Friday, August 10, 2012

Our LA Trip

I was really scared to go on a trip for a wedding in La Mirada, CA last weekend. Last year on our trip to Southern CA Elyssa was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes so I was so afraid something could go wrong on this trip too. I was worried to the extent that I mapped out the nearest hospitals with P.I.C.U units by the hotel and in the town where the reception was going to take place.
Las Vegas to LA is only about a 4 hour drive and I think I held my breath almost the whole way. I wanted to rush and get there so nothing could happen on the road or in the middle of no where. It took us forever to get there which added to my stress. We past 2 accidents and I totally forgot how horrible Southern CA traffic was. I have no idea why I was freaking out so much. We keep Elyssa's BGs in a really good range majority of the time. I just have the worse luck and I couldn't handle anything else going wrong right now.
Well all that worrying was for nothing. We made it there with no problems. I even let her have an ice cream on the way because she was being such a good girl in the car just looking at the clouds, mountains & cacti. I even get bored looking at that stuff so she deserved a treat. We also treated her and took her to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. She had a blast, she loves aquariums. At the wedding we got a couple 60s and 70s from all the running around she did. I didn't even bolus her for dinner or cake and we still got some lows I couldn't believe it. She played, she danced, she ran around but most importantly she had a good time.
Me on the other hand, I was a nervous wreck watching her running around, I checked her probably every 30 mins., I was tired, sweaty from CA humidity, and I really wanted a drink. Our drive back home went even smoother. We didn't catch any traffic and BGs were in the 100s. I feel sort of stupid for worrying so much about everything but I know Diabetes has a mind of it's own and can wreck havoc in a short period of time. Diabetes was good to us on this trip and I am so thankful.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Little Encouragement for Elyssa

I've been trying to encourage Elyssa to put sites on her stomach but nothing is working. She has an awesome sitter that had a great idea of practicing on her stuffed animal. Elyssa was soooo happy and proud of herself. I don't think I've ever seen her smile so big! THANK YOU TRISTA & KAILEY!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Yiippeee, No More Medical Bills

I am so happy I have finally paid off ALL Elyssa's medical bills from when she was in DKA and diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It's such a relief and I feel this tremendous weight lifted off my shoulders finally.
At the beginning I tried so hard to understand this disease and not go crazy from lack of sleep but then when I got slapped with bills for thousands of dollars it truly broke me. I cried so much. I felt like how was I supposed to provide a future for my Type 1 Diabetic daughter when I owed thousands of dollars and had to pay for tons of supplies on a monthly basis. I cried for the diagnosis, I cried from all the threatening calls saying they were going to send me to collections or start taking money from my paycheck, I cried for all the $$$$$ signs flashing before my eyes every time I opened the mail.
Since we were out of town in California when Elyssa was diagnosed my insurance didn't pay for all the doctors fees. She was diagnosed in 1 hospital then transported to another hospital so I had bills from 2 different hospitals, tons of different doctors, nurses, endos and the ambulance company. I took it day by day. I made tons of calls, sent tons of emails & faxes trying to get costs down. I called doctors directly to see if they would lower their fees and a couple of them did so that was a great help. Also, I kept sending a ton of bills back to the insurance company as claims because I felt we shouldn't pay all the out of state costs since the local Pediatrician & Urgent Care doctors that "were" covered by my insurance missed her diagnosis a few days before we left town. The insurance company did end up going 50/50 with me on a couple more bills. Even though it was all so stressful and such a big fight I find myself lucky because I did have some kind of insurance.
I thought for sure we were going to be in & out of the hospital all the time due to diabetes complications. I'm so glad that hasn't been the case. No more hospital stays this whole 1st year of diagnosis. It's given me time to pay off all medical bills, Woo Hoo. I'm finally able to breathe a sigh of relief and do my little happy dance. I no longer have to be scared to open the mail or answer the phone anymore. One whole year of Type 1 Diabetes.... I didn't let the diagnosis beat me, I didn't let the bills beat me.... I just keep taking everything day by day and try to do the best I can for my little girl. I just feel like all the hard work is finally paying off... Literally! =)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Elyssa's 1st Diaversary

Well today is D-Day July 1st, Elyssa's 1 year Diabetes anniversary. 1 year ago today she was so sick in DKA she almost died but she was given another chance to live. Type 1 Diabetes is an everyday battle but I am trying my best so she can live life to the fullest. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and our lives changed forever. It has been one hell of a year to say the least.
I don't know what to expect of my emotions today. I do know that I have already teared up off & on this week just thinking about this day. I want her to remember that she was given another chance at life and I want her to celebrate life. I think that making it a whole year living with Diabetes and still having some sanity deserves to be celebrated.
I really wanted to thank everyone that has helped us throughout this year. We had an awesome CDE that explained everything so well that we had enough knowledge to come home and take care of her. I have to say thank you to the few friends & family that have actually stuck by us and helped or showed us support. Also, thanks to the D.O.C (Diabetes Online Community) I have learned so much from all your posts, blogs & responses and you guys have really helped get me through some really hard times. I have made some new lifelong friends and diabetes has shown me how truly strong I am. I hope Elyssa will see a cure in her life time and if not I hope I provide her with the tools to live her life and not let Diabetes stop her!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Birthday Wish

Today is my birthday. There is always that moment when you're about to blow out the candles that you stop and think what should I wish for. Well my wish is going to be the same for every birthday, every shooting star, every coin I throw in a fountain....I wish that one day there will be a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day

