Thursday, May 30, 2013

Type One as a Coin

Summer = Work

Work = Busy 

Busy = Challenging

Challenging = Interesting

Interesting = Fun! :) 

Coming into summer I knew it would be fairly difficult with work and the adjustments of Type One. Yet surprisingly, even with my new bump in the road, it isn't as bad as I thought. Though the constant messing about with numbers and insulin can be fairly difficult, when you have to adjust ... you adjust.

When life gets harder; it almost gets better. 

As Hannah and I were talking one night about Type One, Hannah surprised me with an interesting thought. Given the choice, Hannah said she would rather have Type One with our family and life where it is now, than not having Type One and being the family we were before. 

This put me to thinking ...

They're are many negatives to having Type One Diabetes, it mainly depends on which part of it you view. 

Almost like a coin ...

On one side there is stress, expenses, shots, lows, highs, sick days, constant pricks, long nights...
 (you get the idea)

Yet on the very same coin, but opposite side there is a different face.  

Type One has given our family an unusual unity and closeness, understanding for others that are experiencing hardship, and a new definition of stress. (what use to stress us before having Type One, is practically a breeze now! :)

Same coin - two sides. 

 It all depends on the side you choose to view.

It has been four months and a week since my diagnosis. For myself, these past few weeks have been pretty hard for me. I've had everything from my numbers skyrocket to 400 and then bottom out at 50 within an hour, or just being overwhelmed with the reality of my "new normal". Yet after coming out of my "diabetic fog", I was able to see the opposite side of my coin ... the positive side.

In closing, if you happen to be having a really rough day ...

flip the coin. ;)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Type One w/out Mom

What Type One would be like without my mom . . .

Without my mom, I don't know that I would be able to ever feel normal again. When one holds in any level of pain or grief they have, it only grows worse and worse. Without being able to have somebody to go to, the pain will never completely heal. For me, I can always go to God for help, but Mom is my personal "source" on earth! :) My Mom has always been there for me, to express my pain, my hurt, or my worries. I thank God for the Mother He has allowed me to have.

I know for each of the Type One trio members, this past week has been a dozy. 

For starters, last Sunday Daniel had the flu. He started throwing up at 2:00 A.M. Throughout the day he was sick and at lunchtime he had moderate keytones. Mom called the doctor and they instructed her to admit him in the hospital if he didn't turn the corner within three hours. Thankfully his keytone count came down before three and we didn't have to admit him.

As for Hannah, she had a rather rough day yesterday. She has been getting really hard bumps on her stomach from all of her pump ports. In order to prevent these, the doctors told us to move her sites to different areas. For some reason, many of her past sites have been clogging, resulting in having to do new sites. Instead of every three days, she has had one sometimes more than once a day. 

As for myself, with work my numbers have been going crazy. About a week ago, I was barely using that much insulin. I have a lot of customers tell me that if I work hard enough I won't have to get shots anymore . . . 

That's Type Two. :)

 We called up to UW Madison to check about my not receiving insulin. They suggested that if I could, I should intake more sugar and give a little insulin to help keep me from going into keyto-acidosis. For myself, I thought less shots were awesome until yesterday. 

Somethings backfired. 

I started off at 118, but by the end of the day was 540. Today my numbers have been from 80 - 360. 

I have a lot to figure out . . . :)

As for Mother's Day, I don't know what would happen without her. I am so thankful for the love, support, and care that she supplies. This house would be in shambles without her!