Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Endo appointment

As a D-Mom, there is nothing better than being told you're doing a good job!

The truth isn't always in the numbers, I mean you can have a descent A1C, but that doesn't tell you how much time or effort you put into managing this complicated, ever changing disease.

Today we attended our clinic day at the provincial children's hospital.  We saw a medical student, the Endo, a CDE and a dietician.  They all had the same message......

Keep up the Good Work!

Amy is growing normally in both weight and height, her numbers are good, we have a minor basal adjustment to make to help with the breakfast spike, her eating and diet choices are good as well as physical activity.  They were pleased with everything, gave us a pat on the back and said see you in February.

I must say, although the A1C isn't a report card, I'm anxious to see how much the pump has made a difference.  Although we started in February, we haven't had an A1C done except the one a few weeks later.

We head back home tomorrow after being in the city since Saturday.  We travelled early to attend the JDRF halloween party.  Amy had a great time, and it was nice to finally be able to attend an event.  I hope we are able to attend more in the future.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Who are you Fighting For?

Today, there are more than nine million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes. With more than 20 people being newly diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day, chances are that diabetes affects you or someone you know (CDA 2013).

As part of their awareness campaign for Diabetes Awareness Month, the Canadian Diabetes Association is running the "who are you fighting for" contest.  You can share your story and/or fundraise.  We've opted to just share our story because the majority of our fundraising activities are directed towards JDRF.

Please vote for us at:

http://www.fightingdiabetes.ca/ or by linking through facebook.

The person who receives the most votes each week will win a $250 Visa gift card and the top three entries overall at the end of the contest will receive prizes. click here to view the rules and regulations.

GOOD LUCK to everyone who enters, if you don't plan on entering, please take the time to vote for us!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

This year as I sit back and reflect I realize that I have a lot to be thankful for, that its almost difficult to put into words.

I have a loving family, a roof over our heads and food to eat. 

We've worked hard each step of the way.  Nothing was just handed over to us, and I think that's why we are able to appreciate what we have so much. 

I made my way through 8 years of university to get a job I love (most days!); We've worked on our relationship for over 15 years and have been married for the last 7; We started in a small minihome and have since moved and are renovating our "forever" home; And both of our beautiful girls are now in school, Amy in grade 2 and Rylie started kindergarten.

I often wonder why diabetes became a part of our lives. 

Why us?  What did we do wrong?  Could we have changed anything......

and of course the answer is NO.

We have to deal with the cards that life has handed us and do the best we can. 

Today, I'm also thankful for the insulin that keeps my baby alive; for the advancements in technology that make it all a little bit easier; for the endless research that is conducted searching for a CURE; and the HOPE that I still have that someday my family can say.....

Diabetes USED to be a part of our lives.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Blogging for a year


Has it really been a year?  I started Labrador Sweet October 5, 2012.
I'd found the DOC a few months earlier and was slowly making my way through all the posts from some of my favs, some of the ones I found I really connected to.  The ones that were providing me with useful everyday tips that CDEs just can't give you, something that only experience can.

A lot has happened in a year.  Amy celebrated her first Diaversary, started her first Insulin pump, and subsequent CGM.  We've vacationed in PEI, taken many trips to our cabin, and started a brand new school year.

I'm seeing much better blood glucose values, and have become more aggressive in treating highs as I've become more comfortable with what I'm doing.

Amy is also becoming more comfortable and learning how to take care of herself.

Thank you for all the advice, love and support over the past year.

Thank you for reading!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Enjoying the fall

Today is No D Day.  That means we can blog about anything we like, just not about diabetes.  You can get more information and read other No D Day posts here.

Life has been busy since school started this September.  I have taken on a new role with more responsibility at work, my husband has been travelling with work, and both girls are in school.

I feel like I spend most of my evenings prepping for the next day.  Add into the mix the fact that the girls have started their extra-curricular activities now too, that makes for busy times.

It hasn't all been work though, we have managed to make it to our cabin on the weekends, which is an amazing home away from home where I actually get to sleep in a little.

The weather has actually been warming up and we've had some days in the 20s, which is unusual for Labrador this time of year.  In fact, we took some time this evening to enjoy the weather and play in some leaves!

Enjoy your Day!