But what is harder is being a stand in pancreas day after day, trying to be a consistent, constant force against a chronic condition that frequently changes. Our family has been holding that pencil for Grasshopper for four years and counting. We will keep it up, of course, because we want him to have blood sugar levels as close to those of a non-type 1 diabetic as possible. We will hold this for him and teach him how to hold it. But wow, is my arm is tired.

One thing that helps is to laugh. The diabetic online community (DOC) is a clever, supportive bunch, over all. T1D is a serious life threatening condition. But it also daily offers up ridiculous situations, funny juxtapositions and a sort of language all its own. And the memes. THE MEMES!! They are a kind of relief all their own.

There are plenty of days when type 1 diabetes acts like a certain annoying MTV character.

Easter with T1D 2018

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:6

Happy Easter!

We went to the Easter vigil Mass last night and we all survived without meltdowns. Even me! Grasshopper was amazed that he got to hold a candle and that there was A FIRE outside. Sunshine loved the ringing of the bells when we all sang Alleluia over and over. She shook her hand like she was holding a bell and laughed and laughed. With joy we greet our risen Lord! Continue reading →

Under Pressure

by Erin

I dragged Grasshopper out of bed, tired, grumpy, crying and upset and hauled both kids to school in workout clothes and no make up, on the Monday after Spring Break only to get into the office and be told there was no school because of parent teacher conferences. Guess I should check my email!! #hotmess

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Pizza Dilemma

by Alese
Carb cutting always makes it to my New Year’s resolutions.  As does not procrastinating  which is why New Year’s resolutions end up being more of a February thing for me.  In an attempt to be proactive I thought I would start mid January.  Continue reading →

Halloween with T1D

Yes, Grasshopper can and does eat candy. If his blood sugar goes too low he HAS to eat something sugary to bring it back up. Juice, Annie’s Fruit Snacks, Lifesavers Gummies. Sugar can literally save his life.

by Erin

The assumption often is, “Grasshopper can’t eat candy because he has type 1 diabetes.”
The short answer is, “He can and does eat candy. There are times sugar can literally save his life.” The long answer is, “It gets a bit complicated.” Continue reading →