Sunday, November 30, 2008
What Happened To Make Believe?
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Test Strip Pics
Addicted...I'd say so!
I don't know what it is about Edward.... *sigh* .... maybe the fact that I know he's played by a British actor and I have a very weak spot for those sexy Brits *wink* LOL! Then again, it could be the fact that he's resists that urge to bite Bella and it makes you wanna read more!
Whatever the reason... I'm addicted and can't wait to get more of Edward!
It's beginning to look alot like Christmas...
She made this one for Nae-Nae (my Mom) and we laminated it and took it to her this morning. We aren't going to make it a habit of giving these pictures out but she wanted to make one for my Mom for Christmas. This pic was 29 pokes....thats 29 sugar tests...about 3 days worth! So when she gave it to my Mom she was so proud of herself and my Mom went on to make a dramatic excited reaction and told her she would display it :) Ahhhh...whatever it takes to get her thru a daily poke! BTW...I have 13 more pics to laminate...LOL! I'll post them soon!
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Oh! It's Feels So Good....
Aggressive Dose Change
I'll update later on how the numbers went :)
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
1st Annual Secret Santa
Ohhhhh boy! Im really excited about getting in on the first Secret Santa on here :) If you haven't heard about it yet then check out the post over on Allison's blog.
Whoever draws my name can actually shop for Kacey if they choose to instead of me :)
Faxed blood sugars yesterday and havent heard back from the doc yet. Last night for Kaceys dinner dose, when I totalled carbs and figured out her dose it was 3.33 and instead of rounding down to 3 units...I rounded up to 4 units...got her to a 126 for bedtime...YAYYYYYYYYY!!! When she woke up this morning... 171 :) Thats better than a 271!
I'll update as soon as I hear from the doc.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Food Meme (thanks Cara!)
Yes I can cook! Been cooking since I can remember standing in a chair against the counter in the kitchen with my Mom. I like to cook when I feel like it...its something that I have to be in the mood to do.
2. When do you eat with your whole family?
Usually just on special holidays and birthdays
3. What do you eat for breakfast?
Ummmm does coffee count as a breakfast food? LOL! I am not usually one to eat breakfast.
4. When, where and how do you eat on weekdays?
LOL...very carefully! My schedule during the week depends on what my daughter's schedules are. During sports season its insane!
5. How often do you eat out (in a restaurant)?Does this include drive-thru?
Not very often! Things are so dang expensive!
6. How often do you order delivery/take-out?
7. Regarding no. 5 and 6: Say there weren’t financial reasons would you do this more often?
Probably not...unless its pizza or chinese food
8. Are there any “standard dishes” you serve regularly?
Not really...it's just based on what everyone is hungry for... spaghetti, pizza, veggie stuff
9. Have you ever cooked for more than 6 persons?
10. Do you cook every day?An actual meal?
Well I cook alot more "meals" now that Kacey is eating a little bit different. Moreso at breakfast time because we're not doing the sugary cereals anymore that were a fast meal
11. Have you ever tried recipes from blogs?
12. Who cooks more frequently at your home?
Me, usually....but every now and then the girls will want different meals and then they make what they want.
13. And who cooks better?
I think we all do a good job! :D My oldest daughter makes the best spaghetti sauce tho!
14. Do you cook totally different compared to your mother/parents?
15. If yes, do you nevertheless eat at your parents?
I do...but my Mom makes sure she has stuff that the girls and I can eat
16. Are you a vegetarian or could you imagine being one?
Yep...for 7 years now! Both of my girls are too...which is why I cook different than my Mom used to...LOL!
17. What would you like to cook which you haven’t dared to make yet?
Idk...Im not scared of cooking anything! I love to try new recipes :)
18. Do you prefer cooking or baking?
Baking for sure!!!
19. What is your greatest misery in the kitchen?
I'd have to say the counter space! I wish I had a wider counter top or an island so I had the room to roll out dozens of cookies and stuff like that!
20. What do you dislike?
Meat! I dont want anything to do with meat dishes! I still cook it for Frankie but I hate the smell of it. I also hate washing dishes...I love to cook but the clean up sucks!!!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
All that being said....its 7:30am and time to go test her for the first time this morning!
