Twins Always Take Care of Each Other!

Friday, March 21, 2014

She Gets It

We had always - I know I have - since the day of diagnosis, felt that while type 1 diabetes is a devastating diagnosis and one we wish we had never gotten for our child been glad that it wasn't "something worse." There are so many more immediately life-threatening conditions, more "painful" conditions, more debilitating conditions, etc.

And let me preface this also by saying that this may even bristle some feelings within the T1D community. Everyone has their own feelings about it and that is their right. OUR feelings have always been - as is our right - (which is not to say that anyone else's feelings or approach is wrong or not valid in any way) that our family approach would be to look at this disease as just another part of life to be dealt with and we would try to be as positive as we could be (because personally I am a glass half-full type of person).

Anyway, since her diagnosis at age 3, we have put on a strong and brave face in front of our now type 1 diabetic daughter and tried to model the behavior we wanted her to embody.

I have blogged on occasion about what an outstanding young person she is, the strength of character and bravery she has at such a young age. I really do look up to her. She, in spite of her own "hardships," feels great empathy and compassion for others - putting others needs before her own in many cases. Really quite something.

In any event, there was a medical-type show on the television today and there was a boy with a debilitating and painful condition on this show. Her attention tends to be drawn to other children with medical conditions. And I just stopped and I sat there and watched her take notice. She almost didn't want to watch at first. The boy was brave and had an amazing spirit which she admired. But after watching most of the segment looked back and quietly said that she was glad that she "only had type 1 diabetes."

I can appreciate her comparison and her getting that point at such a young age. We have always encouraged her to realize many things about type 1 diabetes.
She can do anything that anyone else can do (except join the military and drive a commercial vehicle across state lines - yeah - go figure!)
She can walk
She can talk
She can eat
She can see
She can hear
She can play
She can go to school
She can LIVE!
The list goes on and on!

I know she is young. But I hope she can keep this attitude throughout her lifetime. 
There is currently no cure for type 1 diabetes but we always have HOPE!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Our Healthy New Year

Many minor changes over our last few weeks.

We have had A LOT of snow (and snow days) in our neck of the woods.

We have noticed that we need to add more "sites" for the Omnipod because for whatever reason, my daughter now seems so show signs of minor skin irritation under the site after the pod is removed. The skin is rough, or as she calls it "rumbly" for several days requiring several applications of moisturizer. So while we used to just rotate between the triceps and front of the legs, now we have added the "upper tushy" area as well.

We have also made a positive shift in our eating habits. Making baby steps toward healthier eating. I am trying to fully understand what it means to "eat healthy" and depending on who you ask, you will get different answers. Eating healthy can mean reducing carbs, reducing refined/added sugars, eliminating GMOs, etc. (or all of the above).

One thing we did was join a CSA (a local farm co-op) to receive a weekly share of farm-fresh organic produce and other items. One word - AWESOME. We love it! Take a look!

Research it, I am certain this is available in most any community. 
Every week there is something different for our family to enjoy. Something HEALTHY :-)

Yes, it may be a bit of a challenge to guess on carbs because these items do not come with nutrition labels. But they are farm fresh and I know they are healthy and full of nutrients (and not added sugar, preservatives and GMOs).

Anyway, this was our "healthy New Year's Resolution." And it is one that is EASY to stick to because not only is it healthy but it tastes GREAT. What was yours?