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 →

Surviving Mother’s Day 2018

If I were to choose an icon of motherhood right now while my children are six and two, it would be an emblem of a little hand giving me a Kleenex tissue. And you know what? I accept that tissue. Continue reading →

The Lights Fest

by Alese

Hottie and I officially made it ten years in August!!  Not all of it has been Instagram worthy.  What real relationship is??? He is my guy and life would be so much less fun without him. Continue reading →

Spreading the Word

by Erin

Thanks to support from my family (special thanks to my sister-in-law Denise) I have reached out to some media sources in order to make the Sugar Rush Survivors message of hope, support, and T1D awareness available to more people. Today the Yellowhammer News published my piece called “Struggling,” Continue reading →

Typeonedo

by Erin

Gabbing with Grasshopper

Him: What did you say those big kids in white clothes were doing at school today? Typeonediabetesdo?

Me: What??

Him: Typeonedo.

Me: Do you mean taekwondo?

Him: Yeah!

Today we are kicking type 1 diabetes martial arts style! Conversations like this remind me that we each see the world from our own lens. Grasshopper’s perspective is different than mine. Type 1 diabetes is part of his frame of reference for the world. It has been for the majority of his six years of life and will be until, God willing, there is a cure. But in the mean time, we will continue living each day, overcoming each new obstacle, passing the tests type one diabetes throws our way. This is our life. This is his life. He takes each day as it comes and keeps going. Type 1 diabetes is a part of his life, not the whole of his life. Typeonedo!

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.