Have a great Sunday!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Over the last few weeks, I've listened to the hype grow larger and larger over the movie coming out. I've heard people talking about the book and how they were counting the days to the movie because the book was amazing. Soooooo....last night I bought the book! LOL! I love reading and normally I dont get time to but last night my oldest daughter was at a sleepover...Kacey was watching Wall-E with Frankie and it was 8pm and I actually had a chance to sit down! So I cracked the book open and at 11:30pm, I was STILL reading! I couldn't put it down!!! Today was a cold day...nothing to do really...and I picked the book back up at 1pm....and at 6pm... I FINISHED THE BOOK!! Omggggggggg! It was GREAT! I can't wait to get the next one in the series!! I must say...it was easy to read and definately sucked me into the whole storyline.
I really do look forward to seeing the movie now and how different it is from the book! :)
Friday, November 21, 2008
I finally got my application turned in...the transcripts were sent...and all the letters of reference are in :D So hopefully I will hear something soon! In the meantime, this is the first day that Ive not been at Kacey's school until after lunch. Kacey's school nurse will not be back until probably the middle of Dec now so they hired on a part time RN to help from Wed-Fri and the teacher thats been in there since Mrs. H left to be with her Mom will be in there Mon-Tues. OK... so this new RN... Ms. Heather... OMG we love her!!! She's very knowledgeable and I feel like Kacey is in really good hands with her (not that I didn't feel like that before) but it just makes me feel better knowing theres a RN on site now! She's very nice and personable and Kacey's really taken to her. I sat with her for a little while this morning going over past blood sugar numbers and she was trying to help me find trends.... yep she used the word trends too....kinda makes you smile inside when you talk to someone and they know what you're talking about and you don't have to explain what a trend is before you even start! She's familiar with "diabetes lingo" ...lol! As a matter a fact, she told me this morning when she worked as a neonatal nurse at Children's (the same hospital Kacey goes to) she said she worked with another nurse that was Type 1 and she was on a pump but she'd have the lowwwww lows... the kind where you get confused, etc....the kind that Kerri talks about having! But she said she could see when they were coming on and she'd get her juice or snacks...so you can imagine as a Mom ...hearing this made me feel VERY safe to leave the school today :) Now...dont get me wrong...we love Mrs. H and we're glad she takes good care of Kacey....but we really like Ms. Heather and we're thankful they found someone to cover as an RN! So here I am... finally back home....got 3 loads of laundry done...dishes washed....bathrooms cleaned....and now Im here catching up! Haha...a mother's job is never done!
Now...for Kaceys update....shes feeling much better :) still has that nasty cough but with the weather going from the 20's to the 50's and back again...its hard to NOT be sick! Thankfully the sinus crap is gone tho and her numbers are still bouncing like Tigger *grumbles* I faxed blood sugars on Monday and it is now Friday and I've not heard a single word from them! I've used that logbook from Kevin at www.parenthetic-diabetic.blogspot.com (which btw we absolutely love) and I've noticed that her sugars are jumping from the 140-160 range at lunch up to the mid 300's about 2hrs later .... sounds like a carb change huh? So I went on and made the I:C change from 1:20 to 1:18 like all the other meals and we'll see what happens :) She's still running in the 180-300 range on a good day...so not sure what other changes they will want to make but Im really getting comfortable with trying to tweak this on my own! Im still doing the middle of the night checks and the results seem to vary so I guess her body is still doing some wacky things...LOL! Other than that, she's doing good. She's seemed to adjust to the highs and she just rolls with it...not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing....LOL she's had so many highs lately that shes just used to it and deals with it.
As for me...I had a few Mommy Meltdowns over the last week. I think it was more due to the emotional roller coaster my body was on because of PMS, lack of sleep and stress of dealing with it all because they were the uncontrollable crying urges and I seemed to get choked up by the littlest things...so yeah....I feel much more normal now that things have adjusted! It's amazing what stress will do to you!