I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day. As for our Mother's Day well that didn't go so good. Today has been filled with high blood sugars, 2 site changes, insulin shots, and many many finger pokes to check BGs and ketones.
I started to reflect on today and it's meaning. I know my daughter is too young to thank me for being her mom but I wondered if she would think I'm a good mom. I started realizing today that since her diagnosis last July I really haven't read to her, played with her, painted/colored with her or danced with her.
I told myself at the beginning that I would always let life be first and Diabetes second. Well it sort of seems I have let Diabetes win and go first. It's a really hard disease to take care of and I know I shouldn't beat myself up too much but I am. I'm working 40hrs. a week then come home too exhausted to do anything with her.
When she was in DKA and the ER doctor told me to pray that she wouldn't go into a coma I thought about all the things she never got to do and the life that she would miss out on. I have tried to take her out more but I don't know if it's enough. I don't know where I'm going to get all the energy to do everything but I have to put some pep in my step and start doing more things with her. I can't let Diabetes take away anymore precious moments & memories.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Things that make you say Hmmmmmm

Elyssa is really in to horses right now. We took her to a ranch today to go feed some horses carrots and apples. Well there was a private party going on so we fed the horses and left pretty quickly.
At home we were watching My Little Ponies and Elyssa said that her My Little Pony toys had diabetes. I thought to myself, "Do horses get diabetes?" Hmmmmmm.... I know everyone always says cats and dogs get diabetes but I thought it was probably due to those animals eating the same food humans do. So I had to google it and there it was.....horses have insulin resistance problems/Type II Diabetes. I tried to search to see if they get some form of Type 1 Diabetes but wasn't able to find anything.
I wonder what other animals get Diabetes and could diabetes in animals help find Diabetes causing factors. It's late so I will just have to google and think about that another day.....

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Trying to Spread Awareness on a Daily Level

When my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes I had no idea what it was and that almost cost my daughter her life. Since then I have kept trying to think of ways to spread Type 1 Diabetes awareness.
On my way to work a couple times a week I see a car with a License plate that says DKA. I know that is probably the persons initials or something but every time I see it I feel like beating the crap out of the license plate with a crowbar or baseball bat. It always takes me back to the moment I learned my daughter was in DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis). So to kill the bad vibe of the DKA license plate I decided to match it with my own awesome personalized plate....
I AM SO PROUD OF MY LICENSE PLATE. I have had it almost a month now. People keep asking me about it and I am proud to tell them what CURET1D means to me and so many others!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Friday the 13th Crazy BGs for a Crazy Day

Wednesday was a good day. We were finally able to keep Elyssa under 200 for a whole 24 hours. Woooo Hoooo. That's only the 2nd time in 9months since diagnosis!!! =)


Then Friday the 13th. I had to add the date cause it was a crazy day. Elyssa's dad left her with the babysitter with a high Bg of 380. Babysitter called to say Elyssa had come down to 284, I said okay, then 128, okay then an hour later 65. Elyssa came down too quick while playing and running outside. Babysitter did a great job of giving her carbs. to bring her up but was afraid to dose for them and Elyssa's appetite gets pretty big when she's low sometimes so it caused another high. Everyone even got to see Elyssa cry from being so exhausted from all the BGs and playing. Elyssa always gets her point across with words so she never cries only when really tired or if she falls really hard.
After that Elyssa was in the 200s for the next 7hours. I tried and tried to get her under but it wasn't happening. Finally during the night she came down to the 100s. It feels like such a battle sometimes and the stress definitely wore me & Elyssa out. So here's to you Friday the 13th.....

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Random Thoughts from March Issues

I started thinking about the endo. appointment last month. They weighed and checked her height. Her weight was fine but she was 37” tall. That meant she had grown 5inches since diagnosis 7months ago in July 2011. I was a little disturbed knowing that she had only grown 1inch from Age 1 to 2yr 8months at diagnosis. I double-checked her height just to make sure they weren’t off. Yep they were right. Wow no wonder her clothes no longer fit her.

It really made me think about how malnutritioned she probably was for a year or so and how it stopped her from growing. I read so much information when I was pregnant about how important nutrition is the first couple years of life. I couldn’t help but wonder how much damage the undetected dying pancreas has caused.

I was so happy after going to a Nevada Diabetes Association meeting last month. I was put in contact with an awesome Pharmacist. She is a pharmacist/CDE and knows so much about Diabetes. I went to take her my daughter’s insulin prescription and ended up talking about Diabetes and nutrition for over an hour with her. I know she will be able to help us with nutrition and help lower BGs. I just have to get back into logging all foods, carb. counts & BGs.

I wanted to take Elyssa to the St. Patrick’s Day parade but her cold had come back with Asthma attacks mixed in so we didn’t make it. High BGs were back and I was so burnt out from all the highs in February that Diabetes has fried & scrambled my brain. I have really been slacking on everything Diabetes related. Really felt like a crappy parent.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Catching Up

We had really good numbers. I should've known it was the calm before the storm month. LOL

February -Very bad month
This is the month I had to handle my worse fear which was a T1D toddler vomiting. It was a horrible feeling. Her Blood Glucose levels began to crash and she didn't want to eat or drink anything because she knew they would make her throw up again. Her head kept bobbing around in between vomiting. I couldn't tell if she was passing out or falling asleep everytime she closed her eyes. Cake Mate was my friend I truly believe that's what helped us keep her BG in the 60s until we got her to the ER. Many problems at the ER. They did not know how to take care of her Diabetes. She had low BGs with lots of ketones. I told them to get her to stop throwing up and I'll get rid of the ketones. We were discharged with ketones. I was able to bring them down since she was no longer throwing up. Of course whatever virus she had stayed around almost the whole month off & on and caused lots of Asthma problems too. So high BGs from illness was the main theme of the month.
We got her A1c which was 7.9 up from 7.7 but I still think we are doing good for the first 8 months since the Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis.