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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Accomplishments Big & Small

Welcome to BLOG WEEK Thursday!
Today we write about accomplishments (big or small).

Today I write about the small and mundane. Because I feel that the insulin pump really deserves all of the credit. The pump and the continuous blood glucose monitor (CGM)...and my little diabetic of course! My job is to, hmmm, let's see, what word am I looking for? Facilitate. I wish I could do more, but I am just the project manager on this assignment and I am going to organize and work the heck out of every last detail. 

I am a fairly organized person by nature (my husband would tell you that is an understatement). But that does NOT mean I am a numbers person. So, when I realized all of the calculations that Type 1 Diabetes required, my heart skipped a beat. I knew that a calculator would be a MUST in my life from that moment on - and it is (thank heavens smart phones have calculators so I don't have to carry one more thing with me!)

I guess you could say one accomplishment would be making it this far. Surviving. Life is pretty easy breezy now with this  technology keeping us on our toes. But honestly, the biggest accomplishment would have been making it through those years WITHOUT the pump and CGM! MAN did we see some bad numbers back then! 

But all of this time I have definitely found it challenging to GUESS the carbs that are in restaurant food. (From what I understand this even has an "official" term in the diabetes world - this is SWAG bolusing. Or "Scientifically Wild Ass Guessing the carbs in the food for a meal time bolus! Have I mentioned how much I absolutely LOVE the "diabetes online community"?! I mean, how awesome is that?!) I guess after a while you get "better" at it, but I am, by no means, a nutrition expert. I get it wrong PLENTY, but I have gotten, you know, pretty OK at making that educated GUESS at the restaurant food. I guess that could be an accomplishment :-)

At the end of the day I would say I am happy of how far we have come in these four years. These little accomplishments have added up to one strong and mentally secure 7-year-old type 1 diabetic and I could not be more proud of that. 

A "LARGER" accomplishment I would say I am excited about is - we have decided we want to help more people in our community so we have begun a non-profit organization to help the T1Ds in our area. We would like to raise awareness about the disease and help families connect for support and information. Please check out and LIKE our facebook page! Berks T1D Connection! We have a website under construction. We have monthly support group meetings (which is something I am particularly proud of because we are reaching so many awesome T1D families in our community and there was previously NO support of any kind for the T1D community here in our area). We have a lot of really exciting plans and we are looking forward to making a positive impact on the T1D community :-)

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