I guess thats about all :) Hope everyone is doing well and I hope to be back in the blogging world regularly now!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Biggest Loser Bitch!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Fall Festival 11-15-08
I left off on Friday morning. Kacey woke up at a 163 and was feeling well enough to go back to school. She was really excited about going to the play....so much that by 9am she was up to a 286! I had a chance to speak to the teachers about the note. Geezus...lack of sleep combined with major PMS emotions had me all choked up and I ended up in tears trying to talk to Mrs. S about what happened. She assured me that it wasnt just Kacey that wasnt listening that day...it was the whole class...and she wasnt singled out...they all were spoken to. So after making an emotional blubbering ass of myself, I boarded the bus with Kacey to leave for the fieldtrip. The play was at Kayleigh's school and it turned out to be a production by Theater 4 and was "The Boy Who Cried Wolf". The kids loved it! While we were sitting there, it was time for Kacey to test and have a snack... 257! Grrrr... ok so that meant we had to do a correction shot. This really sucks! By lunchtime she was down to a 169...ok we're back in range....for now! So 3pm rolls around....time to test again.... 361!!! Holy cow!! Have I mentioned how frustrating this is....and again...lack of sleep and PMS has me in tears again! We come home and 5pm...shes a 251...so we do dinner and a correction. Since Kayleigh was gone out with Stephen and his family and Frankie went to meet a friend...it was just me and Kacey for the evening. We dug out the UNO game and played about 30 games :) It was good to see her laugh (even if she was running on the high side). So by 8pm it was time to test for bedtime.... imagine the shocking smile on her face when the beep revealed a 128! YAY! OK...so all the correcting all day long finally has her back on the low end of the range and she's all smiles! We decide to celebrate with popcorn and watching "Super Nanny" in my bed :D She dozes off and I do her 11pm test without her even flinching...194...wow! This is good...this is real good! Set the alarm for 2am....By then I knew she should be coming down...167...yes!
Saturday morning I tiptoe in and test her at 6am...143! Wow! This is great! Today is the Fall Festival at school. We met my Mom for breakfast at 7am...149! By 9am she was back to a 286 but she insisted that she felt well enough to go to the festival....still coughing! So we got there around 10am and she had 100 tickets to use up :) She had a good time playing all the games and the exciting part was...she did the cake walk and she won....she went over to the table and said "Mom, can I get the cake with no icing?" ... part of me wanted to cry (again) but the other part of me was so proud of her for choosing that way! Her principal was there and she actually praised her and gave her a thumbs up for getting the pound cake. Some of the games she played gave candy prizes and she'd play and put the candy in her bag and then she handed the bag to her sister and said "I got to play the game so heres a prize for you!" and she gave all the candy to her sister! While we were at one of the games, one of her friends came up and hugged her and then said "Kacey this game doesnt give the toy prizes!" (She's in Kaceys class so she knows) and Kacey turned around and said "It's ok! I don't want the candy! Im playing for my sister!" It made my heart smile :) As lunchtime got closer I figured she'd start fussing about being hungry...she didnt! I kept asking her if she wanted something and she just wasnt hungry...so I dont know what that is all about...but I made her test at 12pm to make sure she was ok.... 244! Ok...so the excitement is still kicked in...LOL! We got home at 1pm and she was still at 224 but I made her eat a little something. By dinner she was a 238 and then 8pm she tested for bedtime....133! YES! She was back in range before bed :) I'm thinking that maybe those lunch carbs need to be changed now!
Today has been a lazy Sunday. We've stayed around the house and she played most of the day. She woke up at a 212 though :( By 9am she was a 192 and ready to eat breakfast. Not sure whats going on with her appetite. Shes not been very hungry the last few days. Maybe the antibiotic has her out of whack? By lunch she was a 137 ... good number for her! But by dinner....306!!! Geesh!!! Don't know what in the world spiked her up like that?
This week will still be a little crazy. A bit of bad news.... Mrs. H's (Kaceys nurse) mom passed away on Friday :( We knew it was coming and our thoughts and prayers are with her as she makes all the arrangements and travels back home from Boston. I don't know when she will be back but the school does have an RN coming in by the end of the week. The sub thats been in the nurses office, Mrs. W, has been so good to Kacey since Mrs. H was gone. Even though Ive been up at school til she gets her shot, shes made sure to call me whenever Kacey wasnt feeling good and every time she tested so I knew what her numbers were. We're thankful that she's been in good hands :) I cracked up laughing the other day because Mrs. W (who Ive known for about 15 years now) told Kacey "Come over here and gimme some sugar (hugs & kisses)" and Kacey blurts out "Mrs. W, you have to stop giving me sugar because you're making my blood sugar stay high!" Hahahaha! It was priceless!
Thats about all for now :) I hope everyone had a nice weekend!
Friday, November 14, 2008
World Diabetes Day
My hope... a cure in Kacey's lifetime!
Wear blue in support of World Diabetes Day....wear blue in support of Kacey!
Update on Kacey:
I've been doing finger sticks every 3 hours since we were told to yesterday. She woke up at a 163 this morning :) I'll take it! We had to do 2 correction doses in between the regular doses and shes finally come down. Im going to leave the Lantus at 11 units and see how she does since she woke up in range this morning. She is feeling well enough to go back to school and shes excited about going to the play today. I'll be with her at school all day today and then we have the weekend to get things back on track. Hopefully her school nurse will be back on Monday. I havent heard anything so I hope shes doing ok. We've missed her the last 2 weeks!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Doc Visit Update
Now I wanna rant about this visit with the doc....lol Im just all about ranting today but this is really bothering me. I dont have a medical degree...I dont claim to know everything about diabetes....and often Ive been known to ask more questions than I really should...but its only because I DO wanna know all I can about my daughters illness and be the best parent I could possibly be. That being said.... The doc is our family PCP. When I talked to the CDE earlier she suggested since Kacey hadnt been feeling well and was coughing til she threw up then she thought maybe we should see the PCP for a prescription to help her feel better. I took her advice and made the appt as soon as I could. This is the same PCP that I took her to when I thought she had the bladder infection and he sent us straight to the ER at Children's because she had Type 1! OK...so here is the convo:
Doc: So how much insulin does she get a day?
Me: Well it depends on her blood sugar. She gets 1:18 for bfast and lunch and 1:20 for dinner and then we do a correction dose for anything over 150.
Doc: Ok so how many units does she get?
Me: I dont know...it depends on whether she needs a correction dose and how many carbs she eats?
Doc: Well how many carbs does she eat?
Me: Ummm it depends on how hungry she is
Doc: Well how many calories is she eating?
Me: We were told not to watch calories...we watch carbs and dose her like that
Doc: I think your problem is food intake. Thats why she is having high blood sugars and once you get that under control then her numbers will come down.
Me: Thats not the problem for the highs...shes sick and shes still in her honeymoon and they are tweaking her dose.
Doc: Well she has more highs than normal blood sugars so its her food intake and she should be getting a set amount of insulin a day and she should be getting about 1400 calories a day or she should at least have a set number of carbs she is allowed to have.
Ok...by this point I could feel my cheeks getting red...I could see my oldest daughter shaking her head because she knew EXACTLY what I was thinking!! Clearly this doc was talking about TYPE 2!!!!! Not only that....he was telling me about the woman that came in and was taking 60 units a day and he just up'ed her dose to 70 units. Geezussssss 70 units of Humalog a day would kill Kacey!!! I was at a point that I couldnt even argue back because of the knot in my throat that was making me want to cry!!! I think I need to make an appt with the CDE just to discuss things going on and get us all on the same page. When Kacey is sick, I will just suck up the $40 copay and take her over there rather than taking her to a Family doc. Even tho Im not a huge fan of her Endo, they know all about her and have her blood sugar records and can make a better call as to what to do for her. This just sucks! I felt like I could have done more for her if I had the prescription pad! LOL!
~sigh~ So there ya have it....the frustrations of being a Mommy of a child with diabetes!
Who knows what tomorrow holds?!?!
We have the fieldtrip but it will all depend on whether she grumbles or smiles when I poke her in the morning. I'll update as I can!
Monday, November 10, 2008
ANOTHER Dose Change!
Yep...ANOTHER dose change! The CDE called and said the doc wanted to change her breakfast carbs from 1:20 to 1:18... hmmm isnt that what I wanted to do already? LOL! She said it seems Kacey's running high after breakfast.....DUH! Haha! Geesh...if I dont laugh about it then I'll cry!
We had another drop this afternoon...not as bad...but a BIG drop. She was a 287 at 3pm and she just tested for dinner and was a 79! Instead of treating a low, I just had her eat dinner. This way I'm not stuck in the situation I was the other day with overcorrecting. She said she feels fine so thats always a good thing :)
As for me, I picked up my application this afternoon and I dropped off 2 of the 3 letters of reference that I needed filled out. I was at Kacey's school all day again today :) It really has lit my teaching fire again and I really like being there. It also makes me feel better knowing that Im just an announcement away from getting to her. I will be up at school every day the rest of the week because her school nurse, Mrs. H, is still out of town. Her Mom is still really bad off *sad* I'm still keeping her in my thoughts and prayers.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Happy Blog Day!
Friday, November 7, 2008
One Helluva Ride!!
It's now time to test for bedtime.... 146 :) ~sighs heavy~ I think I need a hot bubble bath...LOL!
How Low Can You Go?
As for me... with the school nurse being out, I've been up at the school volunteering because its easier than running back and forth. That "teacher" part of me is starting to come alive again! I taught preschool for 8 years and then when I had Kacey I quit to be home with her. A part of me always wanted to be back in the classroom but then I liked having the freedom of being at home. I've been in the classroom with 1st graders and after a few days they're hugging me and waving to me in the hall...I'm not just "Kacey's Mom" anymore... I'm "Mrs. West" :) So...I've made the decision to go back to work. Yeah I know... it was a long and hard decision...but I'm going to put in to substitute for now. That way I still have the flexability...but I will also be at the school with Kacey if she needs me. I figure if I'm going to be in the class I might as well get paid for being there! I'm really excited about going back. I redid my resume...in the process of getting my 3 letters of recommendation and a copy of my transcripts...and I'll drop by on Monday for the application. For now, I'll continue to volunteer :) I'm working in the office on Monday and helping the principal with some preparations for the Fall Festival. So lots of excitement here and I've really been happy the last few days... its been a long time since I've felt like this!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Mrs. H .... and some prayers needed!
So Im asking everyone to please send up some prayers for her. She had to hop a plane yesterday and she will be gone the rest of the week. I know she is going to worry about things back here and I pray she doesnt. I want her to focus on the time she has left with her Mom and not worry about anything back here. I pray for her safe return and I pray that she's given the strength to deal with whatever comes.
Welcome our New President
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Trick or Treat!
We managed to survive Halloween...with a starting blood sugar of 372 @ 5:30pm(can you say EXCITED?) and it dropping to a 97 @ 8pm!! Kacey did really good at the party...until we got back from trick or treating. She started feeling the drop and started feeling bad *sad* so we ended up leaving so she could get her Lantus and something to eat. We got in the car and we didnt even get 5 miles up the road before she fell asleep...poor thing!
So last night she actually had a Reeses cup with her dinner. You'd of thought I gave her a million dollars! She was so happy :) We made sure we added in the 12 carbs with her meal dose and she was happy as a clam! Her numbers are closer to range today so maybe the highs were just the excitement of Halloween coming...who knows?
Saturday, November 1, 2008
1. Where is your cell phone? In my hoodie front pocket
2. Your significant other? Asleep In bed
3. Your Hair? Dark Brown
4. Your Skin? Tan
5. Your mother? Caring
6. Your favorite thing? My kids
7. Your dream last night? Didnt dream
8. Your favorite drink? Sweet tea
9. Your dream/goal? To live a long and happy life
10. The room you’re in? Living room
11. Your ex? 13 years ago
12. Your fear? Sound of a chainsaw and crickets
13.Where do you want to be in 6 years? Happy
14.Where were you last night? Celebrating Halloween at a party
15.What you’re not? Ungrateful!
16.Muffins? Mmmmm...banana but!
17.One of your wish list items? Trip to Hawaii
18.Where you grew up? Virginia
19.The last thing you did? Watched movies with the kids
20.What are you wearing? Jeans and a hoodie...its coldddddddd!
21.Your TV? Off
22.Your pets? Cat & Dog
23. Your computer? Damn dialup!
24. Your life? BUSY!
25. Your mood? Tired
26. Missing someone? Sure
27. Your car? White
28. Something you’re not wearing? Watch
29. Favorite Store? Walmart
30. Your summer? Scary...Busy...Kaceys diagnosis....Kayleighs hockey
31. Like someone? Sure
32. Your favorite color? Purple
33. When is the last time you laughed? Dinner
34. Last time you cried? today when watching P.S. I Love You
35. Who will respond to this? Anyone
36. Who’s answers are you anxious to see? Everyone's